05 October, 2016
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There is a show on the Bravo! channel called The Actors Studio with James Lipton. Each week he takes an actor or actress down memory lane into their careers. Some of his alumni have included Gene Hackman, Jane Alexander, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, and many other amazing actors and directors. Before turning the subject over to his students, Lipton runs past them the questionnaire created by the French essayist Bernard Pivot where we learn some of the inner mind of the subject. I asked Laura if she would be willing to do it, and she graciously agreed to take it on. So here are her answers in the bold type. I’ll add my own after hers. So enjoy. And Laura, thank you for your kindness and beautiful heart.


I love that you want to do these quintessential Actors Studio questions! Such a fantastic idea, Dianne.

1. What is your favorite word?
I really love the word ‘luminous’, the way it slips off the tongue, its so beautifully descriptive in its meaning. But I must say, I use ‘lovely’ far more. In fact… maybe even too often! Coming from me, its one of the best compliments to give someone. Its not necessarily visual, but more of an overall essence of someone and their energy. I thought it was my own thing, until I noticed my mother using it as consistently as I do. It’s strange when you unconsciously pick up little traits from parents without even noticing. Does this mean I’m becoming my mother?!

2. What is your least favorite word?
I don’t have a specific word I loath, but I hate when people use feminine language in a derogatory way. “You throw like a girl” or “You’re such a pussy”… drives me nuts! Especially having little girls hear things like that and feel the repercussions of it, they’re bound to be affected by it. Women aren’t weak and our lady bits go through some pretty heroic moments in life.. child birth being one of them… you gotta be tough for that, right?! And there are so many tough-ass female athletes out there. Most of the time, people don’t mean anything by it and aren’t really thinking about the connotations. Honestly, I think words and the way they’re used, shape the way we think.

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Generosity of spirit. Openness. Truthfulness. Vulnerability. All the best artists have those qualities and the best human beings for that matter. Shines through the work of a lot of great performers.

4. What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Abuse. Be it verbal or physical. There’s far too much negativity. Life really can be a beautiful thing. We need to celebrate each other as equals. Regardless of race, gender, economic status… We really are one and should never abuse others. And we also need to stop hurting our planet and the animals inhabiting it. Respect, empathy and mindfulness should be placed in high regard, instead of hierarchy and dominance over others — that really turns me off.

5. What sound or noise do you love?
Cat noises – particularly ones made by my very own Louie. Purring: all the strange and wonderful meows and quirky sounds cats make. The way our furry friends communicate with us can really sooth and entertain all at the same time.

6. What sound or noise do you hate?
Cracking knuckles make me feel a little uneasy and faint. I never get why people do that. It’s bizarre to me. Snapping bones and cartilage totally gross me out.

7. What is your favorite curse word?
Fuck… (sorry Mom, I know you hate it!) it’s just so satisfyingly descriptive. When you are really fucking mad, there’s no better word to spew out, right?!

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I love animals so much. Probably being a caretaker at an animal sanctuary of some sort. I’ve been so excited visiting places like Animal Sanctuary in Acton California or this weird but wonderful little Airbnb off Melrose in LA. These places make me so happy and the idea of sharing a safe place and love with animals who’ve been mistreated makes me happy.

9. What profession would you not like to do?
Mathematician. Math was the only subject that made me cry in high school. I hate numbers, I’m much more of a creative and visual person.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
He/She would hopefully say something like “Thanks for being you”.

So now, here are mine in a quid-pro-quo:

1. What is your favorite word?
I think the one word that encompasses everything I believe is: Hope. Hope in the goodness that this big old blue marble will keep turning despite stupid humans who want to destroy it.

2. What is your least favorite word?
No. I’ve always hated the word so much. I had it said to me enough in everything I wanted to accomplish, so naturally if someone says it to me, I push back. Just my Leonine nature.

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Anything that is positive and nurturing.

4. What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
My own ability to procrastinate. I have this stupid side of me that precludes me from getting the things done that need to be done, so therefore I self-sabotage.

5. What sound or noise do you love?
Like Laura, my little baby girl Coco’s meows, sounds of her paws on the carpet as she runs up and down the hallway, even the sound of her scratching in her litterbox, and her “plinking” sounds when she drops a piece of her food on the side of her dish. I also love her snores that usually accompany my partner’s at night when all is still and quiet.

