Audrey Magazine interview: Haley Tju from Nickelodeon’s “Bella and the Bulldogs”

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Audrey Magazine:

Traditional gender roles? Not in Nickelodeon’s hit show, Bella and the Bulldogs! The show focuses on Bella, a head cheerleader who pursues her passion of playing football and becomes the star quarterback for her school’s team. Pepper and Sophie are also cheerleaders and Bella’s best friends. In the show, the girls must try to remain close and maintain their friendship while proving that girls can be just as tough and play sports just as well as guys. Who knew there was more to Nickelodeon than dealing with everyday school life?

Haley Tju (pronounced like “chew”) plays Pepper, the energetic friend with an obsession with the right hair poof height. During our interview, the Chinese and Indonesian American actress proves that she is much more than the fashionista cheerleader she plays on Bella and the Bulldogs.

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Audrey Magazine:  How old are you?

Haley Tju: I’m 14, born on February 15.

AM: Are you homeschooled?

HT: Yes, I am homeschooled. I’ve been homeschooled for about two years now and it’s been great. I do school on set when I’m working and I have three teachers that help me. But when I’m not working, I just do it at home and get my mom’s help.

AM: Do you miss regular school?

HT: Yeah, I do! I have friends there. You always get to hang out with friends on and off work. At work, you get to hang out with your cast mates and they’re pretty amazing.

AM: How did you get into acting?

HT: My older sister, Brianne, started acting, so my mom decided to put me into acting as well. And I started auditioning for commercials and doing co-stars and guest stars and going from there.

AM: What was the first role you landed?

HT: I think it was a Pizza Hut commercial. That was really fun because they let me eat pizza at the audition. But for a show, I think I was a girl scout in an older show on Fox. That was a cool experience.

AM: What do your friends say when they see you on TV? Is it weird for them?

HT: No, because I’ve been really close to them. I’ve been friends with them since pre-school so they see me skip school and go to auditions and see me on TV. They’ve been really supportive and nice. I guess they’re just really happy for me. Sometimes it’s hard, because they schedule a hang out and I can’t because things just pop up at random times.

AM: Tell me about your character, Pepper, on Bella and the Bulldogs?

HT: My character Pepper is Bella and Sophie’s overly caffeinated bestie. She’s loyal, a fashionista, boy crazy and she’s prone to panic attacks. The girls are always there to calm her down.

AM: Are you anything like her in real life?

HT: I can be indecisive like her at times and we both love fashion, but I think her fashion is more wild than I am. She definitely expresses who she is through her clothes.

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AM: Pepper is a cheerleader. Do you also play any sports?

HT: I used to be a dancer and gymnast. I still do dance occasionally. I do kickboxing and running and I love playing football just for fun. I can never actually play in a game because I can never be tackled! But I still love just throwing it around and having fun with it.

AM: Who is your favorite actor or actress that you admire?

HT: Oh, that’s going to be hard. I love Jennifer Lawrence and Shailene Woodley because they just seem so real and genuine on and off screen.

AM: Have you met them in person?

HT: No, I would love to though!

AM: What would your dream role be?

HT: I guess I’m kind of living my dream role. I always wanted to have my own show on Nickelodeon, but I would love to go into the movie industry and do more dramatic and comedic roles. I’ve always wanted to be like, the mini Maggie Q, like Nikita.

AM: Do you see yourself acting in the long run? Or do you see yourself doing other things?

HT: Acting is definitely a part of me now. I feel that it’s all I want to do. But besides acting, I do like singing and drawing and art. So maybe if I take a little break, I can go further with those. But right now, it’s all about acting because I love it.

AM: Other than Nickelodeon, do you have other projects you’re working on?

HT: Not at the moment and nothing I can talk about, but once I know more, I’ll be sure to share on my social media.

Keep an eye out for Haley Tju during the next season of Bella and the Bulldogs!

