[Interview] Winning Time’s Carina Conti Talks Paula and How an 80s Inspired Music Video Helped Her Get the Role

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HBO’s Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty chronicles the lives of Lakers during the late 70s and 80s including Magic Johnson, Norm Nixon, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Carina Conti plays Laker Girl and head choreographer Paula Abdul. I talked to Carina about how an 80s inspired music video shoot helped her get the part, deep-diving into Paula Abdul’s interviews and music, and why dance is her truest passion.

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty is on Sundays on HBO and also streaming on HBO Max.