R&B singer Shawn Desman is currently on the road for his first ever headlining tour!
Desman has been hitting the road to bring you the best of his new album, ALIVE, which has recently been nominated for Best R&B/Soul Recording of the Year at this year’s JUNO Awards.
Desman spills the beans on thinking outside of the box and moving into the film business. He recruited none other than Degrassi’s Melinda Shankar and Heartland’s Kaitlyn Leeb for his first movie project (which also shares the name of his latest album), Alive. Desman talks about working with the two ladies and how that experience was kind of like opening “The Shawn Desman School of Dance.”
Our host Simon Mohos has secretly always wanted to be on The Bachelor (wink) so he decided to treat the ladies of Degrassito a round of Speed Dating. The lineup included Annie Clark, Melinda Shankar and Sarah Fisher. First things first, he presented them all with a precious rose, before delving into a series of first date questions.
Melinda and Simon hit it off right away — though she knew he already presented a rose to two other girls before her and wasn’t very happy about that! She forgave him though and the rest of the date went off without a hitch.
Next up was Annie. Who can resist her charm and smarts? She said her ideal date would be going to the Science Centre, which definitely captured the heart of our host. Read more…
By Jasmine Williams
This episode goes to show that you don’t need a dramatic, violent ending to make a great season finale. Take that, Grey’s Anatomy! Relationships old and new are budding and all though it’s summer in the real world, this finale certainly made me feel as warm as a fluffy blanket on a cold winter’s day.
Here’s what I learned on this week’s Degrassi, “In the Cold Cold Night Part 2.”
1) With the Coyne’s coins frozen, Fiona can no longer fund the winter Frostival but doesn’t have the heart to disappoint Imogen. I feel like Imogen would understand, but what about the carnies, Principal Simpson, and the entire student body when she can’t cough up the $11,000 deposit? Something tells me, “I’m sorry, I’m broke” won’t cut it.
2) Maya’s getting ready for her audition with an indie band but I think she’s missing one major detail: the fact that she’s not even old enough to get into the venues that she would be playing? I don’t think an exposed shoulder and a bad attitude will hide her minor niner status.
3) After helping Clare out with the paper, Eli’s looking to get back into her good books. But with all of their baggage, Clare’s hesitant. And considering this is the boy who crashed his beloved car and almost killed himself last season, I’m on her side with this one. Read more…
The last episode before the season finale, “In the Cold Cold Night” certainly did a great job of building suspense. There’s the possibility of an E-Clare reunion, Maya Matlin is breaking out of her older sister’s shadow, Holly J’s back, and it looks like Imogen might actually be into Fiona too! But with Fiona’s major legal troubles, will they ever get a chance to be something more?
Here’s what I learned on this week’s Degrassi, “In the Cold Cold Night.”
1) With Queen Katie out of commission and Marisol as acting president, Fiona sees it as an excellent opportunity to take over student council and get back at Marisol and Katie for being royal idea-stealing beyotches to her. But newly-crowned Marisol isn’t going without a fight, and kicks both Fiona and Imogen out of a meeting. Looks like they need to rethink their hostile takeover plan.
2) Because somehow Katie was doing everything at Degrassi besides Mr. Simpson’s job, the holiday edition of the Degrassi Daily has been postponed until Madame Editor’s return. But Clare is not having it and proposes to write the entire edition herself, including the sports pages. Hmm, good luck with that. Read more…
By Jasmine Williams
All-ages comedy nights and painting in strip clubs? These Degrassi kids sure have a lot more freedom and late curfews than I did hin high school. Degrassi’s royalty also suffers a big shake-up that will definitely complicate things for everybody. Because things aren’t complicated enough as they are, right?
Here’s what I learned on this week’s Degrassi, “Hollaback Girl Part 2”:
1) After last week’s kiss, Drew tells Bianca that he wants to be with her and is planning to break things off with Katie. Bianca resists, not wanting to live up to her old home-wrecker reputation. But it seems they’ll never have the chance to be together anyway, when Katie’s sister Maya tells them that Katie overdosed the night before.
2) Mo is, in his eloquent words, “broke as a joke.” So to take Marisol on their perfect first date, he’s going to have to come up with some major moolah and fast. Luckily, good guy Jake hears his plea and offers to hook him up with a painting job, but Marisol cancels before he can even take her out. Ouch.
