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UNSTOPPABLE: Violett Beane On Taking Risks, Creative Growth and New Projects!

UNSTOPPABLE: Violett Beane On Taking Risks, Creative Growth and New Projects!

Violett Beane – Photo by Storm Santos

It takes a more than just raw talent to make it in the entertainment industry. The recipe for success calls for hard work, determination, unrelenting drive and a little sprinkle of luck. Most of all, it takes a true passion for the craft. In short, Violett Beane has all the right ingredients on hand to assemble a truly amazing career! A native of Austin, Texas, Violett fell in love with performing and took theatre throughout middle and high school. Though she always knew she was meant to perform, it was not until her senior year of high school that she focused on TV and in film. When the timing was right, she made the jump to Los Angeles and never looked back! It wasn’t long before her work began to turn the heads of fanboys and Hollywood decision-makers alike! Fans of the CW series “The Flash” will instantly recognize Violett from her role as Jesse Wells, the daughter of Earth-2 Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), and speedster Jesse Quick in the beloved series.

Through the years, she has continued to keep her career momentum building by taking on increasingly challenging roles. With that said, there is no doubt that 2018 will be one of her most ambitious and productive years to date. She was recently seen recurring in the Fox medical drama series ‘The Resident,’ which centers on a tough, brilliant senior resident Dr. Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry) who guides an idealistic young doctor Dr. Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal) through his first day, pulling back the curtain on what really happens, both good and bad, in modern-day medicine. Violett plays “Lily Kendall”, a cancer patient under the care of Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Pravesh. Abandoned by her fiancé and far from home, Lily inspires the hospital staff to be protective and emotionally involved in her outcome. The course of her treatment by famous oncologist, Dr. Lane Hunter (Melina Kanakaredes), is a crucial key to the thriller arc of the season. In her latest big screen project, Violett stars as a lead alongside Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey in the Blumhouse/Universal Pictures horror film, ‘Truth Or Dare’. The film follows a group of friends that play a harmless game of Truth or Dare that turns deadly when someone, or something, begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare. Violett plays character “Markie Cameron,” who is forced to make some truly terrifying moves as the game plays out!

You’ve become quite a familiar face in television and film over the past few years. Let’s go back to the start for a moment. How did you get involved with the arts early on and when did you know this was a path you wanted to pursue professionally?

I was in theater in middle and high school. I really, really enjoyed being onstage, working on lines and developing characters but, as a kid, I definitely didn’t see it as a career. It was just something that I enjoyed. In between my junior and senior year of high school, I really sat down with myself and thought about it. I thought, “I don’t know that I necessarily need the usual college route for what it is that I want to do because the only thing I enjoy is acting.” I think it’s probably the best decision I ever made for myself because I immediately went out, got an agent and started auditioning and sending in taped auditions. I think if I had gone to college at that point in my life, I wouldn’t have been able to jump into it so soon, so I feel it was a great decision for me.

You originally hail from Texas. What type of impact did making the jump to Los Angeles have on you? I imagine there was at least a bit of culture shock.

Oh, absolutely! I was definitely a little scared when I first decided to do it, but I realize now that while you can get your start anywhere, you don’t necessarily have to be in New York or Los Angeles. For me, as you know, I sent in a tape for ‘The Flash’ and I booked it. I was in Austin at the time. It’s a small town in Texas that doesn’t have a huge industry. At the same time, if you want to continue your career and book the next job, you have to be in the room talking to people and having casting directors meet you. That’s a lot of it, you connecting with people on a very real, face-to-face level. I realize now that I probably couldn’t do my job now from anywhere else! I’ve really learned to love LA! Like any new place, you find your people and the things you like to do. LA is so sunny that it’s hard to not be happy here! [laughs]

Let’s talk about ‘The Flash.’ That was your introduction to TV in many ways and you’ve grown alongside your character, Jesse Quick. What impact has the series had on you and your craft?

Oh my gosh, it’s been such a terrific learning experience! I will always remember my first day on set for ‘The Flash.’ I was so nervous! [laughs] I had memorized my lines the week before and when I got in there, I kept forgetting them! I was just so nervous because I had never been on such a big set with such an important role to play! I can’t forget Tom [Cavanaugh] being there for me the whole time. He could tell I was nervous, so he was helping me out as much as he could and I will forever remember that and hope I can do that for another actor down the road.

Violett Beane – Photo by Storm Santos

What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced with this role over the course of several seasons?

I think with superheroes in general and something like ‘The Flash’ that already has such a huge following, I was definitely thrown a bit when there were so many people weighing in with their opinion at all times. People were mostly excited and the fans have been so supportive but it was a lot to take in. That was definitely a learning a curve, having a fandom and having people care so much about what you’re doing. Overall, it has been such a positive thing. I’ve been able to do so much and get the next jobs because I have these people behind me, so I think that’s been a huge thing.

Where do you hope to see your character go in the future?

I have loved all of my time on ‘The Flash,’ playing Jessie and putting the suit on, so I’m really down with whatever! I know she has a whole Earth to protect, so she can’t keep popping in over on Earth One, but it’s fun when she does!

