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Exclusive Interview: What’s Next for Best Friend Bill from ‘The Circle’

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Netflix has swiped right on reality television.

In recent months, the streaming giant has deepened their connection with audiences with the addition of some addicting reality TV offerings including dating series Love Is Blind and The Circle. 

For those unfamiliar with Netflix’s The Circle, the series is described as Big Brother meets Catfish, where contestants all move into the same apartment building but never meet face-to-face as they’re all confined to their own apartment.

Instead, they get to know each other exclusively through their profiles on the Circle social media app.

CraveYouTV had the chance to catch up with Bill Cranley, also known as “Best Friend Bill” from Chicago, Illinois, who entered the game during episode 6.

Not only did he gives us the scoop about his time on the series, but he also talked about his recent guest appearance on Chicago PD and disclosed what’s next for Best Friend Bill!

 

The Circle… that was one hell of an adventure, right?

Such a wild experience! The show did a great job at keeping all the contestants “in the dark” with how the entire process worked. Coming in, I had no idea what to expect or even how to work the Circle app!

How did that casting process work?

The casting process was very long, spanning over 6 months. They first held an in-person interview in Chicago just discussing who I was, what I did for a living, and what strategy I would use to become the winner of The Circle. About 5 Skype interviews later they flew us all out to LA for a final interview which consisted of a trial version of The Circle and chatting with other “contestants” via voice chat.

What do you wish went differently/ what would you do differently?

Honestly, I wish I was brought on to the show from the very beginning. Getting brought on so late I could tell that there was a slight disconnect from me to the other players, compared to what they had with each other. I didn’t get the opportunities to chat with the players that I wanted to and my time spent on the show went by so quickly. My strategy to be “authentic” didn’t play out because I didn’t get to truly build any type of relationship in that short of time.

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What was your favorite part about being on the show?

I loved having my own apartment! They stocked my fridge with all of the groceries I asked for and was a nice break from the real life.

What did you learn about reality TV?

I learned that even if you’re building real relationships with others, when you’re on TV it’s all one big competition.

What do you want to say to your fans?

All of you have been awesome! For real so many people have reached out understanding my strategy and where I am coming from, and even though my time in the show was short-lived, all my fans have been so cool. I’ve already hung out with a few fans in Chicago!

At the same time, you were gaining exposure from The Circle, you appeared on Chicago PD. How was that gig?

Unreal! Chicago PD is very different from the circle and reality tv in general. Just as fun though.

How did you land the role?

I act in Chicago and go to auditions! I was asked by my agency to audition, and it turns out I’m really good at getting shot to death 😀

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What’s it like being an actor in Chicago? What are the steps to getting a speaking role on a TV show like Chicago PD?

Being an actor in Chicago is so much fun with little pressure to fight against other actors for a spot. All of my actor and model friends are always so supportive of each other, talking about different ways to get booked or ways to become a better actor. From what I hear it’s not as cutthroat as LA, and always happy to help out a fellow actor.

The steps to land a speaking role is all about the hustle! It’s going to 10 auditions in a week not landing a gig, and then having the strength to do it all over again the next week! You get used to hearing “no,” and that’s not a bad thing. I see it as motivation to keep going and getting better at what you do.

What’s next for Best Friend Bill? 

Good question! I’m still pursuing acting and modeling in Chicago and hope to land more roles over this next year. I definitely want to travel more this year as well and start up a fun project of documenting the most interesting people, places, and things; hopefully checking off a few things on my bucket list!

If you’re reading this and you have a unique/interesting hobby or lifestyle, hit me up; would love to experience it with you!

You can find Bill on Instagram @BillCranley!


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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‘Glee’ Cast Speaks Out on Naya Rivera’s Death, Sends Condolences

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Glee Cast speak out after Naya Rivera's tragic disappearance

The Glee cast is coming together in support of Naya Rivera. 

After authorities confirmed the body of Naya Rivera was found at Lake Piru concluding a 6-day search,Jane Lynch, who played Sue Silverman, tweeted “rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family. ”

Other cast members Amber Riley and Kevin McHale asked the fanbase to show some compassion in light of the tragic events. 

“Show some respect. All our energy is going toward helping find Naya and praying for her safe return and for her family,” Riley wrote on Twitter. “No one owes anyone online a performance of grief. This is very real and devastating. Focus on Naya and her family. Not us. We don’t matter right now.”

