W Magazine: Volume 3, 2018 – Tiffany Haddish

The Last O.G. star Tiffany Haddish is featured in W Magazine‘s Volume 3, 2018 issue.

In the issue:

Tiffany Haddish, who is 38 and has been working steadily for years, is having a moment. Which, as often happens in Hollywood, led to other moments: a solo stand-up special on Showtime called Tiffany ­Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood! and, most important, her memoir, The Last Black ­Unicorn, which was published in December 2017. She had been working on her story for years, but when Girls Trip grossed $100 million, the book was rushed into print and quickly became a best-seller.

Haddish is best known for a white gown—specifically, a slinky Alexander McQueen halter with a jeweled neckline that she wore to the premiere of Girls Trip. And, again, to host Saturday Night Live. And then, yet again, as a presenter at the Academy Awards. “And I might wear it again,” Haddish told me. “Here’s the story of that dress: I hired a stylist for Girls Trip, and she said, ‘Girl, if you’re trying to make it to the next level in your career, you’re going to have to spend a little money.’ I said, ‘I’m down to look my best. Whatever it takes.’ ” The stylist brought several options, and the only one that fit her body was the McQueen. It was perfect. “I should’ve known—wasn’t no price tag on that dress. So I wear it for Girls Trip, and then they give me the receipt. When I saw the receipt, I cried. The dress was $4,122! So I’m wearing it multiple f**king times. I don’t care what nobody say—that’s a down payment on a car, that’s a medical bill. So, even though everyone says I shouldn’t wear the dress in public again, I’m wearing it.”

The Last O.G. is just one of Haddish’s projects. In addition to her ongoing stand-up performances, in ­September she will costar with Kevin Hart in Night School. Hart, who helped find Haddish an apartment when she was homeless, could be an electric match for her. After Girls Trip made $30 million on its opening weekend, Haddish received around 1,500 invitations, pitches, and job offers. “I waited,” she told me. “It felt fantastic! But I am hoping for someone to figure out how to do Girls Trip II. So far, that hasn’t happened. Me and the girls know how to do a sequel. We’ve mapped it out. We may have to write it ourselves.”

Season one of The Last O.G. recently wrapped on TBS. Her next gig is hosting the MTV Movie & TV Awards, June 18th on MTV.

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Photography: Ethan James Green / Styling: Sara Moonves / Hair: Jawara / Makeup: Hannah Murray


Glamour South Africa: June 2018 – Katy Perry

American Idol judge Katy Perry is featured in the June 2018 issue of Glamour South Africa.

In the issue:

There’s a lot to admire about Katy Perry. She’s the first female artist to have five number-one Billboard Hot 100 tracks from a single album. She’s the most followed person on Twitter in the world. In the last 10 years, she has sold more than 40 million albums.

Katy has more than a career – she has a life, she’s really. She’s also a 33-year-old with fears to conquer, dreams to achieve, and aspects of herself she is still trying to figure it. Like all of us, she’s a work in progress.

You recently wrote on Instagram that 2017 “redefined what winning means to me. And the definition of winning for me this year was simply happiness and gratitude.” How did you arrive at that moment?

“I’ve come to learn, after 10 years of success in the spotlight, that being happy is something you have to work for every single day. Even if you have money or houses or status or fame—and all of that stuff is great for a moment—if you don’t have happiness charging the train, you’re gonna derail. A lot of my early twenties were really intense, really extreme, and somewhat unconscious. Now I want to touch the stars, which has to do with the heart.”

What advice would you give to that intense, extreme, somewhat unconscious twenty-something Katy?

Katy: “I’d say, “You’re doing great, sweetie.” [Laughs.] No, ummmm, it would probably be a couple things. Pertaining to relationships, I would tell myself, ‘There really, truly are so many fish in the sea.’ When I was first getting to Hollywood and meeting my heroes like Gwen Stefani and a couple others, one was amazing—she introduced herself and asked my name—but one just brushed me off. I’ll never forget how that made me feel.”

By the time this article comes out, you will have completed more than 50 concerts over the course of five months. How do you prepare yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually to be on the road?

