10 Adoptions In Hollywood

On November 13, 2013, in Celeb, by ayesha

Thanks to A-list couples like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hollywood has put adoption in the spotlight. In celebration of National Adoption Day on November 23, we’re taking a look at 10 high-profile adoptive parents such as Hugh Jackman, Mariska Hargitay and Sandra Bullock

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Thanks to A-list couples like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hollywood has put adoption in the spotlight.

In celebration of National Adoption Day on November 23, we’re taking a look at 10 high-profile adoptive parents such as Hugh Jackman, Mariska Hargitay and Sandra Bullock.

The Biggest Loser star Jillian Michaels and her partner Heidi Rhoades became parents to two children in May: A 2-year-old daughter Lukensia and a newborn son Phoenix.

“About three and a half years ago I began dating my partner Heidi,” Jillian shared on her road toward motherhood. “We had a very easy going, comfortable and no-pressure relationship. And a year or so into our relationship, I decided I want to adopt.”

The celebrity trainer went on to say the adoption process was not easy, and after a year and a half of waiting for a referral from Africa, she switched gears.

“I switched all my paperwork over to Haiti and I get a phone call one day,” she shared. “Heidi is now trying to get pregnant for five months now. They say, ‘We have a referral for you,’ which means they’ve matched you with a child. I was like, ‘This is unbelievable, this is great!’ I come home and tell Heidi, and in less than 24 hours she says, ‘By the way, I’m pregnant.’ ”

Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron shocked fans with her baby news in March. The actress adopted a baby boy named Jackson.

Charlize opened up about a letter she wrote at 8-years-old, sharing her plans for a future adoption.

“My mother found [it]. It said, ‘Would you please take me to orphanage, so that I can go and adopt a baby?’ I always knew I would adopt – always,” she shared.

Not only did Sandra Bullock become an Academy Award-winner in 2010, she also become a mom. The Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close actress adopted a New Orleans-born boy, Louis, in January 2010.

Now 3-years-old, Louis has become Sandra’s greatest joy. “He’s just perfect, I can’t even describe him any other way,” she gushed.

Sandra opened up about the first time she laid eyes on her gorgeous son.

“The first time I met Louis, it was like the whole outside world got quiet,” she said. “It was like he had always been a part of our lives. All I said when I met him was, ‘Oh, there you are.’”

The Little Couple’s Dr. Jen Arnold and Bill Klein introduced their 3-year-old son William on the Katie Couric show in April. And just one month later, they had more exciting news to report.

After years of hoping to become parents and suffering through fertility issues, the couple announced they adopted a 19-month-old girl from India they have named Zoey.

“We’re so delighted that Zoey will be joining our family and that William will have a little sister coming home very soon,” the reality TV couple said in a statement in May.

Zoey also has a form of dwarfism like her adoptive parents and brother Will.

“We’ve dealt with prejudice and many challenges,” Jennifer said of her life experiences. “I feel very lucky and fortunate that I have the wonderful life I have.”

A year after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Sheryl Crow adopted her now 6-year-old son, Wyatt. The songstress said she always knew she’d be a mom.

“There was a shift in my life when I got diagnosed, [with breast cancer] because it demanded I look at everything and redefine my life,” she said. “I always felt I would be a mom. I have strong ­maternal instincts.”

The singer went on to adopt a second son, now 3-year-old son Levi.

“I’ve always had maternal instincts,” she said. “And there are so many different ways you can go about that. My sons didn’t have to be from me. They didn’t have to look like me. I just wanted children to love.”

“They have so much energy and they keep me young!” Sheryl recently told Celebrity Baby Scoop. “I wouldn’t change a thing. I love getting to see things through their eyes.”

The Queen of Pop has adopted two children from Malawi – David, now 8, and Mercy, now 6 – and has since spoken about the experience.

“This was an eye opening experience” and “a real low point in my life,” the Like a Virgin singer said of adopting David.

