Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll: Liner Notes - First Look
Posted by Laura on Jun 20 2015
It's messy. It's badass. It's Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. Go behind the scenes of FX's new original series starting Denis Leary and Liz Gillies.
Liz on Zach Sang & The Gang
Posted by Laura on Jun 19 2015
Liz stopped by Zach Sang & The Gang yesterday to talk about Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. You will be able to listen to parts of the interview this Monday on their show, and the full interview will be posted soon, according to their Facebook page. To find out how to listen to the show in your area, go to ZachSangAndTheGang.com. They've also added a few pictures and videos of Liz's visit to their snapchat story, add them at zachsanggang!
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Bonnaroo Interview with the Cast of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll
Posted by Laura on Jun 18 2015
Saturday, June 13, attendees of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival were treated to a special screening of Denis Leary's new series, “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” which is set to premiere on FX July 16. [...]
The “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” screening was met with laughter and cheers from everyone in attendance, as they were introduced to the self-destructive nature of Johnny Rock. Some of the biggest laughs in the incredibly entertaining first three episodes came from clever references to acts like Morrissey, Radiohead and Bon Jovi, as well as a few memorable moments involving physical humor.
Prior to the special screening in the Cinema Tent, AXS got a chance to talk to Leary and the hilarious cast of “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” including Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix and Robert Kelly, about their characters, the show's origins and, of course, sex, drugs and rock and roll.[...]
What drove you to the project as the show's star, writer, director, producer and creator?
Leary: I knew all these guys. A bunch of guys I went to college with, who I was in this theater group with, they were all musicians, they were part of the music track at the school. As they graduated or quit, they joined rock bands in Boston. Some of the bands took off and some of the bands and the people in that scene, like The Cars became huge stars. All those guys became professional musicians _ even if they weren't well known – for the last 30 years they've been playing in various bands. So, I got to see the really famous people and also the guys that didn't make it that are still basically working as professional musicians, you just don't know who they are.
And also the bitter guys that blew it. That's the guy that I wanted to play, a guy who f*cked up the whole thing for his band and I wanted to play with the whole dynamic of the band and family thing and how much people can hate each other in a band. Then I throw in this angle, which is his daughter, who he didn't know he had, shows up. He really has no interest in her at first except to glom on to her because she's got talent and conceivably he can make money off of her. That's the beginning of the story and from there you'll see what develops.
And Elizabeth Gillies is playing your daughter, Gigi. Elizabeth, how would you describe Gigi? What is she all about?
Elizabeth Gillies: She's very determined. It seems, when you watch the first episode, that she's really hell-bent on success and fame. She's very focused on that, but really there's a reason that she came to find her dad and it's not because she wants to be famous. She has that void she wants to fill and she wants a father. She wants to make it work and she wants to fix him it turns out, as the show goes on. They have a very interesting relationship. She wants a lot of things and she's determined to make them all work.
Which relationship is prioritized the father/daughter or bandmates?
Gillies: Father/Daughter. 100 percent. He's kicked right out of the band as soon as I come in. He's “Sidelined Johnny.” [everyone laughs]
Elaine Hendrix: That's a good name for a band.
So is there any tension between Gigi and Ava as the two most important women in Johnny's life?
Gillies: No, we band together.
Hendrix: We're kind of the puppeteers.
Leary: The truth of the series is that by the end of the first season you realize that these guys — who've gotten back together — these guys were never in charge really. Ava has always been in charge of these guys and especially me. When Gigi shows up, it becomes a two-woman show and we may occasionally think that we have power, but we don't have any power. They just let us think that we have power for certain periods of time, which is really interesting and I find that shit really funny. Whenever Ava and Gigi come down hard on Johnny, it's f*cking hilarious, but they also come down on the other guys in the band sometimes which is great.
Check out the full interview here!
New Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll Sneak Peeks
Posted by Laura on Jun 15 2015
A bunch of new sneak peeks for Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll have been added to the official FX Networks YouTube channel! Check the ones that feature Liz as Gigi out below:
Interview with the Cast of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll
Posted by Laura on Jun 13 2015
Sneak Peek got the chance to talk to the cast of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll at ATX Television Festival last weekend and have now released their interview with them. Check it out below:
New Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll Sneak Peeks
Posted by Laura on Jun 12 2015
FX just posted a bunch of new sneak peeks for Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll! Check them out below:
Elizabeth Gillies on Going from Nickelodeon to Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll
Posted by Laura on Jun 11 2015
Liz recently spoke with People at the ATX Television Festival about Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, working with Denis Leary and coming from a Nickelodeon show. Read the interview below and check out the full article here!
When you were reading the script, what made you say, "I have to be a part of this"?