6. What sound or noise do you hate?
The sound of an animal when they’re in stress. My heart just can’t take it when I know an animal is outside alone, at night and their human caregiver has left them out. Also yelling at children. I just cannot stand it when someone thinks they can yell at a child and think it won’t matter. It does.

7. What is your favorite curse word?
I have many, though I’d have to say Laura’s is also mine. The beautiful FUCK! Like Laura, my saying that was always the bone of contention between my mother and me when she was alive. I also have combinations of it depending on the occasion such as “Fuckity fuck, fuck, fuck” or “Fuck-a-doodle”. It’s really a beautiful word. However, if I had my choice, I’d pick all the George Carlin “Seven Words You Can’t Say On Television”.

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Mountaineer. Director. Screenwriter. I would love to say I’d love to get into something to do with animals, like Laura, but I could never take it if one died under my watch. That would be so soul taking to me as I believe animals are such unique, and precious souls. I love elephants and big cats, and if I wasn’t so scared to lose them, I’d love to have a big cat and elephant sanctuary where any and all big cats and elephants could come to live and be allowed to be who they naturally are.

9. What profession would you not like to do?
I already did it: ACCOUNTING! I had my CPA and hated it with a white hot passion. It’s the most tedious thing I’ve ever done and was so glad to have bid it a fine adios. It’s the most boring job I ever had and would never have it again. I now just stick to my simple household budgets.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
“You thought I was a fake? A lot you know……”

So there are my answers. Not too sure if they’re revealing, but there you have it. Again, many thanks to Laura for doing this.

 18 April, 2018
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At this time I’d like to wish Laura the happiest of all days. Today is her birthday and I’m hoping she’s spending it with friends, family and Louie. Take care Laura and lots of hugs and wishes of good fortune, good health, and tons of happiness.

 18 February, 2018
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So I found this post on John’s Laura fanpage. You know THAT John. The one who is Laura’s stalker. Yep. That one. Remember the series of Twitter DMs where he claimed I was “super negative” about him. Well it seems he cannot get over the fact I could care less about his little hissy fits. He’s once again at it. I set up a Twitter account for this site, intending on it being another avenue to post updates to this site for Laura’s fans to see. I wanted to split it from my own account because I want it to be about my other pursuits as well as a launching platform for my intended writing career. So I’m just living my life and come across another bit of lunacy from this guy. Apparently he thinks I’m “crazy and disturbed”. This because I happened to retweet a video of a former FBI chief saying that 9/11 was an inside job. Hey John if you’re reading this, which I know you likely are, I’m not the only one who believes this. Perhaps you should stop the idol worship and pick up a book for once. I’ll give you a starter, and even link it to an article. Investigate The Gulf of Tonkin Incident. In this article from The Guardian in England, it states that this attack on American forces in the Gulf of Tonkin in Southeast Asia, sparked the escalation of the Vietnam War (1945-1975). It was a false flag incident the US Army likes to call a “misinterpreted event”. Quite frankly they lied. This escalation caused 58,000+ men to lose their lives in another illegal war much like Iraq. However, nothing like allowing contractors to pad their bank accounts with pillaging Buddhist temples and selling artifacts on the black market. Couple that with the drug trade in the Iron Triangle of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam and you’ve got a good cocktail of what is wrong with American in terms of its greed. Nothing like sending a bunch of unwelcome coloured young boys to fight a White Man’s war. Reality there hon. And don’t try to argue with me. I’ve studied The Vietnam War. Nothing about it was righteous. Nothing about the invasion of Iraq was right either, except that GW Bush wanted to punish Saddam Hussien because he “tried to kill my daddy”. So now the Middle East is as unstable as you are. When the former FBI chief who said this. His name is Ted Gunderson. And he’s not the only one who thinks this. Many other people thought it including the late Pat Tillman, a young man who signed up for the Army Rangers after the attacks and who was summarily killed in a not-so-friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan because of his journals where he was writing all about what was really happening in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Tillman’s journals were burned before his family could get them back. Wonder why?