“I didn’t know that trying to adopt a child was going to land me in another sh– storm,” she added. “I was accused of kidnapping, child trafficking, using my celebrity muscle to jump ahead in the line, bribing government officials, witchcraft, you name it. I could get my head around people giving me a hard time for simulating masturbation onstage or publishing my Sex book, even kissing Britney Spears at an awards show, but trying to save a child’s life was not something I thought I would be punished for. . . In any case, I got through it. I survived.”

The Material Mom was more prepared for her second adoption.

“When I adopted Mercy James, I put my armor on,” the popstar said. “I tried to be more prepared. I braced myself. This time I was accused by a female Malawian judge that because I was divorced, I was an unfit mother. I fought the supreme court and I won. It took almost another year and many lawyers. I still got the shit kicked out of me, but it didn’t hurt as much. And looking back, I do not regret one moment of the fight.”

Hugh Jackman is happiest, “being with my family, definitely, without a doubt.”

The sexy Wolverine star and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, have two adopted children – Oscar, 13, and Ava, 8. The hands-on dad said it was a “no-brainer” for them to adopt children in need.

“When we went first to talk to someone in Los Angeles about adoption, I remember, they said, ‘What do you want?’ I said, ‘Well, healthy would be good.’ And they said, ‘Well, what about the race?’ We’d ticked mixed race. And he said, ‘Now, listen. Please don’t, please don’t just tick that because you think it’s the right thing to tick.’ And he said to me, that we turn away children every month who are mixed race, because we can’t find families for them.”

He’s also spoken of the joys of adoption.

“A while back, there was a lot of shame attached to it and parents wouldn’t tell their kids they were adopted,” he said. “What’s great is that the focus is now shifting to the care of the child. We were very fortunate and open – I can’t go into details because of the privacy of the birth parents, but I can tell you it was amicable. Adoption is a wonderful thing to do.”

“I’m working with Americans to create an international campaign to shine a light on the fact that there are 153 million orphans in the world,” the actor recently said. “If that were a country, it would be the ninth-largest in the world, just ahead of Russia.”

A-listers Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are parents to six children: Maddox, 12, Pax, 9, Zahara, 8, Shiloh, 7, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 5.

Their three eldest children were adopted from Cambodia, Vietnam and Ethiopia — although, Angie said she’s lost track of the details. “I couldn’t tell you in my own home who’s adopted and who’s not,” Angelina recently said.

“It doesn’t cross my mind,” she added. “There is something really wonderful when you adopt a child from another country because that whole country enters your house. We have different languages in our house, we have different flags up in our house, we have different food and culture and discussions and we go to their countries.”

The Oscar-winner wants her children to one day give back to their homelands.

“They have programs in their countries [for] each of them we’re starting. There’s a TB/AIDS clinic being built for Zahara; there’s a clinic already for Mad[dox]. So each of them will take that responsibility. They are from their country and they are of their country and they should know that, it’s part of their family, we are their family but so is their country.”

Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay and her husband Peter Hermann endured a long and emotionally challenging journey to finally reach their beautiful family of five and now, things couldn’t be better for the happy couple.

“They’re awesome and perfect,” the star said of sons August, 7, and Andrew, 2, and daughter Amaya, 2. “My heart just keeps getting bigger and bigger.”

The actress opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about her surprising second adoption.

Just months after bringing home daughter Amaya after an emotionally trying adoption process, the couple’s lawyer called them to let them know an agency had a newborn boy ready to be adopted as well.

“It was one of those things that we were not expecting at all and my husband and I looked at each other and have never been more sure about anything,” the actress tearfully recalls about their decision to bring home baby Andrew. “This has been a year of true blessings.”

Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl and her husband Josh Kelley adopted their daughter Naleigh from Korea when she was 10-months-old.

“[Adoption has] been a big part of my life and my family,” Katherine said. “My sister is Korean and my parents adopted her back in the 70s and so I just always knew that this is something I wanted to do.”

Katherine went on to talk about her now 4-year-old daughter.

“She is a special needs baby and because of that it all moved so much faster. They wanted to get her to us as quickly as possible.”

