and now a brief break from our regularly scheduled punk-rockness for an old navy ad
Sometimes I surprise even myself with my ability to dress (on the surface)
like an average friendly + pleasant member of society. There's little giveaways everywhere though.
My bracelet still says "you can't sit with us",
my jeans are moto,
and my sneakers are leopard print pony hair.
You can put the Justina in fall commercial wear,
but it's still Justina.
you really shouldn't expect much of my analogy remixes at this point.
This is also the last outfit you will see from 16 year old Justina, because I will be 17 year old Justina in two days, and everything is going to change. I'm just kidding, I don't even know what "everything" is.
I do know that it rained for the first time in forever today for like 2.5 seconds,
and that basically means it's now winter in California. We all need to break out our three quarter sleeves, because it's about to be a chilly 79 degrees for the next three months.
were there to promote their new FOX show Red Band Society.
After I bully-er, convinced Charlie to refollow me on twitter,
we managed to get in a good chat about the show.
Then I got to continue that with Nolan, who plays Jordi, one of the main characters.
So tell me about Jordi Palacios.
Well actually, first tell me if I'm pronouncing that properly.
It's Jor-di Pa-LA-ci-os, or if you're saying it in Spanish it's a little different.
Okay, I will change that, since I think I've been spelling it wrong this whole time.
Hahahah, well, Jordi is American born, but after his mom dies, and having never really known his dad, he goes to live with his Abuela in Mexico. He's then diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, which is a cancerous bone tumor. His personality is really determined and motivated, which causes him to, you know, make the best of his situation. He does some research and finds the best doctor he can, to get treatment on his leg and ultimately live a normal life.
That's obviously a lot of backround on a character. Was there anything specific you had to do to get into that mindset? Did you have to learn Spanish?
Well I'm actually of Cuban- and Spanish- decent, so I actually already did speak Spanish, but I think for the most part, it was a matter of me really wanting to get the story straight, in my head. So I asked a lot of questions, especially from the writers, who could tell me a lot about Jordi's past, and I could then visualize that. I wanted to fill out every detail, and have a clear vision of who he is in my mind.
This show obviously deals with some Really Heavy Subject Matter. Was a specific part of that particularly grueling for you?
Well, I think the most obvious answer would be that I can't relate, myself, to having cancer. But I did have the opportunity to meet some kids who were going through some really difficult situations in different hospitals on the Red Band Tour. I think that provided me with the grounds of that seriousness that it's tempting to play when there's cancer involved, because of the heaviness of it, but kids just want to be kids. Even if you're in a tough situation, you're going to deal with it, and make the best of your situation.
I remember you guys telling me at the TCA's that Red Band Society isn't about the hospital, it's about the kids.
Yea, exactly. It's just like any other show, it's about the people in it, whether it takes place in a police station, or in a school. This happens to take place in a hospital.
Well you may have just covered it, but if there was one thing you'd want people to know about this show that may not be immediately obvious to them, what would it be?
Red Band Society is not..yeah, Red Band Society is not a show about kids in their hospital beds. It's about teenagers growing up, and going through the normal strife of being a misunderstood teenager. Our backdrop just happens to be this hospital.
The hospital isn't the point.
I mean obviously there's a reason we're there, because we're sick, and that's part of who we are, so that comes up. But it's doesn't matter where you are, as a teenager you're always going to want to live life and experience everything you can. I think that's what everyone's doing. At least in my experience.
I think you're right. Now that the hard-hitting journalism questions are out of the way, lets talk some lighter stuff. What's your favorite part of the pilot episode?
I think my favorite part is when Leo (Charlie Rowe) talks to Charlie (Griffin Gluck)
and gives him his red band.
So that's the Symbolic Moment.
It's a really touching scene, and he says this simple line to him, but it's emotional, and Charlie being the incredibly talented actor that he is makes it all the better. That's definitely my favorite.
If you could play any other character on the show, who would it be?
If I could play any other....hmm. A doctor? That'd be cool.
Or is it Dash? Maybe Dash, because Dash is badass.
That is true. That is very true.
That's a hard one. Actually I think I'm going to go with Dr. McAndrews, just because he's - just from an actor's perspective - he's torn between two sides, and Dave does it so amazingly, I just want to see if I can do that.
In nearly the same thought, the show is often described as "The Breakfast Club, set in a hospital". If you could be any Breakfast Club character, who would you choose?
