November 2018

Giuliana Rancic Dishes about Her Addictions, Secret Weapons & Bill

Interview by Katrina Caspelich

If you love turning up the volume on Tinseltown’s hush-hush way of life, you’ll love Giuliana Rancic. This E! News correspondent/managing editor, TV personality, and author gets down and dirty interviewing celebrities from Britney Spears to George Clooney. We’ve turned the tables on this outspoken Italian-born beauty and asked her to spill her red-carpet secrets, fashion must-haves, and favorite beauty products. Giuliana also dishes about her latest project, a website she’s launching January 12, called FabFitFun.com. And you don’t want to miss what she says about her husband and co-star, Bill.

Katrina Caspelich: What is a typical day like for you?
Giuliana Rancic: Busy! I am lucky to have an amazing career, an amazing husband, and amazing friends. Is that too many amazings? It can call for major multitasking. I write interview notes and FabFitFun ideas while I am on the treadmill in the morning. I read the news on my iPad while I get hair and make-up done at E! And on the days when I am traveling and can’t see Bill, I always make sure to get in some much-needed Q.T. on the phone. It’s not necessarily phone sex. I call it “phone affection.”

KC: What tips and tricks have you learned on the red carpet?
Giuliana Rancic: This may sound hokey but I try to be myself—I think people pick up on that vibe and feel more comfortable. Sometimes the more over-prepared you are, the more underwhelming the interview is. If you are fixated on a bunch of scripted and rehearsed questions, you will miss the spontaneous and quirky moments that make a great red carpet!

KC: Do you have any embarrassing on-camera stories?
Giuliana Rancic: Oh gosh, where do I start? Nothing is embarrassing if people talk about it. That’s the beauty of the red carpet, anything can and will happen, and the louder it is, the better! Bring it on!

KC: Who is your favorite celebrity to interview?
Giuliana Rancic: George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are my favorites. They are so genuine. It’s hard to find authentic movie stars in Hollywood, and these 2 are as real as they get.

KC: If you weren’t in the entertainment industry, what would you be doing? Giuliana Rancic: I actually wouldn’t mind if the Rancics opened up a bed-and-breakfast—we could call it G&B’s B&B. Actually, that sounds fun for my 50s or 60s. But as for now, if I weren’t a TV host, I would be running a television network. I love the business side of the entertainment industry, and sometimes when I sit in those big meetings with all my bosses, I secretly envy them and their power.

KC: What’s it like to expose your life in your books and TV show?
Giuliana Rancic: It can be tough at times, but I am a pretty open person when it comes down to it. I’d rather have someone see the real me than read about some crazy rumor online.

KC: How do you separate your career from your private life? Giuliana Rancic: I think it’s just about balance. Although both Bill and I do spend a huge majority of our lives on camera, we always make sure to take time for each other.

KC: What inspired you to launch FabFitFun?
Giuliana Rancic: FabFitFun has been something I’ve wanted to do for awhile, and I could not be more excited about the launch. Working in Hollywood can make anyone feel a little crazy, and I just wanted to create a place that promotes a happy, healthy lifestyle. We do have great beauty and fitness tips, but FabFitFun is really just about feeling good from the inside out. It’s a fun, informative, and great way for me to connect with people.

KC: How do you stay fit?
Giuliana Rancic: Everything in moderation! If I indulge in a plate of lasagna for dinner, I will probably go for a lighter chicken-salad-type lunch the next day. And most likely go to the gym. I used to run long distance, but now I do sprints. I alternate 2 minutes of fast walking with 2 minutes of sprinting for about 30 or 40 minutes. I find this is more effective than running long

distances. I also love working out with Bill—running, hiking, etc. It makes exercise a lot more fun. Basically, I just try to live a really balanced lifestyle.

KC: Do you like to cook?
Giuliana Rancic: I love to cook, but I’m just not great at it. My mom is an amazing cook—I am always inspired by the amazing Italian meals that she makes.

