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Nikki

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

The Southerner, former  Mouseketeer and girl band member, and MTV top-rating show co-star is most excited for her role of a lifetime: mother to Hudson. Nikki Deloach is feeling everything but ‘awkward’ when it comes to raising and caring for her adorable, blond and blue-eyed darling

Nikki: Trench top by KAREN KANE, karenkane.com . Jeans by LEVI STRAUSS, levistrauss.com . Shoes by CHELSEA PARIS, chelseaparis.com . Necklace by LEENABELL, leenabell.com Hudson: Onesie by PAIGE LAUREN BABY, paigelaurenbaby.com . Hat (on the cover) by FORE!! AXEL AND HUDSON, foreaxelandhudson.com

It’s hard to ignore Nikki DeLoach as her character “Lacey” in MTV’s phenomenal teen dramedy, Awkward, not just because of the miracles brought on by her amazing push-up bras on the show, but more so because of her spot-on acting. Nikki plays a young mother to an only child on the show—she was a former popular girl who got pregnant in high school by the man she later on married. In the first season of the show, much is played up on the relationship of her character and of the lead’s (her daughter), Jenna (actress Ashley Rickards), because she wrote a horrible, anonymous note of advice from ‘a friend’ to her daughter about the latter’s seeming insignificance—the message may be summed up to one of the letter’s lines: “As you are now, you could disappear and no one would notice.” Their dynamic tugs on the heartstrings of many well-intentioned parents who tend to do more damage than good, unknowingly. We ask Nikki about how she’s similar to her character, how it was like feeling overtaken by her former Mouseketeers, leaving home at 12, being like a sister to Justin Timberlake, meeting husband, Ryan, and being mom to gorgeous little Hudson.

Kariz: You are great on the show, I just have to say. You made me believe that you are actually Lacey.
Nikki: That means so much to me! Thank you so much.

K: Absolutely great. So how was it like growing up in Georgia? I heard you are the eldest of three.
N: Yes, I am the eldest of three, and my sister and I were about 3 and 1/2 years apart, so it was really nice because I had a friend for life. I really couldn’t have asked for a better upbringing. We live on a farm and there’s so much space, and you could be out ‘til dark and our parents didn’t have to worry. All the kids around you could play with, and we’d play basketball everyday. I have a son now and he’s 7 months old, and I yearn to be able to give him something similar to what I had, but I don’t know if I can do that in Los Angeles.

K: You had the whole shebang, farm animals, everything? I love that.
N: Yeah, I rode horses. In the summers, we’d pick corn, green beans, and grow all of our vegetables for the year. All of our meat came from our animals on the farm.

K: You were organic from the get-go. How were your parents like?
N: I was organic from the start. My mother was a teacher but she also was a domestic instructor, a cheerleader sponsor. She always had a million balls in the air. She was very determined, an incredibly gifted educator. And now, she’s the superintendent of the school system. She was really hard on me, but what I now understand as an adult, especially as a mother, is that you want the absolute best for your kids.


K: Absolutely.
N: As a child, I interpreted her behavior as I just wasn’t good enough and I could never be enough for her, or validated, or be accepted by her. Now, I understand that it was her teaching me self-discipline, and me understanding that I could do anything that I wanted to do in life. It didn’t matter if I was a girl or a boy, or how young or old. She also helped to instill in me a really strong work ethic. I look back and think, wow, I’m really grateful for her. Some people say you choose your parents, and my mom and I have gone through definitely a difficult journey in our lives trying to understand each other—my trying to understand her baggage and her life, and her trying to understand my own because I left home when I was 12 years old to go work, and I haven’t lived at home since then. This amazing thing happened on my way to giving birth to Hudson where at the time, I thought it was just a work thing. I was 2 weeks late, I’ve been having contractions and my mom said, “I’m hopping on a plane and you’re gonna give birth too, and I just don’t wanna miss it.” She hopped on a plane and sure enough, I did not give birth. It was a week that went by before I gave birth at the hospital. By then, I was already a week late and everyday we walked, talked, and ate. I never really had that time with her. I got to hear about how motherhood was for her at 21 years old when she first had a kid. We just healed our relationship in such a beautiful way, and I am so glad I chose her as my mother. My dad was always that rock, the one who took us to school every morning. He even tried to do my hair—but I can’t go to school with seven ponytails. (Laughs) He was also really hard on me in some way, and he was athletic. He coached me at basketball and softball. I was the firstborn, so I was the boy and the girl.

K: For 3 and 1/2 years, it was all you.
N: It was all me. But he just had this loving kindness that, to this day, when I would get in trouble, he would be the one to sit down with me and talk it through with me. I always felt his warmth, love, and support. Man, I can’t tell you what it’s like growing up with a father like that as a girl. You look at other men with such confidence, like, I don’t have to take something that I don’t deserve because I know what a real man is.



Weelie shoe in brown multi, $55, Weelie in Light Gray Multi, $53, both by UMI, umishoes.com Nikki: Dress by THREADS FOR THOUGHT, threadsforthought.com . Flipflops by HAVAIANAS, us.havaianas.com . Necklace by LEENABELL, leenabell.com Hudson:  Hoodie, t-shirt, and sweatpants, all by GO GENTLY BABY, shop.gogentlybaby.com

K: Exactly. He set the bar high.
N: He woke up with us—all three kids—every night to give us our bottle, he changed the diapers, cooked, took us to school, took me to dance and voice lessons. He would drive 2 hours one way, 2 hours back, and get up at 5 AM to go to work. He was superdad. I warned my husband in the beginning, I said, “Listen—”

K: You got big shoes to fill.
N: Yeah, you got big shoes to fill because I had superdad, you know…

K: Your mom was 21 when she had you, and your father was how old?
N: My father was 24. I’m 34, and I just had my first kid. I know it was a different time, but to have your first kid at 21 years old? It’s something that’s so difficult for me to wrap my head around.

