I’ve added photos of the cast at last night’s Paley Center event, as well as photos of events that Nathan, Susan, and Tamala have attended this past week. Check them out at the links below.
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When viewers last left Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) and New York City homicide detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), Castle was bent down on one knee delivering an unexpected proposal to a surprised Beckett.
Of course, the episode ended before the audience was able to find out Beckett’s answer, but OTRC.com correspondent Tony Cabrera caught up with some of the show’s cast members recently. While they did not share any secrets about the upcoming season, they did talk about how they would like to see the Castle and Beckett relationship play out.
“Well, as a fan of the show, I look at it as his mother,” actress Susan Sullivan, who plays Castle’s mother Martha, said. “I’m totally immersed in this character. I think I worry about him with this woman, to be quite honest with you.”
“I think they have to play this proposal out. So, that’s what I would hope it would be about and I would think, if she had a brain cell working, she would accept. So there. Quote that,” she added. “And not get married until the end of season 8.”
Molly C. Quinn, who plays Castle’s daughter Alexis on the series, said she was excited about the big moment in the script.
“I remember reading the script and I was like, ‘No way. No way.’ And you know, now when I read the script I can see Nathan and I can see Stana doing it and it was — you know I got a little teary-eyed like, ‘Oh my god.’ Cause she did not come into this ready to say yes, she came in to break it off,” Quinn said. “So is she going to switch it around now? Like what’s going to happen? It was — I felt with everyone who loves this show just that, you know, my heart stopped.”
Quinn also shared with OTRC.com her vision of how season 6 would start.
“I’d probably have Nathan like in the kitchen and we don’t know if he’s tired or kind of depressed. We still don’t know if she said yes or no and then he starts making breakfast and then are those two omelets he’s making? Maybe Alexis is home. Wait who’s that coming out of the bedroom? It’s Beckett,” Quinn said. “That’s how I would do it and show that the relationship is going to continue but of course that’s just what I would do if I could write the episode and could direct it.”
Tamala Jones plays Dr. Lanie Parish, a medical examiner, on the show and the actress believes the fans are in for the best season yet.
“I know the sixth season is going to be better than any season we’ve ever done. I can feel it from the cast, from the writers, from everybody,” she said. “Everybody is just so excited. I mean, we kind of felt like we would have another season but, we never take anything for granted down on ‘Castle.’”
As for her opinion on the big “Castle” season 5 finale cliffhanger, Jones said, “Kate Beckett is a hard nut to crack. It’s not easy. She’s got things, people she needs to see and things she needs to do and places she needs to go and maybe she’ll sacrifice all that for a handsome, a ruggedly handsome man named Castle. We’ll have to see next season.”
Jones admitted, “I’m a big ‘Castle’ shipper. I’m a fan of — even if I wasn’t on the show, I would still be a fan.”
Four of the Castle ladies reunited last night, when they attended the Disney Media Networks International Upfronts. I’ve added photos to the gallery from this event.
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Also, Molly Quinn attended a screening of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and was photographed with Jabba the Hut and some stormtroopers at the screening. You can find them below.
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Tamala Jones says she is having the time of her life playing the smart and sassy medical examiner on ABC‘s hit series, Castle. The beautiful actress, who plays Lanie Parish on the medical drama that just celebrated its 100th episode this season, recently took time out of her busy schedule to chat about her on and off-screen journey on Castle, what she hopes for with Lanie, and what viewers can expect on tonight’s season finale!
I know you just had the 100th episode this season, what do you think it is about Castle that keeps bringing viewers back?
Tamala- I think Castle is very unique in its own right. We’re not like any of the other cop shows that are on television. We have the crimes, we have the mystery, we have the detectives, we have the medical examiner; but we have Castle. And I think that’s what separates us. He brings in fun. We see his family. We’re invested in his life. Then it intertwines with being a detective and helping solve murders when he’s just a mystery book writer. We have fun. It’s not all about finding out who did what. There’s fun all the way and I think the audience really enjoys that about the show.
What do you most about enjoy about playing Lanie, the very successful medical examiner?
Tamala- I love Lanie’s sass. I love that she is all about her business. She knows what she is talking about. When it comes to her relationship outside of her business, whether it be with Esposito or her best friend Beckett, you see the warmth in her. And I think that that separates Lanie from all the other medical examiners on television and the reason why I love her all in one.
