Sunday, September 24, 2017

Interviewing James Franco, Jim Carrey, Idris Elba, Brie Larson and more at TIFF 2017

Once again this year, I was lucky enough to attend the Toronto International Film Festival as RU Student Life's red carpet correspondent. At the premiers of The Disaster Artist, Unicorn Store, The Mountain Between Us, The Shape of Water, Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond, Chappaquiddick and Woman Walks Ahead, I got to chat with James Franco, Paul Scheer, Brie Larson, Idris Elba, Beau Bridges, Jim Gaffigan, Ed Helms, Guillermo del Toro, Doug Jones and Jim Carrey among others. It being such a privilege, I wanted to share my experience and the interviews with you all.   

Attending The Disaster Artist premiere was a thrill. My friends and I have had long chats about Paul Scheer's "no secret to success" since. I was so nervous with James Franco and only wish I had more time to pick his brain about education, art and the rest. 

Brie Larson was so lovely and insightful at the premiere of her film
 Unicorn Store. My camerawoman Franci and I were taken aback by her grace and the way she looks you in the eyes when in conversation. We both agreed then and still think she'd be the best big sister ever.

Idris Elba is such a gentleman. So warm and charming! Even after its scheduled end, he stayed on The Mountain Between Us red carpet to give every remaining outlet an interview. Beau Bridges was full of wisdom, too, and adorable with his wife. 

Jim Gaffigan is damn funny. (Apparently, "smoking crack" got him kicked out of Ryerson. 😂) Also at the Chappaquiddick premiere, Ed Helms told me he was a C+ student in school and that his dream as a kid was to be a comedian  so happy that came true for him! 

Guillermo del Toro gave the most eloquent advice to aspiring artists at The Shape Of Water gala. To succeed, he told me, one needs "a strange combination of being tough and delicate." Doug Jones was also so sweet and super comforting and empathetic to the student struggle. 

Lastly, meeting Jim Carrey at the premiere of his documentary Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond was surreal and an honour. He told me he "doesn't exist" and I loved it. (FUN FACT: We actually lost this footage in a camera glitch and were heartbroken until a kind woman from Russian TV saved us by sharing hers. Thanks, Mila!)

Huge thank you to @RUStudentLife for sending me to the festival, and massive shout out to Franci Dimitrovska for being a great friend and badass camerawoman! 

Until next time,


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Chilling with The Vamps at Family's Big Ticket Concert

On August 27, 2017, The Vamps – A.K.A. James McVey, Connor Ball, Brad Simpson and Tristan Evans  came to Toronto to headline Family's Big Ticket Summer alongside Sabrina Carpenter. I was lucky enough to get to talk to the band backstage before the crowd went wild and they totally rocked the Budweiser Stage.

They were so fun, polite and genuine, and made me feel like their friend even though we had just met! During our interview, the boys looked back at some of their best past memories in a game of #ThrowbackThursday, drew random questions from the YSBnow Grab Bag and told me what they love about themselves. Watch now!


Though I didn't get to chat with Sabrina Carpenter, I did get to watch her incredible set during the show. Because I couldn't help myself, here's a video of her covering Dua Lipa's "New Rules" along with some of her onstage highlights. 

Until next time,


Friday, June 30, 2017

My iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards 2017 Experience

This month, I was fortunate enough to attend my second iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards in downtown Toronto. Covering for both YSBnow and RU Student Life, I had the pleasure of interviewing stars like Riverdale's Hayley Law and Asha Bromfield, Lilly Singh (A.KA. Superwoman) and Disney Channel goddess Dove Cameron.

Before the show, I ran into Lorde backstage.
Later in the pressroom, I fell in love with Darren Chris. Also, Dove Cameron's dress was a work of art.

As an interviewer, I always aspire to pose questions to talent they've likely never been asked before. Weird as it may seem, I ended up having some pretty lovely conversations with celebs about school, memes and self-love.

Dove Cameron, Nikki Bella and more told me what they love about themselves. Watch!

Lilly Singh talks about not feeling "good enough" here.

What's Tyler Oakley's favourite meme? Find out now!

Until next time,


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Visiting Bailee Madison On The Set Of "Good Witch"

I was so happy to be invited to the set of Good Witch to chat with Bailee Madison, the star of the Hallmark Channel series, last month. In between shooting her last scenes of the show's third season, we talked about Christmas, fashion, her career as a producer, girl power, building confidence + more!

If you aren't familiar with her or her work, Bailee is an absolute ray of human sunshine. I was so impressed and charmed by her eloquence and grace. 

Of our entire meeting, my favourite part was playing #TransformationTuesday with her. Watch now!

Click the links below to check out the other full interview segments!


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Covering Buffer Festival 2016 | Press Day & Red Carpet

Buffer Festival 2016 hit Toronto on October 20 to 23, 2016 and I was there on behalf of YSBnow! At the even't press day and red carpet, I intervewed some of YouTube's greatest sensations  including Louis Cole, Ricky Dillon, Bryan Lanning, Swoozie, The Sorry Girls, Arden Rose and Alexis G. Zall.

Click the links below to watch the full interviews!

Press Day

Louis Cole Shares His Bullying Story
Ricky Dillon Talks Bullying, Self-Love And His Inspirations
Bryan Lanning Opens Up About Being Bullied As A Child

Red Carpet

The Sorry Girls
Arden Rose
Alexis G. Zall

Shout out to my friend Miriam for operating the camera for me!

Until next time,

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Interviewing Alyson Stoner For YSBnow | Girls Night In Tour

On September 15, I had the pleasure to interview Alyson Stoner on the Girls Night In Tour bus when the show made a stop here in Toronto. Alyson talked to YSBnow about girl power, what we can expect from her upcoming EP, an embarrassing school moment and much more!

On a personal note, getting to meet her was an absolute dream come true. As I said during the interview, I used to watch her on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Step Up and Camp Rock as a kid and think, 'she's such a strong, tough and smart female character - I want to be just like her!' Alyson is so poise, smart and spiritual. It was an honour to get to know such a beautiful soul. I'm so excited to hear her new music!


So grateful!

Until next time,

Monday, September 19, 2016

Covering The TIFF 2016 Red Carpet Premieres Of "Snowden," "Sing" And "King Of The Dancehall"

Between September 8 and 18, 2016, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) took over the city. This year, I was lucky enough to cover three film gala premieres on behalf of RU Student Life. On the red carpets, we chatted with Nick Cannon, Kreesha Turner, Shailene Woodley, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Nick Kroll + more!

Watch the red carpet interviews below...

Snowden (ft. Shailene Woodley, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Melissa Leo and Oliver Stone)

The King Of The Dancehall (ft. Nick Cannon, Kreesha Turner, Kardinal Officiall and Louis Gossett Jr.)

Sing (ft. Scarlett Johansson, Nick Kroll and Jennifer Hudson)

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