Interview Magazine: October 2017 – Penelope Cruz

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story‘s Penelope Cruz is featured in the October 2017 issue of Interview Magazine.

In the issue:

In 2009, Penélope Cruz became the first Spanish actress to win an Academy Award—a sky-high career peak if ever there was one. Since her film debut in 1992, she made the transatlantic journey from art-house muse to major Hollywood force, mesmerizing audiences with her volcanic on-screen range. Of late, Cruz has gone a bit under the radar, taking time to raise a family with her husband (and frequent co-star), Javier Bardem. But this fall brings another wave of transformation her way. She will be seen next month in Murder on the Orient Express, Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel. And then early next year she will embody the inimitable Donatella Versace in what might be the most anticipated TV event of 2018: Ryan Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

On acting: “But when I did my first movie, when I was around 17, I just fell in love with acting. That’s when I stopped dancing.”

On being a working mom: “We infrequently take holidays, because the kids are young and because of our jobs. I try to travel no more than we have to. I’ve only been away from my kids for a day and a half in almost seven years. I’ve had to do that three times, and I’m hoping it can stay that way. When I’m not working, I’m taking time to be a mother.”

On playing Donatella Versace in American Crime Story: ” I know her a little bit, and I really like her. I had a few questions about how he was going to handle her portrayal, but he’s so classy, and he’s very respectful to people. This is a delicate story, because I’m playing someone who is alive, someone who lost her brother in a horrible way, and someone who still misses him very much 20 years later. I was not used to the rhythm of doing television.”

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premieres in early 2018 on FX.


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Marie Claire: October 2017 – Taraji P. Henson

Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson is featured in the October 2017 issue of Marie Claire.

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Here, a few highlights from her October cover interview, on newsstands now:

On supporting other women in the industry: “How can we get ahead if we’re feuding and hating on each other all the time? I made a pact years ago that I would never hate on another female, ever, especially in this industry.”

On the legacy she wants to leave: “I love black people. I love telling stories. I want these little girls to study me like I studied Meryl and Bette Davis and Carol Burnett. I want them to study my work, because I put a lot of work in, a lot of blood, sweat, and tears.”

On dating: “I would love to [be in a relationship], but he has to see how I move and deal with it, because I don’t have time to explain. I’ve got work to do.”

On doing her own laundry: “That keeps me normal. That keeps me feeling like, Yeah, I’m not too Hollywood.”

Empire airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Fox.

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Entertainment Weekly: Oct. 20/27 2017 – ‘Supernatural’ Season 3 Secrets

Entertainment Weekly’s October 20-27, 2017 issue features secrets from the new season of Supernatural with four collector’s covers.

In the issue:

When The CW gave Supernatural an early renewal for its 13th season, the show easily could’ve kicked back and taken some time to relax. Instead, the writers plan to kick things up a notch this year: Altogether, season 13 will test the waters for a potential spin-off, fulfill a long-held dream of an animated episode, and introduce a new central player when Lucifer’s son, Jack (series regular Alexander Calvert), moves in with the Winchesters. “The big thing with us is: How do we keep it fresh?” co-showrunner Robert Singer says. “We just felt there’s so much opportunity with Jack. It’s a big swing again, but somehow we always manage to keep the show grounded in its own reality.” They do that by never losing sight of the central story: Sam and Dean and their very human experiences dealing in a business of nonhumans. “At the end of the day, the show is really about these two guys and how great they are together,” Singer says. “They’re the lifeblood of the show.”

That’s why it might surprise some fans that this season will see Jack hitting the road with the boys, which begs the question: If driver picks the music and shotgun shuts his cakehole, what does the Nephilim in the back seat do? “Last season was about the guys being kids, and this season is about being parents, to a degree,” co-showrunner Andrew Dabb says. “To have [Sam and Dean] confronted by this kid who is at once scary and charming gives us a chance to show a different side of the guys, and that’s always a great thing, especially 13 seasons in. If Dean had a kid, what would that look like? If Sam had a kid, what would that look like? The joke is that it’s My Two Dads, Hell Edition.” But considering that Jack isn’t your typical kid, getting him acclimated to the world is about more than just teaching him how to use Netflix (though Padalecki says that will happen). “[Jack is] really struggling to understand himself,” Alexander Calvert says. “There’s definitely a loneliness.”

