Blog Posts by Ali Wentworth

  • Taryn Manning: 'In Hollywood, I'm Considered Ugly'

    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."

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    Taryn says her "OITNB" cast is like family, and the

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  • Selfies 101: Nigel Barker on Taking the Perfect Pic

    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.

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    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."

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  • Patti Stanger: What You Shouldn't Put in Your Online Dating Profile

    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.

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    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."

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    What other mistakes do people make around the holidays? Being a Debbie downer. "Most people are really

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  • Vanessa Bayer: The Most Surprising 'SNL' Guest

    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."

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    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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  • Niecy Nash: The Strange Skill She Learned for Her New Show

    Comedian Niecy Nash knew that her role on HBO's "Getting On" would be far different from her role on "Reno 911," but she didn't know just how drastic the change would be. "HBO scrubbed us down to nothing," Niecy says, as she was asked to take off her makeup, fake eyelashes, and beloved shapewear. "If you don't recognize me, here's a hint: I'm the black one."

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    Niecy was also surprised when she found out that she had to go through a hospital boot camp to learn medical skills for the dark comedy, which follows doctors and nurses caring for aging patients. "Medical, elderly, hospice, all of these things prior to ever rolling tape," she says of the training. "You need me to give you a checkup? Cuz I can."

    Before she achieved success as an actress, Niecy had a slew of failed jobs. "I worked at McDonald's for one day and was fired," she recalls. She also worked for an airline company and at a mall makeup counter, where she was brutally honest.

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  • Rutina Wesley's Most Awkward 'True Blood' Offscreen Moment

    You know Rutina Wesley as human-turned-vampire Tara on "True Blood," but the actress is trading in her fangs for a heavy new role in the off-Broadway show "One Night." She plays Alicia, a woman raped while serving in the military who now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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    Rutina calls the part "the most challenging role I've ever had" and hopes she can spread the word about an issue that's often swept under the rug. "It's happening to our servicemen and women, and a lot of people aren't talking about it," she says. "I felt like, as an actor, I should be able to help out by telling their story.">

    With "True Blood" coming to a close after the upcoming final season, Rutina says the ending will be bittersweet. "I'm sad to see it go, but I'd rather see a show go out on a high note."

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    Despite the many wild scenes on the HBO series, Rutina says there's one Season 2 scene that sticks

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  • JWoww's Biggest Regret

    Jenni "JWoww" Farley and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi are all grown up. The two ladies achieved reality TV fame with their over-the-top behavior, but now the pair say that they're in a new chapter and ready to leave their "Jersey Shore" days behind. "We're adults," Nicole says. "We're moving on to the next stage of our lives."

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    Since Nicole became a mom and lost over 60 pounds, her life has been starkly different from how it used to be. "I would wake up and just chug vodka," she says of her old habits. "It was like a party stage for me. Once I got pregnant, I was like, 'I don't want my baby swimming in vodka in there.'"

    While the ladies don't regret anything they did during "Jersey Shore," Jenni says her big regret is something she didn't do: hit on Leonardo DiCaprio. She met the movie star one night, and, according to Nicole, "she got frozen."

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    "I still regret it to this day," Jenni says.

    To see the

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  • How Bad Posture Hurts Your Health

    We all know that having good posture is important, but you might not know that having bad posture can affect your overall health. Jill Miller is a yoga and fitness therapy expert who says that the way we sit can affect our internal organs.

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    "Your pelvis is designed to house your pelvic organs, like your bladder, your colon, and your uterus, and it likes to be in an environment where it doesn't have all of these pressures forced down on it," Jill explains. "So if you sit in a way that tips your pelvis back, or if you are constantly crossing and uncrossing your legs, you keep altering the pressures going into that pelvis."

    What happens after altered pressure? "Leakage," Jill says, and other side effects you wouldn't traditionally think of, like bad breath, heartburn, and indigestion. "When you're putting weird pressures on your stomach, that can alter the sphincter that allows food to pass," she explains.

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    So what's

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  • Who’s Meaner Than a Real Housewife?

    If you’ve ever worked in a restaurant, you’re probably familiar with some behind-the-scenes drama that patrons don’t see. On “Vanderpump Rules,” viewers follow the lives of aspiring actresses and models working in the trendy West Hollywood restaurant SUR.

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    Stassi Schroeder is known as the resident mean girl at the restaurant, owned by Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump. Though the title has been bestowed upon her, she’s not sure how she feels about it. “I don’t think I’m a mean person, but when you’re surrounded by crazy people…” She admits that being known as a villain gets to her. “Sometimes it does,” she says. “It used to not bother me. I’m just kind of harsh and direct.”

    Things are much different at the restaurant, now, one year since the show first aired. Stassi says the regular customers have been replaced with fans of the show, which presents a unique challenge. “People are coming in with an opinion about you already,” she says, but that’s not

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  • To Freeze or Not to Freeze?

    Have you ever thought, “I wonder if I can freeze this?” Bahar Taktehchian, editor-at-large of Shape magazine, stopped by "Daily Shot" to answer Ali’s questions about what can and can’t be preserved in the icebox.

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    “You can freeze wine, however, you can’t drink it afterwards,” Bahar says. “But you can freeze it and cook with afterwards.” Just pour leftover wine into an ice cube tray, and pop out cubes when you’re ready to add to sauces and stews.

    If you’ve ever made a recipe with fresh herbs, you’ve probably had a whole bunch left over. Instead of letting your parsley, dill, or cilantro go to waste, chop up the remaining herbs, and place them in an ice cube tray. “Fill it with a little bit of water and put the remaining herbs in there,” she says. “Put them in the freezer and use them whenever you need them.”

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    Ever wondered if you could freeze a dish made with mayonnaise? The answer is no. “It’s

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