This is what happens when you don’t read honey. Pick up a history book at time or ten. You might learn something other than making gifs of an actress. Like I said in another post, I have many sites on many people because there are many people I like. I don’t try to starfuck. I’ve had plenty of opportunity to do that and declined because I have ethics. Those ethics involve not being blind to all else, including life and history. By the way I have studied Russian History as well as English and European history. I do understand you have a learning disorder, but that gives you no right to say things like you have. You have to learn that what you say has consequences. I don’t give a good crap whether you go boo hooing to mommy or Laura. I’m tired of your crap. I know you’d like nothing better than to have Laura all to yourself. But that is stalker mentality honey. I don’t care to do that. Like I said in another post, if this site is idle for any length of time, it’s not because I don’t care about it, it’s because in the last year I’ve had a lot to cope with. There’s only one website right now I’m updating regularly. I’ve not abandoned this site. My updates are in the gallery though I haven’t made a main post about them. You know I was ready to let bygones be bygones, but with your posting of that little screenshot of my Twitter feed, I’m thinking perhaps of leaving my blocks on. You made that post five months ago. That would have made it October. I started the account in September. I blocked you in September. That means you deliberately went through my feed after my blocking you to find that particular set of tweets I made in 2013, and 2016. That means while I was living my life, you combed through my feed to find those two specific tweets that “proved” my “instability”. All that proves is that I have a mind of my own and use it, and you are an obsessive compulsive jerk in need of help. Talk about crazy and disturbed.

 14 October, 2017
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First of all so sorry for the lack of updates. I know VAN HELSING aired it’s season two premiere, but I haven’t been able to see it yet, let alone cap it up for the gallery. When I do I’ll post that plus a HQ still I have. Again so sorry. For now here is an article about Laura’s new series LOUDERMILK where she plays Allison. I might have some promo shots and posters from the series. When that comes on I’ll have the screencaps for you as the show airs. I’m also working on a new layout. Not sure what I’m going to be doing…..

2 new comedies: ‘Loudermilk’ full of laughs, ‘Hit the Road’ just full of it

By David Wiegand The San Francisco Chronicle
October 13, 2017 Updated: October 13, 2017 1:37pm

Sam Loudermilk doesn’t care a whit if you like him. Ken Swallow will do almost anything to win you over.

The lead characters of the new AT&T Audience Network comedies, “Loudermilk” and “Hit the Road,” couldn’t be more unalike. The two shows couldn’t be more unalike either, as you’ll see when they premiere on Tuesday, Oct. 17: “Loudermilk” is a sweet-and-sour gem. “Hit the Road” is television roadkill.

Sam Loudermilk (Ron Livingston) is a former rock journalist and recovering alcoholic who now works as a substance abuse counselor, holding group meetings at a local Catholic church. He is brash, antisocial, irritating, impatient, irascible, generally indifferent to what others think of him and a counterintuitively likable antihero. He rooms with his sponsor, Ben (Will Sasso), regularly tests the patience of Father Michael (Eric Keenleyside) and exercises tough love when it comes to working with his recovery group. He’s as misanthropic about his personal life as he is about his job. Yet, in spite of the fact that he offends new neighbor Allison (Laura Mennell) at their first meeting, she ends up liking the guy. Grudgingly, so do many others.

Father Michael is ready to evict the recovery group from the church because of Loudermilk’s bad behavior, but gives him one last chance: He can stay if he agrees to help Claire (Anja Savcic), the drug-addicted daughter of wealthy and recently widowed Jane Wilkes (Anna Galvin).

The series was created by Peter Farrelly and Bobby Mort, and while the notion of a lovable curmudgeon is hardly new, “Loudermilk” stands out for several reasons, first among them, the show’s beautifully realized scripts, followed closely behind by fascinating performances by Livingston, Savcic and others. Clearly, the writers have paid as much attention to the minor characters as they have the leads. There is an easy naturalism woven nicely into the show, with a focus on character as the driving elements of the story.

Speaking of driving, Jason Alexander co-created “Hit the Road” with Peter Tilden and Dean Craig. The series focuses on a family of musicians who drive around the country in a used RV, trying to get any gig they can. The family includes dad Ken (Alexander), a former used-car dealer from King of Prussia, Pa.; mom Meg (Amy Pietz); teenage daughter Ria (Natalie Sharp), who readily uses sex in a vain attempt to advance her career; son Alex (Nick Marini); dopey and doped, diminutive diva Casey (Maddie Dixon-Poirier); and adopted son Jermaine (Tim Johnson Jr.), who is given to nosebleeds and desperately wants out of the family band. We can identify.

The concept of the family band as the un-Partridge Family isn’t terrible. The execution is. The humor is nonexistent, the raunchiness misfires, the characters are tiresome, the scripts are childish and the performances embarrassing. The family’s last name is Swallow, which leads to a tedious string of obvious jokes that fall flat.

