Simon Says: Simon Cowell for PARADE

May 26th, 2016

I knew I’d like Simon Cowell. And I got confirmation of that when I spoke with him for the latest cover of PARADE magazine.

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The creator and judge of America’s Got Talent on NBC chatted with me about why he thinks we love talent shows and watching hopefuls pursue the American dream. And you can read the full story on the PARADE magazine site here, Simon Cowell: Why We Love Talent Shows.

—Amy Spencer

 

Game On! Game Night with the Black-ish Cast

May 26th, 2016

I had so much fun popping by the set of the ABC sitcom Black-ish to sit down with the cast of the comedy for a recent cover of PARADE magazine.
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I met up with Laurence Fishburne, Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and the four actors who play their kids on the show to chat about how to balance the serious things in life with a little fun like family game night—and which of them might beat you at a game and never ever let you forget it. (Hint: It’s Anthony Anderson).

You can read the full story on Parade.com, which includes even more of their wit and wisdom than the print edition. Check out Game On: Balancing Serious Issues and Fun with the Cast of Black-ish.

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—Amy Spencer

Yes, Meghan Trainor

May 24th, 2016

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I fell hard for singer Meghan Trainor when I got to interview her for the cover of the May 2016 issue of Seventeen magazine.

She’s an insanely hardworking and already prolific songwriter, has killer confidence in herself and her music, is uniquely hilarious, and was as warm and welcoming as a human could be when I visited her at her house.  Plus, she taught me all sorts of new things, like what dressing “scrub” means and how to hang to hang out with your “glam.”

I basically bow to this young one! The mag is on stands now and you can see a few outtakes on the Seventeen magazine site, or grab an issue on stands now.

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—Amy Spencer

The Unstoppable Ellie Kemper

May 4th, 2016

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I love Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix. And, now that I got to sit down with its star for the cover of the New York Post‘s ALEXA fashion special, I love Ellie Kemper, too.

Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 11.39.49 AMHere’s my interview with the warm and hilarious actress in the latest issue as she talks about her career, her husband, her off-set style (which is about as casual as it gets), her experiences working with show creator Tina Fey, and some of the funny and inspiring moments she’s had at work along the way.

You can read the full story here: Ellie Kemper Is As Wide-Eyed About New York as Kimmy Schmidt, in the New York Post.

—Amy Spencer

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 Spencer

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 Spencer

 

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 Spencer

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