Do you think that she’s evolved since the start of the series or do you feel that you have evolved with her as an actress, since you have been playing her for five seasons now?
Tamala- Yes, and yes, and yes! (Laughs) I think Lanie has evolved because we just saw her in the beginning basically doing the medical examining work and just calling out what was what. We saw that she was a fan of Castle. She knew who he was before anyone else. But I think she’s evolved in her relationship with Beckett-as far as the writing is concerned- they give them so much more to do. And me as an actress, I definitely have evolved. I never thought I would be able to play a doctor of any sort. And I have. It’s very difficult. Hollywood doesn’t care if you’re not comfortable with all the medical language. They’re like, ‘We’re paying you to do this so you better show up and know what you’re talking about!’ (Laughs) That brought about a challenge and I love a good challenge. It has taught me so much about the medical field and so much about myself. What I can do. How far I can go. We’ve both evolved.
What’s ahead for Lanie for the season finale?
Tamala- Lanie is the pillow and blanket for Beckett, I would say for this season finale. That comfort that you need when things are popping up in your life and you really don’t know which way to go. I think that there are lots of Lanie and Beckett coming together and trying to sort some things out.
Is there anything you would like to see happen with Lanie that hasn’t already?
Tamala- I would love to see a back story on Lanie. Where did she come from? Why is she such a commitment phobic? Why was her reasoning outside of not wanting to be married? What was the real deep reason why she broke up with Esposito? I would like to see Lanie’s mother. Because as they say, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. So I would love to see who would play Lanie’s mom and what that dynamic of their relationship would be.
I think that would be interesting. Why do you think she is the way she is? As someone who has been playing her for five seasons, what is her back story to you?
Tamala- This is what I think. I think Lanie was married before and I think her husband cheated on her. It wasn’t long after they had gotten married. She thought everything was good. He’s got a good job. She’s got a good job. And then she comes home and catches him in bed with someone and that was end of her relationship, and she probably was like I’m just going to date and not really take anyone seriously. And here comes Esposito who she is in love with but doesn’t want to be out of fear. I think that’s what happened to Lanie. But we’ll see next season! (Laughs)
If you could go back in time and spend a day in the life of anyone from history, who would it be and why?
Tamala- I wish I could be the Queen of Sheba. I know it’s a cliché because every girl wants to be a princess or a queen but she had such an important role in history with King Soloman and the whole relationship and the mystery that goes all the way back. I would love to have been Sheba and to have brought those gifts of gold and spices to King Soloman.
Any final thoughts for your fans?
Tamala- Watch out for an independent film called Things Never Said. It’s coming to you soon. Right now we’re touring the film festivals. We have Miami and Boston coming up next. And Lionsgate has picked it up. So we’re really excited it! And also, I just want to thank the fans for keeping us on television for as long as they have because without them we wouldn’t be here. And I want to say hi to all my Twitter family! Castle is my secondary family and Twitter is my third family. I’ve gotten close to so many people and have so many countries I have to visit for that reason alone. They’re important to us. I really appreciate them.
Keep up with Tamala Jones on Twitter @TamalaJones
Castle airs Monday nights at 10pm on ABC.
Tamala Jones portrays the sassy, sarcastic medical examiner Lanie Parish on the ABC drama series Castle, winner of the 2013 People’s Choice Award for “Favorite TV Crime Drama.” Castle stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle and Stana Katic as Kate Becket who is Dr. Lanie Parish’s best friend.
The talented actress is also known for her roles in the films Booty Call, The Wood, Kingdom Come, The Brothers and Two Can Play That Game. Other television appearances include California Dreams, Dangerous Minds, For Your Love, The Tracy Morgan Show, One on One, Veronica’s Closet, My Name is Earl and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Tamala, I love Castle and Lanie Parish, but I want to see more of her!
Tamala Jones: You’re going to see more of Lanie. I have some pretty intense scenes coming up. The fandom is going crazy. They want to see more Lanie and Kate Beckett scenes. Creator Andrew W. Marlowe is talking about next season, so I’m getting hints that there will be a Season Six, and Lanie’s going to have more airtime.
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Perhaps to better explore her relationship with Esposito.
Tamala Jones: Yeah and find out why Lanie is such a commitment phobic!
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): We also do not know much about Lanie’s family background.
