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Nicki Minaj Discusses Work Ethic and Career Goals in Billboard Magazine

Nicki Minaj has been getting interviews left and right in promotion for her upcoming album, The Pink Print! The rapper recently snagged the cover of Billboard magazine, discussing how hard she really grinds and long term goals for her career.

Check out some of the highlights of the interview below!

On doing the behind-the-scenes work herself…because she has a brain
“I’m on 15 to 25 conference calls every few days strategizing with my team. I think a lot of artists sit back and have it done for them. Sometimes as women in the industry — if you’re sexy or like doing sexy things — some people subconsciously negate your brain. They think you’re stupid.”

On never resting on her laurels
“It’s corny when rappers feel like they’ve made it and they don’t have to prove themselves anymore. You should always be competing. You should always be trying to show that you’re the best. My album is going to be important to hip-hop.”

On those backhanded compliments
“Once I did American Idol, a lot of people would come up to me and say, ‘Oh, you’re smarter than I thought.’ “What does that mean?!”

On long-term goals
“I was just a little kid in Southside Jamaica, Queens, hoping one day I would have my own perfume. And now I have three.”

The full cover story is set to come out later today, Nov. 7!

Though I haven’t always been in support of everything Nicki has done in her career, I admire her work ethic. She hasn’t stopped, and now, regardless of how anyone feels about it, she’s on top of the world!

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Nicki Minaj Talks Career Goals and Family Plans in L’Uomo Vogue

Nicki Minaj recently covered the October issue of L’Uomo Vogue, discussing her career goals, what she wants in a man, and her plans for marriage and kids. See some of the highlights below!

On Her Career Goals:

 “I want to build my empire. In my field, I have always seen men do it – from Diddy to Dr. Dre to Jay-Z. Now it’s a woman’s turn”.

On Her Ideal Man:

“… an upright man, who will take care of me.

On Marriage & Family Plans:

“The time is not yet ripe, but when I decide to get married and become a mother. I would like to take a hiatus and dedicate myself completely to my child.

I gave myself a time limit to reach my professional goals. I don’t want to work my whole life without ever experiencing the joys of a family”.

You can read the whole article here!

Looks like Nicki has a plan for everything. Right now, she’s on the top of the world, but she’s definitely still wants a family one day. I hope she’s able to find balance in the future.

Image via L’Uomo Vogue

Raven-Symoné Talks Sexuality, Labels and Being a Child Star with Oprah

Raven-Symoné had an interesting chat with Oprah Winfrey in a episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now, talking about her sexuality, as well as her cultural identity, and how she hates being labeled as any one thing.

Confirming what many already knew, the actress confessed that she was indeed in a relationship with a woman. Back in August 2013, after the Supreme Court ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage was unconstituion, Raven tweeted cryptically, “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you!” She stated in the interview, “That was my way of saying I’m proud of the country. But, I will say that I’m in an amazing, happy relationship with my partner. A woman.” The former child star also added, “People in my family, they’ve taught me to keep my personal life to myself as much as possible. So, I try my best to hold the fence where I can,” Raven added. “But I am proud to be who I am and what I am.”

Raven admitted that she knew she was interested in women at around 12, but doesn’t want to be labeled as gay. “I want to be labeled ‘a human who loves humans,” she said. She went further to denounce being labeled as African American. “I’m an American. I’m not an African American; I’m an American,” she said. “I don’t know where my roots go to,” the actress went into more explanation. “I don’t know how far back they go…I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from, but I do know that my roots are in Louisiana. I’m an American. And that’s a colorless person.”  When Oprah warned her that she was “going to get a lot of flak for saying [she’s] not African American,” Raven waved it off saying, “I don’t label myself. I have darker skin. I have a nice, interesting grade of hair. I connect with Caucasian. I connect with Asian. I connect with Black. I connect with Indian. I connect with each culture.”

Raven also revealed how she managed to stay out the tabloids, keeping her personal life personal, and not following down the path of other child stars that ended up in trouble. “My parents taught me to keep my private life private to the best of my ability,” she said. “They showed me out there all the role models that I could turn into and what I want from myself in the future and seeing all of the statistics [with] child stars going off the edge.”

