1. How & when did you become conscious about how your lifestyle affects the planet?

I think a lot of it was just part of my upbringing. People in my family have always had gardens & fruit trees; a lot of my family had household livestock. So, the importance of chemical-free food sources and “nothing goes to waste” mentality was something I was raised with. I suspect caring for the environment was a natural outcropping from that foundation.

2. How important is it for celebrities & influencers to encourage people to be green?

People with a large outreach on social media can be particularly helpful educators. Lifestyle choices that are kind to our natural surroundings are often fun, healthy and easy. Highlighting helpful pointers can do an immense amount to open up new and improved ideas on “how to do it better.”

We can also shed light on current events that are perhaps not covered by mainstream media but are particularly vital to the environment.

Finally, public individuals can be key in giving new green technology the PR boost needed to leap into the marketplace and make products accessible and affordable for everyone.

3. Do you feel your audience is starting to adopt some of your eco-friendly habits?

EMA Board Member Amy Smart posted a video highlighting a clever way to make composting easier. It was serendipitous as I had been looking for more efficient ways to create good, juicy compost for my fruit trees. So, as an audience member myself, I can say I’m definitely adopting other people’s nature-friendly habits.

4. With the 27th Annual EMA Awards around the corner, what is your fondest EMA Awards memory?

I was part of the committee judging documentaries one year. It was the year GMO OMG and Virunga were nominated. All of the documentaries that year were impactful and entertaining. I was moved by them and made a point of sending a shout-out for each one of those projects on my social media platforms. It was a privilege to serve to broaden their reach & audience through the EMA Awards.

5. Do you think people in Europe & Canada are more inclined to be green than here in the US?

Not necessarily. City infrastructure like waste-management (with accountable nation-wide recycling & composting receptacles) or efficient public transit may be more developed outside of the US– Japan is admirable on both of these fronts.
But as far as the average American is concerned, I see many smaller towns and communities that are very diligent about protecting natural waterways from polluting agents, for instance. And then there’s the whole “farm-to-table” movement that is bringing a larger demand for farmers-market-styled, locally-sourced foods.

The wonderful thing about living “green” is that it often entails simple decisions that in many ways create a healthier & more satisfying lifestyle; and I think Americans –especially small farmers and green tech innovators– are doing a great job of leading the way to fueling our bodies and our communities into a healthy and lucrative future.


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With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, it seems only right that everyone’s got romance on the brain… and it just so happens that one of the best love stories on TV can be found every Monday night on Castle.

Castle and Beckett’s relationship isn’t just about smouldering looks and swoon-worthy sunset weddings; it’s also about the back-and-forth rapport that the two have had since the mystery writer first waltzed into Beckett’s precinct. It’s fun, it’s charming and it harkens back to the screwball comedies of Hollywood’s Golden years, so when we got the chance to talk with Kate Beckett herself, Stana Katic, at the People’s Choice Awards in January, we just had to ask about the insane chemistry between her and co-star Nathan Fillion.

As it turns out, their resemblance to the couples of yesteryear is actually a totally intentional homage. Katic explained that all of Beckett and Castle’s romantic banter has a very specific inspiration.

“Andrew Marlowe and his team love writing that kind of Thin Man-esque storyline, so I think that it all starts with writing and after that, hopefully you’re about to bounce the ball back and forth with your partner,” she said.

But while the writers’ favorite storylines might be centered on Caskett, Katic’s got a soft spot in her heart for a plot thread that helped define so much of who her character is.

“I liked what happened to Johanna Beckett,” the actress explained when she took part in the fast-paced Against The Clock.

Since Katic seems to love the more intense storylines that Beckett is tasked with on Castle, it’s no surprise that her dream guest star is one of the most serious actors in Hollywood: Daniel Day-Lewis. Now that’s an episode we definitely wouldn’t miss!

In fact, it seems like Katic has quite a few great ideas for must-see episodes if her dream crossover is any indication.

Check out the characters that Katic would love to cross paths in the twelfth precinct, along with the rest of her off the cuff answers in the latest round of Against the Clock!


Here are both parts of the French documentary with English subtitles!! Thanks so much to Camille for translating the entire video for us! This is a must-see for Castle fans, so make sure and watch! You can also find HD screencaps in the gallery.

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An interview with Stana Katic in Estonian fashion magazine Mood (Fashion). Interview was originally done during the summer, in Athens.