K: You said you left home at 12 to move to Orlando to work in the Mickey Mouse Club alongside some of the biggest names in today’s entertainment scene. How was that like?
N: It was a dream come true. Just to be able to be part of the show, and what the show represents is iconic. To be able to be part of its legacy is an honor and truly a blessing, and I could not have asked to have better castmates. The seven of us, we were family from day one—and to be surrounded by so much talent and everyday be inspired by them? Seeing Christina Aguilera at 12 years old sing—just blew my mind. It rocked my world, it was like there was some singing music box. A lot of us have come from these small towns where, from the time when we were kids, this is what we had wanted to do and it’s all we’ve dreamed of. It never ever seemed like a job—it was playtime and it was fun, and so just seeing yourself in someone else’s eyes and to finally go, “Oh, I understand you. I know who you are because I am you.” I felt like I had finally found this home—a home I never knew existed before—so it was really a wonderful time in my life, and to this day, some of the best years of my life.

K: Is it true that you still keep in touch with Justin Timberlake?
N: Yeah, I also touch base with T.J. Fantini, who’s another cast member. But Justin and I, from day one, we hit it off as friends and he’s a great guy. Let’s talk about how amazingly talented he is—he’a genius. But in terms of as a person, I loved his whole family.

K: You lived with them, right?
N: Actually, his mother wanted to put together a girl group when Justin was in ‘NSYNC, so we kinda put our heads together and ended up with five girls. She was like a second mom to me for a really long time—still is. She’ll still tell me you know—pardon my language—if my shit stinks. Or if I need to get it together, if I’m doing a really good job, and she’s proud of me. I appreciate that.

K: You have two mothers, that’s great. In line with the whole Mousketeer-ing, you mentioned in another interview that you felt somewhat bypassed that all of them were blowing up with their careers… 
N: I felt left behind for sure, and a part of me felt that, well, this is it for me. It’s really weird when you grow up in this industry all your life, and you learn very quickly the culture of this industry that—

K: It’s very fleeting.
N: And you are validated by how famous or what your last project was, or what your next project is. All of these friends of mine had gone on to become some of the biggest stars in the world. (Laughs) I think that only exacerbated the feeling that I’m not really good enough and I’m not worthy—and that they have what it takes and I don’t and somebody sees something special in them, and they don’t see it in me. It took me a really long time to understand that my journey is just as precious and special. I am so grateful for those times when I felt like a failure, and everything felt hard and I had to start all over again, and again, and again, because I’m so thankful for work. There’s not a day that goes by when I’m in Awkward that I’m not grateful to be able to be a part of it. I also now understand that I can stand on my own two feet and this business will never validate me—it never will be what truly brings me joy. It may bring me happiness, but joy, that feeling, that thing that exists inside of you no matter what the exterior circumstances are—this business will never bring me that.

K: It must have just been so hard at that stage, as a teenager, with all those hormones, those crazy feelings. 
N: Yeah, it was awful. I remember being in L.A. with my Nana, and sometimes just locking myself in the bathroom and sitting in the tub—no water, no nothing, just with my clothes on and crying and feeling like, what am I gonna do? What am I doing wrong? And I had to pay my rent and get a job if I wanna keep doing what I love, so it was really hard.

K: Did you ever go through schooling, up to college, or you went a different route?
N: I did, actually. College was very important to me—my mom was an educator. Somebody asked me the other day when I feel the sexiest, and for me, it was when I feel educated. I went to the University of Nebraska, which has an on-location program. I had a tutor, essentially a point person, and they would send all my tests and materials through him. He would send them back to school, and I actually graduated two years early, with all straight A’s. I had a graduation ceremony with Lance Bass from ‘NSYNC, it was just the two of us. It was really special because you miss a lot of normalcy growing up in this business and it was just a sliver of a ‘normal’ that we got to have the cap and the gown. Our families and friends were there.

K: Smallest graduating class ever.
N: I know, and it was so great and after that, I went into the music business until I moved out to L.A. at 22. We were signed to Lou Pearlman, who also launched ‘NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, and he’s now in jail because of his really unfortunate business practices. ‘NSYNC left him, a lot of groups left him, and record companies didn’t wanna deal with him and essentially, our group lost our recording contract from RCA. Lou said, “I’ll release you, just sign this agreement. You can make me a fifth member of your band–” which is what he had done with all the other people, “I’ll continue to help you.” At that point in time I was like, “Over my dead body.” Either way, I was done with him. I was in such a dark place at that point, so disillusioned that I just decided, if I get don’t get out of here, I’m gonna die here spiritually. So I moved out to L.A. with my boyfriend at the time, who’s now my husband.

K: That’s so sweet.
N: I had over a year and a half left in my recording contract and I decided to go to community college, put my feet on the ground, and figure my shit out. I was kinda spinning, and I went to Santa Monica Community College, and I got the first two years of my college degree under my belt. It was the greatest thing in the world that I could’ve done. I mean, talk about bringing your confidence back.


