Season 6 of the 19-time Emmy winning Digital Drama Series The Bay, has been trending on social media and receiving high praise for the cast and showrunners since it began releasing new episodes in November on Popstar! TV.
Cast members Kristos Andrews, Brandon Beemer, Bianca D’Ambrosio, Chiara D’Ambrosio, Najee De-Tiege, Mary Beth Evans, Erik Fellows, Celeste Fianna, Mike Manning, Eric Nelsen, and showrunner Gregori J. Martin shared insights about Bay City and the holiday season.
Who is your character or role on The Bay?
Kristos Andrews: Pete Garrett and Adam Kenway.
Brandon Beemer: Evan Blackwell.
Bianca D’Ambrosio: Frankie Sanders.
Chiara D’Ambrosio: Regan Sanders.
Najee De-Tiege: R.J. Garrett.
Mary Beth Evans: Sara Garrett.
Erik Fellows: Damian Blackwell.
Celeste Fianna: Tamara Garrett.
Gregori J. Martin: Creator, Director, Writer, and Executive Producer.
Mike Manning: Caleb McKinnon.
Eric Nelsen: Daniel Garrett.
What do you most love about your character or role or job on The Bay?
Kristos Andrews: Pete’s level of integrity. Despite his challenges at times, he stands by his heart. Adam is extremely no nonsense and he shares the same DNA as Pete.
Brandon Beemer: That he’s a straight shooter with no skeletons in the closet, that I know of, yet.
Bianca D’Ambrosio: I love that Frankie is very honest and will say what is on her mind. She is spunky but shows her vulnerable side through her sister Reagan. She cares for the people she loves and will always be on their side.
Chiara D’Ambrosio: There are many things I love about Regan. But the thing I find amazing about her character is her determination to make things right. She is focused on protecting anything or anyone from her sister, Frankie.
Najee De-Tiege: R.J. has an innocence to him, the way he takes on his situations, he always tries to make the best choice, based on his love ones around him.
Mary Beth Evans: Sara is a strong complicated woman.
Erik Fellows: I love that he made a transformation from the bad boy and break all the rules party guy that really had no care in the world to a wholesome kind and caring man who looks out for the family and friends. Now he is a thoughtful and loving boyfriend to his now girlfriend Avery Garrett on the series. He basically did a complete 180!
Celeste Fianna: That she lives on the edge, and she isn’t afraid to take risks, even if the risks are not for always for the better. She follows her heart, yet, is haunted by and afraid of her past. I like the way she is slick, and knows how to do things that the average person wouldn’t. She doesn’t let on about her capabilities, she’s quite unassuming and definitely has a few tricks up her sleeve. I’m hoping we get to find out more of her history.
Gregori J. Martin: Most of the stories and characters on The Bay have been in my mind since I was a child and every-time we bring these stories and characters to life it brings me a sense of pride and joy. As a 7-year-old boy I created this town and here it is. Alive and real and wonderful (I may be biased). I’ve also cast many dear friends in roles or through the years and grown really close to the actors I’ve cast so it’s become more than a friendship or working environment. It’s become a family. I love The Bay family.
Mike Manning: What I love most about Caleb is that he isn’t afraid to speak his mind and stand up for what he believes in. He has a passion for helping people and loves teaching literature to his students. He also allows himself to be a romantic and isn’t shy about falling in love.
Eric Nelsen: There is never a dull moment for Daniel. He’s always got his nose in somebody else’s business or up to some trouble. It’s a blast to play.
What do you want the audience to take away from season 6 of The Bay?
Kristos Andrews: Season 6 takes viewers by the hand to look at societal struggles and familiarizes what is really happening in the world and how important relationships with loved ones are.
Brandon Beemer: I would like the audience to see the different sides of the types struggles that 2020 has thrown at us.
Mary Beth Evans: We tried to reflect some of the current issues going on right now. Hopefully people will see they are not alone.
Bianca D’Ambrosio: I want the audience to feel like they are on the edge of their seats! This season has so many great twists and storylines.
