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Comic Book Divas and Geek Girls News like many others first watched the Wonder Woman fan trailer on Screen Rant and all over the Internet and were awazed by the trailers filming, CGI, and of course by the woman behind the brackets Nina Bergman. We sat down with this multi-talented woman about her singing career, and about her perspective of the Amazon Warrior Wonder Woman.
Q: Nina, we start all our interviews by asking people to tell us a little bit about themselves ; so ca you tell us a bit about you?
NB: I was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and spent half of my childhood traveling with my Russian Gypsy grandparents. After a messy childhood I was on my own at 12, bouncing around until I left Denmark at 14 to pursue my dreams in London. I was fortunate to receive several scholarships starting with Urdang Academy-Musical Theatre School, followed by the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow then NYU-Tisch and “Magic Circle of Opera”.
To make ends meet I started competing as an amateur boxer, it was here I was introduced to NIN which motivated me for my training and fights. This experience led me closer to my calling….. the feelings of release and heightened emotions of betrayal, anger and the truth helped me find that voice inside that led me to singing with underground bands in NY.
I was soon working full-time and decided to leave NYC to peruse my musical passion in LA. I sang with various bands and finally started my own. I paid my dues performing on the Sunset Strip and every local club possible, which opened the doors to tour with Meat Loaf, Scorpions, Julian-K, The Dreaming, and Chester Bennington etc.
During this time I continued to pay the bills and support my band shooting TV shows like “Battle Ground Earth” playing myself in 10 episodes with Tommy Lee and Ludacris for Discovery/TLC. As well as the Danish TV show “Hollywoodfruer.” I also worked on soundtracks for Lions Gates Movies such as “Catacombs” singing the theme song “Blue Butterfly” and “Repo the Genetic Opera” along with Nikki Sixx’s album, “Sixx:A.M.” and Yoshiki’s (X-Japan) album, “Violet UK”
I have acted in various films such as: “The Wayshower” with Eric Roberts and Peter Stormare, “The Land of the Astronauts” with David Arquette and Vivica Fox. Starred in “Pilots” with John Malkovich and “The Other End of the Line” with Jesse Metcalfe. I have been featured in numerous skits on “The Late Late show” & “The Tonight Show” along with hosting various shows like “E!Entertainment”, “Fuse”, and “The Grammys” as Trophy Girl. I also starred in Gnarls Barkley’s video “Gone Daddy Gone” and Sick Puppies video “All the Same.” I have been in over 20 commercials and hundreds of print campaigns including La Perla, Apple Computers, Sprite, Nike and Nature Valley and my most recent “Dos Equis” with “The Most Interesting Man in the World”.
I’m currently finishing up my debut album with Warner Bros. Records. They’re releasing my album featuring one of my new songs in the WW trailer called “Xplode” We’ve been in the studio the last year recording and I’m currently rehearsing my band, getting ready to launch my new N.I.N.A. project!!
Q: You are an actress but your passion is singing, have you always enjoyed music and what music and artists do you listen too?
NB: My big inspiration has always been Nine Inch Nails. I’m European and I grew up listening to a lot of electronic music. However rock has always conveyed the message that I seek. The two combined is my biggest inspirational type of music.
Q: How long have you been singing, and what range of music do you sing?
NB: i’ve been singing and writing songs most of my life. I’m classically trained and I went to musical theatre school. I’m a soprano and love doing a lot ethereal type of singing besides my own stuff.
Q: What inspires your song writing and the music you sing?
NB: My past and emotions that will otherwise explode inside of me if I don’t let them out. Sometimes it’s the guitar riff or a track that triggers an emotion. I write every day and sometime I keep writing about the same theme over and over again. Expressing the same idea several times until I find the perfect expression that rings true for me. Slogans and quotes sometimes triggers a song as well. I try to be as transparent as I possibly can be in my lyrics and say what I want to say in a poetic way.
Q: Who are some of the past and present song writers, bands and singers that inspire you and influence your music?
NB: Nine Inch Nails, Farinelli, Refused, Massive Attack, (old) U2, Pearl Jam, Deftones, 30 seconds To Mars, Radio Head, Yoav, Lisa Gerrard
Q: You wrote the song “Xplode” for the Wonder Woman fan trailer, did you write the song based on the character?
NB: I had already written Xplode prior to WW. I started working on an upbeat, in your face kinda rock song for WW called “Kill for Peace” but once Sean Murray heard Xplode he felt it was a perfect fit for Wonder Woman.
Q: You portrayed Wonder Woman in the fan trailer; had you read any of the comic books for source material?
NB: I read everything I could possibly get my hands on!! I was the chick in the corner of the comic-book store sitting quietly with my hoodie on reading EVERYTHING!!
Q: What intrigued you about Wonder Woman that you wanted to play her in the fan trailer?