Nikki: Top and shorts, both by TORY BURCH, toryburch.com . Nude backstrap heels by NINE WEST, ninewest.com Hudson: Collared onesie by FORE!! AXEL AND HUDSON, foreaxelandhudson.com

K: Absolutely.
N: It just made me feel like there’s a lot more going on in this world than the music group, this thing, you know. I was so engrossed in sociology and psychology. About 5 days after my music contract officially ended, I went on my first real audition since I’ve been out there for a network pilot. I was like, “Listen this is my first audition, really back in the game after my contract ended.” And 2 days later, I was in Hawaii filming a pilot.

K: Wow. (Laughs)
N:  Yeah, you just need to take the time and the universe will be there whenever you get back on your feet.

K: Did you have any ‘awkward’ college experiences?
N: Being recognized. (Laughs) Going to community college, and being broke as a joke. Not being able to afford groceries and being this 23-year old in community college, and then getting noticed like, “Were you in that group, Innosense? I think I saw you in Vegas,” or “Weren’t you in the Mickey Mouse Club?” Things like that. And they would be like, “What are you doing here?”

K: We were told by your publicist that you are one of the kindest people she knows. I see it. How do you stay humble in this industry, as you’re in a hit show and all that? Do you think it has a lot to do with what you went through?
N: It’s so nice that you said that, first of all, just so sweet. I will thank her. It has everything to do with what I went through. My mother would tell me everyday, “Pretty is as pretty does.” I grew up knowing that it doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, it’s who you are on the inside that matters. I’ve made so many mistakes and done things that I was like, “Oh, Nikki why did you do or say that?” But you rebound from those and you say, “I’m gonna do better next time.” I could’ve gone the other way, been that jaded person that’s like, “Hey, now it’s my turn…” Everyday you wake up with a choice. I’ve been with my husband for 14 years, and people ask how that happened.

K: Especially in your industry. 
N: I wake up next to him every day. I look at him and I say, “I choose you, you’re my guy.”

K: Very powerful words.
N: You could choose happiness, you could choose to be jaded, or grateful. I just wanna be a person who lives my life with a lot of joy, and I can’t do that if I wake up everyday and choose anger, resentment, or frustration.

K: You’re so blessed. Now you have a baby boy—so much things going on for you. Let’s talk about Awkward for a bit. Can you describe your character in three words? And how you got the role in the first place.
N: Well-intentioned…I’m trying to figure out a word for lack of a skill set? (Laughs)

K: (Laughs) Sometimes inappropriate. So funny.
N: Well-intentioned, bright, and shiny.

K: (Laughs) She is!
N: They had been looking for an actress for this role for quite some time, and as what usually happens in the business, they go through all the names first and then they go through all the people that are at the top agencies. CAA, UCA—and then they start reaching out to everyone else.

K: I love how you put that.
N: I was not in one of those agencies, but I had this really “go get ‘em” agent and he just kept pushing me to read the pilot, and go in on the audition. I kept saying to him, “Joey, I’ve gone in on auditions for mothers all season long, and I keep getting told I’m too young.” And then to play a mom of a freshman? Like, this is a no. No, no, no.

K: Not gonna happen.
N: Then he called back and he was like, they realized they’ve seen you before, they know how young you are. So I read the pilot, and it was literally the best pilot I have read in years. It was such a different voice.

K: It’s so well-written. 
N: It had this perfect mixture of humor and heart, and I just thought, I just want 5 minutes in a room to play this person because there was something inside of me that can bring Lacey to life because she’s so different from me. If I can bring her to life, I can do anything. I just loved her, and I guess a lot of other actors saw her as being this really cold, kind of bitchy mom. She had a kid at 16 years old, what do you expect? The creator, Lauren Iungerich, just looked at me and was like, “Oh my God, you’re her.” I tested for it and eventually, I got it.

K: In the first season, Lacey wrote this awful and heartbreaking letter to Jenna about coming out of her shell. Would you ever do the same to your son, Hudson, if you felt like he was not adapting?
N: Here’s the thing about motherhood: I think there are things you think you’ll never do, and there are things you think you always do. I’ve learned to never say never, and never say always. Except with Hudson, because I will always love him, but I think that the reason that Lacey and her relationship with Jenna is so compelling is because it’s so universal. We heighten the situation because it’s comedy and it’s TV, but every mother knows what it feels like to do something with the best of intentions and have it go horribly awry, interpreted by your child in such a different way than what you thought it would be. I would like to think that by the time Hudson is a freshman in high school and he’s going through something like this, I will be really quick to handle it, instead of giving him a confrontation. I’m sure that I will muck it up some other way, and I’ll have to ask for forgiveness.


Nikki: Dress by LOFT, loft.com Hudson: Black and white striped long-sleeved shirt by GO GENTLY BABY, shop.gogentlybaby.com . Jeans by MARC JACOBS, marcjacobs.com

K: After that letter, your husband on the show almost left you for good. In real life, if your spouse had committed something so hurtful to your kid, do you think you’d leave or stick it out? 
N: There’s another thing where you say never and always. You never know in life and I’ve never been that person who, when people ask me about my marriage, it’s like, “Oh yeah, we’re gonna be together for the rest of our lives.” I sure hope so. He is the best. I wouldn’t know what to do without him. But you never know what life is gonna give you. In terms of him doing something that hurt  Hudson, that definitely would have to be dependent on the situation.

K: Let’s talk about your husband, Ryan. Is it true that he was formerly from the band Take Five before he became an entertainment lawyer?
N: That is very true. I was lucky. I got the musician spirit.

