BENT CON!

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Come see Team Unicorn on the  Un-gays in comics: Not-LGBT creator panel this Saturday at Bent-Con!  We will be discussing the hardships and triumphs of creating our own content.  Panel starts at 3pm!

 

More information here: Bent-Con Website

COMIKAZE SIGNING FOR CUPCAKE QUARTERLY!

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I will be appearing at Stan Lee’s Comikaze this Saturday for Cupcake Quarterly!!  Come by the Castle Corsetry booth, (booth #731) and get your copy of the magazine signed by me and my partner in crime Clare Grant!  I freakin’ love our Hogwarts house corsets we get to wear, courtesy of Ms. Lauren Bregman of Castle Corsetry!

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TEAM UNICORN FOR WE LOVE FINE!

Geek girls of the world unite!!  Team Unicorn has teamed up with We Love Fine to model some of their newest geek fashions.  It’s so refreshing to see clothing companies really start to make nerd/geek stuff for girls that’s not just t-shirts.  Leggings, crop tops, sweaters, oh my!  Check out all the styles at WeLoveFine.com

 

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SO MUCH LOVE! THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH!

Just wanted to take a sec to thank all you guys out there for being so supportive of our Wonder Woman project!  It’s been such a surreal and awesome experience.  I had hoped it would do well, but I never expected it to blow up the way it did.  4 million views in just a week…it’s kinda crazy pants!!  We’ve heard through the grapevine that the peeps over at Warner Bros. and DC have seen it and love it!  That still doesn’t mean that all of a sudden they are going to stop what they’re doing and hire our team to make a movie or television series, but at least they took notice and are really excited about the direction we took the character and franchise in.  I love this character and I so hope that I get to play her again!  Below are a couple of links to interviews and press about the project:)

xoxo,

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One of the neatest things was seeing the short trend all over the internet.  Not only were we front and center on youtube for a couple of days but we were the number one trending topic on Yahoo, Google, and Google +!

 

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Nerdist Industries Interview: http://www.nerdist.com/2013/09/rainfalls-films-shows-dc-how-to-make-a-wonder-woman-movie/

Fan Voice Interview: http://voice.fan.tv/2013/09/30/cant-wonder-woman-ha-chat-rileah-vanderbilt-short-film/

Impulse Gamer Interview: http://www.impulsegamer.com/rileah-vanderbilt-wonder-woman-interview-real-wonder-woman/

BuzzFeed Interview: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/amazing-fan-made-wonder-woman-short-film-proves-why-there-ne

WONDER WOMAN ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA!

Um, so weird and incredible waking up to this!  Yay!!!!

 

WONDER WOMAN!!

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As most of you know, I recently got to work on an epic Wonder Woman project with Rainfall Films!  If any of you are a nerd like me, you know all the controversy surrounding this character and why Hollywood hasn’t made a decent movie or TV show.  Joss Whedon tried to make it work, but the studios weren’t having it.  Then there was that awful David E. Kelly pilot, where Diana sat around, ate ice cream and cried the entire time.  Did I mention the utterly terrible costume?  Yeah, I’m pretty sure you can find a replica in a stripper store on Hollywood Blvd.  Now, we hear rumors that there’s a new script for the CW, AMAZON that execs have shelved for the time being to focus on The Flash…seriously, The Flash?!  Not that I have anything against Barry Allen is his fantastic red spandex suit, but why can’t we figure out how to make Wonder Woman work??  That’s the question that Rainfall Films has set out to answer with this short concept piece created to get Hollywood thinking differently about this iconic character.

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Luckily for me, they were so kind and generous to offer me the part of Diana in this web project! Seriously guys, I can’t begin to tell you what a dream come true this was for me.  As a geek, as well as an actor, this role is the kind  you can only hope for.  No, it’s not on network T.V. and It’s not a major motion picture, It’s just a small labor of love by fans done on a minuscule budget, but I can honestly say that it has been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had working in this industry.  I mean how many people can actually say that they get to portray a superhero for awhile?? ZOMG!