I completely agree with her keeping her personal life quiet. Even as a part of the media myself, it stuns me sometimes just how far people will go to get the dirt on others. Kudos to her! I also agree with her not wanting one label to define her. At the end of the day, she’s Raven, not “gay” Raven, “child star” Raven, etc. There’s different facets to her person, as there are to every individual. I sort of disagree with her statement about her cultural label. In a way, I get what she means, but her statement comes like she’s denouncing her culture completely, which I’m sure will offend others. Yes, you can connect with other cultures, but you should be proud of and want to know more specifics about your own. Just my thoughts.

Check out a part of the interview below!

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Jada Pinkett-Smith Talks Fitness for Health Magazine

Jada Pinkett-Smith showed off her fabulous body on the cover of the most recent issue of Health magazine! The 43-year-old actress and mom discussed her fitness and eating routine, as well as as how she feels about getting older! Check out the highlights below!

On her fitness regimen:
It’s funny—my cardio workout varies. If I have a heavy carb week, I’ve got a heavy cardio week. I tell people all the time, ‘You can eat whatever you want, as long as you’re willing to put the work in, and that’s a thing I had to learn. So I make sure I do something physical every single day. But that doesn’tt mean you have to go to the gym and freaking kill yourself! I do 20 minutes of cardio a day. Everybodys thinking you gotta be in the gym for an hour and a half. Literally, I’m never in the gym longer than 45 minutes. Just be consistent—that’s it! It doesn’t necessarily have to be intense, and you will see a difference. Just go out of your house and do a brisk walk! Every night, my mother and I take the dog and just walk, and that’s a ritual for us.

On the foods she focuses on to stay healthy and being big on lean protein and fresh veggies:
And carbs! My husband’s trainer started giving me diet tips, and he dismissed the myth that more carbs means you’re going to be unhealthy. What I realized is that I wasn’t eating enough of the proper foods like pasta and rice. I needed more of a high-carb situation in order to facilitate the amount of calories I burn. That meant more fruits, meant a lot of vegetables because those are carbs as well and, if I want, some pasta or toast or English muffins.

On her bikini photo showing off her toned body
Willow took that photo. She said, “Mommy, you look so beautiful in this picture.” I couldn’t really see it, but I was so charmed that that’s how she sees her mother. I’m getting teary thinking about it now. [Tears spill down her cheeks.] Because when your kids get to be teenagers, they can get a little rough on you, you know what I mean?

On feeling good about getting older
Because it is what it is! I’m getting older! I’ve never looked at myself as, like, a beauty. I’m not sore on the eye, but I know there’s always going to be somebody more beautiful—always. My grandmother used to say to me, “It’s not about what you look like on the outside. It’s what you look like on the inside.” So she helped me learn at an early age to be well-rounded, to be spiritual, to be compassionate.

And my mom said, “You can do whatever you want with your hair and your clothes.” I went to art school, and I could make my hair lime green if I wanted. So there was a certain internal power that grew within me because I didn’t have a problem being who I was, no matter what room I was in.

On Her date nights with Will
A lot of times, we’ll do it at the house because when we go out it can be a little hectic. So we have different places around our yard where we like to set up a little Arabian tent, pillows, wine and cheese, candlelight. Will likes really thought-out productions.

Jada is freaking GORGEOUS! She stays on top of her fitness, and eats well, but doesn’t deny herself food to maintain her body either. She’s confident in her body, and that’s definitely something to look to!

Image via Health Magazine

Bethany Mota Talks YouTube Success for Seventeen

Seventeen magazine is going to be the first major women’s magazine to dedicate an issue to big stars on YouTube, including beauty and fashion YouTuber Bethany MotaBethany has been a huge success with her own channel dedicated to beauty, fashion and DIY tutorials, gaining over 7 million subscribers! Soon the YouTuber will also be featured on Season 19 of Dancing with the Stars as well. 

Featured on the cover of the mag, Bethany talked about her success story and her hope for other girls in the world. Check out some of the highlights below!

How being bullied inspired Bethany  to start filming beauty videos when she was 13:
“It was so cool seeing girls being positive and spreading happiness. At first, I made beauty videos that were like everyone else’s –- I’d try to act perfect. But then I realized it might be more fun if I was just myself. So I showed my silly side and kept in the bloopers. I liked those videos way more, and people appreciated that realness.”

