Category - Spotlight

This Is Us’ Mackenize Hancsicak 

Mackenize Hancsicak plays the youngest version of Kate on the NBC’s This is US.. She gives insight on her role and what she brings to the character.

ATM: How was growing up as a child before becoming an actress?

MH: Well, I was just going to public school when I signed with an agent. I was in a two-week summer acting camp when I got a call to come in for an audition for This is Us. I didn’t know anything other than that I looked like one of the other cast members. I went on the audition, had a couple of call backs, and the rest is history.

ATM: Why do you just stop with the describing your experience on the show with the word “amazing?” Go further with explaining.

MH: Well it’s just that, amazing. I never had any idea when I went on that first audition what the show was. To be a part of something that is a number one show and be nominated for all of these awards is just amazing. I am so lucky and fortunate that I get to work with these amazing actors and learn from them. I have learned so much. I am truly lucky.

ATM: What is the self-esteem of your character Kate?

MH: For Young Kate, I think her self-esteem is something that she beginning to understand. I think she is trying to figure out what that is and what that means. In the pool episode back in Season one, she is kind of bullied by mean girls and her dad tells her that she is beautiful. So, I think for her, it’s about remembering haters are always going to hate, but to not to listen to them and make sure to think about what’s important and be true to yourself.

ATM: How does your mother inspire you to keep going when you feel like giving up?

MH: I try not to think about life like that, but there are some days just like everyone, where you don’t want to do what you are supposed to. It’s hard because I have to do a lot of different things like be on set and all of my homework, school, and after school activities. My mom always tells me that people are counting on me. I like to be a role model for kids and fans of the show. At the end of the day I am lucky, and I am grateful for everything that I get to do and for having a mom that is always there for me.

ATM: What has your mother taught you about being a young woman working in television?

MH: My mom has taught me to make sure I get enough sleep, to be on set on time, know your lines, and be respectful. Milo and Mandy have been in this business since they were kids. If you want to be in this business for as long as they have, you need to treat people with kindness. My mom always says it’s important to treat people how you want to be treated and hopefully you get to be in this business a long time.

ATM: What do you feel you bring to the set of This Is Us that no one else in your role can bring?

MH: When the agent sent over a picture of Chrissy, I felt like I looked like her. I started on the show at 8-years-old. I am a kid and I am still learning. So, playing young Kate, we are growing together, we are learning about life together. I bring my honesty, innocence, and hope to her.

ATM: What are your hobbies outside of acting?

MH: Oh, I have so many! I am a Girl Scout and I just bridged to Cadet. I love spending time building Lego sets with my dad. When I am not doing those sets, I am making and playing with Slime. Over the summer, I also volunteered with our local shelter because I love animals and helping them find homes. I am a big lover of the theater. I am constantly singing. It would be a dream of mine to be in a play.


A Little About Pablo Escobar

Ricardo Niño plays in the film Loving Pablo that’s about the life and times of Pablo Escobar, who was one of the wealthiest people in the world. We get see the loving side and ruthless side to Escobar. Niño gives his take on the film.

ATM: How would you describe Pablo Escobar?

RN: As a Colombian, he was a person that did really bad stuff. He really messed up our country’s representation. A lot of people see him as a hero. He did a lot of stuff for poor people. My dad used to tell me about stuff about cartels. It was all really bad. He used all his power to do really bad things. He was like the almost the 2nd richest guys in the world.

ATM: What were things that surprised you about this movie?

RN: I did not know he did not drink. He only drank beer. I think it was Heineken. He used to sell drugs. He did not consume it but only sold it.

ATM: What do you think about his relationship with the journalist?

RN: She used to have a lot of power in our country. She was so beautiful. She wanted the power he had. He could buy everything he wanted. It was all about power.

ATM: What is it about the power of money that makes it so detrimental that would make people kill and manipulate for?

RN: We have a thing in our country about friends being more important than money. You need the connections to make it plausible.