You have had a very quick rise as a young actress. Has it been difficult to balance your personal life and career?

Yeah, ya know, with anything I have ever done in my life I listen to myself and if I’m enjoying it, I keep doing it. I have had a great experience so far in my acting career. If at some point I feel overwhelmed or if I’m not enjoying it anymore, that’s when I will take a step back and re-evaluate. Right now, it does get crazy at times but you ground yourself with people who support you and my boyfriend is more than that. I have a great team around me!

You have a brand new film hitting theaters this week and it looks like a lot of fun. Tell us a little about ‘Truth or Dare’ and how you got involved.

‘Truth or Dare’ is about a group of college kids who go to Mexico for their final spring break. They get convinced to play a game of ‘Truth or Dare’ but, after they’re done, the guy who convinced them to play tells them that the game is actually haunted and if you don’t play, you die! Obviously, they don’t believe him but once they get back into their regular lives, they realize that he was telling the truth and something is possessing the game. If they don’t tell the truth or do the dare, they die! So it gets spooky! [laughs] I auditioned for the role last summer and I really liked the project. I went back a couple of times and I actually I got offered the role in the room, which is something that doesn’t usually happened. I was doing a chemistry read with Lucy Hale. Jeff [Wadlow], her and the other creators asked me to step outside. I stepped outside for two seconds and they called me back in. They were like, “Do you want the job?” Of course, I did! [laughs] It was pretty crazy and it was another great experience.

Blumhouse is known for their very fast-paced shoots. How did the shooting schedule for this flick compare to what you’ve experienced on past projects? I imagine that can be both fun and challenging!

We shot the whole movie in 25 days, which is insane for a feature length film! I think, with horror, it works because everything is supposed to be fast-paced and cut together. There are also heightened emotions and I think being on a really quick schedule only adds to it because it doesn’t give you time to second guess all of these things. It’s definitely different from TV where you have a set schedule, you have a certain amount of time and you know this from the beginning. It was pretty different. As a cast, we had great chemistry. We all went to Mexico before we started filming and bonded for 24 hours. While we were shooting, we became really good friends. In fact, we still hang out all the time. It really didn’t feel like work because we were hanging out in LA in the summertime! We were on location for everything, which was cool because you get to go to different parts of LA, discover new neighborhoods and find cool buildings that you didn’t know before, which is always fun. It’s also challenging because you don’t know what you’re working with! Basically, the final week of filming, we were being thrown into the dirt for the end sequence! Debris and rocks were falling on us and it was crazy! I remember Lucy and I laughing and being like, “This is our job!” [laughs] It was a lot of fun!

A quick look at your resume shows you have tackled plenty of dark material in the past. Is that something you find yourself naturally drawn to? A lot of the projects you have coming up are the polar opposite in many ways. Is that by design?

Yeah, ya know, if I had the choice of one movie or show I would watch forever, it would be something darker like ‘Black Mirror.’ I love anything that is twisted, dark and not what you expect. I also love being part of those things because they make me want to watch them. But, you’re right, I am switching gears. I just shot a pilot for CBS called ‘God Friended Me.’ It’s a dramedy, so there are comedy elements and it’s a bit light hearted but there are some dark and twisty things in that as well! So, to answer your question, Yes! I guess you could say I’m drawn to it.

Violett Beane – Photo by Storm Santos

What are you looking for in the projects you take on at this point in your career?

Having a good core set of morals is really important for any show, as well as having everyone on the show have a difference background and interesting story. Making sure the writing reflects that is the most important thing for me. For example, you can have an African American on the screen but if you don’t have someone who understands that culture writing for them, then you don’t have anything. For me, I just want to portray America as it is. I want people to see all walks of life on television and movies. That’s really important to me.

What goes into the process of building out the characters you bring to the screen?

I think it’s different with every character. A couple of years ago, I played a character who was a real women in a documentary. She is a real woman who survived a mass school shooting. For something like that, you’re doing different research for than you would with something like Jesse Quick on ‘The Flash.’ It’s always researched based. Another great example is my role on ‘The Resident,’ where I played Lily. She is a terminal cancer patient, so there was research there that I had to delve into. I like to know as much as possible, talk to my creators, go into hair and makeup and have it all figured out! You figure it as you go, as well. As a series goes on, you really start to fall into this character and truly understand their nuances.

In addition to you’re stellar work in front of the camera, you’ve done quite a bit behind the camera in the realm of music videos. Where do you see that aspect of your creative life going?

Yeah, I directed a music video for Eyelid Kid and it was so much fun! Every time I’m on set, I try to learn new things about each new position and what each person does because, as a director, you’re managing everyone and everything. You’ve got to know each individual aspect and you can’t expect just to come in and expect to do it straight away. Directing is such a difficult job but I’m hoping to direct again very soon! Until then, every day I’m just trying to learn more and more!

When it comes to your directorial style, who were some of your biggest influences?