What it’s been like to grow up on YouTube:
“I think it’s taught me to be a lot more self-motivated and has taught me how to encourage myself and not rely on a teacher or a boss telling me what to do. I’m my own boss. My biggest thing to overcome has been not being afraid to be different. It’s safer to do what everyone else is doing, but it pays off way more to be yourself.”

Her advice for other girls who are trying to find their place in the world:
“You have to be your own motivator! A lot of teens say they’re bored. Before I got on YouTube, I’d say the same thing. But there is always something you can be doing. If YouTube isn’t your thing, maybe it’s a sport or something else you’re good at. There’s always something you can be the best at –- you just have to look for it.”

You can check out Seventeen.com for more! I’ve checked out some of Bethany’s work, and she’s a very charismatic and real young woman who is making an impact doing what she loves. Go her!

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Ariana Grande Talks Insecurities and Relationship with Her Father in Seventeen

Ariana Grande is, no doubt, one of the biggest pop stars out in the industry right now! She’s killing the music scene with her own smash hit, “Problem,” a new amazing track with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj called, “Bang Bang,” and is set to release her album at the end of August! She’s on top of the world, but in a recent interview with Seventeen magazine, the singer was candid about her struggles, including her insecurities and her distant relationship with her father.

Check out some of the highlights below!

On putting herself out there and being totally exposed…
“It’s tough to spend some of the most important years of your life in front of so many strangers who want to pick you apart. Insecurity has been the hardest thing I’ve had to overcome. I think everyone my age struggles with that because everyone strives for approval and wants to feel loved.”

On how she gets over her insecurities…
“I focus on what’s important. My grandpa is sick, so I focus on him every day. I’m having the biggest song of my career so far, and all I can think about is my grandpa, because that’s what’s important to me.”

Her grandfather, unfortunately, recently passed away, and Ariana Grande released a statement to the mag, saying,

This interview took place before I lost my grandfather. Reading it back now is, of course, very hard but I’m so grateful that I spoke briefly about some of the wisdom he shared with me in this interview. I hope the Seventeen readers find it helpful and can relate.

On the biggest lesson she’s learned in the past few years…
“Being okay with not having the answers to everything. I feel like for the first time in my life, I’m really okay. I used to freak out about everything all the time. I used to be like, ‘Oh my God, somebody said this!’ Everything used to be such a big deal! But now, I feel I can handle everything that comes my way with a calm energy.”

On the toughest thing she has ever had to deal with…
“Falling out of touch with my dad. It’s private, but it happened last year. It took me so long to be okay with it. The thing that got me there was embracing the fact that that I am made up of half my dad, and a lot of my traits come from him. So much of me comes from my father, and for so long, I didn’t like that about myself. I had to accept that it’s okay not to get along with somebody and still love them.”

I absolutely love this girl, and love her even more after reading this interview. She seems so sweet, yet real, and her talent is impeccable (so excited for her new album)! Keeping her and her family in my thoughts and prayers with the passing of her grandfather.

Rachel McAdams Talks Working with Lindsay Lohan and Phillip Seymour Hoffman in ALLURE

Rachel McAdams shined on the cover of ALLURE’s August issue, shedding her makeup and going au naturel! In her interview, the actress opened up on her thoughts about love (especially after her breakup with Ryan Gosling), as well as working with Lindsay Lohan and the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

“If anything, I was in awe of her talent. I looked at her as this experienced actor, and she had great comedic timing, so natural,” Rachel said of her experience with Lindsay on the set of Mean Girls. Lindsay herself reportedly found that Rachel was intimidating, to which Rachel responded, “It’s just funny to hear that because you never know what people are thinking. We all try to act like we’ve got it together.”

The actress is set to appear next in the upcoming flick, A Most Wanted Man, which also stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman. “”I learned so much from him,” she said of working with the late actor.” He really takes you under — he really took me under his wing. You feel very taken care of, but at the same time there’s an element of danger: There’s a crackle in every scene,” she continued. “He makes sure the stakes are very high, and there’s a safety there, too. He had so much natural, raw talent, but he worked so hard, too. He really worked for it and didn’t let up. I’m sure that wasn’t easy.”

You can check out more of the spread and interview here! And, of course, be sure to pick of a copy Rachel’s issue when it hits newsstands July 29!

