New photoshoot taken by Courtney Nathan Phillip!

Kelli teamed up with Courtney Nathan Phillip again for another amazing photoshoot and it looks absolutely stunning! You can check out the photos in our gallery below:

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Kelli Berglund on ‘Now Apocalypse’ & Breaking Free from the Disney Mold | Style Caster

Kelli Berglund on ‘Now Apocalypse’ & Breaking Free from the Disney Mold | Style Caster

In the first episode of Now Apocalypse, Starz’s new series about four Los Angeles friends, sex and a lizardman (not necessarily at the same time), Kelli Berglund’s character, Carly, an aspiring actress and part-time camgirl, is camming with a client who asks her, “What can I do for you, mistress? I’m here to please you.” She yawns and half-heartedly tells him to do 30 pushups. When he asks if that’s what she really wants, she tells him no, pauses and asks if he can run lines with her instead. She has an acting class tomorrow and needs to memorize her scenes. After some hesitation, Carly offers to take off her bra. The guy agrees, and she holds her highlighted script to the camera as they rehearse a scene as two characters named Anne and Mary.

The scene is one of many wild moments in the premiere of Now Apocalypse, including a handjob between two dumpsters, a student-teacher roleplay and a sex scene with a lizardman. The series, by Steven Soderbergh and Gregg Araki, has been met with mixed reviews. But for Berglund, a former Disney star who has waited years to show off her acting chops beyond the network’s good-girl mold, the role is once-in-a-lifetime. “There were times where I would get frustrated and wonder when that next thing would be that I would really invest myself in and dive into,” Berglund says. “Now Apocalypse is that project I was waiting for.”

Raised in a town an hour north of Los Angeles, Berglund started competitive dancing at 4 years old. “Ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip-hop, point. You name it. I did it,” she says. When she was nine, she was scouted by a talent agent at a dance competition, who recommended that her mom put her in commercials. Her first commercial was for a ballerina Barbie that year (“which was cool for me obviously,” she says”), but it wasn’t until she was 12 years old and auditioned for The Game Plan with The Rock in 2007 that Berglund was confident she wanted to make acting a career. “That’s when I was like, ‘Wow. This really goes beyond commercials.’ Even though I was young, it kind of proved to me there was something there,” she says.

Unfortunately, the industry didn’t feel the same. For the next few years, Berglund faced a dry spell, where she wasn’t cast in anything worthwhile. “That was a really weird time to be a kid actor,” Berglund says. “They either wanted super quirky or gorgeous mean girls. I kind of fell in the middle.” She told her manager she wanted to take a break, possibly for good, to focus on dance, but her manager convinced her to audition for one more role. It was for Disney XD’s Lab Rats, a children’s superhero show created by two writers from That ‘70s Show. The show, which Berglund starred on for five years, proved to be her big break, leading to more roles on the Disney Channel and a movie opposite Dolly Parton in 2016. But with Berglund’s newfound following also came a pressure to be a role model for young viewers. “You want to set a good example as best as you can while still being a teenager who’s figuring out themselves and going through puberty,” Berglund says. “That forced me to grow up a little faster than the rest of my peers.”

Though Berglund doesn’t fault Disney (“You kind of know what you’re signing up for when you start a Disney show”), the experience did lead to some breakdowns. Still, she wouldn’t change anything. “Exhaustion mixed with the spotlight and people leaving mean comments on your Instagram and getting in a fight with your boyfriend when you’re 16 years old, you can imagine that would be hard to handle. I would break down sometimes,” she says. “I grew up on screen. I was 20 years old when the show ended. It’s shaped me into who I am today. It all had to happen for a reason.”

