LUKE GULDAN TALKS “TELL ME A STORY”, DREAM ROLES & FUTURE PROJECTS 0 54

With a career that spans both stage and screen, Luke Guldan is certainly no stranger to the entertainment business and 2018 has been and continues to be a busy and fulfilling one for the talented performer. His new show Tell Me A Story premiered last month and ThisIsTheLatest caught up with him to chat all things TV, keeping fit, and his advice for upcoming actors.

TITL: You’ve been performing on both stage and screen for a number of years now. Do you still feel that rush of excitement and passion you did when you first started out and exactly what is it about performing that you’re so drawn to passionate about?

Luke Guldan: For sure. The passion continues to evolve and grow. I have a great appreciation for film and expression. I’m not so drawn to performing exactly but more so the becoming / creating aspect, being immersed in that and so, being less aware of the actual performing.

TITL: Your latest show, Tell Me A Story premiered last month. For those who haven’t seen or heard of it yet, what can they expect from the series and how would you sum up your character Billy?

LG: Tell Me A Story is airing now on CBS All Access and it’s suspenseful, thrilling, fun, exciting, tragic, epic – typical Kevin Williams! Billy is a guy who’s trying to make his way in a tough city – and enjoying every minute of it.

TITL: What was it like working alongside Paul Wesley, Kim Cattrall and James Wolk? What would you say they’ve each most brought to the show?

LG: It’s always a great privilege to be involved in a project with such high-level and accomplished talent. I think each brings a wealth of experience, a huge fan base and a lot of range.

TITL: You’ve also starred in hit shows including Gossip Girl and Law & Order: SVU. Do you have any highlights/favourite memories from your time on those shows?

LG: Having strong roots in NYC – just having the opportunity to work on SVU and have that credit, is a huge highlight in itself. It’s one of those shows that has been around forever and so many great NYC actors have been on it – it’s kind of a seal of approval.

TITL: Your CV is testament to how versatile an actor and performer you are, but just how important to you is it that you’re able to take on a varied number of roles, and with that in mind, what kind of role, that you haven’t had yet, would you most like to? Is there a particular TV series or film franchise you’d love to appear in?

LG: The Avengers– rumor has it Captain America might be passing on the shield. So definitely going to take this opportunity to throw my hat in for that. I’m ready to suit up.

TITL: You’re returning to The Good Place. Without giving too much away, what can you say about what’s ahead for your character in episode 8 and do you know much as to where the series will go as a whole?

LG: It’s going to be forkin’ awesome. Trust.

TITL: With such a varied and lengthy resume, this might be a difficult question for you to answer, but what’s been the highlight of your professional career so far?

LG: I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of great opportunities and experiences – but a highlight would definitely have to be ripping a suit off in front of Kristen Bell and Ted Danson – at the same time! Winning.

TITL: Given your busy TV and film schedule, do you have any plans to return to the stage, and which production would you most like to have a part in?

LG: Totally – a few favorite plays are 4000 Miles, All My Sons, and Sweet Bird of Youth.

TITL: Are there any other upcoming projects you can tell me about or are you just waiting for the next ‘right’ role to come along?

LG: I just finished working on a Sci-Fi action adventure film called Final Frequency that I’m excited about. I play a deaf veteran battling with PTSD. It should hopefully have an early 2019 release date.

TITL: Away from acting, you’re an accomplished athlete. How, if at all, does your passion for health and fitness tie in to your performing work? Do you find that keeping fit as you do enables you to work, and feel, better both personally and professionally?

LG: In performance, you use what you have – so without your health you have nothing. Maintaining a healthy body, mind and soul is a vital part of my life and definitely influences the work I do and the opportunities presented to me.

TITL: How do you like to unwind after busy day or hectic few months on a film/TV set?

LG: I thrive when I’m working or creating – so I don’t do too much unwinding. I’m more of an active recovery kind of person. Going to the gym is usually the “unwind.”

TITL: The entertainment business is, it can be argued, fickle and cut-throat, so what advice would you give to those just starting out in it and looking to make their mark? What one trait would you say they most need to have in order to succeed?

LG: Focus on the positive and have fun. A good sense of humor.

TITL: Finally then, given all that you’ve done so far in terms of your career, what’s left for you to tick off on your personal/professional bucket lists? At what point would you be content to walk away from this business believing you’d achieved all you wanted to, and more?

LG: I feel like I’m just getting started. And there’s always more to accomplish.

Tell Me A Story is airing now on CBS All Access. For more information on Luke Guldan, visit his website or follow him on Twitter. Header photo credit: Richard Gerst.

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BLISSBLISS SHARE THE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “BULLETPROOF” 0 42

Blending their varied tastes and musical influences that range from rock and jazz to pop and R&B, BlissBliss have always made music that is truly unique to who they are, both personally and professionally, and showcase this through each and every one of their releases. Following on from previous single “I’m Coming Through”, which was released in September, the duo – Renee and Lang Bliss – have today unveiled the video for their latest track “Bulletproof”, and ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere it to the world.

Asked about the track, taken from their EP 3, which was released last month, the pair said:

“We loved the way that Bulletproof turned out. It originally began with a very different concept but using the same title. But as we saw the theme of relationships developing on the EP, the thought of a couple who constantly fought, wanting love to make them Bulletproof, felt like a really great direction.”

