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ANNA KENDRICK - SPUNKY SINCERITY

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ANNA KENDRICK - SPUNKY SINCERITY

BY JAKE WELLINGTON

Anna Kendrick originally intended to spend her lifetime on Broadway— Successfully working in theater in her youth before making the career shift to film, at the young age of only thirteen, the petite talent was nominated for a Tony Award in ‘98 for her role as “Dinah” in the live show, “High Society” on Broadway, and her outstanding performance won her the Drama League and Theatre World Award. But Hollywood called to Kendrick when at the age of 18 she debuted in her first film, the 2003 musical, Camp, the first in a long series of movies in her future that would utilize the young actress’ singing abilities. Just a few years later, the petite, 5’ 2” talent with the girl-next-door appeal landed the supporting role in the 2008 movie, Twilight, which immediately attracted her attention as part of the international sensation that surrounded the teen vampire novels put to film known as “The Twilight Saga”, giving her the recurring role in sequels, New Moon (2009), Eclipse (2010), Breaking Dawn Part 1 and 2 (2011, 2012). Stepping away from the teen scene, Kendrick worked on the uniquely serious 2009 film, Up in the Air, in which she garnered a nod from the Academy for Best Supporting Actress with co-stars George Clooney and Netflix’s star mom of “Bates Motel”, Vera Farmiga (who also received a nomination in the same category). The more mature role for the tiny yet spunky Kendrick gave her the opportunity to show her acting abilities in her wonderful portrayal of the ice cold, young businesswoman who is hired to fire unwanted employees. Between the vamp sagas, the Portland, Maine-born sprite with a big voice was offered not just one musical to star in, but four. Almost unheard of in a time when very few big screen musicals had been made, the lighthearted yet straightforward actress born of English, Irish and Scottish heritage appeared in the 2012 enormous hit musical comedy, Pitch Perfect, starring opposite comedian Rebel Wilson, which seemed to spark the unique achievement of appearing in three more big screen musicals released within just six months of each other: the fairytale musical comedy, Into the Woods (Christmas 2014) starring opposite legendary actress Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt; The Last Five Years (Feb. 2015); and the sequel, Pitch Perfect 2 in May of the same year. And if the musical streak wasn’t unique enough already, Kendrick’s lovely voice can be heard in DreamWorks’ animated musical just released, Trolls, starring opposite pop icon, Justin Timberlake. And yes, for all the a capella fans out there, the Barden Bellas will return with Kendrick once again taking on the role of Beca, and Rebel Wilson joining her as Fat Amy, in the film musical sequel, Pitch Perfect 3, set to come out December of 2017. Between musical breaks, the singing actress took on a more serious role of a young C.P.A. working with a math savant, played by Ben Affleck in the action drama, The Accountant. Anna sat with us to talk about working on The Accountant. The tiny 31-year-old is sincere and wonderfully straightforward and open as she discussed her time working with Ben Affleck and the unique stylings of Director, Gavin O’Connor.

STRIPLV: Tell me what was intriguing about the script when they sent it to you?

KENDRICK: I think one of the things that I loved most about the script was what a puzzle it was. And it was one of those scripts that the second that you finish it you go back to the beginning and kind of re-read it. And I think that it’s such an exciting feeling when you learn so much and there’s so many twists throughout a script that you wanna go back from the beginning and go, like: “Oh, yeah, okay, so that’s why they were doing this, and that’s why he was motivated to do that.” And I think that speaks to the level of the intelligence of the script, like, something that keeps you guessing and keeps you on your toes is so exciting.

STRIPLV: Tell me a little about the character you play in the film.

KENDRICK: I play Dana, who is an accountant, and she notices some discrepancies in the books of this major corporation, and she brings that to the attention of some higher-ups. And she doesn’t realize at all, like, what exactly it is he’s uncovered, and this sort of mystery unravels, and then Ben Affleck’s character, Christian, shows up, and he kind of wants to keep her out of it for awhile, but she ends up in this mystery with him, and kind of getting more than she bargained for.

STRIPLV: Obviously the script has a lot of twists and turns in it, but what do you find special and unique about this movie? KENDRICK: I think one of the things that’s really special about it is the family element, like, it really speaks to, you know, the way that family affects us and who we’ve become because of our family. And on top of this kind of intrigue plot and all these action sequences, there’s this really compelling through-line about family and the bonds that family creates, and just how it shapes who you are and the life that you lead.

STRIPLV: Tell me, did you do any preparation to play this kind of accounting whiz, because Ben Affleck is a savant, but you can sort of match him, right?

KENDRICK: “Yeah, I definitely got the script and my first thought was: “I need to talk to my mom about this, because she is a C.P.A.” So even though it’s kind of…you know, it’s not against the rules, but it sort of would be frowned upon… I sent the script to my mom so that she could kind of talk me through everything. And I was, like, on the phone with her for a long time, scribbling notes. I just wanted to make sure that I knew what I was talking about... It wasn’t the kind of thing where I read the script and didn’t understand it. Like, you still completely get all the puzzle pieces, but I was like, if I’m gonna say some of this lingo, I should probably know what it means.

STRIPLV: That’s cool! You had your own in-house technical advisor standing by. What did you like most about the character itself, as far as like, it sounds like maybe you could bring a little bit more levity, with the seriousness on Ben’s side, that you could bring a little bit more spark to the relationship?

KENDRICK: Yeah, I think it was like one of those films where I was like: “Do I need to play this really serious? Am I gonna be allowed to have moments of levity?” And I think that I was really encouraged, because I think no matter how dramatic a film is or what the subject matter is, it’s always nice to have those moments where the audience is allowed to smile and break, and kind of acknowledge the absurdity of the situations. And I was really grateful that I was allowed to kind of flounder a little bit in some of the scenes and just like relish the humor of these two people who share this passion for math—like, just struggling to connect with one another, and doing it really poorly.

STRIPLV: Yes, tell us more about the relationship between Dana and Christian. They’re two very different people, but yet they find a common bond.

KENDRICK: Yeah, it’s really a sweet relationship, and the first few scenes that Dana and Chris have together are just that like, sweet, but painfully awkward problem of you know, the other one kind of assuming: “Oh, am I irritating you?” or: “No, no, no—I’ll go.” We had a lot of fun with those scenes. And then they really connect over working out this puzzle and this mystery together. And they both get really excited about it. So that was a really fun scene to shoot, like, just finding that common bond and getting excited over something—especially when it’s something that I could not get myself excited about at all...like, it’s numbers on a white board. But it was really fun to try to find that moment.

STRIPLV: What makes the film particularly entertaining is that there are these dualities to the characters. Everyone has like two different, distinct sides. Tell me how that applies to Dana and Chris.

