Rick Yaeger: Hey everyone. It’s Rick Yeager here with “One Question Interviews,” the show where I get the golden opportunity to talk to a celebrity and then I waste it on some totally random question. Seating across the Internet from me today is the actress who plays Captain Tess Vargas on CW’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Please welcome Nina Lisandrello.
Nina Lisandrello: Hi.
Nina: How are you?
Rick: I’m good. Thank you so much for doing this and…
Nina: Of course.
Rick: …to rush to your computer from the airport. I know you just, you’ve…
Nina: But it was worth it. It’s fun. I’m sitting. I’m in my house. It’s not that serious.
Rick: It’s totally not serious. It’s just relaxed, laid back kind of thing. You were nominated by Sendhil Ramamurthy and Austin Basis so…
Nina: Cute boys. Love those guys.
Rick: Cute boys.
Nina: It does.
Rick: I should ask you after the interview whether they’ll be any kind of retribution or revenge on having been nominated.
Nina: Of course. You start thinking about that actually.
Beauty and the Beast
Rick: Before we get to the one question, thought we’d chat a bit about what you’ve been up to. Obviously, Beauty and the Beast just finished season three, the big season finale, which I have to admit I haven’t seen because I’ve been…
Rick: [laughs] I’ve been binge-watching the whole series.
Nina: Rick, it’s like the episode though. You have to see it.
Rick: I know. I’ve seen too much already but it’s like I…
Nina: Even I don’t know how that would feel like to just sit and let go on this roller coaster of Beauty and The Beast, because even season three is incredibly different. Season four is really different and I have like, 780 hair-dos so it’s like, “It is straight? Is it short? Is it bangs? She’ll not bangs.” That is one of the most entertaining parts of the show but I can’t imagine what it would be like to binge-watch it. It’s got to be pretty entertaining.
Rick: Yeah, it’s a great show and it’s something that I’m taken two or three episodes a night. I’m on Twitter or I’m on my own website’s chat room with my beasties talking about what I’m watching. It’s like live tweeting in the past. [laughs]
Nina: But they’re with you.
Rick: They are. They’re so supportive and amazing and like you said they’re…I don’t want to say this in an insulting way, but they’re not normal.
Nina: But is any fandom normal?
Rick: Normal fandom is not as nearly as active and motivated as they are. They…
Nina: I got lucky. It’s my first show so I got really lucky. It’s all downhill from here which suck. I don’t know why.
Rick: Your next show’s fans are going to have massive shoes to fill. [laughs]
Nina: It’s going to suck actually. Now I’m sad.
Rick: You’re going to carry these people with you everywhere you go
Nina: Hopefully. They’ve been really great. They’ve been really, really supportive.
Rick: There’s like People’s Choice Awards.
Nina: Yeah. Every year.
Rick: Every year.
Nina: We’ve won every year. This year we’re not going to win, and we do, it’s really cool.
Nina: It’s really, really cool. Surprising, but it’s great.
Rick: There’s some nasty words being said in backrooms from other shows, saying we’ve…
Nina: I’m sure. The Internet is a dark, dark place. I’m sure, because you can’t beat a beastie, so suck it.
Rick: Apparently not. [laughs] I also want to talk to you about travel.
Nina: Yes. Let’s talk about travel.
Rick: Because you have a thing for that, it seems. We need to flush out your IMDb profile and your Wikipedia page, and that sort of thing.
Nina: I don’t look at those things, what are they saying?
Rick: That’s OK, that’s what I’m here for.
Nina: OK, good.
Rick: All it basically says is that you traveled around Europe following your mom on tour singing.
Nina: Yeah, my mom was a backup singer for Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Elton John…She’s a beautiful, beautiful singer. She kind of strapped me to her and just took me on the ride. We’ve lived in Germany, in London, and we’ve just traveled all over the place.
It was an interesting childhood, to say the least, but it was really cool.
Rick: Now, do you feel like you have the need to travel? If you stay on one place too long, you…?
Nina: I’ve read this really cool quote on Humans of New York, that Instagram thing, and the book “Humans of New York” is probably one of my favorite, you got to check it out.
Rick: I’ll check it out, sounds a good…
Nina: They just interview civilians in New York and just get their stories. They post their photo on Instagram and a life quote that they’ve given. It’s one of the most moving, incredible…it’s the highlight of my day, this Humans of New York.
I’ve read one, and it was of a single mother and her son. I wish I knew their names, because I can’t remember it, but her quote was “Travel and tell the truth.” That was her advice to her kid. That’s how I feel. Everybody should travel, I think everybody should be aware of the world and other cultures, and learn. I don’t want to stay in one place. I don’t think that’s healthy.
Rick: That’s awesome. You got to do this.
Nina: It’s incredible.
Rick: The world is simultaneously big and small. You have to take advantage of our ability in this day and age to go places.
Nina: Get on a plane, go somewhere.
Rick: Yeah, and take in another culture. See that there are different ways of living.
Nina: Also, I think it affirms that we’re all the same.
Rick: It does.
