How Actor Nicholas Gonzalez is Celebrating His Hispanic Heritage

I recently interviewed actor Nicholas Gonzalez about better representation for Latinos in the entertainment industry.

In my Mediaplanet article, “The Good Doctor” actor also discusses how he celebrates his heritage and gives back to the community.

On “The Good Doctor,” Gonzalez’s character was the supporting role to the white, male lead. He says his character was a great cultural representation of how there’s more work to be done.

“We want to see these characters,” he says. “They’re not just there to highlight the white lead character. We need more leads. We need more stories about not the second guy, not the fourth, fifth character down the line.”

Protecting People With Chronic Lung Disease During the Pandemic

Today the U.S. reached the grim milestone of 200,000 deaths due to COVID-19. The coronavirus is particularly worrisome for people with other health conditions.

In this Mediaplanet article, Dr. Albert A. Rizzo, chief medical officer for the American Lung Association, tells me how people with chronic lung disease can protect themselves.

Here’s an excerpt:

Dr. Rizzo recommends people with lung disease maintain healthy habits, including proper sleep, diet, and exercise, as well as not smoking or vaping. They should continue their regular medicines. 

“American Horror Story” Actress Jamie Brewer’s Inspiring and Empowering Story

“Don’t let your disability be your disadvantage.” That’s the message from “American Horror Story” actress Jamie Brewer.

In my Mediaplanet article, the advocate for people with disabilities talked to me about her career, her positive outlook and the inclusivity work in the entertainment industry that still needs to be done.

How Loni Love Is Taking Care of herself During the Pandemic

TV host and comedian Loni Love is taking care of herself during the pandemic and she wants to help others too.

In my Mediaplanet article, the “The Real” co-host explains the importance of self-care, checking in on friends and supporting the Black community.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Mental is just as important as physical health, and especially during a pandemic where you’re spending a lot of time alone,” she said. “I try to make sure that my friends are OK.”

“The Secret: Dare to Dream” Review

The Secret: Dare to Dream” is all about the power of positive thinking. Although it started production in 2018 and is being released now during the pandemic, it’s a fitting film for this time frame. Like in the film, where a hurricane causes damage, we’re all facing a crisis too these days.

In the movie, which is based on the best-selling book, “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne, Katie Holmes plays Miranda Wells, a widowed mom of three kids. The family is down on their luck both financially and emotionally. Miranda is dating her boss, Tucker played by Jerry O’Connell. There’s respect there and love, but is it romantic love?

secretdtd-movies-he-poster-01Miranda gets into a fender bender and bumps into the truck of Bray Johnson, a college professor from Nashville, played by Josh Lucas. Viewers know that Bray had stopped at Miranda’s house earlier to drop off some paperwork but she wasn’t home. While there, he briefly interacted with her son. Bray offers to fix Miranda’s bumper and soon sits down with the whole family.

But a storm is brewing in Louisiana, where the family lives. Miranda’s house is a mess after storm damage and Bray seems there to pick up the pieces.

Why is he so helpful? And what was in that envelope that he needed to give her at the beginning of the movie? Most of the movie goes by, before we are find out what’s in that envelope – what’s the secret?

Along the way, there are relationship twists and turns for the whole family including Miranda, her boyfriend and her kids. There’s also a growing connection between Miranda and Bray.

“The Secret” has charming moments but at times the dialogue is like a Ted Talk of positive phrases:

  • “Anything is possible if you really want it.”
  • “We get what we expect.”
  • “The more you think about something, the more you draw it to you.”

Bray’s belief is that whatever happens – even the bad stuff – can lead to better things. He tells Miranda, “Think of what you want, not what you don’t want.”

For Miranda, the problem is she’s too stressed to think about what she wants. It’s not until a stranger walks into her life that she starts to realize she has the power to dream and think about what she really wants.

This movie is a respite from some of the real life drama we’re all facing and the message is uplifting. It’s entertaining and made me smile; a reminder that we all need focus on the good things in life, including figuring out what we want and going for it.

The Lionsgate film is available on demand. Watch the trailer here.

And the Emmy Award Goes To…

2020Emmys_MASTER WIN_2020-06-04_14.46.52.pngI’m honored to serve as president of The Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Every year we hold an awards gala celebrating the achievements of TV and media professionals in our chapter. This year due to COVID-19, the 46th annual NATAS-PSW Emmy Awards was streamed.

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I’m so proud of my board of governors and Emmy Awards committee for putting together this virtual awards show. Congrats to all the Emmy Award recipients! 

We’re already starting to plan next year’s awards gala, which hopefully will be an in-person event. Missed the live show? Check it out below:

Stay at Home for the Premiere of “Trolls World Tour”

You’re invited to have your town “Trolls World Tour” watch party at home – social distancing is definitely encouraged.

 

In the era of COVID-19, both parents and kids have been indoors for a month, living our best quarantine life. Spending around-the-clock time at home with my kids is nice but we’re all ready for something entertaining!

Now it’s time for some Friday fun: an at-home movie premiere for “Trolls World Tour.” This movie, a sequel to “Trolls,” the 2016 DreamWorks Animation hit, was slated for theaters but now it’s going to be available on-demand starting tomorrow, Friday April 10.

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Watch the movie at 10 am Pacific and live tweet with the film’s directors Walt Dohrn and The McElroy Brothers. Use the hashtag: #TrollsWatchParty.

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Host your own viewing party with your family, complete with themed snacks and decorations. This link has printable crafts and coloring pages, as well as recipes.

Want a peak at the movie, which stars Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake? Here’s the trailer: https://youtu.be/08AExF6dETA

Remembering Cameron Boyce and Honoring His Legacy

Actor Cameron Boyce died last year of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) and now his family is continuing his humanitarian work. In my Mediaplanet article, his parents explain the 20-year old had a mission for good.

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“He would most definitely want us to take care of each other and be loving to one another, and to be strong,” says his mother, Libby Boyce. “He would most definitely want us to continue working on things that make the world a better place.”

Read more about his epilepsy, #SUDEP and the projects he loved. This article ran last week in a Neurological Disorders report inside USA TODAY. Read the article here.

Get more information about Cameron Boyce’s Foundation.