The sexy Irish-American Olivia Wilde.
Although she portrays a sexy brunette in House, Olivia Wilde is a natural blonde. Wilde's most famous role as a blonde was in The OC, where she played bartender Alex Kelly, the bisexual love interest of Mischa Barton's character Marissa:
"When I kiss a girl for a part, people think it's sexy. But if two guys kiss, suddenly there's a backlash. It's a double standard. Honestly, I think we're all bisexual in some way," says Wilde.
After her many smooches with Mischa on The OC Olivia Wilde says that she still gets letters from sexually confused girls who consider Wilde's character on that show a role model. The character of Alex was actually bisexual, which became more a psychotic stalker towards the end of the same-sex relationship. Olivia also dislikes the characterization of her role in House as "lesbian", since Dr. Remy Hadley, nicknamed Thirteen, is actually bisexual.
Wilde tells The TV addict, "I think it's high time people start to get used to alternative lifestyles on television. Whether it’s sexuality or whatever. People are still getting used to interracial relationships on television and of course in the world we live in now, it's time for people to become accustomed to that too."
Megan Fox who admitted to a lesbian relationship when she was 18, described Olivia Wilde as "mesmerizing" and said she could have a relationship with her. Olivia herself says she has a girl crush on Angelina Jolie.
Olivia Wilde says she wanted to be an actress since she was 2, but seriously took up theater in boarding school. She was born Olivia Jane Cockburn on March 10, 1984, in New York with her father's side of the family being Irish. Once she ran away from home and to "shape her up" Olivia's parents sent her to the Philips Academy in Andover. Apart from theater Olivia enjoyed step dancing and horseback riding at this sprawling boarding school. Despite her slim figure and striking looks Wilde did not have any interest in modeling: "It would be so depressing to be a model and not get to say a word. There's no personality involved."
Olivia Wilde and Jennifer Morrison at the 100th Episode Party of their popular FOX medical drama series 'House' in Los Angeles. Olivia got work as a casting assistant and while working on the Elisha Cuthbert movie Girl Next Door was cast for a small role. She had changed her surname to Wilde while doing a play by the famous English author Oscar Wilde and also because many in her family are journalists and authors and, "It's kind of a tradition in my family to pick pen names for writers."
Olivia Wilde was also cast in a Jerry Bruckheimer show on Fox about the porn industry called Skin, which was dropped after six episodes. After becoming popular on The OC Wilde did movie roles in Alpha Dog and Turistas, and was also cast in a the series The Black Donnellys. Olivia Wilde will be seen this year in Northwood and The Year One. In 2011 she has a role in the highly anticipated sci-fi flick Tron 2.0.
Olivia Wilde and Sophia Bush. For her role as a warrior in Tron 2.0 Olivia Wilde is hitting the gym to get in shape. Otherwise Wilde told Women's Health that she exercises daily. She spins at a local studio. "I make fun of it, but it's amazing, because you have to push yourself through this resistance, which is so therapeutic," she says. "And they say you can burn nearly 800 calories in, like, 45 minutes if you push it to the highest level."
Olivia picked up bike riding after graduation when she took a year off and lived in Santa Monica, California. She also does Yoga, dabbles in karate, and hikes regularly with her dogs: a bulldog named Lola and a fluffy mutt that goes by Paco.
As for her diet Olivia Wilde has been a vegetarian for some time, and enjoys cheese and wine. Although she also admits to eating fish. Olivia is passionate about the environment; she got the cast and crew of House to recycle paper and had recycling bins set up. "If people can take small steps toward an organic life, it doesn’t seem so overwhelming," says Wilde in the inaugural issue of Organic Beauty Magazine.
At the age of 18 Olivia married Italian photographer and documentary filmmaker Tao Ruspoli. Tao also happens to be a titled Italian prince with a castle in Vignanello, Italy!
Among her style tips Olivia tells Women's Health, "Always wear a dress that you can pee in. I wore an incredible dress to the Emmys, but I had never tried to pull it up. I had to take it off to go to the bathroom. I nearly ripped it off my body because I had to go so bad."
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Halle Berry has had many relationships that ended badly. She was with actor Wesley Snipes, and with a Dentist John Ronan, who sued her for $80,000 loan, which Berry said had been a gift. Then there was another unnamed Hollywood star who hit Halle so hard that she lost 80% of her hearing in her left ear.
Halle Berry married Atlanta Braves baseball player David Justice in 1993 but the marriage did not last. Then Halle had a relationship with R&B singer Eric Benét. Her anxiety to be a mother set in after the two became engaged. "I became very maternal almost in that moment," she says. "I didn't just want a child. I wanted his child. Our child. Not long after we get married, that will be one of the first things on our agenda."
