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

A Chat with Supergirl Melissa Benoist for ALEXA

December 13th, 2016

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For the December issue of ALEXA (for the New York Post), I chatted with actress Melissa Benoist. She used to start on Glee, is currently starring on The CW’s show Supergirl, and about to be on the big screen in the Peter Berg film about the Boston Marathon bombing Patriot’s Day.

You can read the full story here: How Supergirl Melissa Benoist channeled a Boston Marathon bomber’s widow.

Check out the story to read more about Melissa and to see some daaaaaaamn beautiful holiday fashion.

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—Amy

Pep Talks from Jillian Michaels

October 19th, 2016

In the TV pitching industry, there is a term MOP: Most Often Pitched. In my world, I just crossed a threshold into more of an MOI: Most Often Interviewed. And lucky for me, the person topping my list is the wildly fit, talented and wise Jillian Michaels, whom I recently interviewed for the November 2016 cover of Health magazine.

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She has a lot of insight on eating healthy (of course) and staying fit (duh)–even getting your body back after a hiatus like a pregnancy, injury or the holidays. But as always, she also has some big thoughts on conquering life itself. As my favorite quote of hers this month says:

The middle is the answer to everything. If somebody asked me, “What is the secret of life?” I would say, “Middle.”

Here’s my full story Jillian Michaels: “I’ve Taken a Lot of Punches But I’m Still Standing” which is in Health magazine on stands now. Click it or grab it and find out what advice Jillian would give her younger self, what she really thinks of millennials, and the 3 best pep talks she’d give us in our worst moments of self-defeat. Though my favorite part is listening to the advice she gave her young daughter before her first day of school. I just may have to use some of that myself…

-Amy

 

Healthy Home-Cooking with Giada DeLaurentiis

September 21st, 2016

e466edf52622de43_health1016covsubs This month, for the cover of Health magazine’s October 2016 issue, I had a fun and insightful conversation with Giada DeLaurentiis — chef, TV host, cookbook author, children’s book author, restaurant owner…oh my, the list goes on. She was full of fun stories, great tips and suggestions on how to make home cooking easier, healthier and tastier than ever.

You can read my conversation with Giada on Health.com, Giada DeLaurenttis: “I’ve Never Been a Takeout Girl” and follow along as we talk about what lesson she still uses most from cooking school, what she thinks of cooking shortcuts like canned beans, and her flavor obsession of the moment…which is now on my shopping list.

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And if you want a truly interactive experience, sign up for Health magazine’s No Takeout Challenge, which offers one new recipe per day, prep ideas and shopping lists, plus (the best plus) Giada’s encouraging video tips for making meals at home that are quick, flavorful and easy on your wallet. Sounds #yum to me.

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—Amy

Some of…The Magnificent Seven

September 19th, 2016

My latest cover story debuted this month: A Parade magazine interview with Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, about what it’s like playing Two of the Good Guys.

mag7coverI spoke to the pair at a home in Los Angeles, about their latest film: The Magnificent Seven, which is sort of a remake (1960’s The Magnificent Seven released in 1960) of a remake (1954’s Seven Samurai), but more so just its own thing.

The film, led by director Antoine Fuqua, opens nationally this weekend. And in the meantime, enjoy the fun that is Denzel and Chris batting their answers back and forth and discussing how they got along with their horses, and the value of playing “the goofy, funny guy.”

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—Amy

At Home with Ellen Pompeo

August 29th, 2016

embed_GH_Sept_Cover_RedFor this month’s September 2016 issue of Good Housekeeping, I spent some time with Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo in her Los Angeles home.

And my goodness, what a gorgeous home it is. She talked to me about designing the home from scratch with her friend and interior designer Martyn Lawrence. And we also talked about her family life with her husband and kids, as well as how her Grey’s Anatomy role began and has developed over the years.

She recently signed on for more seasons of Shonda Rhimes’ ABC show, but in the meantime, we all get to start watching a brand new season (Season 13) on Thursday, Sept 22. And to read the full story, pick up the latest issue of Good Housekeeping, or check out my Ellen Pompeo Cover Interview on the magazine’s website.

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—Amy

My Inspiring Chat with Shonda Rhimes

August 29th, 2016

embed_GH_Sept_Cover_RedIn addition to interviewing the cover star of the September 2016 issue of Good Housekeeping—Ellen Pompeo of Grey’s Anatomy—I was also lucky enough to interview the show’s creator, writer, producer and all-around epic TV master Shonda Rhimes.

Shonda and I had a wonderful telephone chat where she told me how her life has been going following the big year profiled in her bestselling book Year of Yes. Shonda, a mother of three shared how she’s learned to say “no” more, how she faces self-doubt, and her big secret for facing a difficult conversation.

You can check out my full interview One-on-One with Shonda Rhimes on the magazine’s website, or grab the new issue on stands now.

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Alex Morgan: Kicking Ass

June 1st, 2016

I love talking to kickass women, and this month, it was Alex Morgan, forward for the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team. We talked for the cover of the July 2016 issue of Health magazine.

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We got to talk about all the good stuff: How she warms up, works out and stays fit as she kills it on the U.S. team that won a gold medal and a World Cup championship. And we also talked about the important battle she and her teammates are waging in the fight for equal pay and comparable field quality for the women’s team — fair pay for fair play.

You can read the full fun and inspiring story on the Health.com site: Alex Morgan: Gold Rush. And you can also pick up the issue on stands and get a small taste of her awesome story here.

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—Amy