The couple went on to adopt a second daughter, Adalaide, domestically in April. “She’s great! She’s a delicious, beautiful, wonderful child,” the Grey’s Anatomy alum gushed of her new daughter.


Source: 10 Adoptions In Hollywood

Megyn Price: “My Parenting Style Is Spontaneous”

On November 9, 2013, in Celeb, by ayesha

Actress Megyn Price stars in the Lifetime original movie, A Country Christmas Story, set to air Saturday, November 9 at 8 p.m. In the story about a young girl with big dreams, Megyn costars with Brian McKnight and country legend Dolly Parton. The Rules of Engagement star opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her daughter Grace, 6, who is a natural entrepreneur and “way funnier” than mom.

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Actress Megyn Price stars in the Lifetime original movie, A Country Christmas Story, set to air Saturday, November 9 at 8 p.m. In the story about a young girl with big dreams, Megyn costars with Brian McKnight and country legend Dolly Parton.

The Rules of Engagement star opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her daughter Grace, 6, who is a natural entrepreneur and “way funnier” than mom. Megyn goes on to talk about the joys of motherhood and her upcoming projects.

CBS: You are set to star in A Country Christmas Story. Please tell us about the movie and your role.

MP: “It is a dramatic role, which is a departure for me from my normal comedy roots. It’s a really pretty story that I fell in love with. The movie is about a mother, played by me, and a daughter, and both of them are kind of on their own.

The girl has big dreams, which terrifies her mom. In the movie, rather than trying to thwart her dreams, I am trying to protect her from what I see as future disappointment. The girl goes ahead with her dreams anyway. It’s a really beautiful story of a mother, a daughter, and a grandmother. Everyone works together to help the little girl achieve her dreams.”

CBS: How did you get involved in the movie?

MP: “I read the script and met with the director. We saw eye to eye and had the exact same ideas for the character and the story, and we also had the same favorite scenes. Basically, we had the same take on everything and I loved his approach to the movie, so I signed on.”

CBS: What was it like working with Dolly Parton and Brian McKnight on the movie?

MP: “I didn’t have any scenes with Dolly Parton, which was such a disappointment for me! She was in Nashville and I could only shoot in LA, so I didn’t have any scenes with her. Brian McKnight came on after I did, so I did not know he was going to play my husband! I had to call all of my girlfriends from high school and tell them that he was playing my husband [laughs]. They got a huge kick out of that. He was so great to work with. His musical talent is incredible, which everyone knows, but he’s also such a warm and open person. He was a joy.”

CBS: You starred for seven years as Audrey Bingham on Rules of Engagement. How did that role help you grow as an actress? What was it like working with David Spade on the show?

MP: “ When I did the show Grounded for Life, I pretty much just played myself. When I played Audrey, I was young at the time and she was so not me, that it really helped me hone my inner super, hyper-confident woman. I think playing Audrey really helped me feel like I was ten feet tall.

Working with David Spade was so great. He gets such a funny rep as being a ‘ladies man’ because of the persona that he puts out there, but he is such a kind and lovely person. He’s like your best girlfriend; he’s the most loyal human being and such a pro! The guy never drops the ball, he’s never late and he’s so not a diva — he’s the anti-diva [laughs]. I still keep in contact with my co-stars from the show.”

CBS: Could you tell us about your daughter, Grace? How old is she and what does she like doing for fun?

MP: “Grace is six years old, and what doesn’t she like to do for fun? [laughs] She’s an entrepreneur, which is the most incredible thing about her. She always comes up with these business ideas that I find hilarious. For example, she came up with a lemonade stand that was a combo lemonade and Otter Pop stand for the Fourth of July. Of course, she forced me to be her henchman and we carried coolers and a giant lemonade dispenser to a Fourth of July parade in California, where it was like 110 degrees during the day. She made 97 dollars! How crazy is that? She’s only six years old! I had to immediately open a bank account for her [laughs].

This week, she designed homemade dog food, which she plans on selling. We are doing taste tests this weekend with all of our neighbors’ dogs. She has a lot of great business plans, so I’ll try to keep up with her.”

