Former Victorious' star Victoria Justice has now landed on Netflix with a brand new comedy called Afterlife Of The Party. Our Rachel Smith has sat down with Justice to talk about the movie and the bonding experience with co-star Midori Francis.
Victoria Justice plays party-lover Cassie, a girl who finds herself in the afterlife after dying during her birthday party. Cassie will get a second chance at life to make things right for the ones she's left behind on Earth.
To play best friends, Justice and Midori Francis bonded behind the scenes over one big passion the two actresses share: music. Justice said:
"There's a new song by Camila Cabello, it's called 'Don't Go Yet,' it has this latin groove to it which I love. I'm half Puerto Rican and I love a good latin beat, you can't help but move."
Francis also shared a moment in which the two blasted a song on repeat while filming.
"There was just this one song that Victoria and I listened to over and over. She introduced me to it on set and then Victoria would act out different characters and it was a good time."
And their passion for music didn't end there. Justice wrote a song that is part of the movie's soundtrack.
"I wrote the ending credits song called 'Home.'"
This is not the first time the actress demonstrates her songwriting talent. In Nickelodeon's Victorious, Justice used to sing and act, along with fellow co-stars such as Ariana Grande.
Afterlife Of The Party is now streaming on Netflix.
It's no secret that Olivia Munn has a lot on her plate right now. Our Rachel Smith sat down with Munn and her co-star Shea Whigham to chat about their new crime thriller The Gateway.
The Gateway follows a social worker, Whigham, who gets wrapped up in the personal life of one of his clients: a single mom played by Munn. When asked if the unique perspective of the character attracted him to the role, Whigham said:
"I thought that was a really interesting approach. He can't take care of himself, so he chooses to throw everything into that which leads him to Olivia."
Munn had this to say about her character:
"This was a little movie so Shea right now is in London. We're talking to him in London right now as he is doing Mission Impossible. So that is a big set up. And then ours is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum."
"So for us to do all of that action like everything you saw in there actually happened. There were no like camera tricks or anything. We as actors had to sit together and say we need this to be emotionally charged."
Shea Whigham is of course known for his dramatic roles in such television series as Fargo and True Detective. But Olivia Munn has had her fair share of dramatic roles as well.
"When you're wearing a cowboy hat and a red leather jacket, I mean, where is it going? I often say it is so much more fun and so much more complex. You get a lot of leeway."
That was Frank Grillo on his antagonistic role. Grillo is known for his appearances as Crossbones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He also plays a leading role in The Purge series. So a badass role like this is totally in his wheelhouse.