April 16, 2014 at 5:41 pm , by Tiffany McHugh
How far would you go to help out a bestie? On the hilarious new sitcom, Playing House, Emma (Jessica St. Clair) ditches her high-powered career to help her childhood friend Maggie (Lennon Parham), who has a baby on the way. We talked to the two actresses (who are also executive producers and co-writers) about their inspiration behind this LOL show.
Jessica St. Clair: Lennon and I are actually real-life best friends. We met 12 years ago doing the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City. There were very few women there. We were the only ones in sweater sets.
Lennon Parham: All of our ideas inevitably start with us sitting in my living room binge watching Oprah’s Favorites. Plus, we’ve never seen a sitcom where two female friends come together at a turning point in their lives.
St. Clair: We get ourselves in the most ridiculous scenarios on the show, just like we do in real life. Like we’ll be in a high-powered Hollywood meeting and there will be a bowl of sea salt caramels on the table. Lennon will say, ‘Oh, I’m going to eat one!’ And then her crown will come off her tooth in the middle of the meeting. I’m like, “Who puts a sea-salt caramel in their mouth during a high-powered Hollywood meeting!”
Parnham: If you have a best friend, they’re the ones who really know you. This show is kind of a love letter to those friendships. It’s like Thelma and Louise, Beaches, and Fried Green Tomatoes.
St. Clair: Only on our show, nobody dies.
Playing House premieres April 29 on USA Network. Watch an exclusive clip from the show above!
Giuliana Rancic Talks Spring Fashion, Season Five of Giuliana and Bill, and Her Battle with Breast Cancer
April 6, 2012 at 10:06 am , by Lauren Cardarelli
The past year has been an emotional roller coaster for E! News anchor and Fashion Police co-host, Giuliana Rancic, who discovered she had breast cancer while undergoing IVF treatments in October. This week’s emotional premiere of the fifth season of Giuliana and Bill gave fans an inside look into her battle with cancer in the midst of fertility issues, red carpet events and the opening of a restaurant. We asked Giuliana about what’s coming up next on the show and what her life is like both on and off camera after her double mastectomy.
This year’s awards show season is wrapping up. What was your favorite moment?
When I “lei’d” George Clooney on the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild. I actually presented George and his girlfriend Stacy Kiebler with leis to coincide with the Hawaiian setting from his movie, The Descendants. Now I can honestly say that I got to “lei” Clooney—just don’t tell Bill!!
We’d love to hear some Fashion Police advice now that the weather is warming up! What’s your favorite spring trend?
I love spring because it feels so fresh and new and the fashions reflect that! First, polished nails and toes are a must for open-toed sandals. I love sheer pink colors because they look clean and appropriate for work or play. As for clothes, I love the peplum look on skirts and dresses that we’ve been seeing on a lot of celebs including Victoria Beckham and Blake Lively. It’s fun, flirty and flattering on everyone.
The first episode of the new season of Giuliana and Bill was pretty emotional. Viewers got to see your initial shock following your diagnosis. Why did you choose to keep the cameras rolling during that time?
It was a hard decision because my health is personal and private, but Bill and I decided that if we were going to do the show, we needed to address my battle with breast cancer. If I can help one person get through a similar situation or encourage other young women to take control over their health, then it’s worth it. It’s definitely hard to relive everything as I watch the new season, but we have a lot of fun moments, too. Read more
April 20, 2011 at 9:23 am , by Sonia Harmon
What is living?
We often get so busy in our day-to-day lives that we don’t even realize that we aren’t really living our lives to the fullest. I think this week the contestants on The Biggest Loser had some life-altering experiences. It’s kind of ironic that some of the adventures that can help someone realize that they actually can create the life they want, are often not even an option for them when they could really use it. Let’s just break it down: there are weight limits on most adventure challenges.
When someone is struggling with their weight, they are usually also struggling with self-confidence. Only when something scares the crap out of you does a real breakthrough happen and confidence is built. Remember those shirts that said “NO FEAR”? Well, my mom used to say that they should say “KNOW FEAR.” She believed that only when you know fear are you able to have a breakthrough and put it behind you. We as a society have gotten so good at trying to keep the waters calm to avoid anything bad, but that diminishes the possibility of positive changes happening as well.
April 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm , by Sonia Harmon
Can we say JEALOUS?!
It’s amazing that the remaining contestants on The Biggest Loser got to go to New Zealand, but there are also realities that come with traveling. The least of those realities has to do with the fact that our bodies naturally retain water when flying. The biggest of them is that when you are traveling you don’t have as much control over your environment, as you would when you are in the comfort of your home. But that doesn’t have to be an excuse! I always travel with plenty of healthy snacks so I don’t have to be victim to whatever is available at the airport or on the plane. It’s also important to drink lots of water to stay hydrated so that your body will not feel the need to retain it. Take the lead from the contestants on the show and find a local market so you can experience the culture where you are. This also helps you make better food choices so you can enjoy your time away.
