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Hypable is back with more in our series of Lizzie Bennet Diaries interviews – this time with star Ashley Clements who plays Lizzie Bennet herself.

It has been a controversial week in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries fandom, but before it all went down Hypable writer Marama Whyte had the chance to ask Ashley Clements, the star of the show, all about it. Hear Ashley discuss her her experiences on The LBD and her thoughts on this weeks developments in this exclusive interview.

Make sure to also read part 1 and part 2 of our interview with Mary Kate Wiles, who plays Lydia Bennet on The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Hypable’s exclusive interview with Ashley Clements

Hypable: When did you first audition?

Ashley Clements: My first audition was in December of 2011 actually, which is crazy to say, because that was over a year ago. I went in for my first audition, and that was with Bernie [Su, head writer, director, executive producer and co-creator] and Jenni [Powell, producer], and thought that that went well, they seemed to like me. Then I didn’t hear from them for a month, so I kind of forgot about it.

Then they had callbacks in January and they brought in all the potential Lizzies. There were three girls there for Lizzie and a couple for Lydia and there were six Janes, I want to say, and three or four Charlottes – and I was there for four hours and I read with all of them. So I met everyone before anyone was cast, and saw who could do what. And I was so pleased with who ended up getting the parts, like “Yes, you chose well, this is great – that’s who I would have picked, excellent.”

Was the Lizzie that you originally read very different from how she has developed? Obviously the writing would now mimic certain things in your voice or mannerisms that you have developed, but what about other things?

A part of me says no, but I just saw a part of the first episode the other day and I was like, “Who’s that? What’s happened?” because I’m on this journey with Lizzie and so much has changed for her over the last year and it’s funny to look back. It’s a little bit like opening up a diary – well these are called The Lizzie Bennet Diaries – but I personally grew up keeping real diaries, on paper, and when I would look at that I would be like, “Oh gosh, this is such a weird feeling.” And I had that as Lizzie, seeing the beginning again, going like, “Oh, we’ve come so far Lizzie. We’ve come so far.”

The original sides, well some of that text is not quite verbatim, but pretty close in early episodes. They had already written up to, I want to say 16 episodes or so, when we started. So some of those audition sides were from much later, were from episode 14 or something. They did, when we all got the parts, work to alter the voices of the characters – not dramatically, but just to shape with us.

Bernie and I would always have a read through – well, we still do – of the whole script, just him and I, just to make sentences and words seem more like they would come out of my mouth. Especially because now there’s six writers on staff too, so it’s also a matter of bringing all of those different voices in and making them sound like one person.

But the more we go on, the less stuff like that changes, the less I ask for little word changes and things, because everyone really is very much on the same page with who Lizzie is, and how Lizzie talks, and a lot of that has been adopted from me, from Ashley. Not to say that Lizzie and I are the same, or that she talks exactly like I do, but we have a lot in common and she is certainly written for me at this point. That’s been true since I got the part.

How would you describe your Lizzie?

I’ve been asked before what my favourite thing about Lizzie is, and honestly it is that she is flawed. It’s interesting, a lot of articles have been written about the show at this point, which is lovely, and a lot of them really point out she is very flawed and sometimes hard to like.

And I love that. I love that because she is a much more interesting character to play, to play someone who is struggling with things, and trying to figure things out, and is a good person, but somebody who like all real people, makes mistakes. I think she is admirable in that she is willing to learn from hers, which is certainly something that I always strive to do as well. So how would I describe her? I would describe her as loveably flawed, that’s my quick answer.

It’s a very good one.

But she’s also intelligent and witty and passionate, so passionate, and very loyal to the people that she cares about, and very well intentioned.

That’s true. In this version, not only of Lizzie but of all of your characters, they are less romanticized – probably because you have hours and hours to spend developing them.

We have hours and hours, and also, it’s a modern setting. Women in Jane Austen’s time used their free time to sew and paint and draw and read, and there was no internet, and there was a much smaller group of people that you came into contact with in your life. A modern setting changes so many of those things. They would absolutely have effects on personality I think, just in terms of: one’s temperament remains the same, but the ways that comes out and is seen is different when you have all this other stuff going on.

Yeah, it’s about context.

Yes, very much so.

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James Corden invited the now world famous Chewbacca Mom onto The Late Late Show for some sh**s and giggles.

Ah, Chewbacca Mom. A literal ray of sunshine whose viral video is sure to put a smile on your face. Proof that even the simplest materialistic things can bring us joy if we have the right outlook on life.

A small, simple video… and now a national sensation to the point you can’t escape that Chewie mask anywhere. Talk about oversaturation!

For those not yet burdened by the cynicism of age and the Internet, her overnight fame means that there are plenty of new ways to laugh with Chewbacca Mom — the best of which were provided by James Corden Monday night on the Late Late Show.

Corden, in a video reminiscent of his Carpool Karaokes, invited Chewbacca Mom (real name Candace Payne) and her daughter to drive around with him, with humorous results:

Chewbacca Mom does a flawless impersonation of herself as she participates in the spoof, and then suddenly, J.J. Abrams appears to add his support of the mask’s authenticity.

