When she learned she booked her first significant role as Daya Diaz on Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, Dascha Polanco was rocking a lab coat during her stint at one of the many hospitals she worked at in New York City. That call changed her life forever. Since then, the actress has appeared in several movies, including most recently as Cuca, one of the lead salon ladies, in the Lin-Manuel Miranda film In the Heights.
“The table read for Joy was unforgettable. First of all, I was in Boston. Second of all, I was across the table of Robert De Niro. I mean, Robert De Niro, come on. Something people wouldn’t expect from working with Lin Manuel Miranda is I used to be intimidated by him. And now I’m like, you don’t scare me. He’s so sweet. And he’s so generous,” Polanco says when she sat down with us for her Badass Questionnaire interview below.
After teasing fans with snippets of new music on TikTok, actress, and singer, Dove Cameron finally shared her new track, Boyfriend on February 10. “You have no idea what it means to make something empowering and true to me and have it resonate with you. Gonna go cry now I love you,” she wrote in an Instagram post to fans. One day after its release the track had already garnered 24 million streams.
As a young child growing up in Washington, Cameron had dreams of working in the entertainment business. At 8-years-old, she took her first steps as an actress when she began performing at her local community theater. By the time she was 14, her parents went all in and relocated to Los Angeles to help their daughter pursue her dreams.
When it comes to her music career, Tinashe Jorgensen Kachingwe— known mononymously as Tinashe—is always down for a reinvention.
In late 2021, she independently released her fifth studio album, 333, and in early February, announced a deluxe release dropping (coincidentally) on March 3, that features four new songs. On Monday, the singer released the video for Naturally, a bold (and bloody) bop that has fans swooning.
When “Yellowjackets” star Samantha Hanratty walks into one of her favorite vegan restaurants to meet me for a late lunch, I’ll admit that I don’t immediately recognize her. Gone are the trademark glasses and mousy-brown curls of teen Misty Quiqley, the character she plays on the Showtime hit. Sammi, as her friends and family call her, is decidedly more glamorous and grown-up in blue-red lipstick and a matching sweater. After greeting each other with a big hug — she’s a hugger — we sit down to talk about poison, mayhem, and kidnapping. In other words, just a typical day at work on her hit series.