Tara Martinez

Tara Martinez

Tara Martinez is a New York-based writer with a passion for pop culture and a penchant for analysis. She frequently covers film, television, and representations of women in the media.
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Marianna Palka on Netflix’s ‘GLOW’ and Her New Film ‘Bitch’

For Marianna Palka, creative expression comes in many forms. She’s an actress, director, writer, and producer.With her latest projects, Palka uses every ounce of drive and talent she’s got to bring her work to audiences worldwide. On GLOW, Palka plays Reggie Walsh, an Olympic hopeful who gets the opportunity to show off her athletic skill in a much smaller arena: the wrestling ring. Often quiet and contemplative, Palka’s Reggie offers audiences a glimpse into the other side of the sport, one that’s not steeped in glitz, glamour, and the kind of...
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An Interview with Miriam Morales: The ‘Orange is the New Black’ Actress on Pidge, Hometown Recognition, and Following Her Dreams

There’s one word that comes to mind when speaking with Miriam Morales: driven. The actress, who plays the energetic and funny Pidge on Orange is the New Black, has dedicated her life to pursuing every opportunity she can in the arts. After receiving her first role in a church play at age five, Morales let her passions propel her from a small Long Island community to Netflix’s top show. And now there’s no stopping her. With her feet now firmly planted in the entertainment industry, Morales is ready to conquer...
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Exclusive Interview: Rosal Colón on Acting, ‘Orange is the New Black,’ and the Importance of Inclusive Storytelling

If there’s one thing we’ve all learned from Orange is the New Black, it’s that life at Litchfield can be unpredictable. And in Rosal Colón’s case, life imitates art. Tasked with playing Spanish Harlem’s resident tough girl Carmen “Ouija” Aziza, Colón needs to be ready for just about anything. From going toe-to-toe with Piper Chapman in season four to holding prison guards hostage in season five, Colón’s character has given her lots of juicy stuff to work with. And as an actor, she absolutely relishes in the opportunity to meet...
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Fan Fest Exclusive: Chad Rook Talks ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’

If you’re an avid TV watcher, it’s likely that Chad Rook has made an appearance in your living room at some point or another. The actor has enjoyed brief stints on shows like The Flash, Supernatural, and Bates Motel. And most recently, he’s been lending his many talents to the hit NBC show Timeless. As much as fans have enjoyed Rook on the small screen, there’s little doubt that his passion and enthusiasm for his craft deserve a bigger platform. Cue in War for the Planet of the Apes, the...
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Fan Fest Exclusive Interview: Lea Thompson on Her Feature Film Directorial Debut ‘The Year of Spectacular Men’

Lea Thompson has spent over 30 years starring in some of pop culture’s most beloved films. Think Back to the Future, The Little Rascals, and Dennis the Menace. She’s also graced the small screen on shows like Caroline in the City, Switched at Birth, and Dancing with the Stars. And now with her feature film directorial debut The Year of Spectacular Men, Thompson is venturing into all-new territory. The Year of Spectacular Men, which is part of this year's L.A. Film Festival Official Selection lineup, follows recent college grad Izzy...
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For the Love of Joan Ferguson: Why Wentworth’s Top Villain Resonates with So Many Fans

Author’s Note: Thank you to all the Joan fans who shared their insights with me. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to quote everyone, but please know that your words and your passion for Joan helped craft every sentence of this article. I truly appreciate your openness and honesty. In the wild world of social media, Joan Ferguson is a point of contention among Wentworth fans. Many see her as nothing more than a villainous caricature who serves only to terrorize those around her. To these viewers, she is a raving mad...
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‘Bates Motel’ Series Finale Recap: ‘The Cord’

Last night's series finale was a strange yet beautiful reminder that sometimes life truly does come full circle. In one way or another--whether by divine fate, human error, or heartbreaking tragedy---the cast of characters on Bates Motel did find their way back to where it all began: love. Alex Romero was the first of our tragic heroes to meet his fate. After leaving office clerk Regina in the woods alone, Alex urges Norman to take him to Norma’s resting place. He’s more desperate than ever to see Norma and to...
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Joan Crawford Researcher Bryan Johnson Talks ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’

For many Old Hollywood fans, Joan Crawford’s face is forever etched into memory. Those large, expressive eyes and pouting lips made her one of the most beautiful women in the world. And her indelible talent enabled her to live with glamour and fervor on the big screen for all to see. As familiar as Crawford’s look and legacy are to film fans everywhere, she has always remained something of enigma. Despite Crawford’s legendary status, people choose to remember her in fragments: a cold-creamed face, giant shoulder pads, or perhaps a wire-hanger wielding hand. But researcher Bryan...
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