As the 2012 Television Season gets underway it will be led by four of our favorite Penny Templeton Studio actresses.
January 3rd ABC’s WORK IT Premiers starring Rochelle Aytes and Rebecca Mader
January 8th NBC’s THE FIRM premiers starring our own Tricia Helfer.
April Lee Hernandez is the Special Guest Star on the hit CBS series PERSON of INTEREST to be aired early in January 2012
One major reason to tune in to the Charlie’s Angels remake this fall on ABC: Puerto Rican dreamboat Ramon Rodriguez as the new Bosley. You may not know him yet, but once you get a load of him stepping out of a spa in the pilot that’s probably gonna change. Rodriguez’s Bosley, who was referred to multiple times as “the fourth Angel” during the panel, also won’t be merely standing around looking pretty (not that we’d mind). As opposed to David Doyle’s fatherly incarnation in the original series, the new series will delve into his backstory and actually develop him as a character.
“We’re going to figure out a lot, who Bosley is, what he’s about. And I think a lot of that is going to come through Charlie,” said Rodriguez, who couldn’t have been better suited for the role given his upbringing.
“I was raised by three older sisters, and they thought they were the Angels,” he said. “So they basically said I’ve been preparing for this my whole life. ‘You were born to be Bosley. This is great.’ So it’s a great transition from three sisters to three other sisters.”
Charlie’s Angels premieres Thursday, September 22nd at 8 PM on ABC.
Actress Rochelle Aytes has signed on to join the cast of “Detroit 1-8-7” in a recurring role during the first season. The upcoming police drama will premiere this fall on ABC.
Detroit Synopsis goes as follows:
What does it take to be a detective on America’s most dangerous streets? Get ready to be part of the action when a documentary crew rolls with some of Detroit’s finest, offering an insider’s glimpse behind the curtain of a Homicide Unit. The cameras unearth the crisis and revelation, heartbreak and heroism of these inner city cops — moments of raw exposure when they address us directly, as well as private moments when they forget they’re being filmed.
Aytes will play the role of Alice Williams, a Wayne County prosecutor who is described as being sexy, smart, and extremely ambitious. Former “Sopranos” star Michael Imperioli is set to star in the series which premiers on September 21 at 10:00 pm.
Aytes is no stranger to television. She has made guest appearances on “NCIS” and was a star on the cast of “The Forgotten.” (Photo Above)
I have yet to find another class that incorporates exercises, cold audition scenes, scene study, on camera scenes, sensory work, writing, monologues, breathing and more. Penny teaches you how to get the job and what to do once you’ve got it. I just wish she was in L.A.” Tricia Helfer
Lauren Meley from the set of FLOWERS
Hi Penny and Hank!
I had my first week filming the indie feature “Flowers” this week, and its been a great experience so far. This is the biggest production I’ve ever worked on, with a fancy HD camera.
First off, I’ve never been more relaxed on a set before. I came in having fully worked on the script and character, which has allowed me to completely focus on the blocking and camera work while on set. It’s a wonderful feeling! I’ve learned a lot from the DP about specific camera setups and angles, which has been so interesting! It’s really just like putting yourself on camera like we do each week, except there is a team of people making sure it looks and sounds great, so all I have to worry about is the acting. The best comparison I could come up with is: Training at the studio is like being an ice skater training for the Olympics. But being on set is like doing “Stars on Ice” – you can just show off and enjoy yourself.
But, like any experience, there have been a few challenges. For example, we were just about to roll a scene where I am talking to myself in the mirror (which is very intimidating by the way!), and the director gave me read of how he wanted the scene to sound. I told him I thought his interpretation was great, but asked if I could do a few takes as I prepared it and then we could do a few takes as he wanted it. He said “absolutely!” and in the end we were both very happy.
There was another shot over my shoulder looking at the other actor. At the end of the scene he gets up and walks out of frame behind me, and I am supposed to follow. I thought it would more be interesting to twist around in my chair (so you can see my face on camera), deliver my line, and then get up and walk out of frame. We blocked it and decided to film a rehearsal, so I decided to try this. Everyone loved it and it stuck for the rest of the shots.
So I am learning a lot!! I’ve learned that time is extremely valuable, and the quicker you can nail the blocking, the more takes you can have, and the happier everyone on set is. The days have been running about 10 hours each, so learning to store my energy has also been very important. There is food on set, but I pack lots of snacks and food that I know will give me energy (I’ve steered clear of the coffee and doughnuts lol).
I feel like a completely different actor compared to the last time I worked on a film over a year ago. Lessons from class are always running through my head. We will be filming until August 1st, so much more to come!
Unfortunately we will not be continuing with the Free Sample Class in 2012.
Here is a link for our Beginning Class.
The original intent of our free sample class was for serious, trained actors to find out more about us and decided if our classes were right for them. Unfortunately it most of those who responded were beginners just interested in a free class. We offer an inexpensive in depth 8 week class for people who think they might want to pursue acting. This requires no prior training and is open to all.
Actors of all levels will find the book ACTING LIONS very helpful in both mastering the craft and avoiding very expensive mistakes actors make on the business side.
If you are a beginner please feel free to call me or stop by to learn more about our Beginning and Intermediate Programs. If you are a professional p[lease give me a call to set up an appointment to come in and see the studio and learn more about us and the Penny’s approach to the Craft & Business of acting. 212 643 2614 Mon-Thur 11am-5pm
All the best in your endeavors,
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