KC: What are some of your secrets to staying happy and healthy?
Giuliana Rancic: Make time to spend time with the people you love. I adore my work but it can be tough at times. When I have a hard day, there’s no one that can make me feel better than Bill. He’s my biggest fan, and I am his.

KC: What are your favorite beauty products?
Giuliana Rancic: The DDF Revolve 400X. I use it twice a week, and it’s like getting microdermabrasian at home. It’s about $90, so I have literally saved $1,000 in facials since I started using it. It’s amazing and my secret weapon to great skin. I also love bronzer by Lorac. As for makeup, I use mostly Mac and Nars products.
Buy DDF Revolve 400X Micro-Polishing System, $95, at sephora.com
Buy Lorac Tantalizer Baked Bronzer, $32, at sephora.com

KC: You travel constantly between Chicago and L.A. Any packing tips?
Giuliana Rancic: Stay within one color zone. When you’re going away for the weekend, just bring one pair of black or nude heels and match your outfits accordingly. Of course, I am not saying I always follow my own advice.

KC: What do you feel most confident wearing?
Giuliana Rancic: The truth is I am a fashion junkie at heart. I know that when I am off camera and just doing normal stuff with Bill like going to the movies, I should be excited to just throw on a t-shirt, jeans, and flip-flops. But that’s just not really me. I love heels. I am always in them. My Italian mother wouldn’t go grocery shopping without 5-inch heels, so I inherited my shoe sickness from her. Bill doesn’t get it at all, but I think it’s just a girl thing. I feel more myself when I am all dressed up.

KC: What is your guilty pleasure?
Giuliana Rancic: I love all accessories—purses, shoes, jewelry. I am addicted to them. But shoes are my passion. Even if I go to Bloomie’s for towels, I have to stop by the shoe department on my way out.

KC: What is your must-have fashion item this winter?
Giuliana Rancic: This to-die-for iPad case from Tory Burch that just came out for the holidays. It’s a shiny metallic leather case in gold, and it’s fierce! Also, I have a ginormous scarf from Burberry that I have been wearing almost every day. It’s the classic Burberry print so it classes up any outfit.
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Buy Burberry Giant Check Cashmere Scarf, $335, at saksfifthavenue.com

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KC: What clothing do you think every woman should splurge on?
Giuliana Rancic: Shoes! No matter how down you are feeling, a great pair of high heels always helps!

KC: Who are your favorite designers?
Giuliana Rancic: Valentino and Oscar de la Renta on the red carpet. In real life, everything from Tory Burch and Catherine Malandrino to H&M and Express. I believe you don’t have to spend a ton of money to look like a million bucks.

KC: Are you a TV hound in your free time?
Giuliana Rancic: Absolutely. I could not live without Tivo.

KC: What are 5 things you can’t live without daily? Giuliana Rancic: Cell phone, high heels, the internet, bronzer, and Rancic.

KC: Who do you think you were in a former life? Giuliana Rancic: A really hot, rich and wild man! A total playboy!!!

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My Fashion Film & Video Picks

By Stacey Mayesh

I’ve recently come across some fabulously off-the-beaten-path fashion films and video clips online, and I felt compelled to share because they’ve all really inspired me. While they aren’t new, they’re all timelessly chic. For a visual junkie like me, it’s important to live life with a certain aesthetic. I get a tangible buzz from absorbing images, and they spur my creativity. So, maybe with a little downtime over the holidays, you’ll fit in some fashion film fun. Happy viewing!