Beautiful from the inside out

Canadian born actress Stana Katic, who plays a detective in an American crime show „Castle“, is not afraid of work. In addition to her role in the wildly popular show, she has her own production company, a charity organization, and she just finished shooting a movie in Italy.

Oh,  and by the way, she speaks fluently five languages (she mumbles modestly: “I can speak a few, yes“), she has studied International Law in an university (“I enjoyed that, but my passion for acting won“), and on her nightstand sits Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time“ (“and the magazine Scientific America, too!“), and her hobby is gardening (“I have more than 30 plants.“). If Stana could travel back in time, she would want to see the fall of Berlin Wall with her own eyes. But at the moment, she is encouraging people in the Hollywood to drive less by car. Her charity organization Alternative Travel Project promotes people to leave their cars at home for a few days and travel by alternative means. „I want to encourage people to travel more by foot, by bike or by public transport,“ she tells us. In Los Angeles, where being pedestrian is frowned upon, her mission seems more like mission impossible, but Stana says her project has had fair success.

We meet with Stana on a beautiful summer day in Athens, Greece. Before her interview starts, her agent asks us the copy of our magazine Mood (Fashion).  She says: „Stana would like to get to know your magazine before the interview starts. And she likes to browse magazines on the plane when she is travelling.“ In addition to our fresh number, we give her agent a book “Kaamos“, which is about Estonian fashion. When we enter to a cold meeting hall in Astir Palace hotel, Stana is already sitting behind the table and is reading our magazine and the book. She likes the cover girl Sandra Nurmsalu and her hair and compliments my dress.

I have a feeling that the phrase “beauty inside and out” was created for Stana. She really looks wonderfully good and graceful, she talks quietly and intelligently.  She likes to think before she answers a question. And when I ask her autograph for my daughter after the interview, in addition to her autograph she adds a long list of well-wishes and thank yous. It embarrasses me a little bit to think that I haven’t written anything like this neither for my friends or family, like she writes for a complete stranger.

I have been watching “Castle” from the start and I have noticed that your character Kate Beckett has transformed over the years and she looks more and more glamorous. Both her looks and her wardrobe.

Yes! Absolutely.

Let’s be honest, she looks sometimes even too glamorous for a police officer, don’t you think?

Yes, I agree. But in my opinion things are very well balanced at the moment. Because why deny that in real life, women want to look good. And don’t forget that the series takes place in New York, and every woman who has been born and raised there has a touch of glamour in them. But I agree, when it comes to police force, the focus should be on their work, rather than her clothes.  I hope that it will stay that way in “Castle”, too.

Is there anything from Kate Beckett’s wardrobe that really stands out for you?

Oh! She has so many beautiful things! (Laughs) There have been some Burberry jackets that I really wanted to keep. And I really like few of her jumpsuits and trousers. I like women who wear clothes with more manlier touch, like the ones worn by Lauren Bacall, Katherine Hepburn and Slim Keith. I am really glad there are some real things and real clothes in Kate Beckett’s wardrobe. My everyday style is more girlish than hers.

Is there a bit of a Beckett in you as well?

Of course! She looks just like me! (Laughs) But other than that, I think that there isn’t much Beckett in me. She has some attributes that I really admire about her, let’s be honest, she is more like a superhero. But I am not. Beckett has very black-and-white attitude and has everything under control, whereas I don’t. I am more rock’n’roll and sometimes ridiculous. But Beckett is very inspiring to me.

How do you feel about fashion?

I love fashion! I just adore really good cuts, quality materials, unique and distinctive clothing. I don’t care where clothes are from, I mean the clothes don’t have to have a tag that says it’s from the hottest brand on the market (well, but sometimes they can have that too) but they have to be different, they have to have a good quality and the design should be exciting. Fashion is foremost like an art form to me. And a form of communication, because it says a lot about a person.

How would you describe your style?

It depends a lot on my mood. Sometimes I wish it would be effortless and simple, sometimes I like to experiment and play around. And sometimes I like to wear something that has a special meaning for me, for example if I have bought something while travelling or somebody has given me a gift.

Is there anybody whose style you really admire?

Slim Keith – I mentioned her before – is very elegant and inspiring person.

What about designers?

