Julia in the UK

Julia recently visited London where she spoke to Cosmo UK and headed to the ITV studios …

It’s been a whole SIXTEEN YEARS since 10 Things I Hate About Youburst onto our screens and thrust a long-haired Heath Ledger singing on the school bleachers into our lives. Sigh.

We loved watching Julia Stiles play angsty, non-comformist Kat Stratford – and as she was in London to promote her new series Blue, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to ask her aaaaalll about it…

How do you feel looking back on ‘10 Things…’ today?
I’m so grateful to have been in that movie. It was my first big break, and such a fun part. I have so many good memories from filming, but I don’t really like to watch it back. They’re still talking about it so many years later, that’s really lucky and I’m fortunate to be a part of it.

Er, why?
If you could imagine a home video of your seventeen-year-old self, broadcast for all the world to see, you might feel slightly uncomfortable, too. I was such a baby.

What were the most enjoyable parts of filming?
Just being teenagers away from home, making a movie over the summer, it was ridiculous. It was such a special experience because it was so raw, and we were so unfiltered, all of us in the cast. There was something innocent and pure about that time.

We’ve heard the tears at the end of your ’10 Things I Hate About You’ reading were real – were they?
They were not intentional. On some level I knew that I was supposed to be somewhat emotional, because when we did the table read I remember I just said the poem, and I could have been reciting the phone book.

But [when it came to filming] I never expected that I was going to start crying. I don’t know why I did, whether it connected to something going on at the time, or if I was just overwhelmed by the whole experience of making my first big movie.

You must be proud of how far your co-stars have come since that film?
I’m so proud of so many. Joseph Gordon Levitt is an amazing musician and what he’s done with Hitrecord is really, really interesting. David Krumholtz [who played Michael] is on a successful TV show, and Larisa Oleynik [Bianca] has blossomed into a lovely young woman. The only caveat to that is, obviously, it’s really sad what happened to Heath Ledger. It’s a little bittersweet.

You’re a proud feminist – how was it playing a character who was, in many ways, the first fictional feminist in the genre?
Kat was really angst ridden too. [Nowadays] I feel like, on the one hand obviously there’s so much to be grateful for; women can vote, can have jobs, be self-reliant. But sometimes I wonder how far we’ve come – I could wax political forever but I know I’ll get in trouble for it.

In your new project, Blue, you play a mum to a pre-teen son, who works as an accountant by day but an escort by night…
Yeah – It was a challenge for me, but a welcome challenge. As much as there’s a dark humour with the way that we show her life, it’s also really sad what she’s dealing with. Yeah, so sometimes you take that home with you.

You can watch Julia in ‘Blue’ on Lifetime TV (Freeview channel 238, Virgin Media channel 242, and Sky channel 156) from Monday 2nd March at 10pm.

WIGS to air on Skewing

Lifetime UK is turning to a web series for their next acquisition. The female skewing channel has snapped up the exclusive UK rights to the WIGS series Blue starring Julia Stiles (The Bourne Ultimatum) for their Spring schedule, TVWise has learned.

Blue stars Stiles as the title character, who works as an accountant by day, but as an escort by night. As she leads two lives she struggles to keep these worlds apart. Ultimately, Blue is threatened with exposure and becomes desperate to shield her son from the truth, forcing her to descend deeper in to a world of deception. William Peterson, Eric Stoltz, James Morrison and Uriah Shelton also star.

The series is produced for WIGS, the YouTube channel launched in 2012 by Jon Avnet and Blue creator Rodrigo Garcia with a decided focus on scripted drama, and has aired three seasons. As part of their deal with Fox, Blue and other WIGS series have also aired longer-form, TV-length episodes on Hulu and Hulu Plus.

BlueLifetime UK’s deal for Blue covers the content produced for the first two seasons, which originally unspooled on YouTube as close to 40 webisodes. For its run on Lifetime, those webisodes have been re-cut into 10 hour-long episodes, which will begin airing on the channel on Monday March 2nd at 10pm.

CTV Extend gets Blue with Julia Stiles

CTV announced on Monday that it has acquired the award-winning web series Blue, starring Julia Stiles, for its recently launched digital platform CTV Extend. The show follows the story of Stiles who plays a single mother trying to protect her son from the consequences of her secret career as an upscale escort.

The first two seasons are available for streaming on the free, ad-supported VOD network at CTV.ca and on the CTV Go app, along with the recently launched season three, which adds Eric Stoltz and Alexz Johnson to the cast.

Blue was created for WIGS, a YouTube network that carries scripted series and documentaries made by high-profile Hollywood stars and filmmakers. It was founded by producer Jon Avnet (Risky Business, Black Swan) and Rodrigo Garcia (In Treatment, Albert Nobbs), the writer/director behind Blue.