Chiara D’Ambrosio: For season 6, I hope that the audience can take away the importance of protecting your family at any cost. I also hope that viewers enjoy my character and continue to follow her journey on yA.
Najee De-Tiege: I feel like Season 6 has touched on some relevant issues that are in the real world today. The lessons learned from these situations are very important to me.
Erik Fellows: Want them to feel the emotions that we felt while filming. The energy and the realness of the moments happiness, sadness, anger, hurt , fear, glory, friendships, love, and compassion. This season was a turning point for us as characters and the series itself.
Celeste Fianna: Season 6 is probably my favorite season yet there’s so much in the script that is happening in all of our lives right now, it’s really relevant to the times. It’s also the most uncertain season, such changes of events. There are a ton of plot twists which I love! We are seeing some new characters and of course our favorites from the start. I’m left with a cliffhanger just like the audience will be! I really think everyone will enjoy this season. It’s incredibly captivating and riveting.
Gregori J. Martin: We deal with some very important social issues in season 6. From racial inequality, injustice, to Covid-19 and the challenges we face with this pandemic, to our first same sex union. I hope watching season 6 will open the eyes to those who don’t understand the importance and severity of taking these issues seriously. I hope the message is relayed and really makes a difference to anyone who might be shut down to the sensitivity behind these matters.
Mike Manning: I’m really proud of a lot of the social issues that were tackled in season 6. The writers really went for it in terms of taking what was happening in the world and using it to inspire what the characters would be going through Covid-19, the Black Lives Matter Movement, activism among young people, and LGBTQ equality to name a few. I think season 6 goes beyond just being entertaining, and for that I’m glad to be part of it.
Eric Nelsen: There are so many messages to take away from season 6 as a whole. For my characters storyline though, it’s growth, love and commitment.
What is your favorite holiday?
Kristos Andrews: Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s. The holiday season of being connected to family.
Brandon Beemer: Christmas.
Mary Beth Evans: Christmas season Usually lots of gatherings through the month, all the decorations, and good food.
Bianca D’Ambrosio: I absolutely love Christmas!
Chiara D’Ambrosio: My favorite holiday is Christmas. The music, food, lights, and movies always lift my mood up and get me into the holiday spirit.
Najee De-Tiege: Halloween.
Erik Fellows: Christmas.
Celeste Fianna: Christmas going into New Years. I really love those two weeks of the year. Those holidays kind of go together for me, there’s a great family/friend bonding at Christmas to wrap up the year, then a new start to see what the future will bring. Kind of like past/present and future in a couple weeks, usually with a ton of fun.
Gregori J. Martin: When I was younger it was New Year’s Eve or Halloween because of the parties. As I’ve gotten older it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas for the family dinners and wholesome family feelings.
Mike Manning: I am a huge fan of Halloween, but my favorite holiday has to be Christmas.
Eric Nelsen: Christmas.
What is your favorite city to celebrate holidays in?
Kristos Andrews: No matter where I am, I like being with my family.
Brandon Beemer: My hometown of Eugene, Oregon!
Bianca D’Ambrosio: I usually spend Christmas at home, but last year my family and I went to New York for the holidays to see the tree lighting and we had such a fun time!
Chiara D’Ambrosio: Spending the holidays in New York is magical. Last year, I went to the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center and it was such a special time.
Najee De-Tiege: Hollywood.
Mary Beth Evans: New York for Thanksgiving.
Erik Fellows: Maryland where I grew up.
Celeste Fianna: I love to travel so I’m normally on the go somewhere during Holiday Season. I don’t know if I have a favorite place but I do love England, other places in Europe, New York and Tropical locations. Typically, I like to try and do a colder/snowy Christmas and somewhere warm for New Years. Although it doesn’t always happen that way. As long as I’m around my loved ones I’m happy.
Gregori J. Martin: It’s between New York and Los Angeles. New York because that’s where I was born and it has a very traditional feel to me. LA because it’s my favorite city to live in. I love LA. Though I wouldn’t mind experience a holiday in Puerto Rico! As it’s by far my favorite place to visit. And I’ve been all over!