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Zoe Saldaña Talks Relationships and Dream Roles in Marie Claire

Zoe Saldaña stunned on the cover of the August issue of Marie Claire, which is set to hit newsstands on July 22. In her feature interview, the Guardians of the Galaxy star opened up about her family, her husband, her thoughts on love and relationships, and her dream roles for her career.

Check out some of the highlights below!

On her relationship with husband Marco Perego: “I don’t do the ABCs. I do what my heart says, what my heart feels. So from the moment I met my husband, we were together. We knew.”

On the biggest thing she’s learned about relationships: “Not to settle. If you’re not happy with a person, leave. And wait until you find that one person who makes you feel good about yourself every single day and is not expecting you to change, but to grow.”

On disrespect: “I have been in relationships where a man has disrespected me, and I don’t need to be friends with that man anymore. I don’t want to be the one going, ‘I’m cool, because I’m friends with all my exes.’ There’s a reason why you’re called an ex. I crossed you off my list. Moving on. You cross a line, you need to know that you’re going to walk this earth knowing that there’s an individual who has no respect for you.”

On dream roles: “I would love to play Nefertiti or Cleopatra or the Queen of Sheba. We preserve more male history than we do female. We have to preserve it. No more complaining. We have to do it.”

On growing up in Dominican Republic: “I had many female bullies growing up who wanted us to be submissive and to follow and to kiss ass, and that’s the last thing any Saldana will ever do, honestly.”

Needless to say, from this short tidbit, readers can see that Zoe is definitely not the one to play with! She offered some wise advice in terms of relationships, as well. She’s not only a talented actress, but a strong person, who will speak her mind as she feels. Kudos to her for snagging this cover!

Image via Marie Claire

All the Details Behind Jessica Simpson’s Fairytale Wedding!

Jessica Simpson finally tied the knot over the Fourth of July weekend, and PEOPLE had all the details behind the fabulous, yet emotional event!

Jessica and now-husband Eric Johnson are on the cover of the July 21st issue of PEOPLE and spilled about their July 5th nuptials, which was held at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, Calif., with 275 guests in attendance. On the cover, Jessica looks gorgeous posing in her Carolina Herrera wedding gown in Eric’s arms, flashing her beautiful wedding ring. The issue also features exclusive pictures of the wedding, reception, and behind the scenes, including a cute photograph of Jessica holding her kids, daughter Maxwell, and son Ace.

Jessica had 12 bridesmaids (yikes!), and had her mother Tina and sister Ashlee, as maids of honor. Eric’s father, Stephen served as his best man, and Ashlee’s fiance, Evan Ross, was one of the groomsmen. Jessica’s father, Joe, officiated the ceremony, which was nondenominational.

Of course, the couple’s kids were the official flower girl and ring bearer (too cute!). “Before I walked out, I kept hearing all the applause,” Jessica said, “so my kids got standing ovations!” When Jessica did make her way down the aisle, Eric became emotional. “I saw my gorgeous wife coming towards me and she was crying,” he said in the interview. “I think my heart was exploding a little bit.” Jessica herself was caught up in the moment too. “It’s so surreal,” she says. “This has been something we’ve wanted ever since we met.”

The entire wedding ceremony cost a good $1.4 million. The price to pay for a beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple! Congrats to Jessica and Eric! Best wishes to you and your families!

Image via PEOPLE

Zoe Saldana Talks Controversial Nina Simone Role in Monarch Magazine

Zoe Saldana recently snagged the cover of Monarch magazine, looking gorgeous! The actress, who landed the role of the late jazz artist Nina Simone, talked to the mag about the controversy behind her getting the role, how she feels about always having to define, and, in a sense, defending her race and culture, and how she prepared for it.

Check out the highlights of the interview below!

Playing the late, great Nina Simone, what inspired you to do a project like this? 
Nina was a true genius and an iconic artist. It was a dream job for me. It’s one of the scariest projects I’ve ever been involved with because it was about an iconic figure, and there were so many political [issues] around it from the beginning; but I really wanted it to be a love song to Nina Simone and I wanted it to just come from a place of absolute love. I loved the complexity of Nina and her beauty that she expressed with her music. I wanted to do right by her and knew it would be challenging. I feel so blessed to have such an amazing opportunity to play a true legend.