ATM: Can people have power and no money?

RN: Yes. Power is always more important than money. There are a lot of people that have no money but have power. They have a lot of connections. Sometimes people do not have much money, but they have connections to make it plausible. This is more important.

ATM: What is your view about Escobar as a father and lover?

RN: As a father, he tried to get his family out of the business. He did not want them a part of it. He always took care of his children. He loved children and he was a good father.

He had a bad reputation because of his weight. One time he was so fat he could not even walk. His mind was in a different place. He was thinking about getting caught and getting killed. He was using sex as a release and this was it.

ATM: Was he a guy that had low self-esteem?

RN: Yes. He had everything but wanted more power. He wanted more power to show his family he was important. He was important from dealing. He was trying to get into Congress to be the most powerful guy in Colombia. He wanted to show his family he was the king and there was nothing but him.

ATM: What does it mean to be a true Colombian in your eyes?

RN: A true Colombian is hard working, loves family, and has family values. They also value family, is a hard worker and has respect. For me, every time I go into another country they say I am a drug user. You sell drugs. This is because of Pablo Escobar.

ABC’s ‘American Housewife’ Star Daniel DiMaggio

Daniel DiMaggio plays a vital role in ABC’s American Housewife. He speaks with ATM about his journey on the show and the experience with his onscreen siblings.

ATM: Describe the personality of your character on the ABC’s American Housewife.

Daniel: He has a personality for himself. He is very driven and takes many things seriously, especially ballet. His goal is to get into Harvard. He wants to use ballet as a way to get into Harvard. My character is very savvy when it comes to money. There is a lighter and caring side when he is in a relationship with his girlfriend.

ATM: What does this show say about the quality of American family sitcoms on TV?

Daniel: It is one big family who moves to Westport trying to fit in. They are trying to adjust to the whole culture with the white skinny mothers. Kate Otto is trying to fit in. It is different and similar to a lot of family shows on T.V. It brings our family on the show together.

ATM: What are the serious things it shows about trying to fit in?

Daniel: The premise of the show was that Kate Otto moves to this town. Kate and her family moved from this town where the culture was different. She has problems with her weight and how people judge her. She gets used to it. One of her kids has OCD. She is trying to make one of her kids fit in more and the older children fit in less.

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ATM: Do you like ballet in real life?

Daniel: I would not say it was something I wanted to do. It has grown on me. I enjoy it now. It is not like baseball to me. I still do enjoy and respect it.

ATM: How do you like baseball?

Daniel: I grew up playing baseball. It was my childhood sport. I will never let this go.

ATM: Describe your favorite game you played in as a child.

Daniel: The most intense game I would say was an elimination game in New York. Our whole team went to New York for one final tournament. We would win a trophy. It was in Cooperstown where the Hall of Fame is. It came down to one team and after this team, we would make it to the final. We blew it and lost to the team. We never made it to the finals. We played out of 104 teams. This was still a big accomplishment. We had it all and then we lost it.

ATM: What is your favorite ballet move?

Daniel: This might sound cliché, but I like the plié. I like the soutenu, which is when you squeeze your legs together. Your feet are close together.

ATM: Express your relationship with your onscreen siblings.

Daniel: With my younger sister, I feel I do not give her the time of day. She is trying to fit in as well. The deeper relationship comes with my girlfriend the more time I spend away from my family. I separate from the family a lot more. With the older sister relationship, we have that older sibling bond. We get along on this show and in real life.

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Steven Guttenberg Talks Big

Steven Guttenberg plays in the recent film Bigger where impoverished brothers use their wisdom and persistence to become wealthy fitness businessmen.

ATM: How do you think this film is different?

SG: This movie is more about building yourself against the odds. A star is born is not about performance, but it is about addiction. This movie is not about bodybuilding as much as it is about believing in yourself. These two brothers not only created an atmosphere of community. They also created a sense of dream, exploration, persistence, and determination. An atmosphere of “can do,” which was very much envogued in the 40s and 50s.

