Goldie Hawn & Amy Schumer

May 9th, 2017

This weekend’s latest: My interview with Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer—the stars of the new film Snatched—for the May 7 issue of Parade magazine.

And you can read the full interview here: Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn go on Mother-Daughter Misadventure in Snatched. The film debuts May 12.

-Amy

Harper’s Bazaar: The Stallone Sisters

May 3rd, 2017

My latest feature is for the cover of Harper—the fabulous beauty-based magazine tucked inside the May 2017 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

The story is an interview with the three cute daughters of Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin Stallone: Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet: Sly’s Angels: The Stallone Sisters Enter the Spotlight. They surprised me with just how sweet, cool and funny they were.

One of my favorite parts was when they explained that, when they were younger, their dad used to wake them up at 6 am to do sit-ups and push-ups, and practice punches and shot-put before school. When I asked what they called this bootcamp-like workout, the middle-child Sistine said, “We called it an inconvenience.” Catch more of it in the whole story here on the Harper’s Bazaar site, or pick up an issue on stands now.

—Amy

The Most Unique Interview I’ve Ever Done: Meghan Trainor

April 12th, 2017

The May 2017 issue of Cosmpolitan features my sit-down cover interview with the awesome, talented, interesting, warm, funny, cool singer, performer and songwriter Meghan Trainor, who is just the cutest. I’ve interviewed her before (here’s my last chat with her for Seventeen magazine)

Here’s the story on Cosmo‘s site: Meghan Trainor Living Out Loud.

Why was it unique? Because Meghan was on vocal rest for an upcoming vocal cord surgery, which meant she couldn’t actually, like, speak—instead, Meghan typed on her laptop’s Notes app, while her also awesome bestie assistant JoJo translated for her. Anyway, it was such a fun one.

The issue is on stands now.

—Amy

My New Interview: Hilary Duff is All About Leaning Out

April 6th, 2017

My latest cover story on stands is a sit-down I had with actress and singer Hilary Duff for the April 2017 issue of Redbook. I’d interviewed Hilary before, so I was looking forward to it—and she proved that she was still just as great as I’d remembered: open, fun, interesting and just…real.

We chatted a lot about what it’s like being a single mom to her son, Luca, whom she’s about co-parenting with her ex Mike Comrie—including mom guilt, how we judge each other, and what she does to stay emotionally grounded and happy as a parent.

You can read our full conversation by grabbing a copy of the issue, on stands now. Or, here’s a small taste of our talk: Hilary Duff is All About Leaning Out.

What I didn’t include is all the gabbing we did about her show Younger, which I am hopelessly enthralled with. If you’re not already watching, put June 28th in your iCal so you can check it out on TV Land when it returns for Season 4.

—Amy

My Very Personal Essay: Please Don’t Tell Me to Look on the Bright Side

April 5th, 2017

I don’t write many personal essays these days. And yet I recently wrote one of the most personal essays I’ve written to date. It’s called Please Don’t Tell Me to Look on the Bright Side.

I wrote it for the launch of the wonderful new website PregnantishIt’s a home base, resource and supportive space for women struggling with infertility that was created by my wise and wonderful friend Andrea Syrtash. But then, I also wrote it because I had to, to get the feelings out. As someone who’s been on this difficult road for a long time, I know how desperately needed this site is and I am honored to be a part of it. So welcome to my story about…well, lots of things you probably don’t know about me.

And while my piece is about my difficulties staying pregnant, going through IVF, then pursuing adoption to build a family with my husband, it’s more about my experience as a professional optimist going through so many years of dark days. But I can’t share my gratitude enough for the lessons I’ve been learning while working on my local suicide crisis hotline—for there is an incredible amount of wisdom to be gained about life by talking to people who are feeling on the edge of theirs. And that, really, is what this essay is about.

I’m happy to see that it is such a popular read on Pregnantish right now. Read, feel, share if you like. In fact, I’d be thrilled if you did, in the hopes that it might resonate with someone who needs it most. 💜

—Amy

Tracee Ellis Ross: Fit and Fierce

March 14th, 2017

Some days, I can’t believe my luck—that my job is to sit down to chat with some of the most creative, confident, inspiring, badass women. And this month is no different.