NB: I love the directors previous work I’ve always been a fan of his and wanted to work with him. He thinks differently, pays a lot of attention to detail and history and he’s very good with women. I thought he was the perfect guy to do Wonder Woman! He takes chances and follows his tuition just like her and don’t follow the rules. I really like that!!
Q: You have some pretty physical scenes in the trailer; did you have to train very long for those scenes?
NB: WW Training: I’m an ex ballerina trained at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and I was an amateur boxer for many years and trained mixed martial arts on and off throughout my life. But training for WW was very different. As soon as I got the part I started training like she would’ve have trained. I didn’t want her to have a “stylized” way of fighting. She’s not a martial artist she’s an Amazon trained Goddess. So half of my training was figuring out how she would have trained and then do that! I worked with ex-street fighter and olympic wrestler Christopher Torres and stunt coordinator Luke Lafontaine. I had about 3 months to prepare. I didn’t want her to look all buff. I wanted her to look real. That included 2 hours of freestyle sparring, an hour of specific exercises targeting certain muscles and then sprinting up a steep mountain “The WW Run” as we called it. Knees high, feet kicking back and strong arm sprints, until my legs buckled and I collapsed. That would be a 4 hour workout 5 days a week.
Q: Did you design the Wonder Woman costume?
NB: I had a lot of great ideas for the costumes. Jesse and I approached a couple of interesting designers but we had no time. At the last minute, wardrobe stylist Stacy Ellen Rich came in and saved the day. We all decided to keep it traditional and simple, honoring the earlier Wonder Woman.
Q: After playing your first comic book character, would you like to portray another comic book character in a movie or have your likeness featured in a comic book, if so who would you like to play and why?
NB: There’re so many great ones!! I like comic book characters because their character is usually well developed and thought out. Most of them stand for a cause and they all fight viciously for what they believe in! These are my kind of women.
Q: Many women relate to the character Wonder Woman, what makes this character so relatable to you?
NB: ”Wonder Woman is a peace warrior fighting for justice and sexual equality” I was raised by a hardcore feminist mother who dedicated her life to fight for woman’s rights and her own. She loved whoever and whatever she wanted to love, whether or not it was accepted and she was punished for it. She instilled a responsibility in me to continue her philosophies. It’s my calling to fight for what I believe in, never back down and find the peace and equality that I know exist in this world!
“Wonder Woman is a fleeting old soul with no place to call home. Constantly haunted by her duty to bring justice to this world, to save and protect the less fortunate” Growing up in violence and chaos, I learned two things at a very early age. If I make it past 18 years old, that means I found the answers I need to survive. By then I’ll know my calling: to protect and give hope to others who have none – to be the voice for people who don’t have one – to be liberated and to liberate others from bondage of oneself and society, and to own all the powers and gifts that were given to us without guilt and shame.
“Wonder Woman is part of the animal kingdom. She can communicate with animals” I have never felt a difference between humans and animals. We’re all the same living, breathing creatures to me. Because of that, I’ve been an animal rights activist and vegan most of my life.
“Wonder Woman Peace/Warrior” The contradictions that live in her live in me too: The lies we sometimes tell to find the truth, the bridges we burn, the games we play to win battles and save lives. Wonder Woman is not perfect. She makes mistakes through trial and error. Her heart grows weak and her humanness takes over and she falls at times. Her humanness is the part that connects me to her and I believe to the rest of the world as well.
Q: I don’t know if you have heard of cosplaying, but it’s very popular, it’s a community of comic book, gaming, anime fns that create and dress like their favorite characters at conventions; who would you like to cosplay as besides Wonder Woman?
NB: I have been a model for two comic books in the past, for the comic book “Hack/Slash” and “Tekken”
Q: Where can fans follow you and keep up with your career?
Comic Book Divas is proud to announce the launch of our newest website “Geek Girls News” a portal that brings the latest news from around the comic book, entertainment, and pop culture genres to the women of geekdom.
For the past few months Comic Book Divas has been bring readers interviews with women from around the comic book, pop culture and film industries; getting their insight on a variety of topics from where they see the comic book industry heading to gun control. In addition Comic Book Divas has been covering comic book and other conventions, Now we have launched a dedicated nt only to the comic book and pop culture fan but one that is geared to the “Geek Girls” out there!
Geek Girls News is a portal to all the latest geeky news from around the comic book, gaming, cosplay, and entertainment industries; covering all the top comic book publishers, gaming industry, and entertainment news and we bring it all under one website so you don’t have to search the web or jump around to sveral different websites; we have all the latest news at a click of a button.
In addition to the news Geek Girls News will keep you updated on the latest on the new arrivals arriving to your local comic book stores so you can keep up with what is coming out and when to make sure you don’t miss your favorite title or must have comic.