K: So how did you two meet, and was it love at first sight? (Laughs)
N: (Laughs) I was in a place where I definitely was not looking for a boyfriend or a relationship. I got out of a long-term relationship—

K: This was with JC Chasez right? For five years?
N: Yes. I was not looking for anything serious whatsoever, and I could tell Ryan was the guy you settle down with. He’s the guy you get serious with. There was this part of me that was like, “Oh my gosh, I have to pursue this and see where this goes because he’s so kind and such a good person.” I promised myself I would only look for the nicest guy from there on—the ones that know how to treat a girl. And he was that guy.

K: You both had your musical careers at that time, right?
N: Yeah, we were so young and he was on tour, and I was on tour—I was having so much fun being a girl with other girls. I just did not want anything serious at all, so it wasn’t love at first sight because I was being crowded by—

K: All the noise.
N: All the noise, and my own personal needs that I wanted at that time in my life. We dated and about 4 months into it, he was just kinda like, “Listen, why don’t you go do your thing and if we are ready to pursue this in a more serious way, then give me a call.” He did that very adult thing—and he’s a year younger than me so I was like—

K: Wow.
N: Here is a 19-year old kid that’s doing this adult responsible thing. So I went away and months went on and the more I thought about it, I felt like, “What am I doing?”

K: You met him through friends?
N: I met him when he was in the group Take Five. He was also signed to Lou Pearlman, so he lived in Orlando and you know when you’re down there, we all interacted.

K: How long were you together before he proposed, and how did he pop the question?
N: (Laughs) We were together for 10 years. We had a really good friend who was kinda like a mom to both of us. She has known me for a very long time and she said to Ryan, “Right now you can’t really push Nikki. You need to try to be her friend and hang out with her. If you push her, she’s gonna run away.” He just said, “Well, what if I just came over and brought over some Chinese food?” We just sat, had a drink, and chilled. I was like, I think that sounds doable. So he brought over Chinese food, a bottle of wine, and one rose. We ate, talked for hours, and when he proposed, he had the same red roses and there were candles all around the apartment. I was like, “What is going on?” That’s not what we discussed—

K: (Laughs) That’s not what was discussed in the package.
N: Exactly! I knew something was up, it was just too romantic. I was thinking, “What is going on?” And he was saying, “Nothing, I just want to have a nice, romantic dinner.” We finished our dinner, and he didn’t eat a thing because he was so nervous. Finally at the end of it, he gave me this fortune cookie, and it said—

K: Here’s your future.
N: Yeah, “Will you marry me?”

K: That is so sweet.
N: And he then pulled the ring out.

K: That is the sweetest. Fast forward to your pregnancy. Were there any difficulties, funny experiences, odd cravings?
N: I was sick for the first 5 months—all day. In the first trimester, you’re just so exhausted. That first wave of tiredness hits you, and it’s like I’ve never felt tired like that before. I was really sick, and also I was working on Awkward and my husband and I decided not to tell anyone until almost my 5th month. So for those first 3 months, I was on set working sick as a dog, and going back to my trailer. There were moments in the middle of the scene where I was like, this is disgusting, but I would puke in my mouth.

K: (Laughs) I think we’ve all done that.
N: I got to figure out how to swallow it before I say my next line.

K: That’s hilarious. And how do you stay a hot momma? You are so fit and you just gave birth. It’s not fair.
N: I was very, very, very lucky with this. I’m a horrible eater—I’ll eat a kale salad if it’s in front of me and if it’s easy to get to, but if it’s not, I’m gonna get something that’s easy and it might be chicken nuggets. I have to work on that because I want my son to have healthy eating habits. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that I was very much in shape before I got pregnant. As soon as I felt good enough to be upright, I put him in the stroller and started walking around. If I can get home and there’s an hour of daylight I put him in the stroller and go for a walk, and we just stroll. It’s good for the mind and body.


Nikki: Dress by LOFT, loft.com . Shoes by NINE WEST, ninewest.com . Necklace by LEENABELL, leenabell.com Hudson: Onesie by FORE!! AXEL AND HUDSON, foreaxelandhudson.com

K: Most memorable experiences so far with Hudson. Everyday, right?
N: Everyday, and I have this specific one when he was just born. He has colic and when you are on a 3 to 6 week baby bender where the baby with colic cries all day long, you’re beyond yourself. It was in the middle of the night and I was breastfeeding him, and I was just sobbing. I was so tired and overwhelmed. After I finished feeding him, I was holding him for a second upright, for at least 20 to 30 minutes afterwards. He just grinned from ear to ear, it was the first time he smiled. I just remembered my heart melting, and at that moment I didn’t remember the last 3 weeks and how tired and overwhelmed I was. I went on that high through the next couple of weeks.
K: Did you plan to have a baby? What was your reaction when you found out you were expecting?
N: It’s so strange, the whole journey, because I was always kind of on the fence about having babies. And then my sister had her babies and I fell in love with my nieces, and it of course softened me to the idea. All of a sudden, one day I was like, I’m ready for a baby. I could feel this little spirit wanting to be born. It sounds so weird, but I could feel his energy. I knew it was a boy, I knew he wanted to be born in January. I said to my husband, let’s start trying in January. Of course the practical me said, listen, it could take a while. A lot of my friends are having a hard time, but I think we should start trying. I’m old enough, and right out of the gate, I got pregnant. I mean the very first time.