I got to sit down with Tracee Ellis Ross—Emmy winning star of the hilarious and important show Blackish, former star of Girlfriends, daughter of Diana Ross, and the cover star of the March 2017 issue of Health magazine.

You can check out our full interview  here on the Health site: Tracee Ellis Ross: “At 22, I woke up like that. At 44, I work really hard.” 

Read what she has to say about her intense workout routine with Tracy Anderson, the lessons she’s learned with age, how she came to love her body (which is badass as you can see) and her vices (the funniest I’ve heard yet!).

—Amy

America the Beautiful

March 4th, 2017

Here is another one of my latest: An interview with the warm, wise, funny, fierce and inspiring America Ferrera for the March 2017 issue of Redbook.

We met up on the set of the NBC television show Superstore, which she not only stars in, but is also a producer. We got to chat about what (and who!) has inspired her to take chances at work, how she ups her confidence, how she pushed herself to complete a triathlon last year—yeah, a dang triathlon—and what makes her marriage work.

You can read some bites of our talk here on the Redbook site: America Ferrera is Not Afraid of Being a Little Big Scared. This isn’t the whole piece, but it’s a few choice bites. My favorite is what she said at the end of our talk, about how she plans to do more as a women in business—which of course extends far beyond entertainment for all of us…

“We talk about a lot of things we want to see more women doing. We want more women producers, more women writers, more women directors–and you can only say that so many times before you say, ‘I’m a woman. What’s stopping me from doing this?’ I’ve had to ask myself: Why not me?”

Amen, girl. Like a boss.

—Amy

My Michael Phelps Wedding Interview

February 24th, 2017

I don’t often interview men about their weddings, but I got a fun chance to when I spoke with Michael Phelps—the most decorated Olympian in history—and his new wife Nicole Johnson about their wedding. Well, weddings.

They first married in a small five-person ceremony in their backyard in Arizona in June 2016. Then they had an October wedding for their closest friends and family in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. And when we spoke, they will still preparing for their grand finale: A roaring 20s-themed wedding reception party on New Year’s Eve.

Here is our chat for Brides magazine discussing their first and second celebrations: Inside Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson’s Romantic Destination Wedding in Mexico. They were such a fun, sweet couple—and they also shared a short take of their wedding video with the story.

Just know that if you start checking out the Instagram page of their son, Boomer, like I did (@boomerphelps)…it’s hard to stop.

—Amy

A Family on the Run

February 20th, 2017

Every once in a while, I interview people who are extraordinary in ways that aren’t measured by TV ratings, movie opening weekends, or social media likes. And this story is one of my latest (and favorites) to that end.

Here is the story of the Gonzales family in Los Angeles, for the February 2017 issue of Good Housekeeping: Everyone in This Family Wants to Run 100 Miles.

It’s the story of a family of four who—through tragedy and kindness—became a family of nine. And when they discovered the organization Marathon Kids, which encourages kids and families to run together, they became closer, healthier and happier as one very (very, very big) family.

The Gonzalez parents with four of the kids.

It was truly an honor to sit down with this wonderful family as they shared their story. Check it out here on the Good Housekeeping site. Everyone in This Family Wants to Run 100 Miles. It’s inspiring in more ways than one.

—Amy

Lauren Graham: Gilmore Girl & Memoir Author

December 13th, 2016

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For the January 2017 issue of Good Housekeeping, I sat down with actress Lauren Graham to celebrate the revamp of Gilmore Girls and the launch of Lauren’s first memoir Talking As Fast as I Can. She also took me around her neighborhood, where we popped into her charming, cozy, gorgeously decorated personal office where she’s been working on her second novel and the script for the film The Royal We that she’s developing with her former Parenthood co-star Mae Whitman.

So yeah, she’s busy. You can read the full story in the new issue of Good Housekeeping on stands now, or check it out here on the GH website: Lauren Graham of “Gilmore Girls” Spills her 7 Biggest Get-Happy Lessons.

(And I mean, with my three books on happiness like Bright Side Up and The Happy Life Checklist, could there be a more “me” kind of story to write?)

Hope you enjoy. I did!

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—Amy