Art-House Film: Designer Turned Filmmaker Tom Ford’s A Single Man
First on my list is Tom Ford’s directorial debut A Single Man. It was briefly in art-house movie theaters at the beginning of 2010, so while it’s no longer new, you probably missed it. And it’s a must see—one of the most beautifully art-directed films I’ve ever watched. Everything about it, from the lighting to the colors to the nuanced and subtle performances by Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, is breathtaking. The clothing and sets are to die for.
Buy A Single Man, $18.99, at amazon.com

Fashion-Inspired Video: The Row by Actor-Turned-Designer Twins Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen
Next, It girls Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have come out with a YouTube video about their fashion line, The Row. This black-and-white short is the visual embodiment of their collection, which is one of my personal favorites. The Row, with its mix and match, mix it up sensibility, does luxe yet subtle chic better than anyone else—the ultimate basics for true fashion chicks who have the confidence to wear label-free pieces and make them their own. When you watch this short, you’ll just want to BE the girl in it…she’s so cool…and seems like such a girl’s girl…the ultimate It Girl!
Watch The Row, youtube.com

Film as a Representation of Fashion: Cooler-than-Thou Fashion Line Loeffler Randall’s The Long Fall
Loeffler Randall presented a gorgeous film to represent their spring 2010 collection. Directed by Jamie Isaia, the film is a collection of beautiful moving images set to haunting music. It’s a very “editorial” video that expresses an overall attitude and feeling more than a specific message. It’s just beauty for beauty’s sake.
Watch Loeffler Randall’s Spring 2010 Short Film, The Long Fall

Movies about Fashion: Actress Kate Hudson Directs Cutlass
Cutlass, directed by Kate Hudson and shown at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, is a 70s flashback, coming-of-age story starring Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Virginia Madsen, Kurt Russell, and Chevy Chase. I thought it was fantastic, and showed that Kate Hudson has true directing chops. A very sweet film.
Watch Kate Hudson’s Directorial Debut Cutlass

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Musical Up & Comer: Noush Skaugen

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By Hattie MacAndrews

She’s not one to ignore, forget, or underestimate. If you don’t already know about Noush Skaugen, listen up! The buzz has been building. Skaugen’s music is rock’n’roll’n’fabulous. Her lyrics are poignant and personal but not candy-coated girl power: “I stand here, out on my own/I don’t need your love to make me believe.” Personal favorites from her last album? “Lost and Found,” “Adeline,” and “Let You Go.”

Skaugen’s online presence has wowed critics around the globe. She can claim the title of First Online Musical Phenom—she’s broadcast her music on sites such as YouTube to gain recognition. Justin Bieber adopted this approach, and it’s worked for him! Skaugen’s YouTube posts, “Couch Sessions,” let fans make requests, and while they only consist of Skaugen, her guitar, and a little camera, her talent still shines huge. We’re loving her cover of MGMT’s “Time to Pretend.”

And we love her down-to-earth attitude. Tweet her and she’ll tweet you back. Despite 1,233,999 Twitter followers—and yes, that is more than Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian—Noush is humble: “I’m very flattered and thankful for my fans, and one day I’ll take them all out for a drink and party!”

We caught up with Noush to chat about new music projects, style inspirations, and what she would do with Lady Gaga and a bottle of Jack Daniels . . .

Hattie MacAndrews: Can you explain your Twitter Run for a Million campaign?
Noush Skaugen: Run for a Million was a punk spur-of-the-moment idea, as I saw I was approaching 1 million followers on Twitter and wanted to give back to the fans as a celebration of hitting that mark. I was one of the early adopters of Twitter, and it grew organically from there, as I tweeted about what I was up to, my music, and my thoughts, and interacted with people.

HM: How long have you been doing Couch Sessions?
NS: I did Couch Sessions last year, and they were great but over for now, as I am focusing on my daily video blogs, following my journey as an indie artist in the studio, to promoting, to touring, to breaking out. As a thank-you to the fans, I mixed The Soho Sessions, a collection of cover songs.

HM: Do you prefer unusual requests for songs?
NS: It depends, but yes, usually an obscure track will translate better as a cover, but then again, a well-known song if completely taken the other way can be great.

HM: If you weren’t singing, what would you do?
NS: I’d have a chocolate shop in the mountains.

HM: How would you define having “made it”?
NS: I think we’ve all “made it” if we’re doing what we love in life.

HM: Can you describe your fashion style?
NS: The love child of Chrissie Hynde and Billy Idol, raised by Pat Benatar.