After their marriage in 2001 Halle adopted his then 9-year old daughter, India. But the marriage did not last more than two years reportedly because of Eric's sex-addiction. After another short relationship with actor Michael Ealy, Halle met French-Canadian model Gabriel Aubry (above) at a Versace shoot.
Halle Berry's desire to be a mother was rekindled and she became pregnant with Gabriel's child in 2007. Berry gave birth to a girl named Nahla Ariela Aubry on March 16, 2008. "I have just discovered after two failed marriages that probably marriage is not the way for me to go again. Putting on that dress and walking down the aisle is no longer of value to me. I want someone to come and stay and be there because he wants to, not because he has a piece of paper that says he has to."
Halle Berry with Penelope Cruz
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Halle Berry, the most talented and attractive actress of our times.
Halle Berry was called the "sexiest woman alive" by Esquire Magazine. She has played sexy roles in Catwoman, X-Men, and the James Bond flick Die Another Day
The girls of X-Men: Rebecca Romijn, Halle Berry, and Famke Janssen (Maxim 2000)
Halle Berry will be seen this month, not in a movie, but at the inauguration of the United States' 44th President, Barack Obama. Halle is one of the major donors for the event, and had been out in support of Obama since he first made his election bid. Berry shares her background with Barack Obama; both of them have mixed race parents, Caucasian mothers and African fathers.
Halle's parents separated when she was little and she was brought up by her mother. In school Berry remembers taunts of "zebra" being hurled from both her black and white classmates. On the race issue Halle's mother told her: "After having many talks with my mother about the issue, she reinforced what she had always taught me. She said that even though you are half black and half white, you will be discriminated against in this country as a black person."
In 2001 Halle Berry became the first African-American to win a best actress Oscar for her role in Monster's Ball. Just two years earlier Halle had portrayed Dorothy Dandridge, the first African-American actress to be nominated for an Oscar in that same category, in a TV movie!
Halle Berry today is the highest-paid black actress in Hollywood history. She has done a range of other roles like in the horror movie Gothika, a drug addict in Losing Isaiah, slave in the TV adaptation of Queen: The Story of an American Family, and a politician's girlfriend in Bulworth.
About all these meaningful achievements Berry says, "I also hope that even though I am a woman of color, an African American woman, that at some point I become just colorless--just a woman who has a dream and has desire and who is trying to sort of break down barriers for a certain group of people. But, I hope that, at the end of the day, I will be seen as a woman who did what she wanted to do on her own terms and stayed her authentic self."
Halle Berry was born (August 14, 1966) and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She was her newspaper's fashion critic and wanted to major in English and be a writer or journalist. Berry then entered beauty pageants and her life took another turn; she was Miss Ohio while still in high school. In 1986 Halle Berry was first runner-up in Miss USA and became the first African-American to represent her country in the Miss World contest where she finished sixth.
Halle Berry's first TV commercial was for Revlon along with Claudia Schiffer and Cindy Crawford. She later became a spokeswoman for Revlon. Because of this modeling background Halle always felt a need to be taken seriously for her acting. "I wanted to play crack-heads, be a tough girl, and I didn't want to use the sexual side of myself," she told Britain's Independent newspaper in 2001. For most of her career Berry turned down roles that required nudity. In Swordfish Halle finally agreed to do a topless scene after her fees were reportedly raised but at that time she said, "Now, I finally feel secure enough in my career and in my skin, to expose that part of me."
Halle Berry has been diagnosed with diabetes years ago. She lost her post-pregnancy weight through a fitness regimen that included Yoga, swimming and light weights. Halle Berry is also believed to be learning golf.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Alexis Bledel is beautiful enough to be a model or a movie star, and has been doing both for 12 years. But she is so private, hardly does interviews, and is rarely seen at parties or events, that most people who haven't seen her work, wonder just who is Alexis Bledel?? Alexis Bledel has been so guarded about her private life that even her die-hard fans don't know that she has a mostly Latino background!
With a Latin background, light eyes, and pale skin, Alexis Bledel tells The Hollywood Reporter: "I could just keep this to myself rather than confusing people about my background. But I think people from Latin American countries look very different."
But this ain't the last word on the shy girl Alexis Bledel's private life and background. Whereas other celebrities are so open about their lives and reveal every minute detail to their hungry fans online, Alexis Bledel does not own or use a computer and does not follow what blogs or forums are writing about her....don't expect her to put up her own website!