How did you prepare for the role?
I did a lot of research to prepare for Nina. I took piano lessons, voice lessons, worked with a dialect coach, and I really invested months of just doing research about Nina – her background, her story, her life. My research ranged from reading books about Nina, listening to her music, watching footage of her.

How did the controversy about you playing Nina affect you?
The Nina Simone story needed to be told, and I’m really blessed that I did it. I’m human. I wish I was made of steel and so certain things wouldn’t affect me. So it did affect me but I couldn’t let that deter me from doing what I needed to do. Just like everybody else I feel very strongly about Nina Simone, and that [this] was a story that needed to be told. I do believe that if everybody had more information about how this all came to be, it might help; but then again, I’m not here to get the acceptance of everyone – I’m here to be an artist first. Hopefully people will enjoy the film and I helped shed some light on this amazing iconic

Do you feel like your heritage and ethnicity is always questioned?

I find it uncomfortable to have to speak about my identity all of the time, when in reality it’s not something that drives me or wakes me up out of bed every day. I didn’t grow up in a household where I was categorized by my mother. I was just Zoe and I could have and be anything that I ever wanted to do … and every human being is the same as you. So to all of a sudden leave your household and have people always ask you, “What are you? What are you?” is the most uncomfortable question sometimes and it’s literally the most repetitive question. Because I can’t wait to be in a world where people are sized by their soul and how much they can contribute as individuals and not what they look like … I feel like as a race, that’s a minute problem against the problems we face just as women versus men, in a world that’s more geared and designed to cater towards the male species.

You can read more of the interview here!

Though Zoe has received A LOT of backlash for getting this role (many believed she wasn’t dark enough to play the role), I know that she is very talented and has the potential to pull this off. Plenty of actresses have done it before anyway. Angela Bassett looked nothing like Tina Turner, and look how well that turned out! I’m going to rule out judgement until I see the finished product.

Mila Kunis Talks About Pregnancy and Engagement to Ashton Kutcher

Mila Kunis is FINALLY opening up about her pregnancy and engagement to Ashton Kutcher! The actress did an interview with Ellen DeGeneres set to air later today on Ellen’s talk show, discussing her cravings and birth plans, as well as her future with Ashton!

Mila told Ellen that she and Ashton already have a name picked out for the baby, though not revealing the gender or the name (rumor has it that it’s a girl!). She also revealed her “very stereotypical” pregnancy cravings.  “I eat sauerkraut all day long,” Mila admitted. “This is the worst craving to have because sauerkraut smells and so every time you open up a jar, it just reeks in the whole kitchen…It’s not like ice cream where everything smells lovely.” She also has been craving pickles, and Ashton keep a fridge stocked with all these crazy foods just for her!

Something else special that Ashton has been doing for Mila? Learning Russian. “He’s been taking classes for probably like six months now,” Mila said, acknowledging that she’s fluent in the language. . “He does it twice a week. A woman comes to the house to give him lessons…It’s really, really great.”

When the question arose as to what Mila would do when the baby is on the way, the actress said she wants a natural birth. “We watched a couple of documentaries and we looked into the…midwife aspect of it and things, and spoke to my OB/GYN and realized that the hospital that I’m going to be laboring in does a midwife, you know, doula type of thing,” she explained. “So I’m gonna do it as all-natural as I possibly can unless there’s an emergency or something.”

Check out the interview below!

I’ll tell you one thing, that’s going to be a gorgeous baby! I always wanted Mila and Ashton to be together, and now they are, and they seem so happy and in love!

Image via Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

Paula Patton Opens Up About Robin Thicke in Vanity Fair

It was a surprise to some, but no big shocker to most when Robin Thicke and Paula Patton announced plans to split in February, shortly after Miley Cyrus twerked on him at the MTV Video Music Awards, and then caught in a selfie cupping a fan’s butt. Many blamed Robin for the separation, and even he has come out and said that he was ” trying to get my girl back.” He told his audience at a show in Fairfax, Virginia, shortly after the split that “she’s a good woman,” before dedicating his hit song Lost Without U to her.