When Lab Rats ended in 2016, after four seasons and a spin-off, Berglund had a moment of shock. “After having a steady job for five years, you kind of panic, like, ‘Oh. I’m back at square one.’ You have to audition for your next job and still pay rent,” she says. Though she was never typecast, Berglund was ready to move on from the good-girl mold she was used to in her teen years. It took her a long time to find that role, but it finally came a year ago when she was cast in Now Apocalypse. The series follows four twentysomethings in Los Angeles, each with their own sexual struggles to explore. Berglund plays Carly, an actress who works as a camgirl on the side. The character is blunt, sarcastic and cool. (In the first episode, she teaches her roommate how to take the perfect Tinder picture. “But why am I wearing a bikini in the living room?” her roommate asks). From the moment, Berglund read the script, she knew she wanted. “She’s myself but amplified times 100,” she says. The only problem: The character was described as a “25-year-old bombshell blonde.” Berglund is a natural brunette, was 23 at the time and the oldest she’d ever played was 19. “Sure enough, I walk into the audition and every girl there is blonde. And I’m like, ‘Oh great. I’m absolutely not going to book this,’” she says. She was wrong, and a few days later, while waiting by her phone at home, she received the call that she booked it.

Despite the mystery around a possible alien invasion, sexuality is at the core of Now Apocalypse. The protagonist is sexually fluid (he describes his position on the Kinsey scale as an “ever-oscillating four”) and two other characters are experimenting with polyamory. “They’re not questioning like, ‘Oh. Is it bad that I’m doing this?’ It’s like, ‘No. This is who I am, and that’s how real life is,’” Berglund says. “I’m tired of seeing people tortured by their sexuality.” Playing a camgirl, Berglund understands the rarity of a female character who’s in control of her sexuality in film. “You see female characters like this die in films. The slut always dies first in a horror movie or the sex worker up in a dumpster somewhere,” Beglund says. “I love that the female characters in the show are so empowered by sex. My character finds confidence through being a camgirl.”

It’s why it wasn’t a difficult decision for Berglund to go nude for the first time on screen. Though she was nervous (“Once that happens on television, it’s out there forever.”), she considered it necessary for the show’s message. “I didn’t want to just do it just to do it. Sexuality is a huge part of the show,” she says. “It shows an inside look at how sex can be imperfect and funny or liberate someone and give them confidence. That outweighed the ‘Oh gosh. But what are people going to think?’ It’s a body. We’re all human.” But perhaps the best lesson Berglund has learned from Carly is to be unapologetic about her life. As a former child star, Berglund still feels pressure to be a role model, even years after her show has ended. “I still have people leaving comments on my Instagram, like ‘Is the show coming back? What happened to Lab Rats?’” Berglund says. “When you start moving forward in your career and start growing as a person, people start to panic. They feel like, because I’m growing up, they’re losing the child-like part of their life.”

It’s something that Berglund has talked about with her Now Apocalypse costar Avan Jogia, who starred in Nickelodeon’s Victorious for four years. For a long time, the pressure made Berglund nitpick everything about her life, from what she posts on Instagram to the outfits she chooses. “I’m guilty of sometimes caring too much about what people think and getting caught up in my head,” Berglund says. “A lot of that came with being a good role model for so many years. I still want to be. But I want to focus on myself and my happiness, and I want do it in my own way.” It’s a lesson Berglund learned from playing Carly, whose “outspoken and unapologetic” way of life has seeped into Berglund’s own. “She’s made me a better person,” Berglund says.

Berglund understands that Now Apocalypse, with its lizardman storyline and over-the-top sex scenes, won’t be for everyone. Still, she hopes people will tune in, even her fans, who grew up watching a very different version of herself on Disney, and learn as much as she did. “I know for a fact that Now Apocalypse is going to get mixed reviews. Naturally, with this show, not everyone is going to love it,” she says. “But I hope people can still learn and grow and still love the character that I played on Lab Rats and love this new character and support that as well and hopefully feel a relationship to her in some way.