Mike Manning: It depends on the holiday. I grew up in Colorado, so there was always something magical about having a white Christmas with snow everywhere. But if I’m being honest, living in LA and not having to scrape ice off my car windshield every December morning is pretty great.
Eric Nelsen: Beavercreek, Colorado (snowboarding).
What is your favorite thing or tradition about the holiday season?
Kristos Andrews: The positive vibe and energy of the Christmas season.
Brandon Beemer: Getting to spend time with my friends and family back home.
Bianca D’Ambrosio: During the holidays, a tradition we do as a family is have a movie night with hot cocoa and watch Christmas movies. We also try to decorate a gingerbread house together.
Chiara D’Ambrosio: My favorite thing about the holiday season is that I get to spend quality time with my family and make long lasting memories together.
Najee De-Tiege: Spending time with loved ones.
Mary Beth Evans: Gathering with friends and family. But, not this year, looking forward to next year.
Erik Fellows: Well recently my fiancé, son, and me every Thanksgiving and Christmas, have specific onesies we wear each themed for each holiday and they change each year!
Celeste Fianna: Probably sitting at the dinner table or whichever gathering, having great conversation with lovely people and eating amazing food. I really like to cook as well so I enjoy that part too. I love the way the holidays last over several days, really gives time for bonding and some adventure depending on the environment. It’s such a cozy feeling.
Gregori J. Martin: It depends what Holiday we are referring to. But for Halloween I would say the Halloween parties when I wasn’t afraid to be around more than 4 people. Or watching fun horror classics leading up to the 31st. I miss the trick or treaters. For Thanksgiving the Turkey dinner. I happen to make a mean turkey that is usually a hit so seeing people’s reactions and appreciation for the taste always feels good. Christmas I would say the feeling of joy all around and all the Christmas lights and decorations. I also make a Puerto Rican eggnog called Coquito that is also usually a hit!
Mike Manning: I love how in December Christmas music will play on the radio everywhere you go. It’s like an excuse for everyone to collectively be a little happier than normal.
Eric Nelsen: Giving and surrounding yourself by family.
What is your favorite holiday food?
Kristos Andrews: Pumpkin pie.
Bianca D’Ambrosio: My mom’s secret family recipe pasta and meatballs and my dad’s stuffing!
Chiara D’Ambrosio: My favorite holiday food is my mother’s Italian pasta and meatballs. Her recipe has been a family secret for many years, and hopefully one day she’ll give me the recipe.
Mary Beth Evans: Sweet potatoes with marshmallows
Erik Fellows: Pumpkin pie.
Celeste Fianna: I look forward to having the turkey dinner with stuffing, mashed potatoes and all the fixings, then the desserts like pumpkin pie. I really like the way I was taught to make it by my mother who was English, and I put my own twist on it of course.
Gregori J. Martin: Well, it’s usually the Turkey but I stopped eating meat this year so it may end up being sweet potatoes or pumpkin pie!
Mike Manning: Gingerbread cookies.
Eric Nelsen: Cookies.
What is your favorite holiday beverage?
Kristos Andrews: Coquito (Gregori’s)
Brandon Beemer: It’s not a holiday beverage but red wine.
Bianca D’Ambrosio: Love a good hot chocolate. It’s the best.
Chiara D’Ambrosio: My favorite holiday beverage has to be a warm cup of hot chocolate.
Najee De-Tiege: Eggnog.
Erik Fellows: It depends, at my mom’s house she will spike the eggnog but, I probably at this point would stick to a nice whiskey on the rocks!
Celeste Fianna: Eggnog martini, I think that’s my favorite. Oh yes, and of course the hot mulled wine you get in the little European Holiday village towns, with the chestnuts. Really hits the spot when it’s cold outside, and it’s oh so good.
Gregori J. Martin: Coquito! That’s the Puerto Rican eggnog.
Mike Manning: Spiked cider.
Eric Nelsen: Coquito (Gregori’s).
The 10th and final episode of season 6 will be airing on Tuesday December 29th. In case you have missed it episodes 1– 9 are also currently available on demand with the free PopStar! TV app. #BingeTheBay