Given how small the bus is and how many Swallows there are, they make a rule for coexistence: no “No. 2s” in the RV. Unfortunately, there is a lot of No. 2 on “Hit the Road.” In fact, the show is full of it.

David Wiegand is an assistant managing editor and the TV critic of The San Francisco Chronicle. Follow him on Facebook. Email: dwiegand@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @WaitWhat_TV

SNOOZING VIEWERHit the Road: Comedy. 10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. AT&T Audience Network.

POLITE APPLAUSELoudermilk: Comedy. 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. AT&T Audience Network.


 08 September, 2017
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As Laura does each year, she submits a creation to benefit The Kidney Foundation and this year is nothing different. Last year Laura provided a lovely collage for the same charity. This time around it’s a sweet painting of what looks like her adorable little guy, Louie. If you feel in the charitable mood, please consider bidding. The links are in Laura’s embedded Instagram post.

 06 July, 2017
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Laura has just been added to the cast of the Amazon series THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE in the character of Hedda Parsons. I’m not really familiar with the show, but I’ll be boning up. The name sounds like a combination of the late gossip queens Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons. Congratulations Laura.

Alphas Alum to Castle

* Season 3 of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle has added Laura Mennell (Alphas) as Hedda Parsons, the queen of the New York Nazi Reich scene, and Eijiro Ozaki (Heroes Reborn) as Japanese Admiral Inokuchi, our sister site Deadline reports. Both roles are recurring.


 26 June, 2017
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I’m not sure if this is on in the States, though I have a feeling it might be, but here in Canada we have VAN HELSING available for streaming. Please make sure you add it to your favourites so you can let Netflix know you appreciate them obtaining the show.

 02 May, 2017
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Laura’s episode of REAL DETECTIVE called Every Rose Has A Thorn aired on March 30th is ready for you. Here Laura played the real-life part of murderess Tammy Armstrong, a woman who murdered, then dismembered her boyfriend John E. Maier, then discarded his body. Yes, people like this actually exist. Laura did an admirable job of portraying what we call the dregs of society. I’m thinking of Farrah Fawcett who played child killer Diane Downes who shot her own children and injuring one. It’s hard to play these types of people because of the depravity of the crime, kudos to Laura for taking this on.

 18 April, 2017
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On this day I’d like to wish Laura the Happiest of Birthdays. She turns a lovely 37 today and here’s hoping she has a great one with good drink, good friends, a vegetarian cake and her little Louie. All my best.

 13 February, 2017
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This didn’t take long. Laura has just announced that they’ve started filming season two of VAN HELSING. Looks like we might not have to wait long to find out what kind of bad-assery Rebecca will be up to. Poor Vanessa.

 08 February, 2017
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Some news on VAN HELSING season two. According to Den of Geek, the show will return in late 2017, and like the first season will consist of thirteen episodes. More below.

Van Helsing Season 2 Release Date, Trailer, and More

During the long wait until Van Helsing season 2, stay tuned for the release date of the premiere, cast announcements, and other news!

Syfy has officially confirmed that Van Helsing season 2 will happen in 2017. Like the first, Van Helsing season 2 will run for 13 episodes. If you missed our reviews of season 1 and other news surrounding the show, you can catch up here. In the meantime, fans are anticipating a release date and news of added cast members.

“It’s with great pleasure and extreme excitement that all of us involved with Van Helsing receive the news of a pick-up for a second season, especially this early in our initial run,” said Showrunner Neil LaBute in a statement in October. “We have a wonderful and terrifying road ahead planned for Vanessa, her allies and her enemies. I think this is a world and a story that can be sustained for many years and I am inspired to do so thanks to Syfy’s obvious trust and commitment in the storytellers, cast and crew. The team is very thankful and ready to go—ready to get back on the road to Denver and to spill a lot of blood along the way.”

“We could not be more thrilled to receive a second season nod from our friends at Syfy,” added Chad Oakes, Executive Producer and Co-Chairman of Nomadic Pictures. “The incredibly talented cast, director, and writers, all lead by our fearless leader Neil LaBute, worked tirelessly to deliver us an amazing first season. We cannot wait to roll up our sleeves and continue this journey together.”

Van Helsing Season 2 Teaser

During the long hiatus before Van Helsing season 2 arrives, Syfy has given fans the following teaser to entice everyone to stay tuned until the show returns.