KENDRICK: Well, I think Dana’s a really interesting character because, on that theme of family and how it shapes us, Chris’ father pushed him even though he was born and could’ve very easily been labeled as someone who can only ever achieve this much, his father pushed him to accomplish whatever he wanted, even though some of it is ethically questionable. He is obviously an extraordinary human. And Dana’s father told her, “Take the safe path. Don’t go to art school.” You know, “Just do what I did my whole life.” And so she’s kind of limited herself because of that. So Dana has these two sides to her where part of her wants to play it safe and not ruffle any feathers. But there’s another part of her that wants to know what is going on in her company, and a part of her that wants more and wants art to be in her life, and emotion to be in her life. And she’s kind of struggling between reaching for a connection and kind of letting herself have that knee-jerk reaction of like, ‘I’ll just shrink, and I’ll just limit myself,’ because that’s sort of how she was raised.

STRIPLV: Tell me about Gavin O’Connor. What’s he like as a director?

KENDRICK: When I met Gavin, especially having seen his film, Warrior, which is wonderful, Gavin immediately struck me as such a “guy’s guy.” And what’s fascinating about guys like that is that sometimes they are sort of… there’s a real reverence for their female characters, because there is an element of like: “I don’t really know what you might be feeling in this situation, so let’s talk about it and let’s discover it together,” because he doesn’t presume to know as much as some of the... like particularly the father/son relationships I think he feels very personally connected to. And that openness and that reverence that he has… I found myself like, oversharing with him, you know, which I think is a good sign when you meet someone, particularly a director, and you find yourself sharing like really personal things really quickly, I think that speaks to their ability to get you to open up and work with your emotions so… That was a meeting that I walked away from and was like: “That guy was good!” (chuckling) “I just told him a lot of stuff!”

STRIPLV: And how about working with Ben Affleck? This is an exciting role for him and he’s a super-smart guy. Was it fun working with him?

KENDRICK: Yeah, Ben really blew me away making this. He has such a filmmaker’s sensibility. So he’s such a great teammate, as well as being a great actor. He’s the kind of actor that makes everybody else’s life easier—which is great! And I was so impressed with the research he was doing, and there were a lot of moments and lines and nuances that are some of the best pieces in the film that he took directly from the research that he did.

STRIPLV: Why should people see this film? It sounds like it’s a really good, well-constructed thriller, I would say.

KENDRICK: Yeah, I always love a film that’s a bit of a mystery, and where you’re never sure what someone’s motivations are. It’s one of those movies that on the second viewing I had even more fun, because there are so many elements in play, and watching it for the second time, you really feel like: “Oh, I think I’m ahead of the game.” And then there are still twists that you forgot about. And it’s just nice when a movie is that layered and complicated, and keeps you guessing.

WAR DOGS - INTERVIEW WITH JONAH HILL & MILES TELLER

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WAR DOGS
INTERVIEW WITH JONAH HILL & MILES TELLER

BY KYLE LEVY

War Dogs is a comedy crime-drama just released on DVD. The story is based on the true events of two friends. Jonah Hill plays the real-life role of Efraim Diveroli, a boisterous young man living in Miami who partners with his friend, David Packouz (played by Miles Teller) in not only bidding, but winning a $300 million arms contract from the Pentagon that will arm American allies in Afghanistan. The movie is a winning combination of the two talented actors: Jonah Hill utilizes both of his talents as an actor and writer to give fans the kind of belly-busting laughter that is an injection for good health. Miles Teller draws from his very grounded upbringing to shift 180-degrees, from awkward roles to strong and egocentric, to funny and even lovable. Hill, born Jonah Hill Feldstein in Los Angeles, comes from a creative family. His father, Richard Feldstein, was a tour accountant for Guns N’ Roses, and his mother, Sharon Lyn, a costume designer and fashion stylist. His brother, Jordan, is the manager for rock band, Maroon 5, and his sister, Beanie, is also an actor. With dreams of becoming a writer for shows like “The Simpsons” and “Saturday Night Live”, Hill’s career took a definitive change in path when he managed to get an introduction to the legendary actor, Dustin Hoffman, (through his friendship to Hoffman’s children, Rebecca and Jake Hoffman), which opened the door to his first film role in the 2004 movie, I Heart Huckabees. When Hill landed the lead role in the 2007 hit teen comedy, Superbad, it earned him cred with Millennials as a young comedian, which paved the way for his later sophomoric hit movie of the younger generation, 21 Jump Street (2012) and its sequel, 22 Jump Street. But in 2011, the 28-year-old actor was able to truly show off his talent, performing in a “Best Picture” nominated film for three years in a row: 2011’s Moneyball (for which he received a nod for Best Supporting Actor; 2012’s Django Unchained, directed by Quentin Tarantino (who took home an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for the film), and 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street (for which he received his second nomination for Best Supporting Actor). Ironically, for The Wolf of Wall Street movie, which was all about making the big bucks, Hill took a cut in pay in order to work on the film, explaining: “It’s not about money for me. None of this shit is about money. I would sell my house and give him all my money to work for [director Martin Scorsese]. I would have done anything in the world. I would do it again in a second. Martin Scorsese is my favorite filmmaker of all time. I would paint his house if he asked me to.” It’s been published that Hill made an even $60-Grand to work on a film that could possibly have been some of the finest acting he has performed. Teller, an actor and musician, (playing drums since age 16) has had a strong family support system, born and raised in Pennsylvania before moving to Florida at 13, which has played a part in molding him into the smart-witted, confident man that he’s become. Yet his odd fate with automobile accidents has played a unique part in both his personal life as well as his career, starting with his own accident at age 20 that threw him unconscious some 30 feet from the car, leaving deep facial cuts that required numerous laser surgeries that could not remove some scarring that still remains on his chin and throat. Less than a year later, one of his close friends died in a motorcycle accident. One month later, another car accident—another close friend. The unusual part of Teller’s history with automobile accidents is that car crashes have been an integral part of the story in many of his movies, starting with his film debut, Rabbit Hole, where he plays a teenager who accidentally runs over and kills the young son of a couple played by Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart; and again in the 2015 film, Whiplash, in which Teller plays a virtuoso jazz drummer, starring opposite J.K. Simmons (who received the Oscar for Best Actor) as Teller’s abusive instructor. On the way to a key rehearsal, Teller’s character gets sideswiped, making him arrive late, only to bleed all over his drum kit. The disturbing movie put Teller on Hollywood’s red carpet for gifted acting. Teller did get some lighter-hearted roles, like Footloose, after he’d been performing the same part in the stage musical earlier in the same year, and co-starring with friend, Shailene Woodley in both the 2013 romantic comedy, The Spectacular Now and the Divergent film series. A brief recess from auto accidents, and Teller is tested once again this month in his newest real-life role as World Champion Boxer, Vinny Pazienza, who suffers a near fatal car crash in the film, Bleed For This. The inspirational story is one of the most incredible sports comebacks, after the crash that left the boxer not knowing if he’d ever walk again. Hopefully this is the end of Teller’s long history with car accidents, both on and off camera.