ATM: Do you think dignity and grace are a part of what creates an impeccable man?

SG: I would say that it starts with integrity, character, value, authenticity, mobility, and the Ten Commandments.

ATM: How can someone become inspired by these two brothers who overcame extreme poverty to become fitness entrepreneurs?

SG: Basically, just a dream. Everything starts with a dream whether it is Einstein trying to figure out the theory of relativity or you are trying to figure out what to wear to go to work. It starts with a thought. You have an action and this action becomes a habit. This habit becomes a character and the character becomes your destiny.

ATM: Was acting the start of your dreaming in life?

SG: I am sure I was like every other person when they are young. You dream of all types of things like being a baseball player, doctor, or an astronaut. At 12 years old, this is when I came upon acting, and hung my hat to make it a chosen profession.

ATM: How does a person gain wisdom coming from the background like the brothers in this movie?

SG: Reading. What they did was read and studied. These were two very hardworking people. This is really the secret to life. Especially when you are young. Read and add breath to your reading. The more you know the better you are. The better you are the smarter you are. The smarter you are the healthier and more successful you will be.

ATM: Express more on your quote “If you’re an underdog, mentally disabled, physically disabled, if you don’t fit in, if you’re not as pretty as the others, you can still be a hero.”

How does a person get pass these imperfections?

SG: The great secret and tool that you have is your mind. Your mind is more powerful than any machine or computer on earth. If you believe you can go to the moon, then you can go to the moon. I really do believe no matter what obstacles you are given in life you can have the choice to give up. Or you are determined to keep going. There is an old slave song called “Lord Let Me Hang on Until My Change Comes.”  This means just hang on no matter how bad it is. Just hang on. Stay at the table. Stay in the game. Stay in the house. Do not give up.

ATM: Do you think being a bodybuilder is literal and can also be a metaphor?

SG: Absolutely. Everything in life is a metaphor. Showing up is just 80 percent of it. By showing up to the gym, getting on a machine, lifting the iron weights you will become something. A seed becomes an oak tree. This is why Arnold Schwarzenegger company is called Oak Productions. He was called the oak because he came from a tiny seed and grew to become an oak tree.




Robbie Magasiva on ‘Wentworth’

Guarding women prisoners is not Robbie Magasiva’s only job. He also has to protect them from their emotional pain. Magasiva gives insight about his experience on Netflix’s Wentworth.

ATM: What does this show symbolize about women?

RM: This is a good question. What an intense question. It symbolizes strong women. The main characters are played by wonderful actors and they portray strong individual women.

ATM: How has your character progressed?

RM: He has always been loyal to the women. He understands what the main character has done what she did and why. My character functions in a way to help progress the women characters.

ATM: How would your character Will have acted if put in the shoes of these women?

RM: Wow. This is a hard question. I would have to look at this as if Robbie made this bad decision. It would freak the shit out of me. If everything was going well in my life and something terribly went wrong, then it would take me a few months as to how it all works. I would not be able to talk to anyone for several months. I would cry in my cell thinking about the why. There would be recurring questions about what if I did this or that. I would be an emotional wreck. I would not be able to see my kids. Usually, in life, you have the control to see them and now you do not. It would probably destroy me. It would be emotionally hard to overcome it. I would probably not be able to do it.

ATM: There have been people from the beginning of their life doing bad things and in and out of jail.

RM: Yes, and wrongly convicted. This is horrible. You have to be emotionally hardened or capable to deal with this. There are people who cannot.

ATM: These people are around others who are discussing their issues. You are sitting around them saying “But I did not do it.” No one is going to believe this. Based on this show, do you feel prison is sort of separate than the world we live in?

