61: Brooklyn with Gabriella de la Torre
This week, we get all the feels as actress, model and host, Gabriella de la Torre brings us Brooklyn from 2015. Gabriella just produced her first short film which is now on the festival circuit, and she has plenty of great insights about what makes a solid story about human connections. We get a bit moony on this one, talking about what exactly constitutes an adventure, chemistry between actors on film, and young people portraying complex emotions. More technically, we cover diversity in period films, when to cast a big name star, and why everyone wants to make co-pros with Canada. Add to that Cam's rude theories and Becky's list of red-flag movies that appear on dating profiles, and we promise we'll distract you from any crippling homesickness you may be feeling right now. Brooklyn is available on iTunes, or you can just go right ahead and buy yourself a copy of it on the disc format of your choice.
End credit music for this episode is Michael Brook's Arriving in America from the Brooklyn Soundtrack. You can buy the soundtrack on iTunes here.
Check out Seth Drabinsky as Hedwig on Youtube, and the Esther Perel Podcast Becky was talking about "Where shall we begin".
On this week's show
Gabriella de la Torre is an actor born and raised in Toronto. Gabriella was born to immigrant parents from Cuba and Lithuania/Poland. Gabriella graduated from Ryerson University and continued her acting education with various coaches and many different techniques across North America.
No stranger to Canadian television, Gabriella worked as a VJ on Much and on Much Countdown and previously hosted Retro 30 on M3. She’s interviewed an impressive lineup of celebrities including Shania Twain, Jennifer Lopez, Kendrick Lamar, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Kitsch, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Gigi Hadid and many more. She also hosted the musical series Much Office Sessions and was the Red Carpet correspondent for the MMVAs. She’s worked as a correspondent on So You Think You Can Dance Canada, MTV, and E! Canada, as well as appearing in dozens of commercials.
This year, she had the privilege of spearheading the new YEAA Creates programs for ACTRA Toronto, which allows young actors to connect with emerging filmmakers and create their own work. She also co-hosted the YEAA CSA Roundtable with nominees for this year’s Canadian Screen Awards. She is ecstatic to be joining the YEAA Shorts initiative as a resident and to be producing her first short film.
You can look for her on an upcoming season of Murdoch Mysteries, find her on Instagram, and check out her short - How to Fall on Indie Go Go.
Shrimpton's Suggested Short
This week's Shrimpton Suggested Short is Les fleurs de l’âge by Vincent Biron.