Inside, cover stars Grace Gealey (Empire) and Katherine McNamara (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Shadowhunters) open up about their highly anticipated September premieres, model Karrueche Tran gets personal about her new love for acting, Disney Channel star Olivia Holt talks about her passion for music, and much, much more! Below, please see more highlights from the issue, as well as exclusive quotes from the stars.
Our Editor in Chief, Megan Portorreal, is also available for interviews and appearances, and we’d be happy to send along high res spreads from the issue, or any additional information.
Highlights from the Aug/Sept Issue of Cliché Magazine
Grace Gealey Talks About Empire and the Importance of Education; Katherine McNamara Reveals How She Trained for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials; Karrueche Tran Found a New Love in Acting; Disney Channel Star Olivia Holt Opens Up About Her Passion for Singing and Acting; and More!
Cover Story: Style & Grace (p. 106)
Grace Gealey opens up about her iconic on-screen brawl with Empire co-star, Taraji P. Henson (who plays Cookie Lyon): "It’s something the audience had been waiting to see from the very first episode and to finally give that to them was great. We had a blast shooting the scene and I was psyched to even do some of the stunts, like reacting to Cookie’s punch and flipping onto the pool table!"
Cover Story: The Golden Age (p. 114)
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials star Katherine McNamara says she would like to focus on her music career as well: "I have some songs in the can, and I want people to hear them, but it’s all about finding the time to write and record and shoot music videos in between everything else."
Model Behavior (p. 86)
Karrueche Tran says she never thought she could pursue modeling seriously, but since she never gave up, it happened: "I was always interested in modeling from my earlier years. I was approached at different times for modeling gigs, but I never thought that would be a career for me because I’m only 5’1"."
What Olivia Did (p. 64)
Disney Channel star Olivia Holt says she can relate to her character Lindy Watson in her series I Didn’t Do It: "We’re both young and kind of still growing into our own skin. We’re figuring out life with our friends and staying passionate about what we believe in."
Building an Empire (p. 84)
Empire star Serayah McNeill opens up about appearing in Taylor Swift’s music video for "Bad Blood": "My first thought was that it was going to be absolutely epic, not just because of the cast that was in it, but because it was just so fun and just so cinematic."
Power and Music (p. 78)
Naturi Naughton, who stars in the hit Starz drama Power, says she wants to return to theatre more than anything: "One of my real passions is also to get back on Broadway and on the stage again. Fame was an opportunity to do that in a movie. Hairspray was one of the best experiences in my life."
The 24-year-old Editor in Chief of Cliché Magazine, Megan Portorreal, spearheads the creative process and layout of each issue. Of the Aug/Sept issue, she said, "We tried to capture the final days of summer, while also getting you to think ahead [to the fall]." Of interviewing cover star Grace Gealey herself, she said, "Although I was a few episodes late to the Empire craze, it was Gealey’s character I resonated with the most (and by "resonate" I mean fell in love with her wardrobe)."
Cliché’s Creative Director, Quavondo, also photographed Katherine McNamara, Olivia Holt, and Karrueche Tran for this issue, and directed the Behind the Scenes video, sponsored by myWebRoom. If you are interested in sponsoring our next Behind the Scenes video, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit this page to learn more.
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