June 2010 - Amy Paffrath

I Kissed a Vampire premieres in Seattle

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Hello my little bloodsuckers! I’m so happy to report that the world premiere of I Kissed a Vampire at the Seattle International Film Festival was a massive success. We premiered our film to a sold out crowd at the Egyptian theater and the entire cast was there to celebrate!

Adrian Slade, Drew Seeley, Lucas Grabeel, Emily Morris, Autumn Grabeel, Lori Lively, Katie Seeley, Sally Slade and myself made the trek to Seattle to see our film make its big debut.  Frankie Blue, our amazing composer, Chris Nolan, our director and Laurie Nolan our producer/writer were also there to join in the fun.

Vampirettes getting beautified

Us girls started our day primping together, sipping champagne and watching the world cup.  The lovely Autumn Sanders, who was part of our amazing hair and make up team for IKAV, was on hand to glam us all up for our big event. We were each dolled up to our personal specifications.   I went for a sophisticated look with clean make up, dark lips and sleek up do.   I kept it playful by adding a twist to my bun in the shape of a bow, made out of my hair! Too cute. My wonderful stylist at E! Kit Scarbo helped me put together this fantastic ensemble. I wanted something pretty and flowy to contrast my characters harsh rocker look. The final result is a perfect mix of sweet and sassy. Loved it! Get the look: top by Saivana, skirt by Mink Pink. My amazing jewelry was by Jessica Matrasko.  I wore gorgeous earrings and a fantastic cuff from her collection.  You MUST check out her website. She does incredible creations from raw stones in gilded metal, mostly 24K gold. Absolutely adore her jewelry.

Lucas and his fans

After we were all primped and red carpet ready, we piled into our awaiting limo and headed to the theater. The line was wrapped around the block! It was so exciting to see all those eager fans. Some kids came running over to meet Lucas and Drew and couldn’t contain their excitement, it was beyond cute. After a few photos, we headed inside to take our seats. Drew and Lucas introduced the film and rumor has it, Bill Gates was in the audience!  He’s apparently good friends with our Exec Producer Mike Slade.

Inside the packed theater

It was so fun to watch I Kissed a Vampire

on the big screen and experience it with the SOLD OUT audience.  We laughed along with them and even clapped after many of the musical numbers. I’d have to say it was very well received.

We did a short Q & A and met with some fans before heading back to the hotel for our after party.

Sally, Autumn & Katie

We partied the night away singing Karaoke tunes (Madonna, No Doubt and System of a Down for me), sipping cocktails and chowing on hor dourves.   It was an exhilarating night that I hope we get to repeat here in LA . I’m so proud of the entire cast, you guys did amazing work! To the fans who came out and supported our little film, thank you so much! If you liked it, write a review and spread the word. If you hated it, write about! After all, haters are the biggest fans hehe 😉 Cheers!

Emily & Lucas

Amy & Drew

Adrian Slade

Lori Lively

Amy interviews Hanson

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Today, June 7th 2010, I realized a dream.  I got to interview my favorite band, Hanson.

Taylor, Zac, Amy, Isaac

In 1997, I was just out of grade school.  A hyper 13 year old, full of life and bouncing with energy.  I discovered a band called  Hanson after seeing their bright colored, eclectic, retro-ish video for MMMbop on MTV.  I was instantly hooked by the upbeat rhythm and happy vibe.  I went out and bought the single at Wal-mart and played it nonstop for everyone I knew.

Over the next several years, my adoration for this gifted musical trio grew.  At one point, my bedroom was covered ceiling to floor with posters torn from the pages of Bop and Teen Beat.  I was smitten.

At the Pagent in St. Louis MO

I bought all 4 our their studio releases (Middle of Nowhere, This Time Around, Underneath, The Walk) in addition to some foreign singles I had my mom hunt down at Boarders.  I was more than a fan, I was fanatic.  I had a life size cut-out of Zac, Taylor and Isaac that I got from a local record store.  It displayed all of my books and cd’s.  I have been to more than a few of their concerts.  My parents even drove my siblings (begrudgingly) and I to Nashville to see them when I was 15. (Thank you mom and dad!) It was their infectious cheerful music that kept me coming back for more.   While I was growing up and making my way through high school and college, the boys kept touring and putting out albums all the while growing into a more mature sound.

Flash forward to present day and I am still a die hard fan.  As soon as I heard their new single Thinkin bout Somethin, I was tapping my feet.  I had an inkling E! might eventually be interested in their return to pop music.  So, I put out some feelers, planted some seeds in the ears of the people who could potentially put me on the story.  Sure enough, E! booked the guys for an interview.  I immediately campaigned to do it, making it known there would be zero research necessary as I have so much Hanson trivia stored in my brian.  I have kept up with their career while most of the public forgot the existed.

I was so excited to hear that I was in fact going to interview my childhood idols.  I met the guys at the Gibson showroom in Beverly Hills and we talked about everything from their new album, to crazed fans, to the Jo Bros, to their touring entourage.

It was a surreal day that I will never forget.  What I loved most about it is that we were mono e mono.  Same playing field.  Reporter and artist, not fan and superstars.  It was probably the easiest interview Ive ever done.  It required very little prep on my part and caused me no stress at all.  I was ready, I’ve been ready for 13 years. The questions just kept flowing from one to the next.  At the end we took some pictures and the guys performed their new single, Thinkin bout Somethin.  I sat and watched in awe, soaking in every moment of my private performance wondering, how did I get here!?  Before we left I thanked the guys for their time.  Isaac told me how cool it is to meet people like me, who have been there along the way and know what the band is all about.  He said its awesome that fans have become reporters and are getting to interview them.  “Its a different kind of conversation,” he told me.

Mid-convo with Hanson at the Gibson showroom

That’s exactly what it was; an easy interesting conversation with what felt like old friends.  It was so nice to have a laid back chat with musicians I admire so much.  I wish them the best with their new record, Shout it Out in stores June 8th.  Go get it, find out for yourself what I am talking about it.  It’s chock full of the beautiful 3 part harmonies the band is famous for as well as R & B infused pop/rock tracks making it a perfect summer sound track. Check out the video for their single Thinkin bout Somethin here and stayed tuned for the interview air-date.  Don’t miss the magic.

Keep up with Hanson and Gibson on twitter.

Peace, love and bulletproof marshmallows.

Amy