K: He’s really for you. He was heaven sent.
N: Exactly, I knew that I could feel it and he was ready but I didn’t know it would be the first time, and, so when I took that pregnancy test I really wasn’t that shocked. Now, my husband was so shocked. He kind of just gave me a little pat on the back and went and crawled into bed. I sat on the couch and got angry, like, that’s it? I go and sit in the back and say, “I just told you that I’m pregnant.” And he was like, “I know babe, I know.”

K: That’s a lot to take in.
N: Yeah, and he was shocked actually for the next 5 months, I would say. And then about month 6 he really started coming around. (Laughs)

K: It’s so funny how men react so differently. I know it’s very early but what scares you the most about having a son? Like, the bullying, fighting…
N: I would say not being able to understand his journey at times. Being a woman you’ll  know if your daughter is having boy trouble having her period, or is insecure or whatever it maybe—I can lock into that because I know where she’s coming from.

K: It’s just different with a boy.
N: I wanna feel locked in to that. I know I won’t be able to in the way that my husband will. But I want to be able to kind of lock into that with him and really, really be able to understand him. And I also think sometimes boys could be so daring and wild, and sometimes not think about the consequences of their actions. That also scares me.

K: What’s in your mommy purse/diaper bag that you can’t leave home without?
N: Diapers, wipes, Aden + Anais swaddle blanket…they have so many uses. 10 extra bibs because I can’t stand a dirty bib, an extra outfit for accidents, Hyland’s teething tablets, Wubbanub pacifier, Sophie the Giraffe [teething toy], sunscreen, baby food, and a bottle.

K: How do you manage your schedule with a baby in tow?
N: First, I could not do it without my nanny, Mimi. She is my everything. We work really long hours on the show. I don’t think I would be able to function without knowing that my child is in the best hands possible. Even still, I have meltdowns when I can’t make it home in time to put him to bed. Organization and thinking ahead is also critical. I set alarms on my phone to remind me to do anything and everything—from picking up diapers to rescheduling his pediatrician appointment. At the end of the day, I remind myself that I did my best. You never cross everything off your list and some area of your life always gets neglected. Usually, it’s the gym for me—but if I spend that extra hour with my baby rather than at the gym, I am a much happier human. He is my priority, not my abs.

K: Virtues you will instill in Hudson.
N: I am a big believer in kindness. Treat others the way you would like to be treated. I also love a person with manners. Others high on the list are generosity, humility, confidence, commitment, gratitude, forgiveness, and of course love…of yourself and others.

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K: Tell us about your years growing up in Canada, and your best memories from that.
L: I have to say, just running wild—literally running around with friends, building forts in the woods and just waiting for that, “Dinner!” call from far away. You all sort of think whose parents will call first, and then that they’ll have to go, and they’d be all bummed that they’d have to go first.

K: I remember those…
L: But then the other parents would call, too. That sort of freedom of—I don’t wanna be too nostalgic or downbeat, but I don’t know that that’s totally available to kids now.

K: Yeah, absolutely.
L: Depending on where you live. You know, it was kinda different.

K: It’s a completely different time. Like we used to climb up tall trees.
L: Yeah.

K: Now, I freak out if my kids even think about going up one. I’m like, “Oh my God, they’re gonna fall. How many stitches will they need?” You know?
L:Yeah, I know. Are they wearing a helmet? Everybody needs a helmet now and everything.

K: So, I was told you also have family in the entertainment industry.
L: Not really. Gerald is my father, and my sister was a newscaster. She was well-known in Canada because she hosted a news show.

K: Okay, that’s probably what it was.
L: I wouldn’t call it so much entertainment… And my dad was a politician—that’s not entertaining people.

K: Not at all, haha! I read you’re from Nova Scotia?
L: I’m from Nova Scotia, but I went to University of Montreal, and then I moved to New York because I wasn’t a Drama major at Miguel at Montreal but I wanted to be, and I was kind of in my second and a half year when I realized I wanted to be a Drama major. I did my Junior and Senior year away—I just left. I went to New York, and I made some arrangements with the Dean and I sent him my credits then I started studying acting in New York. I just forged my own path from there.

K: So you already knew you wanted to be an actress long before moving to NYC.
L: Yes, I knew I wanted to learn about drama. I wanted to try to do plays but I was just saying these words because I didn’t know anybody who was an actress. I didn’t know anybody who had ever been in a television show, or in a movie. It was such a far concept to me. It didn’t really seem like something I could really do. I wanted to try, but I didn’t have the first idea how. But once I got to New York—I was on a student visa at first—and right away, I knew that was what I wanted.

K: From Canada to New York, how was the transition like?
L: I’ve always loved big cities, I love New York, London, Paris. I just felt like I belonged, like a ‘This is where I was meant to be,’ kind of thing. It was not a difficult transition at all, except nobody would rent an apartment to me.

K: That is insane.
L: Because I was Canadian—I had no credit.

K: That’s right.
L: The worst part is the horrible sublets in one corner of somebody’s closet that I could occupy from Monday to Friday. And then every Friday I would be thinking, where am I gonna stay, I don’t know where to go.

K: Whose couch am I gonna bum off? And you were how old at this time?
L: I was 20.