RM: We are much closer in showing it than most. The reality of it is that we are making television. We are able to tell stories in the world of prison. There are standards in prison that we are not able to tell. There was a scene were one of the women had walked to one brick to another. This is pushing the envelope in terms of security. In uniform, I have thought there are like 400 cameras and no one can see this. We resemble a world of prison than any other shows now. I cannot think of any other. There is Orange is the New Black.

ATM: Oh, do you watch this show?

RM: I started watching this show but cannot commit to it yet. I feel guilty.

ATM: Why? You feel like a traitor?

RM: Yes. I will watch it when this show finishes. I need to watch it from season one. I need to watch it from the beginning.

Julian Works Talks Beautiful Boy, 9-1-1 & The Affair

ATM: How does your character Gack fit into the scenario of the story?

JW: Gack is the connection to the lead in finding his way to the drugs he is addicted to.

ATM: Based on the title, what do you believe is internally beautiful and ugly about the lead character?

JW: The ugly is, of course, the addiction. The beautiful is what you would find in the vulnerability, youthfulness in this kid. For him to have so much potential and a brighter future based on how he was raised with his parents. This would be the beautiful element to it because there is so much more potential.

ATM: How can this be an inspiring film narrative about survival?

JW: The main issue that is tackling is the addiction and the overdose. It is one of the highest causes’ in deaths. I read somewhere that it is even more than automobile accidents and shootings combined. This is to bring it to light and have a conversation about it as a positive step moving forward. Also, giving it a platform to show kids that are this young, they are not the only one. It is something they can relate to. Hopefully it transpires them to go into another direction.

ATM: Why do you feel the lead male character picks meth?

JW: There is no specific reason. It pertains to a bunch of things. One of the few things can be because he has always been an outcast. He found a select group that he thinks he fits in with and another mechanism of coping with himself. He obviously does not love himself internally. It is a way for him to forget what he does not love about himself.

ATM: Let’s move to 9-1-1. What did you learn differently about first-time responders when playing on 9-1-1?

JW: All my scenes are with Angela. I learn that the first-time responders are key to communicating with the cop that is in an area to make sure they are there at a time that is needed. They are the ones that dictate what callings are to the ones that are needed now. Whether it is someone dying or a cat getting stuck in the tree. They are the key ones that put out the responding message to make sure there is someone to help.

ATM: How can someone balance saving people during their hardest times and living their own life?

JW: This is a good question. Everyone at a certain time is either in a need of help or you are the helper. To find balance in this is if someone is close to you needs help is to make sure you are in the right place to offer this help. You can get lost trying to help someone solve their problems while you are drowning in yours. You must make sure you are right first.

ATM: Do you think first time responders are a metaphor or euphemism for the word savior?

JW: It can be. There is a metaphoric way of putting this with savior. It is all really on the responsibility of the individual. One bad reputation from one person can make the whole seem like a bad bunch. I would like to think a cop and a fireman who resembles the symbol of savior have a lot of responsibly on their hands. It is a lot to take in.

ATM: How do you handle things at unpredictable moments?

JW: By just slowing it down. In life, you are always thrown in unpredictable moments and stuff does not really go as planned as one really hopes. You must prepare for something that is out of the ordinary.

ATM: Let’s move to The Affair. Describe a favorite scene you played in.

JW: The favorite scene was the scene that I am in class. Dominic West is teaching the class. We have all been upset with the way the principal is handling things. We all feel deflated. Meaning what can we really do to change things around here. Dominic West influences the class in a way to help us realize that maybe individually we can and that you can make some noise. I stage and start a walk out. This was kind of fun. We had to get cops involved to play in.

ATM: What is your favorite and most challenging thing when it comes to acting?

JW: My favorite part is being able to tell a story that is not mine. The most challenging is the same exact thing. Sometimes there is nothing I relate to in these roles. I have to kind of dig and do my own research myself to fit into the ambiance of what I put on camera.

Returning the Favor with Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe’s show Returning the Favor on Facebook Watch is an example of great humanity. Rowe speaks with ATM about his desire for helping others.

ATM: Why do you like having a show on Facebook?

