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SYLVIA: How did you hear about the role of Hilary Curtis and what was your initial reaction?
MISHAEL: At the time, I had already done quite a few things in Canada and I was working quite a bit right before Y&R, I had just done some other series and some features that I was doing, and I was then engulfed in just pilot season when Y&R came about. And it was just one of those auditions and I think I was doing something like two, sometimes three auditions a day. Four, five days a week. I don’t even really remember the audition until they asked me, they started talking about it and then I had to go and look the audition up. Because it was just so much going on at that time. So my agent just sent me the audition and I put it on tape, and after I saw the audition, I remembered it was one of those auditions that I was putting something else on tape, like for a different show, and right after that, my agent called me and said, “Oh, we just got another audition, can you put this on tape? We need it back in four hours.” I was like, “Okay.” So I just read the lines and I threw it on tape and I set it to him and yeah. There was quite some time that passed before they actually called to talk about me actually coming down and playing Hilary Curtis. I think it was about three, four weeks, almost a month before I actually heard anything else about it, so I totally forgot about it. It was a while.
SYLVIA: Your initial reaction was one of more of surprise because you had forgotten it.
MISHAEL: Yeah, it was really, really surprising when I got it. I was also a huge fan when I was growing up. So my mom watched Y&R since before I was born, and I just remember being five years old being annoyed by Y&R because it was on the same time as Sesame Street and I really wanted to watch Sesame Street, but by the time I got into high school, Y&R, me and my sister were huge Y&R fans, and yeah, when I found out actually booked a role on The Young and the Restless, I was actually just super excited to tell my family because I was acting and I was going to do something totally different before that, which was I was going to go to law school. I was always this academic girl, like it was all academia my whole life. So like, I always felt like I was doing what I loved to do, but my family would never really understand it or appreciate it, and then when I booked Y&R, just knowing how much they are such huge fans, I was so excited to tell them because I finally knew that they would see my work. I would actually be on a show where they would actually be able to see what I do.
SYLVIA: Yes. Okay. Can you tell us a little bit about your character Hilary Curtis and how it feels to portray a character that transforms from victim to villain and then back again?
MISHAEL: Mm-hm. Oh yeah, Hilary came on the show as a vindictive young woman with a vengeance, and from then, she started to just get to know, I guess, the Winters family, especially. And other people in general in the city, and she just started to heal as a person. And it’s really empowering to play a character that’s going through so much in their lives because I feel like even my transition from going from academia to the arts just overnight was a huge transitional process for me over the six years that I started acting, and it was such a struggle and I feel like so many things change in your life and I feel like I can bring a lot of that to Hilary, because she’s going through so many changes and she’s meeting so many different people and her entire life is changing before her eyes and because of that, she’s changing and she’s transforming. It’s been a blessing to be able to explore that because it’s something that happens to you, but you never really think about it, you know, so it’s nice to put some of my own lessons that I’ve learned in my life into my character.
SYLVIA: Thank you very good. How is the chemistry between you and the Y&R cast? And which one of the Y&R cast members has been your favorite to work with so far?
MISHAEL: [laughs] I think my chemistry with everybody on Y&R has been awesome. I love working with everybody I don’t want to choose any specific one because it’s just too difficult. I love working with everybody for all different reasons. You know, like Peter Bergman, he’s so professional, and he’s just such a mentor. He has a mentor quality to him, and I’ve learned so much just working with him. But then Kristoff St. John, he is just so funny and he’s just an awesome person to work with inside and out. He makes you feel so comfortable and he’s so real and it’s so hard, and then Bryhton James, I feel like we’re just the same age and we click on that level where we’re both doing our thing, working in the soap world, but trying to navigate our lives at the same time because we’re both still really young and we’re looking up to all these great people like Kristoff St. John, Peter Bergman and working with Christel’s awesome, because she’s always giving 110 percent and she’s just a great artist through and through, so I can’t choose. I just name great qualities of each one.
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American journalist killed by Russian forces in Ukraine, police say
An American journalist was killed and another journalist was wounded by Russian forces in the town of Irpin outside the capital of Kyiv on Sunday, Ukrainian police said.
Brent Renaud, a 50-year-old filmmaker, was killed when Russian troops opened fire, according to Andriy Nebytov, the head of Kyiv’s regional police force. Nebytov posted a graphic photo purportedly of Renaud’s body on Facebook, as well as pictures of his American passport and media credentials issued by The New York Times.
A spokeswoman for the Times said Renaud was “a talented filmmaker who had contributed to The New York Times over the years,” most recently in 2015, but he “was not on assignment for any desk at The Times in Ukraine.”
Nebytov wrote that Renaud “paid [with] his life for trying to highlight the aggressor’s ingenuity, cruelty and ruthlessness,” according to an automated translation of his Facebook post.
Renaud and his brother Craig Renaud have reported from a number of global hotspots over the past two decades, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt, according to a biography on their website. The pair won a Peabody Award in 2015 for an eight-part documentary for Vice News about a school in Chicago for students with severe emotional issues.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan called reports of Renaud’s death “shocking and horrifying,” telling “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the U.S. and its allies would impose “appropriate consequences” against Russia for the killing.
“I will just say that this is part and parcel of what has been a brazen aggression on the part of the Russians where they have targeted civilians, they have targeted hospitals, they have targeted places of worship and they have targeted journalists,” Sullivan said.