3) Degrassi has all-ages comedy nights? I obviously went to the wrong high school. Alli takes Dave in an attempt to cheer him up from the Jacinta fiasco, but when he gets called out by the comedian for using his phone while on the date, Dave lashes right back. Read more…
By Jasmine Williams
It must be opposite day because resident baddie Bianca is finishing quizzes early, Queen Bee Marisol is dating Mo, and Degrassi power couple Katie and Drew are on the rocks. Oh well, I guess it just wouldn’t be Degrassi if things stayed the same for too long, and isn’t that why we keep watching?
Here’s what I learned on this week’s Degrassi, “Hollaback Girl Part 1.”
1) Bianca’s back and is trying to change. Her grades are up, and she’s getting through her probation one urine sample at a time. However, when she gets university advice from Katie, she seems more concerned with Bianca’s drug connections than her GPA. Looks like someone’s painkiller habit is still going strong.
2) After last week’s kiss, Mo and Marisol are still flirting and are very on. At least in private. When Connor spots them holding hands in the hallway, Marisol backs off and says that they’re not official. Is Marisol having second thoughts about Mo?
3) Dave wants to visit Jacinta in the hospital and Allie can’t help but feel uncomfortable with her boyfriend seeing his ex-hookup, even if she did just have major surgery. But when she finds a “Get well soon, Jacinta” Facerange page, she also finds a bunch of comments blaming Dave for the accident. Ouch, as if the guy wasn’t feeling bad enough. Read more…
By Jasmine Williams
We knew when Dave’s ex Jacinta showed up last week, she wouldn’t go quietly, but who could’ve predicted she’d leave on a stretcher? And Adam’s mystery date didn’t quite work out as planned but every cloud has a silver lining.
Here’s what I learned on this week’s episode “Smash Into You Part 2.”
1) Dave’s ex Jacinta is back to stir things up for Bandurner. When Dave tries to ditch her at the train station, she steals his phone and leaves him at a stoplight, threatening to text Alli that they’re getting back together. I guess this will teach Dave to be a little nicer the next time he gives a girl the brush-off.
2) It looks like Mo really does have a crush on Marisol, and of course Marisol is not happy. She’s freaking out at the possibility that people could even consider them a couple. Maybe she should take Drew’s advice and just get over herself already. Read more…
By Jasmine Williams
After a whole lot of Clare and Eli drama, it’s nice to get a change of scenery with former train wreck Alli and everyone’s loyal friend Adam taking the lead. And while Eli and Imogen may be dunzo, there are some new and old couples to look forward to. Who’s Adam’s secret admirer? And will Bandurner be able to make it work this time? Guess I’ll just have to keep watching!
Here’s what I learned on this week’s Degrassi, “Smash Into You Part 1.”
1) Nothing gets a girl’s attention like almost running her over, right? Dave is trying to get back together with Alli, but I don’t think doing something super dangerous like texting while driving will work. Next time, maybe put down the phone and try talking the old-fashioned way.
2) While Katie’s in the hospital awaiting surgery on her knee, Marisol stops by to visit her. But it seems that while her friend is in pain, and probably freaking out about the major medical procedure she’s about to have done, all Marisol can think about is that she doesn’t have a cute boyfriend like Drew to send her flowers and that Katie won’t be there to help her with the Model UN conference. Selfish much?
3) Adam gets a letter from a secret admirer but assumes it’s a mean prank. Don’t blame him, Degrassi kids can be pretty cruel. But then Tory comes up to him and asks some personal love-life related questions for a “math survey.” Hmmm. His luck turns around when he finds out the admirer is real and wants to go on a date with him! I wonder who it is! Read more…
By Jasmine Williams
The biggest development on last night’s Degrassi: KC’s a science whiz! But I guess he’s in the gifted program. With all his jock-ness and baby mama drama, it’s easy to forget there’s a brain under his Beiber hair. Also, it’s official, Elimogen are dunzo. And I was just getting use to them! Sadness.
Anyways, here are five things I learned from “Need You Now Part 2”:
1) Imogen’s lying to Eli. And not very well either. He’s trying to be easy breezy and not jump to conclusions, but the way Imogen’s acting, I would be suspicious too. But in true Eli fashion, he goes way too far and breaks into Fiona’s house to catch Imogen “cheating.” I feel like Eli should have his own show: “How to Completely Freak Out and Alienate your Girlfriend.” He seems to be good at it.