I’ve always loved Wes Anderson and I think his stuff is really cool. I also really liked ‘Ladybird’ and how it showed a very personal story and way of directing. I found that inspirational because it shows that if you want something, you just have to get out there and do it! Write something for yourself or write to what you want to see — that’s really cool!

I read that you recently decided to pursue a vegan lifestyle. Tell us a little about that change and how it’s impacted you.

It came from a lot of different things that all culminated at the same time about 6 months ago. First, I’ve always loved animals so not killing them is a great thing! [laughs] I also feel there is a direct correlation between how we treat animals and how we treat each other. I think the idea of raising something and killing it for a millisecond of pleasure, because we eat so fast these days, translates to how we walk, talk and treat everyone in our lives. There is also a huge environmental benefit to not raising animals. They use so much of our natural resources, land, crops and water, which is immensely more than it is for normal crops. I’m trying to save the planet so those actions, on a personal level, definitely help!

Violett Beane – Photo by Storm Santos

What’s something about your creative side that you think people might be surprised to find out?

I think every project that I work on allows me to express more and more of myself. I’m also a cook and a baker, so I feel like every time I make a meal for myself or my friends, I am also expressing myself creatively. I was recently stuck in New York for a month in a tiny little hotel with no kitchen. That’s when I realized that food is my creative outlet in a way. Acting is too, but you are part of a bigger thing. You do your part but there are many other components to it. With cooking, it’s you, the ingredients and however it turns out is on you! I’ve really found a happiness with it!

What’s the best lesson we can take from your journey?

I think the best lesson is to be happy. It goes back to what I was saying early, I’ve always done everything that makes me happy. If that’s what’s gotten me this far, which I think it is, then that’s great! Once your aren’t enjoy whatever it is that you are doing, that’s when you should step back and make some changes!

Well said! Thank for your time today, Violett! I’m sure we will catch up again soon. Until then, I wish you all the best!

Thank so much, Jason! Take care!

Follow the continuing adventures of Violett Beane via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Catch her in Blumhouse’s ‘Truth of Dare’ when it hits theaters on April 13th, 2018!

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 251: The Unexpected Journey of Life and Death

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 251: The Unexpected Journey of Life and Death

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On the latest episode of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jeremy and Jason sit down to discuss the many steps it took to announce Producer Danielle and J-Mo’s latest addition to their ever growing family. Jason shares with us a recent tragedy that took him by surprise, but it “could always be worse.” After a short break Hank returns to the show and he and J-Mo chat up some video game purchases before spoiling the hell out of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but we give spoiler warnings so you know to skip ahead if need be. The boys than throw out their Pick of the Weeks before calling it a night. As always, ratings and reviews help boost the show in the iTunes algorithm. Sharing with a friend is appreciated. Tune in, you beautiful angels!

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 220: Must-See TV

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 220: Must-See TV

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On the latest episode of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jason and Jeremy welcome back Hank from his recent hiatus. What’s he been up to? He has been burning through television shows at a fever pitch! The trio discuss everything from South Park to the latest offerings from Marvel and DC and everything in between. Jeremy offers a short and sweet update to his 366 Movie Challenge and Jason discusses some of his latest interviews for Icon Vs. Icon. They round out another fast-paced show with some picks of the week ranging from podcasts to a highly addictive new iPhone app which has taken over all of Jeremy’s free time!

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FLASHPOINT: Matt Letscher On His Career, Villainous Role On ‘The Flash’ And More!

FLASHPOINT: Matt Letscher On His Career, Villainous Role On ‘The Flash’ And More!

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Matt Letscher – Photo by Bobby Quillard

Matt Letscher is the definition of a renaissance man. One of the hardest workers in show business, he established himself as a familiar face in the world of film and television. The genres he explores through acting are as eclectic as the characters he brings to life on screen. The way he breathes life into the characters and makes them jump from the screen appears effortless, which is a mark of a true master of the craft. In one of his most exciting projects to date, Letscher joined the ever-expanding DC Universe as the diabolical Eobard Thawne, also known as Reverse Flash, in The CW’s “Legend’s of Tomorrow” and “The Flash.” A fan favorite, the role will impact the timelines of both critically acclaimed series.

Matt Letscher’s considerable talents are not confined to the screen. As an actor, one of his greatest passions is the theatre. He cut his teeth early onstage at Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan with an undeniable stage presence that presented him with a wealth of opportunities. In 1998, he made his Broadway debut in the world premiere of Neil Simon’s “Proposals,” where he originated the role of Ray opposite Ron Rifkin and Kate Finnegan. He toured with the show nationally, which was one of the many highlights of his theatrical career. Even with his onstage success, he remains grounded and his relationship with the legendary venue where his journey began continues to this day. As an accomplished playwright, his farce “Sea Of Fools” was produced by the Purple Rose Theatre in 2007. This was followed by a production of Letscher’s “Gaps In The Fossil Record,” a winner of the prestigious 2015 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently had the pleasure of catching up with Matt Letscher to discuss his latest role as Eobard Thawne (Reverse Flash) on The CW’s hit “The Flash,” his incredible journey as an actor, the lessons he learned along the way, and what we can expect to see from him in the near future!