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I felt it was really important to depict Diana as accurately as possible…well, as accurately as we imagine her to be anyway:)  For the ten weeks leading up to the shoot, all I did was train and diet.  I even blogged about the process, which some of you actually followed!  Hopefully, I helped a couple of you to reach your fitness goals as well.  I’m a fairly in shape person, but I felt like I lacked the “amazonian” presence that Wonder Woman is supposed to have so I sought out to put some muscle on.  I wish I had had a couple more months to really define the look, but I must say I was pretty pleased with the results overall with the time I had.  Also, got to do all my own stunts which was so much fun!!  Our stunt coordinator, Surawit Sae Kang and his guys did an outstanding job making me look like I could kick some ass!  Definitely one of the highlights of being an actor for me is kicking ass on screen and looking good doing it, haha!

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Another thing that was really important for me in doing this role, was that the costume was correct.  In the case of Wonder Woman, I feel like the costume is just as iconic as the character.  You can’t have one without the other as we’ve seen in other incarnations of this hero.  Sure, the spandex bodysuit works well in the comics, but how does that translate to live action?  Well, it really doesn’t.  So, Heather Greene our wonderfully talented costume designer designed a functional costume that still kept true to the feel of it’s predecessors.  Not only did she create an updated realistic version of the costume, but she kept in mind the balance between Diana in Themyscira and Wonder Woman in our world.  I may be bias, but I really feel like this is probably the best costume I’ve ever seen for Wonder Woman, and I am so humbled and proud that I get to wear it!!!!!!!  I think back to my final fitting before the shoot, where I put on the full costume for the first time, and seeing myself in it, actually made me tear up a bit!  Haha!  I don’t even think I teared up when I found my wedding dress!  It was just such an emotional experience for me, as a fan to see this costume come to life and be the most perfect version of it possible.  I can only describe it as a very out-of-body experience:)

photoThis entire process has been so surreal for me.  I watch this as a fan and sometimes forget that it’s me that I’m watching…I just geek out and have to remind myself that i’m actually in the costume.  SO FREAKIN’ COOL!  I have to thank our director Sam Balcomb for putting all his resources and his faith behind doing this.  He’s an avid Wonder Woman fan and has done such an amazing job with every detail in trying to give us all a feel for what a live action Wonder Woman movie or television show could look like.  Also, a big thank you to all you fans out there who have gotten behind the stills and pictures that we’ve been posting since San Diego Comic Con.  The response has been so positive, and we’re delighted that for the most part, you guys are really excited to see what our version of Wonder Woman is!  I really hope you guys like this project as much as I do!!

Again, I just want to say that this is a CONCEPT piece.  It’s not a film with a thru narrative.  That may be disappointing for some of you, but for being a self funded project, there’s only so much Rainfall could do and still give you this quality.  So no tears or geek angst, kay?? :) FOR A BETTER VIEWING EXPERIENCE PLEASE WATCH IT FULL SCREEN AND FULL RESOLUTION.  It’s even more amazeballz, trust me;)

SAN DIEGO COMIC CON ’13 APPEARANCE & SIGNING SCHEDULE!

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San Diego Comic Con is upon us again!  I’ve got a couple of appearances planned and I’d love to see all your awesome geeky faces, so come by and say hi!