Man, that's a tough one. Is it like...who I would be, or who I think it'd be fun to play?
Pick either. There's a wide open question right there.
Hmmmm *sounds of deep thinking* I think it's - is it Brian? I could be completely off. In a class, I actually did a scene, from The Breakfast Club, and I can't remember what it is, but it was funny.
Hahahaha, okay, hang on, I have a list here, and Brian is The Brain.
You were super close.
Haha, yeah, that's who I'd want to play.
Speaking of your cast (well I was thinking about them), the premise of the show is you guys sort of coming together and becoming a family, and as a cast, you seem to have a lot of fun together. What do you guys do in your "time off"?
I think for me, well, for the guys, we just play video games. But then you know, when the girls are involved, we try to, you know, we play board games and go to concerts and stuff, but that's about the extent of what we do for fun. Otherwise we're just eating.
Dude, food. I mean, last night when I was writing these questions for you, the entire first draft involved food.
Indeed. Oh, and now here's a good one: what's your favorite moment from filming/hanging out on set, from..whenever. Any point, as long as it doesn't spoil anything.
Alright, well the most recent one was actually yesterday, and it was all thanks to little Griffin. I guess Dave and Rebecca were on set shooting, along with Octavia. Charlie, Zoe, Dave's wife, and I were all playing a board game in Dave's dressing room. All of a sudden, the trash can, the little small one in the hallway outside the door, just falls over. We're like "What? What was that?" and I think it was Charlie who walked over, and right when he gets to the doorframe, Griffin SCREAMS and jumps out at him. For some reason it was just ridiculously funny.
It's always the unexpected that's gonna get you. In your other life, besides RBS, you're pretty involved in music. If you were going to make a three song playlist to sum up the show, emotions, characters, anything, what would you put on it?
Ummmmmm. Trying to think, trying to think...I feel like I don't even know three songs now. Okay, here goes:
1. Free Falling - John Mayer
2. Stay With Me - Sam Smith
3....what's a cool up beat song?
I don't know, I can't think of a single song.
I know, all I can think of right now is like, food.
That might be slightly my fault.
A little. Joking. Okay, I think our like, theme song, should be "Come on Eileen". It doesn't really fit the show, but that's what we listen to when we're getting pumped up, so I'm gonna go with it.
Charlie and I jam out to that song.
Got it. Playlist achieved. Okay, Lightning round questions, here we go.
Do you have a different favorite food when you're filming?
Whatever my favorite food is at the moment.
Favorite song to get ready to in the morning?
..........I don't listen to music when I get dressed.
Yeah, that's like...distracting. It would take me forever to get dressed!
You know, that would explain a lot about how long it takes me to get ready in the morning.
Okay, last one: You said in an interview once that you would shave your hair off like Charlie did. Do you still stand by that?
Yeah! I was supposed to actually, but they changed it.
Was that disappointing?
It's wasn't disappointing, I mean, I don't mind my hair, but you know, you gotta worry about it!
If you shave it, you don't have to.
Trust me, I feel that more that you could possibly know. But I feel like a lot of your fans would be really sad if you shaved off your hair.
Come on, I promise it'd still be me guys!
Hahah I suppose that is true. Parting words: is there anything else you'd like everyone to know about you, your show, your cast, food. It's wide open for you.
I guess..in the first two episodes, I get to play two songs that I wrote, so I'm going to try to release those soon, not by the first week, but maybe by like the third or fourth week of the show. As far as Red Band Society goes, I'm just really excited for everyone to see it. I think we're doing #RedBandSociety, and we're going to livetweet the premiere..you should live tweet with us.
Already planning on it.
Red Band Society premieres this Wednesday, September 17th at 9pm PT/ET on FOX. You can follow the show on twitter at @RedBandSociety, and Nolan at @Nolan_Sotillo.
denim c.o dstld | shirt: ralph lauren | boots: dr martens via asos | backpack c.o sunny dushanka
nail varnish: claires | flannel: vintage
and yet another outfit in a series of me trying to prove my soft grunge punk rock-ness to my mum
I could write a whole blog post just about these dstld. jeans and my love for them.
If fact, I will. So for now I will just tell you that I have managed to successfully wear them every day for a week and see no reason to stop now. They're actually overdyed indigo, not black,
but that's for another post.