Let’s start where it began. How did you get involved with the arts early on in life and what made you choose this path as a career?

That’s a good question. When I was really young, in elementary school for example, I loved writing. I really loved writing and when people asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I would say I wanted to be an author. I just loved writing short stories and everything about it. Over the years, I kind of drifted away from it for reasons I don’t fully understand but there came a time in high school where I felt a need to find a place where I could express myself a little more freely, to find my tribe, so to speak. That is when I started doing theater in high school. I loved it and I knew instantly it was something I was right for but it really wasn’t until I took a workshop with Uta Hagen, the summer after my freshman year in college, that I pretty much knew I was going to be doing this for a living come hell or high water! That workshop with her transformed the way I thought about acting, the theater and the artist’s role in society. It’s been a done deal ever since then!

Was there a moment where you had reservations about taking the plunge? Was there a fallback plan in place?

No! I was completely delusional from the start! I was utterly convinced that it was going to happen no matter what! I think most people need to have that kind of delusion going into it! [laughs] You need to completely deny the odds you are facing and just know that it’s going to work out. There is nothing wrong with having a Plan B and there is certainly nothing wrong with educating yourself in other areas. I think that is a rock of good actors and artists in general. But in terms of what I was going to do professionally if acting didn’t work out? I honestly could not tell you where the hell I would be right now! If somebody told me today, “You can’t act anymore.” I would not have a single usable skill for the world! [laughs] It’s just what I was kind of put here for, I think.

Who were some of the biggest influences on you as an artist?

I had a lot of highly influential teachers like my high school drama teacher and some professors in college, but that first interaction with Uta Hagen, who is one of the great American acting teachers and a legend in her own right, was transformational for me. Soon after I graduated from college, I worked with Jeff Daniels at his theater in Michigan called The Purple Rose Theatre. He is a playwright and I was acting in a play that he had written. That started a long relationship with him and the theater that’s lasted for 20+ years. I have done multiple shows there and they have also produced multiple plays of mine. They are, in many ways, my artistic home and my touchstone for the right way to do things. That has been a place I have found to be incredibly fertile and good for me. Those are two people right off the bat who I can think of who influenced me a great deal. I have been so fortunate to work with so many great playwrights, writers, directors and other actors over the years. I feel like you take a little piece of something from everybody and I have been lucky in terms of the catalog of people I have come in contact with. I have been more than lucky! I have been really, really fortunate.

Matt Letscher - Photo by Bobby Quillard

Matt Letscher – Photo by Bobby Quillard

Building a successful career is no easy task and I’m sure your path can serve as an inspiration to many young artists. What’s the secret to longevity, if there is one, in this industry?

I think there are probably a few basic things to keep in mind when it comes to longevity in this industry. I don’t think you can approach your career with the idea of longevity in mind or with the idea that you can expect a certain arc to occur. I always say, “However you think your career is going to go, it’s just not.” That’s just not how it works. There are a few things to keep in mind. One is to always be getting better. By that I mean, always be bettering yourself and always be learning new things; not necessarily about acting, movies or TV but about the world. Expand your base of knowledge, not just book knowledge but people knowledge by meeting different people and going to different parts of the world. I think that is a hugely important foundational aspect of an artist’s life. That is number one. Number two is to be kind. Be kind to the people around you. The people you are working with and the people who are, quote, unquote, under you and the people who are above you. For the most part, everybody is doing their best. Everybody is doing the best they can and if you are in the business of storytelling, it means you are in the business of collaboration and teamwork. In order to get the best out of everybody, I think everybody needs to feel valued and I think that starts with kindness. For young actors, I think that is really important to keep track of. I think some young actors have this idea that by being demanding, or nice guys finish last, or something like that, and I don’t think that is true. I think in addition to making the best product, this kindness kind of amplifies over years. People you worked with a number of years ago will remember you as professional and someone who not only knows what they are doing but is nice to work with and that, in-turn, leads to longevity in a career.

You are part of the DC Universe now with your role on “The Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow.” The series is a fan favorite and one of the hottest shows around at this point. How did you get involved with the project?

I am thrilled to be a part of it! I got offered the role of Eobard Thawne from Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti, who I had worked with on a television show, called “Eli Stone,” a few years back. They came to me with this role. I am unfamiliar with the DC Universe and I was not a comic book guy. I didn’t have any thoughts about them one way or the other, so I needed to be educated by them as to who this guy was, his role in this universe and the importance they felt he had in the universe. Once they gave me the rundown, it was very exciting! I also have a couple of younger boys who watch these shows, so the idea of doing something that they would really be interested in is unusual to say the least. Usually, they could not be less interested in what I’m doing! [laughs] To have something that actually carries some level of credence was part of the selling points!

I imagine not being super familiar with the character was a bit of blessing. What did you bring to the character of Eobard Thawne that wasn’t on the written page?