“Every day is just a preparation for the show. Sleep is really important to me. I’m a big sleeper. I get eight to nine hours every night. When I wake up, I go straight into yoga for an hour, and I usually do 30 minutes on the elliptical to get the blood flowing. I’ll try to put in a meditation around 4:30 or 5:00 P.M. Transcendental meditation has been a game changer for me. We’re all so “connected” to our devices, which, I think, is disconnecting us from reality.”

American Idol recently wrapped May 21st on ABC.

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Photography: Emma Summerton / Styling: Jillian Davison

Essential Homme Magazine: Summer 2018 – Zachary Quinto

American Horror Story alum Zachary Quinto is featured in the Summer 2018 issue of Essential Homme Magazine.

In the issue:

When a gay actor in Hollywood embarks on press rounds to promote his latest project, there must be a pressure—not to mention, fatigue—he feels when faced with the inevitable subject of queer representation in the industry. Zachary Quinto, on the heels of a starring role in a Broadway revival of the classic and controversial 1968 play The Boys in the Band, is nonplussed.

“Masculinity,” Quinto begins. “It’s so intertwined with male identity. I think the journey of gay men, of openly gay actors, and the heteronormative idea of what masculinity is, is still at odds in Hollywood. I think it’s something that is changing, but hasn’t changed entirely. It still has a ways to go.”

His eloquence feels earned, particularly when you look at the characters he’s played on stage and screen. Quinto isn’t a stranger to legendary 20th century works by gay playwrights. He played Louis Ironson in a 2010 Off-Broadway production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Tom Wingfield in a 2013 Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, and now Harold in Matt Crowley’s The Boys in the Band (produced by Ryan Murphy, who he also worked with on FX’s American Horror Story, and directed by Joe Mantello).

Considering these roles alongside his stage career and other choices—Quinto has a production company called Before the Door Pictures and has produced award-winning films like Margin Call (2011)—his decisions are pretty scattered. “A lot of the things that I’ve done have been zeitgeisty—American Horror Story and Heroes. Star Trek is very iconic. I remember that moment when I was doing Heroes and people didn’t know my name yet. It was a lot of, ‘Oh, you’re that character.’ I remember when it switched and people started recognizing me for myself.”

“[Heroes and Star Trek] was like hitting the lottery twice, as far as I’m concerned. Both of those projects were very sci-fi, comic book-y. That set a kind of expectation right away. Once you get known for something it becomes very difficult for people to know you for anything else.”

Zachary will star as a biological hacker in the new series Biopunk.

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Photography: Kevin Sinclair / Styling: Joseph Episcopo / Grooming: Joanna Pensinger

InStyle Magazine: June 2018 – Sarah Paulson

American Horror Story and American Crime Story star Sarah Paulson is featured in the June 2018 issue of InStyle Magazine.

From the digital issue:

Sarah Paulson is a shape-shifter, the kind of actress who’s always the most interesting thing onscreen. And finally, after she’s hustled for decades, the roles are starting to come to her. “I like to go into an audition room, particularly when they think I’m not right for a part, and really fight for it. There’s something so exciting and challenging about proving to yourself that you can pull it off,” she says.

Now, that Paulson has figured out exactly who she is, she’s focused on making it count. “All I want is to be able to do this when I’m 80,” she says. “And the only way to ensure that happens is that I continue to do good work.”

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Photography: Alexander Neumann / Hair: John Ruggiero / Makeup: Molly R. Stern / Manicure: Betina Goldstein

Vanity Fair: Summer 2018 – Emilia Clarke

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is featured in the Summer 2018 issue of Vanity Fair.

In the issue:

Game of Thrones, the HBO juggernaut which stars Clarke as its most unstoppable heroine, Daenerys Targaryen. In fact, the very tour we’re taking, put together by a company called Museum Hack, is based on the series, and offers a fan-friendly survey of the sometimes inscrutable displays of the Met. You don’t have to be an art historian (our guide is an aspiring actress) to understand what Greek fire, Damascus blades, heraldry, mutilated men, samurai kamon, the dragon-born St. Margaret of Antioch, and an early female pharaoh have to do with wildfire, Valyrian steel, house words, and Clarke’s world-famous alter ego.

