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.

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Heroes and Villains Fanfest Review

Heroes and Villains Fanfest is a convention like no other, it is driven by maximising the fan experience and making guests a lot more accessible to fans. Attending a fanfest convention suggests you are likely to bump into stars from hit tv shows such as Arrow, Flash, Gotham and even films like Guardians of the Galaxy.

On the 27th May, alongside my best friend I attended the very first London Fanfest, at Kensington Olympia and it was incredible.

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Taking selfies before the event haha

Firstly, the convention was organised so well. As someone who has attended various conventions in London, where it tends to get packed and manic. It was so refreshing to finally attend a convention that clearly understands these risks, but takes all the steps to ensure things never get out of control.

There was never a point where crowds couldn’t be controlled-everything seemed to move quite smoothly.

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This may have something to do with just how much the team put into ensuring security, especially after the horrific attack in Manchester forced them to change their policy. Considering the little amount of time they had to make amendments, their hard work well and truly paid off.

In terms of guests, Fanfest really hit it out of the park and booked the biggest names in TV right now. Stars included: Stephen Amell, Emily Beck Richards, Sean Pertwee, Shantel Vansanten, Italia Ricci and Robbie Amell.

Just like most conventions, Fanfest offers attendees the opportunity to purchase photo ops/autographs and selfies.

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Some of you may be thinking that there isn’t much difference to a photo op and selfies… you would be right to an extent. Photo ops are taken with a professional photographer and are printed out and given to you, whereas selfies can be purchased at the stars’ table and can be taken on your phone.

In my opinion, selfies at Fanfest are better than doing a photo op because they are cheaper, offer shorter queues and allow you to be far more interactive with your faves.

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Due to the high demand of photo ops, you tend to have to leave fairly quickly after the picture is taken to ensure everyone is seen.

We got the chance to talk to so many of the guests, via the selfie route and some conversations ended up being around five minutes long. If you get the chance to go next year, I would definitely recommend purchasing one photo op of who you are most excited for and then saving the rest of your money for selfies.

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Staying true to the convention fashion, there were panels throughout the day. We attended the Gotham panel and Cosplay Costume Panel, the Gotham panel was amazing with the cast spilling secrets about the upcoming series.

Overall the day was a 10/10… Everything was well organised, the guests were super nice and a pleasure to talk to. Heroes and Villains Fanfest, until next time!

Honourable Highlights:

  • Seeing Stephen Amell in the flesh arghhhhhhh
  • Getting Shantel Vansanten to send us a message
  • Meeting Italia Ricci & Robbie Amell
  • Getting to watch the Gotham Cast talk about the upcoming season
  • Getting to know some amazing fans

Did you also attend Fanfest? Drop me a line below and tell me if you plan on going next year! x

Katie Cassidy is engaged

Katie Cassidy kicks ass on TV, but the star is also kicking ass at love too!

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The Arrow actress and Supernatural alum announced her engagement to beau Matthew Rogers on Instagram, this morning. The star can be seen flashing her rock as she kisses her bae in a love filled post.

“I can’t wait to spend forever with you my darling!! I’m the luckiest girl in the whole world,” the beaming bride-to-be gushed on Instagram. “I [love] YOU to the moon and back @mattyice432.”

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“Thank you for a magical evening I will forever remember,” she added.

The couple has been staying at The Oberoi Mauritius, a five-star hotel on an island in the Indian Ocean, after hitching on a private jet last week, just days after Cassidy appeared at Heroes and Villains Fanfest in London where she appeared alongside her Arrow co stars.

Send your congratulations to the star by tweeting @Mzkatiecassidy and commenting your thoughts below.

 

Gina Rodriguez has opened up about her battle with anxiety

Gina Rodriguez opened up on Instagram about her experience with anxiety and how it has impacted her, in a make up free shoot with her friend.

The video shows a bare-faced Rodriguez, wearing a Yankees hat, smiling for the camera.

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“My beautiful friend @antonsoggiu came to visit from Norway and he included me in his magical art. TEN SECOND PORTRAITS. It’s always great to be in front of his lens but this time it was just me. Bare and exposed in the streets of la. No makeup. No styling. Just me,” she began her Instagram caption, accompanying the clip she shared on Friday.

The hit actress and activist, 32, admitted that she suffers from anxiety, and encouraged acceptance.

“I suffer from anxiety. And watching this clip I could see how anxious I was but I empathize with myself. I wanted to protect her and tell her it’s ok to be anxious, there is nothing different or strange about having anxiety and I will prevail. I like watching this video. It makes me uncomfortable but there is a freedom I feel maybe even an acceptance. This is me. Puro Gina.”

Rodriguez stars alongside fellow stars Jamie Cahill, Brett Dier, Yael Groblgas and Justin Baldoni in hit CW show Jane the Virgin. The third season of the show recently wrapped-whilst the show has also been renewed for a fourth season.

Are you a fan of Gina, suffer from anxiety or just want to talk… drop me a comment! x