Jonah and Miles sat down with us to discuss the two very opposite characters they portray together in the film, War Dogs, recently released on DVD. The fact that the film is based on true events is almost as unbelievable as the characters themselves. Hill’s uniquely larger-than-life Miami-based character, Efraim, made for dramatically comedic scenes with Teller’s character, David, being the family man who is loyal to his boisterous friend. Hill was surprisingly sober as he spoke, in contrast to the lively characters he has played, while Teller was somewhat subdued, as one might expect.

STRIPLV: We’ve heard there were several changes to the script. What did you think of the script when you read it?

HILL: Well, I’d read it a few times, and then I wasn’t gonna do it, and then Todd was like: “You have to read this last version. Just check it out, and then give it one more chance.” And then I read the final version of it, and I loved it. You know, I think he put so much work into it and was so passionate about it that I had to be a part of it.

STRIPLV: And for you, Miles?

TELLER: Yeah, for me, by the time I was kinda brought around to the project, Todd already had Jonah, and I’d been wanting to work with Todd for a long time, and I had just finished doing a movie that was a very boisterous, kind of flamboyant character and I was enjoying the opportunity to play somebody off of that. And I really wanted to see, like, what that other side of it would be. And I just liked the dynamic between the two guys. I thought it was a great relationship I hadn’t seen on film.

STRIPLV: So let’s talk about these two guys. Who is Efraim and who is David?

HILL: Efraim is a very bombastic, flamboyant kind of manipulative, shady, charming kind of guy. And I think all those qualities are very like, juxtaposing. They’re very opposite qualities, and so you have to kind of meld them—that was the challenge that I was interested in the most.

STRIPLV: And David is more…

TELLER: Well, I think he’s loyal. I think at that point he’s vulnerable, because his own private enterprises haven’t really worked out. So I think he’s very impressionable. In the beginning of the movie he’s kind of stuck, but yeah, I think David shows such a loyalty to Efraim from the fact that they were really great friends growing up. And he also wants to provide for his family. You know that’s something that is really driving him. It’s not so much greed. I think it can get kind of deluded a little bit, but for the most part, it’s just about being able to provide for his family.

STRIPLV: I thought that one of the best things about the movie was the tone. This is not a comedy, but it is funny. How would you describe the tone? I think Todd really got the tone right. And that was not easy to.

HILL: Yeah, I think the director’s new job is to capture the tone, and Todd did a really great job—because it’s not a comedy, especially like his other comedies. It’s definitely more of a drama, but it has really fun moments, because these guys are putting themselves in really insane positions and making some really bad decisions. So, while it’s a dramatic story, there’s lots of laughs throughout, but they come from more of a place of, you know, the authenticity of what’s happening and the authenticity of the characters.

STRIPLV: Got anything to add to that?

TELLER: Yeah, I agree that the tone is the director, yeah… (laughs, then sits forward like talking into a mic, imitating Rocky Balboa type voice) Tone’s good!

STRIPLV: (laughter) You guys traveled a lot for this film. How was that experience?

HILL: It was definitely challenging, for sure, you know? I’ve never travelled so much for a movie, ever, not even close. You know, getting off the plane in Romania or Morocco, and starting to shoot the next day.

STRIPLV: I love the references to the movie, Scarface. Is that a movie that you especially like?

HILL: I mean, I like Scarface. It’s not like one of my favorite movies, you know? I love Brian De Palma. I love him. There’s a great documentary on him that just came out that Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow just made. It’s just one of those movies that people of this world are obsessed with and have seen over and over again. You know, like, hip-hop people, people that want to be hip-hop people or gangsters… they kind of idolized Scarface. So it was more of like a choice of these characters to have them be obsessed with Scarface.

TELLER: Yeah, I’ve seen it. I really enjoyed the work Al Pacino does in that. It’s not one of my favorite movies, but yeah, I enjoyed that character. I think you kinda root for that character, even though you shouldn’t, morally.

STRIPLV: Same happens with you guys. We like you in the movie—even though you do… (chuckles)

HILL: (chuckling) I’m sorry…

TELLER: Don’t lump my character in that… please, God. (laughter)

STRIPLV: I’m wondering how you prepared for those roles, because they are based on real people, but I guess they’re not really that famous. People don’t know them that well. It’s not like you were doing a movie about Ray Charles. I mean, we all know what he looks like and how he sings. What did you do to prepare for this?

HILL: A lot of it, for me, started with Miami culture, and these guys are a product of growing up in Miami and a lot of that, meaning, Miami is a very interesting place, very like, loud colors, loud culture, you know the music, food, culture, you know, the way people dress. And I don’t mean it in a negative way, but people in Miami are definitely like on their hustle, you know? And that represents… that’s like a really deep part of Efraim. His is more negative than most people, but he is definitely on his hustle all the time.

STRIPLV: Miles, in your case, I don’t believe you even met David, is that right?

TELLER: Yeah, he’s got a small cameo in the film. He’s the guitar-playing guy singing at the retirement home. He’s singing, “Don’t Fear The Reaper” for the elderly. Yeah, so I met him and it was great, you know, because anytime you can meet the real person… It didn’t play into my prep as much, because I didn’t feel like I needed to imitate this guy in any means. But yeah, it’s more like just in good faith: “I want you to know that I’m taking this very seriously and I’m not trying to make a joke out of you.

STRIPLV: I wanted to ask you guys about Ana de Armas, because I think she’s great in the movie and that she grounds it, and that character’s very important. What can you say about her and about the character she plays?

TELLER: Yeah, I agree. I think it’s really important. I think that it’s nice to see David caring about someone else, because a lot of the motives that these guys have seem very selfish. So it is important to have that girl and that child. And Anna, just as an actress, is great. That character was not written for her ethnicity by any means, but she came in and I think I read with her on just a couple of pieces, and she was clearly the one. I think she has a lot of depth that really translates.

STRIPLV: None of you had worked with Todd before. What is he like on set as a director?

HILL: You know, I think Todd is someone who really knows what they want ahead of time. I think he had been thinking about this movie and working on it for years. So you know, he had the movie kind of in his head and then was just trying to explain it to us, and then us add whatever we could through our characters.

TELLER: Yeah, Todd’s great. He actually produced a film that I did a couple of years ago called Project X. The first day of filming was my scene. I think I only had one scene. So Todd directed that day. So that was cool. He knows what he wants, and he’s got the whole movie laid out. He writes and co-writes most of his scripts, so it’s just such a great resource to have—somebody that’s that locked in.

STRIPLV: Going back to the character, Efraim. He’s so larger than life. But for an actor, that must have been a fun character to play. Is it true, Jonah, you came up with the laugh? That laugh that he has?