A lot of what we are tasked with, especially when you are playing a psychotic super-villain, like I feel this guy is, is sort of tracking how they got there. I do feel he is psychotic or has had some kind of psychotic break. You look to find what is motivating them. That is what makes this universe and the comic book universe in particular so rich; it is so full of backstory. No matter which character you are talking about, whether it’s The Flash, Batman or anyone else, there is so much to draw on when it comes to character. For Eobard Thawne, it has been fun exploring that and getting to the nut of what is driving him and what led him to this place to begin with. Once you have that depth of understanding of the circumstances surrounding the relationship, it makes playing the scenes that much more enjoyable and makes the scenes that much more complex. That has been the most fun part for me! It has been a lot of conversations with Andrew, a lot of work on set and Grant [Gustin] is a really, really good actor and takes his job very seriously. It is nice to work with somebody who is that invested in what is going on!

Matthew Letscher as Eobard Thawne in 'The Flash'

Matthew Letscher as Eobard Thawne in ‘The Flash’

You mentioned how this character probably had a psychotic break. Not insinuating you are a psycho but are there elements of your personality we might see shine though in this character!

[laughs] He is starting to develop some dark, gallows humor, which I think is something that can definitely be attributed to me at certain points in time in my life. I’m not one to shy away from that kind of humor and it is something I find attractive in him. We are uncovering more and more of that as we go along and that is pretty fun!

There is a great team of people coming together, both in front of and behind the camera, to make this show great. What have you taken away from the experience and what have some of the highlights been along the way?

It is a great team of people! One of the real highlights is that you go into a show like this and your first impression is that it’s an action show about superheroes and there are a lot of special effects. The focus tends to be on the flashier parts of the show, pardon the pun. Once you work on it for a little while, you realize you are working with some very fine actors and writers and the focus is really on the more intimate aspects of the world. The Flash is a very intimate show in a lot of ways. It is a family show in a way, and it is a show about family. A lot of this family happens to be metahumans and happen to have superpowers that both complicate their relationships, enhance them, and destroy them. At the root of it all is this search for family and the search for home. I love that about it! Obviously, I think that is really universal and part of what makes them so watchable.

What were some of the bigger challenges you faced on the series so far?

Probably the main technical challenge is just getting in my Reverse Flash suit! It is a complicated process, I’m not going to lie! There are a lot of parts, the leather is very tight, there are a lot of zippers that have to be zipped and there is a special tool that gets me in and out of the suit! It’s a chore! They have managed to reduce the time it takes to get me in and out of the suit to about 10 minutes but it is definitely not the most comfortable thing I have ever acted in! [laughs] However, it is the coolest looking thing for sure!

Whether it is this character or any other, what is your process for fleshing out a character in your mind before you step on set?

It’s always the same. It doesn’t matter if you are talking superheroes, 25th Century or 18th Century, you are still telling a story. You are still playing a person with a very specific need, there are obstacles to fulfilling that need and there are a set of given circumstances that affect every given action that you take towards fulfilling that need. Your job as an actor is to identify and clarify all of that stuff before you get to set because once you get to set, you don’t have a lot of time to work and talk things through. You need to settle as much of that as you can for yourself, so that when you get there, you can just work and explore what is on the page. Like I said, whether you are a superhero or a Civil War soldier, it’s the same process.

Matt Letscher - Photo by Bobby Quillard

Matt Letscher – Photo by Bobby Quillard

You have come a long way in your career. Looking back, how have you evolved as a performer since the early years?

I feel like the biggest sign of any evolution for me is that I am a little more relaxed. I’m definitely much more relaxed than I was before. I don’t think I quite realized the importance, especially when you are working on a film, of being relaxed. Tension is the enemy of everything when it comes to being filmed! If you are trying too hard or if you are acting too much, it shows up. They say the camera doesn’t lie and it really doesn’t. It’s really beneficial to your performance that you are completely at ease with the situation you are in, which doesn’t mean you can’t be in a tense situation. The ability to relax, breathe and allow something else to come through you on camera is a lot harder, I think, than people realize. I worked with Tony Hopkins very early in my career. I got to watch him work and see his process. It is very much about relaxing and allowing the camera in. In order to do that, you have to do a lot of work beforehand to make sure you’re not thinking too much and distracted by other things. For me, those are always the most watchable actors. Those are the ones that come across with the greatest confidence, those that are able to just relax.

Your talents aren’t limited to the world of acting. I wanted to touch on the series you created, “One and Done.” What can you tell us about what went into the project?

“One and Done” was a web series that I wrote, directed, produced and starred in. I had an idea with my writing partner to write a story that was very close to home. We wanted to write something that was personal and familiar. A lot of the characters in it are based on us or anecdotes that we know from other people that are our colleagues. It is about four guys in their 40s who were high school friends and basketball teammates that decide to reform their high school basketball team and enter a highly competitive tournament. We had a Kickstarter campaign that funded part of it and then the rest came from private funding. We shot it completely on our own and ended up executing a pretty good, funny, seven-part series that I am really proud of! It was the first time I had written anything that was episodic in nature and I wanted to try that too. It definitely wet my whistle in that regard! We are really looking to the next thing we can do that is in that same realm. Writing is something that has become more and more important to me in the last half dozen years or so. It’s sort of been my refuge in a way, meaning while you are waiting for the acting work to roll in, you can always be writing and working on something else. I have written plays that have been produced, we did “One and Done” and produced other things as well. The goal is to do another season of “One and Done” but there is also a feature we have been working on that we want to get produced over the next couple of years. It is based on a pilot that we wrote years ago called “Gentrification,” which of course deals with exactly what it sounds like — the gentrification you see happening in certain neighborhoods around the country. It’s very much an important story to tell at this time, so that is my focus at the moment.

