‘Conversations’ Episode 76- Mateus Ward

On Thursday, March 9th, Brett and Mike are excited to welcome actor Mateus Ward to ‘Conversations’!

Mateus Ward

Mateus Ward was born in Burbank, California, but was raised on the island of Maui in Hawaii. He is the son of an American father, producer/director/filmmaker Justin Ward, and an Italian immigrant mother, Laura Di Nardo (Laura Ward). His first role was in a live musical theater production where he impersonated Elvis, and then was offered the role of Winfield Joad in the stage production of “The Grapes of Wrath” at the Maui Academy of Performing Arts. In 2009, his family moved back to Los Angeles, where Mateus pursued acting in television and film. In 2010, he appeared in several short films and national commercials. His television debut was on the CBS network’s dramatic police procedural “Criminal Minds.”

Mateus Ward

Ward’s natural style of acting caught the eye of Director Larry Charles, and he was cast in the 20th Century Fox Sitcom Comedy Pilot “Outnumbered” with Cheech Marin and Ana Ortiz. In 2011, he was asked to Guest Star in a sketch comedy on the “Sports Show with Norm Macdonald” on Comedy Central, for which he was nominated for a Young Artist Award and won an OMNI Youth Music and Actor Award for Outstanding Actor. That same year, Mateus also appeared on NBC’s successful drama “Parenthood.”

In 2012, Mateus landed a recurring Guest Star role on Disney XD’s teen sitcom “Lab Rats,” Guest Starred on CBS’s “N.C.I.S.” and won the 2012 Young Artist Award for his recurring role on the two-part series finale of Showtime’s comedy-drama “Weeds.” He also appeared in the award-winning independent feature film “Lonely Boy,” where he portrays a teenager with schizophrenia.

Mateus Ward

In the Fall of 2013, Mateus was a series regular with Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott and Tate Donovan on the Warner Bros. TV / Jerry Bruckheimer limited series “Hostages” on CBS. In 2015, Mateus joined the cast as a series regular of TNT’s “Murder in the First” Season 2 as Dustin Maker.

Mateus is currently the lead in the Independent Feature Film “The Meanest Man in Texas.”

Be sure to tune in on Thursday, March 9th, at 11pm Eastern, 8pm Pacific when we welcome Mateus Ward to ‘Conversations’ with Brett and Mike, right here on NextBigThingRadio.Net!

“Conversations” Ep. 74 Gene and Ava

Gene Farber and Ava Cantrell

Join us TONIGHT, Thursday, February 9th at 11pm Eastern, 8pm Pacific when we welcome actor Gene Farber and actress Ava Cantrell back to “Conversations”! Gene and Ava are promoting their new film, One Under the Sun, which releases March 21st!

Gene Farber

Gene is a native of Belarus and has done it all. Whether it’s Stage, TV, Film or Motion Capture/Voiceover gigs, Gene dives in and delivers an epic performance. He is known for his roles in Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: First Class, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Virtuality.

After emigrating to Queens, NY at a young age, he attended the renowned Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in NYC where he was awarded 1st level Prize by the National Foundation For the Advancement in the Arts (NFAA/ ARTS week).

Gene received his BFA in Acting from Boston University, and studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Upon graduating from BU, he was awarded the prestigious Albert and Esther B. Kahn award. The actor balances his way through TV, film, and theatre, appearing in productions in NYC’s renowned theaters such as Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, Classic Stage Company, and others.

Ava Cantrell

Gene and Ava

Ava Cantrell was born and raised in San Diego, Ca. An award winning American actress and dancer, Ava has been successfully working in Hollywood since 2008 appearing in commercials, music videos, films, television and television pilots. Ava’s breakthrough role was recurring character Penelope Pritchard on Nickelodeon’s comedy Haunted Hathaways (2013).

Ava is also known for The Passing (2014), Cam Girls (2015) and Above the 101 (2014), and Lights Out (2016). Ava stars as ‘Amelia Voss’ in the new independent sci-fi feature film, One Under the Sun. We look forward to having her with us again and learning more about her work, the charities she is passionate about and her love of surfing.

‘Conversations’ Ep. 75 Lulu and Annalise

Conversations Episode 75 (Postponed)
Last minute bookings came up for
Lulu and Annalise. We will reschedule this for
a later date.
Lulu Wilson and Annalise Basso

Returning guest Lulu Wilson began her career when she was 3 as a commercial and voice-over actor. She made her movie debut as Christina in “Deliver Us from Evil.” Originally from NYC, Lulu eventually landed in LA to work as a series regular (Mikayla) on the CBS sitcom ‘The Millers.’ Lulu recently starred as Doris, alongside Annalise Basso (Paulina) in “Ouija: Origin of Evil” – now available on Blu-Ray and DVD.

Lulu co-stars in ‘Annabelle 2’, which will be released in May and coming soon, look for Lulu with Lou Diamond Phillips in ‘Cop and A Half 2.’ She has appeared on episodes of ‘Inside Amy Schumer,’ ‘Teachers’ and ‘Black Box,’ as well as upcoming films ‘Slumber’ and ‘Gone Are the Days.’

When Lulu isn’t acting, she’s playing the Ukulele or hard at work writing short stories and screenplays.

Annalise Basso hails from St. Louis, Missouri and has worked consistently in Film, TV and Print. She has starred in films Bedtime Stories, Love Takes Wing, Standing Up, Oculus, and Ouija: Origin of Evil.

Lulu Wilson and Annalise Basso

Annalise and her fellow cast mates received a Screen Actors Guild nomination for their performance in the critically acclaimed indie film ‘Captain Fantastic.’ Basso’s television resume is equally impressive having appeared in ‘True Blood,’ ‘Bones,’ ‘Constantine,’ ‘New Girl,’ ‘Parks and Recreation,’ ‘’Desperate Housewives’ and more. At 10, Annalise appeared in episodes of ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5TH Grader!’

This is one you don’t want to miss. Be sure to join us as we welcome Lulu Wilson and Annalise Basso to ‘Conversations’ Episode’ 75 – LIVE, Wednesday, February 22nd, at 11 PM (EST) 8 PM (PST) on NextBigThingRadio.net