HILL: Yeah. You know you’re putting these people together, and you’re trying to create a character kinda from the page. And I felt like I kinda had everything very close to where it ended up. And then I was like: “There’s just something missing,” and then finally I thought why you remember certain people, even if you’ve only met them a handful of times, and a lot of times it’s because they have a very distinct laugh. So I tried to create a laugh that you might remember for a long time.

STRIPLV: I think we will! I think when you see the movie—it’s funny. You stay with that laugh.

HILL: That’s good.

STRIPLV: What did you guys think when you saw the movie completed?

HILL: I liked it. I was proud of it. I was happy that I did it.

TELLER: Yeah, when I saw it for the first time, I was just like, “Man, Todd is a really good filmmaker.” It looked incredible. I loved the pace of it. I loved the tone, and the soundtrack I thought was one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard in a movie in a while. So I just thought Todd did a killer job with it.

STRIPLV: I couldn’t agree more. Thank you both so much.

HILL & TELLER: Thank you.

KIM & PAOLO - Travel, Have Sex, & Get Paid

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KIM & PAOLO
Travel, Have Sex, and Get Paid
By Brittany Santos

Sounds a bit intriguing, right?  

Young, adventurous, and well, maybe a tiny bit horny, this daring couple, Kim and Paolo, also best known on social media, cam-sites, chaturbate, and their own website: mysweetapple.com are traveling the globe and sharing their sexual exploits with the world.  

When Kim and Paolo met, the sparks flew rather quickly, and this insatiable duo decided to embark on a journey fit for the pages of the latest best-selling erotica novels. They made the brave and somewhat controversial decision to document their sexual exploits on numerous social media sites, and one of their own creations, to share their lovemaking with fans all over the globe. 

Recently they reached out to our publication about sharing that story with our readers. We were of course interested and sat down for a one-on-one with Kim—undoubtedly the one who inspired their stage name and/or brand, My Sweet Apple. She gave us some insight on how they began this journey and why they continue to share their intimate quest with the world.

STRIPLV: What started you as a couple on this wild journey?
KIM: It must have been our exhibitionism. We’ve always loved fucking outdoors, being naked, recording ourselves, and we also love traveling. Two years ago we left South America with nothing but some clothes and savings, and we realized we could match our passions to live the life we wanted, so we started recording ourselves every time we had sex on a beach, a cool city, a hotel room, and we put them on sale. Then we discovered we could also live broadcast and make money out of our biggest fetish. So we decided we’d use that money to upgrade our equipment and make better videos, better shows, and travel to better places.
STRIPLV: Do you think that modern porn movies with their extreme scenes have damaged normal couples’ sex lives?
KIM: Absolutely not! Porn movies are giving people new ideas all the time. They are the foreplay of many couples. Porn is like art, each scene is surreal, almost magical. They don’t belong in the real world, and I think we are all aware of that.
STRIPLV: What is your favorite video that you’ve made?
KIM: Holidays at the naked city. It was recorded in Cap d’Agde, the swinger paradise in France, and it was a big challenge for us, because most of the sex scenes were recorded while being surrounded by a crowd. We love sneaking in public places to fuck, and we’ve also fucked in swinger clubs in front of everybody. But this time it was like a real-life show. We were the entertainers and we made sure to give them a grand finale.
STRIPLV: Do your families know about your sites?
KIM: No. Once in a while we consider telling them, but then we realize they are not open enough to understand that this is our sexual life. We are not porn actors, but exhibitionists. I have two sisters and Paolo has two brothers. The four of them are coming on visit this winter and we really want to let them know. We are really good friends and sharing this with them would be a blast!
STRIPLV: Kim, what tips can you give our readers on upping their game when they give their partners a blow job?
KIM: Play with it! I believe it’s not about how skilled you are, rather about how much you love his boner. Whenever I’m close to Paolo I have to touch him, lick him, suck him—I just can’t help myself. I need to see him hard several times a day. I also ask him a lot what he wants and what he likes and I make sure I do it all. But don’t think he’s just a lucky guy—all that I do is a big thank you for the big orgasms he keeps giving me.
STRIPLV: How did the two of you meet?
KIM: We were working in a big international IT company and a friend we have in common introduced us. Some weeks later we ended up the three of us in bed having my first threesome ever.
STRIPLV: What is your favorite place that you have visited? 
KIM: A small town in Napoli, Italy, where my father was born. It was all very rural and antique, and so typical Italian; it seemed taken out of a movie. Family bonds and friendship were all that mattered, apart from food, because nobody is allowed to stand up if there’s food on the table! We loved their simplicity and relaxation and how disconnected they were with the outside world.
STRIPLV: If another couple is looking to live your lifestyle, what tips would you give them for just starting out?
KIM: Concentrate in your partner, take advantage of each other’s fetishes, listen to each other, and don’t let anybody get in between you. Oh, and invest in good technology! 
STRIPLV: How did you hear about STRIPLV?
KIM: Twitter brought us here! I saw a photoset on Twitter and the next thing I know is I had went through the entire site and I wanted to be part of it! I especially love the high quality pictures and how careful they are with details. Well, and to be honest, the hot girls featured kind of drag me there, too.
STRIPLV: When you video your outdoor sexual exploits, have you ever had a stranger walk up while you were having sex? If so, how did they react to the situation?
KIM: When people see a camera they hide or even run away. Sometimes it feels like they were escaping from something. So we’ve never had much trouble with strangers. 
STRIPLV: By sharing your sex lives with the world, what do you hope your fans take away from watching you make love to each other?
KIM: We like showing a new, modern kind of lifestyle in which we have an open relationship and we travel around the world and we have several jobs and we are actually attached to nothing more than to living a happy day, every day. We always advise everyone to let prejudices aside and express their fantasies, to involve their partners in them and stop with the cheating and lying when we can all just be honest with each other and with ourselves.
STRIPLV: I am interested to know who was the one who came up with the idea for you as a couple to live your lifestyle? Was it Kim or Paolo, and how was it first brought up?
KIM: It wasn’t a topic that we actually had to bring up, because it was always there. We had always talked about doing porn, and one day Paolo found the tools to do it. Then all it took was to write down our fantasies and we started recording. Every time we travel to a new country, we discover new scenarios, new habits, and the sex adventure starts all over again.

NICK HAWK - Hang On Tight!

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NICK HAWK - HANG ON TIGHT!
By Marla Santos

He craved excitement and is now living the exciting life, stating: “If you want to be a better cook, take a cooking class with a chef.  If you want to be better with women, take a class with me.”

Nick Hawk is best known as one of five male escorts who star in Showtime’s hit adult reality show, “Gigolos”. All 54 episodes were seen in seven different countries and the show has become a huge success.  

