Many of our readers will recognize Josie Loren from her stint as Kaylie on the hit ABC Family original series Make It Or Break It. We loved that show. And we loved Josie on it! So we’re happy to hear that Josie Loren has landed a potentially series regular role on The Mentalist. TVLine reports that Josie will be joining the season 7 cast of the hit CBS series in a major recurring role.
Cassie Scerbo is set to return to SyFy in the new SyFy Original Movie Beast of the Bering Sea. Many of our readers will recognize Cassie for her role in one of our favorite ABC Family original series Make It Or Break It. The film will also star Jonathan Lipnicki and the duo will be playing brother and sister.
Be sure to catch them both in Beast of the Bering Sea on November 9 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on SyFy.
We’ve loved posting about Neil Jackson in the past, loved his work in acting, and love his new music. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce we recently got the chance to chat with Neil about his new album. In this exclusive new interview, we talk about his new album The Little Things, any possible plans to tour, his plans to release more music, and why Make It Or Break It fans are the best around the world.
Check out the interview here:
Pop City Life: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions for us! We’re huge fans of yours. What made you decide to start working on music?
Neil Jackson: I have been playing and writing music longer than I’ve been acting. It’s always been a part of me and something I have loved doing. The time just felt right to now take that passion to the next level and record an album.
PCL: You recently released your album The Little Things. What was it like recording the album?
Neil: It was so much fun. My songs have always been a very private thing for me. They’re all personal stories or expressions of moments. To fully realize them through the recording process was a joy. To work with the percussionist and hear the drums added and bass and string, and to work with my producer to hone the right sound for the songs and album was so exciting. I loved it.
PCL: Who has influenced you musically? What music are you, yourself into lately?
Neil: I have quite a eclectic mix of music from Elvis through to Bon Iver. I’d say my personal influences are more in line with Jack Johnson, Damien Rice and The Counting Crows. Right now I’m very much into Matt Nathanson.
PCL: How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard your music before?
Neil: Modern, acoustic folk.
PCL: Do you have a favorite song off of your debut album The Little Things?
Neil: I oscillate depending on my mood. Sometimes I’ll really enjoy playing one song and other days I just can’t get into it. Normally my favourite song is always the one I am writing at that moment.
PCL: Any plans for a tour in either England or the U.S.?
Neil: I would love to tour a little later in the year, but I have no plans to as of yet. My acting career is my main focus so that will dictate my time to a large extent. But I’d love to tour.
PCL: Do you have any plans to release any additional music in the future?
Neil: Absolutely. I would love to do a jazz acoustic recording of some of the songs on this album. I played a gig in London and a friend joined me who is a jazz trumpeter and I loved the way it sounded. I also have plans to record a second album later in the year.
Neil: The video for Holding A Candle was made by some very talented friends of mine as a favour. It was shot ghetto style with the director and camera-man hanging out the back of my car while another friend drove it and I ran behind. Rocket To Mars was more of an acting piece and so in that way it really wasn’t much different to what I’ve done in the past – except that I’m singing along to my own song while I’m doing it :).
PCL: If you had to choose, music or acting?
Neil: Acting. Thankfully, I don’t have to choose.
PCL: You split your time between L.A. and England. Which do you prefer? What are the best things about each place?
Neil: I love my family and friends in the UK. I love the sense of humour and all the home comforts that the UK provides. I love LA because it’s now my home. I love my home and my girlfriend and my life here.
PCL: Who influences or inspires you as an actor?
Neil: Anyone who dares to get up there and make their dreams happen. I am inspired by bravery.
PCL: Are you into awards season at all? Is there anyone or any movie in particular that you were rooting for at The Oscars?
Neil: I was very much rooting for Hugh Jackman to win (even though he didn’t). His performance in Les Mis was breathtaking.
- Movie – Harvey
- T.V. Show – Dexter
- Food – Roast Chicken
- Guilty Pleasure – Ugg boots
- Most Embarrassing Song on your Ipod – Achy Breaky Heart
- Website – Apple Trailers (I love movie trailers.)
- Band/Musical Artist – Matt Nathanson
- Song – Come On Get Higher
- Moment While Filming Make It Or Break It – My first pay day :).
PCL: Speaking of Make It Or Break It, how has the fan support been since the show ended? Any funny stories or encounters with fans?
Neil: Last year I was filming in NY and went to the top of the Empire State Building and some MIOBI fans spotted me and wanted photos. I was then filming in Paris a few months back and went to the top of the Eiffel Tower and there were some MIOBI fans there too. That show has fans in high places 🙂
PCL: What can fans look forward to next from you? What else are you working on?
Neil: You can check out all my news, listen to my music and buy my album here: www.neiljackson.me
I want to thank Neil for taking the time to answer some questions for us. We really appreciate it! He’s a triple threat. An actor, a musician, and an incredible guy.
Interview by: Noelle Gruber
Neil Jackson is pretty amazing already right? Among other things, fans of the actor will recognize him from his dreamy accent or his roles on Make It Or Break It and Upstairs Downstairs. He’s fantastic in both. But did you know he’s also a talented musician? Set for release on February 4th, 2013, Neil has been busy working away on his upcoming album The Little Things. Holding a Candle, the first single off of the album, is now available on Itunes. Even better than that, there’s now a music video to go with it.
We think you guys will really love the song so we urge you to check out the video below! Let us know what you think. And MIOBI fans, you may notice another familiar face in the video as well!
Check it out:
The girls are on edge as they await news about Lauren’s heart procedure. If things go well, for a normal patient, she could be back to normal withing a couple of days. But Lauren is an athlete. Normal isn’t good enough. Will it be enough to get her to compete for Olympic trials?
Kaylie and Jordan’s old coach shows up to help choreograph their routines. Jordan is not a happy camper and doesn’t want him around. She glares at him from across the gym and refuses to work with him. Right away I can see where this is going. Now I feel bad for calling her a bitch for not wanting to do her old routine.
Payson takes a break from celebrating the loss of her v-card to stress about her new position on the team. She’s not number 1. She learns that if she were to go to London, she would be the lead off. AKA the safe choice to be consistent but not outstanding. A world where Payson isn’t the best is an odd one.
Lucky for her, she’s not on Wendy’s radar. Wendy has her eyes on eliminating Kaylie by spiking her smoothie with drugs. Is Kaylie going to be kicked out for that? Why won’t someone destroy Wendy already? Speaking of kicked out, Lauren is asked to leave the gym when she returns too soon after her procedure. Heartbroken, her and Payson beg her doctor to find a way to monitor her wirelessly during a routine to see if she’s okay. Her heart monitor is giving me anxiety.
The episode ends with a not so shocking reveal. Jordan takes a pipe and smashes the crap out of her old coach’s car. She reveals to Kaylie that her molested her for years. And, shocker, the times she cut Kaylie off and stopped being her friend was to protect her from him. Aww Jordan! I don’t hate you anymore :(. I hope Coach Mac punches this guy.
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