It ends with them all wearing masks and laughing hysterically. (Are there… fumes in these masks?)

Anyway, if you want even more Chewbacca Mom, check out another video of her on Corden’s show:

Did you find it as hilarious as James Corden does?

Kohl’s, which is selling Chewbacca masks like hot cakes since this went viral, has a lot to thank Chewbacca Mom for. And they’ve been showing their appreciation with extra Star Wars-related merch for her and her family. Now we’re just waiting for the inevitable reality series.

The Nice Guys is a fun romp through the ’70s, and if you find yourself wanting to experience some other blast-from-the-past movies, look no further than this list of best period movies.

This year will provide us with more than just The Nice Guys if we want a trip down memory lane. (And if you haven’t seen our review, make sure you check it out.) We’ve already seen Hail, Caesar!, which takes place in the 1950s, and Apocalypse is right around the corner as it hits theaters on May 27, taking place in 1983.

We can also look forward to a beautiful 1920s setting from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a mustache-riddled 1980s era film in Everybody Wants Some, and a trip all the way back to the 15th Century with Assassin’s Creed.

Others make hints at their literary origins, though the time in which they take place is not nearly as important as the rest of the story. Alice Through the Looking Glass, for example, may be set in Victorian England, if only briefly, but the real focus is on a fantastical world outside of time. In much the same way, The Legend of Tarzan and The BFG take place in the past, though perhaps the exact year is never known.

If you’re looking for some other movies to transport you to another era, we’ve got you covered. We scrolled through the top 25 movies of each year between 2015 and 2011 according to Rotten Tomatoes and picked out all the major films that have taken place in the 1980s or earlier. In some cases, like Selma, the time period is very much a focus of the film, while in others, like Days of Future Past, it is a story which could be told at any time, as long as it’s given a few tweaks.

2015

‘Selma’ (1960s)

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Synopsis: A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

‘Brooklyn’ (1950s)

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An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

‘Carol’ (1950s)

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Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) spots the beautiful, elegant Carol (Cate Blanchett) perusing the doll displays in a 1950s Manhattan department store. The two women develop a fast bond that becomes a love with complicated consequences.

2014

‘Mr. Turner’ (mid-1800s)

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Eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (Timothy Spall) lives his last 25 years with gusto and secretly becomes involved with a seaside landlady, while his faithful housekeeper (Dorothy Atkinson) bears an unrequited love for him.

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ (1930s)

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The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

‘X-Men Days of Future Past’ (1973)

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The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

‘Ida’ (1960s)

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Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.

2013

’12 Years a Slave’ (1840s)

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In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

‘Dallas Buyers Club’ (1985)

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In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease.

‘American Hustle’ (1978)

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A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ (1961)

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A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

2012

‘Argo’ (1980)

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Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran.

‘Moonrise Kingdom’ (1965)

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A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.

‘Lincoln’ (1860s)

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As the Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

2011

‘The Artist’ (1930s)

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A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

‘Hugo’ (1930s)

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An orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

‘Midnight in Paris’ (1920s)

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While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée’s family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.

What other period films do you love?

Adele releases ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’ music video

Adele! Another dele! A third dele! All the deles!

11:54 am EDT, May 23, 2016

Adele’s music video for “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” is here, and it’s fabulous.

Adele opens this number alone, looking crossly at the camera and making us feel very guilty about whatever she’s accusing us of!

“Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” was written by Max Martin, and is one of the singles off the English singer’s third studio album, titled 25, which dropped last year.

Related: Adele pranks unsuspecting Jamba Juice employees with Ellen — watch

The music video was released Sunday as part of the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. It was directed by Patrick Daughters, whose credits include Depeche Mode’s “Wrong” and “Personal Jesus,” and Interpol’s “No I in Threesome.”

The video is literally just Adele in a flowery dress on a black backdrop, but the way the shots are layered creates some really interesting effects, making her almost look like a raging fire as she spins around and the many transparent Adeles weave in and out of each other.

We see her morph into first two, then three, then… um, too many to count. But there can never be too many Adeles, right?!

Here are the lyrics for “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”:

“Just the guitar, okay cool

This was all you, none of it me
You put your hands on, on my body and told me
Mmm
You told me you were ready
For the big one, for the big jump
I’d be your last love everlasting you and me
Mmm
That was what you told me

I’m giving you up
I’ve forgiven it all
You set me free

Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more

I was too strong you were trembling
You couldn’t handle the hot heat rising (rising)
Mmm
Baby I’m still rising
I was running, you were walking
You couldn’t keep up, you were falling down (down)
Mmm
Mmm there’s only one way down

I’m giving you up
I’ve forgiven it all
You set me free, oh

Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more

If you’re ready, if you’re ready
If you’re ready, I am ready
If you’re ready, if you’re ready
We both know we ain’t kids no more
No, we ain’t kids no more

I’m giving you up
I’ve forgiven it all
You set me free

Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more

If you’re ready, if you’re ready (Send my love to your new lover)
If you’re ready, I am ready (Treat her better)
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
If you’re ready, if you’re ready (Send my love to your new lover)
If you’re ready, I am ready (Treat her better)
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more.”

What do you think about Adele’s latest music video?