I love avocado toast (and Brittany Johnson), so I was down to do a feature on the IPF project that she produced with the same name.
Avocado Toast, created by Heidi Lynch and Perrie Voss, is a heartfelt, comedic series that examines how fully-grown women process their messy lives; sometimes with charm and grace, but often without. Molly doesn’t want to talk about being bisexual. Elle doesn’t want to talk about her parent’s divorce. Together, these 30 year olds fumble their way through finally growing up.
Over the course of Season One, with 7 (five-to-eight minute) Episodes, we watch our classic gal-pal duo ( think a female Please Like Me, Fleabag, ) stagger their way through two, very different life-altering experiences side-by-side. While most people experience parental divorce and discover their sexuality at a younger age, reaching thirty does not mean these two firecrackers are dealing with it with any more aplomb than a couple of angst-ridden teenagers."
This series is extremely creative and very refreshing. I think it'll be a success as we live in a more open-minded society where we are able to talk about these things. It is reality and always has been, we just never heard about it before. It's as if we forget about the thirtysomethings in life unless they're wives or moms.
Anywho, the Independent Production Fund (IPF) is giving funding/financial support for new Canadian series based off of the number of views and social media attention that the trailers receive (that would explain why my FB feed has been loaded with new trailers from the Toronto acting community these past couple of weeks) and Avocado Toast is taking part in this.
Take a look at the trailer below:
This week just keeps getting better.
I had the chance to interview yet another one of my idols, Tanya Kim. She was formerly an entertainment host on Rogers as well as served as the co-anchor on ETALK, and has a heart of gold as she serves as an ambassador for the OSPCA. I've looked up to Tanya for as long as I can remember, so I was pretty pumped when I found out she was available to do an interview.
Check out our Q&A below:
How do you stay grounded in such a crazy and demanding industry?
It can be challenging at times to stay grounded while working in this industry, but having a good support system of people who not only have your back but also aren’t afraid to call you out on your “stuff” definitely helps. Surround yourself with all around good positive people... And furry best friends too (if you can)! Don’t know what I’d do without my Miss Mabel!
What is your personal definition of success?
My personal definition of “success” is being able to do what you love to do and be happy doing it, and being able to live in the moment feeling grateful for each one.
Do you have a system of sorts to assist you in achieving your goals?
I don’t have a system of sorts per se but I do find that journalling and putting pen to paper really help to organize my thoughts, plans, and goals. I’m also a big believer in the Vision Board... Everyone should create their own at least once in life!
Alright, I'm having a bit of a fan-girl moment on this snowy Monday.
I am ecstatic to share my interview with Sangita Patel - ET Canada personality, host of HGTV's Home To Win, pure #momgoals, and a fitspiration to a lot of people thanks to her #FitnessTuesday posts on Insta. She is one of my on-air idols and it means so much to me that she took the time out of her busy schedule to connect. It's great to have the opportunity to get know the person that you look up to by asking them about their core beliefs and values.
Check out our Q&A below:
Has the way that you look at yourself and life overall changed from when you started your career?
I guess so. Good question. I’m still the same person but now I have new opportunities to use my voice. Having a platform like ET Canada I am able to inspire and motivate people by sharing stories, whether they be from the show or from my personal life, that hopefully helps others. It’s a great feeling knowing that I can make a person laugh, or share something new with them.
What is your personal definition of success?
My definition of success is when I can inspire someone and impact change in their life. Also, success to me is being a mom that raises two girls who believe in themselves. And another one is to make a person smile.
Do you have a system that you use to achieve your goals?
Never ever give up. Things don’t always go the way you want them to, but I call that a plot twist. Find the positive in every situation and make it work to your benefit.
Maxine Grossman is an upcoming writer, producer and actress. She has written three pilots for original series, multiple comedy sketches, a spec episode for The Mindy Project and produced many short films. Maxine even had a part in Oscar winner Shape of Water. We also share a love for cannoli. Maxine is hardworking and has an amazing personality.
Check out my Q&A with her below:
What is your dream project?
My dream project would be to work on something feminist, and socially and historically significant. I don't have anything off the top of my head that I would want to work on that's been made because, that's the exciting part! I'd love to make it.
What do you think is the key to telling a good story in today’s day and age?
The key to telling a good story in this day and age is authenticity and openness. Audience members are demanding more real and accurate representations of characters on television. They want to see themselves on screen, and the only way to show that is to have the characters be as real and authentic as they are. The next, is openness. Audiences connect with characters that are honest and open with their feelings and stories. Of course, we still need the conflict and character arcs, so they can't be too self aware, but they do need to be emotional and have passions and be open in their stories about those things. It creates true empathy with the audience when they can identify with what the character is feeling.
How do you define success?
I define success through my ability to challenge someone's perceptions. My goal in life is to be a voice for those who would otherwise not be heard. I want to challenge the world to think differently and realize that their bubbles are not the be all, end all. Education is key. So for me, success is the ability to connect with others, educate them, and help show them another way of perceiving the world.
And that's another award season in the books!
I feel like this season just started, but sadly it came to an end with the 90th Academy Awards last night. I hosted my 3rd annual Oscars Party, so I'm slowly coming down from that high (it was a blast for those wondering). So much has happened in Hollywood and around the world in the past six months courtesy of a variety of movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp as well as discussions about gun control and gender equality.
In terms of the films that were nominated, I wasn't head over heels for any of them. It was a bit of a shit year. If I had to pick the one that I liked the most, it was Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri. Frances McDormand took home the coveted Best Actress award and it was well deserved. Her speech, however, had me scratching my head when she got so excited after calling on all of the female nominees to stand with her. Check it out:
The winners were pretty consistent with previous award shows - Gary Oldman won Best Actor, Sam Rockwell won Best Supporting Actor, Allison Janney won Best Supporting Actress, and Guillermo del Toro won Best Director.
Speaking of Guillermo del Toro, Shape of Water won 4 of the 13 Oscars that they were nominated for. They took the hardware home for Best Picture, Production Design, Best Director and Best Original Score. It definitely fits in with inclusion theme with the whole human woman falling in love with a fish person. It's more than that though. Shape of Water is what I visualize when I think of an Oscar worthy movie. The cinematography was unreal and some of it happened to be shot in my hometown of Hamilton, Ontario.
I do have to say that the show overall, despite being the biggest night in film, was underwhelming this year. I didn't hate it, but it didn't wow me either. Host Jimmy Kimmel was alright, but not spectacular. I think the greatest Oscars host of all time is Billy Crystal. Kimmel's monologue didn't suck, I just felt like it was missing something.
The show was full of compassion and wasn't in your face when it came to discussing the issues I mentioned at the top of this piece. That I loved. For a full list of the winners, click here.
Now I need to go clean up what's left from the party and count down the days until next year's Academy Awards.