2) Tory has to be the school mascot until Queen Marisol deems her worthy to dance with the power squad. Or finds a replacement mascot. Instead of being supportive, her boyfriend Zig laughs at her and says she smells like cheese. Real nice. Considering it was his skateboarding video that got her in that predicament in the first place.
3) KC tries to guilt Jenna into helping out with Doug (the baby formerly known as Ty) but she’s not ready to make nice with her formerly absent baby daddy. When KC stops by to help out with the baby on his own and unexpectedly, it is super awkward. The parents are off to visit family, and obviously don’t want KC getting too involved with their son. Read more…
By Jasmine Williams
In this week’s episode, we were treated to numerous ‘Elimogen’ make-out sessions, a special appearance by little baby Tyson and a smashed phone. In terms of drama, it couldn’t top last week’s illegal grow-op revelation but really, what could?
Here’s what I learned from this week’s episode “Need You Now Part 1.”
1) Eli moves fast by inviting Imogen to sleep over on the first date. She’s up for it but when his dad tells Eli he should get some sleep because of his ‘condition,’ Imogen takes off and Eli freaks out at his dad for making him look crazy in front of the new GF.
2) JC still wants to be a father, but is this good for Ty and the adoption? When he gets an invite to baby Tyson’s christening, he asks Jenna to come with but she already has a mall date with Jake (so are they official?). When she refuses, JC goes alone and finds out that baby Ty cries when he touches him and oh yeah, is now named Doug. Instead of accepting that this is part of the process, JC takes out a bunch of books on how to raise a toddler from the library.
3) Imogen understands Eli’s condition. However, she shows this by painting a big ol’ picture of Eli as the poster child for mental illness. Needless to say this doesn’t go over well. I’m sorry, but if I was diagnosed with a serious mental condition, I wouldn’t want every kid in the school to know about it either. Did she forget that they’re still in high school where kids are mean?
4) Minor Niner Tory is one lucky girl. She barely squeaks on to Power Squad when another girl sprains her ankle. But just barely; Marisol doesn’t believe she’s reliable because of her age. Unfortunately, Tory proves Marisol right when she shows up to practice late because she was helping her boyfriend shoot a skateboarding video. Not a good first impression, and now she’s the mascot. At least she’s still on the team?
5) Eli sells his dad’s guitar to buy Imogen a camera to replace the one he broke in a fit of rage over the art project. But he gets anxious when he can’t find Imogen and she doesn’t answer his phone calls, so he throws his phone against a wall. Maybe Eli should take his dad’s advice and stay out of the dating game. We all know how the last relationship ended.
It’s not surprising that Drake can do a spot-on impersonation of Lil Wayne considering that he’s spent a lot of time with the rapper and that he played Jimmy on Degrassi. Somehow though, the interviewer Tim Westwood is completely mesmerized by Drizzy’s audition for Lil Wayne’s Lifetime movie.
Drake mastered Lil Wayne’s raspy voice and his ability to go from happy to serious in a short span of time. It’s okay though, because the two are good friends so it’s all in good humour.
Watch it below:
By Jasmine Williams
Cults, grow ops and drug busts, oh my! Clare’s situation goes from bad to worse and then to okay when she makes a truce with Jake. Hopefully, we see less of the vindictive ex-girlfriend version of Clare and more of the nice nice and rational Clare from now on. However, the real cliffhanger of this episode is Fiona. Now that her two best friends are dating, where does that leave her?
Here’s what I learned on this week’s episode of Degrassi “Not Ready To Make Nice Part 2.”
1) Clare’s new living situation isn’t making anyone happy. Her mom’s crying her eyes out and Summer’s emotionally blackmailing to stay in the cult. Then she finds out her new home is a grow op! And her new family are “herbalists” aka dealers! This girl cannot catch a break! Luckily, Jake has enough sense to tell Clare that she’s in a dangerous situation, but she still decides to stay…
2) That is until the “herb” hits the fan. Clare comes home to find Summer on her cell packing up all the plants. Something stinks and it’s not the weed. But it’s too late, the cops raid her new home and arrest Summer and her boyfriend and detain Clare and Jake, who came to save her. Luckily, she doesn’t get arrested and goes back home to live with her mom and big bro Jake.