 

K-Pop Idol Megan Lee to star in Nickelodeon’s new show ‘Make It Pop’

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Audrey Magazine (by Amber Chen)

Record producer Nick Cannon first pitched the K-Pop-inspired show Make It Pop to Nickelodeon about a year ago, and after months of speculation, Nickelodeon finally announced the series would be picked up for 20 episodes in the upcoming 2015-2016 season.

Similar to Korean drama Dream High and Nickelodeon’s Victorious, each episode of Make It Pop will have its own original soundtrack and performances. Luckily for us, this means new content every week to keep the audience wanting more.

Nickelodeon recently released the official synopsis:

Randomly selected to room together at boarding school, bookish Corki, fashion-forward Jodi and social media maven Sun Hi meet and bond over music. With the help of fellow boarding school classmate and DJ hopeful, Caleb, the girls grow from roommates to bandmates as they become a school-wide sensation and compete for a place in the upcoming school musical.

Young K-Pop Idol Megan Lee plays the role of the “social media loving pop divaSun Hi, while her onscreen roommates Corki and Jordi will be played by actresses Erika Tham and Louriza Tronco. Having dabbled in the acting industry before her musical debut, the 19-year-old starlet will likely have no trouble immersing into her role. In fact, Lee’s professional career began at the young age of 10. She has been in a number of television shows such as Kidz BopNickelodeon’s iCarly and the popular South Korean show MBC Star Audition – The Great Birth.

The show is set to premiere in April 2015.

Ariana Grande is learning hiragana and Japan can’t stop talking about it

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Ariana Grande is a rising star that many are calling a “mini-Mariah Carey.”

Launching onto the world stage after an incredibly successful run on the Nickelodeon show, Victorious, she is quickly gaining fans around the world with her solo music career. She has quite the following in Japan too, with her most recent album, My Everything, peaking at #3 on the weekly Oricon Music charts. And while Japan can’t get enough of her songs and her extremely long hair (extensions), there is something else that her Japanese fans are talking about these days: Ariana Grande is learning hiragana.

Though she has a reputation of being a diva, there is only one word that Japanese fans use to describe her: KAWAIIIIIIIIIII (CUUUUUUTE)

And having been to Japan many times herself, Ariana Grande is very familiar with the concept of “kawaii.” In fact she’s quite fond of Japan, proudly claiming on Japanese TV that she loves edamame, tofu and the eclectic Japanese singer, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. And Ariana Grande is making sure her fans know that her love of Japan extends beyond her screaming Arianators. Her recent Instagram post conclusively separates her from all the other young female singers from America.

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ARIANA IS STUDYING JAPANESE!!! Countless news outlets and fans have written about how she is studying Japanese since that pictured was posted. She seems dedicated to her studies as well, having downloaded a Japanese keyboard on her phone.

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But, whether she is seriously studying Japanese during her busy schedule or just taking a swing at learning hiragana, her Japanese fans can’t get enough of it.

Ariana Grande has definitely captured the hearts of her Japanese fans, and she assures them that she will be back in Japan soon.

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Who knows how far Ariana’s foray into the Japanese language will go. Perhaps she will surprise her fans with a homemade handwritten sign professing her love for Japan at her next concert.

▼”I love Japan!”

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Japanese American Ryan Potter on his big debut in “Big Hero 6″

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Audrey Magazine:

As someone who has spent his whole life training in martial arts –– it was this hobby that landed him the leading role of Mike Fukanaga in Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas and jumpstarted his acting career, after all –– you’d think the fight sequences featured in Disney’s newest animation action flick Big Hero 6 would seem kind of mediocre to Ryan Potter. But he’s as floored by the elaborate animations as anyone.

It’s that Marvel effect! Gotta love those Marvel action sequences,” 19-year-old Potter said excitedly over the phone, referring to Big Hero 6’s origin as a Marvel comic. “They’re larger than life.”