Tamala Jones: I think that’s something that Andrew can explore next season because we have to know some of Lanie’s background. All we know is that she’s a medical examiner, she’s in love with Esposito and that she is a commitment phobic. We don’t know why. I’m thinking maybe she had a husband at one time, and the husband cheated. I don’t know what it is, but that’s clearly up to Andrew.
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Do you ever crack up around all of the fake blood and dead bodies?
Tamala Jones: No, but it’s so funny because they offered for me to go to a real morgue and talk to a medical examiner and go through the process. I was like, “No thank you. I’m okay.” I’ll stick to the fake stuff (laughs).
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Is it difficult to remember the medical jargon?
Tamala Jones: Yes, but I have such a great cast and crew. They’re very patient with me. The other day, I had to say something about a chemically synthesized weaponized agent organic compound whatever really fast (laughs). It took lots of takes for that (laughs).
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): You mentioned Season Six. Has that been confirmed?
Tamala Jones: There have been some whispers, but we don’t have a confirmation. The network kind of plays it by the book. Sometimes, they’ll tell us at the end of the season and say, “Okay, you guys are coming back,” or like last season, make us wait until they made the announcement. I’ve been hearing some whispers from the producers like, “Next season, we want to …” So they know something. They’re just not saying it.
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): It’s quite a milestone for a series to do 100 episodes. Was it emotional filming the 100th one?
Tamala Jones: Oh, very emotional. We celebrated with a cake cutting ceremony before lunch. There were tears of joy, and everybody was excited because we all have dreamt about being on a show that lasted to 100 episodes.
Molly (Quinn) and I have really bonded throughout the years, and she was crying. I understand that because she grew up on the show. So it was a very emotional day, and then we went off and had lunch of steak and lobster and had to go back to work (laughs).
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Molly is an exceptional young actress.
Tamala Jones: She’s an awesome young actress and an extraordinary young lady. We have ladies brunches at The Four Seasons, and we talk about boys and men, just all the girl stuff (laughs).
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Have you filmed the season ender?
Tamala Jones: Yes, and it is a doozy!
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Be a little more specific (laughs).
Tamala Jones: They might kill me for that. I’ll tell you this. You’re not going to be expecting anything you see. It is full of mystery, and the energy in the level of performance is so exhilarating and exciting, your neck is going to snap back! You’ll need a neck brace after watching it (laughs).
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Can’t wait. Has acting always been in the cards for you?
Tamala Jones: I love acting. I started when I was 14 and have always wanted to do some sort of acting. I used to imitate people on TV or dress up like different characters and go into my mom’s room at 1:00 in the morning. I’d have my brother’s clothes on, paint a mustache on with some eyeliner and be like, “Yeah, yeah baby. Let me get your phone number.” I was just always doing crazy things. My parents would say, “We’ve got to get her out of here!” So they put me in workshops, and from there I just started working.
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Sounds like comedy was in your blood from an early age.
Tamala Jones: I have always been a comedic actress. I have just ventured into doing more comedy because if you can’t show all sides in Hollywood, they think you have only one side. I didn’t want to get stuck or be stereotyped or typecast in any way. I wanted to show that I’m capable of doing both. But I love to laugh, and I love to make people laugh. It’s just fun.
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): You are the spokesperson for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. Tell me about what happened to you.
Tamala Jones: At the age of 23, I was a series regular on the show for the CW (then the WB) called For Your Love. I was also recurring on ER and Kirstie Alley’s show Veronica’s Closet and running around shooting movies. I barely rested or ate properly and ended up suffering a brain aneurysm one morning. I didn’t know what it was. I got up and had no balance. I was walking on my toes, and I felt like I had to urinate really badly. I got to the bathroom and nothing came out.
My head was pounding like no headache I’d ever felt before. I thought, “What is wrong with me?” I looked in the mirror, and five seconds after looking at myself, I just passed out on the floor … hit the floor hard, and I was out. I don’t know how long I was out, but I remember hearing a voice, which was me telling myself, “Get up, Tamala, right now!” When I got up, I didn’t have any feeling in the right side of my body at all.
I called my boss and told her I had to go to the hospital because something was wrong. Because it was the last day of the season, she told me to come to the set, and they’d have a doctor look at me. They gave me some Tylenol, which I had taken earlier. I still didn’t know what was going on. My arm was stuck in a position as if I was offering my hand to someone to maybe help them in some way. They asked me to move my arm, and I couldn’t do it. I had to work all day because I had three scenes to shoot. There were purses and jackets in those scenes to camouflage my arm.
