The Property Brothers: Living the Dream

April 7th, 2016

I recently flew out to Las Vegas for a different kind of story: To visit the dream home of HGTV superstar home experts Jonathan and Drew Scott, also known as The Property Brothers. I sat down to talk with them for the cover of PARADE magazine about their childhood, their careers, their downtime, and their new book Dream Home, out now (it debuted on April 4). And consider me impressed. These twin brothers have officially been working it since they were kids, and they intend to keep their empire growing.

You can read the full piece on Parade’s website—Property Brothers: Living the Dream—or take a look at the story here.

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—Amy

The True Power Couple: Superman & Lois Lane

March 25th, 2016

Such fun to work on the last cover for PARADE magazine, featuring the stars of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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For the story, I spoke with both Henry Cavill (Superman) and Amy Adams (Lois Lane) and got their take on what makes this couple such a powerhouse.

In their own words, they shared what they think has made the couple last through the decades. You can read their full stories on the Parade site.

Here’s Amy Adams on how “Lois Lane is a Superwoman.

And here is Henry Cavill on how “Superman Has an Incredible Heart.”

And let’s just say that one of our stars thinks the best thing this power couple can do for themselves is kick back with some cocktails in the Bahamas.

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—Amy

Alison Brie Gets Her Fashion On in ALEXA

March 17th, 2016

This week’s latest is a feature I did for The New York Post with the gorgeous, quirky and hilarious Alison Brie. We met at a cafe by the Hollywood sign to talk about fashion, love and work. And there was a lot of work to talk about.

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Alison has been in so much it’s almost hard to keep track of her: Mad Men, Community, The Five-Year Engagement, How to Be Single, Get a Job, and the one I’m most looking forward to: the new ITV British period drama from Julian Fellowes (from Downton Abbey) called Dr. Thorne, in which Alison will play an American character.

And she shared some funny memories about growing up and some insights to her engagement to James Franco’s younger brother Dave Franco.

You know what? I’ll just let the feature story tell you all you need to know about what she’s up to these days. You can read the whole fashion ALEXA special on the New York Post site: Alison Brie: The Biggest Misconception About Me is That I’m Wholesome. It was pure fun chatting with her. Hope you enjoy.

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—Amy

 

Hannah Davis Gets HEALTH-y

March 17th, 2016

HannahTOC_Page_1This month, I took a long gorgeous drive up to Malibu to meet Hannah Davis, who was wrapping up her photoshoot at an insane rented house overlooking the ocean. I sat with Hannah—model, television host, swimsuit goddess and all-around cool chick—on the outside patio while we talked for Health magazine all things health, fitness, food, Project Runway Jr. and weddings (she’s engaged to Derek Jeter).

Here’s a taste of the story. You can read the full interview at the Health.com site, Hannah Davis: I Don’t Want to Go to Birthday Parties and Not Eat Cake.

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—Amy

My BRIDES Essay: Happily Ever Before

March 9th, 2016

By all accounts, I had a dream wedding with my husband Gus. But the planning—oh, the planning.

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After the six fast months we pulled our wedding off in Mexico, I finally understood the building stress that can turn some sweet women into Bridezillas. And I learned so much about seeing things “bright side up” that I wanted to share it.

So here’s my essay in Brides magazine: “Happily Ever Before.”

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-Amy

An idea and a magazine: Visit California!

February 23rd, 2016

As a break from my usual gig interviewing artists, actors, creative stars and up-and-comers, I did a little exploring around my town of Los Angeles for the brand new, redesigned 2016 edition of Visit California—which is technically the California state tourism guide. But cool, like.

The magazine hits on every area of California—Northern wine country, San Diego, the desert areas, etc.—but I got to write about all the latest greatest stuff in L.A. Here’s a taste of the spots I wrote about (speaking of taste, mmmm, those oysters):

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You can also go to the Visit California site for travel ideas. My stories aren’t on there yet, but it’s currently being redesigned as well and will soon be rad. Another option is to actually visit California. I vote for that one.

—Amy

Shai Anything: My InStyle Magazine Interview with Shailene Woodley

February 17th, 2016

The March 2016 issue of InStyle magazine has a lot of cool things going for it: It’s a big, fat, juicy issue full of new spring fashion; the magazine has a brand new re-design; and it features a cover story I wrote.

I sat down with actress Shailene Woodley—star of the upcoming film The Divergent Series: Allegiant Part 1—to talk about her upcoming film, her new projects (she’s currently filming the HBO series Big Little Lies with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman for which I’ll promptly be hitting that binge-me-now button) and all things life, love and happiness.

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Over dinner at Akasha in Culver City, we talked a lot about travel, fashion, confidence, and learning to appreciate the small moments to reach the ultimate goal: contentment. You can get a taste for the story in this excerpt from my Shailene Woodley interview on InStyle.com where she explains that “happiness is not something I need to achieve.”

Here, she also talks about her recent travels through India and gives a short video interview on the InStyle.com site.

You can pick the issue on stands now or grab the full digital edition of the March 2016 issue. Here’s a taste of what we talked about so you can see why it’s worth it.

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—Amy

Pretty Little Health Cover with Ashley Benson

February 16th, 2016

FHEALTHAshleyBensonCOVERor the cover of the March issue of Health magazine, I sat down for the second time with Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson.

We met up at the Sunset Towers Hotel for lunch and talked all things squat-doing, party-going, food-eating, anxiety-beating, and happiness-making. You can read the full story on Health.com: Ashley Benson: You Have to Become One with Your Own Body. And the magazine is on newsstands now. For a taste of how gorgeous she looks and how real she is, here’s a sneak peek of the March 2016 issue.HEALTHAshleyBensonCOVER

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—Amy

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