The beautiful girl will not reveal much about herself: "I think people with personalities who like to talk about what's going on in their lives, they'll talk without really knowing how it's going to come back and bite them, and generally, it does. And luckily, I have the kind of personality where I am extremely private. I don't really like to tell everyone my business. I'd much rather people wonder or not know".
In an interview with Seventeen, Alexis Bledel talked about boys in her private life. "I don't know. I was pretty shy so I think I was doing things to ensure they did not notice me....I remember dating boys in high school, but I don't think I had a real boyfriend." The TV show Gilmore Girls made Alexis Bledel a household name among female fans, but it also got the shy actress her first relationship. Alexis dated co-star Milo Ventimiglia for nearly four years, ending that relationship in 2006.
Looking beautiful in this high quality photo from Envy magazine, Alexis Bledel says, "It's kind of odd that I'm in this job, because I do not like to be the center of attention at all. I'm much more of an observer." Bledel makes a revelation about what she's like in private: "I'm a pretty serious lady. I'm kind of a goofball, but secretly. Not everyone sees it. I have to be so comfortable to relax——usually I'm quite serious."
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Thursday, January 15, 2009
Petra Nemcova is a lovely supermodel of Czech origin and a tsunami survivor. Glamour magazine awarded Němcová a "Survivor Award" in 2005. Petra also started her modeling career with an award at age 17; the Elite Model Look of the Year in the Czech Republic for 1995. But she did not place in the top three of the international competition that year in Paris. Němcová waited for her graduation next year before moving out to Italy to take up modeling full time.
For a time after her near-death experience in the Tsunami Petra thought of giving up modeling; instead she wrote a book, created the Happy Hearts Fund to help the Tsunami orphans, and took up skydiving. Nemcova found the feeling of jumping out of an airplane very similar to her Tsunami experience: "It's been such an incredible liberation. Just to take that step into the unknown and let go."
Petra Nemcova had white lilies tattooed on her right ankle in memory of her boyfriend Simon, who died in the Tsunami. She was based in New York for ten years and had her sister Olga living with her, but now Petra has bought a place in London, and also spends more time with her family back in the Czech Republic.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
CES 2009 delivered a surprising amount of MP3 player-related product announcements compared with last year's show. For better or worse, every MP3 player manufacturer at CES was tripping over itself to show off its latest touch-screen models. Sony, Samsung, and Iriver had some beautiful, yet pricey, touch-screen devices to show off, but even budget-minded manufacturers, such as Coby, Memorex, and SanDisk (above), had touch-screen models on display.
CES 2009 Wrap-Up
Sony unveiled some stunning MP3 players, as well. The Walkman X-series, Sony's most hotly-anticipated new MP3 player, features a OLED touch-screen display, integrated noise-canceling headphones, and Wi-Fi features such as YouTube video streaming. Unfortunately, the X-series Walkman spent its time at CES under a thick layer of protective glass and Sony isn't setting a firm price or ship date quite yet. Luckily, Sony wasn't quite as coy about its new W-series Walkman, which is essentially a $69 pair of sporty headphones (not to mention attractive) with an integrated 2GB MP3 player. The W-series starts shipping at the end of March and I think they'll do quite well, considering their relatively low price, athletic emphasis, and the lack of any similar product from Apple.
Speaking of niche products, take a look at SanDisk's Sansa slotRadio player. This $39 buckle-sized MP3 player uses an extremely basic set of controls and plays music from preloaded microSD cards or a built-in FM radio. The appeal of the slotRadio player is probably lost on the tech-savvy, but I can think of more than a few people in my life whose aversion to complexities of computers and MP3 players has kept them in the dark ages of CDs, tapes, and radios. Like Sony, I think SanDisk is smart to chase after markets Apple hasn't yet seized.
On the portable video-player front, we saw the Iriver P7, the iLuv i1166, and a novel media player from Samsung (the MBP-200) that combines audio, video, and photo capabilities with an integrated pico DLP video projector.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
The first EcoChic Fashion Show was held last September in New York, at the Museum of Natural History. Sponsored by American Clean Skies and hosted by Sierra Club president, Carl Pope, the Eco Fashion show was an extension of New York Fashion Week.
Model Tori Praver (above) wears an all-white organic denim evening gown with boots made of recycled material.....Tori Praver otherwise poses in lingerie and swimsuits! The fashion show was co-hosted by green lifestyle advocate Angela Lindvall.
Monday, January 5, 2009
A pretty Canadian import, Melissa Peregrym.
Known to most of us from her role as Candice in the first season of Heroes (the girl who can change her appearance), Melissa 'Missy' Peregrym also appeared on ABC's high school drama, "Life As We Know It".
