The 29-year-old fashion designer dished about following her passion, her television past, and more. Check it:
On fashion being her passion: “Television was just sort of an accident… I never felt really strongly about it. But fashion is something I feel passionate about. If I hadn’t done TV, I still would have ended up in the [fashion] industry, but I definitely wouldn’t be in the position I am now.”
On being basic: “I probably am pretty basic. But I’m also a pretty happy person, so that’s okay with me.”
On not being bitter about The Hills: “When I did television, scandal was always around me. And I think one of the best things [about that] for me is that your life becomes more big picture. You have to develop a thick skin really quickly. It toughened me up, which is good.”
Serayah lets her curls go wild on the cover of ASOS‘s October 2015 issue.
The 19-year-old actress opened up about landing Tiana on Empire, her own music and meeting Taylor Swift. Check it:
On life before Empire: “Before I landed Empire, I was in college, working at H&M part-time. I’d been doing auditions and modelling and I did a few Skechers commercials. My friend from school’s mum is a casting director and he told me about this character she was looking for really, really quickly, because I think the past girl hadn’t worked out. So I went to audition three times in front of executives from Fox [the network that makes Empire] and the head of music at Columbia Records. I sang a Brandy song and I was totally nervous, but I got a call a couple of days later saying, ‘They love you and you’re coming to Chicago to film!’”
On how she first met Taylor: “I was driving, and my mum called me, saying, ‘So guess who just called me? Taylor Swift!’ I was clicking the volume on the phone to make sure I’d heard properly. Mum was trying to explain and I kept cutting her off with questions! She said that Taylor had asked for my number so she could talk through everything about the video, I was like, ‘Don’t ask me! Just get her to text me now!’ When Taylor called, she said, ‘Thank you so much for saying you’ll do it’ and I replied, ‘Come on! Anything! I’m there!’ But it just shows that huge pop stars or actors or actresses can still have that humility, which is so inspiring. A lot of people, as they get bigger, they lose that, so it’s really cool to see someone leading by example. Especially for young girls.”
On plans for her music: “I’m not signed to a label yet, but since the show, people seem really interested in working with me. I’m already getting to work with people I never thought I’d work with, like Ne-Yo. My favourite way to record is to have everybody in the room shouting out different ideas.”
Serayah is also pictured below at the cover celebration held at Gjelina on Monday afternoon (August 31) in Venice, Calif.
Empire’s Serayah McNeill interview & ASOS Magazine cover shoot
“We invited each subject to use this opportunity to create something powerful and personal: the utmost expression of themselves,” Editor-in-Chief Keith Pollock said about the celeb portraits. “We definitely encouraged them to push the limits, but we weren’t interested in steering them in any way. Our aim was to allow them to create an image that reflects the way the subjects see themselves. And the way they want to be seen.”
The 28-year-old Pretty Little Liars star dished out her best fitness secrets. Check it:
On her athleisure line Fit to Wander: “I wanted to put a special note from me in the collection, so I put positive affirmations in every single piece. I just think it has such a great impact on the rest of the day when you read them.”
On her favorite workouts: “I have to switch it up because I get bored, so I’ll try different classes. Cardio for me is a spin class. I think it’s great. I get so amped up with other people in the room, and there’s just a really good energy about it.”
On navigating the craft service table: “It’s called sharing. So instead of having my own, I’ll share with Ashley Benson. She’s probably my food partner in crime, so if she’s craving something, I’ll be like, “Let’s split it.’”
The 20-year-old actress opened up about her NBC show, Aquarius, fashion in the ’60s and more. Check it:
“So often, I got the script and said to myself [about character Emma], ‘stupid girl, go back to your handmade dresses and your mansion. Go back to your beautiful mother who loves you. You dumb girl’,” she shared. “But it was a different time in America.”
Emma added, “I felt like I had to catch on to what happened to these girls. And so, my research consisted of books and films mainly, and I took note of how they [women] acted and how they were understood, and how they presented themselves. That was super interesting to me, because there was such a vast difference. Even the way women spoke was distinct. So, I have a very different voice that I use for Emma. I reminded myself that it was the 60s and women didn’t really have as much of a role in…well, life.”
Gavin MacIntosh gets ready for a scuba adventure in a suit in this shot from Bello mag’s August 2015 issue.
The 16-year-old actor opened up about playing Connor on The Fosters, dream roles and more. Check it:
On his groundbreaking role on The Fosters: “This is long overdue. I mean there’s been progress on network TV with showing equality issues, but this is the first show that addresses the emotional state of young kids and what they’re feeling. I mean these feelings often start young so it’s important to have this representation. It helps a lot of these kids feel more confident and less shameful, and just really grow up normally because they’re normal. They don’t deserve to be treated differently. Unfortunately there still is bullying, and I’m hoping by my role that Connor can somehow help this. You know, I think he has. I think this whole Connor and Jude storyline is pushing this whole issue more to the forefront. It’s touching this new generation and instilling acceptance. So I’m hoping it helps some kinds feel confident.”
On his first time at LA Pride: “That was such a cool experience. It’s unbelievable I got to be a part of it. You know, I’m surprised of all the different demographics that came together. Every time I go to equality events, I learn something. It fuels me and I learn something more about my role as Connor. I realize how important the show is, and it helps me realize how important the storyline is. It’s really something that needs to be told. Reaching out and meeting people that watch me on TV, the people that I’m affecting, it helps me do better in the role of Connor.”
On dream roles: “What would be really cool is to play in action films such as Mad Max or Warrior. They both star Tom Hardy. Can you tell I’m a hardcore Tom Hardy fan? (laughs) I’ve always wanted a role that’s physically demanding, or that I might have to train for. Like The Rock in Hercules, he had to train for months, and build up and get into the character. I’ve always wanted to have a character like that.”
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