HM: If you came across Lady Gaga in a dark alley, how would you react?
NS: I’d take her down an even darker alley for a couple of pints and a bottle of J.D.

Musical Up & Comer Rachel Furner

Rachel Furner

By Hattie MacAndrews

Rachel Furner is so cute, she should be edible. At just 17 years old, Rachel’s another young artist taking the music industry by storm.  However, she’s not just ‘another’ young artist, she’s got a certain je ne sais quoi about her, a pizzazz. You have to listen to her music to appreciate the fuss about her; it’s fun, catchy, and surprisingly profound. She’s currently working on her debut album—words cannot express how excited we are, but we promise not to break out in song!

Here Rachel dishes about her style, favorite designer, and plans for the future.

Hattie MacAndrews: Tell us 5 things about yourself.
Rachel Furner:
1. I’m 5’2”.
2. I collect bracelets, the brighter the better!
3. I wish on eyelashes.
4. I live with my amazing sister in London, we are inseparable.
5. Every night before I go to sleep, I have to listen to Bach, “Air on the G String.”

HM: When did you start singing and songwriting?
RF: I come from a very musical family, so as I was growing up, music was a very prominent part of my life. I started playing piano when I was 6 years old and sang to Britney relentlessly. At 11, I started to write songs. “Sticks and Stones,” which is on the album, I wrote when I was 14.

HM: Who have you performed with?
RF: Pixie Lott and Justin Bieber and Paolo Nutini, they were all such amazing gigs!

HM: What are your plans for the future?
RF: My plans for the future will all revolve around music, but in which way I don’t know. You never know where you will end up.

HM: Who is your favorite designer?
RF: I love Stella McCartney as a designer, but I also love High Street brands a lot.

HM: Have you ever though about designing your own clothing line?
RF: Of course, as a petite person I would love to design outfits that really focus and flatter the petite frame, as sometimes I find it hard to really find well-fitting clothes for my figure. I would also love to have a range of my own stripy tights as well.

HM: Describe your fashion sense in 3 words?
RF: Stripy, puffy, flamboyant.

HM: What’s your favorite magazine?
RF: It really depends what mood I’m in! If I’m tired or embarking on a long journey, I admit I go for my guilty pleasure, gossip magazines, I’ll pick up the one with the most shocking title.

HM: Famous last words?
RF: You only live once. Do what you want.

Musical Up & Comer Patch William

Patch William

By Hattie MacAndrews

This intimate London-based group has created a mountain from a molehill. Playing small gigs in London, Leeds, and Bristol since 2007, Patch William is creating brilliant music today. The group was nominated this year for an Ivor Novello Award (a songwriting award as coveted as a Grammy) against the likes of Lily Allen. Can you say “British Invasion, the Second Wave”? Burberry Creative Director Christopher Bailey is already a fan, and the band is featured on the Burberry Acoustic Compilation. Check out the video!

Patch William played some of the UK’s biggest music festivals this summer, including Glastonbury and Bestival. They’ve recently completed their new single “Skinny White Boy,” and next year plan on locking themselves away to record, before hitting the festivals in summer 2011!

Hattie MacAndrews: How do you all know each other?
Will Adlard: Ed and I are brothers. George [Eddy] originally played in a band with Ed, and is the god-sibling of Ali [Digby] . . . all rather incestuous!

HM: When and why did you start writing and making music?
WA: Literally in the womb. I came out whistling a tune. That was our first hit single.

HM: Who would you most like to perform with?
WA: The Flaming Lips. We saw them at Glastonbury. We could all use Wayne Coyne’s “Space Ball,” in which he walks over the crowd; it looks phenomenal.

HM: If you only had 1 song on your iPod for the next 10 years, what would it be?
WA: “Ramble On,” by Zeppelin, or “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.”

HM: What are you listening to at the moment?
WA: Devendra Banhart, The Black Keys, Grizzly Bear, Josephine Foster, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Laura Marling, and the Dirty Projectors.