MR: Well, if I’m going to make content, I might as well put it in a place where I know people can find it, right? Facebook already has 2 billion customers, and everyone I know has a smart phone. I don’t think television is going away, but I’m pretty sure the future of content is going to unfold online. More importantly, Returning the Favor – like every other show I’ve ever worked on – is programmed by fans of the show. Ever since Dirty Jobs, I’ve relied on viewers to suggest my next adventure. My Facebook page has over 5 million people, so it’s real easy to stay engaged with the people who actually watch the show and ask them to help program every episode. Returning the Favor is really a show for them.

ATM: What is your earliest memory of someone doing a good deed to you?

MR: Does good advice count as a good deed?

ATM: Sure.

MR: Well, when I was 16, my grandfather gave me some very good advice. He was a skilled tradesman who everyone admired a great deal. He only went to the seventh grade, but the man could literally build or fix anything, and everyone loved him for it. I was convinced that I was going to follow in his footsteps, and he allowed me to apprentice with him as a kid on all kinds of projects. Problem is, the “handy” gene is recessive, and what came easily to my Pop didn’t come easily to me. One day, after watching me struggle on what should have been a really simple project, he pulled me aside and said, “Mike, if you want to be a tradesman, you can be a tradesman. But you’re going to need a different toolbox.” At the time, it really broke my heart.

ATM: Why?

MR: Because sometimes, the truth hurts. I always think of the people on American Idol who dream of being a pop star but can’t sing. Their auditions are so painful. Many of these people were encouraged by well-meaning parents and teachers to “follow their dreams” and never give up on whatever it is they love to do. Then, suddenly, at 25 years of age – they’re told they don’t have what it takes, and they’re devastated. Well, that was me. It had never occurred to me that just because I love something doesn’t mean I can’t suck at it. But of course, that’s exactly how life works. Anyway, once I got over the initial disappointment, I went about the business of figuring what I was good at. It took a while, but thanks to a local community college, I was able to experiment with all kinds of classes and vocations I’d never considered before. I studied writing, singing, public speaking, narrating, and acting. I learned I was good at some of those things and started pursuing them. In time, I got myself a new toolbox, and went to work in my chosen field. My grandfather’s advice was a good deed – a very good deed. It put me on a path that brought me here.

ATM: Why do you love to give back and help people?

MR: I do what I do because I enjoy it. Helping people makes me feel good. Producing shows that that “give back” also makes me feel good. That’s why a run a foundation and a scholarship fund. But make no mistake – I get paid to produce the shows we’re talking about.  Dirty Jobs, Somebody’s Gotta Do It, The Way I Heard It, and Returning the Favor…these are all “for-profit” ventures. Having said that, I guess I’m attracted to projects like Returning the Favor because our country is divided.

ATM: Yes, it is.

MR: Politics have crept into just about every topic and every conversation. People are sick of talking heads screaming at each other on TV. They’re tired of scrolling through their news feeds and seeing angry rants from people they used to call friends. Honestly, I think America is desperate to watch something positive. For that reason alone, Returning the Favor is succeeding. But the show is also working because it’s real. It’s a short, light-hearted look at real people doing nice things for their community. Plus, we document the making of each episode, so you don’t wind up with some overly-produced, manipulative mess that pulls on people’s heartstrings unnecessarily. It’s just a fun, light-hearted reminder that good people still walk among us.

ATM: Because you travel so much, did you ever like adventure as a child?

MR: Sure. I was in Boy Scouts as a kid, and we traveled all the time. Camping, hiking, white-water rafting, hunting, fishing, sky-diving…we went all over the place. In those days, The Boy Scouts – my troop anyway – was really a gang of daredevils run by a former Colonel. It was a great way to prepare for life on the road. It was also the place where I learned the importance of things like personal responsibility and delayed gratification.

ATM: So, did you make Eagle?