The interesting thing is that all five of the men are real-life gigolos who work for Garren James’ straight Elite Male Escort service for women: Cowboys4Angels.com. Hawk thinks that the “Gigolos” show has helped to open up people’s views on sexual freedom, tattoos, and freedom of individuality. His “Nick Hawk Gigolo” collection includes his book, “Nick Hawk Gigolo Sexual Positions”, and “Sexoirs of a Gigolo: Nick Hawk”, a book detailing his erotic tales of being a gigolo. He recently finished a new book titled: “Nick Hawk’s 100 Kicks In The Ass: A Guide To Gaining Confidence & Reaching Your Full Potential.” On top of being an actor, an author, and entrepreneur, Hawk is a motivational speaker, coaching men on how to develop their confidence to approach and treat women. Hawk has a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and has also released 12 soundtracks that he produced and sang on. He calls the track, “We Fight”, his masterpiece, as it represents him, his talent, hard work and what he stands for. Both of his songs: “We Fight” and “Born To Be Bad”, are included in the movie, American Justice.  

Hawk is a complex man and has the stamina and exuberance for life that allows him to knock adventures off the biggest bucket list I’ve ever seen, and all while getting paid big bucks to accompany women anywhere around the world that they wish to go. Recently Hawk insured his penis for $1 million dollars, and even had a mold made of it during one of the “Gigolos” episodes.