HM: What’s your favorite song to listen to in the gym?
WA: We generally stay well away from the gym, although Ed likes to pull some weights on occasion. George is a closet sucker for the Beastie Boys when he’s gettin’ his sweat on.

HM: What’s your signature look?
WA: Ed has been known to wear a Teletubbies costume, or nothing at all. Our road manager wears a beard. That’s a good look . . .

Desperate Housewives’ New Star Emily Bergl:
Fantasy Glamour Meets Reality Lifestyle

Interview by Nancy Rotenier & Lindsay Hahn

Nancy Rotenier: Do you now have a celebrity lifestyle?
EMILY BERGL: People loan me pretty dresses and I stand on a red carpet and get my picture taken. But I try not to live a rarified celebrity lifestyle, because then how can I be portraying real people in my work?

NR: Describe a day on the set of Desperate Housewives.
EMILY BERGL: Sometimes I’m getting up at 3:45 a.m. to go to Desperate Housewives, and the guy goes to the Coffee Bean and gets my latte—just like in the movies! My hair and makeup take an hour and a half. Sometimes 2 people work on me at one time—they are serious about getting glamorous over there. But there’s never a typical. I might be spilling a live goldfish onto the street or pulling a gun on Terri Hatcher or visiting my mom in jail.

NR: Describe your character’s look.
EMILY BERGL: There are mostly vintage clothes from ’30s, ’40s, ’60s, and ’70s, and I can walk right into most of them. They are so flattering. I feel the clothes of that time were designed to flatter a real woman’s body, and a lot of the clothes now are designed for someone my size but 4 inches taller.

NR: Do you ever dress like your character, Beth?
EMILY BERGL: A little bit—I have a vintage flavor, and her style is whimsical and feminine. I shop for her, I’ve borrowed out of her closet. I go to this amazing place in Los Angeles, and there’s also one in New York, called Shareen Vintage. It’s like the best-kept secret in vintage clothes and vintage designers.

NR: Who are your favorite designers?
EMILY BERGL: I really like Phillip Lim. I love Zac Posen. I actually loved his line Z Spoke. If I’m going to events, I love Lloyd Klein, because it’s so feminine. I love Nanette Lapore.

NR: What is your go-to look?
EMILY BERGL: A dress, an interesting pair of tights, nice high heels, and a cute coat. I’m actually not that into shoes, I’m more into coats.

NR: Any favorites?
EMILY BERGL: I have a vintage green woven coat with fur trim sleeves. I don’t buy fur, but I think it’s fine to buy vintage fur. Then I have a plaid coat from Chris and Jamie, it’s a Brooklyn line but I bought it in Chicago. A plaid coat is any girl’s friend. My Phillip Lim raincoat is one of my favorite coats because it’s bright canary yellow and it makes everybody happy.

NR: Have you made any fashion purchases recently?
EMILY BERGL: Two pairs of vintage black gloves. One pair is long with lace appliqué, and I wore them to the premiere of Due Date with a Rebecca Minkoff dress and these crazy Z Spoke by Zac Posen boots that are 6 inches high.
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NR: Favorite shoes?
EMILY BERGL: Brian Atwood. I wear those everywhere. Basically, I’m a big believer in nude shoes. I love Theory shoes. They stopped making them for a year, but they are making them again. And I like Marc by Marc Jacobs.
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NR: At the Gotham Magazine Gala, you stuffed newspaper into your Brian Atwoods to make them fit?
EMILY BERGL: I have to take them to my shoe guy—you know, everyone in New York has a shoe guy—to do something about it. But I’m still rocking the newspaper, or rather, I just switched to paper towels, they’re more comfortable.

