INTERVIEW: Hayley Orrantia

*This interview was conducted by myself, on behalf of Celebmix*

Hayley Orrantia is both an actress and a singer and is best known for her role as Erica on The Goldbergs where she stars alongside personalities such as George Segal, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, Hayley, Troy Gentile and Sean Giambrone. However, she was a singer long before she was an actress and is starting a journey to cement her position in the country music hall of fame.

Orrantia’s latest single ‘Give Me Back Sunday’ details her experience with homesickness. After leaving home at 19 on a journey to pursue her dreams, the star found that it wasn’t as easy she thought.

I got the chance to catch up with her and talked about the single, The Goldbergs and her fingers crossed eventual CMA performance. Check out the interview below!

Hey Hayley, how are you? 

I am good! Been living in Nashville over the hiatus between seasons of The Goldbergs and absolutely loving it!

What are some facts about you that your fans might not know? 

I can talk with my mouth closed, I love making dream-catchers (that’s why it is my symbol) and I have gotten really involved with interior design and recently looked into going to school to learn more.

You play Erica on the hit ABC show The Goldbergs. Did you always want to get into acting? 

Honestly, I never intended to become an actress. I have always been a singer first and acting kind of fell into my lap in a weird way. Now that I work on The Goldbergs, I love it and it’s a fun challenge for me every day.

Your new song ‘Give Me Back Sunday’ details your experience with homesickness. How hard was it to leave home at such a young age?

Being an only child and having never lived anywhere, other than my childhood home, it was difficult moving out, to say the least. I had to learn a lot about doing things on my own, being an adult and having roommates for the first time. I missed my parents, my friends and the familiarity of my hometown. However, I learned so much and met so many amazing people that I don’t regret any of it.

Do you have any advice for young people considering leaving home to pursue their dreams? 

I would say if you have thought of all the logistics of moving away from home then you should do it! But you have to be sure it is logical for you financially and emotionally. You should always chase after your dreams, but be sure you’re ready to take such a big step. Finally, never be afraid to ask for help and guidance from family or friends back home! They will always be a safe place to land.

You attended the CMA AWARDS last year, and looked incredible, might I add! Could we expect to see you taking the stage, sometime in the near future?

Thank you! I had such a blast presenting this past year. I would love to perform one day, as nerve-wracking as that sounds, but that’s up to a lot more people than just me!

Any plans to tour? 

Right now touring just doesn’t make sense for me. For one, there just isn’t enough time between seasons of The Goldbergs to make it happen, as well as recording and writing new music. My goal is to write as much as possible and keep putting new music out there. But I want to tour one day!

Lastly, can you give us an exclusive on whether you have any cool acting jobs lined up for this year!

No other acting gigs quite yet, besides The Goldbergs! The day after we finish a season of the show, I usually pack my bags for Nashville and focus fully on music. Until that right project comes along, you’ll only be seeing me on the show.

Interview: James TW

James TW was discovered by Shawn Mendes on Youtube, who soon organised a meeting with his record label that led to James being signed to UNIVERSAL/Island records- a label that has signed talent such as Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Mike Posner and Shawn Mendes.

James was the sole opening act on the sold out Shawn Mendes World Tour and even performed on Ellen in January. He is a rising British star and I got the chance to interview him this week just before his gig at Bush Hall, Shepards Bush in London.

I spoke to James about his album, touring with Shawn Mendes and who he would most like to vs in a game of Basketball… watch the interview below to find out everything he said!