Source: Style Caster

American Gods & Now Apocalypse Live Viewing Party At #TwitterHouse in Austin, Texas

American Gods & Now Apocalypse Live Viewing Party At #TwitterHouse in Austin, Texas

Kelli attended the American Gods & Now Apocalypse Live Viewing Party At #TwitterHouse at Lustre Pearl in Austin, Texas on the 10th of March. I’ve added 21 HQ photos of the event to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:

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Young Hollywood Studios in Los Angeles, California

Young Hollywood Studios in Los Angeles, California

Kelli was seen at the Young Hollywood Studios in Los Angeles, California on the 5th of March. I’ve added 8 HQ photos of her to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:

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TOWN&COUNTRY – Kelli Berglund Is the Star of Two of TV’s Buzziest New Shows

TOWN&COUNTRY – Kelli Berglund Is the Star of Two of TV’s Buzziest New Shows

There’s a lot going on in Now Apocalypse, the new series premiering on March 10 on Starz. On the surface, it’s about a group of friends in Los Angeles attempting to find their way through the usual twenty-something tumult of career quandaries and relationship dilemmas, but there’s more bubbling just below the surface—namely aliens, hallucinations, ominous premonitions, just to name a few. Of course, that’s no great surprise if you consider the show is co-written by Karley Sciortino and Gregg Araki (KaboomThe Doom Generation, and 13 Reasons Why), who also directed, and produced by Steven Soderbergh—a trio of creative minds who aren’t strangers to edgy, funny, boundary pushing entertainment.

The series also makes great use of its young stars, including Avan Jogia, Beau Mirchoff, and 23-year-old Kelli Berglund, who plays Carly, a struggling actress in a flailing relationship who finds some semblance of control over her life through an unconventional online presence. It’s not the only place you’ll see her this season; Berglund will also play a young Gwen Verdon in the anticipated FX series Fosse/Verdon, produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Thomas Kail (which premieres April 9). Here, Berglund talks to T&C about the two very different roles.

It might be an understatement to call Now Apocalypse offbeat. What did you think when you first learned about the series?

They sent me all 10 episodes before I even had the job; I think for whoever was going to get this role, they had to show it to them and say, “Are you cool with this?” By episode 10 it gets a bit crazy, and I’ve never done anything like it so reading it was a bit scary, but I loved the character. The show is so unique—it’s shocking in many ways—so I think it’ll also be exciting for people to watch.

How do you even describe it. It’s about friendships and relationships, but it’s also a bit fantastic and has a touch of science fiction.

There’s an exaggeration about it; it definitely touches on stereotypes of Los Angeles, but it’s like a Candyland version.

What’s in store for Carly over the season?

She comes off as being aggressive at first because of the way she dresses and her blunt sense of humor. She’s a struggling actress, which is tearing her apart, and her relationship with her boyfriend isn’t great. People might see her as being really confident and having it together, but she has a lot of insecurities. She finds confidence, though, and applies it to her entire life; she gets a more independent mind set and figures out what she wants. It’s great, because the female characters in this show are the strong ones who know what they want. You don’t see that a lot.

You’re also going to be on Fosse/Verdon, which is about as different as it can get.

I play a 16-year-old in the 1940s; it’s a completely different role. My character is a young Gwen Verdon. I’ve been a dancer my entire life and have known about Bob Fosse since I was 10 years old, so when I got this audition I just knew I had to book the role. They needed a dancer, and I knew I could do that! The show is so beautifully done, I’m so excited to be part of it. Even though my scenes are flashbacks to when Gwen was young, and her story is really intense, it was a great experience.

With these two shows under your belt, is there something you’re hoping to do next that you haven’t been asked about yet?

The last jobs I’ve done have all been so different from each other, which is a good thing. I don’t want to be stuck in one kind of role. I’d love to do something seriously dramatic; I’ve always been good at crying on demand.

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The Hedonist Magazine – Interview With Kelli Berglund | The Path To Peace, Happiness And Joy

The Hedonist Magazine – Interview With Kelli Berglund | The Path To Peace, Happiness And Joy

Happiness is a state of being, an intangible feeling that we all aim to reach and maintain. Many of us are waiting for life events to happen or things to attain to feel good, but true happiness and joy comes from a loving relationship with our inner-self. When we honor the dialogue we have with oneself, we will most likely find our way to true peace and unconditional joy. 