Nina: You can go to South Africa, Japan, and kindness is kindness, a smile is a smile, generosity. Traveling is important because it’s good to see differences but also to see how we’re all the same and should respect one another, and should be kind to everybody. That’s my piece. Good night.
Rick: [laughs] That was good. “Brought to you by,” yes.
Nina: Right? When I go to India in February, that would be incredible. Yeah, there’s so many places I’ve got to go.
Rick: This is what I was wondering. You say going to India in February, it is such a long time before season four comes out. What are you going to do?
Nina: Well, I’m actually directing a short film in November. That’s keeping me very, very busy, and I’m wondering why I decided to do this, because holy shit, it’s the most stressful thing that’s ever happened to me. I’m really excited, it’s a film that I wrote, and there’s some really, really talented people involved.
I’m working on that, and then I’m developing a show with my friend Annie Illonzeh, who played Beth on Beauty and the Beast. I don’t know if you’ve seen Beth yet.
Rick: Yeah, Beth.
Nina: Anyway, she’s a wonderful friend of mine.
Rick: She was the reporter.
Nina: Yes, so you know her?
Rick: Oh yeah.
Nina: She’s a good friend of mine, and we’re working on this show that I think will be hilarious. I’m pretty busy just writing, trying to make my own stuff.
Rick: When are we going to see that? Once the beasties know that there’s something in the pipeline, they want it.
Nina: We’re writing it, so you have to be patient.
Rick: OK, so next week, probably? [laughs]
Nina: I’ve got a film right now, and it’s going to be good, though. Beasties will be the first to know.
Rick: We’ll let them know. We’re going to go for the one question, if you’re ready.
Nina: OK, let’s go.
Rick: Let’s do it.
Nina: It’s magical, this hat.
Rick: I hope it doesn’t have rabbits in it, or anything weird. Good.
Nina: That’s a good hat.
Rick: As you know, the question is called one question interviews. I have almost a thousand different questions, ranging from the profane to the profound. We’ll choose one at random, you’ll answer it seriously, or in a funny voice if you like, and everyone goes home happy. Cool?
Rick: Now I’ll just grab a handful of cards here. I’m going to rifle down the side, and you tell me when to stop.
Nina: OK, stop.
Rick: Would you like the top or the bottom? That’s not the question.
Nina: [laughs] Top.
Rick: Top? That’s this one. Nina Lisandrello, if you were required to get a tattoo.
Nina: I love this one already. [claps]
Rick: What would it be, and where would it be?
Nina: This is so bad. [laughs] My best friend’s a tattoo artist, and we talk about this all the time. I was actually thinking, I don’t know if I’ll do it, because I’m so lazy, and when you have tattoos, as an actress, you have to cover them up. I don’t want to be in a hair and makeup chair longer than necessary so that’s why I don’t have any.
There was this really, really amazing book called “Amy and Isabel,” and it’s about a mother and a daughter. I was raised by a single mother, so it’s a book I really love. In the book she talks about how they’re always connected by a black line. They work in a factory, but they don’t speak to one another because they’re always fighting.
But, even when they’re on opposite sides of the factory there’s always this black line that connects them. They always know what the other one is doing.
I had this idea of just doing a black line, and then my mom getting it also. Maybe like along our backs, or something like that. When I told her about it, she was like, “That sounds awesome!” Maybe we’ll do that. That was a good question.
The Wrap up
Rick: That was a good question. That was a great answer. Thank you so much for doing the show. I’m so glad I got that out of you.
Everyone check out Nina on Beauty and the Beast, on the CW. Probably Thursdays. Probably eight and seven Central, starting summer 2000…
Rick: …16, or something.
Nina: Who knows.
Rick: Who knows.
Nina: The beasties will find it!
Rick: You got season four approved, before season three even aired.
Rick: It’s pretty awesome.
Nina: It’s pretty awesome, but I don’t know when it’s going to air.
Rick: That’s true. In the meantime, that gives people like me, and others who haven’t caught up, time to binge watch it on Netflix, in some regions, and definitely iTunes.
If you know a beasty, you just tell them you’re interested, and there will be…
Nina: They will hook you up.
Rick: There will be a DVD box set [laughs] on your doorstep the next morning.
Nina: Exactly. A manual explaining everything. Just talk to beasties, they will help you.
Rick: Big jar of gummy worms and…
Nina: Gummy worms for life.
Rick: Yes. Follow Nina on Twitter she is @NinaLisandrello. It’s draped down there.
Nina: It’s a long one. NinaLisandrello, yes.
Rick: Instagram, same thing. Periscope? Do that? I guess not. Facebook?
Nina: No Facebook. I do have a wonderful beasty. Her name is Olivia Thrower, and she does the Nina Lisandrello fan page, but it’s mostly Beauty and the Beast stuff. If you’re a beastie, check that one out, too, because she is a hard core beasty.
Rick: I’m going to find out the URL and that — is already below your face. Thanks again for being my guest. It was amazing to talk to you, and I hope you had fun.
Nina: I did.
Rick: You people — probably a whole bunch of beasties, actually — thank you so much for watching. Thank you even more for subscribing to the show for free on YouTube. I appreciate that.
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That’s it. This is Rick Yaeger for One Question Interviews. Take Care.