Singer Traci Braxton of ‘Braxton Family Values’ dies at 50
Singer Traci Braxton, who was featured with her family in the reality television series “Braxton Family Values,” died at age 50 on Saturday.
Her sister, Toni, and family said that Braxton died “this morning as the snow was falling.” According to reports, Traci Braxton had been fighting esophageal cancer.
“Needless to say, she was a bright light, a wonderful daughter, an amazing sister, a loving mother, wife, grandmother and a respected performer,” the family said. “We will miss her dearly.”
“Braxton Family Values” aired for seven seasons starting in 2011 on WeTV. It focused on the lives of sisters Toni, Traci, Tamar, Trina and Towanda and their extended families.
Traci was an actress and singer who released albums in 2014 and 2018, with the singles “Last Call” and “Broken Things” her best-known songs.
She spent much of her time doing social work for children with disabilities, according to her website.
She was married to Kevin Surratt, with whom she appeared on the TV series “Marriage Boot Camp.”
Their son, Kevin Surratt Jr., said on Instagram Saturday that his mother fought to the end.
“I love my mother forever and this hurts so much but I’m at peace knowing she’s not in pain anymore,” he said.
UNITED MASTERS TEAMS UP WITH THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS
BPRW) UNITEDMASTERS TEAMS UP WITH THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS TO GIVE INDEPENDENT ARTISTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO WIN $15K AND HAVE THEIR MUSIC INCLUDED IN THE FILM’S PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN
ORIGINAL SONG “BACK TO LIFE” FROM EMERGING HIP-HOP ARTIST QUANTRELLE WINS GRAND PRIZE; 5 RUNNERS UP TO RECEIVE $1,000
(Prestige Celebrity Magazine) NEW YORK, NY — In celebration of the highly anticipated film The Matrix Resurrections, UnitedMasters – the “record label in your pocket” for independent artists – has joined forces with Warner Bros. Pictures to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for artists to win $15,000 and have their original music included in the film’s promotional campaign.
Today, UnitedMasters has revealed rising hip-hop artist and Charlotte, NC native Quantrelle as the winner of the contest. Quantrelle’s song, “Back to Life,” written specially for the open call, will receive the $15,000 cash prize and be featured in The Matrix Resurrections promotional campaign. Quantrelle’s track was selected as the lead song out of thousands of entries.
Quantrelle shared, “When I first started working on this song, the intention was to create a sound that embodied the energy of the movie. Once that feeling was solidified, I got inspired to write lyrics that really speak to the film and are words any Matrix fan would understand. I was really inspired by the scene of Neo dodging bullets, which I watched during the process, and that illustrious moment felt so in sync with what I was going for, that’s when I knew we had something special.”
Five runners-up were also selected to receive $1,000 each to put towards their music careers. Each track was judged by UnitedMasters’ professional sync team and based on encompassing The Matrix themes, overall creativity, production quality, lyrical content, dynamics, mood, and emotion. The Matrix Resurrections is set to release in U.S. theaters and on HBO Max on December 22nd.
UnitedMasters’ engagement with The Matrix Resurrections aligns with their mission of ensuring the next generation of creators take their futures into their own hands. UnitedMasters is dedicated to helping artists level the playing field by offering opportunities and exclusive resources often reserved for major label acts. The platform gives independent artists access to premium music distribution services, a suite of tools to help directly connect with their fans, and opportunities to connect with brands that want access to premium music produced and owned by independent artists. UnitedMasters artists maintain ownership over their master recording rights while being introduced to millions of new fans worldwide through direct brand partnerships.
Launched in 2017 by Translation founder and music industry veteran Steve Stoute, UnitedMasters is a music technology company that gives creators access to premium music distribution services, a suite of tools to help them directly connect with fans, and opportunities for unique partnerships with some of the world’s biggest brands all while allowing them to maintain full ownership over their master recording rights.
About The Matrix Resurrections
The Matrix Resurrections reunites Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss as cinematic icons Neo and Trinity. Return to a world of two realities: one, everyday life; the other, what lies behind it. To find out if his reality is a physical or mental construct, to truly know himself, Mr. Anderson will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more. And if Thomas…Neo…has learned anything, it’s that choice, while an illusion, is still the only way out of—or into—the Matrix. Of course, Neo already knows what he has to do. But what he doesn’t yet know is the Matrix is stronger, more secure and more dangerous than ever before. Déjà vu.
The film also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Jada Pinkett Smith (“Angel Has Fallen,” TV’s “Gotham”).
Lana Wachowski directed from a screenplay by Wachowski & David Mitchell & Aleksander Hemon, based on characters created by The Wachowskis. The film was produced by James McTeigue, Lana Wachowski and Grant Hill. The executive producers were Garrett Grant, Terry Needham, Michael Salven, Karin Wachowski, Jesse Ehrman and Bruce Berman.
Wachowski’s creative team behind the scenes included directors of photography Daniele Massaccesi and John Toll, production designers Hugh Bateup and Peter Walpole, editor Joseph Jett Sally, costume designer Lindsay Pugh, visual effects supervisor Dan Glass, and composers Johnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer.
Warner Bros. Pictures Presents, In Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, In Association with Venus Castina Productions, The Matrix Resurrections. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures. It will be in theaters nationwide and on HBO Max via the Ad-Free plan on December 22, 2021; it will be available on HBO Max in 4K UHD, HDR10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos (English only) on supported devices for 31 days from theatrical release.