Check out the video for “Bulletproof” below and for more information on BlissBliss, visit their website, give their page a like on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. Header photo credit: Jose Guzman Colon.

CHRIS STILLS TELLS ALL ABOUT HIS NEW ALBUM & THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA 0 18

Having just released his first album in 10 years titled ‘Don’t Be Afraid’, it’s safe to say the last few months of 2018 in particular have been pretty big for Chris Stills. With the collection already championed by the likes of Mojo among others, while playing a few shows here in the UK, ThisIsTheLatest caught up with Chris to find out more about his artistic influences, the one venue he’d most like to play and how it felt to have his work featured in two Oscar winning films.

TITL: For those unfamiliar with you and your music, how would you sum yourself and your sound up in a few words?

Chris Stills: I grew up with the fundamentals. A folk, blues and rock foundation. Dylan, Stones, Beatles, Pink Floyd, CSN, Neil Young, The Police, U2, AC/DC, Motown… all of it. Depending on my mood and what I’m trying to achieve with a song, I reach to the music I love for inspiration. That also includes my contemporaries like Rufus Wainwright, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley etc…What you get is a nice mixed bag of songs… kind of like a mixed tape you’d make a friend.

TITL: With so many other bands and artists around, what makes you stand out? If you had to sell yourself to a music fan, what would you tell them? 

CS: I write songs, then I work hard to record, mix and master them. I play them in various venues large and small with different formations. I’ll sell you at the show. And maybe over dinner.

TITL: To what extent have your musical influences changed over the course of your life and how do and have those influences impact the music you’ve made and make now?

CS: Music has a funny way of influencing you at different times for different reasons. I hate to admit it, but I’ve only recently discovered the Harry Nilsson record Pussy Cats which is at this very moment affecting me profoundly.

TITL: Which one band or artist might you say you sound most similar to? 

CS: Only the best ones.

TITL: Who or what is your biggest inspiration when it comes to music and song-writing? 

CS: It’s a funny thing that one… you don’t wanna look too high otherwise you get cold feet and wanna give up because your heroes can make you feel like you just pale in comparison. I think my biggest inspiration is making the time, then actually taking it, and not taking myself too seriously. Things tend to get better and better as you go.

TITL: Your new album has been praised by the likes of Mojo and Classic Rock among others, but do you actually care much about what critics think or are you more concerned with the thoughts of your fans? 

CS: It’s always nice to get a nod here and there but if I was here for it I might as well be selling yogurt. My favorite place to know whether people are into what I’m doing is on stage. It’s immediate and clear. No filters.

TITL: The album features co-writes/collaborations with Ryan Adams and Zac Rae of Death Cab For Cutie. How did those collaborations come about and what did each bring to the writing/creative process for the album?

CS: I met Ryan when we were just kids. We were guys in the 3rd room at the time of The Rolling Stones who were working on Bridges to Babylon. We were just a couple of kids back then but really became close when he and Ethan Johns asked me to come play on Gold. At some point later Ryan had built his studio, PaxAm and invited me to come be creative there. With him… without him. He was ever so supportive. He ended up helping me finish Criminal Mind.

Zac Rea is force of nature in his own right. If you want that X-Factor in your music he will deliver every time. He’s one of my favorite people to work with and like Ryan and really everyone else really helped me make this record.

TITL: If you had to pick your favourite song on the album, which would it be and why? 

CS: They all hold a very special place. I guess some of the more fun sessions were the ones that were recorded with the most folks playing at the same time. “Lonely Nights”, “Don’t be Afraid”… those were some exciting times in the studio.

TITL: Your music has been included in several films, including I, Tonya and American Hustle as well as in the US version of the hit show Shameless, in which you also appeared. What impact did having that happen have on your career in terms of audience/fan base interaction and interest? 

CS: Well, it doesn’t hurt to be a part of Academy Award winning film. Or working with David O’Russell, Mark Batson, John Wells or Sue Jacobs. I mean, they’re the best in their fields. If anything it’s a good confidence booster, isn’t it?

TITL: As a modern day artist, and given how long you’ve been in and around the industry, how are you finding social media’s impact on your career? Would you agree it’s a vital tool in today’s world or do you think we as a general society have become far too reliant on it?

CS: I think social media has leveled the playing field. Sadly it also seems to have sucked all the life out of any mystery in this world. But you really have to have lived when that still existed to know what I’m talking about. Is social media vital? Yes. It’s running everything and everyone into a big opaque blobby data mine.

TITL: You’ve got a final number of 2018 shows coming up. For anyone who hasn’t seen you before, what can people expect from your performances?

CS: For me, my shows are like a release… all the energy that goes into it… the work, the travel, the road, the life… it all culminates on stage.

TITL: If you could play one venue that you haven’t yet, which would it be and why? 

CS: I have always dreamed of playing the Royal Albert Hall. Do I really need to ex.plain that one?

TITL: Finally then, now that 2018 is almost over, have you started planning for 2019 yet? What can fans expect to see and hear from you in the near future? 

CS: Plan nothing. Be careless. Enjoy yourselves. And somewhere in 2019, another Chris Stills record will come rumbling in.

To keep up to date with Chris Stills, visit his website, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Instagram. His album ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ is available now. Photo credit: Dove Shore.