Paula opened up a little bit to Vanity Fair about her ex-partner of 20 years, who she met at an 18-and-under nightclub when she was 15 and he was 14. Before their first kiss, he sang Jodeci’s “Forever My Lady” to her, which he sings about in his song, “For The Rest of My Life.” Obviously, the serenade worked, because they lasted off and on for 20 years aftewards, and had a son, Julian, 4.  “He wasn’t my first kiss,” Paula said, “but he was my first lots of other things.” The actress didn’t openly say if the two would get back together. All she said was, “We’ve known each other since we were teenagers. All I can tell you is there’s a deep love there—always was, and always will be.” Hmm….

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Paula also spoke on her start in film. She actually first worked behind the scenes in film production after graduating from college. “I felt uncomfortable in my own skin, so I liked the other side of the camera,” the actress said. “It took until I was 27 to say, ‘You only have one life to live, so you might as well go and see if you can act.’ ” In her first year, she landed a part in Hitch, which starred Will Smith. Her latest project has Paula in Vancouver filming Warcraft, based on the online game series. “I’ve never been big into video games,” she admitted. “But the Warcraft script reads more like a complex, epic novel.”

I’m really hoping that Paula and Robin work things out! However, there’s probably more to the story than we as fans and readers see. It would be nice to see them reconcile, because I love seeing their chemistry and blatant love for each other, but, sometimes, it doesn’t work out. For now, Paula’s focused on her son and acting. For her, I might just check out that Warcraft film!

Check out more pictures from her spread in Vanity Fair. From the sexy shots, it’s clear the girl never lost it!

Images via ET / Vanity Fair

Emma Stone Talks Spiderman 2, Body Confidence, and Handling Haters in Seventeen

Emma Stone is on fire right now! In an interview with Seventeen.com, the actress opens up about her role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, body confidence, and handling the haters!

Check out some of the highlights below, and head over to Seventeen.com for more! 

              On how her character, Gwen Stacy, has inspired her…

“Gwen has a clarity that I love. It’s really inspiring. She’s less anxious than I am; I make decisions from my gut and if my gut is unclear, I overthink things and question myself. I aspire to be more like Gwen every day.”

On dealing with haters…

“Sometimes it’s really easy to shrug it off and other times, things have pinched more. I think most of us are like that, right? Someone lobs a snide remark your way, and sometimes you can laugh about it, while other times you can actually feel the sting. I’m actively working hard on learning to appreciate yourself no matter what. If what someone else says can easily derail you, it means your sense of self isn’t that firmly established in the first place. It’s an inside job. You’re beautiful and worthy and totally unique. People insult each other based on their own insecurities — even though it may feel personal, it really never is. Really. Seriously.”

On body confidence…
“It can be really challenging in today’s world for anyone — especially girls and women — to feel good about their bodies. No matter how things look from the outside, we can all be super critical of ourselves and of our image in the mirror. I’ve seen articles or comments that have addressed my weight, or ‘caving to pressure to be thin.’ Keeping weight on is a struggle for me — especially when I’m under stress, and especially as I’ve gotten older. That’s the way my genes have decided to go, and things will change as time goes on, as does everything. So when completely untrue statements are made about me or my health, of course a part of me wants to defend. Thing is, people have a right to imagine what they want to imagine. My job at those moments is to tell myself the truth. Am I taking care of myself in a healthy way? Am I respecting myself and being responsible? And over and over, I answer yes to that question. Then I remind myself to be kind to myself, and as slightly ridiculous as it may sound, to treat myself in the same gentle way I’d want to treat a daughter of mine. It really helps.”

On what makes her feel powerful…
“Wanting something, putting all my energy toward it, working hard and following through. New things I never knew I could do. Commitment. Making somebody laugh—there’s no better feeling than that.”

I LOVE Emma Stone! I think she’s an incredible actress, and also she’s just really, really cool. She’s definitely a great role model, so it was great that she was able to do this interview and inspire some teenage girls out there!

Zac Efron Opens Up About Addiction and Reinventing Himself in Hollywood

Zac Efron has come a LONG way since he first sang and danced at the drop of a hat in High School Musical! He’s grown up and away from Troy Bolton and stepped into his own, but not without his share of ups and downs. In his recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Zac spoke candidly about his mistakes and eventual comeback in his career, from his Disney transition, to his addictions to drugs and alcohol, to his new movie Neighbors, starring alongside Seth Rogen.