I love Alberta Ferretti, her style is very playful and romantic. Helmut Lang, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen… McQueen is wildly talented in my opinion! Daily, I like to wear more casual clothes, like Rag & Bone – which are both elegant and simple. I like many Japanese and Chinese designers, because they have some kind of special esthetics, simple straight silhouettes… Oh my god, I talk like I’m an expert in fashion, really, I’m not. But I love fashion shows. I just visited Yves Saint Lauren’s fashion show in Paris and Miucca Prada’s show in New York and when I was in Firenze for a movie shoot, I visited Ferragamo and Gucci museums in there. I think of it as a wonderful world which shows that fashion is more like a form of art.

You like to visit Europe quite a lot. I have read that you speak fluently French and Italian. 

I have studied both of those countries and because of my parents are from Europe, Croatia to be exact, I have adopted an attitude, which in my opinion is very European – that if you are living near or in beautiful countries like France or Italy, it would be wise to learn their language and their culture. For me, it has been elementary to learn at least some sentences of the language of the country I have been visiting. Knowing some foreign language will soon open the doors for you and you’ll learn more about the culture of the people you are talking to. I just hate when you go to visit a country and act like a tourist in there. When you know the language, it will be easier to melt in and earn respect.

How often do you visit your parents’ homeland?

The members of my family are both Serbian and Croatian. I really like to visit them as often as I can, but everything depends on my working schedule.

You have said in one of your previous interviews that every time you visit a country, you visit the opera in there. Have you been in the opera in here, Athens yet?

Yes! I visited one yesterday. I know it sounds cheesy, but I really did! It was one of the coolest opera experience I have ever had, incredibly phenomenal “Don Giovanni”. Very emotional, very dynamic, very fresh, I was so charmed.

Talking about fashion, what has been your funniest fashion faux pas?

Oh! I have had plenty of them, but hopefully they are all behind me, somewhere in the teenage years.

What are your favourite red-carpet outfits?

In the premiere of “Game of Thrones” I wore a black T-shirt and a skirt, which was so very cool, I really loved that outfit. Then one of Alberta Ferretti dress I wore on AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Morgan Freeman red carpet, which was very beautiful and romantic. What else? Oh! I really loved Donna Karan’s jumpsuit in the Independent Spirit Awards.

Few years ago I interviewed your co-star Nathan Fillion. That season on “Castle” ended with Beckett and Castle ending up together. I remember Mr. Fillion was not so glad about that. But you have been mentioning in earlier interviews that you were looking forward them ending up together. Why? Because got to kiss Mr. Fillion?

Hahahahaha! Yes-yes, exactly! (Laughs)  No, to be serious, I think those two characters just fit together so well. I have been thinking from the start that they should end up together, the sooner the better. Nathan Fillion was maybe worried because he thought it could rob the mystery from the show and we could lose some viewers. But in reality, them falling together really worked for the show. Season five was the most viewed season ever. I really had a feeling that people would like to see how those two weirdos end up together and what will happen next with them, even when they are together. And I am super happy that everything worked out well, both for the viewers and for the show.

Magazine Mood (Fashion)

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Castle‘s seventh season already has proven to be a landmark one, in that Rick and Kate finally (finally) tied the knot. But this cycle could also make its mark in other ways, as leads Nathan Fillion andStana Katic will have to make a decisionabout their future with the trusty ABC procedural.

Here in Part 2 of my sit-down with Katic, she previews the ersatz Caskett honeymoon to come (airing tonight at 10/9c), sings the praises of a showcase for a fellow cast member and ponders the possibility of Season 8 (and beyond).

TVLINE | In lieu of a proper honeymoon, Kate and Rick will find themselves undercover at an Old West-style resort. Corsets notwithstanding, was shooting that episode a blast?
Yeah, that was fun. I got to learn a little bit of gun slinging; in fact, I sat there at the end of it and said, “Oh, I think I could do this, like for a living. Gun slinging. For sure.” I worked with a guy who taught the guys for 3:10 to Yuma and a bunch of other wonderful gun slinging scenes in film history, so it was fun to be able to go and play in that world.  We shot in the Universal back lot and there were a lot of reenactors, too, doing the background work. We were riding around in a wagon…. It was just fun.

TVLINE | I asked [showrunner] David Amann if there was a “badass Beckett” moment coming up — because I always get readers asking if there’s a badass Beckett moment coming up — and he said there’s one at the end of the Old West episode. At least one of my readers assumed he was talking about Kate lassoing Rick, or is it something else?
No. He’s talking about something else.

TVLINE | Oh, really?
[Smiles] Yeah…..

