Rising Star Tatum Matthews On The Five Things You Need To Shine In The Entertainment Industry
…There are many “Tatums” in the business so rejection is constant, but as a Christian, I know that I am unique and what opportunities are given is God’s will, and those that aren’t weren’t meant to be. You just give it your best and then move on after every audition or callback and know that it’s out of your hands what happens next.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Tatum Matthews. Tatum stars as Erin Walton in the CW network’s new “The Waltons” television specials, reboots based on the beloved long-running CBS TV series (1972–1981) about a large family living in rural Virginia during the Great Depression. The latest CW installment, “A Waltons’ Thanksgiving” will debut on November 20, 2022. Last year’s “The Waltons: Homecoming” was the network’s second-highest rated special of the 2020–2021 season.
Additionally, Tatum stars in the sci-fi indie film “The Artifice Girl,” which had its world premiere at the 26th Annual Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal (July 2022), winning the Gold Audience Award for Best International Feature. The film currently enjoys a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Critics laud Tatum’s performance as the “The Artifice Girl” title character “Cherry,” an A.I. creation designed to catch online child predators. Screen Daily notes that “[Tatum] achieves the difficult task of making Cherry a bright, engaging youngster, but also unsettlingly logical and reasonable in the manner of ‘Star Trek’s’ Mr. Spock.” Story Issues magazine raves, “Tatum Matthews … tackles one the most complex and difficult characters in recent memory . . . a remarkable performance.” The popular online hub for all-things comics, CBR.com, simply calls Tatum’s performance “excellent.” A “triple threat,” Tatum began her career in local Jacksonville, Florida, theater productions, making her professional debut at age seven.
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