Where does that leave you in regard to your work as a playwright? Do you have anything on the back burner there?

I don’t have anything that is going to be going into production any time soon but I have plays coming out of my caboose at the moment! [laughs] There are a handful that have either been completed or are close to completion. My relationship with The Purple Rose Theatre is the primary source for me at this point. The play that was most recently produced, “Gaps In The Fossil Record,” is being looked at by several companies right now. I definitely want to continue to foster that aspect of my life.

All your hard work is inspiring. What is the best lesson we can take from your journey so far?

Wow! The thing that always resonates with me is to enjoy it while it’s here. Don’t worry too much about what you think should be happening, what didn’t happen or what you hope is going to happen in the future because you have no control over any of that! Enjoy, appreciate and engage in the work that you have in front of you at the moment because it can all go away really quick! That is the biggest lesson for me anyway!

Matt Letscher - Photo by Bobby Quillard

Matt Letscher – Photo by Bobby Quillard

Final question for you — Are there causes you are involved with that we can help shine a light on?

Great question! There are ton of great causes out there. For our family, we have always placed a lot of focus on what is happening with the environment. There are several organizations in the Santa Monica area like Tree People or Heal The Bay, which do a lot of great work in terms of not only cleaning up the damage we have done to our environment but fostering a healthy environment afterwards. I would suggest people look to both those organizations to see the good they are doing! They are really helping our world, which really needs it right now!

Awesome, we will certainly help spread the word! Thanks so much for your time today, Matt! We wish you continued success!

Thanks, man! It’s been a lot of fun and I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me!

Catch Matt Letscher on Season 3 of The CW’s “The Flash” when it premieres on Tuesday, Oct. 4th at 8 PM EST. Follow Matt’s real-life adventures via Twitter and Instagram.

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 218: Hot Topic Horror

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 218: Hot Topic Horror

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Jeremy and Jason return this week, after a two-week holiday hangover, for a brand new episode of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast. The duo kick things up with a quick roundup of the recent interviews Jason has been bringing to life over at Icon Vs. Icon. From Matt Letscher of “The Flash” to 80s pop sensation Nena to singer/actor (and daughter of the always awesome Bruce Willis and Demi Moore) Rumer Willis, there is a little something for everyone. Jeremy brings us up to speed on the unhealthy amount of movies he has been taking in for his 366 movie challenge. Seriously, this kid needs some sun. He is “Flowers In The Attic” pale. In the process, they take in-depth looks at Rob Zombie’s latest flick, ’31,’ along with a bunch of films from legendary director Dario Argento! It’s way less spooky than it sounds, unless you are a frequent buyer at Hot Topic and then it’s really spooky, so check it out. =

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 208: Backdoor to China

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 208: Backdoor to China

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This week on Acid Pop Cult, the gang offers up a very mixed bag of topics. The show kicks off with Jason and Hank as they offer up a look inside Apple Music as they discuss their recent musical endeavors with the service. From metal to yacht rock to movie soundtracks, that cover the bases with an eclectic mix of genres. Talk soon turns to all things superhero related with discussions on ‘The Flash,’ ‘Arrow’ and ‘Batman V. Superman.’ The boys the take a look at Jeremy’s recent additions to his 366 in 366 movie quest and take a extended look at Richard Linklater’s ‘Everybody Wants Some.’ Also discussed this episode: ‘The Warriors’ reboot and the 2005 Rockstar game celebrating the franchise, HBO’s ‘The Night Of’ and Steven Spielberg’s latest masterpiece, ‘The BFG.”

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 205: Crickets and Sun Spheres

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 205: Crickets and Sun Spheres

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This week on Acid Pop Cult, has a mixed bag of topics. Jason kicks things off by recounting his recent trip to Wizard World Philadelphia and a viewing of ’Triple 9.’ Jeremy catches us up with the latest entries in his 366 in 366 movie challenge, where he finally breaks the 200 mark. Hank introduces us to a new feature simply titled “What Hank Hates This Week.” This week he has turned his sights to Rose McGowan and the spineless bastards at Fox. Talk then turns to Jeremy’s struggle with pizza and his upcoming journey to Tennessee to rejoin his beloved Adam Rifkin, along with Ariel Winter and Burt Reynolds, during the shooting of their upcoming flick, “Dog Years”. It’s certainly an interesting time in this young man’s life. The show is rounded out with some quality picks of the week. Spread the word, leave a review and be sure to tune in each week for the latest and greatest!

