Archive for May, 2016

Simon Says: Simon Cowell for PARADE

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Wednesday, 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