Getting Healthy with Katie Couric

October 15th, 2019

Such a pleasure sitting down with the whip-smart, deep thinking, profoundly nice Katie Couric at her beautiful home to talk all things health for this weekend’s Parade magazine. She talked about growing as an athlete, her health advocacy over the years, and her take on the results of a Parade/Cleveland Clinic survey on America’s extreme and mainstream health habits.

My favorite line of this piece? “I’ve become an entrepreneur in my 60s, which I think is cool.” Yes, it is.

Read the full story here: Get Healthy With Katie Couric: The Influential Star Weighs in on Health Trends From the Extreme to the Mainstream.

—Amy

Mike Rowe: What’s Right with America

October 11th, 2019

This is when I really love my job:

When I get to sit down with a smart, interesting, hilarious, good human; then do my best to try to capture their essence — which, according to Mike Rowe, former host of Dirty Jobs and author of the new book The Way I Heard It, it sounds like I may have done this time.

You can read my cover story for this weekend’s PARADE Magazine on the inimitable Mike Rowe here: Mike Rowe Knows What’s Right With America and He’s Telling Things The Way I Heard It in His New Memoir.

And Mike’s Facebook post about the story here: “I sat down a month or so ago in a bar I don’t recall…

—Amy

 

My Thoughts On Our Grandparents’ Good Advice

October 11th, 2019

I was asked for my advice by a lovely writer, Stacey Feintuch, for this Reader’s Digest story, so I offered it up — on two pieces of Grandma’s relationship wisdom that I believe still holds true. I’ve always liked so it’s a pleasure to be a part of it this month.

I contributed my advice to two sections in the piece — both about relationships. My advice was based on what I’d learned writing Meeting Your Half-Orange, my first book on dating, love and optimism.

You can read the whole piece, and my full thoughts in it, in the story:  “7 Pieces of Advice to Take From Your Grandparents — and 5 to Forget” on Reader’s Digest.

–Amy

Mark Harmon on NCIS, Football and Life as a Family Man

September 18th, 2019

My sit-down with actor Mark Harmon on his football past as a UCLA quarterback, his NCIS future, and getting his start with Ozzie & Harriet. Read the story: Mark Harmon on NCIS, Football and Life as a Family Man.

Kimberly Williams-Paisley: A Mother’s Memories

September 18th, 2019

It was a joy speaking with actress and advocate Kimberly Williams-Paisley for the cover of Parade magazine to tell a beautiful and important story about her mother for those who are, have been, or may be impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.

#parademagazine #caregiving #endalz #alzassociation

Winona Ryder: Life is Strange

July 8th, 2019

Well this was a treat: Talking with actress Winona Ryder for the cover of this weekend’s Parade magazine, in honor of the new season of Stranger Things that debuted July 4th weekend.

To read the full story, see Winona Ryder Dishes on her Unconventional Childhood, Being an Outsider and her Motherly Role on the Stranger Things Set.

—Amy

Cracking Up with Amy Poehler & Maya Rudolph

May 16th, 2019

Parade magazine cover feature: Sunday, May 5, 2019

What makes them laugh, the joys of friendship over 40, and the girls’ trip that inspired their new movie Wine Country—directed by Poehler for Netflix.

A longer version of the original print feature can be found on the Parade magazine website: Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph Talk Female Friendships, Comedy, SNL, Wine and More by Amy Spencer

 

This is Us: Susan Kelechi Watson

May 16th, 2019

Good Housekeeping cover feature, March 2019

The Good Housekeeping March cover star opens up about what it’s really like to be part of America’s favorite TV family on This is Us.

A longer version of the original print feature can be found on the Parade magazine website: This is Us‘s Susan Kelechi Watson on Her Career, Castmates and “Practicing the Life You Want” by Amy Spencer

Dennis Quaid: All-Star

May 16th, 2019

Parade magazine cover feature: Sunday, April 28, 2019

Dennis Quaid talks about growing up loving baseball, his dog Peaches, his favorite roles, working on The Rookie, his passion for music, and why he’ll never retire.

A longer version of the original print feature can be found on the Parade magazine website: Dennis Quaid on His Career, Baseball, and Why He Feels Like a 12-Year-Old Most of the Time by Amy Spencer

–Amy Spencer

Sally Field: Acting Set Her Free

October 11th, 2018

Parade magazine cover feature: Sunday, September 23, 2018

Oscar-winning actress Sally Field on her traumatic childhood, surviving in a male-dominated business, aging with grace and always moving forward.

A longer version of the original print feature can be found on the Parade magazine website: Sally Field Opens Up About Surviving Sexual Abuse and Thriving in a Male-Dominated Business by Amy Spencer