TVLINE | Between the Old West episode, “The Taking of Espo 1-2-3? as David calls it (aka the subway hostage episode “Kill Switch,” airing Nov. 24), the action-movie star episode (Dec. 1) and the Christmas episode (Dec. 8), do you have a favorite out of the upcoming four?
Well, I like the Espo one because I like the fact that one of my coworkers gets to shine like that, because those guys are super-talented, Jon [Huertas] and Seamus [Dever]. All of the cast is incredible, but those guys, when they get a chance to kind of get down and dirty, they love it, and they’re so creative.

TVLINE | I’m excited to see the subway episode because I get a Die Hard feeling from the logline, Espo almost as a lone wolf.
Yeah. He’s funny, too, because Jon does a Denzel [Washington] imitation sometimes. Sometimes we’ll be like, “OK, do this take as Denzel,” and he’ll throw in a little touch, and that’s what that episode kind of reminded me of, a Denzel movie. I don’t know if he went “full Denzel” in any point, but it was fun.

TVLINE | David Amann also said that the Christmas episode ends with some sort of a cliffhanger…?
Oh yeah. Yeah. Do you know what it is?

TVLINE | No. But can you give a flavor for it without spoiling it?
It’s going to change the shape of the show for a few episodes, that much I can promise you.

TVLINE | Interesting. I saw you cover the “baby topic” on Good Morning America, so I assume that’s not the cliffhanger. It’s not an EPT test or anything.
No. No.

TVLINE | Your and Nathan’s contracts are up at the end of this season. When does this decision-making process begin? Is it now? Is it not now? Is it spring…?
I don’t know. I really don’t know.

TVLINE | Is it not something that occupies your brain space right away, but your representatives’? How does that work?
I feel like there are a lot of things that other people have to decide before I really have to decide — do you know what I mean? So, I’m not first in line for having to worry about that. I think that there are conversations probably on some other level, but I don’t know exactly what yet, because I haven’t had any conversations personally.

TVLINE | When the ball is put in your court, what sort of considerations does Stana Katic have about Castle Season 8 and beyond?
Well, I think it really depends on…. I don’t think that a show should overstay its welcome.

TVLINE | Castle has told a pretty complete story at this point, one could argue.
If the character is complete, if there is nowhere else to go creatively, then I think it’s better to stop when you’re on top, because I admire the way that they did that withThe Wire, you know? Tell a great story and then go home and move onto something else. Don’t milk it “just because.” So for me it’s about art over finance, and as long as we’re creating something that is compelling and that has somewhere to go, then we’re good to go. And when we find that we’re not, when we don’t have anywhere else to go, then it’s time for everyone to pack up and move onto the next thing. But I don’t know where it’s going to end.

TVLINE | I know that Beckett would be a hard character to say goodbye to, but what’s the saying – “Don’t be sad that it’s over, be happy that it happened”?
I’m lucky that I got to play this character. I’m lucky that I got to experience this. So I’m happy with whatever happens in the end. I’m just happy that I got to be one of the cogs in the machine that created this show and was a part of its success in some small way. So that makes me happy, whatever happens.


Warning: Regardless of which universe you live in, the following contains spoilers from this Monday’s episode of ABC’s Castle. West Coast viewers, avert your eyes now.

When all was said and done, Richard Castle and Katherine Beckett (played by Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic) said “I do” without anything remotely resembling ado, returning to the Hamptons — with a streamlined wedding party in tow — to exchange meaningful, individualized vows.

Sure, before we got to the rings and “perfect” first dance, there was the matter of an unconscious Rick navigating an “alternate” reality in which he and Kate had never met (and where Martha was a theater doyenne about to revive Mame), forcing him to earn anew the trust of those at the 12th — baby daddy Esposito and sad singleton Ryan included! — and eventually find his way “home.” But hey, every wedding day has some drama.

To mark the momentous occasion, TVLine sat down with Stana Katic for an in-depth survey of the marrieds’ bumpy road to the altar and the big day itself, and much more; Part 1 of that Q&A follows.

TVLINE | What were your initial thoughts when you discovered that Kate and Rick’s original wedding day would literally driven off the road by a big twist?
It was a surprise. I just kind of thought, “Oh my gosh, where are they going to go after this?” I didn’t know how they were going to pick up the next season. But I’ve worked with [these writers and producers] for long enough, I’m kind of glad that they’re willing to risk a bit, you know?