Thursday, 7/18

11AM to 1PM – Hatchet 3/Holliston poster signing – Join me, Adam Green, GWAR/HOLLISTON’s Oderus Urungus, and HOLLISTON/GUILD director Sean Becker in the autograph pavilion upstairs! Autograph Pavilion AA19

8PM to 9PM – I Don’t Know $#!+ About Comics! - Are you new to comics? Are you confused? Do you want to start reading but don’t know where to begin? Never fear, I Don’t Know $#!+ About Comics is here to help you make the transition from “I kinda liked that Man of Steel movie” to “I know everything about Superman, including his Social Security Number!” Let panelists Jesse Snider(Evil Ernie, Toy Story), Mark Waid (Daredevil, Kingdom Come), Rileah Vanderbilt(Team Unicorn), Tiffany Smith (GameGeek host), and moderator Aaron Sparrow(Darkwing Duck) indoctrinate you into the unequaled storytelling and imagination of comics!  Room: 5AB

Friday, 7/19

11AM – 12PM – Team Unicorn/WeLoveFine signing – Join me and the lovelies, Clare Grant and Milynn Sarley for a signing at the WeLoveFine Pop Up shop located in the Gas Lamp!  We will be premiering a brand new t shirt that we designed ourselves!  Come by grab a shirt and a picture with your favorite Unicorns!  You guys like Star Trek, right?;)  WeLoveFine Pop-Up Shop @ Hilton San Diego Gaslamp. 401 K Street. San Diego, CA. 92101

Saturday, 7/20

I’ll be running around on the convention floor all Saturday dressed in the most epic cosplay!  You guys curious about what project I’ve been working out so hard for? Well let’s just say if you find me on Saturday you’ll know;)

ALSO make sure you drop by booth #4300 or #3919 to pick up your copy of Cupcake Quarterly!  Clare Grant and I are the cover models for their second annual “geek” issue!

FITNESS BLOG: WEEK SIX & SEVEN

Sorry guys for not posting last week!!  I’ve had so much stuff going on that it’s been pretty tough to keep up.  Like I’ve said before, sometimes life gets in the way! I had premiere’s for HOLLISTON and HATCHET 3, which are both projects that I’m in, then last week was E3.  In case you aren’t familiar, E3 is a huge electronics and gaming convention. It was really great to get to see and demo all the new games that are coming out.  Hopefully, I actually have time to play a couple of them in the future:)  With the Team Unicorn Adult Swim show going to pilot, I have a feeling my spare time is going to be cut down quite a bit.  I’m a gamer, who doesn’t have time to game…go figure, lol.  However, it will be good to be back to being busy with the show, I constantly need to have an creative outlet or I start to feel crazy!

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Clare and I ran into Alicia Marie and Adrianne Curry at E3…I feel so little compared to those beautiful amazons!  Plus, I think this is probably the most gorgeous picture of Adrianne I’ve ever seen;)

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Pic from Hatchet 3 premiere.

So over the past two weeks, I have to be honest, I haven’t really been able to stay on track as far as working out consistently is concerned.  Last week, I only had time to work out three times opposed to my goal of six.  It sucks, but I just have to accept the fact that sometimes there are other things that are going to take priority over working out.  Still, I’m really happy that I managed to make it as much as I did  considering how busy I was.  Admittedly, a lot of me being “busy” was me hanging out with friends.  Baseball games, birthday parties, premieres, camping, etc.  If you know me personally, and you’re reading this, you know that I don’t usually make having fun a priority.  I’m the type of person to reply NO to most Facebook invites, usually make it a rule to “Irish exit” from a party forty minutes in, and would rather spend my Friday nights watching old sci-fi shows or cartoons on Netflix while cuddling with my kitties and pup than going to the club with my girlfriends.  Basically, I’m a boring cat lady…glamorous, I know.  Sorry, If I shattered the illusion of an exciting Hollywood life for you guys!  I’m starting to think that maybe the fitness regimen I’m on has something to do with it…that and of course the company of amazing friends;)  I just have so much more energy than I usually do that going out doesn’t feel like such a chore like it used to.  Same with my sleep schedule.  Usually, I have to have eight hours of sleep to feel functional the next day.  I’ve always been so jealous of those people that are totally fine with six hours of sleep, because for me six hours of sleep (or less) will basically ruin my day.  It actually physically makes me sick.  Imagine morning sickness without an alien baby growing in your stomach…not fun!…not that having an alien baby baking in your oven would be fun either, but you get my meaning.  Strangely, I’m finding that recently my body doesn’t want eight hours of sleep anymore, it wants less, but I wake up feeling amazing…SO WEIRD!  Of course, my first instinct was to fight it.  ”Noooo body, you NEED eight hours of sleep!  Why aren’t you sleeping?!?  Why you so kray???”  However, now I’m finally starting to accept the fact that I just don’t need as much sleep anymore.  SO AWESOME!  What a great side effect of getting into shape:)

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This weeks meal prep!  Throwing everything on the grill is a really great way to cook super fast!

