Awesome Con: Interview with Johnny Alonso

Johnny Alonso teases a possible return to ‘Gotham,’ the premiere of ‘Chronology,’ and other exciting projects.

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Photo of Robin Lord Taylor and Johnny Alonso
Robin Lord Taylor and Johnny Alonso at Awesome Con. Courtesy of Johnny Alonso.

Earlier this month, I was in Washington, D.C., to cover Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman at Awesome Con. Prior to that fascinating panel, I wandered through the Exhibit Hall, passing by the autograph booths where many fans were lining up. I knew that actor Johnny Alonso would be at the convention, but it was a pleasant surprise to find him standing at one booth in particular. He and his camera crew were engaged in a friendly chat with Gotham actor Robin Lord Taylor!

“I decided to drop by and say hello. [I] wished him a happy birthday,” Alonso shared about his encounter with Taylor, who keeps generating a lot of buzz as Oswald Cobblepot. “So I said when are you going to get me back on the show?”

Fans of Gotham might see Alonso return as bass player Kazz, thanks to Taylor’s conversations with the writers about next season.

Photo of Pat Cuadros and Kevin Tan
Pat Cuadros and Johnny Alonso, Awesome Con. Credit: Pat Cuadros and Kevin Tan.

Alonso has other promising projects in full swing, both of which are under the direction of Derik Wingo and Kipp Tribble. Chronology, a film starring Billy Baldwin and Danny Trejo, already premiered in Poland. He’ll also start filming on Coffin 2 in Los Angeles this summer. The sequel marks the return of his shady character Trick.

For the full details on these updates and Alonso’s interest in The Walking Dead, be sure to view the entire Blogcritics video, courtesy of Kevin Tan.


This article was originally published on Blogcritics.org with minor edits here. The Youtube video of the interview is on my channel: https://youtu.be/A2sIvrF_J44. Special thanks to Robin Lord Taylor, Johnny Alonso, Kevin Tan, and Tony Cuadros.

‘Once Upon a Time’ Actresses Kristin Bauer, Merrin Dungey, and Victoria Smurfit Are More About Fun Than Darkness

Is True Love going to win out in the end? Even more pressing, will Maleficent replace Ruby at Granny’s Diner after all?

Caution: Spoilers about the fourth season of “Once Upon a Time.”

Awesome Con brought Kristin Bauer, Merrin Dungey, and Victoria Smurfit to Washington, D.C. this past weekend. The three actresses wreaked quite a bit of havoc in Storybrooke and Fairy Tale Land in the latest season of “Once Upon a Time” as Maleficent, Ursula, and Cruella de Vil. Yet you’re more likely to count these three women among the most amiable professionals in the entertainment industry. So how is it that they are able to play dark roles with such talent?

Laughs Abound as Count Gore De Vol Interviews Kristin Bauer, Merrin Dungey and Victoria Smurfit at Awesome Con. Photo: Pat Cuadros
Laughs Abound as Count Gore De Vol Interviews Kristin Bauer, Merrin Dungey and Victoria Smurfit at Awesome Con. Photo: Pat Cuadros

“It’s a freeing experience,” Victoria Smurfit chimes in, leaning toward one of the two microphones at the table. She sports long blond hair, a much different look than that of the number one enemy of dogs and dog lovers everywhere, Cruella de Vil.  Continue reading “‘Once Upon a Time’ Actresses Kristin Bauer, Merrin Dungey, and Victoria Smurfit Are More About Fun Than Darkness”

Awesome Con Recap: Jess Harnell Discusses Disney, ‘Animaniacs,’ and Challenging Co-Stars

I admit I wasn’t expecting someone who describes himself as looking like he “should be in a Def Leppard tribute band.”

Jess Harnell's Voice Still Rings True at Awesome Con. Photo: Pat Cuadros
Jess Harnell’s Voice Still Rings True at Awesome Con. Photo: Pat Cuadros

(Update 6/2/15: Sharper photo from Robbie Hott)

Jess Harnell is an interesting figure to behold. I’m not quite sure what I envisioned regarding the appearance of the voice actor whose resume encompassing roles from the “Animaniacs” and even the recent “Transformers” franchise. I admit I wasn’t expecting someone who describes himself as looking like he “should be in a Def Leppard tribute band.” With his dark shades, long hair, and dark clothes (admittedly with that rocker flair), Harnell fits that description on the mark. Continue reading “Awesome Con Recap: Jess Harnell Discusses Disney, ‘Animaniacs,’ and Challenging Co-Stars”

Awesome Con Recap: ‘Jurassic World’ and ‘The Wolverine’ Actor Brian Tee is More than a Villain

“There will be dinosaurs!” promises Brian Tee about the upcoming summer blockbuster “Jurassic World.”

Brian Tee is known for playing serious villains, but in actuality, the actor is quite pleasant in person. In fact, he spared no expense in poking fun at himself at his recent panel at Awesome Con, in Washington, D.C. “Don’t let the Asian-ness fool you!” he exclaimed, when he broke down the demographics of his California neighborhood into 30-30-30. Math is not his forte, he pointed out.

Brian Tee Discusses his Career on a Recent Visit to D.C.  Photo: Pat Cuadros
Brian Tee Discusses his Career on a Recent Visit to D.C. Photo: Pat Cuadros

Tee admitted that he didn’t apply himself in school until he decided to take an acting course for non-majors. “Easy ‘A’!” he said to an amused crowd. His expectations were unfounded, however, and the new challenges inspired him to excel and work his way to the dramatic arts program at UC Berkeley. Continue reading “Awesome Con Recap: ‘Jurassic World’ and ‘The Wolverine’ Actor Brian Tee is More than a Villain”