I've discovered that flannels are a much better alternative to hoodies
and don't make me look like a complete hobo.
At least that's what I like to think, let me have my hopes okay
The only reason I have managed to pull off wearing this outfit in what is basically still the middle of summer here is because everyone seems to think they can stave off fall by BLASTING their air conditioning. It'll be 90 outside and -984375438 inside. Winter is coming.
Also, I know I have the most freakishly long fingers ever, but the perk of that is having really long nails as well which I can paint any color I so choose,
even if it horrifies my grandmother.
if you didn't follow along with my day at instagram
all photos taken with an instax mini 8 on instax film, courtesy of fujifilm
wow that's a lot of photos,
and this is just a summer-y summary
hahaha a summer-y summary
see what I did there
At the beginning of summer,
I decided to consciously document the months in Instax photos.
So I packed up my little camera and took it on all of my adventures.
You'd be surprised how heavy that thing gets after a couple hour.
These are just a few of the hundreds of photos I took, each a special little moment that I get to keep forever. I keep them all up on my wall and love that by looking at them, I can automatically remember exactly who I was with, what we were talking about,
and what I was eating.
From the top:
a. The California State Fair.
I ate way too many Bavarian Almonds, talked about 4-H to every human who walked by me, learned how to properly program a robot to walk the thin line, and then conquered my fear of Poppy The Bear (State Fair Mascot) and HUGGED him.
b. Paul Smith.
I can't get over this building. It's so pink. The walls are so massive. Sallie took this photo of me taking photos of it.
c. The Tower Theatre.
You know the story behind this one. My mum and I got yelled at for taking it but 500% worth it.
d. Alfreds Coffee.
I love this place so much and it was made even better by the company of my main bae Sallie. My drink order hasn't changed.
e. Portos' Cafe,
with the aforementioned bae.
GET THE PINA COLADA SMOOTHIE. Just do it. Thank me later.
Also saw, selfied, and had a lovely conversation regarding overalls
and red carpets with Greer Grammer.
f. The Santa Cruz Boardwalk.
People pile on the sidewalk with my favorites at the 2014 California 4-H State Leadership conference at approx. 11pm. We're the best dressed hobos in town.
g. Beverly Hills.
(duh) With all my trips to LA, I had never seen this iconic sign. It was everything I wanted it to be, and I met two of the most glammed out humans I have ever see, who were wonderfully French.
h. The Griffiths Observatory.
Not really the best place to take chances with gravity, but what a beautiful view. This is the very best place in LA to explore European languages, because there are more Europeans there than in Europe.
i. Beverly Hills.
Again. PALM TREES. PALM TREES EVERYWHERE.
j. Santa Cruz Boardwalk.
Believe it or not, this was my first time ever, and I decided to do everything. I got on the sketchiest rollercoaster I saw (cried off my eyeliner - totally worth it), ate bavarian almonds again (still freakishly good, still not a great idea), nearly lost a Doc on the chair lift,
and laser tagged the people I love.
Summer is nearly done
and winter is coming
(or whatever version of it we get in california)
but thankfully, Instax photos aren't limited to sunshine.
How do you capture your moments?
ps. speaking of capturing moments:
I'M GOING TO INSTAGRAM TODAY TO SEE THE GREAT AND WONDERFUL LIZ.
Today as in Monday.
If it is not Monday,
you are late.
Follow along on (what else) instagram (abentpieceofwire) to keep up with my adventure!
spoiler alert: they're siblings and their names all start with R.
Last week I got to talk with R5's sole female member, sister Rydel (Yes, the very one mentioned in that infamous shower singing question) about EP's, tambourines, tour, and cheeseburgers.
J: You guys are going on tour!
R: We are! Today is actually the last day of rehearsal, we're just working out positions, getting everything tight.
Whats the best part of rehearsing, for you?
I think the best part, for all of us, is figuring out new things to do. We don't want it to always be the same, and we don't want to perform the songs exactly as they are on the record, we want to mix it up. Ellington adds scales, maybe I'll do a cool keyboard part, I don't know, just add as much as we can to surprise people, like "Oh, I haven't heard that before!" A new experience.
Well is there anything special we can expect from the show?
You can expect a lot of loud, excited energetic-ness from us. Going on tour is our favorite part, so we put a lot into it. You're going to hear new songs, like our EP Heart Made Up On You, which we've never played live, and what's else..oh, I got a new tambourine!
