Blog Posts by Ali Wentworth

  • 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.

    WATCH: Is Your Chair Killing You?

    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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  • How Celebrities Are Celebrating Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving! On this festive episode of "Daily Shot," celebs share what they’re doing to celebrate this special holiday.

    Actor Mark Consuelos offers his appreciation for the primitive nature of the holiday. “Thanksgiving is the last bastion of hope of manhood that we have,” he says. “You’re allowed to behave like cavemen.... You eat, and you drink, and you sleep, and you watch football, and it’s all accepted.”

    WATCH: Carla Hall's Thanksgiving Must-Have

    Chef Carla Hall cooks up a Southern feast and recalls one time she asked her sister to bring a vegetable side dish. “I didn’t think I had to tell her to cook the vegetables,” she says. “She came in with a bag of vegetables!”

    “I will make an oven-stuffer, not a turkey,” talk-show host Wendy Williams says. “I will make a stovetop stuffing, but I will cut in some of my own ingredients. And we’ll light up the barbecue outside to make ribs.”

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    Illusionist David Blaine won’t make a turkey

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  • Carla Hall's Thanksgiving Must-Have

    Thanksgiving is one day away, and even "Top Chef" finalists have some surprising holiday staples. You might think Carla Hall would make every side dish from scratch, but there's one item she just can't live without: canned cranberry sauce.

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    "I grew up with canned cranberry sauce," she says. "I still want that on the table. I want to be in the kitchen when it comes out of the can."

    Carla also shared a great idea for what to do with the fridge full of Thanksgiving leftovers: Upside-Down Turkey Sandwich Casserole. Simply coat a casserole dish with Country Crock, put mashed potatoes in it and create a bowl shape, and then fill with turkey and vegetables. Top with breadcrumbs or cornbread for the perfect post-Thanksgiving treat. (Recipe below.)

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    The co-host of "The Chew" was a model before she was a chef, and she stays in shape by being careful with her portions. "I say no to nothing and yes to

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  • Julie Benz: The 'Dexter' Scene That Made Her Cry

    You know Julie Benz from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Jawbreaker," "Saw V," "Dexter," "Desperate Housewives," and "Defiance." But out of her many credits, there was one role that stood out.

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    "The role that I really loved was Robin on 'Desperate Housewives,'" Julie says of the role she took on right after "Dexter." She was thrilled to work with the women she had "admired for so long" and loved the eccentric role she had a chance to play. "My character was very quirky and fun," Julie says. "She was a stripper… a lesbian stripper."

    Throughout her four seasons on "Dexter," Julie played Dexter's significant other. Over the course of her time on the show, she says one scene —which she didn't know about in advance — was the most memorable. "My favorite scene on the show is when Dexter proposes to Rita," Julie says. "As soon as we started to rehearse and Michael started saying his dialogue, it was that magic moment that all actors hope for, and

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  • How to Avoid Gas and Bloating

    Over 50 percent of people never discuss concerns about gas and bloating with their doctors, but Dr. Roshini Raj says patients should put their self-consciousness aside for the sake of their health. "They're embarrassed," she says, insisting that people should be upfront with symptoms "because it can be a sign of an underlying GI disorder that's potentially more serious," like celiac or Crohn's disease.

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    If you're concerned about gas, Raj recommends staying away from larger amounts of lentils, beans, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. "They're great for you, but certain people get more gassy with them," she says. "Introduce them slowly to your diet, and you will get more used to it."

    There are also a few more unexpected behaviors that can cause blowing, like chewing gum. "A lot of people don't realize that when you're chewing gum, you swallow air," Raj says. "And that then goes into your intestine and can cause a lot of gas." Another habit to

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  • Mark Consuelos: Hollywood's Strictest Parent?

    Mark Consuelos doesn't mind being known as a strict dad. The actor and father of three is set in his ways when it comes to his approach to parenting. "I love my kids. I'm not their friend," he says. "I'm there to make sure of three things: They stay out of rehab, the morgue, and jail."

    WATCH: Jerry Seinfeld: "Mark Consuelos Can Raise an Entire Family with One Eyebrow"

    How does he make sure? "My default answer to anything my kids ask is no," he says, and he also doesn't shy away from punishing bad behavior by taking away phones and iPads. "Punishment is also a lecture," he says. "The eyes glaze over and I go into my speeches."

    After 17 years of marriage to Kelly Ripa, Mark says the couple still keeps the spark alive in their relationship. "I'm really hot for her," he says. "She does it for me in a major way. She's extremely also patient and tolerant." Mark also explains that keeping the focus on family helps the couple to have perspective. "Three kids will make any problem you think you're

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