NXT Star Franky Monet On Her New Film “Unchained,” Her Prior Life As Taya Valkyrie, Plans For Her “Wera Loca” Brand & More


Published on June 22nd, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz

Per the new film Unchained: “To Rise You Must Be Willing to Fall.” In Unchained, an idealistic woman is kidnapped and forced to compete in an underground fight ring. Every night is a fight for her life as she plans to overthrow her captors and save the lives of many others doomed to the same endless cycle. This full-tilt action thriller opens up the world of underground fighting this summer and stars Taya Valkyrie (a.k.a. NXT’s Franky Monet), Academy Award winner Eric Roberts, Mair Mulroney, Maricris Lapaix, Roni Weissman, Kasarlina Wang, Svetlana Constantine and Larry L. Andrews. Unchained was directed and co-written by the single-named Raphaello (the forthcoming Alastor, Rogue Planet Gamma, The Curse Of Salem) and co-written and produced with John Bryan and Ilia Constantine.

Beyond acting in Unchained and performing as part of NXT roster, the aforementioned Monet has an acclaimed fashion line, LOCA By Taya Valkyrie. LOCA’s wears are notably hand-dyed by Monet/Valkyrie herself, an alumnus of the fashion program at the Academy Of Art University in San Francisco.

As embedded below, I had the pleasure of speaking with Monet/Valkyrie again on June 16, 2021 via Zoom, as embedded beow. Beyond Unchained — which is due out on July 2, 2021 via Leomark Studios — we spoke about her multi-faceted career, future plans for LOCA, musical influences, and life away from professional wrestling. More on the star can be found by clicking here, here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren’s writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being “Editor At Large” for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly “Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz” podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com). He has also co-authored two published books, 2018’s “Pocket Change: Your Happy Money” (Book Web Publishing) and 2019’s “Good Advice From Professional Wrestling” (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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