Bello Brasil Magazine: December 2017 – Shanola Hampton

Shameless star Shanola Hampton is featured in the December 2017 issue of Bello Brasil Magazine.

From the digital issue:

Having just wrapped filming season eight of Shameless, Shanola Hampton talks her favourite moment of the season. “I think the most fun I has was where Kevin goes to find his roots and his family lives in Kentucky,” she says. “His family is really backwoods and could possibly be racist.”

Playing the role of Veronica has been a labor of love for Shanola. “What I love most about Veronica is she’s very straight to the point and doesn’t mince words,” she says. “She also has no inhibitions and doesn’t care if you don’t like what she has to say.”

Shameless airs Sundays at 9/8c on Showtime.

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Bello Brasil Magazine: December 2017 – Alexander Ludwig

Vikings star Alexander Ludwig is featured in the December 2017 issue of Bello Brasil Magazine.

From the digital issue:

After five seasons of playing Vikings warrior Björn Ironside, one might assume Alexander Ludwig would be ready to try something new.”Vikings is ultimately about family, their rise to power and how they deal with it,” he explains. “Being a part of this show has been one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

He also talks growing up on TV: “It’s been a huge growing experience for me. I really feel like I grew up on the show, just as my character did,” he says. “The friends I’ve made and the family that we’ve created is akin to none other.”

Vikings airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on History Channel.

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Women’s Health: December 2017 – Alison Brie

GLOW star Alison Brie is featured in the December 2017 issue of Women’s Health.

In the issue:

Alison Brie doesn’t want to talk about shooting the second season of the Netflix “lady wrestler” hit, GLOW. Or the two Oscar-bait movies she’s in this month. Her wedding to actor Dave Franco (brother of James) earlier this year? Thanks, but she’ll pass. The 34-year-old would rather wax poetic about split squats. (Yeah, the brutal, one-legged kind.)

“I just did my heaviest ones ever—80 pounds,” she says, slipping her legs, still clad in black camo workout pants, under a weathered picnic table in Los Angeles’s Griffith Park. “Usually I peak at 50, but today we went up and I was like, ‘Oh my god!’ It was intense.”

Alison’s enthusiasm makes sense when she describes how her workouts of the past two years have had a ripple effect on her entire life. “I came out of it feeling like a totally different person. It changed everything.”

Six years ago, when Alison started working out with L.A. trainer Jason Walsh, she did mostly circuits and light weights. She never thought hardcore strength training was “for her,” fearing it would make her bulky. “Growing up in L.A., both my sister and I had sort of touch-and-go body issues, some mildly recurring body dysmorphia.”

But when she needed to step up her workouts to prepare for GLOW—”to be able to throw people and do things like that,” she says—she boosted both muscle and confidence. “I feel like I was building strength outside and in at the same time,” Alison says. “Now I feel like strength is beautiful, rather than that stick-skinny is the beauty standard.”

She’s not speaking in platitudes. In fact, Alison has gotten to a place where, she says, “I’ve just never given less f-cks. It’s a nice feeling because you live your life more and care less about what other people think.” It’s also given her a constant. “Your career will fluctuate; you’ll have highs and lows. But I can always go to the gym and work out. I’m in control of myself and my body.”

Speaking of her career, it’s riding one of those highs and—just like in the gym—busting out of its comfort zone. She went from ancillary roles portraying wholesome women (as Trudy, wife of Pete Campbell, on AMC’s Mad Men and Annie Edison on NBC’s Community) to co-starring with Meryl Streep in Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers project, The Post, and the indie-film-circuit favorite The Disaster Artist.

Having reached this magic moment in her life, Alison is looking to support other actresses—as well as any woman just trying to get healthier. “She’s a very encouraging person,” says Walsh. “Someone new would come in to the gym, and Alison would be the first to go over to them and tell them it pays off.” Now she’s here to encourage you. Want in on all that tone—and that feel-good energy? Pick up some weights and dive into Alison’s lift-heavy primer.

GLOW is now streaming on Netflix.

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Photography: Jeff Lipsky


Square Mile Magazine: Issue 128 – Raleigh Ritchie/Jacob Anderson

Game of Thrones actor Raleigh Ritchie aka Jacob Anderson is featured in Square Mile Magazine‘s issue 128.

In the issue:

Raleigh Ritchie? Jacob Anderson? Er, Grey Worm? What am I supposed to call him? This is the question I’m confronted with a dozen times before he even arrives on set. It doesn’t matter that he’s instantly recognisable to the hundreds of millions of people who watch him in the most popular show on television. Nor that he collaborated, and is on first name terms with Stormzy, the crowned prince of British music (real name: Michael).

The problem is that Raleigh Ritchie AKA Jacob Anderson AKA Grey Worm from HBO’s Game of Thrones (GOT) seems to have as many personas as he does careers.

He’s best known to GOT’s 30 million viewers as Daenerys Targaryen’s stoic military commander, Grey Worm. But a not-insignificant six million listeners a year on Spotify may know him by a different name: Raleigh Ritchie. The name is, in his own words, ‘disappointingly shallow’ and stems from his love of two characters in Wes Anderson’s film The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).