It was such an interesting project, and it was so different from everything I'd been reading. I always feel old to play my age just because I have an old soul, and when I read this character, she talked like me and she said things I would say, and then there was this music element. It was really the perfect role for me, and I almost felt like it wasn't real. I had to get it no matter what, so I fought really hard, and I'm very thankful that I got it. It's weird when you see yourself written down, almost, and this is what this was like for me.
Denis is so brilliant, and our minds work very similarly, so I really wanted to work with him. I think it really sells that I'm his daughter.
What is it like working with such amazing actors like Denis and John Corbett?
It's wonderful. It's really, really cool. Because Denis like to work on the fly a lot, he likes to imrpov a lot, we all come into it with the same kind of exhilaration, the same excitement to go in there and do some things completely spontaneously because we go off script so much. It was really cool, it's a huge honor to get to work with those guys. I'm the youngest by like 10, 20 years on the show, so I was a little intimidated, but we all coexist on the same ground and we play like a real family, so it feels totally natural.
What about the music?
Denis wrote or co-wrote all of the songs, so it was all original music, and he wanted me to sing live. That was very important, so we made sure of that. I recorded some backups, God forbid I have a cold or something like that – we never really had to use them. We did live takes for everything, and it just makes it feel much more believable. It keeps you in the moment, like you're watching a rock concert as opposed to something pre-recorded. So I was happy he wanted me to do that, and the songs are great. He's brilliant. He directed and wrote and produced and wrote all the songs. It's extremely admirable.
Were you able to collaborate on the sound of your songs?
Not with the writing, but with the arrangements of the songs, the keys and kind of the production, we totally collaborated. We were in the studio for weeks before we even started filming because the music is such an integral part of the show – it's so important. We wanted to make sure we got that just right, and I think we did. It was super collaborative, which never really happens. It's been really collaborative with Denis and I, I'm really thankful that he's allowed me to have so much say in things, but mostly we follow his lead. He's the genius behind the whole thing.
It seems like there are a lot of shows about the music industry now: Empire, Power, Nashville.
It's exciting. It's exciting for me to see music integrate with TV, because I love them both so much. I came from musical theater, so I was always pairing the two, and then I was lucky enough to be on Victorious, the Nickelodeon show I was on, and that had a music element and an acting element and comedy. But this – to get to do drama and comedy and improv and to sing – I'm so lucky. I hit the jackpot.
What's it like to go from Victorious to a show like this, which is decidedly more mature?
I'd say so! It's fun. It's very liberating. It's cool. Even when I was on Nickelodeon, I talked and had the sense of humor of someone much older than me, so it's fun for me to kind of be myself more on this. Not that I wasn't then – I was younger! I did Victorious when I was younger, so I think it's just a natural progression. It makes sense. But it is cool. There were no stepping stones. Usually you do a couple things that lead up to something more mature, like an ABC Family or a CW [show]. I just went right to FX, which was cool! I'm happy to do it. I didn't think I'd get to.
When you're acting as a child or teen versus a more adult role, do you approach it differently?
Nickelodeon is bigger, it's louder, it's much more structured. It was a sitcom, so the laughs had to go where the laughs had to go and the jokes had to be played a certain way, and you do multiple takes and it has to be the same way every time. This one, there would be takes where Denis would tell me to just make up all my lines for the entire scene, and we used most of that. So it was really extreme opposites. It couldn't have been more different.
What women on TV do you look up to?
I love an old-school kind of lady. I love Jessica Lange. ... I think Amy Schumer's really cool, I think she's killing it. Kristen Wiig. A funny woman is really becoming a thing today, and I'm happy that it is because women are so funny, and it's cool to see that, to have the same comedy as men sometimes.
There's rougher kind of humor on the show, but the women on the show – Elaine Hendrix, who plays Ava, and I – we totally hold our own with the guys. It's fun to see men and women go back and forth in that way.
You know who was my favorite growing up? Megan Mullally on Will and Grace. That for me was just the pinnacle for comedy. She was so hysterical, and she had that fantastic diva essence to her and that voice. I just love that! I love a really good bitch, too. Not someone who knocks your books over in the hallway, but someone who wears a fur and walks slowly and says something brilliant and leaves. I'm a firm believer in the old-school, '40s strong woman, leading lady. That's my favorite.
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll:"Die Tryin'" Music Video
Posted by Laura on Jun 10 2015
The very first Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll music video is here!! The song is called "Die Tryin'" and is performed by Liz. It looks and sounds amazing! Check out the official music video below and make sure to catch the premiere of SDRR on July 16th at 10pm on FX!
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll: "Die Tryin'" Music Video Premiere
Posted by Laura on Jun 09 2015
Liz just announced via Instagram the premiere of the first Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll music video, which will be posted to her Facebook page tomorrow at 9:30AM PST! Check out a sneak peek below:
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