NR: Other DIY beauty or fashion tricks?
EMILY BERGL: I’m a walking fashion emergency. I went to an audition the other day and as I got out of the cab, my entire dress split up the back. So, what else could I do? I went to Duane Reade, got the safety pins, and had someone pin me up the back. Sticky tape to hem something, if you don’t have time to go to the tailor. And Top Stick is a girl’s best friend.
Buy Vapon Topstick Tape, $4.90, at amazon.com

NR: What don’t you leave home without?
EMILY BERGL: Rosebud Lip Balm and my knife—I have a spring-assisted knife. It’s the second fastest legal automatic knife in the United States. It’s good for opening things, it could be used for protection.
Buy Rosebud Perfume Co. Smith’s Rosebud Salve, $6, at sephora.com

NR: What is always in your purse?
EMILY BERGL: I carry this Marc by Marc Jacobs purse that’s tiny, so it’s got my wallet, my knife, my lip gloss, my Palm, my phone. I have a little good luck charm that I bought at this temple on top of a mountain outside of Tokyo. And I have a map of Central Park.

NR: Are you a natural blonde?
EMILY BERGL: I was born a blonde. I became a redhead in college and was one for 10 years. Now, in my 30s, I have the confidence to be a blonde without worrying about people taking me seriously.

NR: Have any backstage beauty tips?
EMILY BERGL: In the theater, I learned if you’re wearing a dress with some cleavage, put blush between your boobs. And on Desperate Housewives, they all wear those sticky NuBras, it adds a little cleavage, and you can wear it with or without a bra.
Buy NuBra Silicone Bra, $62, at amazon.com

NR: Fallen in love with any beauty products from Desperate Housewives?
EMILY BERGL: I have and I’m pissed, because they’re all really expensive! La Mer—of course I’m hooked now, but what am I going to do when I’m no longer on Desperate Housewives? It’s so much money!

Also, Yves Saint Laurent mascara and Shiseido volumizer for hair. The hairdresser taught me that big hair is my friend.
Buy La Mer Crème de la Mer, $230 (2 oz.), at saksfifthavenue.com
Buy Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara, $30, at sephora.com

NR: Were you surprised to be cast on Desperate Housewives?
EMILY BERGL: Part of me is always surprised when I get the job, because I know how hard it is. This felt like it was the right fit though, the character. I wasn’t familiar with the show.

NR: What do you watch on TV?
EMILY BERGL: I’m sorry to say I don’t watch TV. I’m a total hypocrite.

NR: Has being on a hit show changed your life?
EMILY BERGL: I’ve been on shows before, I’ve been recognized before, but this has brought it to a new level. I went to a Top Shop. I had to take a lot of pictures until finally I said, “I have to go.”

NR: How do you feel about fame?
EMILY BERGL: The 5% of people who can’t distinguish me from my character is off-putting. The other day, I was walking up my stairway, and this woman turned to me and said, “You’re on Desperate Housewives. You’re a horrible person.” I also do cop show called Southland, and people on the street will tell me, “You’re such a bitch.” It’s really weird to hear.

NR: Is your routine the same in New York and Los Angeles?
EMILY BERGL: Desperate Housewives would be my longest day, 15 or 16 hours, and sometimes I do it again the next day. Some days I don’t work, so I can come back to New York. On my days off, I do cabaret shows, so I’m trying to book gigs and work on my songs or take voice lessons.

NR: What are your favorite L.A. discoveries?
EMILY BERGL: The Korean food in L.A. is spectacular. The hike to the Hollywood sign—the best kept secret in L.A. The Angeles National Forest, Sequoia National Forest, Joshua Tree National Park.

NR: What’s a great night out in New York?
EMILY BERGL: I love going to the theater, maybe grabbing a quick bite in the Village beforehand.

NR: Your go-to restaurants?
EMILY BERGL: I love Petit Abeille, a mussels place. And I love Little Branch for drinks afterward. If I’m in midtown, I like Bar Centrale for a drink after work. And then, I love coming back to my apartment and hanging out. People smoke on the fire escape, we have ice wine that I smuggle from Canada, listen to some records.

NR: Favorite music?
EMILY BERGL: My record collection is pretty eclectic, but lately I’ve been really into records from my childhood, the Less than Zero soundtrack and this ’80s hot tracks album.