Actress Kelli Berglund who can be seen this spring 2019 as Carly in STARZ’ TV series “Now Apocalypse” says, 

“(…) The more you can have a personal conversation with your mind and think “Why am I doing this? How does this affect me? How does this affect others? What will I get out of this in the end?”, the calmer you’ll feel.”

This inspiring interview will take you on a trip to Kelli’s professional and personal aspirations.


Introduction

Please introduce yourself briefly. Who, in your own words, is Kelli Berglund?

I think I’m still in the process of figuring out that answer! I’m a young, unique individual who finds creativity and inspiration in most things. When I want something, I’m committed to achieving it. However, I don’t always know what I want because life is absolutely unpredictable. I’m a dreamer (and probably a little too reliant on my horoscope… I blame everything on my Aquarius traits), but a realist. The rest of the world would probably know me as Kelli “the actress,” which, to be fair, is true as well.

What was your conscious path of falling in love with acting?

I pursued acting at a very young age, around nine years old. Anything I’ve ever been good at in life is creativity-based and it all began with dance. Which, I’d learn later in life, has creative ties to acting, of course. I loved performing on a stage and entertaining an audience. I was always a very shy girl, but dancing was my total Zen, and it was really the only way to get me out of my shell. A talent agent happened to attend a performance of mine and that’s what kicked everything off. I did many commercials when I was young, which eventually led to real acting roles. I’m a perfectionist, and even to this day, acting presents obstacles constantly. I think that’s why I learned to love it so much. At this point in my life, I get to perform in front of audiences in a whole new way. But over the years, I’ve learned that with challenging yourself comes joy. And there is no limit to how far I can push myself… which makes it fun.

Entertainment Industry

How do you feel that your professional expansion within the entertainment industry is interwoven with your personal growth?

Like I mentioned previously, the acting world is unpredictable and therefore, constantly challenging me. My first major job occurred when I was only 15. I spent the next five years surrounded by adults and ultimately learned to be one. I grew up much faster than most teens, which came with its advantages and disadvantages. It could feel isolating, confusing, but powerful in a sense. I’m so thankful for the perspective I was given at such a young age. I’ve toughened up over the years, that’s for sure! Not only do you learn to accept “no” as an answer most of the time from casting directors you hope recognize your talents, but you learn (not always perfectly) how to deal with a life broadcasted to millions… and all the hate and toxic comments being thrown in your face. I’m at a point in my life where I’ve evolved with each new role I take on, each new relationship in my personal life, and each lesson I’ve learned in the past 23 years of living. I have intention behind everything I’m doing, and I have no problem explaining why I do the things I do.

How do you bring diverse characters to life while staying authentic to yourself?

Funny enough, most roles I’ve played as an actress have been very… me. All different levels of me. Therefore, it’s easy to feel connected to these roles. One of the most major parts of acting is the literal “playing pretend” part– acting like something you’re not and being able to convince people it’s real. I feel like there’s a stigma behind the whole “staying true to you” aspect. For me, the number one rule is that as long as you’re comfortable with the work you’re doing, it’s SO okay to not really feel like yourself! The satisfaction of pulling off a role that has a completely different backstory and path of life than you is fulfilling.

Acting

This spring 2019, you will star as Carly in STARZ’ 10-episode comedy TV series “Now Apocalypse.” How is the title of the series reflected in its narrative?

No words could truly capture the entire essence of this show… it’s insane. But I will say that in true Gregg Araki fashion, it’s vibrant, psychedelic and abstract in the best way. The “Apocalypse” part is related pretty directly to Uly’s (Avan Jogia) apocalyptic visions and conspiracy theories consuming his life. But perhaps it’s also a metaphor for the destruction Los Angeles lifestyle can have on a person.

