Throwing It Back: Christina Milian Back in the Spotlight #TBT

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This article was originally published on Variety Latino.

Back in 2015 I had the opportunity to interview Christina Milian for her new show on E! Below is the article about our chat!

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Christina Milian is ready to take on the music world once again and this time she is letting us join her for the ride.

In her new reality series “Christina Milian Turned Up” on E! we will get an inside look at her personal life, professional life and see just how this talented star works hard for what she wants.

Born in New Jersey to Cuban parents, she had and has that fiery Latina spark in her eyes that makes her unique. From an early age Christina, or “Tina” as her family calls her, fought and worked hard to make her dreams come true. The Grammy nominated singer struck gold with hits like “AM to PM,” “Whatever U Want,” and “Dip It Low” and made us fall in love with films like “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” and “Bring It On: Fight to the Finish.”

Of course there always comes a time when a star has to turn her lights down, let life happen and put her dreams on the back burner. The birth of her first child, daughter Violet, in 2010 made Christina take a break and focus on her baby girl.

But now with a fire that runs deep, Christina is getting back in the studio, doing things her way and letting us be part of her family.

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‘Divorce’ Episode 4 Recap: ‘Mediation’ Is the Way to Go, or Is It?

Welcome back my Divorcees! Forgot what happened in episode 3? Click here to catch up!

Now, let’s recap episode 4, “Mediation.”

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The episode’s synopsis is: Frances and Robert try to remain amicable as they meet with a mediator; Frances confides in a co-worker; Robert gets some surprising financial news.

READ MORE: ‘Divorce’ Episode 3 Recap: ‘Counseling’ Will Make Things Better, Right?

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‘Divorce’ Episode 3 Recap: ‘Counseling’ Will Make Things Better, Right?

Welcome back my Divorcees! Forgot what happened in episode 2? Click here to catch up!

Now, let’s recap episode 3, “Counseling” P.S. Thomas Haden Church is still the best.

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The official synopsis for the series is: Robert and Frances attend couples therapy to see if their marriage is salvageable; Frances gets advice from Dallas; Robert vents at work; tensions mount as Frances and Robert try to maintain a facade of normalcy for their children.

READ MORE: ‘Divorce’ Episode 2 Recap: ‘Next Day’ Still Ain’t Looking So Good

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‘Divorce’ Episode 2 Recap: ‘Next Day’ Still Ain’t Looking So Good

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First things first: Thomas Haden Church is the best part of the episode. His delivery, his tone and just the way he’s sarcastic without over doing it, is what makes him my favorite on the show.

Anyway, I’m going to try a new way to recap, just short bullet points to catch you up on what you missed. Yeah? Ok, cool!

RECAP Episode 1 HERE: ‘Divorce’ Recap: ‘Pilot’ – Sarah Jessica Parker’s Big Return to TV

Let’s get started!

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‘Divorce’ Recap: ‘Pilot’ – Sarah Jessica Parker’s Big Return to TV

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Sarah Jessica Parker has returned to television and HBO with her new half-hour dramedy “Divorce.”

The series marks SJP’s first big TV gig since “Sex and The City” and follows Frances (Parker), a woman who reassesses her life and marriage to her husband Robert (Thomas Haden Church).

The first episode begins with the couple getting ready to go to their friend Diane’s (Molly Shannon) 50th birthday and right off the bat you can sense Frances’ annoyance with her husband. Once at the party, Diane won’t stop complaining about her husband Nick, played by Tracy Letts, and pretty soon find each other fighting in their bedroom while the guests are outside. Things take a turn for the worse when she takes out a gun and points it at him. Frances quickly arrives to the scene, tells her friend to put the gun away, but when Robert walks in Diane shoots at him and Nick has a heart attack.

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Getting to Know Isabela Moner From ‘100 Things To Do Before High School’ [Exclusive]

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*Article originally published on Variety Latino on 5.27.15

Isabela Moner is not your typical Nickelodeon kid, she’s not only talented and charming but also has a long resume behind her – this isn’t her first rodeo, if you catch my drift.

Raised in Cleveland, Ohio from Peruvian descent, at the age of 10 Moner made her debut on Broadway in the revival of Evita and on television as a singer in The Next Big Thing New York. She gained the lead role in the acclaimed film The House that Jack Built, appeared in numerous theatrical productions such as Little Miss Sunshine as Rosa Maria, became Annie in Annie and Young Cosette in Les Misérables. Fans also got a chance to see her in NBC’s Growing Up Fisher and soon in Nick’s upcoming movie, Splitting.

Now, at the age of 13, Moner joins the ranks of Paola Andino as a lead Latina actress in a Nickelodeon show and is ready to have her big break starring in the brand new series 100 Things To Do Before High School as CJ Martin.