I went to the hospital after work, and the doctor at Cedars-Sinai who was a neurologist could not believe I was alive … walking, talking or doing anything. He told me I had suffered a brain aneurysm and that it had already burst. They did a CAT Scan and MRI, and the doctor saw that it was on the left side of my brain and was about the size of a 50-cent piece. He allowed me to go home and wanted me to come back the next day to run more tests.
The doctor told me to take it easy, and I didn’t (laughs). I left the hospital and went to Bed Bath & Beyond because I had just moved into this new apartment. But I ended up falling out in the store and having a seizure. It was a hot mess. My parents came to get me and took care of me. It took about three months to heal from al of that. The doctor told me that once the blood dried up, I’d get the feeling back in the right side of my body. Once I did, I went back to work and acted like it never happened.
I was ashamed because I was so young going through something like that, so I never really expressed out loud to anyone that it happened to me. I didn’t want people treating me differently or feeling sorry for me, and I didn’t want to mess up my career. I felt like if Hollywood knew I had this, they wouldn’t allow me to work because I would be a risk. So I hid it for as long as it took me to get past it. Then I started hearing stories about other people around my age that actually died from brain aneurysms, so I felt like if I began talking about it and the symptoms, I might could save a life or two.
I had my PR Company on a hunt for two years looking for a foundation or charity I could get involved in, and they found the Brain Aneurysm Foundation who had been looking for a spokesperson. I said, “I want to be her. I think I can help you guys out. I have a very intense story.” I wanted to be proactive in this and make people aware of the symptoms so they wouldn’t wait as long as I did to seek help. They would know what they were feeling wasn’t right, and they could go to the doctor to get it checked out immediately.
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): If you’ve had it once, is there a chance of recurrence?
Tamala Jones: Definitely. I’ve been told that your body, mainly your brain that operates your body, is like a computer. The body remembers trauma and everything else, and there could be a repeat. So I’ve changed my life. I don’t over exert myself with work anymore. I don’t take on a bunch of projects all at once, and I am no longer a fast food junkie (laughs). I eat well and take care of myself and get the amount of sleep that the body needs because let me tell you, if you don’t let the body rest, it will shut down on you.
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): In addition to regular checkups, are those the preventive measures?
Tamala Jones: Yes. Basically cutting out stress and enjoying a healthy lifestyle, getting rest and definitely getting checked out. It’s good to go once a year and have them do a MRI and CAT scan if you’ve had an aneurysm before. For people who have not, it’s good to get a CAT scan once a year just to make sure everything’s okay. Sometimes we bump our heads, and you don’t know if that did something to your brain or not. Our heads are extremely sensitive. You just have to be careful.
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Absolutely. Do you remain fearful that it will happen again?
Tamala Jones: I have gotten over that. I live every day like it’s my last one on earth. I have lots of fun. I laugh. I make sure I live right. I do go out and have a martini every once in a while (laughs). I live a little bit. I’m not afraid of that.
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): I read that you are an excellent chef.
Tamala Jones: Well, I love to cook, and people love to eat my food. I can tell you that anytime I bring my Mac and Cheese to a party, it lasts five minutes on the table, and it’s empty. Many people cook collard greens with meat, and I don’t. It has a completely different flavor. Even people who normally don’t eat collard greens love my collard greens.
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): What makes your collard greens different?
Tamala Jones: I have a lot of vegetarian friends, so I like to put in (it sounds weird) chili pepper, a little paprika, a little salt, lots of pepper, crushed red chili peppers, chicken broth or vegetable broth. I put a little bit of Louisiana Hot Sauce in there, a little bit of vinegar and some chopped onions. My secret ingredient is a little circle of molasses. It is so good.
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): If you could just mail me a package of your collard greens, that would be great (laughs). Any upcoming projects, Tamala?
Tamala Jones: Right now, I have a film that has been doing very well in the film festivals. The title is Things Never Said, and I shot it two years ago. I’ve been told that our movie will be the feature during the whole BET weekend in LA this summer, so I’m really excited. It has been well received, but I’m not clear on the theater release date.
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Tamala, best wishes for continued career success and good health. Hope to see more of Lanie on Castle!