As human beings, we all have our own perspective in life. How does Carly shape her own experiences in the series?

I think at first, you notice life is sort of just happening to Carly. Inevitably, Carly is the type of girl who is absolutely going to be the one making life happen in the end. She’s outspoken and easily annoyed when life gets a little too dull for her liking. Much of the series is a path to self-discovery in an unconventional way. Her confidence in being a cam girl transfers over to the rest of her life, and she ends up learning what she really wants with the help of some whips and handcuffs.

Carly is a wannabe actress. What is the deeper meaning of her wanting to become famous?

Acting was probably something Carly got into to validate her reason of existing in Los Angeles. And she’s failed pretty miserably at it. What’s funny is that she’s actually pretty good, but the city is chewing her up and spitting her back out over and over again. Part of her wanting to become famous is definitely skin deep… she’d love to throw it in everybody’s face that told her it wasn’t possible. Part of it is knowing she does have actual talent and wants the world to see it. And I think the last part of it is knowing if she became famous, she could shed her old skin and all of its baggage and adopt a whole new life. It’s a valid reason that would be the cherry on top.

How do Carly’s plans affect her relationship with the rest of the group, i.e. her three friends Ford, Ulysses, and Severine?

Carly’s plans are her plans, and everyone else should probably just get out of the way. She doesn’t have much of a relationship with Ford and Severine, other than through Uly. Carly is Uly’s advice guru, and in return, Uly is pretty supportive of whatever weird choice Carly decides to make. They have a beautifully charming brother-sister relationship.

How does the group of four friends connect and influence each other?

I think there’s one episode the entire season where you see the four of us in the same room. The storylines are pretty separate throughout each episode, but it’s a fun moment seeing everyone’s personality come together. There’s a scene where it’s glaringly obvious that Carly and Severine are literal opposites, but eerily similar. The women in this show are the strong ones who dominate their relationships.. while the men are overly paranoid and worried they’re not serving their purpose. We intimidate them, but they expose us to our soft side. The four of us are the epitome of different types of love languages.

How much fun was it to portray someone wanting to be an actress by someone who is already a working actress?

One of the first things I said when I found out Carly was a wannabe actress was “I can relate!” Let’s not get it twisted… sometimes when you’re in between jobs as an actress you think… “oh god, no one wants to book me, am I a wannabe?” Most actors in LA have had this thought run through their brain, which is a huge reason I love this show. It’s a nod to SO many people who have dealt with this struggle. We’ve all been there! LA sucks sometimes. So, playing a struggling actress is amusing, because low-key in six months I’ll probably have one of those panic moments where I question if I’m good enough.

You are also an accomplished dancer. How does it feel to bring the young iconic dancer and actress Gwen Verdon to life in the upcoming Bob Fosse/Gwen Verdon series?

It’s unreal. It’s really a dream come true. Most people don’t understand the importance of Fosse, but if you grew up as a dancer, you’d remember being ten years old and having your dance teacher explain to you how iconic Fosse was. I was lucky enough to do a bit of dancing in this project… and not just as any dancer, but as Gwen Verdon. From what I’ve seen so far, this series is going to be incredible and so important to anyone in the entertainment business.

As a dancer, how does the musicality and being in sync with your body add to the dynamic of the movement related to the characters you play?

Acting is very physical and definitely involves choreography– natural, organic choreography. The way the lines and your actions intertwine with themselves and the other actors is a dance. Your facial expressions, your hands, your posture… you can speak volumes without ever saying a word.

Life

How do you embrace the intimate experience of the existence which we call life?

I take each day as it comes. I try to do something stimulating to the brain at least once a day… getting to a new part of town, starting a new book, binging a series, calling up an old friend. I’ve learned to focus a lot on my mind and well-being. It’s okay to have alone time, especially when you’re more socially introverted like me. On the flip side, I think it’s so beneficial to take risks because really, it doesn’t matter. You’ll never please everyone and you’re allowed to make mistakes, so why not just live life unapologetically to the fullest?