When I was on the show we went to Australia. I would wake up in the morning and run up the opera house stairs and just take in all the great views. Had I not, I might have never learned that thousands of birds and bats cross the harbor every morning and then return to the other side every evening—talk about an AMAZING sight. You may not be able to run a 5k down a mountain, up a sand dune and across a beach or jump off the highest structure in the southern hemisphere to conquer your biggest fears like Bob and Ken had the opportunity to do, but I’m sure that there is something just as amazing that can challenge you, if you choose to seek it out.
I think this is one of my favorite seasons of The Biggest Loser. I really admire the integrity of the contestants and the vulnerability that they’ve shared with us. I will miss Moses but I’m very grateful that we will continue to share Olivia’s journey.
Until next week’s adventure,
April 6, 2011 at 10:10 am , by Sonia Harmon
This week on The Biggest Loser it was clear that the contestants were dealing with the battle between living and overindulging. When I was on the show I knew that I wanted to change my life, and I discovered that the way to do that was through my choices. I also knew I wasn’t someone who deals with idea of “living without” very well. Like Rulon and the other contestants, I had to learn how to start replacing food as the reward in my life and switch it up with dancing, a pedicure or a facial—things that are a luxury since it’s not something we do every day. Food is something that we need to survive and live a healthy lifestyle, but the reward is just as important. We have to celebrate our lives and our accomplishments along the way, so that the not-so-fun hours at the gym become worth it. Finding the right balance is the struggle and the key all in one. Courtney will be missed, since she seemed to help bring that balance to this season with her positive attitude, yet very real vulnerability, which allowed many to relate and dream again.
And just a side note—Hannah you looked and are beautiful, I love seeing you own it!
Until next week,
March 29, 2011 at 10:05 pm , by Sonia Harmon
We’d like to welcome Ali Vincent, the winner of season five of The Biggest Loser, to the LHJ Ladies’ Lounge, where she’ll be blogging each week to recap the current season of the show, and sharing insight on her journey to healthy living.
It’s been three years since I became the first female to win The Biggest Loser, and what a journey it continues to be! The Biggest Loser is such a personal experience for not only the contestants on the show, but also for all of you watching from home. I think we have all been at different points in our lives where we think, “I can do this, I got this,” whether it has to do with your weight, your job, your relationship or another important part of your life.
In the beginning of any journey there is a lot of emotion because it’s unknown and uncomfortable, but it’s that nervous energy that helps get us going. Trust me, I was scared every week on The Biggest Loser campus. But I also remembered times in my life when I would be three months or 13 weeks into another diet and eventually I stopped producing results and started to check out. This time, I trusted in myself to push through any plateaus.
Some lessons are hard to learn, but the good news is that we continue to have opportunities to learn them. Last week we saw Kaylee come up against her three month wall of “I should know better by now.” And this week, Jennifer chose to call her loved ones and get a little pampering instead of spending time with her trainer. And while the results for each were different, the lesson was the same: your body will quit producing results if you become too comfortable or less present.
Can you get through a weight-loss plateau? Absolutely—by continuing to do what got you to this point, and that’s living outside of your comfort zone, mixing up your workouts, and switching up your calorie intake while staying present in every moment. I guarantee you will experience the lifestyle change you long for and will be living the life you love. Sometimes the lucky part of 13 is learning and recognizing the lesson from others.
I can’t wait till next week! -Ali
March 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm , by Sonia Harmon
During my season of The Bachelor I didn’t get to participate in the “Women Tell All” episode because I was one of the last two girls, so I didn’t get to have the reunion that all of the other girls had with each other. Watching this episode brought back different memories for me, and I also came to a special realization.
Women can really stir up some drama and sadly, it can be entertaining to watch. I cringed as the women fought back and forth, but especially when they singled each other out. It strangely took me back to a moment when I felt like I was in the hot seat at the Bachelor Pad finale. It never feels good to have someone pointing their finger at you or saying mean things to you, no matter what the truth is. I am a very sensitive person, and unfortunately I’ve been known to “emote” very easily. During the filming of the Bachelor Pad finale I was so blessed to have my boyfriend Kiptyn’s hand to hold.
Watching this episode brought that moment in the “hot seat” back to me, but I also realized how I had a new strength and confidence about myself as those hurtful words came at me. I hadn’t thought about that moment until now, and now I know that the hand I was holding enriched my strength, and for that I am so grateful. When you look at your relationships with the ones you love—a significant other, friends, family members—allow them to enrich you, and give them that gift as well.