Rising Starlet: Pooya Mohseni


Some actresses have that air of fascination and Iranian-born actress Pooya Mohseni has that very beguiling disposition. She’s actually a transgender entertainer who could well be reaching for the stars in the near future. She has a recurring role on “Falling Water” this week and once more we’ll be intrigued by another striking female character on TV. Pooya plays Dr Duria who conducts a study on test subject Tess (Lizzie Brocheré) for some let’s just say shady research. This Inception-like dream/reality science fiction melodrama does throw up a compelling premise. Pooya is enigmatic as the stoic Dr Duria but there’s bound to be some layers to be unveiled in future episodes. Tune in to find out if she’s a villain or is she genuine in the care for her dream-walking patients.

I do have to acknowledge that Pooya is the very first transgender actress featured on this blog and as always it’s an event to be celebrated every single time. So should she be lauded for bravely coming out. It’s about revering humanity and we should all feel blessed for being able to feel comfortable with the gender and body we most identify with. Certainly there has been a boom in the number of scripts calling for trans actresses as Pooya herself has witnessed. She previously appeared on “Madam Secretary” as Samila Mahdavi, an Iranian operative who is in hiding in Istanbul. Casting directors should certainly get her on the show “Transparent” with Jeffrey Tambor. Pooya is the beautiful soul who is thriving on her own distinctive virtues which are aplenty.

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Actress Spotlight: Lindsay LaVanchy


Television is on fire this whole week with talented actresses impressing us with impeccable portrayals and the endearing Lindsay LaVanchy will most certainly have our affection. She appears in the 2 Hour Halloween Special of “Scream” which is quite the bloody episode. Lindsay plays Billie the caretaker of the Whitman Mansion that has ties with the murderous legend of Anna Hobbs. Attending a get together with Emma Duval (Willa Fitzgerald) and her friends, she reveals the story of how Anna Hobbs deadly killing spree came to be. She does have a killer line that goes ‘Why does a woman do anything? Because she wants to‘ in response to the motive of Anna’s descent into madness. Find out what happens to her character Billie as the night wears on. With her doll-like features, Lindsay contrasts favourably with Willa and Carlson Young in the cutie stakes.

She’s currently being raved about on the theatre scene for her strikingly intense performance in Tennessee Williams Baby Doll. Praiseworthy reviews include:

LaVanchy is pretty, innocent yet brazen as Baby Doll. This is a most difficult role and Lavanchy gives it her all in a luminous performance

Lindsay Lavanchy in a riveting performance as Baby Doll. She is a child, a schemer, and an awakening sexual being all in one

The arresting LaVanchy anchors this production, and not just because of her character’s four-alarm sexuality. The actress lets us witness the desperate danger of Baby Doll’s plight and the transformation from girl to woman that is taking place at the worst possible time. The character has had it rough, and it’s clear we are watching the last hours of her innocence. LaVanchy locates the fear and the deep sadness of Baby Doll

With her upcoming role that she shot for James Franco in the film “The Labyrinth”, there’s more enchantment to come from this gifted siren of the screen. In “The Labyrinth”, she plays a woman who assumes her crazy dead sister’s personality and causes a lot of trouble in the hunt for her killer. It’s time to look fondly at Lindsay as she captivates the world!