3) For a class clown, Mo is really gullible. Connor and KC watch as Mo falls for the fake Facerange girl and agree to meet up with her at The Dot later. I know he was picking on Connor before, but after watching Mo’s face light up at the idea of a date with a pretty girl, the whole thing just seems cruel.
4) Turns out Mo isn’t such a big shot with the jocks. And when he skips an important game to meet Connor’s fake Internet girl, it basically solidifies his loser status. When Mo comes back from being stood up by his non-existent date, he and Connor come up with a genius plan to distract the opposing team and win the game. Seems like the beginning of a beautiful friendship…
5) Fiona’s meddling actually works out and Eli and Imogen agree to go on a date. And it’s all sunshine and rainbows until Fiona starts crying. She plays them off as tears of joy but something tells me she’s not so happy with her handiwork.
I used to watch Degrassi back when Drake played Jimmy, a character who lost the use of his legs after being shot by a student gunman. Drake is a lot different than his character but decided to pay homage by debuting the “Wheelchair Jimmy” dance during a live performance in California. He was performing his hit single “The Motto” when he performed the move.
While a lot of people cheered him on, others found it offensive, though I doubt very much that he meant any foul.
Watch it here:
By Jasmine Williams
Clare is a ticking time-bomb as her family situation grows more and more unbearable. She’s livingwith her ex-boyfriend, and that must be beyond uncomfortable — especially when you’re not over him.
But honestly, I think home-girl needs to relax. While her situation is pretty awful, I don’t think the hostility or all those public outbursts are needed, and it prevents me from having real sympathy for her. Can you imagine going to school with someone like that? Maybe try channeling all that aggression into focusing on school and moving on from Jake instead of calling out your friends in homeroom, Clare.
Anyway, here are five things I learned on this week’s episode of Degrassi, “Not Ready to Make Nice Pt 1.”
1) Jenna “always-gets-her-man” Middleton set her sights on another Degrassi hottie. And another one of Clare’s ex-boyfriends. Once a backstabbing boy stealer…? The situation gets even more “awkweird” when Jenna is invited to her step-brother/ex Jake’s birthday party.
2) Who knew that underneath those lab goggles, Connor can play a mean football game? But his Asperger’s is getting in the way of him adjusting to this particular peer group. Hopefully his mad skills begin to speak for themselves. Also, is it just me or did Connor get way buff? Summer does a body good.
3) Fiona has a crush on Imogen… and she plans to make her feelings less obvious by hooking her up with former crush Eli, who is also still into Imogen. Doesn’t Fiona realize that she gets the seriously short end of the stick in this scenario? Nothing’s worse than having your two best friends date, especially when you have a thing for one of them.
4) According to Connor, 37 percent of relationships that begin online are successful. And it looks like he’s going to use that knowledge to play a mean prank on Mo who has been picking on him. This guy designs apps; I’m a little worried if he’s starting to use his powers for evil.
5) Clare has nowhere to go between living with her ex and her ex’s dad and moving in with her dad and his marriage-wrecker girlfriend. So she moves in with a woman who sells vampire romance fiction and runs a pseudo-shelter for homeless teens. An admirable cause, but the fact that Clare has to ditch her cellphone to stay sounds more like a cult to me.
What?! How did we all miss this one? Degrassi fans were upset to hear that Neil Hope who played Derek Wheeler aka ‘Wheels’ on the late 90s TV show died… five years ago!! Hope’s character on the show saw him go through everything from molestation to drunk driving.
His 2007 death only broke out today. Reports says he died at the age of 35 of natural causes in Hamilton.
Drake sat down with MTV News recently to talk about his SNL appearance. During the interview, Drake revealed that he wants to relaunch his acting career.
“I’m eager to act. I’m eager to make people laugh or, you know, accept a dramatic role. I’m just excited to get back into that. I miss it,” he shared, crediting the “SNL” cast and atmosphere as even more reasons behind his yearning for film.
He also has the help of the William Morris Agency to get his acting career going.
“We’re just building up our relationship, so I’m excited to get back into it. I found a home and I feel very proud of where I’m at and I’m excited to move forward and start getting back out there, man,” he admitted. “Whatever projects there are available, I’m down.”
Below is a clip from Drake’s start on Degrassi The Next Generation. Do you think he can act?