MR: I did. In fact, I became a “Distinguished Eagle’s Scout” several years ago. I’m not sure what I did to “distinguish” myself, but I was honored to see my name alongside astronauts and Presidents and various other luminaries far more accomplished than I. I think it was probably the fact that my foundation reflects a lot of the philosophy that the Boy Scouts still embrace. I think they also appreciated the fact that I sent out 50,000 letters to other Eagle Scouts over the years, congratulating them on their success.

ATM: You have a good heart!

MR: Well, I try not to be a schmuck.

ATM & MR: (Laughs).

ATM: It is nice to take the time to send out all those letters.

MR: I guess it was a way for me to “return the favor” to an organization that made a difference in my life a long time ago. I think it’s important to remember the people who help you along the way.

ATM: Is that why you started a foundation for skilled labor?

MR: Yep. mikeroweWORKS evolved out of Dirty Jobs back in 2008. It started as a PR Campaign for jobs that don’t require a four-year degree.  Really, it was a way to say thanks to the industries that allowed Dirty Jobs to become a successful show – industries that were struggling to attract skilled workers. It was also a way to acknowledge my grandfather, and his influence on my life. Today, I use mikeroweWORKS to remind people that over 6 million jobs are currently available to anyone willing to master a useful skill. We also award scholarships that pay for vocational training. We’ve raised over 5 million dollars so far and hope to do a lot more in the future. In fact, if your readers want to learn welding, plumbing, electric, or any of the other construction trades, they’re welcome to apply for a work ethic scholarship at

ATM: I’ll let them know!

MR: Cool! That’s called “returning the favor…”

Gene Jones Takes on ‘The Old Man & the Gun’

Gene Jones plays a role in the film The Old Man & the Gun. Jones talks with ATM about his aspirations and experience on set with Robert Redford.

ATM: How was your experience while on set?

Gene: It is a beauty and a great old fashioned film. It is full of good acting. David Lowery is such a brilliant man. What a job he did with this script. It is richer and fuller than it was on the page. How nice of me to get a couple of scenes with Robert Redford.

ATM: What do you like about old fashioned films?

Gene: There is a kind of a matter of factness to them. The story is told in pictures and dialogue. Pictures and dialogue get an equal measure. The camera is not alone in telling the story. It is rich and it is like watching an old satisfying movie on TCM. The connection between Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek was just wonderful. Oh god, the scene on the porch blew me away. They are just sitting there talking. They are not doing anything, and the camera is not doing anything. It is just a straight shot of great movie acting.

ATM: What is your take on a person choosing to love someone despite their bad ways?

Gene: People fall in love all the time in spite of something they know about the person they love. This made perfect sense to me. She did not chase him. She got to know him.

ATM: Talk more about the porch scene.

Gene: It sounded like a real talk and sounded like things people would actually say to each other. It was very simple to talk. The actors are so honest. It is just rich. It has nuance and subtext. There is a life lived behind what each of these characters said. It was beautifully done and my favorite scene in the film.

ATM: Express details about your role.

Gene: I was a bank manager in one of the many banks Forrest Tucker robbed over his career. This was a Texas Bank. My role is a small town guy. A self-important guy who is totally unprepared and off guard. Forrest walks in with the gun in his jacket pocket. You never see him pull the gun at any of the banks. He just says I got a gun and people hand over the money. Part of the readiness to hand over the money is the quiet demeanor of Forrest. If he was wild and yelling, then people would have pushed the button to call the police. He is not wild and yelling. People want to co-operate with Forrest.

ATM: Have you ever thought of having a profession in the bank world?

Gene: Oh goodness no.

ATM: Are you good at math?

Gene: No I am not bad at math. I just never had any interest in it.

Edward De Juan on Marriage and Divorce

ID Channel’s Fatal Vows shares dramatizations of marriages that went terribly wrong. Edward De Juan is an actor, producer, and artist who has played on a few episodes and talks about the criminal psychology that he learned about marriages that led to divorces.