STRIPLV: What does insuring your penis for $1M cover?
HAWK: I believe it covers everything, including theft. (lots of laughter) It covers accidents that will lead to it not functioning. I got great PR off of it. I got an article in Cosmopolitan, and TMZ covered it. It was one of my smartest ideas. It was good PR, but it was legit, too. It is a concern, especially with the popularity of “50 Shades of Grey” and me being this “bad-boy character with tattoos.” Women think they can abuse me more than the average guy. Someone who’s inexperienced can get a little out of hand and go a little too far and not be aware of everything that’s happening and possibly go a little hard, and if it slips out, it can break and be damaged.  
STRIPLV: Speaking of your penis, you recently added a tattoo to it to complete the rest of your large tattoos. How did you endure the pain?  
HAWK: I didn’t stand the pain. It sucked! I had a few drinks in me, for sure, and I had to hold it, too. I had to bend it over my hand so he could tattoo it. That was the deal. He would tattoo it, if I would hold it. It was hell!! I had my armpit done and my inner knee, and they all suck. I actually think I’d have my cock done again before I’d have my inner knee done or on top of scar tissue. They all suck! I wouldn’t go back and do it again! I wanted tattoos my whole life, so I started going to the tattoo shop once a week before taping “Gigolos”. I knew I didn’t want tribal or flames, so I chose a Symbiote as my main tattoo. It covers half my body, including my left arm, chest and penis. It’s an alien creature from comic books that attaches to you. It has to do with superheroes and superpowers, and can increase confidence, so you are less worried. The creature can also bring out your dark side, and some people thought that dealing with the adult industry could take you to a dark place. I wanted this balanced yin/yang sort of thing, and now I’ve added color to show how I’ve evolved in my life. I met Joey Hamilton at Revolt Tattoos here in Vegas during season one of the shows and he did a dragon tattoo on me and then went on to win Ink Master - Season 3.
STRIPLV: Let’s go back to your days before the success of “Gigolos” and find out how you got to this point. You grew up on a farm in Wisconsin. Did you always know in the back of your mind that you were going to live a far different life than working on a farm?
HAWK: In the back of my mind, probably, definitely not in the front of it. I had no idea what I was going to do when I was young. I was always drawn to something bigger, and to Hollywood, performing music, and acting. I would work before school and play sports after. I was the captain of my wrestling team my senior year and lettered four times. I loved racing dirt bikes, snowboarding, playing my guitar and writing music. My dad was a hard worker, and motivated and driven—the opposite of lazy, and has his shit together. He’s very responsible and he sees most of the world not like that. I see most people as un-driven and unmotivated. I took chorus as a senior in high school, because there was a girl I wanted to date, and it actually worked out. I was always scared. I thought I couldn’t sing, and I was that same person. Everything I represent in my book, “Nick Hawk’s 100 Kicks In The Ass: A Guide To Gaining Confidence & Reaching Your Full Potential”, and tell you that you can do this—I was there. I was the worst person in the world. I didn’t learn anything, I didn’t apply myself, I didn’t do shit, I wasn’t smart, I wasn’t creative, I wasn’t good at anything. Then one day I had an odd moment of recognition. One day I broke down and I just lost it. I hate calling it a “born again experience,” because I’m not religious. I grew up with a Catholic background, so I’m pretty anti-religion. I do believe in something greater. I just had a day where I thought: “I hate living my life this way,” and I was a very angry, impatient person, as well. I had this light flash before my eyes. It’s probably exactly what a Christian would explain as this “born again Christian experience.” I was at this point in my life where I needed to make some changes, because I wasn’t happy. I was mad at the world. I was envious, I was jealous, I was poor in this rich community and I was the poorest person there and I hated everybody for it. I decided that I would apply myself and have an honest health-filled and positive life. That’s when I started reading more books, and I began with nutrition. Then I started working out and became a personal trainer. Having little money motivated me to become successful. I ran out of money in college. My parents were broke, so I joined the Air Force for a four-year-tour, so I would receive the GI Bill to have the rest of my college paid for. I was an Air Force Marksman and passed all of the tests to become Air Force Special Ops, but decided to transfer into a job where I was able to attend college full-time.  
STRIPLV: Didn’t the idea of becoming an Air Force Special Ops provide enough thrill for you?
HAWK: I was told by several Special Ops that the washout rate was really high, and if you washout, you don’t get a good job. I was living in L.A. during my last year of college and I formed my company Explicit Strippers in Orange County. They are now in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego and Hawaii. I still have the company and I have a couple of strippers that rely on me for money. I graduated college in ‘07 with an English major that focused on creative writing, and a minor in journalism.  
STRIPLV: Tell me about the books you have written.
HAWK: After the first two books, “Nick Hawk Gigolo Sexual Positions”, and “Sexoirs of a Gigolo: Nick Hawk”, I just finished my third book, “Nick Hawk’s 100 Kicks In The Ass: A Guide To Gaining Confidence & Reaching Your Full Potential,” and I’m so excited about it. I really hammered down recently, since I’ve been writing the book for three years. I kept changing things up because I wanted the information perfect. I had a list of books I wanted to read before completing my book, as well. It’s really not for the money, it’s for everybody else, and I want people to read the book. People can benefit greatly from it. I see our society as scared and weak and unconfident, not sure of themselves. I really think I can change lives with the information in this book. I’ve been on this journey of self-development, but also searching for confidence. I was a really scared person growing up. Scared of the world, scared to talk to girls, even my family. I was scared to death when I first started auditioning. My first audition, I was shaking so badly, I couldn’t read the paper in front of me. I have some really good information to help people transform as I did. The book is done and it’s being edited right now and I’ll pick a publisher as soon as that’s done.  
STRIPLV: In your “Sexual Positions” book, what is the Nick Hawk position?  
HAWK: Doggie style: One leg up and pushing her back down so she arches and then pulling her hair. The Lover: Sitting on the edge of a couch or a bed and having her sitting on top of you, facing you. It’s more skin on skin contact and you’re closer to her. It’s a really intimate position.
STRIPLV: You have written many articles for a variety of magazines, including Hustler and Men’s Health, AskMen and Girl Boner websites, and now Penthouse. Is this something that you enjoy and comes easily to you?
HAWK: It does now. I’m a firm believer that there’s no such thing as talent. Nobody is a good writer, nobody is a good thinker, and nobody is even intelligent, without applying themselves. It takes hard work. Anybody can do anything with hours of hard work. I don’t think I would say it comes easy. I’m more in tune to use my brain more effectively than I used to be. I put in the work and learned how to do it. I learned how to focus and learned how to think. I’ve applied myself, and anybody can do this. A couple of months ago, I accepted a position as an Editor at Penthouse. They also talked to me about doing a sex advice column. Originally Dave Navarro had one, but I guess it didn’t work out that well. They thought I could do “Another Day in the Life of a Gigolo”. It’s going to be a monthly publication with 1,500-2,000 words. I’m going to do a Top 10 list for them, as well.  
STRIPLV: Tell me about “Turning On Light Bulbs.”
HAWK: I have a post: Turn On Light Bulbs. I enjoy turning on light bulbs with my clients, and people I’m talking to. If I can say something that makes them go: “Oh, I never thought about it that way,” that’s what I like to do. For every perspective in the book, I try to be a light bulb. It’s a new, fresh, honest perspective. It’s bold, it’s in your face, and this is how you have to be if you want to be confident. You have to be firm and sure of yourself. In the post I say something like: “Men, step up the game, or we might not be needed anymore.” Women are more driven than men. They work harder, they kind of want to one-up us, and men are getting lazy. Girls are even hitting the gym more than guys are in this day and age, and they’re really taking over the alpha male. Some parts of that I don’t like. I think women lose some of their great qualities of femininity when they step up in that role too much. I don’t think it’s necessary to go to that length to prove something. Be you and bring on the femininity, that’s what makes you special. It’s a total role reversal type thing and it’s messed up. I’m cool with equality and feminism and all that, but I don’t like it. Some guys like taking on that role, and it might be a lazier role or easier way out. If you have a strong woman, you need to be even stronger to please her.  
STRIPLV: You got recruited for the “Gigolos” show. How close are you in real life to the Nick Hawk character you portray?
HAWK: It’s me, amplified! I’m not proud of everything I’ve done. I have seven years of me on TV and the public thinks that’s me now. I’m not happy with that. It’s an edited show, as well. So it’s me, edited. I can’t watch the show anymore. It’s been a hell of a ride, a hell of a journey, and a hell of an experience! When I first decided to do the show, I prayed it would go three seasons. I thought if it only went one or two, I would be a joke and would never be able to do anything again. No one would take me serious for my music or anything. But, then we went three and I was: “Holy Shit!” And it was opening some doors. Then we went four, then we went five and then six—“Holy Shit!” Right now, I can open any door. My favorite thing about doing it was that it paid off, because I knew it was a big risk. It was an adult show, it was a reality show, and it was an original Showtime series, starring role. It’s hard to say no to that, and I’m glad I didn’t and it also helped my gigolo career. 
STRIPLV: Did you find it difficult being on camera with semi-nude and nude scenes?