Geek Girls News will throughout the year be brining onboard correspondents to bring you reviews and insights from women in the comic book, cosplay, gaming industries as well as bring you movie reviews to some of the hottest movies. Our comic book reviewers will bring you their feedback on some of the hottest titles from some of the top publishers as well as their insights into your favorite independent and small press publishers. For those into cosplay we will be asking cosplayers advice and get some of their most valuable tips and tricks to creating awesome costumes; of course we can’t leave out all the gamers, stay tuned as we will be bringing on women gamers to give you some of the tips, tricks, and reviews of not only games but game systems. For our movie fans we will also be bringing you movie and television reviews
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October is the time of the year when the leaves begin to change, there is a nip in the air, and of course Halloween; but that is all changing, for here at Comic Book Divas and Legends Of Heroes And Villains this is the Season Of The “SQUIRREL“!
Starting today and through October Comic Book Divas and Legends Of Heroes And Villains will be ushering in the Alfred Hitchcock parody comic book “SQUIRREL”; we have been busily getting ready for the debut of the comic in October, first Legends Of Heroes And Villains will be debuting “SQUIRREL” along with actress PJ Soles will be debuting the comic at the official “SQUIRREL” Release Party at Empire’s Comics Vault in Sacramento California October 17th from 9:00am-5:00pm,
The Release Party Event will give fans the opportunity to meet PJ Soles from the original “Halloween”, “Carrie”, “Rock And Roll High”. and “Stripes”; PJ will have a limited edition of 25 “SQUIRREL” comic book covers, so be one of the first 25 people to get this exclusive cover and be sure to have PJ sign the comic, she will also have on hand prints and other items to sign as well. Joining PJ will be co-publishers and artists Richard Zerga and Kristi Zerga; they will be there to sign the limited variant cover as wellas the regular edition cover and they will also be bringing other Legends Of Heroes And Villains titles as well.
There will also be other “SQUIRREL” merchandise like t-shirts, prints, and posters!
Then that same week Comic Book Divas will be debuting “SQUIRREL” at the Dallas Fan Days October 19th-21st with creator and writer Jeff Hughes and actress Anjanette Clewis; Comic Book Divas will be debuting the comic at its first convention appearance with two variant covers, a photo cover featuring actress Anjanette Clewis and a “SQUIRREL” movie poster cover; Comic Book Divas will also have on hand “SQUIRREL” t-shirts, prints, posters, and even drink koozies. Anjanette Clewis will be on hand to sign “SQUIRREL” comics, prints, posters ; she will also have her own prints and posters, and DVDs to sign.
Comic Book Divas will also be having contests for fans to win “SQUIRREL” comics, and other merchandise such as t-shirts, prints, posters and even a “SQUIRREL” bag full of “SQUIRREL” goodies; their will be a variety of contests and they will be held to the end of October. So be sure to visit the website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pintrest to win your chance to win some nutty prizes.
“SQUIRREL” is a parody of the Alfred Hitchcock classic “The Birds” where a flock of birds attack a sleepy Northern California community , creating chaos and death everywhere. The 1963 film starred Tippi Hedren , Jessica Tandy,Suzanne Pleshette, and Rod Taylor. The movie is famous for some of the inspirational camera angles and frames, and with some of the most memorable cinematic scenes from Alfred Hitchcock.
A campus security guard pepper sprays s baby squirrel in front of school children, the squirrel squeals in pain as the children watch in horror; one of the students named “Lily” grabs the baby squirrel and she and her babysitter PJ takes the squirrel to the vet.
The next day Lilly, PJ and the vet release the baby squirrel back into the field and campers back into the forest. After returning to the forest the baby squirrel tells the other squirrels and other creatures of what occurred, soon the sound of chattering fills the forest
Soon the horde of squirrels will descend upon the small town; attacking everywhere including the tranquil park where both old and young had gathered to relax, play, and feed the squirrels but now the squirrels want something other than peanuts they want revenge!
“SQUIRREL” is a two issue comic that will also feature interviews with PJ Soles, and Rhonda Shear and sketch art and other artwork by the artists behind “SQUIRREL” Richard Zerga and Kristi Zerga, so the comic is nuts full of extras.
Can’t make it to the “SQUIRREL”Release Party October 17th at Empire’s Comics Vault in Sacramento, CA o the Dallas Fan Days October 19th-21st? Don’t Worry Comic Book Divas And Legends Of Heroes And Villains has you covered; we are making “SQUIRREL” available for pre order until October 17th for only $5.46, plus we also have other merchandise including, signed “SQUIRREL” comic editions, “SQUIRREL” t-shirts, drink koozies, prints, posters and much more.
“SQUIRREL” Regular Edition BUY HERE
“SQUIRREL” Anjanette Clewis Variant Cover BUY HERE Get your copy before Dallas Comic Con
SQUIRREL” Movie Poster Variant Cover BUY HERE Get your copy before the Dallas Comic Con.