In other words, fans can prepare for laughter and tears in season 13, but when EW gathered stars Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and Misha Collins for the cover shoot of our latest Untold Stories issue, it was all about the former. Altogether, there are four covers to choose from: The group shot will go to subscribers and hit newsstands Friday, with the three single covers being made available exclusively at Barnes & Noble beginning Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Supernatural premieres October 12th at 8/7c on the CW.

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Harper’s Bazaar India: October 2017 – Indira Varma

Game of Thrones alum Indira Varma is featured in the October 2017 issue of Harper’s Bazaar India.

From the digital issue:

Indira Varma, the warrior queen from Game of Thrones is just as fierce in real life. Her time on the award-winning show might have been limited, but she scorched our screens as Ellaria Sand. She played a woman hell-bent on living life on her own terms. The compelling show has a colossal following worldwide. “What it has achieved in terms of storytelling, narrative and structure is unreal,” she says. But Varma talks about it as a “fun experience. I got to wear lovely, superbly-crafted costumes, travel to hot places, and act with Pedro Pascal.”

Varma was born in England to an Indian father and Swiss mother. She played Maya in the Mira Nair film Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love in 1996. “I wish I had a mentor” she says. “I adored all the other actors in it–we became like a little family.

The flip-side of having a rich and varied career? Life outside of acting can sometimes be hectic and Varma, who has a 10-year-old daughter with her partner, actor Colin Tierney, talks about being unable to sit still. “It’s chaotic. But I try and do something lovely every day. It’s juggling work with family life. That’s my life in a nutshell.”

Game of Thrones returns in 2018.

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Shape Magazine: October 2017 – Gina Rodriguez

Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez is featured in the October 2017 issue of Shape.

In the issue:

“I’m the strongest I’ve ever been,” says Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez, 33. “Doing Muay Thai taught me so much about my body. Now I view it as an engine that keeps me active and healthy.”

This way of thinking has been a revelation for Gina, who was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease—an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid and causes symptoms such as fatigue and muscle pain—right after she filmed the pilot for Jane. Once she started practicing Muay Thai regularly, however, “I felt very stealthy and quick,” Gina says. “It was an amazing transformation.”

The extra energy she gets from pushing her body is powering up the rest of her life too. In addition to working on Jane, Gina is shooting a movie in Mexico and is the voice of Una in the animated film Ferdinand, which is out in December. Add to that the role of CEO and president of her own production company. “I’m living my dream,” she says. “I want to say to women who are reading this story, try anything you want. You’re strong and durable.”

For more Gina Rodriguez, including some seriously badass fighting pics, pick up the October issue of Shape on newsstands now.

Jane the Virgin premieres October 13 on the CW.

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NYLON Guys: September 2017 – The cast of ‘Stranger Things’

The cast of Stranger Things are featured in the September 2017 issue of NYLON Guys. Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo and Noah Schnapp talk season two of their hit Netflix show.

From the digital issue:

When season 2 premieres on October 27, a year will have passed since Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) sacrificed herself to defeat the faceless Demogorgon and save the boys, in the season one finale. Trying to squeeze spoilers out of Wolfhard, McLaughlin, Schnapp, and Matarazzo is useless. What they can say: season two is bigger, darker, and scarier.

“Netflix knew it would be a good show,” McLaughlin says. “We raised the bar pretty high with the first season,” says Matarazzo. “There was a lot more tension on set, in that we really needed to make sure it was good.”

Stranger Things streams via Netflix beginning October 27.

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