- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Fri, Dec 13, 2013 11:03 AM EST | Comments
Every week on "Saturday Night Live," Kate McKinnon cracks up audiences with her impressions of Chelsea Handler's Swedish doppelganger, Penélope Cruz, and other celebs, but one of her most recognizable is that of comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
When her on-point impression earned her a guest spot on Ellen's show, Kate says she was excited and terrified to meet the host backstage. "I thought that I would be so bizarre that they would have to drag me off, and I think I bordered on that," Kate says. "I wanted to be able to talk to her as a woman, but all I could say was, 'God, I love you, Ellen. I love you so much.'"
Before Kate hit it big on "SNL," she had a few jobs that just weren't the right fit — including one stint as a telemarketer. "It was the job for which I am the least cut out in this world," she says. "I couldn't sell crack to a crack person."
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- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Thu, Dec 12, 2013 12:42 PM EST | Comments
From "8 Mile" to "Hustle & Flow" to "Orange Is the New Black," Taryn Manning has played her fair share of characters who are down on their luck. The actress says that no matter how sweet or girl-next-door she tries to be, she ends up playing characters who are "layered" or a bit rough around the edges.
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"Sometimes I think it has something to do with my past," Taryn says of being cast in colorful roles. "I guess you can just read it on my face that I've been through some s---. In Hollywood standards, I'm ugly. That is my stereotype."
Taryn says one of her favorite roles has been her current one: playing Pennsatucky, the backwoods born-again Christian meth head whom Piper meets in prison in "Orange Is the New Black." "She has a lot going on," Taryn says of the dynamic character. "And it comes from whatever happened to her way before she even got into prison."
Taryn says her "OITNB" cast is like family, and the...Read More »
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Wed, Dec 11, 2013 12:08 PM EST | Comments
Nigel Barker knows a thing or two about taking a great photo. Over the course of his successful career as a fashion photographer, judge on "America's Next Top Model," and now host of "The Face," he's advised countless people on how to bring out their best self in a photograph.
Nigel says the No. 1 mistake people make when posing for pictures is relying on the camera too much. "They stand there and they'll pose and act straight to camera," he explains, "acting as if the camera is magic."
The photographer says that nothing reads better on camera than confidence. "For a moment, think a lot of yourself," he explains, suggesting that subjects think of something funny, or play music in their head to find a rhythm. "All of a sudden that relaxed demeanor that you have, the fact that you're now more comfortable, the fact that you look strong — the camera picks up on that."Read More »
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Tue, Dec 10, 2013 10:52 AM EST | Comments
You don't have to be a millionaire to follow Patti Stanger's tips for finding "the one." The love guru says the holidays are a great time to couple up, but you must step out of your comfort zone to find that connection.
Patti says company holiday parties are a great time to meet your match, if you avoid falling into one common trap. "Most people don't really talk to each other," she explains. "You stay in the same circle. You've got to mix it up." Strike up a conversation with someone from another floor or department. Another important tip: "Don't get too drunk."
If you're turning to the Internet to find your soul mate, Patti says, it's important to avoid posting a certain type of photo: the "sexy selfie" that's too overt. "This has become the norm," she says. "Less is more. Men like mystery."
What other mistakes do people make around the holidays? Being a Debbie downer. "Most people are really d...Read More »
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Fri, Dec 6, 2013 9:48 AM EST | Comments
Vanessa Bayer has impersonated everyone from Miley Cyrus to Lady Gaga to Kourtney Kardashian on "Saturday Night Live." Does that make things awkward when the actual celebrity comes on the show? In the case of Miley, no. "She was great," Vanessa says. "If you're that famous and successful, you have to have a good sense of humor."
Vanessa says Kerry Washington is a favorite guest host of the female cast members. "She's so nice, so funny, so down to earth," Vanessa says. "In my mind that whole week, I was like, 'How can I become best friends with her?'"
What celebrity was she most nervous to work with? Russell Brand. Vanessa admits the actor's wild reputation made her wonder how the episode was going to go, but "he was the nicest, easiest to work with," she says of the surprise. "He was wonderful."
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