K: When people see you, what do they normally say? “Hey you’re that girl from…?”
L: Sometimes they say Mad Men or  any number of the scary movies I’ve done—usually Dead Silence or They. But you know what? It’s a very funny business. The first time I had a big movie come out in theaters, I was like, “Oh my God, it just came out, it’s Friday night!” Three days later, I was at a little supermarket in New York, a little deli on my corner, and I went in and a guy’s like, “Hey, I saw you. You’re…” I was all excited thinking, “Oh my God, he saw the movie!” And he was like, “Uh, you were that blonde in Law and Order.” Or probably worse, like, “Oh, you were in that Tampax commercial.”

K: Thank you for pulling me back to the ground.
L: Yeah, “Uh oh, you didn’t see my movie.” Oh, okay.

K: Haha! What is it like being in successful shows like Mad Men? What lessons do you take from those experiences? First as an actress, and later as a working mother?
L: Everytime I work, I learn something new because every project is different and you’re always with different groups of people. Every set has a different kind of pace, a different feel, and especially if you’re arriving as a guest star, you kind of have to find your footing pretty quickly. You arrive and you’re on set with a 150 new people whom you never met before, and you have to be comfortable. I’m constantly learning and reminding myself to find my way around a new set. But as a mother, that’s interesting. There’s not a lot you take from Mad Men about good mothering, really.

K: In general, what has being in the industry taught you about being a better mother? On time management, or patience?
L: Once I had my first baby, I just felt like there was an extra dose of fulfillment that I really would miss otherwise. I really love being able to do both. I love being able to work, and I feel like when I arrive at home, hopefully it’s a working day where I actually get to be home for the kids’ dinner and bath—which isn’t always the case in the entertainment industry, so that’s tricky. When you miss bedtime and bathtime—which is such a great end of day, being able to tuck them in—that’s hard and sad. Assuming that I do make it, then I arrive home with so much more energy. I don’t arrive home like I’ve gone to work all day. I arrive home so much more energized, and the change of scenery is so good for anyone who’s dealing with young children, I think.

K: It’s like you still get to keep a part of yourself— have the best of both worlds.
L: It is the best and it is tricky—I’ve been a pumping mother for the last 10 and 1/2 months now for my little girl—which is a whole other thing because everybody thinks that you go to your trailer and get maybe half an hour to eat lunch. Well, you gotta pump and clean your pumping stuff, clean the bottles and freeze the milk, and sterilize it. By the time you sit down and you’re with the fork ready to take a bite of lunch, that’s when then they go, (knocking) “Touches!” Then they take you back to the makeup trailer. Everybody’s like, “Did you have a nice lunch?” and you’re like, “Yeah, had a nice lunch.” The movie Atlas Shrugged I did when my baby was just 3 and 1/2 months to 5 months old. She  wasn’t eating food, just sort of thriving on me. That was time management—boy, I had to be on top of it because I was the lead of the movie. I was practically in every scene, and they didn’t have spare time. Luckily, I had help from a girl who became my assistant—she was amazing. I’m just sitting there, pumping away, people were coming in, and the minute I was finished, I just put everything down and she would deal with it. The next time I worked, I wasn’t the star, so I had to do it all myself. I was like, “I really miss Tiffany. This is really hard.” And no one knows what you’re doing either. They’re kind of just sitting outside thinking, “Ugh, she’s taking so long. This actress is such a diva.” Another thing from the entertainment industry I would take is, you just meet such a wide variety of people all day long, so many women have done it differently. My hairdresser on the last thing I did, she had 5 children and her youngest was 14, and I asked if she needed to be home for dinner, or will the older ones take care of the youngest. You hear everybody else’s story of how they made it work, and you take a little bit from everybody—and you feel empowered to be back in the world, creating something.

K: You mentioned that your baby was about 3 months old when you were filming. Did your kids get to be on set with you?
L: My son was 3 at the time, he came to visit and he loves that. He just came one time because he hadn’t really done a lot of set visits before, and he’s a little bit of a loose cannon. What are you gonna say to your 2-year old? “Be quiet, we’re rolling…”

K: I totally understand because my 2-year old son is all over the place.
L: My son thinks I drive a truck, basically. He saw all the trucks and rode up the hydraulic grip thing, he loves pressing the buttons…But I didn’t bring the baby to the set because it was too disruptive for her. A 4-month old does a lot of napping, and she needed to be in an environment where the environment could be about her. So there was a lot of sending milk home…

K: That’s nice to hear. Is your husband also an actor? How did you meet?
L: No, he’s a producer and director. We met at a play in the Flea Theater in New York, and they were doing a production of a Japanese Kabuki Theater. We met through a friend who brought him along, and I think she may have had in mind that we would hit it off. Neither of us really watched the play, mostly we watched each other in the audience kind of, like, trying to eye each other in the dark and see what each other looked like.

K: That’s funny. Your son, Tadius, is now 3 and 1/2. What’s it like raising a boy?
L: It is wild, and full of injury and bruises. People will ask, “Where did he get that bruise?” I’m like, “I don’t even know which one you’re talking about.” It’s getting on your knees, playing with cars in the dirt, yeah. I think raising a boy is the biggest adventure. It’s high octane. It really is all about trains, cars, building sites, and tractors…Oh, and my son had just entered this stage where he just wants hugs like every 4 minutes. I think, “Oh my God, I’ve gotta have him as much as I can now,  because he’ll get to a stage where he’ll be like, ‘Ugh, stay away mom.’”

K: They say boys are sweeter to their mothers.
L: You know the funny thing about my son is that he has a trait I have, which is not that great—I am a real klutz, a real spaz. I’ll break my toe on a coffee table that hasn’t moved in forever, or I’ll bump into a wall or door jamb that’s always been there. My son is like that, he can fall down just standing there. The baby is creeping around on the floor, and he would fall down. It’s never boring.