Tamala Jones: I’m definitely going to relay that message to Andrew!
Both Tamala and Ruben attended events during the past few days. I have added photos from the events to the gallery.
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Actress Tamala Jones stars on ABC’s Castle. She plays forensic analyst Lanie Perish. Although this is a crime drama, Jones brings her comedic personality to the show. Not only is she an actress, but she proudly participates in charity events and is a spokesperson for the brain aneurysm foundation. She also is a bargain fashionista.
“Castle is a very popular Television series that follows the lives of mystery novelist “Richard Castle” and NYPD detective “Kate Beckett” as they solve crimes in New York City. There are a lot of crime shows currently on TV, and according to Tamala Jones, “Castle” is in its own lane. The show reached its 100th episode on April 1.
Tamala Jones: “Castle is different because there’s so much comedy and so much more to go off of besides crime. There are relationships and friendships that have developed during the show.”
Houstonian: Growing up, you always wanted to be in the entertainment industry. You were in a girl band when you were younger similar to the Fugees. Why did you decide to pursue acting?
TJ: “In the beginning it was intimidating. When I received my first role for “Booty Call,” I was 21 years old. It was an amazing experience. I remember I was outside with my grandmother hanging clothes on the line when I got the news. I told my grandmother, ‘I’m going to buy you a washer and dryer!’”
H: Having such an important role in a movie at such a young age must have made you nervous. How was it working along side more well established actors like Jamie Foxx, Tommy Davidson, and also Vivica A. Fox?
TJ: “When I first met them I was nervous and had an acne breakout. It took Vivica to come and talk to me, and Tommy and Jamie to give me notes and comedy tips in order for me to relax.”
H: Mostly, you have been in comedies like Next Friday, Blue Streak, Two Can Play That Game, and The Wood. Did you have to practice in order to switch up for her role as Lanie Perish in Castle?
TJ: I had to realize the importance of the relationships in the show. I was able to bring my sassiness into my character. I’ve studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute. I’ve been to a lot of different workshops to learn how to change roles. I still attend workshops.
H: What’s your advice for aspiring actors and actresses here at SHSU?
TJ: “Always take acting workshops, stay in acting classes and stay rehearsing. You will hear ‘No’ a thousand times, but never give up. Stay on your craft, and when you get your first break it will all be worth it.”
H: Not only are you an actress, but you are also a spokesperson for the Brain Aneurysm foundation. Having experienced one yourself at age 23, how did that affect you?
TJ: “I am very proud of this position. I felt that if I told the story enough, I would save lives. I want to make people aware of how sensitive the head is. Some people are born with it and don’t even know. People should get cat scans at least once a year of the brain, as they do other body parts. More awareness needs to be raised about this illness.
H: Jones will be speaking at the Brain Anuerysm Foundation’s Lobby Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 21. What else do you like about charities?
TJ: “I love working with the youth. I like talking to kids who are unaware of the danger in their environments, or who are lacking love from home. I participate in the Party 4 Peace weekend every summer along with Will Smith and others. We go to youth prisons and speak to kids and open up to them, letting them know that they don’t have to be products of their environments. I also enjoy going to high schools and speaking to girls about sex, diseases, and the importance of protection. I want them to realize that their body is their temple.
H: You are also known for your smart fashion decisions. Can you give any advice to SHSU students who are usually looking for any way to save money when they shop?
TJ: “I’d rather spend my money taking care of my grandmother and my necessities. I love looking good, but don’t like to pay retail. So many websites have bargained designer clothes. My top three are net-a-porter.com, theoutnet.com and amazon.com. My friends always see my clothes and shoes and are always jealous of the price I pay!
H:Thrift shopping is a common trend for students.
TJ: “Back in the day, I would cut out pictures from Vogue and Elle, go to the thrift shop and recreate the outfits for an extremely cheaper price. I highly suggest going to thrift shops, they are full of neon 80s clothing and other items for spring.”
H: Have you reached your career goals now that you are on prime time television?
TJ: “I think that I’m in the middle of my career goal. I’m just now touching ground in what I want to do. A film you can look out for is titled, “Things Never Said.” It’s going around various film festivals and will be featured during the BET Awards Weekend. It’s a cast full of great actors and actresses whose talents need to be seen.”
You can catch Jones in action on ABC’s Castle Mondays at 9 p.m. Central on ABC.