HAWK: It really helped my confidence journey. This is 5-6 years after stripping down to my g-string, sometimes nude, and auditioning. At the beginning, I’d rather get naked in front of someone than have some lines to say that I had to remember. That took a lot of work and a lot of courage getting on that stage. Now, I love auditioning. I just had an audition for a reoccurring role in “Orange Is The New Black”. Now I love auditioning so much, the experience, because I studied that shit for five years, a couple of times a week. 80% of it is confidence, being able to take over a room. Confidence is the opposite of nervousness. Nervousness is a pointless emotion that hurts you and cripples you in the moment. It took me almost two seasons to get over being nervous. During season 3 or 4, I molded my penis. I had to get hard in front of 20 people with 3 cameras on me to do the mold for my penis. I remember thinking: “Where the fuck do I go from here?” It was such a ridiculous thing that I had to do for the show. I didn’t feel one thing. No nervousness! I’m definitely over that now! (laughter)  
STRIPLV: Compare being on the Gigolos show to stripping, or porn…
HAWK: The show is a notch up from stripping and porn is a big notch up from the show. It’s pretty soft and innocent, compared to porn. If I was going to have tried porn, I would have done it three years ago, when I had a contract. I was talking to Vivid and we actually filmed an episode there. I decided it wasn’t right for me and my brand, and my business. I enjoyed stripping. I’ve done over 300 bachelorette parties. I did this male review at The Boogie in Anaheim and I was a cop act every Thursday night for a year and it was a blast. I enjoy entertaining women very much. I’ve considered doing my own male revue show here in Vegas.  
STRIPLV: You also write and record music. Tell me about your song, “We Fight”.
HAWK: I don’t think I could ever express myself more honestly than that song. That’s everything I represent. It’s a culmination of who I am and who I’ve become. I call it my masterpiece. There are hundreds and hundreds of hours in writing and making these complex-rhyming patterns, and then I do the beats myself, as well. Then recording it and editing it, it took countless hours putting it together. I’ll put in the work again, but it will express me in a different form. I wanted this to be the purest expression of what I represent, so I won’t be able to duplicate that, and I think I succeeded.  
STRIPLV: The age-old question of lyrics or music: Do you consider lyrics to be the most important part of the song to you?
HAWK: The energy, the beats… No, all of it. I was 100% involved in all of it. Even if you hear the beats without the lyrics, that’s 100% me, as well. Obviously the lyrics are very important, too. I try to do something different every time. I obviously try to step up my game every time, try to bring something new to the beat. I’ve always been the producer of my music. I used to be not that great at it, but I’m getting very good at it now. I think I could produce music fulltime at this point. I haven’t been able to say that until this last year. What I composed on the piano for “We Fight”, it’s some top level shit, and I’m really happy with it. It’s been nominated for a Hollywood Music Award.
STRIPLV: Live like you’ll die tomorrow… you almost sound hyper. Is there such a thing as relaxing for you? And if so, what is? 
HAWK: I’m not hyper at all. It’s horrible to be hyper and strung out. I’m very anti-caffeine, as well. Fortunately, with my main job, the gigolo stuff, I only see a few clients a month, and they’re typically longer bookings. I maybe work 6 days a month, so I have 24 days to do all the things I want to do. It’s a form of meditation. Another thing I do is Jiu Jitsu, and train a few times a week. I just won the 2016 Nationals Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship in the “Brown Belt Open-Weight Division.” I play full court basketball as well at UNLV.
STRIPLV: You seem to just go, go, go.
HAWK: I don’t want to put that message out there. It’s not healthy to go, go, go. We need adequate sleep, (more than 6 or 7 hours of sleep), especially if you’re operating at your full potential, and you’re training hard, and especially when using your brain. It needs the rest to organize the thoughts. That’s how the creative process works. And you need time to reflect. Most people have 100 or more of these little bullshit things running around their heads that they haven’t made a good decision about or filed away—from doing stuff around the house to emails. And people put stuff off, and it doesn’t give you any time for quality thought. Believe me, I have everything stored away and I have a lot of time for quality thought. I try to challenge myself every day in some way, shape or form, especially being creative, if it’s writing or working on my music. My grand piano, my full drum set, my guitar and bass are out there in the living room; the keyboards are in here with my music production. I do something everyday to challenge myself. It’s like training at the gym. It becomes habit as well. Then you realize the benefits that it has, and if you’re not doing them, you’re not at your full potential. It’s not a good way to live your life and you’re selling yourself short.  
STRIPLV: You say you only take three or four gigolo appointments a month?
HAWK: Typically, one a week. Unfortunately I’m not able to take all my bookings. I think I take less than half of them. I’ll see anybody one time. Usually I have three or four large bookings a month, like an overnight or a weekend, like I head for Belize tonight for six days. I’ll have one or two meet and greets a month, and usually that’s with a new client. They are not screened by looks, size, or age at all. I’d rather be with an older, heavier woman than a younger one with a bad attitude or bad hygiene.  
STRIPLV: There’s a quote on your website: “If you’re not evolving, you’re dying.” Evolving in any form or something in particular?
HAWK: Yeah, if you’re not stimulating your brain, and there’s a lot of pieces to it, to grow, to dream, to be successful, to have new ideas and challenge yourself—yeah, you’re dying. Your brain will die away. Mentally sound people that continue to challenge themselves don’t get Alzheimer’s. They are sharper when they’re eighty than when they were thirty. It’s mainly with people who retire and think they’re worthless and ready to die. The most fascinating study that I talk about in the book is how quickly your health deteriorates after you retire. You may read the paper and watch the news, but you don’t challenge yourself and that’s why your brain starts to go.”
STRIPLV: You have the biggest bucket list I’ve ever seen. You’ve accomplished over 100 of them, with at least 60 more to do. At 34 years old, how do you plan to do these?
HAWK: There’s more than that! Everyday I put notes in my phone of things I hear about or things I want to do. Fortunately, I do a lot of them with my job. I get to travel a lot, and I always make the deal with someone that, if I go away with you, I’m going to do some cool shit, too. Even if you just want to relax, I’m going to go hike, or go dive with sharks. Usually my clients are a little more into that as well, and are outdoor people. I attempted to go hang gliding with one client two different times, but they both failed. Once it was too windy, and one time the plane broke. I jumped out of a plane with a client, and I shark cage dived with a client. Maybe half have been done with clients. I backpacked through Europe last summer on my own. I did that to finish my book, because I knew I’d spend a lot of time on planes and trains, something over 80-90 hours on them, going to six different countries—and I wrote the whole time.  
STRIPLV: On your bucket list of accomplishments, you mention helping heal illness.
HAWK: I think that our brain has a very large ability to reverse the healing process. The healing process is something that is undiscovered and not understood by a lot of scientists and why it works. Scientists don’t even know why most of our brain functions while we’re sleeping, and what is actually happening. I think the power of our mind has a lot to do with the healing and with the sleeping. I think those are the two biggest keys. Obviously there are a lot of other things you have to put into that, as well. Nutrition, health and exercise, but I really think people can prevent it, but also cure it, and most of that is done mentally. I went to India for a week with a lady who had planned on it being her last hoorah. She was stage 3 or 4 terminally ill with cancer. We stayed in separate rooms and we were supposed to meet, and she didn’t come. When she didn’t answer the door, I broke the door down and she was lying on the ground, and I had to revive her. I saw many light bulbs go off as I talked to her. She had been given no direction and nowhere to go with this. I honestly feel I had a big role in what happened after that. She took my advice on just about everything, including ending the abusive relationship she was in. I got her motivated to not only live, but to go back to teaching, which she loved. She had a terrible diet, so I recommended this Green Vibrance that I’ve been taking every morning that contains just about every fruit and vegetable extract, plus vitamins and herbs. I saw the light bulbs go on and watched her become motivated and the cancer went into remission in a couple months after the trip. Who knows what could have really happened, but I honestly feel… and there’s other keys to it, but I’ve had other incidences where I’ve helped people get well from other illnesses. I think I understand the role that obesity and weight loss has in feeding illness.  
STRIPLV: You are living such an extreme lifestyle and you want to experience so many things. What about marriage and family?  
HAWK: Definitely not marriage, I’m very against that. I think marriage is everything that’s wrong with the world. I don’t hate everything it represents. There are good things about being in a committed relationship and it’s healthy for some people, if you’re with the right person. Marriage is set up on a lie. I firmly believe that. It’s impossible to commit to somebody forever. You don’t know who you’re going to be tomorrow, much less 6 months from now, much less 20 years from now. It’s great to commit to somebody and say I want to be with you for a long time, I plan on being with you for a long time, I hope we grow and change together on the same path. That’s okay, but you can’t promise someone you’ll be with them forever. It’s a lie. Once you get to the point in the relationship where your paths start splitting off, then you’ve lied to them and you’ve lost that trust, and then you start hating each other and that’s where the arguments are.  
STRIPLV: Any closing thoughts?  
HAWK: If I could leave anything back in (to) the world, it would be to learn before love. You need to learn and then love. And you need to learn to love yourself. I’ve eliminated all hate and anger from my life. I follow all my advice. It’s a process of training your brain like that.