What is your definition of beauty and style, and what meaning do they have in your life?

Beauty is found in everything. I think style can be misconstrued as a weird social acceptance scheme. We as a society can get in a habit of mindlessly following a trend or trying to prove to the rest of the world we matter because we’re “stylish” or the norm definition of “beauty.” Everyone’s definition of beauty and feeling beautiful is different. I could never put an umbrella over that. To me, a person that radiates confidence and happiness in the face of negativity and incompetence is so beautiful. I’m learning to be that person. I’m guilty of caring about my appearance a little too much sometimes. But if you can have the conversation with yourself and look in the mirror and see you for you, you’ll believe it.

Looking back at 2018: Who would you like to thank and why?

Without sounding selfish, I’d thank myself first and foremost for working hard and staying dedicated to my craft. I’d also like to thank myself for trying to improve my relationships with others, even if it’s two steps forward, one step back. It’s progress. Which leads me to thank the people close to me who are so loving and understand what a process life can be. I’d really love to thank the new people in the acting AND music community I met in 2018. Artists can be so inspiring in such different ways. And finally, my cat. Keep being an angel.

How can young talents positively impact their fans and followers through social media channels?

Stay authentic. You’ll feel so much better about yourself. Facades get old, and it will inspire your audience to be true to themselves. Communicating with fans on a personal level can be so wonderful, whether it’s through Twitter, Instagram, etc. Don’t forget you’re never too good for your fans– they’re the reason you are who you are. They are a treasure!

Good Soul

You have worked with the Audrey Hepburn CARES Team in association with the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. What specific humanitarian work do they do related to suspected victims of child abuse, how have you become involved and grown as a person by being involved, and why is this organization close to your heart?

I became involved with the CARES Team many years ago, and the people who are the backbone of the organization are angels. Not only do they work to prevent child abuse, but they take the steps necessary to help a child through the entire process of treatment, the legal action needed, and the therapy and psychiatric services they might endure afterward. Meeting these children has been the most humbling experience I have ever had. The doctors at the hospital are the true heroes, but I try to do whatever I can to put a smile on a patient’s face. Child abuse is so wrong and so overlooked at times. I’m so glad that I’ve brought awareness in even the slightest way.

Close Up

The spirit of The Hedonist Magazine is “The Essence of Joyful Living.” How does Joy during the creative process affect your own experience and in consequence the final manifestation of your actions?

If you’re not happy with what you’re doing, why do it? There are effort and exhaustion involved in most things in life, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be joyful. It’s so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of it all and feel like you need to break down. The more you can have a personal conversation with your mind and think “Why am I doing this? How does this affect me? How does this affect others? What will I get out of this in the end?”, the calmer you’ll feel.

When you hear: “You can be, do and have anything you want,” words by Abraham Hicks. What is your take on such a statement?

It’s true. Make it happen.

Source: The Hedonist Magazine

Entertainment Weekly + Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Saints & Sinners’ Party At SXSW in Austin, Texas

Entertainment Weekly + Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Saints & Sinners’ Party At SXSW in Austin, Texas

Kelli attended the Entertainment Weekly + Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Saints & Sinners’ Party At SXSW in Austin, Texas on the 9th of March. I’ve added 5 HQ photos of her to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:

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STARZ American Gods ‘House of the Gods’ intimate experience at SXSW in Austin, Texas

STARZ American Gods ‘House of the Gods’ intimate experience at SXSW in Austin, Texas

Kelli attended the STARZ American Gods ‘House of the Gods’ intimate experience at SXSW in Austin, Texas on the 9th of March. I’ve added 2 HQ photos of her to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:

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BUILD Series in New York City

BUILD Series in New York City

Kelli was seen at the BUILD Series in New York City on the 1st of March. I’ve added 17 HQ photos of the event to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:

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Gregg Araki, Karley Sciortino, Avan Jogia & Kelli Berglund On Their STARZ Series, “Now Apocalypse”