TVLINE | As someone whose character’s backstory has been so well serviced over the years — and as a viewer of the show – were you interested to see Rick thrown into his own big juicy mystery?
Well, I think that’s the theme of this season — the show is focusing on Richard Castle. And I think the specific focus of this season is what happened to him during those two months, but also what happened to him that inspired him to become the novelist that he is. I think they wanted to re-mythologize the story, and each of the characters deserves it — especially [Rick] because for so long he just seemed like the “Nothing is ever wrong or bad” guy. It’s nice because it’ll give that character and Nathan an opportunity to add some layers to it. I’m looking forward to seeing what they end up doing with it. It’ll be fun.

TVLINE | Well in those first couple episodes of the season, as precious few details about Rick’s vanishing trickled out, some felt that Beckett was perhaps just this side of being too skeptical, too suspicious of Rick. You know, “How could anybody believe that he was complicit in such a thing?” How do you rationalize her point of view?
Yeah…. I think what we did was we had to justify how all of the evidence is pointing towards him choosing not to make it to that wedding day, and she’s the character who has been taught by Captain Montgomery back in the day to follow the evidence – yet in spite of that, she has chosen to believe in him. But that’s a choice. The evidence doesn’t point to it yet, and finally it did in one of the later episodes — when the [self-made] video comes up and she sees that he actually didn’t want to go down that road and wanted to be there for her.

In the beginning of the season, I think what we tried to do was we tried to pattern out where the character was at because we were following her looking for him, and the first thing is that there’s a fear that he’s hurt, there’s a fear that he needs her help, there’s — God forbid — the worst fear, that he’s not alive. And as she discovers that he’s still alive, that he wasn’t hurt any longer, they found him, the fear becomes that he chose not to be there at the wedding. And he’s a guy who’s had a history of, you know, a number of different relationships, and I think in order to be true to the character you have to wonder if that was the case. But the difference is that this is a mature relationship, they’ve gone through so much, and in spite of the evidence she chose to believe him.

TVLINE | So, with all of that said…. The alternate reality episode was so much fun, and oftentimes extremely clever. Was it fun for you guys to shoot?
Yeah, it was. It was neat to kind of explore what the characters would mean to each other if Castle and Beckett never met. Even what the precinct would have been like. You know, all of the detail that we were trying to go after didn’t quite make it to the screen, but that’s OK. You only have so much time to show what we did.

TVLINE | Is there one example you could give?
Just the nuances that the characters were creating. Like, Jon [Huertas] and Seamus [Dever] did a really phenomenal job of developing the relationship with my character and between [Esposito and Ryan]. There were some moments that they had that were spectacular that I loved watching and being a part of and playing opposite of. So, there were no big scenes or anything that got dropped, just those truly wonderful little moments that we didn’t get to sit in for a little bit, because [an episode] is 42 minutes in the end.

TVLINE | Did you feel any Season 1 “déjà vu” in the scenes where Beckett doesn’t really know this Richard Castle guy?
A little bit. The difference is that she is in authority in this [reality]. There’s kind of a callback to a lot of the Season 1 stuff, but it’s also different because she owns the title of captain. It was funny too, because some of my camera guys said, “Who do you like playing better, real Beckett or Alternate Universe Beckett?” And I thought, “Oh wow, you guys actually see the difference, cool.” It was interesting to see what their perspective on it was and what they liked about Alternate Universe Beckett.

TVLINE | I have to say, we got more wedding than I thought we would. I assumed there’d be an efficient little musical montage at the end – “ring on finger, ring on finger, unheard vows, kiss annnnd fade out.”
Right. No, I didn’t know where they were going to place it but I definitely expected to see the characters exchange vows. Definitely. They had to. I mean, it would have been a big letdown [to skip]. And I think it was romantically written, and sweet the things they said to one another.

TVLINE | When all was said and done, was bridal outfit No. 3 the winner?
Yeah. We thought she would come in with something simpler, and something that she possibly could have pulled out of her closet, which is just some pants and a top that she pulled together quickly or maybe shopped for in half an hour, you know? We did go through some dresses, but we didn’t think that Beckett would want to risk it again, you know, by jinxing it with another dress. It seems like as soon as she has a dress, the wedding falls apart!

Coming next week, in Part 2 of our Q&A: Stana Katic shares tales from Rick and Kate’s “Old West” honeymoon, teases the fall finale’s game-changing twist and weighs in on the hottest topic of them all.


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