NR: Do you travel a lot?
EMILY BERGL: The past few years, I’ve made traveling a priority. I traveled with Habitat for Humanity to Thailand, and when I was there I also went to Laos, Cambodia, Singapore. Then I traveled with them to Borneo, and I went to Indonesia, Java, and Bali. I also went to Japan. I’m going to Costa Rica for the New Year.

NR: Favorite vacation destination?
EMILY BERGL: I went to this island called Gili, which is off of an island called Lombok, which is off of Bali. You can’t even have a motor scooter there. To go around the island, you walk, ride a bike, or take a horse cart.

NR: Do you go down and dirty or luxe?
EMILY BERGL: I think it’s good to have both on a vacation. You start roughing it and then appreciate the luxury at the end. One time, I went to Maui and hiked this dormant volcano. We started at the top, at 10,000 feet, and hiked the entire thing—it was like going to 6 different planets. Then, I went to the Four Seasons!

NR: What are you reading right now?
EMILY BERGL: I just started The Brothers Karamazov. I read a lot of classics because there are so many out there that I haven’t read. I’m into British and African-American lit. I was an English major in college, and I specialized in 19th-century British novels.

NR: What’s your favorite all-time book?
EMILY BERGL: I might have to say Atonement. It’s one of the great books that I’ve read in my lifetime.

NR: As far as the whole Hollywood scene, do you have a crush?
EMILY BERGL: I’ve always crushes on British actor Allen Rickman and Joshua Jackson—he’ll always have the biggest place in my heart in Hollywood crushes.

NR: Anything we didn’t cover?
EMILY BERGL: I’m a fan of your site.

Desperate Housewife Emily Bergl Reveals . . . ___________________________

    3 Things No One Knows About Me
    I have a phobia of ketchup
    I have a Jimmy Carter memorabilia collection
    I have a problem talking and singing to myself walking down the street

    If I Weren’t an Actress . . .
    I might be an English professor

    3 Things I Can’t Live Without
    My books, New York City, my family

    In a Former Life, I Was . . .
    Oscar Wilde

    One Person I Wish I Could Meet
    I met Jimmy Carter, but I’d like to meet Abraham Lincoln

    My Guilty Pleasure
    When I’m on Jet Blue, I love watching Millionaire Matchmaker

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Emily Bergl Plays PageDaily This or That

High-Heels or Flats? High-heels. LBD or Jeans? LBD. Red Lipstick or Chapstick? Red lipstick. Blow-Out or Wash ‘N Wear? Both. Fitness Buff or Couch Potato? 50, 50. Paint the Town Red or Saturday Night In? Paint the town red, but stay home Saturday. Going out Saturday night is for amateurs.

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My Holiday List
Emily Bergl: What I Want, What I’m Giving, Where I’m Donating

What I Want I need more sweaters, I like Uniqlo, because I’m hoping to be in New York. I would really like an iPad. They are handy on set, but some people who have iPads are really anti-social. I don’t want to be hunched over my iPad all day. I’m going to give myself these really cool artificial flowers for my mantle.
What I’m Giving I’ll give my dad a book on architecture. I’m going to get my nephew the movie Tron, and I’m hoping that over Christmas he’ll want to see the sequel because I want to. And I’ll give my mom Clarins beauty flash cream.
Where I’m Donating Habitat for Humanity. I went to their annual Builder Awards recently. It was exciting, because I sat next Todd Oldham and Susan Sarandon.

Fall Culture Roundup: New Music, Must See Art, Best Movies, and Book Recommendations

By Kelly Tokarz

LOVE & OTHER DRUGS Photo: David James © 2010 Twentieth Century Fox and Regency Enterprises; DALÍ’S MUSTACHE Photo: Philippe Halsman © Philippe Halsman Archive Salvador Dalí’s Right of Publicity Reserved by Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí HONEY IS SWEETER THAN BLOOD © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí/ARS, 2010

As the warm weather winds down, the culture scene is heating up around the country. Our guide to the must-see movies, new music, must-read books, and hottest events you don’t want to miss.

