Daniel Henney Lands Role on Original Criminal Minds Cast

Daniel posted on Instagram yesterday: “Hey all! Just wanted to let you know that Matt Simmons will officially be joining the BAU on the original Criminal Minds for the amazing 13th season!! I do/will miss everyone from the CMBB world so much, and had such an amazing time working on that show….just so happy to keep it in the family and take this next step. Thanks for all the support!! Let’s get to work!”

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Ansel Elgort Shows Off Gorgeous Vocals at Wedding

Ansel’s bringing the 50s back.

The Fault In Our Stars actor literally sounded like a member of the classic Rat Rack when he performed “I’ve Never Been In Love Before” at his cousin’s wedding. In my opinion,  vocals were out of this world! Ansel needs to seriously consider a period musical for his next project.

Be blown away by the actor/singer’s Guys and Dolls cover below:

Bravo!

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Book Review: Becky Wade’s “True to You”

The first book in author Becky Wade‘s A Bradford Sister’s Romance series is raw with emotion.

“True To You” is truly a gripping love story between Nora Bradford and former Navy SEAL John Lawson. The tragic past of their parents intertwined in the most horrific way possible. However, Nora and John somehow redeemed their parents lives by the exemplary lives they lead years after their deaths. John’s heartbreaking health issue, that triggers his search for his birth mom, takes his life in the direction he never dreamed it would. Of course, Nora is the one orchestrating the search and sticking by him through thick and thin.

During the novel, we also get formally introduced to Nora’s sisters, Willow and Britt, and their love lives. It definitely makes it easier for readers to enjoy their books when they are released.

I had mixed feelings when reading this one. For a Christian novel, I felt Nora’s co-worker Nikki was a bit too forward with her language. Unrelated to Nikki…..the phrase “annoyed the tar out of” being used just didn’t sit well with me for personal reasons. Other than that, the love story is pleasant, but it comes at a price when you discover the main couple’s parents dark past. The ending of the book is the highlight because the couple decides to truly rely on God.

I do recommend the book to lovers of chick flicks and mystery books. It has mainstream appeal with a good dose of religion.

*BTSCelebs thanks Bethany House for the complimentary copy of the book.*

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Bethany Mota Celebrates A Digital Milestone

Bethany and her besties are sticking it out through thick and thin!

A day before the release of her debut book “Make Your Mind Up”, the YouTube star tweeted about a special time in her life almost a decade ago. She celebrates a great milestone with her “Motivators” fandom today.

Bethany tweets: “8 years ago I posted my first video. So much has happened that I never expected. That decision literally changed my life and so have you all.Thank you guys for all of your love. you seriously mean soooo much to me!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANKYOU”

From “Dancing with the Stars” to designing her own clothing line, Bethany Mota has hit the ground running and she shows no signs of slowing down.

Congratulations to Bethany!

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Lecrae and Tori Kelly Team Up for Hip Hop Track

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[Interview] Actress Zenia Marshall: I Felt A Major Spark With [Date My Dad’s Mirabel]

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Last weekend, actress Zenia Marshall introduced herself to the UP tv audience as Ricky’s quirky, eldest daughter (Mirabel) in Date My Dad. She plays her fun role so well, you wonder what Xenia is like in real life. She is a driven, young lady who is destined for stardom! Between her acting and music, this 18 year-old talent is ready to embrace a bright future.

Let’s meet her now.

BTSCelebs: Who is Zenia Marshall?

Zenia Marshall: I always find it difficult to describe who I am and to talk about myself. Haha! According to my IMDB Bio, I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. I’m an 18-year-old actress/singer/dancer/musician that was raised by an artistic family of performers. My love for the stage started when I was just 4 years old. After 12 years of dance, the acting bug instantly bit me at 14 years old. Last year, my first acting debut on screen finally happened when I was casted as supporting lead to 80’s pop star Debbie Gibson in the Hallmark movie ‘Summer of Dreams’.

All in all, I’m just a grateful girl who feels super lucky to be pursuing my dream of acting and performing which I would never have been able to do without the help and encouragement of my wonderful, loving and supportive family.

Who inspired you to pursue a career in entertainment?

My mom!! Her name is Luisa Marshall, and she is a world renowned Tina Turner Tribute artist. She was even actually on ‘The Ellen Show’ where Ellen had my mom as Tina join her Squad along with Selena Gomez! Haha!

I grew up in a family of musicians; My dad is a drummer, my sister Kimi is a guitarist, and as I mentioned, my mom is a singer and performer. Some of my earliest memories as a child were watching my mom rock out on stage in a Tina Turner wig with her siblings. I remember the joy that she’d spread and how happy the audience looked. In one night, she’d have the audience laugh, dance, and cry. Whenever she’d perform, she’d inspire not just me, but also people in the audience as well. When I watched her do that, growing up, I knew that performing was what I wanted to do and my mom even gave me the opportunity to be on stage with her and sing backup for her shows.