Over the past couple weeks, I ran into a few of you who have been reading this blog.  Really blessed to have your support, guys!  I  started out writing this to keep myself on track with my goals and to share the process, but I’m super excited that some of you have been inspired to start your own fitness routines!  Yay you!  Love hearing your guy’s stories and what you have been doing in order to get in shape.  It’s hard but keep at it, the results are totally worth it!

Hugs everyone!  I’ll leave you with a sampling of my gym playlist that helps to keep me motivated!

ACDC: (Shoot to Thrill, Thunderstruck) If you don’t have at least one ACDC song in your mix, you’re doing it wrong my friend.
Britney Spears: (Gimme More, Till the World Ends) 
Ke$ha: (Blow) Have any of you seen this video?  Unicorns and James Van Der Beek…how can you go wrong??
Foo Fighters: (Walk)  This song is super motivational, and I have no idea why, haha!  Always feel like I can push harder when this song comes on.
will.i.am: (Scream & Shout) LOVE.
AFI: (Miss Murder)
Baptized by Fire: (Juggernaut) This is a friend of mine’s band and one of his original songs!
Buckcherry: (Lit Up)
The Cult: (Fire Woman)
Disturbed: (Inside the Fire)
Europe: (The Final Countdown) I mean, how can you not?
Fall Out Boy: (I Don’t Care)
Goldfrapp: (Ooh La La) This song is so sexy and has such a great beat.  I just want to roll around on the floor and do dirty things when this comes on;)
Guns N’ Roses: (Sweet Child of Mine, Paradise City) I have an affinity for 80s hair rock so of course I’d have some GnR in my mix:)
Imagine Dragons: (Radioactive) Some days I have to pretend that I’m getting in shape to fight zombies…this song helps with that.
Marilyn Manson: (Personal Jesus, Desposable Teens) I LOVE working out to Manson…Maybe I have a dark side, lol!  Must be my Scorpio rising sign…
Muse: (Supermassive Blackhole)
The Prodigy: (Firestarter)
Scorpions: (Rock You Like A Hurricane) Classic.
Rob Zombie: (Living Dead Girl)
Shiny Toy Guns: (Le Disko)
Velvet Revolver: (Slither) Scott Weiland and Slash?  Yes.
Survivor: (Eye of the Tiger) Good enough for Rocky…
The Cure: (Just like Heaven)
AWOLNATION: (Sail)
Daft Punk: (Get Lucky)
Bon Jovi: (Living on a Prayer)
Def Leppard: (Let’s Get Rocked, Pour Some Sugar on Me)
The Outfield: (Our Love)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FITNESS BLOG: WEEK FIVE

Yayyyy!  It’s week five, we’re almost there!!!  I’ve been so much better this week compared to the last two.  Taking a step back and re-evaluating my goals really helped a lot.  The important thing is not to give up when you get off track.  Just gotta pick yourself up and start again!  Found out that my shooting schedule for this project got pushed back another couple of weeks so it looks like I have even more time to get in shape!  That also means you guys get a couple more weeks of fitness blogs too!!!  Whoot!  I’m really happy with the results so far, and am excited to see what another couple of weeks can do:)

