Anne-Marie on dealing with emotions and Turning Red – and other things to watch this week | Ents & Arts News



Welcome to our guide to what’s new and what’s new to watch in the world of TV and film.

Featuring our biggest celebrity interviews of the week, our In the wings The entertainment review also includes details on other new and noteworthy works coming to your screens.

Turning Red – available now on Disney Plus

Turning Red, the new animated film from Pixar
Pixar’s New Animated Film Turning Red Offers an Unusual Take on Teenage Problems

This is the story of 13-year-old Meilin “Mei” Lee, who, like most teenagers, relies on her friends to overcome the problems she encountered during her formative years – but unlike most teenagers, she explodes into a giant red panda whenever his emotions become intense. too high.

Starring Sandra Oh and Rosalie Chiang, it’s a clever take on the emotional roller coaster that many girls find themselves on as they navigate their teenage years.

British pop star Anne-Marie, who appeared in the film, is one celeb who certainly isn’t shy about speaking openly about her own struggles.

In her 2020 documentary How To Be Anne Marie, she revealed the difficulties she faced at school and how her life was affected. She also confirmed that she was going to try therapy and told Sky News that she was not only doing it, but also thanking her friends for helping her through the toughest times.

“I guess you don’t really realize how important friends are — or can be — in certain situations,” she said. “As adults, we still don’t really let out what we’re supposed to let out…I have a therapist, but that doesn’t mean your friends can’t be too.

“They are so important and I certainly couldn’t have gotten through some things without my friends.”

Anne-Marie says the challenge – and the rewards that come with it – of being able to manage her emotions is something she can relate to.

Turning Red features Rosalie Chiang as the voice of Mei Lee and Sandra Oh as the voice of Ming.  Photo: Disney/Pixar
Turning Red features Rosalie Chiang as the voice of Mei Lee and Sandra Oh as the voice of Ming. Photo: Disney/Pixar

“It’s definitely a good thing to learn,” she said. “I could never really control it, like my whole life I’ve been very, very extreme; I’m very hyper, very happy, very sad, very angry – I’m all extremes. It was only when I started therapy that I started to realize that being in the middle is a really good place to be.

“It’s really about learning what you’re capable of continuing to deal with, I think, because my extreme emotions were quite difficult to deal with – the panda was with me a lot.”

The 30-year-old says she was originally drawn to the role because of the film’s message. “I try to do that with my music – I always really try to put a message in there that maybe people haven’t heard before in a pop song or just something that makes people feel something. “, she said.

“I want to be involved because it’s important to have these kinds of films, especially for young people – I wish I had had these kinds of films when I was younger.”

Outlander – available now on Starzplay

Caitriona Balfe in season 6 of Outlander.  Photo: Starzplay
Caitriona Balfe in season 6 of Outlander. Photo: Starzplay

Caitriona Balfe is in the running for a BAFTA for her role in Kenneth B’s Belfast – but it’s not just the award ceremonies that put her center stage at the moment.

Historical drama Outlander, in which she plays time traveler Claire – whose romance with a Highland warrior played by Sam Heughan is central to the plot – is also returning.

It is the sixth installment of the hit series, which boasts a loyal and devoted fan base; the time between sets is labeled as “droughtlander”, and they had to wait longer than usual this time due to the pandemic.

This fandom, while welcome, can be intense at times. Balfe told Sky News she didn’t let any negativity get to her, but admitted to trying to protect the younger cast members. “Ninety-nine point nine percent of [fan interaction] is really just this beautiful wave of people supporting you and telling you how much they love you. Which is, you know, lovely, isn’t it? Who could blame that?

“But like everything, there’s a little piece that’s critical or maybe a bit intrusive, and of course as human beings it’s hard not to understand that. I think it’s one thing when you’re as old in the game as Sam and I might be, but I think when you’re talking about young actors coming onto a show and getting into this wave of it all, it can be pretty overwhelming.”

Read more: Caitriona Balfe on Belfast success, Outlander’s return and being a ‘mother hen’ on set

BAFTA Awards – BBC One from 7pm on Sundays

Lady Gaga stars as Patrizia Reggiani in Ridley Scott's House Of Gucci.  Photo: MGM
Lady Gaga stars as Patrizia Reggiani in Ridley Scott’s House Of Gucci. Photo: MGM

A chance to celebrate some of the films that have provided an often-needed escape in difficult times, this year’s BAFTA ceremony takes place today.

Lady Gaga is among the stars expected at London’s Royal Albert Hall for Sunday’s event – does that mean she’s imagining her chances of being Best Actress for her role in House Of Gucci?

Other stars up for the awards include Leonardo DiCaprio (Don’t Look Up), Benedict Cumberbatch (Power Of The Dog) and Will Smith (King Richard).

Read more: BAFTA preview – powerful themes plus blockbusters in the mix for the awards

And finally…

You can listen to our interviews and hear our reviews in this week’s Backstage podcast. In addition to Turning Red – featuring Anne-Marie’s interview plus a conversation with star Sandra Oh – Outlander and the BAFTAs, our Backstagers also discuss The Adam Project (Netflix) and Upload (Amazon Prime), both released now, and Holding (ITV from March 14).

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