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I’ve added to the gallery 14 medium quality pictures of Elizabeth Gillies attending the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Press Conference for “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” which was held on July 13th in Beverly Hills.
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Elizabeth Gillies was seen leaving her hotel for the premiere of “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” which took place yesterday in New York City. I’ve added 29 high quality pictures to our gallery.
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Yesterday was the series premiere for “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” in New York City and of course the whole cast attended the event. So far I’ve added 23 high quality pictures to our gallery but stay tuned for more to come as soon as they come in!
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“People like to put eyeliner on me—I don’t know why,” observes Avan Jogia whose thick, brooding brows and deep gaze make the answer to that puzzle pretty clear. The 23-year-old’s latest brush with kohl will be on display beginning July 19th on Spike’s miniseries “Tut,” in which the actor plays the titular pharaoh. Beginning just before the untimely death of his reigning father when he is 9, the show follows the iconic king’s struggle to maintain his power amidst mass civil violence and an oppressive religious movement.
“He’s a deeply sensitive person who has never been comfortable with the way his particularly myopic version of society is run,” explains Jogia of his character, for whom he lost ten pounds and trained in sword fighting and archery, doing almost all of his own stunts. “He’s not a warrior. He does things because of his will and determination to be remembered by time.”
“Tut” pairs Jogia with his acting idol Sir Ben Kinglsey—who plays the king’s vizier Ay—but as a child growing up in Vancouver, he was more inspired by a less likely thespian: Tim Curry as Long John Silver in the movie “Muppet Treasure Island.”
“He was just so committed to that character. If you go back and watch it, it’s emotional,” insists Jogia, without a trace of irony. “I would like to say it was ‘Panic in Needle Park’ with Al Pacino, but you’d know I was lying if I said I watched that at nine.”
Jogia landed an agent in his teens and at 15 had a supporting part in “A Girl Like Me: the Gwen Araujo Story.” He dropped out of high school at 16 to pursue acting full-time, first at home and later in Los Angeles. At 17, he landed a recurring role on the blockbuster Nickelodeon series “Victorious,” and when that ended quickly segued to the lead, a suspected teenaged serial killer, on the dark ABC Family melodrama “Twisted.”
The past couple of years have been filled with more grown up projects. He has four indie films in the pipeline, including this summer’s “Ten Thousand Saints,” opposite Hailee Steinfeld; “I Am Michael” with James Franco; and “Shangri-La Suite,” in which he plays Teijo Littlefoot, a circa 1970s gender fluid woman. He has also written and directed his first short “Dogs and Men,” which he cryptically describes as a “meditation on desperation.” It is resume that might suggest a compulsive need to know the source of his next paycheck. But, in fact, the actor has an almost unnervingly calm approach to his famously fickle industry. “There’s this incredibly negative expectation that one must always have work as an actor to validate the fact that you are an actor. I don’t agree with that,” says Jogia, who also paints and writes. “There could be three years where they don’t make a film that I’m right for. I always keep my phone on, but the idea of waiting by the phone is just the worst thing you can do creatively.”
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Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll is a long way from what Elizabeth Gillies was doing a few years ago. The 21-year-old actress grew up on Nickelodeon, appearing on shows like Victorious and iCarly. Now she’s facing off with a drug-addled, rock star-coiffed Denis Leary on an FX series that is both hilarious and remarkably uncouth (the show premieres Thursday night). Gillies plays Gigi, the long-lost daughter of Leary’s washed-up rocker who hopes to follow in his musical footsteps. The actress sings, swears, and generally fulfills a lot of rock ‘n’ roll fantasies, which it turns out she’s been harboring herself. We spoke to Gillies about working with Leary, ’70s rock, and her bikini-clad role in the upcoming Vacation movie.
How did you get cast on Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll?
It started like any other thing where I was sent the script. But when I was reading it, my jaw dropped to the floor because I was stunned at how perfect it would be if I were to get it. It was everything I could have asked for in a show. I made my [audition] tape and sent it in and they liked it so I had a chemistry read with Denis. We got off pretty well and I sang for him and the rest was history.
Were you looking for a role that would allow you to sing?
Yeah, it was almost as if I was waiting for this. It’s such a rare thing that this kind of show even happens. But every show I’ve done, I’ve gotten the chance to sing because that’s where I started. That’s really important to me. The fact that this let me sing and it was original music and it was rock music—it kept getting better and better. I was highly determined to get it. My character is a really tough broad and I thought that was very cool. It was fun for me to play somebody that strong.
When you come off a teen show, is there a strong urge to do something more hard-edged?