That is VERY exciting.
It is important. I tied some little streamers to it, it's very fancy.
You have the tambourine, you can do anything!
I know, like that's my instrument right there.
Speaking of the EP, in an interview, one of your brothers said this was totally different than anything else you've done, really a new sound. Do you agree with that? How would you describe the sound?
Yeah, I agree! It's definitely a new take on R5, we've grown up a lot in the last year. We've become better writers, better musicians, so that makes a huge difference. I guess you could say it's a little more mature, I think it's cooler. But I do love the last record. You could say it's a step up. Hopefully we do that with every album though, each one getting better than the one before it, you know? We just keep climbing the ladder.
Yeah, it's a new game. How would you describe the sound of the EP and what you guys are going to be doing on tour to someone who's never heard your music?
Well it has the same R5 roots, sort of punk rock. Then there are a few songs that are a little darker, and we have more percussion. There's a lot more drum aspect, and I actually get to help Ellington play drums live, which is cool, I have this whole pad. So just a lot more drums, I like to think of it as jungle-y.
I understand you completely.
What's your favorite song off the EP to perform, and favorite to listen to?
to listen to is Easy Love, it's a super sick vibe, and at the very end
we did this special thing for the fans to laugh at. We haven't
performed it live yet, but my favorite to perform is Stay with Me, in
the rehearsals we were really jamming on it and it sounds so cool.
Does the band have a dressing style that goes with that when you're on tour, or is it more like "Hey dude I like this, I'm going to wear it today"?
Well with the boys it's definitely more "hey I like this". They just throw on something, it's chill, and it looks great. They're like that, they can just be cool. I put a little more time into it, picking out my jewelry, what shoes I'm going to wear. The boys wear the same converse every night. Sometimes I wear dresses, and I'm feeling really girly, other times I'm feeling extra rocker, and it's jeans and a vintage t-shirt. It varies night to night, which is fun for me, because I get to change it up.
If you could tell everyone something about the band that they probably don't know,
what would you tell them?
Something people probably don't know about us is how involved we are in the whole process. We get to plan our own show, I'm a lot of the creative side. I pretty much design all the merch. I come up with the stuff we need, like "okay we need beanies, we need new shirts". I'm really involved in that part. The EP cover was on me. A lot of people don't know that, because with a lot of artists, other people can do that for them, but we like to be very much involved.
On your last tour, you guys did R5 TV.
Are you going to be doing any behind the scenes stuff this tour?
We were actually talking about that the other day, and we're going to try and put together like a tour diary, especially for the fans who are over seas, where we aren't getting to them this time around. That way they can keep up with what's going on while we're on the road. Hopefully a lot of fun vines will be going on, we're sort of newbies at that, but we're working on it.
What's a typical day in the life of Rydel?
Okay, an average day for me is I wake up, make the boys breakfast, or me and my mom, she's not here right now, so I'm doing it myself. If rehearsal isn't too early, I try and go to yoga or on a walk or something. I've been slacking on the yoga, but usually I can make it. Then we go to rehearsals right away, and rehearse all day. Then if we have a writing session or a recording session, we go straight to that. When we get home, I'll try to make dinner or we just order out, and we watch a movie, go to sleep, then do it all over again.
Sounds like a good day to me! Any funny stories from today or yesterday?
Yes, actually! So we've been doing these "Ask R5" on our vine, yesterday was Ratliff's turn, and someone asked him if he could like do a leapfrog jump over Rocky, and in the vine (you can look it up,) he's like "I don't know, you tell me" and he shows a rock and his car key. Rock + key = rocky, and then he's jumps over it. For some reason, I thought that was the funniest, cleverest thing ever. I was
laughing SO hard.
Just keep up the puns, and you guys will have a solid vine following in no time.
Now, last but not least: one word to describe every member of the band?
I get to do my own? Sweet, okay.
Riker - Silly
Rocky - Hilarious
Ross - Creative
Do I have to do myself?
Solid choice. Also, I'm just noticing on your twitter bio that you like food. What's your favorite?
Right now, I'm actually really enjoying sushi. I used to not like it, but lately we've been eating it a lot. Also, a solid cheeseburger, with the works.
R5's tour kicks off in Orlando on Sept. 3rd (there's still a couple of tickets for loads of stops!), '
and their EP, Heart Made Up On You is available now on iTunes.