Potter lends his voice for the first time to the character Hiro Hamada, a 14-year-old genius living in the fictional city of San Fransokyo and the eventual leader of Big Hero 6, a team of super smart superheroes. After the sudden death of his older brother Tadashi, Hiro decides to investigate the suspicious circumstances surrounding the tragic accident with the help of Baymax, a healthcare robot designed by Tadashi. Hiro’s older friends, GoGo Tomago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon and Fred, also join the fight in a show of friendship.

 

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The friends skate, race cars and even fly through the city of San Fransokyo, which is a clever and imaginative mash between the major cities of Tokyo, Japan and San Francisco, U.S.A. After watching the finished product, the city itself stirred up fond memories for Potter, who was raised in Tokyo until his family moved back to the United States at the age of seven.

There are so many similarities between Tokyo and San Fransokyo that when I watched the film, there were a lot of hidden moments there for me,” said Potter. “There were memories of me taking the train with my mom … it represented a big part of my childhood.”

The presence of Tokyo wasn’t the only thing that held meaning for Potter. Many people are already pointing out the fact that not only does Disney’s newest venture feature a multiracial cast and a diverse number of characters, but the main hero himself is biracial.
If you consider the U.S. the melting pot of the world, hopefully in the future, the media is going to show that,” said Potter, who is of Japanese and Caucasian descent. “This movie has opened doors for more mixed roles for characters and actors who are biracial.” Growing up, Potter would watch TV and notice that he never saw any heroes who looked like him. People of mixed race were not represented in the media. Big Hero 6 gave him Hiro, the hero he’d always wanted to see as a child. Though the Big Hero 6 team includes characters of various ethnicities, Disney doesn’t poke fun at the characters’ backgrounds, or even highlights them, for that matter. “These characters don’t feel like they need to identify themselves –– they’re just San Fransokyans,” said Potter. “It’s just like when people ask me about my background. I don’t like to say I’m Japanese and Caucasian –– I say I’m American. Because that’s all that matters.”

 

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With his first animated feature under his belt, Potter is hooked to voice-overs and hopes he can join more animated projects in the future. His dream film? Any future Studio Ghibli movies legendary Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki decides to embark on. “It’s so freeing,” Potter said of the advantages voice-acting has over live acting. “You go into that [recording] booth and you don’t have to worry about what you or your body looks like. You can be completely yourself.”

The young actor, while he has no big upcoming projects, is currently planning on applying to various film schools in Southern California and dreams of working with Jeff Bridges and Robert Downey, Jr. But Big Hero 6 is a project that will remain close to his heart. “My favorite scene of all time has to be the first flight sequence Hiro takes with Baymax,” said Potter, referring to the scene where Baymax takes Hiro on an adventure through the city and over the clouds. “I think it’s every kid’s dream to fly.”

 

James Jean x Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Collaboration

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Re-applying his talents in a familiar arena, here acclaimed Taiwanese-American artist James Jean teams up with Nickelodeon and Japanese toymaker Good Smile Company to create an exclusive set of toys for everyone’s favorite underground heroes. Here we find Jean creating radical expressions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, turned into four large-scale sculptures that create a diorama when together. The toys will make their public debut at Good Smile Company’s Comic-Con installation – running in New York between now and October 12.

Pre-orders will start up in November beginning with Leonardo, with the remaining three set to drop in 2015.

 

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Nickelodeon’s “Supah Ninjas” wins an Emmy for “Outstanding Stunt Coordination”

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At yesterday’s Creative Arts Emmy ceremony, the Emmy for “Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Comedy Series Or A Variety Program” went to Nickelodeon’s “Supah Ninjas,” with Hiro Koda as stunt coordinator.

Supah Ninjas is an American action-comedy superhero series, created by Leo Chu and Eric Garcia. The series premiered as a special preview on Nickelodeon on January 17, 2011 in the United States and started airing regularly on April 16, 2011. The cast includes Japanese-American actor and martial artist Ryan Potter (as lead character Mike Fukanaga), Carlos Knight, Gracie Dzienny, and George Takei.

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Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas wins an Emmy for “Outstanding Stunt Coordination”

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