ATM: How do you believe this show dives into the psychology behind men and women?

Edward: It dives in there a lot. It talks about murder and the psychology everyone goes through while dealing with anger. It pushes their boundaries. It analyzes from a scientific perspective and gives you a good understanding. It helps people.

ATM: How does this show exhibit how a marriage can turn from perfect to a murder tragedy?

Edward: The show points out a lot of red flags in terms of a marriage. Whenever you point out those red flags it gives people warnings of what to watch out for. No, there is no such thing of a perfect marriage. It shows you you never know what people are capable of. For example, cheating. It gives you a perspective of how everyone is different on how they will react to certain things.

ATM: What is the negative side to love?

Edward: The basis of the show displays that whenever a trust is broken it can push a human being to an emotion that can show them on a different level. A negative side would be anger. A negative side of trust leads to jealousy. Whenever someone gets jealous they can dive into the emotion of anger. Sometimes anger can get shown on different levels. It accelerates to a point where murdering can come out of a human being. It shows that it can be controlled. It shows the different angles of anger. It raises the awareness of what you should not be doing.

ATM: Explain how the forensic professionals continue the narrative related to this topic.

Edward: They break down the emotion from a scientific point of view. It controls the narrative in a way where it gives an explanation in a scientific way. Whenever the public hears something from a scientific way they jump to conclusions. “This is scientifically proven then there is no way getting around it.” They break down the human psyche of it. People say they could never end up like this. When you break down the human psyche of it you never know what you could be like. When this and that happens, it allows your brain to react to certain emotions. Some people do not believe they can get to this mindset. You may think you are not capable of doing this. Sometimes when you are pushed emotionally, you lose the control of logic.

ATM: Do you feel most people have it in them to make a person tick to make them come out of their comfort zone?

Edward: It is possible. It all comes down to the individual themselves how much control they have or their logic over their emotions. Some people have their emotions speak over their logic. There are some people that are very strong-minded while in an emotional state. They can take a deep breath and choose logic.

ATM: Explain the Blood Matrimony episode you were on.

Edward: I played a character named Steve Dingle. He basically was manipulated to the point of having a psychosis. He just lost all control of all his logic. He allowed his anger and emotions to take over. He thought his wife was cheating on him. A lot of his information was fed by his own family because they did not like the wife. They manipulated him to the point where he just believed everything they said even if it was not true. This is an example of emotions taking over logic. He never stopped to think about if this was true or not. His emotions overwhelmed him to the point he did not think at all. He just reacted. He was pushed to this point where a murderous rage just came out of him.

ATM: Explain the significance of your quote “I can go through the rest of my life pleasing my parents by working as a businessman, a lawyer, a doctor, but deep down I will always be an artist at heart. . . And no matter what, at the end of the day . . . this is what I was born to be.”

Edward: Growing up I always wanted to be an artist. I have always taken a big interest in music and in acting. Anything in the realms of entertainment. This is kind of based on our economy. We are all living in an economy of capitalism where money rules all. From a general perspective, artists are not known for making lots of money. Unless you are a big time A-lister. It is such a niche market of making it big and becoming financially stable. It is more of our parent’s dreams for us to be doctors, lawyers, or a businessman.

There is a funny thing with Filipinos. Everyone in the Philippines wants to be a dancer, artist, or singer. Most of them become nurses. The joke is that this is not our dream, but it is our parent’s dreams because they get a lot of benefits and become stabled. Money is not everything. We are always looking for that thing that makes us happy. The significance of the quote is that I can make a lot of money with what my parents want me to be, but deep down I will never be happy. Because being an artist is what I was destined to be as a kid.

ATM: Do you feel like some parents vicariously live their dream through their children because they did not live out their dreams?

Edward: I would say most of them do. I would not say all. A lot of parents like to live through their children. Especially if they grow to be more successful than they did. It is always the children wanting to make the parents proud in becoming more successful.