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 204: The Do-Over

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 204: The Do-Over

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This week on Acid Pop Cult, the gang has a lot on their mind. J-Mo recounts a holiday weekend spent with family and The Italian Stallion in the form of a ‘Rocky’ marathon. Talk quickly turns to Adam Sandler’s latest flick, ’The Do-Over,’ as well as some of his classics from the past. Hank discusses his new found love of the DC Universe’s animated features, while Jason offers a look inside the long awaited release of Hi-C’s Ecto Cooler. Hank discusses his latest creative projects and Jeremy brings us up to speed on his latest entries in his 366 in 366 movie challenge! The trio then take a quick look at the their picks of the week. Spread the word, leave a review and be sure to tune in each week for the latest and greatest!

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 203: Rebirth

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 203: Rebirth

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This week on Acid Pop Cult,  the gang breaks turns their attention to the biggest movies to hit the screen in the summer of 2016. The premise is simple! Each guy picks 3 films that intrigue them and we count them down! The picks range from obvious hits like “Suicide Squad,” “ Independence Day: Resurgence,” and “Star Trek: Beyond”  to riskier picks like “The Legend of Tarzan,” “The BFG,” “The Conjuring 2” and “Sausage Party.” No matter what your taste in movies may be, there is a little something for everyone on the menu this summer!

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ONE THE RISE: Violett Beane On Her Blossoming Career, ‘The Flash’ And More!

ONE THE RISE: Violett Beane On Her Blossoming Career, ‘The Flash’ And More!

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It takes a more than just talent to make it in the entertainment industry. The recipe for success calls for hard work, determination, unrelenting drive and a little sprinkle of luck. Most of all, it takes a true passion for the craft. A native of Austin, Texas, Violett fell in love with performing and took theatre throughout middle and high school. Though she always knew she was meant to perform, it was not until her senior year of high school that she focused on TV and in film. Fans of  the CW series “The Flash” will instantly recognize Violett from her role as Jesse Wells, the daughter of Earth-2 Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), and soon-to-be speedster Jesse Quick in season two of the series.

Quickly becoming a familiar face on the scene, Violett’s film credits include the indie horror film “Flay” and the upcoming indie comedy “Slash,” alongside Michael Ian Black and Missi Pyle. “Slash” premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. Violett’s film “Tower” also held its world premiere at the festival. “Tower” focuses on the UT shooting in 1966, which was America’s first mass school shooting. Violett portrays Claire Wilson, who was eight months pregnant during the time of the shooting and lost her baby and boyfriend that day. “Tower” is executive produced by Luke Wilson and Meredith Vieira.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Violett Beane to discuss her journey as a young actor, her time on the set of The CW’s ‘The Flash,’ her creative endeavors beyond acting and what the future might hold for her!

How did you get involved with the arts when you were younger?

I was in theater classes when I was in high school. In my senior year, I focused in on film and television and got an agent out in Texas. It has been a pretty fun and quick ride so far.

Who had a big impact on you as a performer, be it other actors or someone behind the scenes?

I think my mom has always been very supportive of anything I have wanted to do, so she has a lot to do with the person I have become. I think people who grow up with parents who don’t let you explore your creative side can make you feel it is a lot harder to explore that world. When it comes to actors, I have always loved anything Meryl Streep has done. More recently, Jennifer Lawrence has inspired me. I love her career and everything she has been doing.

Being a working actor in the entertainment industry is no easy task. Where do you look for inspiration?

I read a lot of scripts and I feel like I get to see a wide range of projects that are happening. I also like to make videos on my own. I am actually releasing a video soon, which is fun because I directed, edited and starred in it, so it is very much my project in a way. That video is for my boyfriend’s band, Eyelid Kid. It was a lot of fun to do a much more low-scale, minimal lighting, one-camera with a couple people shoot. It is nice to be able to bring out your own creativity with your own creative projects, as opposed to big, huge productions, which are largely out of your own hands.

That sounds like a great way to express yourself while learning more about your craft. Is directing something you have an interest in pursuing in the future?

Yeah, I think it is an interesting part of the industry, along with editing and all of that. I definitely would be interested in doing it again. On the project that we did for Eyelid Kid, I was doing a lot of stuff at the same time, so it was a little bit overwhelming. However, given the right circumstances, I think directing would be really fun for me to do again.

A lot of people will recognize you from CW’s hit series, “The Flash.” How did you get involved with the production?

It is such a fun project! I sent in a self-tape. I had watched a couple of episodes and I got the audition. I was pretty stoked about it because it is such a great show and everyone I know watches it. I sent in a self-tape and used mock-sides. It was a week or two-week process of waiting to hear if I got it or not. A week-and-a-half later, my manager said, “You booked it!” It was really exciting!

Violett Beane - Photo By: Jen Rachid

Violett Beane – Photo By: Jen Rachid

What appeals to you about the character and playing this role?

