What does the cast of SDRR really think about working with Denis Leary? Watch this exclusive clip from the Comic-Con red carpet.
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Liz and the cast of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll are currently at San Diego Comic-Con to promote their show and attended the 20th Century Fox Party during the convention. You can check out some first pictures of the event in our gallery. More pictures will be posted as they become available, so check back every now and then!
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Four years after bringing Rescue Me to a close following seven successful seasons, Denis Leary is returning to FX on July 16 (10 p.m. ET) with a new TV series that's a bit of a departure from the firefighter drama.
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll finds creator/writer/producer/star Leary playing a washed up rocker who tries to make one last go at success after reuniting with his estranged daughter (Elizabeth Gillies). But don't think Spinal Tap -- while Leary's show certainly has fun with the burnt out narcissism of rock stars, this isn't broad parody. It's as much a show about dysfunctional families (both rock and biological) reconnecting as it is a bawdy, incisive comedy about the music world in 2015.
"My experience was, every band I've known -- famous and not famous -- have a family dynamic," Leary tells Billboard in the video below. "I come from a big Irish family. I'm used to bitterness, resentment, grudges and screaming at each other. That's normal to me, so I thought, if we're looking at a family, we need that level of feeling and emotion."
For co-star Gillies, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll was a welcome opportunity to break out of the Nickelodeon mold after spending four seasons on the teen series Victorious.
"I'm happy to do something that's such a departure," Gillies tells Billboard. "It's exciting. It feels much more 'me.' The cast is so cool and so collaborative, the project is so cool -- it does not feel like work. It feels like hanging out. It's the most fun job in the world."
Case in point: According to Gillies, jamming on Beatles songs would sometimes derail work on the show, much to Leary's ire. "We would jam and you'd get mad," she says to Leary, who just sighs. "We'd start playing Beatles stuff. When you're in a studio with such incredible musicians who know every song, you want to jam a little bit."
As for those songs, Leary wrote two by himself (including the fist-pumping title track) and tapped Chris Phillips -- who helped write his seminal '90s hit "Asshole" -- on two others. And the show brought some real-life rockers into the mix: Both Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli pop up in the pilot, with the latter contributing vocals and guitar to the theme song.
Check out Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll when it premieres on FX Thursday, June 16, at 10 p.m.
More pictures from Liz's shoot from last year with Melanie Mills have surfaced and they're absolutely stunning! Check them out below:
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Bam Bam. He beats to his own drum. Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll premieres Thurs, 7/16 on FX.
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll premieres in just one week! I've added one new promotional image for the show to our gallery, as well as a slightly older one in higher resolution and without the logo, check them out below:
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For Gigi, it’s stardom or bust. Meet the band’s new lead singer. Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll premieres 7/16 on FX.
Who What Wear interviewed Liz as one of the "must-watch ladies" of the summer, asking about SDRR, her personal style, and more. Read the interview below:
As if Elizabeth Gillies’s piercing blue eyes and covet-worthy pout weren’t enough to catch your attention, the actress happens to be a total powerhouse on stage, too. For proof, check out FX’s new series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, premiering July 16, in which Gillies stars as an aspiring singer hoping to make it big with the help of her washed-up rocker dad, played by Denis Leary. You can also catch Gillies on the big screen later this month in the modern-day reboot of the National Lampoon film series Vacation.
Who What Wear: Tell us about your character on Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.
Elizabeth Gillies: Gigi is a super-determined aspiring singer who comes from Ohio to New York to find her burnt-out ex–rock star dad, Johnny Rock (Denis Leary), in hopes that he’ll make her famous. At first, she seems completely focused on her career, but it’s clear as the series progresses that she really wants this relationship with her dad to work. There’s a real struggle between adult and child that was fun for me to play with her.
WWW: What’s your favorite original song from the show?
EG: There are so many good ones. I’d have to say my favorite is “Complicated.” It’s in the final episode of the season. It’s a ballad, and it really sums up everything that’s going on with Gigi and the rest of the gang. It’s one of the only songs in the show that we play in its entirety, so it’s highlighted in a special way. It’s emotional and really ends the season on a perfect note.
WWW: Who would be your dream duet?
EG: Oh god, I don’t know. Probably Steven Tyler—doesn’t get much cooler than that.
WWW:What do you like to do in your free time?
EG: I listen to a lot of music, take pictures, and shop around. I love going to thrift and vintage stores. I get most of my clothes there. Unless it’s a wardrobe staple, I feel weird about buying something that a million other people already have.
WWW:How would you describe your personal style?
EG: It’s hard to describe. Overall I’d say I dress for my body, and I try to only wear what looks good on me. I definitely have curves, and I play into that. I don’t take many crazy fashion risks, although I would say I have a rocker/vampire essence to my style most of the time. I also like being comfortable. Having said that, I would suffer through a painfully tight dress and killer pair of heels in a heartbeat if I knew it looked good.
WWW:What’s your summer wardrobe staple?
EG: A great pair of flattering shorts. I hate wearing shorts, but it’s somewhat inevitable in summer. I have a few pairs that I feel good in, and they’ve definitely become a summer staple for me. If I’m not in a shorts mood (aka if I don’t have a spray tan), I also love a great pair of lightweight, ripped jeans. I have a pair of Mother jeans that I’ve pretty much ripped to shreds. Oh, and an awesome pair of sandals with a heel and an ankle strap. They're my favorite. I think a pair of those with some great shorts or cuffed ripped jeans can be very sexy.
Read the full article on Who What Wear and check out this new gorgeous photo of Liz in our gallery:
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