Although the first two seasons of Blue were originally seen on WIGS in the US, the per episode running times in season three were extended to about 40 to 60 minutes from under 10 minutes, and they streamed on Hulu, Fox.com and the WIGS website, not YouTube. CTV has exclusive rights to season three in Canada.

In addition to the eight hours of episodes, CTV Extend will also host numerous digital extras for Blue, including behind-the-scenes vignettes with the filmmakers, writers, actors and crew. As it continues to license content for the VOD platform that it launched this past spring, CTV is taking a leadership role in the Canadian market where broadcasters are feeling the pressure from OTT and SVOD providers that encourage cord-cutting.

Julia’s Twitter Chat

Here are some of the questions Julia answered, head over to her Twitter for more.

Julia I want to know what you enjoy most doing writing&directing or acting?
I love both. And they compliment each other nicely. Kinda like when a painter makes sculptures, or a sculptor starts to paint

I was wondering how you came up with the idea of “Blue”?
Haha, I didn’t. It was all Rodrigo Garcia, and his crazy imagination

What was it like hearing other speak your words in Paloma? How did the idea of Paloma arise?
That’s one of the most exciting things ever, when you see this thing from your imagination come to life

Do you have some fave german food?
Beer. (Kidding, weiswurst)

Are there any particular directors that influenced the style or look of #Paloma?
I really like Julian Schnabel’s films, and Sofia Coppola’s early work.

What did you like best or what was most challenging while acting with your sister?
I felt so protective of her, I had to remind myself to stop mothering. But it was a delight because we are so close.

What your favorite horror film?
Maybe The Shining or Psycho

Which book are you reading at the moment?
It’s hard for me to get into a novel while I’m on set, but I did just finish The Odyssey

Where do you like to spend your holidays most?
I love exploring new places, next on the list is Brazil if I’m lucky.

For Paloma did you get to ‘hand pick’ your cast? Was it your ideal cast for your script?
I had seen Grace in a play, thought she rocked. And then mostly cast my friends- Gaby and I grew up together.

Save the last dance is my favorite movie ! Do You still practice dance ?
Only in my living room ;). Yoga has kind of replaced dance.

What do you love to do between 2 takes?
Between takes you are usually trying to focus on getting the next take right. Between scenes you are trying to learn lines.

Do you have a fave movie or series at the moment?
I’m hooked on SHERLOCK at the moment.

Who are some actors/actresses that inspire you?
Too many to name, but I’ll start with Cate Blanchett and Bill Macy and and and…

Blue Season 3 Trailer

Julia Stiles is back for a third season of “Blue,” the story of a single mom/escort struggling to keep her two identities secret (and separate) in the web series, created for the female-focused original online channel WIGS.

Zap2it can exclusively reveal that the third season of the web series will be available in four longer-form episodes of 40-60 minutes each beginning Friday, March 28 on Hulu, Hulu Plus, WatchWIGS.com, Fox.com and the FOX Now app. Also debuting on March 28 will be a longer-form episode of the WIGS series “Paloma,” written and directed by Stiles and starring Grace Gummer.

The new episodes of “Blue” co-star Eric Stoltz as a new love interest — a client with whom Blue gets a little too close — and Stiles’ real-life sister, Jane O’Hara, as Blue’s sister. Daren Kagasoff (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) and Alexz Johnson (“Instant Star”) also join the cast, and Laura Spencer (“The Lizzie Bennet Diaries”) will cameo as her WIGS character from the series “Jan” and “Vanessa & Jan,” Vanessa.

Check out Zap2it’s exclusive first look at Stiles and Stoltz getting close in the new trailer below, and tune in March 28 for the full third season.

Blue Season 3 moving from YouTube to Hulu

Julia Stiles’ popular YouTube show Blue will be returning for a third season, but it will not be available for fans to watch on YouTube. The show will instead air on Hulu and Fox.com.

Variety reported that two years ago, digital studio WIGS was one of the early adopters of original online programming and received funding from YouTube. That funding resulted in the original series Blue, which has over 65.5 million views on YouTube to date. WIGS recently cut a deal with Fox Broadcasting for programming and distribution that resulted in a partnership between the two studios. As a result of this partnership, Blue will only be seen on Hulu and Fox.com, instead of YouTube.

The new season of Blue will be available for streaming on Hulu Plus starting on Friday, March 28. The show will be featured in longer formats ranging from 40-60 minutes, TV By The Numbers reported. Season three of the popular show that features Julia Stiles as a mom moonlighting as an escort on the side, was written and directed by WIGS co-founder Rodrigo Garcia.