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Gina Rodriguez, on ‘Jane The Virgin’ Season 2 and Boxing Aspirations [Exclusive]

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*Article originally published on Variety Latino on 6.2.15

After a successful performance in the indie film Filly Brown,  Gina Rodriguez was determined to take Hollywood by storm. Her starring role in the CW’s Golden Globe nominated series Jane The Virgin, did just that. Her innocent yet feisty character captured America’s heart. It goes without saying, she’s now a household name.

She’s currently working on a film with Mark Wahlberg and getting ready for the second season of Jane The Virgin. I had the opportunity to chat with Gina about her new movie Deepwater Horizon, her role models and her obsession with boxing.

How did winning a Golden Globe change your life?

It’s pretty freaking awesome and super. There are no words. There’s that feeling of gratitude, love, [feeling] blessed and being freaking stoked about everything. Now, I’m doing a movie in New Orleans. It’s outrageous! I’m boxing everyday. It’s so fulfilling. This is what I had dreamt of 15 years ago when I was a teenager. It’s wild.

Tell us about your character in Deepwater Horizon

In Deepwater Horizon,  I play a Latina from San Diego. I feel very honored to play her. The story centers on a devastating explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Working with Peter Berg has been outstanding, he is somebody I’ve always desired to work with. He is a genius, hands down. He teaches you to let go and just jump into your role while he provides the parachute. And I am having a blast working with so many male actors, Kurt Russell, Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich and Dylan O’Brian.

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10 Latinos To Watch: Behind The Scenes [Photos]

I had the privilege of co-producing the Variety Latino’s first annual “10 Latinos To Watch” list where we honored the best up and coming Latino actors and actresses in Hollywood. Among the list were Diego Boneta, Karla Souza, Stephanie Sigman and Luis Gerardo Méndez.

It was an amazing experience! We did everything from choosing the ten, contacting them, setting up their interviews, writing all their profiles, galleries and more. My co-worker, Griselda Flores, and I worked diligently to produce content that would really stand out and honor each of their achievements. Each one came in to our studios to talk about their careers, their start in the industry and what they had learned about being in the industry. You can look at all the coverage by clicking HERE and their videos HERE.

While they had their interviews I took behind-the-scenes pictures and now you can take a look at them!

Lorenza Izzo: Chilean actress who was last seen in Eli Roth‘s “The Green Inferno” and “Knock Knock.”

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“The Originals” Recap: “Red Door”

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It’s “The Originals” recap time!

Forgot what happened last week in “”Live and Let Die”? No worries, recap episode 4 HERE. 

We start the episode with a bloody Elijah chasing…Elena?

He wakes up from being chained and Esther is right there with him telling him that she is not in his head, that he was dreaming. She asks who he was dreaming about and chasing? Elijah is very feisty and Esther tells him that she wants him to become a witch and take the body of a new being. He tells her to let him go and he gets vicious. She reminds him that he gets into his savage stage and rips up every little “butterfly” love that he has because he is a beast and she brings up him first love. We go back in time and we see a young Elijah and a doppleganger Elena who only had eyes for one person, Elijah. So now we see this doppleganger talking to Elijah and see that she is attracted to him and she says, “I choose you Elijah” and they share their first kiss.

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Well, well, well…Now back to present time and Esther tells him that he always rips his butterflies apart and he says it happened when Esther drained his first love of her blood.

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“The Vampire Diaries” recap: “The World Has Turned and Left Me Here”

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Welcome, welcome VD Lovers!

Let chit chat about “The Vampire Diares” episode 5 “The World Has Turned and Left Me Here.”

If you haven’t caught up from last week or don’t remember all that happened, recap last episode, “Black Hole Sun,” HERE.

From what we can shortly recap is that Ivy is now a vampire and Stefan wakes up because his phone is ringing and gets a call from the coach who says that he still has Enzo in his possession and is torturing him. Once he hangs up he hears Ivy in the kitchen and sees her with blood in her mouth and she starts to tell him that she killed his boss. She is a sassy little one and says that she can’t control her emotions and even references “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” 😉 She gets all rallied up and goes after Stefan but he snaps her neck.

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We then arrive at Caroline’s dorm with Stefan and Ivy in a trunk. He is asking her to take care of Ivy in the meantime and of course Caroline gives in. Next we see Alarec is teaching and we find out that it is Homecoming, does this mean another party? But he goes on and tells a tale of Homecoming and that the morale of the story is to never fall in love with your brother’s girl and looks at Elena who is in his class and asks if he wants to have her compulsion removed and she says no. After class Elena asks Liam to the Corn Maze and it’s a date!

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