It is amazing that so early in my career I am able to have an amazing role. I am so grateful for that! I really love how strong Jesse is. More and more you are seeing strong female characters in film and television and I think it’s important to keep that because it is true to society. Girls aren’t just there to look pretty anymore! They never were but I think on TV and film, you are starting to see a more realistic side of that. I love that she is strong, funny and not afraid to talk back or to have her own opinion.

The show is well written but what did you bring to the character that might not have been on the written page?

You know, I don’t think they anticipated Jesse would become the character that she is. I think they might have originally been thinking it would be a three- to four-episode arc for the show. They have kept me around for a really long time! I definitely think that has something to do with what they are seeing in my capabilities with Jesse and the relationship with her dad. I was talking to Andrew [Kreisberg] the other day and he said, “The two of you together is beautiful because it gives Harrison [Tom Cavanagh] something to care about and something to live for, which was something that was missing in Season One.”

What I love about this series is how everyone from the actors to the creators to those behind-the-scenes seem to pour their hearts and souls into it. It shows on screen. What has it been like working with those talented individuals?

I have learned so much on this set! The first day I was so nervous and had no idea what I was doing. Luckily, Tom [Cavanagh] was there for my first scene and he is such a great guy! He is hilarious but, at the same time, he can be very serious if you have questions. He served as an amazing mentor to me. Working with someone that closely, I have done a lot of scenes with him, and being comfortable helps so much! The rest of the cast is awesome too! Everyone is a lot of fun and sometimes we hang out on the weekends to get to know each other. I feel like that really helps on any set! I feel so lucky to have worked with such talented actors!

Violett Beane - Photo By: Jen Rachid

Violett Beane – Photo By: Jen Rachid

Do you have a process for bringing a character to life?

It depends. With this project, I used different skills for different scenes. In the big group scenes, I just try to have fun with it because those are generally lighter and people are making jokes and we are standing around. However, for scenes like the ones in the earlier episodes where I was in the cage with Zoom, I stayed in those shackles in between setups and I wanted to stay in it to keep those high emotions intact. I felt that more method way of approaching it really helped in that situation. There is a huge toolbox that actors have and you just pull out what you need for whatever a scene might call for.

I’m sure you can’t tell us much about the upcoming season but where do you hope to see Jesse go?

I definitely would like to see her get some speed at some point. They hint at it all the time in the show and, to be totally honest, I want to try on the suit! [laughs]

What has been the biggest challenge for you as an actress as you move further into your career?

In this industry, it is really hard to stay true to yourself and not let anything go to your head. I feel like I am doing a good job at staying true to myself but it is really hard, especially with all of these younger people looking up to you. You feel like you have to stand up for something and maybe do something other than what your team wants you to do. It is really difficult and I want anyone who is aspiring to enter this industry to think about it before they do. It is really hard and it is really easy to lose yourself along the way.

You have other projects on the way. What can you tell us about those?

I have two films that went to SXSW in March. The first one is “Slash.” It is a dark comedy about a guy who writes a lot of fan fiction and gets picked on for it in high school and then he meets a girl who is also into it. That was a lot of fun because they go to Comic Con and it is sorta nerdy and fun! The other one is “Tower,” which actually ended up winning best documentary at SXSW. It is going on to a bunch of different film festivals all around the United States and Canada this summer. That one is really great! It is a documentary about the first school shooting in history. It was really emotional and I have been working on it for the past two years, on and off. To finally see it come together was amazing! It was a very beautiful piece of work and I am very excited for the distribution of it because I want a lot of people to see it.

Violett Beane - Photo By: Jen Rachid

Violett Beane – Photo By: Jen Rachid

You kept it diverse when it comes to the roles you played. Where are you headed in the future?

I definitely want to get into something darker. I love “The Flash” but I definitely want to do something a little different from it because sometimes it can be light and a little more fun. I want to do something dark and gritty, maybe even an indie, to change it up a bit!

Looking back on your career, how have you most evolved as an actor?

I think I have learned a lot about the industry in general over the past few years. With my first couple of gigs, I felt like I went on set without knowing the things I was supposed to know. Now, I feel like knowing all of those things helps you. Knowing everything that goes into the process gives you a better perspective. I feel like I am more grateful for what I have now because I do understand everything that goes into it.

What is the best lesson we can take from your journey?

It goes back to what I was saying earlier. It’s important not to forget who you are. Social media can be overwhelming and start to run a lot of people’s lives, whether it is, “I want to look like this or that.” Just be the size, the person and the style that you are. Don’t try to conform because the more original you are and the more of yourself you show, the more people will love it and be able to identify with it.

As we wrap up, I want to ask about any causes that might be close to your heart?

Definitely gun control. I live in Texas and we actually just passed a law that will take effect on August 1 — Campus Carry. I have a lot of friends at The University of Texas and I used to live around there. It is a very scary thought to me that anyone sitting next to you in class could have a gun in their backpack legally. I just think it is something we need to rethink. I feel like it is too easy, especially in Texas, to get a gun and it is something we all need to start talking about to see the real problems behind it.

Thank you for your time today, Violett! We look forward to seeing what you have in store for us in the years to come!

Thank you so much!

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