Tell us about your audition process for “Date My Dad”.

After every audition I’ve ever done, I always leave feeling I could’ve done better. My audition for ‘Date My Dad’ was no exception! During the first audition, I was really sick, and I started to lose my voice as I juggled my live musical stage shows performing as Belle (‘Beauty and the Beast’) and doing several auditions.

The ‘Date My Dad’ auditions themselves were fun, nerve-wracking, heartwarming and motivating! I was so thrilled to get a call back and to do a 3rd audition with Barry and the other possible cast members. When my agent called that I got the part (on my mom’s birthday), I couldn’t believe it! I was so overwhelmed with joy that I cried.

 What initially attracted you to the role of Mirabel?

Well, when I first read the audition sides and breakdown, I felt a major spark with the character! I can’t describe it! It doesn’t happen very often, but I find that the times that I’ve had a strong connection to the material, I’ve gotten the part! Mirabel is such a fun character to play – from her fashionista side to her kind heart. I love how Mirabel has a more complex side to her than what first meets the eye. She’s smart in the things that she’s passionate about, and she would walk the whole planet in heels for her sisters (haha!).

I was a big ‘7th Heaven’ fan, so I was excited to hear Barry Watson was starring a new show. What is it like to work alongside a veteran like Barry?

So awesome! He’s such a fun guy to work with! It’s amazing how much work he does as the lead actor of the show and yet he still has the energy to crack some jokes between scenes and make the cast and crew laugh. He started acting when he was only 15 years old so he definitely understood how to make us young actors comfortable, making it easier and enjoyable on the set.

I was also a big ‘Samantha Who’ fan, so I was excited to be working with Barry.

Do you feel there are any acting lessons you are teaching Barry in this new production?

Maybe ‘what not to do’? Haha!! I really hope not. Haha! It would be great if I was able to teach THE Barry Watson something over the 3 ½ months we worked together, but in all honesty, I was the student learning and taking lessons from him. I feel as though from day one, Barry took me and my two on-screen sisters under his wing. He was so supportive and kind to offer guidance whenever we needed it on set. I learned a LOT while filming ‘Date My Dad’, especially because this was my first TV series. I really learned from everyone and I’m so glad that I’ve gotten a chance to work with and learn from such kind and supportive actors so early in my career. It was awesome to work with Barry, Lilah Fitzgerald, Audrey Smallman, the legendary Raquel Welch and the rest of the amazing ‘Date My Dad’ cast!

Are there any celebrities you idolize and would love to star with in a movie/series? 

Oh my! That’s such a hard one! There are so many! To name a few, I think working with the hilarious Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Jane Krakowski would be so much fun for a comedic project! I’ve been watching ‘Law & Order SVU’ for so many years so to work with Mariska Hargitay would be a dream as well! As I said, there are so many actors I would love to work with in my career, but that’d be a whole book on its own!

Are there any additional projects we should look forward to seeing you in the next year?

Besides a potential ‘Date My Dad’ Season 2 (fingers crossed!) or other new film projects, there is so much that I want to do but I’m hoping to finish the production of some of my original compositions. My heart has been the happiest every time I sit down playing piano, writing, and recording tracks for songs that I’ve been working on with my talented sister Kimi.

Watch “Date My Dad” every Friday at 9PM [EST] on UP tv.

*BTSCelebs sends a special thanks Zenia Marshall and UP’s Kristina Stafford for the interview and images.*

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UPtv Series Review: First Impressions of “Date My Dad”

Actor Barry Watson made a wise decision when he picked UP tv’s “Date My Date”as his next project. The former 7th Heaven star takes on the father role effortlessly as he portrays a single parent in desperate need of dating advice. His character, Ricky Cooper, just turned 40 years old, and he solely relies on his mother-in-law (actress Raquel Welch) to help him raise his 3 daughters (Mirabel, Elisa and Gigi). Their mother passed away suddenly a few years ago, and dad’s social life froze in place. Ricky’s daughters, his dating savvy mother-in-law and his co-workers team up to make his life more colorful in the first 2 episodes.

I love the laid-back, family friendly air this series gives off. The acting is appropriate, the jokes are trendy yet cute and the neighborhood they reside in is gorgeous! If you have UP tv, I highly recommend you give this one a chance! The only con is the appearance of his late wife in episode one, but she gives him his space in the second episode.

UP tv’s “Date My Date” premieres June 2nd at 9PM EST.

*BTSCelebs sends a special thanks to UP tv for the screeners and image*

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