And yet, despite her fame, Clarke has managed to spend a full half-hour in the museum sponging up our guide’s trivia without being spotted. For years, Clarke’s brown hair let her hide in plain sight, but she recently bleached it an icy Targaryen blond. So, why the invisibility? Maybe it’s her height. “We both have a thing about our stature not quite being what people expect,” says her co-star Kit Harington, who, at five feet eight, has six inches on Clarke. Maybe it’s her outfit—the gray overcoat, cream sweater, and jeans are a far cry from the cloaks and armor of Thrones. Or maybe it’s her bright, decidedly non-intimidating personality. “When I’m goofing around with my pals, I’m unrecognizable,” she says. Harington calls Clarke’s humor “naughty,” and it’s certainly true that her informal, expletive-laced banter is a far cry from Daenerys’s imperious tones. “Sometimes, if I’m in a really bad mood,” Clarke notes, “people are like, ‘Khaleesi!’ ”

An active member of Time’s Up, Clarke negotiated with Weiss and Benioff in 2014 to ensure she maintained parity with her male counterparts. She and four co-stars—Harington, Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister)—reportedly each landed $300,000 per episode, a dazzling figure that skyrocketed to half a million per episode for the final two seasons. “I get f—ing paid the same as my guy friends,” Clarke says. “We made sure of that.”

Before accepting the Solo role, Clarke had to ask Game of Thrones show-runners Weiss and Benioff for permission to complicate their plans for a final season by adding a demanding Star Wars filming schedule to the mix. They didn’t hesitate. “Solo felt like a great fit that would let her show off her versatility,” Weiss and Benioff explained. “Also, we figured she’d probably get to shoot a ray gun. Ray guns are something we just can’t offer, unfortunately.”

Game of Thrones returns in 2019 with new episodes on HBO.

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Photography: Craig McDean / Styling: Jessica Diehl / Hair: Orlando Pita / Makeup: Diane Kendal / Manicure: Casey Herman

Men’s Health: June 2018 – James Marsden

Westworld star James Marsden is featured in the June 2018 issue of Men’s Health.

In the issue:

On Westworld, he’s an android cowboy with a mysterious past. But there’s nothing robotic about James Marsden, a thoughtful guy who doesn’t shy from emotion.

Do Westworld robots cry real tears? That’d be a question for the bloggers and the Redditors who obsess over the hit HBO science-fiction mindbender. But right now, on a weekday morning in the Santa Monica Mountains, Teddy Flood is welling up.

James Marsden, the actor who plays Flood, has just shared some heartfelt thoughts about family and fatherhood, and his eyes are moist. “Sorry, I get emotional when I talk about this stuff,” he says.

It’s clear that an intelligent sense of humor has served Marsden well in his career, now at the quarter-century mark and humming along nicely. His Westworld character—a seemingly good guy with a secret — has “died” several times at the malevolent bemusement park where his robot “lives.” He’ll die some more, no doubt. He may or may not end up with Dolores, and his past could remain a mystery for several seasons if the popularity of the show continues.

“It makes us look at behavior, and we see some very dark behavior on this show,” Marsden says. “I have to wash it off afterward, and then physically I have to wash it off to get the blood out of my ears and body orifices. You just have to learn to roll with the craziness.”

Marsden feels safe knowing that when he tries, even if he fails, the effort is still a kind of success. “I’m very proud and very lucky to be doing what I do. I want to move people. I love it when people stop me to say they love my work or thought I was funny, or that I made them cry. That’s always important to me. But if I couldn’t do this anymore, my happiness is knowing that I’m a fully realized person and my happiness isn’t dependent on being a success within Hollywood. I want to be able to step away and be fulfilled. There is so much more to life like giving love and being decent. I want to lead with my heart,” he says, pausing. “This is getting deep. I have to stop now. I’m getting too emotional.”

Westworld airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.

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Photography: Art Streiber