Melissa, known better as Missy, joins the lovely Elisha Cuthbert, the sexy Misa Campo, and the talented Rachel McAdams, in the list of delicious Canadian imports!
But different from these other Canadian girls, Melissa Peregrym, is more pretty and fun than sexy. And it is not based only on her appearance, but has been part of her upbringing.
Born June 16 1982, in Montreal, Canada, Melissa moved with her parents and two sisters to a town near Vancouver, where she grew up to be a tomboy.
Melissa 'Missy' Peregrym in an interview to Teen Hollywood's Lynn Barker before the release of her 2006 movie Stick It (it's a gymnastics movie and in gymnastics "stick it" means landing with two feet planted on the ground after a routine):
Feisty, pretty actress Missy Peregrym had a career as a model but is the first to tell you that she is a tomboy at heart and is still searching for her "inner girl". After living most of her life in Canada, Missy moved to LA., transitioned into acting and was popular as Jackie, a hot beauty on ABC TV's "Life as We Know It".
The tall, athletic 23-year-old brunette, who has taught high school girls' basketball, took on another sport to portray Haley, a rebellious gymnast who walks out on a promising career and turns teen rebel due to family problems in the new film Stick It where she clashed with Vanessa Lengies. The movie is written and directed by the writer of Bring It On, the popular hit film that showcased the funny and tough world of cheerleading.
In white jeans and a crisp yellow shirt for our interview, Missy looked very "college coed" as she took a few slugs of her Red Bull and told us all about training for very difficult gymnastic moves, her high school dating days, leaving her strong Canadian support system to move to L.A., how she feels about the cancellation of "Life As We Know It", her strong opinions about empowering women and her quest for film roles featuring strong female characters. You go girl!
TeenHollywood: I was surprised to learn that you hadn't done any gymnastics. You were good in the film. Did you have a great double?
Missy: It's all of that. The camerawork was amazing, the way that they filmed it. I thought the double was phenomenal. When she came in, we were in the middle of training and I was terrified. I was like 'guys, I can't get that big'. She was so muscular and so strong. I was like 'I don't know how I'm going to do that'. I'm willing to work as hard as possible but I'm like 'this is going to look so weird'. But it actually worked out perfect. I just didn't want this movie to look fake in that sense and for people to get out of the story to notice the doubling. I thought it was really cool.
TeenHollywood: What were you really able to do by the end of the training? Hand stands?
Missy: Yeah. I kind of went in there thinking I could do everything [laughs]. I went in there and was like 'okay, cool. I can do a handstand' yeah for like a second. Then I thought I could do a cartwheel and a front handspring and I was like 'see'. And they were like 'no'. It's all about form and it really took four months to learn the basics of gymnastics plus just to get the strength to even try some of the difficult stuff. Obviously, it's such a dangerous sport and they are not going to be like 'okay, guys, we're going to do three back flips right now and we want to see you land on your feet'. I'd break my neck so really it was about getting my body to look like a gymnast.
TeenHollywood: This movie shows strong female role models. Do you think there is a lack of that?
Missy: Definitely, in Hollywood, I don't think there are a lot of those roles. That's why I was attracted to this role so much. I'm really passionate about the way that Haley is [rebellious] because I think a lot of teenaged girls are going through the same thing. I didn't have the same family life or the same issues exactly but every girl has this process of defending herself. I have kind of the same defense mechanisms as Haley. I make sarcastic jokes. I try to bounce everything off me like 'yeah, yeah, yeah, it doesn't matter'. You try to mask your disappointment or the hurt. Haley gets to a point of where she really deals with the real issues and she uses them in a positive way to make a difference instead of just being this wall to absolutely everything. She opens up and lets things in and really excels and gets the people around her to excel.
TeenHollywood: You don't have a "cutesy" love interest in the film. Were you happy about that?
Missy: I love that the story is not about getting the guy. It's not about looking good, getting a make-over, acting cooler, having a cute short skirt. It's about [Haley] really seeing who she is and evaluating that and coming to terms with that which I would love to see every girl be able to do because I want girls to respect themselves. I want girls to be who they are and what they have to offer. It's not based on what other people think about you. You really become your worst critic in that area when you're used to people putting that pressure on you. It's not just gymnastics. But, gymnastics is a very pressure-filled world at such a young age and that's why it's such a great parallel to this. It's really about loving who you are now so that you can make a difference later on in a really positive way. I love to see women to that.
TeenHollywood: We agree. What were you like in high school?
Missy: A boy. [laughs] I was a tomboy growing up, totally, playing in the dirt. I was never allowed to wear white jeans [indicates the ones she is wearing]. This is like
amazing that I'm wearing them right now but it's only because I'm not outside playing in dirt. I hung out with guys all the time. I was very active in sports. I didn't watch a lot of TV or go to movies very much.
