Carol Burnett: First Lady of Laughter

January 25th, 2016

What an honor my latest assignment was: to sit down for a chat with comedy legend Carol Burnett for Parade magazine.

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Carol was everything I’d hope she’d be—warm, real, sharp, funny and kind—and I got to hear her do her Tarzan yell in full throttle, so…yeah, it was a good day. We talked about her groundbreaking skit series The Carol Burnett Show, what she thinks of comedy today, and how nervous she is to give a speech (really!) when she accepts her SAG Life Achievement Award (airing January 30 on TNT and TBS at 8 pm EST).

You can read the full story here — Carol Burnett: First Lady of Comedy — on the Parade magazine site. I’ll be tuning in to watch her receive her well-earned due.

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—Amy

Meeting Bella Thorne for Seventeen Magazine

January 13th, 2016

Here’s one my most recent cover stories, for Seventeen magazine, with actress and singer Bella Thorne.

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After sitting down to talk with her in her Los Angeles home, I get what all the celebrity fuss is about with Bella. She’s the real deal—literally. She’s honest, open, snarky, funny and driven as hell. And after a difficult childhood, she’s now 18 and using what she’s learned to forge her own path in Hollywood.

You can grab December 2015/January 2016 issue of Seventeen on stands now to read the full story on Bella. Here’s a taste of how it all begins and some of the things we talked about.

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—Amy

 

 

 

Calling all Single + Married Women: It’s Been Advice Month!

January 13th, 2016

I’ve been asked to share my positive thoughts on love for a few publications lately, so in case any of these stories might appeal to you, here they are…

1) First, I loved contributing to this piece called “That Single Life” in the brand new January/February 2016 issue of Women’s Health magazine.

WomensHealthSINGLE The Women’s Health features real women who have bucked the coupledom standards by doing things like buying a house single, having a baby single, and traveling single.

I spoke with writer Faye Brennan about why single women can rock whatever it is they damn want, which is the entire mindset behind my book Meeting Your Half-Orange: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism to Find Your Perfect Match (Running Press).

Pick up the Jan/Feb issue of Women’s Health to read the full piece about “That Single Life,” but here’s my advice in part #3 about why it’s healthy to be “The Jet Setter” who is traveling solo:

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2) For the story Dating as a Single Parent…If You Dare, I offered some advice for single mothers who are having a difficult time in their dating lives with writer Christine Coppa, who is a single mom herself. You can read the full story here on that one here on the USA Today Network’s Asbury Park Press site, but here’s a small snapshot of some my advice when it comes to where to meet your potential partners:

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3) I also offered some advice for Woman’s Day magazine, about the 9 Important Signs Your Marriage Can Be Saved. I talked to the magazine about the positive signs of recognizing that your behavior might be affecting your partner’s behavior or when you both recognize how much you appreciate your family time. You can read the full piece here on Woman’s Day, but here, again, is a small snapshot of some of my advice:

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—Amy

Sarah Hay and the Ballet

December 22nd, 2015

One of my latest feature interviews allowed me to talk a lot about a topic I haven’t had a chance to cover before: ballet. The story was for the New York Post‘s ALEXA fashion special. The subject: Professional ballet dancer Sarah Hay, who is currently the lead in the Starz drama Flesh & Bone, co-created by a former Breaking Bad writer. Oh, and it’s good people—real good.

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After bingeing the eight-episode series, I got to talk all about it with Sarah, which you can read here: Sarah Hay in ALEXA magazine. We talked about how this was her first acting role ever, how true the ballet world in the show is actually depicted, and how she struggled within the dance world herself before rising to the top.

—Amy

Dylan Penn: The Next Generation

November 24th, 2015

It’s almost uncanny how much Dylan Penn looks like her mother, Robin Wright. (With maybe a dash of her dad Sean Penn thrown in.) But when I got to sit and talk with her for a recent issue of ALEXA magazine with the New York Post, I got to see that she is forging her own path.

Right now, she’s modeling and acting in the film Condemned (a horror film set in a condemned New York City building). But she’s also looking toward the future, watching and learning from her parents and hoping to get behind the camera to tell the stories she wants to tell.

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Read more about what Dylan had to say about her lineage and dreams in Dylan Penn/New York Post.

—Amy

Guess What Just Arrived in China?

October 21st, 2015

My book, The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Simple Ways to Find Your Bliss, in its new, gorgeous Chinese edition! Here’s a look at the cover, which opens on the left.

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I’m so thrilled to be able to touch and flip through this new foreign edition of one of my books.

HLCChinaCoverBackAnd here’s the back cover. Just as cute.

If you can read Chinese and might enjoy some new ideas for finding happiness in the little things in life, you’re in luck! And if you know anyone in China who might benefit from the book, please tell them about it.

—Amy

Jillian Michaels: “I Don’t Believe In All or Nothing”

September 25th, 2015

Time and again, Jillian Michaels is one of of my favorite people to interview.

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Jillian is a font of excellent health, fitness and—best of all—life experience. And this sit-down with her, for the October 2015 issue of Health magazine is yet one more dose of her best.

When we met on the set of her new show Sweat, Inc., (which premieres Sept. 20th on Spike TV) she talked about fitness at every decade of your life, surviving failure and marriage equality. And her “trick” for approaching something you fear is my favorite advice yet — it’s at the end of the story, which you can read in full here on the Health.com website.

Do yourself a favor: Read. Enjoy. Go for it.

—Amy

Sophia Bush Seizes the Day / HEALTH Magazine

August 25th, 2015

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I guess it’s fall, then. My first autumn cover is for the September 2015 issue of Health magazine, where I sat down for coffee one morning in West Hollywood with Sophia Bush.

Formerly of One Tree Hill, she’s now one of the stars of the NBC show Chicago P.D. and engaged in more than a few charitable organizations. Loved her. Love the piece. Hope you agree.

You can read the full piece here — Sophia Bush Seizes the Day — on Health.com’s website.

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—Amy

Shay’s All That: Shay Mitchell in Seventeen Magazine

July 20th, 2015

For the August issue of Seventeen magazine, I met up with Shay Mitchell in Hollywood to talk to her about her inspiring, happy life.

SEVENTEENShayCOVERShay is one of the stars of Pretty Little Liars, with a huge fan following. And during our long chat, it was a joy to see that she is using her platform for good—encouraging young women to find their confidence, spread their wings, and help others.

Especially fun for me: Talking with Shay gave me the opportunity sit down with the fourth and final Pretty Little Liar. (You can check out my interviews with the other three girls as well: Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, and Troian Bellasario.)

Grab a copy of the August issue now to read the full story, and grab a taste here.

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—Amy

Tracy Anderson: How to Get Summer Abs

July 20th, 2015

I guess I just can’t get enough of Tracy Anderson.

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In addition to my cover story for the May 2015 issue of Health magazine, where I sat down with Tracy to talk about what led her to starting her successful fitness enterprise, I also got to talk to her for another issue of Health magazine. This time, we chatted about all things abs for the special summer issue: Flat Belly Now.

The issue includes my sit-down with Tracy about the best food and workout moves for a summer stomach.

The special issue also includes ab-happy outtakes of some of my other celebrity interviews—including my sit-downs with Rebecca Romijn, Hilary Duff, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and The Biggest Loser trainer Jen Widerstrom.

Grab the issue to read it all.

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—Amy