KATE HUDSON - Golden Sparkle

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KATE HUDSON - GOLDEN SPARKLE

By Jack Wellington

Kate Hudson seems the embodiment of her beautifully effervescent mother, Goldie Hawn, and among her fellow Hollywood peers, she is known to light up a set with her internal spark, most likely passed down from Goldie. Yet Hudson has made her own path in the cinematic industry—though happy to be paired with her mom’s good looks. In fact, the lists are too numerous to mention when it comes to rankings on “the sexiest” “hottest” and “most beautiful women” publication lists.

Part musician, part actor, and wholeheartedly the all-natural hippie, Hudson received musical talent (playing both piano and guitar) from her father, Bill Hudson of the 1970’s band and television show, The Hudson Brothers. But it was her mom’s longtime companion, Kurt Russell, who raised her with Hawn, and whom she considers her father. Kate was only 18 months old when her parents divorced.

Though she indeed landed the part of her first audition at the age of 11 for a lead role in TV show with Howie Mandel (which never made it to production), Hawn turned it down, keeping it a secret for a year before telling her daughter. But by the age of 17, Hudson couldn’t be held back, landing an agent and a guest part on the dramatic TV show, “Party of Five”. One year later, she performed in her first movie role in the independent film, Desert Blue, then with the talented cast of Ben Affleck, Christina Ricci, Paul Rudd and Courtney Love in the ‘99 film, 200 Cigarettes. But it was the year 2000 that put the blonde beauty on the Hollywood map, with her charming role as Penny Lane in Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical film, Almost Famous. Her sparkly, sexy portrayal of the groupie leader of the so-called “Band-Aids” earned her a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actress. A couple years later, Hudson once again flirted with audiences in her first big hit romantic comedy, with co-star Matthew McConaughey in 2003’s How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, which positioned the lovely actress for a future of hit romantic comedies: You, Me and Dupree, Fool’s Gold and Bride Wars.

The role Hudson has held most dearly is the personal one of “Mom.” Though with one divorce under her belt from The Black Crowes lead singer, Chris Robinson, and an engagement that never made its walk down the wedding aisle with Muse band member, Matthew Bellamy, the 37-year-old actress relishes her time with her two boys, 12-year old Ryder Russell Robinson (with his middle name honoring her dad, Kurt) with Robinson; and five-year-old Bingham Hawn Bellamy with Bellamy.

For her free time, the golden-tressed beauty designs and creates her own jewelry and does yoga, which was the perfect segue to the entrepreneurial life, when she joined business partners, Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler in 2013, to launch her fitness brand, Fabletics, through the online fashion retailer, JustFab.

Hudson took out a moment to talk with us about her newest film, Deepwater Horizon, the real-life story about the 2010 disaster on the offshore drilling rig that exploded and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Her down-to-earth character is apparent, and as she speaks, she glows with an inner beauty that sparkles throughout the room, as her animated hand gestures paint a picture of her words. Opening up about the onscreen chemistry with co-star, Mark Wahlberg, Hudson expressed the ease of the two of them working together because of their common life priorities of kids and families first. She spoke of her strong desire to depict the historical disaster properly for the real-life role of Felicia Williams, and how truly elated she was with joining her inspirational role model, her dad, Kurt Russell, on set, and the incredible respect she has for his talented acting abilities.

STRIPLV: How did you approach playing a character based on the real person, Felicia Williams, who experienced these events?
HUDSON: I think when you’re playing a character that is a real person, that you’re portraying a real life experience—there’s definitely more care put into wanting it to be perceived by them as something that is authentic and truthful. I had the privilege of seeing her watch the movie, and afterwards, connecting with her in Toronto at the Film Festival, and she said to me, and very emotional, she just said: “Way to go!” You know? That was a nice sort of just…alright, well I’m just so happy that she felt like I respected what that was for her. Because it’s really hard obviously to relive those things, for anybody who was a part of this catastrophe, I think it was so traumatic for them. So to relive it is, you know, complex.
STRIPLV: The film was shot on location in New Orleans, amongst the Gulf’s oil industry and communities affected by the spill. What was it like to work where the real life events took place?
HUDSON: I think it just adds that nuance when you’re working in the real place. Nowadays we make movies in so many different places that have nothing to do with where we’re shooting the film. And for us to come down here and to be able to shoot here in New Orleans, in Louisiana, go to the real sort of launching place, like where Mark and I went and shot the driving scene where I say bye to him. You know, we went down there. Coming in over and actually experiencing going on a helicopter, and seeing all the oil rigs out there, when you go out over to the gulf—t’s just a whole other world! And this is their everyday lives—but for me, I’d never seen it and it just adds so much texture to making films and making them as authentic as possible. So it was really wonderful to be here. And I think, too, I think there was a great interest and intrigue when we would say: “Oh, what are you doing here?” and “Oh, you’re working on that.” They were very excited here in New Orleans to see what part of the story we were going to tell. And I think that when this comes out, it will be something that hopefully the city of New Orleans will be proud that we made this movie and made it here. It’s cool. 
STRIPLV: This is a first time for you starring in a film alongside Kurt Russell. What was that like?
HUDSON: I mean, it was great, except that we didn’t really have a scene together. (laughing) We had, like, one little moment. But we didn’t have the actual… It’s definitely not On Gold Pond, right? But it is amazing to be here with my dad, to be at the festival with my dad. You know, cause now, as an adult, I say to every other adult: “Like, how often do you get to go sit on an airplane with your dad, alone? Without the whole family, or without it being sort of where everybody’s getting together, where you get to go to work?” It’s just really, very cool! And then to be back on a set with him, sort of reminding me how and where, and how I fell in love with making movies. It was really cool. And just watching him as an actor, it’s just a pleasure. He’s so… You know, I say this as a biased daughter, but I also say it as an observant actor, that he is such a phenomenal talent. Watching his process is really a wonderful thing to watch, as someone who is always wanting to learn. He’s so subtle, and his subtleties are so effective. And some people have that. And it’s just like a dream to watch.
STRIPLV: Your character experiences the uncertainty and worry, experienced by much of America as this news story broke. How did you prepare for this aspect of your role?
HUDSON: I think that to prepare for my part in this film, was really… it was a couple of things: one, that Mark and I, you know, in these kind of movies you want to get to it. You know, it’s important to get to what an audience is sort of like: “What happened?” You know? But you have to set up what I think is telling a story about people’s lives; the sort of everyday man going to work and the rug then pulled out from under your feet. You have to sort of set up the relationship, the family, everything that would be relatable to all of us who have kids and families, to really understand the impact of what this felt like for these workers. And so, Mark and I’s chemistry, the moments in the beginning of the movie, were really important for us because… (chuckling) There was a little bit of pressure. Sort of like, I hope this works! You know, I hope we can get that feeling for people. And the second we started working together, I was relieved, because we had a very easy rapport. And it was just easy for us to just go there with each other, and feel comfortable, and intimate. And I think that, because we’re both parents who really put our children before anything, that was an easy place for us to go together—that being the most important thing, is us, and family. And so that just came very organically, and then, you know, making sure that we were able to, (even though the real Felicia went into survival mode, and it prolonged and prolonged, and prolonged for a long period of time). You know, we had to kind of do it in these moments, and the moments had to be as impactful as the moment when something blows on the rig, to balance the movie out. You do look at that as a filmmaker and as an actor, and you just want to make sure that you can deliver. It’s always a little bit challenging, I guess. —STRIPLV

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