Following the popularity and Wes Andersen type aesthetic, movies like Juno and Adventureland have done exceedingly well at the box office. T he trailer for a new indie film, Moonpoint, has just been released and it looks like it may be the next indie goldmine.
The film is about Darryl Strozka, an ambitionless 24-year old who travels hundreds of miles in a wagon hooked onto the back of his friend’s electric wheelchair. He embarks on this quest in hopes of tracking down Sarah Cherry, his elementary school crush, now an obscure B-movie actress shooting a horror film in Moon Point. Darryl believes that taking Sarah to his cocky cousin’s upcoming wedding will finally prove to his family that he isn’t as worthless as they make him out to be.
Sounds kind of like the road trip antics in Little Miss Sunshine right?
The film stars Paula Brancati known for her role as tough girl Jane on Degrassi. Check out the trailer below:
Eight seasons running. A cult in Canadian pop culture. Winners of the Gemini, Teen Choice and Directors Guild of Canada Awards.
And now Degrassi: The Next Generation finally boasts its first red-carpet TV movie.
But known as a “show of the people”, the season 8 finale Paradise City: Degrassi Goes Hollywood premiere last Wednesday night at Toronto’s Bloor Cinema, allowed tons of lucky special-bracelet-wearing fans bask in Degrassi glory. A free-for-all for snagging autographs and pictures from their favorite cast members, and what’s more- the opportunity to enjoy the movie side-by-side with them too.
And the word got out not only to lucky fans. Among a packed-to-the-brim theatre audience was Camp Rock 2 stars Jordan Francis and Matthew “Mdot” Finley, So You Think You Can Dance Canada winner Nico Archambault, MuchMusic VJ Devon Soltendieck and MTV Live‘s Nicole Holness.
The kids of “Degrassi: The Next Generation” are going to Tinseltown for the series’ first-ever movie.
Titled “Degrassi Goes Hollywood,” the movie follows the characters Manny (Cassie Steele) and Paige (Lauren Collins) from the popular Canadian series as they try to launch acting careers in L.A.
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz will show up in cameo roles.
Paula Brancati’s first dream was to be a detective when she grew up. “I thought it would be a really cool job,” laughs the 19-year-old. “Then I found out that you had to go through the steps of being a cop, writing tickets and all that jazz, so that goal was quickly shattered.”
Fortunately, Ontario-born Brancati found something else that would suit her just fine. She discovered her love for the arts, and threw herself into the performing aspect of singing, acting and dancing.
Talking to Paula Brancati is like chatting candidly with someone you’ve known your entire life. Her friendly demeanor immediately puts you at ease, and her infectious laugh crescendo’s every few sentences. She may an up-and-comer in the acting facet of the world, but everything about her is genuine and real.
“I’ve been interested in the performing arts for my entire life in some aspect. I was in music lessons at 9 years old, as well as community music theatre and I caught the bug right away.” Brancati’s natural skill was not lost on the members watching her in the audience. “Gradually I was lucky enough to meet an agent who approached me after a show, and I began doing commercials. I landed the lead in a series (the Blobheads) when I was 14, and realized that I had a passion for film, television and musical theatre.”
Brancati’s new career path seems to be doing well for her. She is a key character on the widely acclaimed “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and is also starring in the CBC hit series “Being Erica.” Her past includes achievements such as the lead in “Cinderella: The Sillylicious Family Musical” and principle roles in the Disney Channel Features Cow Belles and Jump In! Paula’s film debut came in 2003 in the feature Cold Creek Manor alongside Sharon Stone and Dennis Quaid, managing to make her professional theatre debut with the Canadian Stage Company in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in the same year.
Let’s just say she leads a busier life than the average Canadian teenager.
Yet Brancati is very humble about her success thus far. “My former director in musical theatre used to say ‘you know you’re in the right business when you can’t see yourself doing anything else’,” she says. “You just really have to be persistent, especially if you know this is want you want and what you love. It takes 100% of effort and soul.”
How does Brancati manage to balance her acting career and a normal life? “I guess you just make an effort. It sort of comes naturally to me, I don’t really stress about balancing both. I make time for family and friends, as they do for me. You realize as an actor, even though your schedule is crazy, other people have busy schedules as well. It’s more about making it work with people you love.”