CBS: Is Grace like you personality-wise?

MP: “She is way funnier than I am. She’s like the Energizer Bunny, because she does not stop. She’s the funniest human being I have ever known in my life.”

CBS: What is your proudest motherhood moment?

MP: “I started keeping a journal with her at night, because she is a really bright kid with these huge thoughts and feelings that could be hard for her to talk about. She tells me what she wants me to write in the journal and I write it for her, because she can’t write as fast as she thinks. I can’t even write as fast as she thinks, but I do my best.

My most favorite time during any day is just laying with her in her bed and talking about the different things that went on during the day at school, at piano lessons, or wherever. I encourage her to talk about how she felt about certain situations rather than how she thinks about certain situations. I think it’s been really helpful for her to work through the emotions and understand that they are temporary. At the same time, I get a little therapy as well, because it teaches me that my feelings are temporary.

That is the current thing we’re doing. I don’t know if ‘proud’ is the right word for it, but it is something that I love that we do together. I think it is really hard for little kids to connect that their feelings are coming and going all of the time, they are not forever.”

CBS: If we asked your daughter what kind of mom you are, what would she tell us? What is your parenting style like?

MP: “That is so funny, because I read all of those books; I read Happiest Kid on The Block and all that stuff. I feel like I have a kid who is so unique, that my parenting style is spontaneous, to say the least. It really changes every day. Right now, she would tell you that I make too many rules [laughs].

I realized that school is difficult for her because she is an only child. If she wants to have pasta at night, I kind of just say, ‘Okay that sounds good!’ and we make pasta. She doesn’t have the natural rule-following structure that I had when I was growing up, because I had seven brothers and sisters. I did not get to choose what we had for dinner. Right now, she complains that I make too many rules [laughs].

I think that she would also tell you that I am silly. We make up a lot of songs and games and things to get stuff done. It’s not so much me; it’s what she responds to, so she may call me silly.”

CBS: What are your upcoming projects?

MP: “I am actually writing a lot right now. I’ve been taking a break from television until I find the exact right thing. I am super picky, because I’ve loved all of the people I’ve worked with and I’ve loved all of the shows I’ve done. Both of the major shows I did went on for seven years, so I have a really picky opinion when it comes to television. I like to really marry what I do.

For now, there is a movie coming out at the end of this year and I have two television projects that I am writing. I am also writing a feature project, so we’ll see. I also directed Rules of Engagement at the end of it as well, which is something that lit my fire in a way that I can’t really describe. I loved it and would love to do a little more of that as well.”


Source: Megyn Price: “My Parenting Style Is Spontaneous”

Alanis Morissette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ To Become A Broadway Musical

On November 8, 2013, in Celeb, by ayesha

Posted: November 8, 2013 by Lisa Estall Alanis Morissette’s 1995 album Jagged Little Pill is turning into a Broadway musical.

*EXCLUSIVE* Alanis Morissette and her picture perfect family

Alanis Morissette’s 1995 album Jagged Little Pill is turning into a Broadway musical. According to Rolling Stone – the workshop production will hit the stage in 2014.

Morissette said in a statement, “I look forward to taking the heart of Jagged Little Pill and expanding its story, fleshing it out into ever deeper layers of emotionality, specificity, humanity, power, physicality, spirit and fabulism. I look forward to collaborating with Vivek and Tom and our whole inspiring team to create something greater than the sum of our parts.”

It’s nice to hear good news for the singer, her husband Mario “Souleye” Treadway and their almost 3-year-old son Ever. In late September a former nanny filed court documents claiming that the couple never paid her overtime or allowed her to take meal or rest breaks during the 12-hour shifts she spent taking care of Ever at night. She is demanding $30,000 in unpaid overtime and other wages – plus $100,000 for her emotional distress.

People reported Bianca Cambeiro began working for the couple in August 2011 at their Brentwood, Calif., home for $25 an hour. When she asked Morissette’s accountant the following January why she wasn’t being paid overtime, she claims he replied, “We don’t do that.”

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