Culture shock

Stomp Out Bullying: Young actors come together for a panel on culture shock

NEW YORK — Young actors are coming together virtually for an important cause: to help end bullying.

Over 90,000 schools around the world participated in and streamed the third annual Culture Shock event on Wednesday, April 21.

Panelists discussed their personal experiences and offered advice on what to do if students witness bullying.

The cast gave advice to the students on how to overcome feelings of being bullied or not feeling included. They also addressed the overall consequence of bullying both in society and on an individual.

The panel is part of National Stomp Out Bullying Culture Week taking place April 19-23.

Meet the panelists:

Moderator: Logan Browning

Browning played in 2007 one of the main characters, Sasha, in the theatrical feature “Bratz: The Movie”. She joined the cast of “Meet the Browns” during the second season, replacing Brianne Gould as Brianna Ortiz. She makes a brief appearance in Prima J’s “Rockstar” music video, as well as B5’s “U Got Me” music video. Browning had a recurring role on the Disney XD series “Pair of Kings.” She appeared in two episodes of “The Secret Circle”, a television series based on the novels of the same name by LJ Smith. In April 2012, Browning starred as Jelena Howard on VH1’s “Hit the Floor.” Prior to “Hit the Floor”, Browning was not a professional dancer. Browning starred alongside her “Hit the Floor” co-star, Katherine Bailess, in the YouTube comedy series “S*** Southern Women Say.” In July 2016, it was announced that Browning would star as Samantha White in Netflix’s satirical drama series “Dear White People.” In 2017, Browning starred as Lizzie in the Netflix horror movie “The Perfection.” The film was released on May 24, 2019.

Katherine McNamara
McNamara currently stars on The CW’s “Arrow” as Mia Smoak (aka Blackstar). Originally only called Blackstar, Mia is an underground cage fighter from a possible future. The reveal of Mia’s true identity as the daughter of Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak has been described as the best twist of season 7. McNamara is perhaps best known for her role as Clary Fray on the series Freeform” Shadowhunters”. The fantasy show, based on a series of young adult books, has garnered a huge fanbase and won multiple People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards. Last year, McNamara reprized her role as Sonya in the third installment of “The Maze Runner” trilogy, “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” alongside Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario. She originated the role in the second film “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”.

Michaela Jae (MJ) Rodriguez
Rodriguez can currently be seen playing the role of stay-at-home mom Blanca in Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking series “Pose” on FX. The series was nominated for a 2019 Emmy Award and a 2018 Golden Globe Award in the Best Drama Series category as well as a Writers Guild Award and won both a Peabody Award and a GLAAD Media Award in the Best Drama Series category. . Rodriguez was recently nominated for an MTV Movie + TV Award in the Breakthrough Performance category. She was also nominated for 2 Gold Derby Awards for Dramatic Actress and Breakthrough Performance for her work in “Pose”. The series will make a highly anticipated return to FX for its third season. She historically won the 2019 Imagen Award for Best TV Actress. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Rodriguez made her Off-Broadway debut in the New World Stages production of “Rent” as Angel before moving onto Central New York to star in Encores! production of “Runaways”. She recently starred as Audrey in the Pasadena Playhouse’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” In 2018, she made her Tribeca film debut in the independent film “Saturday Church,” a performance that earned her a Tribeca Film Festival nomination for Best Actress. His other TV credits include Marvel’s “Nurse Jackie” and “Luke Cage.”

Jordan Fisher
Fisher is a multi-hyphenate in every possible way for his age production, music, games, theater, dance, Broadway: no one else his age has a grip on so much vertical sectors within the industry. From portraying the titular character in “Dear Evan Hansen” (and the first biracial actor to portray the character), starring in Netflix’s wildly successful sequel franchise “To All the Boys” and most recently major rom-com Netflix’s “Work It,” Fisher has been singled out by multiple outlets for his work. Vanity Fair said: “Those of you who saw ‘To All the Boys: PS I Still Love You’ – or were able to catch him on Broadway in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ just before the pandemic shut down all cinemas – will experience Fisher’s magnetism already. Those unfamiliar should be immediately taken with Fisher’s brand of warm suavity . . . ” Next, Jordan will star in the feature film “Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between”, whose he will also serve as executive producer, as well as guest star as Bart Allen, aka Impulse, on The CW’s “The Flash.” Jordan has also become active in raising awareness and using his voice to speak out about racial injustices.

Hudson Yang

Hudson Yang, named by Variety, The Wrap and other publications as a rising star to watch in young Hollywood, spent six years as the irrepressible protagonist Eddie in ABC’s historic Asian-American family sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat”. His performance earned him multiple NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Young Person and Teen Choice Award nominations as Choice Scene Stealer in 2016 and Outstanding TV Comedy Actor in 2017 and 2018. Yang also appeared in ” Family Guy”, Disney’s “Sophia”. the First,” “Liv and Maddie and The Lion Guard” and PBS’s “Cyberchase.” He will next appear in the independent film “The Ray.” An amateur chef, Yang owns the West LA restaurant/lounge Sorry Not Sorry and develops a number of unscripted food television projects through his production company, Huje. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Yang now lives in Ladera Heights, California.

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