Family is an extremely important component of Brancati’s life. Growing up, her family was a great source of support, and Brancati models herself after the way her family members carry themselves day-to-day. She refers to her parents and brother as her “role models” who are “loving and supportive.” All in all, Brancati comes across as a very down-to-earth individual. Her loyalty to her family is apparent as she raves about individual members. “I really admire my brother. He’s got his own goals and ambitions with music, and at 16, he really knows what he wants. It’s truly admirable.”
Also admirable is the time and thought Brancati puts into each of the characters she portrays in her different productions.
“Every character has got a little big of you in them,” Brancati explains. “I relate most to Jane from Degrassi, especially over the course of season eight. We share many qualities. We’re both very loyal to the people we’re close with. She’s goal oriented, knows what she wants, and is not afraid to go for it. She’s a cool chick, and definitely the most real in terms of qualities that we share.”
Jane from Degrassi isn’t the only character that Brancati has committed to. She was nominated for a Gemini award in 2006 for her role as Cally Stone in the show “Dark Oracle.” The show, created by Jana Sinyor, was a Canadian-produced series that premiered in 2004 on YTV. It followed the adventures of twins Cally and Lance Stone, who discover a comic book that gives them clues to the future of their lives.
“I was alone on the computer when I found out about the nomination. I was frozen for a good five seconds, and then I called my mom once I regained movement. It was super exciting! I was sixteen when I got nominated and Dark Oracle meant a lot to me. I put a lot of myself into the character. In the States I don’t know if they realize that this is Canada’s version of the Emmys in a way, so it was a huge honor for me to be a part of that. I put my heart and soul into Dark Oracle, so it was just a big deal. You just can’t really believe it.”
Gemini-nominated Brancati still looks to other professionals for inspiration. She is inspired by Kate Winslet, and believes that the English starlet is finally getting the awards that she deserves. “Winslet is phenomenal, and she comes off as endearing. I think women can really see themselves in her. She’s real and she’s not scared to get into the nitty-gritty of the material.”
Brancati also loves the work of American legend Al Pacino. “He’s amazing,” she tells andPOP. “I would love to work with him. I would be super intimidated, floored and excited.”
Do not underestimate this young actress though. Brancati has experience working alongside notable actors and actresses. She worked with the beautiful Isabella Rossellini in a pilot, even serving birthday cake with the star over lunch. Brancati chuckles, “It must be the Italian in both of us.” Brancati also grew and learned from working alongside Sharon Stone, Dennis Quaid, and Kristen Stewart (from Twilight) in “Cold Creek Manor.” Also mentionable is the cast that Brancati works with on the set of “Degrassi: The Next Generation.”
Brancati has nothing but praise for her coworkers. “We have a group of good people in our cast. The ages vary from 14-23. I really like the variety, we’re all really close, so the ages don’t even matter. We all talk in the off-season, and it feels just like a family. We have a laugh on set all the time.”
Fans can look forward to seeing more of Brancati in the future. “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and “Being Erica” are both airing right now, and Brancati hints to andPOP that there are big episodes in store for the next coming week. Also coming up is the Toronto production of “Dog Sees God,” a play that was performed off Broadway.
“I’m starting rehearsals in two weeks. It’s a great play, and it was just nominated for a GLAAD award in Los Angeles. It’s a twisted version of Charlie Brown, where the kids are all older screwed-up teenagers. I play Van’s sister, and I’m a committed pyromaniac. It’s a really funny production with a lot of dark humor. There a couple hooks, and a sort-of dark undercurrent to it. It’s going to be really good.”
Friends and coworkers of Brancati’s that are also appearing in the upcoming production are Jake Epstein, Mike Lobel and Adamo Ruggiero. They are all regulars on Degrassi as well. To get tickets or learn more about “Dog Sees God,” visit their website at www.dogseesgod.ca .
Where does Brancati want to see herself in 10 years?
“I would love to be switching from a television series, to working on films and performing on Broadway. It would be great to do all three. I want to be engulfed in the entertainment industry. Maybe by that time I will have directed my first film.” Brancati’s optimism and aspirations for the future are refreshing and invigorating. She contains a passion for her art, while managing to keep a grasp of what is ultimately most important to her.
“It’s a fickle, tough business, but if you love it you’re in the right place,” says Brancati. “I just want to see myself happy. Just happy.”