So, last week I told you guys that my metabolism has been on fire.  It’s amazing what a couple of constant weeks at the gym can do after spending a few years being a workaholic and not making fitness/nutrition a priority.  Even though, my main goal hasn’t been to lose weight, I’m definitely seeing a change in that department.  A couple of you have asked what my starting weight was, and I haven’t said because I felt like it was irrelevant since that wasn’t my goal.  However, for some of you out there it is a priority and the information will probably benefit you.  Five weeks ago I started out at 118 pounds…(ps: I know, that’s not fat AT ALL, but I was definitely soft)  I weighed myself on Sunday and I’m down to 111 pounds.  So I lost a good 7 pounds in five weeks.  Doesn’t seem like a lot, but on me it’s pretty noticeable.  I’m kinda hoping that it’s going to slow down since I feel like I’m wasting away to nothing!  Haha!  No more boobs:(  However, those inner and outer thighs are seeing a huge improvement. (Thank you fitness Gods!)  I cut out the cardio last week to see if that would help slow down my metabolism, but it’s still gobbling up all my fat stores so I think I’m going to have to alter my diet as well so it evens out a little bit…yay, cheat days!!  It’s important to adjust your fitness routine if you notice that you aren’t getting the results you want, or if you are getting something different than what you are trying to achieve.  That’s why there are so many different exercise programs out there.  Everyone’s body is different and won’t respond the same way.  For instance, INSANITY/P90X doesn’t work for me because my body goes into shock from the high intensity and all it wants to do is eat  it’s weight in pizza after working out and it’s impossible for me to eat clean.  That can totally sabotage  your fitness goals.

2It’s really amazing the mass to mass ratio of what five pounds of body fat looks like compared to five pounds of muscle!  Gross!

Didn’t really change much up this past week.  I’m still alternating three leg/butt days with three arm/shoulder days.  Fitting two days of abs on top of my other days as well.  Started to notice that my ab workouts didn’t feel like it was doing anything, so I decided to do all my ab exercises as a power set.  Basically, instead of taking a break in between exercises I just power through them all without stopping.  Definitely changed things!  Each set of ab exercises last about six and a half minutes so imagine constant crunching for that long before a break.  Times that by three!  Sometimes, you just need to up the intensity!  I think my abs and my arms are the most improved for sure.  The booty is going to take more time.  Your glutes are the biggest muscle group in your body so the amount of energy and time it takes to sculpt that area is longer than other parts.  Even still, I’m pretty confident that I can pass the pencil test now!  I will not stop until I have an ass comparable to Alicia Marie’s;)  I mean…her booty is insane!

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I’ve been holding back from posting booty pics on this blog, because taking booty selfies is just ridiculous, but it’s the only body part I haven’t shown so…here you go!   Definitely got more lift than five weeks ago:)

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I know I said that I was cutting out cardio…this is from the week before.  The stair machines at my gym are awesome since you can compete with your fellow gym-goers for best climb of the week!!!  Suuure, go ahead make it a game.  Gauntlet thrown.  Challenge accepted.  I.  WIN.

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Motivational words from my gym.  Get it…because you get hot working out????  Bueller?  See you guys next week!  Hopefully, on time!  Hugs!

FITNESS BLOG: WEEK THREE & FOUR

Hey everyone!

Sorry for not having a blog post last week!  So crazy, I can’t even begin to explain.  I kinda decided to make that the subject of this weeks post…Realistic and unrealistic expectations.  The last couple of weeks have been a roller coaster of “life” stuff.  You know, all that clutter that gets in the way of taking care of your self?  School, work, kids?  Yup, that’s what I’m talking about.  It’s been so difficult to try to maintain goals when having to improvise.  In a perfect world, we would all have a set little schedule where we got up at the same time each day, knew exactly what we were going to eat for breakfast, took time out for ourselves, always felt amazing and always accomplished everything on our ‘to do’ lists.  But that doesn’t alway happen.  Nor should it, since the unpredictable is what makes life so interesting and full of surprises.  So how do we maintain goals in an unpredictable world?  The answer simply is being realistic with ones self.  Sometimes our motivation and the will that drives us, can also make us become unrealistic about our expectations.  Hold the phone!  I’m not saying that we shouldn’t reach for the sky and strive to be the very best that we can be, but I’m saying that we shouldn’t be so narrow minded in our goals that the littlest stone in our path makes us completely derail. I’m sure like me, you can all relate to this…unless you’re a Cylon or a Cyber Man and completely robot like in everything that you do.

