August 16, 2017  Admin No comments Project News

Buzzfeed has an article up about Tala’s Legends of Tomorrow character, Zari. It includes a few quotes from Tala.

“A lot of my work as an artist has been about representing not only Muslim characters, but immigrant characters or third culture kids in an accurate, nuanced way,” Ashe told BuzzFeed News after the Legends panel at TCA. “I’m definitely looking to further do that on this show. I think it’s very powerful to see yourself expressed in media and speaking specifically to the Muslim-American thing. Because of the climate of our world and what’s going on, I think the depictions primarily in media and of course in the news have been overwhelmingly negative about Muslims and Muslim-Americans. So I think it’s even more essential.”

Ashe, who grew up in Ohio and studied acting in Boston and London, understands how important it is to see yourself and your experiences reflected on screen. “Representation is a really powerful thing,” she told reporters. “I know that when I was growing up, when I watched television, I didn’t see anyone who looked like me. It broadens your perspective and I think what’s so lovely about the show is the Legends are this tapestry that reflects the America of today.”

Ashe and Guggenheim both pointed out that being a Muslim-American isn’t Zari’s defining characteristic, just as being bisexual isn’t the defining characteristic of Sara Lance (Caity Lotz). “I think it’s important to say what [Zari] is in the same way we say Caity’s character is bisexual,” Ashe said. “And if that comes up in a storyline, we address it. If it doesn’t, it’s not sort of the thing on my forehead all the time. I think that’s really smart and it hasn’t been done as often as I wish it would be done. … She’s just as American as she is Muslim.”

Ashe noted there have been many Muslim characters on television and in film. But, she said, “I haven’t encountered many like this who are being represented as like, this is just another person who is part of the tapestry of America. That I love.”

August 16, 2017  Admin No comments Project News has an article up about Legends of Tomorrow and the character that Tala will play.

“Zari is challenging to all the Legends at first. Ray is a glass half full guy and she struggles with that, because of what she’s seen. I think that they’re also going to bond in that. Opposites attract in that way.”

Given that the show has attempted to pair Ray with nearly every female character on the show, it’s not surprising they’ll attempt the same with Zari. Still, the character may provide a good counterbalance to the altruistic hero, as Routh says Ray will be forced to reconsider how he uses technology and time travel to help people.

“Zari… presents a different view on technology and what it can do. Even more of her pessimistic view of the world, she challenges Ray to do more with his technology and inventions, in trying to help change the world. That’s a conflict with Ray. Do I really try to change time for the better or do I just keep it the way it is? How much can I really affect it?”

While the idea of the Legends is that they save time from those who harm it, often times they’re actually altering history wherever they see injustice. As a result, changing things for the better has always been their M.O. While it’s usually small things, the entire first season saw the Legends trying to stop Vandal Savage’s reign.

With Zari on board, however, it looks like the Legends will once again try and tweak time for the better. And considering how much damage they did last season, it’s not as if things could go much worse for them.

August 03, 2017  Admin No comments Project News

Variety has an article up about Tala’s character on Legends of Tomorrow.

Adding a Muslim character in the midst of the current political climate was no coincidence.

“You might have heard there was this election,” cracked executive producer Marc Guggenheim on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills. “Not to get political, but something that we all gravitated toward in the writers room was making this character Muslim.”

“Representation is a really powerful thing,” said Ashe, who plays the Muslim superhero. “When I was growing up watching television, I didn’t see anyone who looked like me. When I think of the kid version of myself, I think it broadens your perspective. What I think is so lovely about this show is that the Legends are this tapestry that represent America today.”

Guggenheim also said that his personal experiences inspired the decision to create a Muslim character this season. Sharing a story about his sister-in-law, who happens to be Muslim, the producer said, “She was talking about how difficult it is to be a Muslim-American in the current political climate. Having a character who’s a computer hacker and is from the future but also happens to be Muslim, it’s a nice, important aspect of her character.”

Asked by a reporter how else global politics have influenced the upcoming season, Guggenheim said, “It’s not just politicians — a lot of the heroes of real life are letting us down.”

“We’re being let down as a society,” Guggenheim continued. “I think the reason why the audience and the creatives are gravitating toward superheroes is because it’s wish-fulfillment. They’re looking to find a little bit of hope and a little bit of escapism that quite frankly doesn’t exist.”

Executive producer Phil Klemmer added, “We’re all looking toward the day when 2017 is in the history book and hopefully isn’t the last day in the history book. I find the current world difficult to comprehend.”

Guggenheim also said that aside from bringing on a Muslim character, the writers were interested in bringing on another female character.

“There weren’t enough women quite frankly,” he said. “It’s something we were looking to address.”

Klemmer chimed in, adding that “Legends” is comprised of an ensemble who all bring different points of view, like Ashe’s character. “We want somebody to bring a new point of view,” he said of introducing new characters. “Whenever you’re doing a scene with eight people, everybody needs to have a distinct voice … it’s interesting to bring in someone who has a totally new perspective on history.”

July 23, 2017  Admin No comments Project News

Variety has a report on the Legends of Tomorrow panel at Comic Con. There’s a brief description of Tala’s character, Zari:

Ashe joins the show as Zari Adrianna Tomaz, and described her thusly, “She’s from 2030. She’s a powerful woman who speaks her mind. She’s a hacker. She sees the fallout from 2017. She’ll butt heads with people on the team, especially Ray’s positivity. She thinks rather than just fixing history, you should improve history. They don’t see eye to eye on that.” Klemmer explained that bringing Zari in “changes the dynamics. We look at our group as a family and you have to destabilize that. We knew there was more we could do as a team. We end each season with them feeling great about themselves. Zari challenges them and makes them look at themselves.”

July 22, 2017  Admin No comments Project News

TV Line sums up some information learned from Comic-Con about season 3 of Legends of Tomorrow. It includes this tidbit about Tala’s character:

The newest member aboard the ship, Zari Adrianna Tomaz, is “a powerful woman who speaks her mind,” new series regular Tala Ashe described. Zari and the team are “going to butt heads at first,” with the hacker really clashing with Ray’s positivity. “She might be a little glass half-empty.”

July 22, 2017  Admin No comments Project News, Video

Entertainment Weekly has some news about Tala’s character, Zari:

Along the way, the team will gain a new member: Zari Adrianna Tomaz, a hacktivist played by Tala Ashe. Given the fact that she’s from the future, she’s seen the results of the Legends’ actions and has some thoughts.

“It’s going to be interesting for her to share sort of what her impression of the future is with the Legends in 2017 because she’s seen some of the fallout from 2017,” said Ashe.

Klemmer went on to reveal who she will be paired with. “The most obvious is with Brandon [Routh]’s character Ray, because he’s obviously a futurist, an inventor, a guy who has this boundless optimism about the future being better and brighter and all these things,” he said. “She comes and says, ‘Oh great, all those things you were trying to do to the world, all your inventions, they didn’t add up to anything.’ … It challenges our team to think about what they’re doing, which is, ‘Are we just fixing history or are we improving the future?’”


July 22, 2017  Admin No comments Video

Tala posted this cute video with Maisie Richardson-Sellers at Comic-Con on her instagram:



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