A-listers providing big news this week and you can hear the shocking audio. Our guest is Melissa Ponzio (Teen Wolf/Walking Dead/Chicago Fire). Top 15 Caribbean vacations from Travel and more.
A-listers providing big news this week and you can hear the shocking audio + Guest: Melissa Ponzio (Teen Wolf/Walking Dead/Chicago Fire) + Top 15 Caribbean vacations from Travel + Leisure for 2020 + Juice WRLD + Barnes Bitches + the debut of Cubby's Pop Culture Throwback.
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Melissa Ponzio joins us in today’s episode to talk about all things pop culture. How did Jada Pinkett Smith break the internet? Is Johnny Depp living into his previous acting roles? We also discuss the search for Naya Rivera and the debut of Juice WRLD’s posthumous album. You know Melissa from her roles on Teen Wolf, The Walking Dead, and Chicago Fire. For those dedicated Teen Wolf fans, you do not want to miss this conversation about Melissa’s favorite memories as a cast member of the show.
What to listen for:
02:10 Which islands are the best to visit right now?
12:04 Celebrity Sleaze: Jada Pinkett Smith speaks with Will Smith on Red Table Talk
18:11 Celebrity Sleaze: Johnny Depp’s tabloid lawsuit
23:05 Celebrity Sleaze: Naya Rivera’s body still not found
26:14 Celebrity Sleaze: Juice WRLD’s new album—Legends Never Die
26:56 Melissa Ponzio answers questions about her acting career
35:14 Listeners’ questions for Melissa
39:35 What’s next for Melissa?
44:23 Order a personalized cue card from SNL
46:28 Karen and her history
51:42 Cubby’s Pop Culture Throwback–this week 1989
“What stories can we tell, how can we tell them safely, and who can we rely on to tell those stories.” [30:43]
Melissa Ponzio can currently be seen recurring as ‘Donna Robbins’ on the hit NBC series, Chicago Fire. Her character caught the eye of ‘Chief Boden’ (Eamonn Walker), and audiences saw their relationship unfold culminating in their Firehouse 51 wedding, and the growth of their family with the birth of their son ‘Terrance’ in the back of the Squad 3 truck.
Melissa is perhaps best known for her role as the hard-working and devoted single mother on the hit MTV series, Teen Wolf. After her character, ‘Melissa McCall,’ discovers that her son Scott (played by Tyler Posey) is in fact a werewolf, a new and exciting dynamic for their relationship developed as she helps Scott’s pack investigate various supernatural villains threatening their town and loved ones. As a nurse, Melissa uses her medical knowledge to take care of injured supernatural allies at Beacon Hills Memorial, which over the years became the location of many memorable and pivotal scenes. Teen Wolf’s sixth and final season aired in 2017.
Melissa stars in Rachael Annette Helson’s directorial debut, Hatched, an Official Selection at the 2019 HollyShorts Film Festival. Additionally, she has completed filming the upcoming short film Miranda of Mind from writer/director Bianca Ahonor - a Hedgebrook-Humanitas Screenwriting Fellow and a 2018 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship Semifinalist. She has also wrapped writer/director Claire Bryétt Andrew’s coming of age film, Max and Me.
Fans of the breakout AMC drama, The Walking Dead, will recognize Ponzio as original Woodbury resident ‘Karen,’ – the lone survivor of the Governor’s attack on his own army in the third season finale. During the fourth season of the show, ‘Karen’ who developed a loving bond with ‘Tyrese,’ (Chad Coleman) met her untimely, shocking and pivotal demise; a turn of events that reverberated through the remainder of the season. Other notable television appearances include recurring roles on Cinemax’s Banshee, and Lifetime’s Army Wives, as well as guest appearances on The Following, Touch, NCIS, Necessary Roughness, Franklin & Bash, Drop Dead Diva, CSI and the Vampire Diaries as well as the television films Justice for Natalee Holloway opposite Tracy Pollan and Stephen Amell and Marry Me with Lucy Liu and most recently Ben Meyerson’s Lifetime Television Film, Killer Reputation opposite Anna Hutchison.
Melissa starred opposite Hilary Swank in the HBO original film, Mary and Martha, directed by Phillip Noyce. Based on a true story, the movie portrays a mother’s fight to eradicate malaria in the developing world. Other film credits include HBO’s historical drama Warm Springs, opposite Kenneth Branagh and Cynthia Nixon, and the Warner Brothers’ comedy, Life As We Know It, with Josh Duhamel and Katherine Heigl.