Must See Films that We’ll Be Watching:
• Stone (opens October 8): Follow the action through the mind of up-for-parole arsonist and murderer Gerald “Stone” Creeson (played by Edward Norton) as he tries to persuade nearly-retired corrections officer Jack Mabry (Robert De Niro) that he should be released.
• Love and Other Drugs (opens November 24): Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway star in the film adaptation of the novel Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy. Think sales, game-playing men, and male enhancement drugs.
• Honorable Mention: Howl (in theaters now), Life As We Know It (opens October 8), Due Date (opens November 5), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (opens November 19)

New Music to Buy that We’ll Be Listening to:
• Maroon 5 Hands All Over (just released): The band’s sound has flowed from soft and acoustic to edgy with a back beat, but Adam Levine’s vocals prove to be just as sweet this time around.
• Brandon Flowers Flamingo (just released): Flowers’ first solo album mixes it up with the flavors of this native Las Vegas, his signature slightly off-kilter croon as The Killers frontman, and a messy grunge plus pop sound.
• Honorable Mention: Pete Yorn (out today), Kid Cudi (October 26 release), Taylor Swift (October 26 release)
Buy Maroon 5 Hands All Over, $12.99, at amazon.com
Buy Brandon Flowers Flamingo, $10, at amazon.com
Buy Pete Yorn PY, $11.99, at amazon.com

Must See Art & Events We’ll be Visiting:
• Edible Garden, New York Botanical Gardens, in the Bronx, through October 17: Home gardeners and cooks can watch celebrity chefs like Mario Batali and Todd English concoct meals from ingredients found on site, ask questions, and learn techniques to use in their own gardens.
• Dalí: The Late Works, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, through January 2011: The first Dalí exhibit in over 40 years, see the surrealist painter’s most mind-bending works from the 1930s onward, including pieces not seen in the U.S. in over 50 years.
• Honorable Mention: Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography Since the Sixties (Getty Center, Los Angeles, through November 14)

The Best Book Recommendations We’ll Be Reading:
Ape House by Sara Gruen (Spiegel & Grau, in stores now): Welcome sign-language-fluent bonobos, a retired porn star, explosives, reality television, and socially awkward scientists, all presented in the effortless writing style we loved in her previous best seller, Water For Elephants.
• Honorable Mention: The Food Matters Cookbook: Lose Weight and Heal the Planet with More than 500 Recipes by Mark Bittman (Simon & Schuster, in stores now), Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré (Penguin Group USA, coming out October 12)
Buy Ape House by Sara Gruen, $14.99, at amazon.com
Buy The Food Matters Cookbook: Lose Weight and Heal the Planet with More than 500 Recipes by Mark Bittman, $20.47, at amazon.com

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Buy The Food Matters Cookbook: Lose Weight and Heal the Planet with More than 500 Recipes by Mark Bittman, $20.47

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Buy The Food Matters Cookbook: Lose Weight and Heal the Planet with More than 500 Recipes, $20.47, at amazon.com

  • Mark Bittman, “The Minimalist” columnist for the New York Times
  • Instructs readers on how to eat well without damaging the environment
  • Over 500 recipes like whole cauliflower with sausage, chili-rubbed pork with warm pickled vegetables, and crisp-crusted portobello with lemon chutney
  • Many dishes can be prepared in under 30 minutes

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Fall Culture Roundup: New Music, Must See Art, Best Movies, and Book Recommendations

Buy Maroon 5 Hands All Over, $12.99

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Buy Maroon 5 Hands All Over, $12.99, at amazon.com

  • The band’s third album
  • Features “Misery”, Maroon 5’s first single off the album
  • Includes 13 songs, including one with Lady Antebellum

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Fall Culture Roundup: New Music, Must See Art, Best Movies, and Book Recommendations

Buy Ape House by Sara Gruen, $14.99

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Buy Ape House by Sara Gruen, $14.99, at amazon.com

  • From the best-selling author of Water for Elephants
  • Inspired by the bonobos and scientific research at Great Ape Trust in Des Moines
  • Based on actual conversations with great apes

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