But as a musician, his album You’re a Man Now, Boy (2016) earned Jacob (as I shall now call him) widespread critical acclaim and resulted in he and Stormzy featuring on each other’s albums. Stormzy raps on ‘Keep it Simple’, while Jacob offers soulful vocals to ‘Don’t Cry For Me’ on the hit grime album Gang Signs & Prayer (2017).

Jacob came to this realisation on a farm in rural Oxfordshire where he retreated to write his second album. “I wrote a song and I’ve said to my manager he has to force me to share it with people. It’s personal stuff. Stuff about my mental health and my family and friendships and things I haven’t really talked about in any detail before. This time round I have and it is a scary experience.”

“I want to be a person who talks about it with a sense of confidence and knowing exactly what I want to say, because I feel like it can be just as irresponsible for me to spontaneously go into stuff that could be damaging for other people.

Fans might think that this is selling his performance short. As Grey Worm, Jacob has added a personality and warmth to a character that, in less accomplished hands, might very easily have been as drab and lifeless as the name suggests.

“I’m just glad that I get to be in something that I really, really like,” he says. “I enjoy going to work, I like the people I go to work with, and that’s the most important thing.”

Game of Thrones returns with new episodes in 2018.

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SHAPE Magazine: December 2017 – Emma Roberts

American Horror Story‘s Emma Roberts is featured in the December 2017 issue of SHAPE Magazine.

In the issue:

One perfect cupcake. That was the reward Emma Roberts gave herself before her Shape cover shoot. “I was working out every day and eating really clean to get ready,” the 26-year-old actress says. “Then, a couple of days before the shoot, I started craving a cupcake from Sprinkles. So I went there by myself and sat down and read my book and ate my cupcake. It was great. Later, everyone asked me, ‘Why didn’t you wait until after the shoot to eat it? ‘Well, because I wanted a cupcake that day.”

Going for what she wants is classic Emma. “With my diet, I do what feels good for me at the time,” she says. “I try not to say that I won’t eat something. Instead, I stay in tune with my body and my mind, and I think, What do I feel like eating?” The same philosophy guides her workouts. “I love Pilates. I feel very energized and centered when I walk out the door afterward,” Emma says. “I tried to get into running, but it didn’t work for me. Pilates is something you take your time at, and it makes me feel very clear.”

The mental and physical energy she gets from this routine has helped Emma find clarity in the rest of her life. The former star of Scream Queens and American Horror Story has spent this year filming several movies, including Who We Are Now, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this fall. She also launched a digital book club called Belletrist with her good friend and fellow bookworm Karah Preiss. The two pick a new book to read each month, announce it to their hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers, and then celebrate it by interviewing the author. “The reaction has been amazing,” Emma says. “I think it’s because you become immersed in a book, and that’s something people are craving these days. When you’re on your phone and all the notifications are coming in, it starts to scatter your brain. With a book, you can really step away and take time for yourself.”

Here’s how Emma came up with a personal confidence—and happiness—plan that really works for her.

“Reading is my form of self-care and meditation. I set aside at least 20 minutes a day for it. Sometimes that turns into 30 minutes, an hour, two hours. There are so many books on my dining room table right now that I can’t use it for eating. I go to the store and buy every book I want to read for the next few months and put them on the table. One of my all-time favorite books is Slouching Towards Bethlehem, by Joan Didion. It’s a really beautiful collection of short stories. Another favorite is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. It has a gothic romance vibe, yet it could be a story today.”

American Horror Story recently wrapped season 7 on FX.

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Photography: Peggy Sirota

TV Guide Magazine: Nov. 13-26, 2017 – ‘NCIS’ celebrates 15 seasons

TV Guide Magazine‘s November 13-26, 2017 issue celebrates fifteen seasons of NCIS with its star Mark Harmon on the cover.

In the issue:

He’s the no. 1 star on the world’s No. 1 drama on TV’s No. 1 network. But you’d be hard-pressed to find anything showboat-y about Mark Harmon. The veteran actor, currently in his 15th season as Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs on CBS’s NCIS, settles down for a chat at a mom-and-pop diner not far from his home in Los Angeles. This is one of Harmon’s longtime hangouts, and it’s due to go out of business soon—yet another victim of an unaffordable rent hike. That looming event has him feeling nostalgic and a bit melancholy. Like Gibbs, the 66-year-old Harmon is a guy who radiates old-school decency and honesty. He deflects praise. He dodges any talk of status or power. His modesty would be maddening if it weren’t so refreshing. Is it possible for a TV superstar to actually be normal? Probably not. But Harmon comes damn close.

Gibbs returned to work this season severely traumatized after being tortured by terrorists, but there was also a lightness about him, even a twinkle. What’s going on?
“A sense of discovery, maybe? Gibbs is thankful to be alive. He really thought life was over, and for him to admit that is huge, because he’s not that kind of guy. After all this time, the writers still find new places to take him. NCIS was never a show about the crime cases, because sometimes we solve ’em, sometimes we don’t. This is a show about characters. The audience takes real ownership of the people we play.”

Yet, even in Season 15, we still don’t really know Gibbs.
“And I like that. I was never interested in playing him with a big red S on his chest. I’m much more attracted to the underbelly stuff. Gibbs is a loner, with emotional scars a mile deep that run in a million different directions. At work, he’s a leader. But who is he if you take away his job? I play him, and even I don’t know the answer to that.” [Laughs]

NCIS airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on CBS.

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