ATM: How can a person pick happiness over money when they have not experienced true happiness?

Edward: True happiness is mainly a mindset. There is no real definition of anyone’s happiness. It is something that brings you to a point. You can wake up in the morning to loving everything. Some people who are not doing what they love to do wake up in the morning saying, “I have to wake up. I have to do my job.” They stare at the clock all day. When you are doing something, you enjoy doing and something you really wanted to do, time does not exist. Sometimes when you are just going through the rest of your day as it goes by you do not even realize you stayed three later from the time you were supposed to. Nothing else matters. This caters to every individual’s definition of what happiness is.

ATM: What makes you happy?

Edward: It is hard to say. I feel like with happiness there is always a journey, at least for me personally. I am always striving for it the closer I get to it. I would say I am truly happy. If I have become an A-list movie star and made it in music, then this would make me happy. I can wake up every day to say I have made it.

ATM: You are saying you do not have the real definition of happiness yet?

Edward: No. Not the true definition. I can name a bunch of things that make me happy on a daily basis, but true happiness, no. I guess I do not. I just realized this maybe five minutes ago in this conversation. I thought I did, but after thinking about it more, maybe I do not.


Máté Haumann Speaks on Society and the 20th Century

The early part of the 20th century was a time where women did not have a voice or a right to take ownership of their work. Colette is a film about a woman, Sidonie-Gabrielle, trying to get ownership after ghostwriting on her husband’s work. Hungarian actor Máté Haumann talks with ATM about women of this time.



ATM: How do you feel women were treated during the early 20th century based on the performance of the female characters in this film?


Máté: Gender equality was nowhere in sight. It was a different patriarchal society getting jobs was a lot different. Our society is still going through a massive transition in the light of this. This is a great thing. There should be a healthier balance. I am on for it. Bring it on. The whole change is brilliant.


ATM: Based on your answer in the previous question, explain how men were viewed. Was the perception on men correct or exaggerated by their society?


Máté: Back in the day, men were considered the know-it-alls of the family and thus society. As a Hungarian, I had a chance to feel what it is like to be a part of such patriarchal society. This is just how it was. Sometimes it did not work but at times there was a mutual understanding also. Take my mother for example. She is immensely proud of all of her children and how it all worked out between her and my dear father in mutual love and care. It was discussed and agreed upon. I was one lucky kid growing up. Thankfully things are on the move in our society. The younger generation is beginning to comprehend this breakthrough transition today. 


ATM: Describe a day as if you lived during Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette’s time. What would your daily schedule consist of? Family? Kids? Beliefs? Social life?


Máté: My character in the movie is called Count Muffat. I always thought of him as a larger than life socialite. That being said I didn’t think of him as a very constructive and collected person. More so someone who truly enjoys his status and not always to its best merits.


ATM: Did the economic system influence how any gender was treated?


Máté: Some tasks and professions were considered more for the men than otherwise. There was a big differentiation in jobs. My character’s steady social status provided him with a different kind of ability as a nobleman.


ATM: In some sort of time capsule world, what would the 20th-century individuals converse about with people living now? What would people of 2018 converse with the people of the early 20th century about? What would early 21st-century men say to early 20th-century men vice versa and the same for women in both periods? Even children?


Máté: I would say there is hope and they should always strive to make their voices be heard. This is the motto of Colette. The motto is not to be led by anyone. I am displaying this with my actor’s mind. They should keep going, exploring boundaries, and also be pushing them. They should stand up and stand their ground.


ATM: Explain your desire to act. What about acting keeps you waking up each day?


Máté: The past 50 years my father has been and still is a well-respected actor in Hungary so it was inevitable not to live and breathe it in our home. It runs in my family. His dad was also an actor but did not do it as a profession he only did it for the love of it. I am ever so grateful to fate that I can be a part of this beautiful transition if not legacy. I cherish every wonderful opportunity that comes my way. I cannot see life any other way than being an actor.