K: Same here, I’m very clumsy. I was told you have a huge passion for green living. How did this come about?
L: I’ve had it ever since I was probably 15, in high school, in a World Issues class. I was an avid recycler, and I’d say to my parents, “How many miles per gallon does that vehicle get?” When I was 15, I said I’m never getting a car and I might get a solar car. I didn’t totally hold to that because I got a Prius when I was about 25, or something. I had to buy a car because I was in LA, and it was pretty hard to get around. I’ve always been kind of like a running joke—like if you get a letter from me, you’d have to wonder what’s on the back of it because everything I do is on recycled paper. It comes to me as second nature because I think about it. It bothers me. Every time water flows from the tap, I think, where is this coming from? How are we so lucky that we have clean water, and how can I help if we use a drop more than I should? I’ve always kind of been like that, even when it wasn’t really cool, you know? When I was a teenager, we were aware of stuff like that and I am concerned about the teenagers now kind of aren’t. We didn’t throw things away. When we were in high school, we didn’t get a throwaway cup. We had water bottles that we carry. We had metal cans. I’ve been the person on set, who, if there’s no recycling and I’m on a movie, I’ll do the recycling. One time, I had a driver I overheard talking to one of the other drivers. He was like, “Ugh, it’s so annoying, my car always gets so smelly because she carries recycling.” I’d like to be like Kyra Sedgwick—she runs a very green set. She’s the star of the show and she leaves a box inside the stage for scripts for you to dump them and she recycles them. In our business, you can have vehicles idling as if gas was nothing, as if emissions weren’t anything. I’ll knock on the window and I’ll be polite but I’ll say, “Excuse me, would you mind not idling your vehicle.” Now if it’s their job to sit in the car and it’s -30 degrees Celsius, then you know, I understand they have to have heat on.

K: So you’ve got two kids, Tadius and Alma Rose. Do you think it’s possible for busy mothers to still have that lifestyle?
L: Definitely. I think you just teach the children. They are such little sponges, they want to do exactly what we do. You say something one time and your kid will repeat it, pick up on it. You say, “No this is a recycling bin and when we have a yogurt container, it goes in there.” Or whether it’s about running the water too much. My son knows, he’s 3 and a half, and he’ll say, “Yes, mama, the drought.” Sometimes he likes to play with the water a little bit too much, you know? They wanna behave the way you behave, so you really just lead by example. If you do things and explain to them why you’re doing it, that’s even better because they’ll understand that it’s real—they’ll take note, and they’ll really do it.

K: Absolutely. Any funny kid stories you care to share?
L:My son the other day said—it was the day after we did the photo shoot—he kept saying, “Smile for the camera.” We had some bees around that day, and we were talking about how bees are in decline—how they are important because they make honey and go for the nectar from the flowers, and so on. He was watching them do that, and then he felt something buzzing around his head and he said, “Hey bee, there’s no honey in my eye.” I thought that was just a funny little comment.

K: So cute!
L: My other funny one is kinda shameful if my son ever reads this, finds out that I said it in 20 years. He’s having some struggles going through the final stages of toilet training. Just fine on the peeing, but not so happy about pooing in the toilet. As an example, I just take my daughter the minute she starts making that face, I pick her up and even though she’s not walking yet, I’ll take her and sit her there. Later, I told my husband that she was so good that she did that! Making a big deal about it and my son said, “I’m so proud of that little girl.” And we’re like, is he ever gonna do it himself? He wants so much to be an adult. And then I’ll say, “Tad, when are you gonna be comfortable using the toilet all the time?” And he said, “Oh when I’m Dada’s age I’m definitely gonna use the toilet.” Oh, that’s great.

K: Good to know, haha! So adorable. Nowadays, what’s in your mommy purse?
L: I am terrified. Literally, crumbs in every crevice—you can dump the thing upside down, and you probably have a meal out of what came out of it—but it would not be very clean. There’s always a package of wipes, you know, for the disaster. A kid-friendly spray hand sanitizer. I don’t switch purses very well, so if it’s my purse I’m using at the moment, the mommy stuff goes with me. I’m in an audition trying to find a highlighter, and I pull out cookies and crackers and little toys that vibrate, or a baby teether, something for emergency starvation, stuck in traffic, and something for cleaning hands and dirty faces.

K: I love that. Lastly, if there are three virtues that you want your kids to have, what would they be?
L: Patience, generosity, and fairness. That’s what came to mind. The ‘patience’ thing isn’t going so well yet, haha!

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANNIE MCELWAIN
INTERVIEW BY KARIZ TANYA FAVIS
MAKE UP BY AMY STROZZI
HAIR BY PAUL NORTON
AS SEEN IN BC’S ANNIVERSARY 2014 ISSUE

At Home with Samantha Harris

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Samantha Harris is best known for her life in front of the camera on Dancing with the Stars and Entertainment Tonight. On a beautiful summer day in her lovely SoCal home in Encino, we had the good fortune of sitting down with Samantha to learn a little more about her fitness, fashion, and family life

Neil: This is very fun. Here we go. You’ve done a number of fitness modeling and fashion modeling, and you’ve had your second child. How long does it take for you to get back to that kind of shape after you’ve had a child?
Samantha: Well, I had no idea after my first pregnancy how long that would take, and thankfully, it came together pretty quickly. Within three months, I was back down to my fighting weight, and I would say it took another couple of months to firm and tone to get the place that I had hoped to be. I remembered shooting the cover of Muscle Fitness Hers Magazine, which was my first time post-baby, but my fourth cover for them, so the pressure was on because they knew how I looked before.