McHale retweeted and added:

“I cannot begin to understand what Naya’s family must be feeling. I know the rest of us are completely shattered, but not without hope. Please respect her family & their privacy in this moment. Please refrain from judging those who don’t show their pain on social media.”

The comments defended Lea Michele’s silence in the wake of Rivera’s disappearance. Fans called her out for not speaking out, which forced her to delete her Twitter account. 

Earlier this year, Michele was dragged for comments made by former actress Samantha Ware who said the actress was a bully and made her life a “living hell.” The comments were supported by other members of the cast. 

Heather Morris also updated fans writing: 
 
“I have spoken to Sheriff Eric Buschow and rest assured they are using every single one of their resources to locate our Naya. I have full confidence that they’re doing everything they can, and probably more. We will hold off on the citizen search and rescue until we get the go ahead that they’ll allow volunteers. Understand it’s 110 degrees here and if you’re not highly trained in search and rescue, this could end up a much more dangerous situation for everybody involved. Please be kind, compassionate and caring for those who are looking for our Naya.”
 

Earlier today, authorities revealed they found a body at Lake Piru where Rivera was last seen. 

The timing is chilling considering today marks 7 years since Corey Monteith overdosed at the age of 31. Many fans have pointed to a Glee curse placed on the cast as Rivera marks the third cast member to die in her 30s. In addition to Rivera and Monteith, Mark Salling committed suicide in 2018 at the age of 35 after pleading guilty to child pornography. 


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Body Found at Lake Identified as Former ‘Glee’ Star Naya Rivera, 33, Authorities Say

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Naya Rivera Missing, Presumed Drowning

A body has been found at Lake Piru, the Southern California lake where former Glee actress Naya Rivera was reported missing, according to authorities. 

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office made the announcement on Monday, three days after search and rescue efforts began. Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the body, but TMZ is reporting that it is Rivera.

“A body has been found at Lake Piru this morning. The recovery is in progress. There will be a news conference at 2 pm at the lake,” they tweeted. The conference will happen at 5 pm ET.

The 33-year-old actress has been missing since Wednesday. She was last seen on CCTV footage getting into a rented pontoon boat with her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey, who was found sleeping on the boat alone without his mother by another boater. 
 
After search and efforts failed to turn up a body after 24 hours, authorities said she was “presumed dead.”
 
Divers and specialty teams are using sonar equipment and specially-trained dogs to search for the actress but explained that the murky waters with a visibility of roughly 2 feet have made it difficult, per CNN. 
 
Authorities ruled out a suicide, per Just Jared
 
If declared dead, Rivera, who played Santana Lopez, would be the third Glee cast member to die in her 30s. Cory Monteith passed away at 31 in 2013 from an overdose while Mark Salling committed suicide in 2018 at the age of 35 after pleading guilty to child pornography. 
 
Jane Lynch, who played Sue Sylvester on the series, tweeted her condolences likely confirming TMZ’s report of Rivera’s death. 
 


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Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Will Continue Its Reign Until Season 6

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The Crown Will Return for Season 6 on Netflix

Queen Elizabeth II’s reign is far from over. 

Netflix’s critically acclaimed historical drama The Crown won’t be ending with season 5 after all. 

The streaming giant’s UK social media platform announced the series is being extended by one more season so the sixth season will now serve as the final season. 

“News from the palace: we can confirm there will be a sixth (and final) season of @TheCrownNetflix, in addition to the previously announced five,” the post read.

We can all thank the series creator and executive producer Peter Morgan or changing his mind. 

“As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons,” Morgan said per the streamer. 

For those who were anticipating that the season might near present-day or even give us a straight-from-the-palace look at the Megxit drama, don’t get your hopes up. While season 5 will bring us into the 21st center, the EP said the additional season will allow the team to creatively explore the current period in greater detail. 

This mean, Olivia Colman will stay on as the Queen for one more season before giving the crown over to Imelda Staunton (Professor Umbridge for you Harry Potter fans) for two seasons. 

Colman took over from Claire Foy, who portrayed the younger version of the monarch. 

Last week, it was announced that Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret.

Since season 4 was able to complete production prior to the COVID-19 pandemic halting everything, there’s a huge chance it will air sometime later this year. 

The fourth season begins the reign of Princess Diana and will welcome newcomer Emma Corrin in the role of Prince Charles’ wife. 


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