TeenHollywood: Did you date?
Missy: I wasn't allowed to date until I was sixteen and they had to meet my father so that was kind of intimidating for anybody.
TeenHollywood: Your father is a minister, right?
Missy: Yep and nobody wanted to come around [laughs]. It really wasn't that bad. More than ever, I care that my dad accepts the person I date and who I'm seeing because I respect my father so much and I would like to date somebody who he accepts because then I know I'm gettin' a good guy. I dated my best friend for a very long time and it was really cool. I felt not like a lady. I really don't feel like a lady now. I'm still trying to find where the woman is in me.
TeenHollywood: Haley's male buddies Poot and Frank in the movie, were those the kinds of guys you hung out with?
Missy: Yeah, definitely. We'd just go dirt biking and do guy stuff. It's funny because I still thought that I was one of the guys but I didn't hear all the guy jokes about the girls. I'm around guys now and I'm like 'what did you just say?' It's so normal but I guess I didn't see everything [they were up to] so it wasn't truly like a guy/guy situation.
TeenHollywood: Was it a good experience when you did your TV series 'Life As We Know It'?
Missy: Yeah. I've been really blessed with all my projects I've just worked with phenomenal people and really genuine people. I've never had really terrible things happen on set at all. Television is different though. The one thing that I love about film is that you know the story from beginning to end. There's a character development and you get to see the arc and, in television, you are waiting script by script. 'What's happening with my character?' and, it's scary kind of because you don't know what you're going to be up against or what you're going to have to do but I did like television.
TeenHollywood: Do you feel like your show got a fair shake? You were moved around on the schedule.
Missy: It was and we were up against 'The Apprentice' and then 'The O.C.' so we just kind of didn't get a break there. We were on Thursday night which is like the hardest timeslot and we knew that. I'm not happy that it got cancelled. I thought it was a great show. It portrayed a reality of what was going on in teenagers' lives and it wasn't really a feel good show. They had humor to lighten it up but I really appreciated what it stood for but if that show didn't happen, I wouldn't have had the
opportunity to be a part of this film either so it's a double-edged sword.
TeenHollywood: We heard that you coached high school girls' basketball?
Missy: I used to coach high school basketball, yes. I loved it. I was always a part of the team. I remember the significance of having a coach that I was comfortable with.
I really wanted to be there, not to just be the coach but be there for the girls and encourage them to be smart about the decisions they're making in life. I don't think, by any means, that I've got it all together but I loved being around them and I have a passion for that. I was going to go to school to be a PE teacher, a gym teacher. I'm going to, hopefully, start coaching again very soon at The Dream Center in L.A. They have a lot of kids off of the streets and they have programs for them so I'm probably going to go and coach there.
TeenHollywood: Was it a culture shock moving here from Canada?
Missy: Yeah, definitely. I waited a long time. I didn't want to come here. I was like 'no, no, no'. If I can stay in Vancouver, I'm gonna stay here'. I loved it. My family and friends were there and I could work from home and it was awesome but I knew that it was time for me to come here. Seven months was Haley's life in L.A. and then the next six months was me adjusting here and it was hard. It was really tough. It was scary and a lot of personal growth happened.
TeenHollywood: What was so hard for you?
Missy: Well, one, just being away from home and being away from my family and friends and having to like readjust and, secondly, for the first time, reevaluating myself, what I stand for, what I want to do, what I want to say. Just 'what is me?' Really, it takes moving away to do that, getting away from that home environment. You're challenged all the time and it was difficult but I've had great friends. My family and friends at home are so supportive that I've been blessed.
TeenHollywood: How do you feel coming from a background of morals and ethics to suddenly being in Hollywood? How do you balance that?
Missy: I want to stand for morals and ethics and have integrity within this position and not sell out how I was raised. I think it's possible. It's difficult, yeah, because there's not a lot of stuff that I feel comfortable being a part of but I've really got to believe that, if I stick with it, it's going to be rewarding and it already has. I'm not going to work all the time and I'm okay with that. I don't have to. I always say that I'll go back to McDonalds. I'll serve you some fries if you want 'um but I'm not gonna get naked. I'm not going to be a part of something I don't believe in.
TeenHollywood: What's next for you?
Missy: I'm still looking for the next project that I find has that same amount of heart and a message that I would love to portray. I have a real passion for playing a role that's a strong female character, that's just not typical, with a lot of heart. It doesn't have to be a big movie but I'm just looking for something that I really, truly, one hundred percent believe in and am behind.
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