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Solenn Heussaff unleashes wild side


by Nickie Wang

She has once slammed a French television network for calling her a bimbo in one of its documentary. But the former celebrity Survivor did not stop there, Solenn also proved that she is just more than a beautiful face and that she has something between her ears.

Not known to many, apart from being a model, a familiar face on television as a VJ, and in movies as an actress, Solenn is also a painter and a designer. And just as we thought those are the only feathers she has on her hat, Solenn has just recently announced that she is going to release a 10-track self-titled debut album.

In January, the Paris-educated model inked a three-album deal with a giant record company. If that wouldn’t be enough to convince people that she can really sing, we don’t know what else would but to actually hear her sing live.

Last week, during the press screening of AXN Beyond’s Teen Wolf series, the Filipino French “It Girl” gave the audience a sample of her music. Solenn sang “Chemistry,” a song she co-wrote with former Rivermaya frontman Rico Blanco.

The track complements Solenn being AXN Beyond’s ‘Wolf Mate’ who will interact with audience to promote the supernatural action-romance program that premieres on July 17. In a statement, it says that Solenn is set to add more fun and chemistry to the viewers in a whole new personal level.

Also as the local face of Teen Wolf, Solenn will be promoting the dark and riveting series through an on-air and on-line campaign for AXN Beyond from July till September.

“It’s a great opportunity for me. It’s a big show in the US,” she told the audience during the series’ press launch, “All of us can relate to Teen Wolf because like the main character, we were outcast in some points of our life.”

Solenn said she is smitten by Teen Wolf’s premise, characters and intensity. She lauds the show’s sexiness, great writing, humor and fresh-faced cast.

On the AXN Beyond channel, a series of promos Solenn will be on the spotlight as she introduces the show as well as reviews of various episodes to tease and engage viewers. In addition, on-air vignettes will also feature her sharing all things Teen Wolf, from exclusive interviews with the show’s cast members to her own lifestyle and fashion tips to “unleashing her wild side.”

Recruiting viewers online into her ‘Wolf Pack’ on her personal Facebook page, Solenn will reward her followers with specially produced and exclusive Teen Wolf-themed multimedia content via AXN Beyond’s.

“Through this interactive and engaging campaign, I wish to reach out on a more personal level to my fans and all viewers of AXN Beyond to share a fun and exciting viewing experience with me. It is my hope that everyone will join my ‘Wolf Pack’ on-air and on-line for an adventure into the wild side with Teen Wolf,” added Solenn.

A boy who turned into werewolf

Teen Wolf, a series loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name, follows the story of Scott McCall (Tyler Posey), an asthmatic high school student who yearns to be recognized in some small way to take him out of his typical state of high school anonymity.

In the first episode, when his best friend, Stiles Stilinski (Dylan O’Brien), convinces him to go into the woods one night to join a police search for a dead body, Scott encounters a creature in the darkness. Narrowly surviving its attack with a vicious bite to his side, Scott awakes the next day to strange surprises and his life is never the same again.

Acquiring superhuman wolf-like abilities, Scott now hears things he should not be able to hear. He now sees things with startling accuracy, and moves with incredible reflexes. Usually a bench warmer, Scott with his newfound powers, becomes a first team player for the school lacrosse team, outdoing even the top player Jackson Whittemore (Colton Haynes). Sparking the interest of Lydia Martin (Holland Roden) the most popular girl in school, Scott falls instead for Allison Argent (Crystal Reed), the mysterious new girl in town.

Not only does Scott have to suppress his wolfish instincts and urges, he has to contend with other werewolves, including Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin), the more experienced and dangerous werewolf thought to be responsible for the life-changing bite. And as the story unfolds, Scott will have to fight a family of werewolf hunters, the leader who turns out to be Allison’s father.

With a forbidden romance set against the drama of high school life, Teen Wolf follows a dark, riveting plot and delves into themes of self-discovery, struggles and angst among its teenage characters coming into their own. Topped by an attractive, young and fresh-faced cast line-up, Teen Wolf has all the makings of the next big TV series in the massively popular supernatural action-romance genre.

Helmed by Australian director Russell Mulcahy (Highlander) and executive produced by Jeff Davis, creator of the original Teen Wolf movie in 1985, the TV series is proving to be a ratings hit on cable television in the US. Spot on for its target teen and young adult audiences, Teen Wolf’s premiere drew some 2.18 million viewers. In its fourth week, the series recorded a 23 percent growth in its 12–34 year old audiences and was the top-rated show in its timeslot among women of the same demographic group.

Teen Wolf begins airing on July 17 on AXN Beyond, simulcasting on AXN and Animax. Subsequent episodes air every Monday 9 p.m.

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