Check out some of the highlights below!

On his drug and alcohol addiction:

“I was drinking a lot, way too much. It’s never one specific thing. I mean, you’re in your 20s, single, going through life in Hollywood, you know? Everything is thrown at you. I wouldn’t take anything back; I needed to learn everything I did. But it was an interesting journey, to say the least.”

On that fight with a homeless man:

“A homeless guy, or vagrant, tapped on the driver’s-side window. Before I knew it, he [the friend] was out of the car, and they started fighting. I saw that [the homeless man] was carrying some sort of a knife, or shank, and I got out of the car to disarm him. At some point, he dropped the knife, and I got hit pretty hard in the face — and almost instantly the police were there to break up the fight.”

On the party atmosphere on the set of Neighbors:

“The best part of the shoot by far was hanging out with Seth and the guys,” he says. “The hardest part? Every single day was more or less a party. You went into this kind of dream state: You show up, it’s dark, and there’s a raging party. Drive home, and the sun’s up, go to sleep and then get back to set. Glow lights, girls in bikinis, electronic dance music blasting in between takes, people jumping around. It was pretty cool, but it was a lot. It was a lot. It sort of became real.”

On learning from his mistakes:

“No matter who you are, you face challenges growing up,” he says. “You go with your things, you learn, you have to. It’s impossible to lead an honest and fulfilling life as a man and not make mistakes and ‘fess up to them when you need to. But it’s especially humiliating when they happen to be so public and so scrutinized. When you have success young, and you accept the good things, you have to accept all of it. You have to accept the moments of glory but also a great responsibility. And that responsibility, to some degree, involves being a role model. At the same time, I’m a human being, and I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve learned from each one.”

Zach seems like a cool guy, and he’s definitely talented. Good to see up on the rise, and I can’t wait to see Neighbors! You can check out the full interview with the Hollywood Reporter here!

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Beyoncé Talks About Sexual Liberation for OUT Magazine

Beyoncé became yet another star to channel Marilyn Monroe for her recent interview with OUT Magazine (she did it very well, though!). Sitting down with the mag, the star spoke about her decisions for her self-titled hit album, and her choice to use her music to inspire women to be sexual and confident. Check out some of the interview below!

On how she created a sexual liberation conversation with her latest album

I’d like to believe that my music opened up that conversation. There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality. There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims. Women are so much more than that. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist—whatever you want to be—and still be a sexual being. It’s not mutually exclusive.

[It was] much freer than anything I’d done in the past. We really just tried to trust our instincts, embrace the moment, and keep it fun.” As an illustration she singled out the video for “Drunk in Love,” a fan favorite. “We were in Miami for Jay’s concert, and it was just the two of us, on the beach, amazing weather, and one outfit! It’s beautiful in its simplicity. If you want something to feel real and urgent, you can’t overthink it.

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On if it was her decision to have her voice sound raw and less polished for ‘XO’
When I recorded “XO” I was sick with a bad sinus infection. I recorded it in a few minutes just as a demo and decided to keep the vocals. I lived with most of the songs for a year and never rerecorded the demo vocals. I really loved the imperfections, so I kept the original demos. I spent the time I’d normally spend on backgrounds and vocal production on getting the music perfect. There were days I spent solely on getting the perfect mix of sounds for the snare alone. Discipline, patience, control, truth, risk, and effortlessness were all things I thought about while I was putting this album together.

On if she intentionally set out to make an album that feminist as well as the LGBT community could identify with
While I am definitely conscious of all the different types of people who listen to my music, I really set out to make the most personal, honest, and best album I could make. I needed to free myself from the pressures and expectations of what I thought I should say or be, and just speak from the heart. Being that I am a woman in a male-dominated society, the feminist mentality rang true to me and became a way to personalize that struggle…But what I’m really referring to, and hoping for, is human rights and equality, not just that between a woman and a man. So I’m very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minority…We are all the same and we all want the same things: the right to be happy, to be just who we want to be and to love who we want to love.

I know that there has been some controversy behind Bey shedding her pretty girl image, but I actually admire what she did with this album, not even just as a stan but as a woman. She’s married now and she’s a mommy yes, but that doesn’t mean that she still can’t stand strong in her business, in her music, and in her sexuality. All power to her!

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