Yeah, of course. I am myself a little bit crass and edgy so this feels really good to be doing. People who know me know I’ve had the mind of a 40-year-old since I was about 13. Any time my age can go up as far as acting, I’m happy. I’m happy I’m not playing 17 anymore, that’s for sure. This feels right for me at this point in my career. And I’m lucky I get to do it this soon. Usually there’s some middle step between Nickelodeon and straight-up adult TV.
I mean, the characters on the show talk about your boobs constantly.
I know! I feel so bad because my parents want to have this viewing party with all of my family members. They’re inviting some conservative family members over. I just don’t think anyone has any idea the content of the show. I’m like, “This is going to be very embarrassing for me if everyone comes over and we do this.” But putting that aside, it’s fun. And everyone on the show is so funny. They’re comedians. It’s rough—it’s a rough kind of humor and there’s a lot of bad language. But it’s so fun. It’s real and it’s gritty and it’s raw. We’ll see how the kids and the parents react.
Are you worried about that?
A lot of people come from Nickelodeon and when they’re perceived as a sweeter kind of character, it’s hard. I played a goth bitch on Victorious so it’s not as much of a shocking transition for me. I never put on a façade. I was always being myself. So this feels normal to all my fans who have stuck with me and are my age now. But a lot of people who come from teen TV feel like they have to apologize publicly on Twitter or something. For me, it’s an art form at the end of the day. I don’t think it should freak people out too much.
The show includes a lot of rock history. Is that something you’re actually into?
I am. My interest is a little different than Denis’. Our tastes in rock and roll are slightly different so I learned a lot as far as the New York bands. His character goes off on a lot of bands and a lot of band trivia. I always loved ’70s Woodstock rock and roll, which he does not—he’s very clear about that. It was good for me to learn about this harder side of rock and roll. He educates me. He’s very well-versed.
What’s the best band you discovered?
You know, Joan Jett was on the show. I was obviously a fan of Joan Jett—everyone is because she’s so badass and talented and amazing. But I wanted to refresh and look into it more so I was listening to a lot of the Runaways and the Blackhearts. I have such an appreciation for that music now.
After shooting this show, do you have a sense of whether it’s true that musicians need to be drunk or high to create good art?
We talked about this a lot. Denis and I had this conversation onset. He goes on a rant in an episode where he compares certain artists drunk and certain artists sober and what they made. But I don’t know. I never was that person. I never felt the need to do any of that in order to create. I was always actually scared it would hinder my brain and turn it off and make it less valuable. It’s different for every person. I don’t think the Beatles would have written a lot of that record had they not been high on LSD. It would have come out very differently. It’s not the route I would take. But I guess I’m a little bit of a pussy at the end of the day when it comes to drugs.
Did you have to worry about being a “good girl” when you were on a Nickelodeon show?
In the public eye, for sure. But not in life. We were a very fun cast and we were kind of the rebels of Nickelodeon. We were older, too. But I don’t go out and I don’t really do anything bad. The worst thing I do is curse. But yeah, there’s a closer eye on you. People are looking to tear you down if you have a persona and you go against that. That would have been problematic if I was more of a party girl. I hope my future daughter has more fun than I did as a teenager. I just wasted all that time. I should have been a little sluttier and a little crazier.
You’re still young. There’s time.
I can still turn it all around!
Did Denis give you any good advice while making the show?
The best advice he ever gave me was to trust my instincts and not think. I was always very focused on how I looked or how I was coming off or how my voice sounded. I was outside my body looking at myself as opposed to just being in the moment. He told me the best things come when you just let go. Sometimes I’ll watch it back and I won’t like how I look or how I said something, but I see that it’s so in the moment and so honest that it’s cooler and it’s better. He has so much wisdom. He’s kind of genius actually.
Is that his real hair on the show?
It is! Isn’t that amazing? I asked that day one. It’s incredible. I hope to have that much hair when I’m his age.
You’re also in the new Vacation movie.
I am! I’m one of the stops along the way to Walley World. It’s a very funny scene. I’m in a bikini. I can’t give away too much. It came up out of nowhere and they cast me really quickly. I had to be in Atlanta, where they were shooting, immediately. I had just been on hiatus so I was eating and chilling out and then they told me I had to be in a bikini in like two weeks. I dropped the doughnut I was eating and did a power workout for a week. I think I got away with it.
So you’re saying actors just sit around and eat in their off-time?
That’s what I do. Other actors probably work out and try to get more jobs. I sound like a fat squirrel. That’s not a good quote. I swear I do other things!
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