I know in a previous post I had talked a little bit about consistency.  How in order to get the results you want you need to be consistent on a weekly basis.  While I still stick to that philosophy, I’m learning that even the best made plans, the greatest intentions, and all the drive in the world sometimes is no match for everyday wonderful life.  For myself, I’ve set a pretty high bar.  A lot of that is due in part to a time clock…I’ve only got so much time before shooting this project.  Six weeks, that’s it.  Six weeks to dramatically physically change.  Sounds a little unrealistic right???? Yeah, because it is.  It hit me a week ago that even if I stayed as strict as possible with training and dieting there was no way my body would have enough time to change as much as I projected it would.  It’s just impossible.   It takes months not weeks to do what I want to do.  On top of that, these last two weeks have been a barrage of ups and downs with work, extracurricular, and personal stuff that has affected my training schedule and my dieting, which in turn has made everything a little less consistent. Rileah = Sad Panda:(  What happens when we set unrealistic goals and don’t end up achieving them??  We start to judge ourselves.  It takes the wind out of our sails and  makes us start to question our process and the need to continue with it.  Remember that tiny little evil gnome that I talked about previously???  He LOVES it when this happens because we start to listen to him.  It’s easier for him to convince us that we don’t have to keep killing ourselves…I mean, what’s it for if you aren’t going to get the results you want.  You couldn’t go to the gym the last two days so maybe you should just take the week off.  You dieted all week but you gained three pounds so maybe you should just eat whatever you want since it doesn’t really matter..these are the things that start to go through our minds when we are too unrealistic with ourselves.  However, we can change these thoughts by taking a breath, and really taking measure of what we’ve already accomplished and  re-evaluating our goals and making them fit more realistically into our lives.  It may take more time than first thought, but It’s better than completely derailing.

Even with being disappointed at myself for not staying on target these past two weeks, I’m still seeing a lot of progress!  Definitely seeing much more definition in my arms and abs, and I feel like my legs are so much more toned.  I think I may have to cut out most of my cardio though since my metabolism has been on fire lately.  I genetically have always had great metabolism, which has keep me relatively slim most of my life, but now I’m burning fat but it’s in the weirdest places.  First of all, my boobs are basically gone.  Totes gonna talk about my boobs now!  Sadly, I already didn’t have much there to begin with, but now I’m basically a pancake haha!  I’m starting to understand why fitness models and female body builders almost all have fake boobs, that’s the first place your body wants to burn fat.  SO, unfair!  Sob!  I mean, I’ve got some thighs that could use a little more trimming, why the boobs?!  I need those!  Ladies, I’m sure you can relate.  Also, the bones in my chest plate and sternum are starting to become more pronounced which just isn’t sexy, I feel like I’m starting to look like a weird alien creature…So no more cardio for a while, just weight training.  Hopefully that helps, or I’m going to have to start shopping for training bras!  I also started a different rotation in my six day schedule at the gym.  Instead of doing two days of each muscle group I’m alternating Arm/Shoulders and Leg/Butt day to every other day.  That way I get three days a week for both of those groups and throw in two days of abs on top a week.  Hoping to see a bigger change at the end by trying to push a little harder these last  couple of weeks.

I’ll leave you guys with a couple “before” and “after” pictures so you can kinda see where I’m at!  Have a great week everybody and good luck with your goals!  Oh yeah, and BOOBS!!!!!!

Week one and week four for abs…

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Week one and week four for thighs…look my inner thighs don’t touch anymore!!  Wahoooooo!

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Week one and week four four arms and shoulders…so exciting to actually not have “lunch lady arm” anymore;)

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