Photographs by Meeno Peluce
Words by Neil Garguilo
Styling by Kit Scarbo
Children’s styling by Kariz Favis and Marilyn Barton
Makeup by Rebecca Epifano
Hair by Arrick

To read the whole story, grab a copy of BC Magazine’s Anniversary 2011 issue.

Kelly Rutherford

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

There is one certain thing I have in common with the sweet-faced, elegant, 40-year old blonde actress that graces our guilty Monday-night viewing pleasure—she is also still breastfeeding her 2-year old baby. Some of you might be saying your OMG’s, since it is not common practice in the U.S. to prolong nursing—but it gets difficult to detach when you see your child is not ready to wean. Meeting Kelly in person shows you the kind of dedicated mother she is to her strikingly handsome son, Hermés Gustaf Daniel Giersch. Whenever he says to his nanny that, “I wanna go to Mama,” he confidently marches straight on to Kelly because he knows she will immediately tend to him. It was unfortunate that on the day of the shoot he was getting over a cold and was not up to changing clothes, and fell asleep for most of the morning—only to be awakened by the sound of the doorbell (our guy is a light sleeper so we tiptoed).

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Josie Bissett

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

When Josie Bissett first entered the studio, the ‘90s flashed before my eyes. The grunge fashion, the proliferation of hip-hop and alternative music,  and of course, the TV shows. Who could forget the most fascinating apartment complex in the world? It’s hard to imagine the sweet, down-to-earth, ageless, beautiful blonde in the middle of all the catfights, betrayal, wife-swapping and coming back from the dead that Melrose Place was known for, but it is the same program that made Josie a household name. Well, to those in their late 20’s and above, at the very least. So we asked her if her kids know of Jane Mancini, her character on the series, and she says that, “They’ve never seen Melrose Place, but they know about the show and that it was a huge part of my life before they were born.”

 

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Jennifer Meyer Maguire

Friday, February 24th, 2012

This mom has come into her own by designing special jewelry pieces that have carved itself as a favorite accessory among many women

One piece of jewelry links two notable Hollywood Jennifers together, and that’s Jennifer Meyer Maguire’s signature leaf pendant, which was worn by actress Jennifer Aniston in The Break-Up. Inspired by her grandmother, Edith Meyer, at a very young age, Jennifer created jewelry out of enamel. It was this early start that sparked her interest in the art, which she went on to pursue later in her life.

 

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BC Magazine with Tori Spelling

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

“Hollywood Royalty” is a term that has been thrown around liberally over the years. We all know what it refers to—and the connotation that comes along with it—but, what does it actually mean?

What separates those who have a seat at the table from the holders of the scepter? On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon in Beverly Hills, we got the answer to that question, thanks to Tori Spelling and her family.

 

Like most people who have followed the entertainment industry for the last two decades, we are relatively familiar with Tori’s professional and public life. Her father, Aaron Spelling, holds the Guinness World Record for “most prolific television producer,” with a string of popular TV shows such as “The Love Boat,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “TJ Hooker,” to the more famous, “Melrose Place,” “Beverly Hills, 90210 (which became more controversial because Tori starred in it), “7Th Heaven,” and as of late, “Charmed.”

 

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Nia Vardalos for BC Magazine U.S.

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

In her 2002 rom-com hit, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nia Vardalos’ character finds herself enamored with a ‘non-Greek’–and has since become a household name with a string of movie hits. In 2010, she was named National Adoption Day spokesperson once again in the U.S., and this Canada-born mom looks like she’s come across her biggest role to date

It was one serendipitous day in LA when I was in a meeting with Soleil Moon Frye and her business partner, Paige Goldberg, at their eco-friendly family store when I met Nia, who was with her daughter at the time. I had no clue that she was not her biological child, since judging from their looks and chemistry, it all felt intrinsic. Nia chats with my husband and I for a bit as our girls excitedly played together with some toys on display. Some people you instantly feel a connection with—and Nia has that welcoming, trusting presence about her that makes you feel like you’ve been friends for a while—and this “girl’s-girl” aura resonates on-screen, which is why many women identify with her. This year, she embarks on many journeys. Career-wise, she co-wrote a movie with pal, Tom Hanks, which will be topbilled by the latter and Julia Roberts. On the homefront, husband Ian Gomez is one of the stars of the TV show Cougar Town, and has also taken to his daddy duties seamlessly. Nia shares stories of a love she never thought possible.
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Lookback: Punky Brewster Redux

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

You always see someone’s birth and death with a dash in the middle, and that life is really about how we live and love in between, and what we do with our dash.

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANNE MARIE FOX
WORDS AND STYLING BY TANYA FAVIS
HAIR AND MAKE – UP BY SUZI HAYDON

This shoot was special because we photographed Soleil for BC U.S. years ago with her eldest girl, Poet Sienna Rose Goldberg, while she was still pregnant with her second daughter, Jagger Joseph Blue, and immediately after she had given birth. Both times were done in their beautiful, Moroccan-inspired home in Los Angeles. With now over 1.4 million Twitter followers, @moonfrye is Hollywood’s reigning Earth mama, as she is about everything organic when it comes to her family and home.