Victoria Rowell: “At The End Of The Day, Love Is All That Matters”

On December 14, 2013, in Celeb, by ayesha

The Young and the Restless actress Victoria Rowell stars in the UP Original movie Marry Me For Christmas, premiering tomorrow, December 14th at 7 p.m. E.T.

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The Young and the Restless actress Victoria Rowell stars in the UP Original movie Marry Me For Christmas, premiering tomorrow, December 14th at 7 p.m. E.T. In the movie, she plays Stephanie, the mother of a hard-charging New York ad exec who is smart, stylish and, much to her family’s disappointment, still single.

Celebrity Baby Scoop chats with Victoria about how she drew from her foster mother to play the part, her two children, daughter Maya, 24, and son Jasper, almost 18, and why “parenting is done early on, even when the children are still in the house.” She goes on to discuss her work on behalf of foster and adoptive parents.

CBS: You are set to star in the UP Original Movie, Marry Me For Christmas. Can you tell us about the movie and your role?

VR: “I play Stephanie, who is the mother and real matriarch of the Chandler family. She’s a traditionalist who is a bit overbearing and wants to control how things are handled. She’s also a conservative who likes to keep up appearances. In the movie, there is this dynamic where her daughter, played by the lovely Malinda Williams, had enough of this and doesn’t see life in the same way; she wants to have a career and doesn’t want to be home. There’s a subtle tension that ultimately bubbles up and overflows, leading to duress. In my opinion, it’s a movie about the gathering of family, how stressful the holidays can be, and sometimes, as in this case, how healing happens during this time.” 

CBS: You are also a mother in real life. Did you pull from any experiences to play the part? 

VR: “Of course! I definitely drew from my foster mother, Agatha, who was a loving traditionalist. She already had ten children of her own grow up, and then she raised me. She wore hats, makeup, and blush…she was such a lady. She also sang in the church while her sister played the organ. It wasn’t a reach for me to channel my focus on Agatha for this character. It was a lot of fun!”

CBS: What was your favorite part about filming the movie? 

VR: “My favorite part was the communion with the people. We had an extraordinary director, Roger Melvin, and his Director of Photography, George Su, was excellent. I made great relationships and really enjoyed working with World Films and Uplifting Entertainment. I got to work with people I worked with in the past who I hadn’t seen in awhile. Our costume designer is someone I had worked with multiple times before over many years. The list goes on and on. Working with the people was my favorite part. Also, when you’re given words that roll off the tongue, you know that you have a good script. Marry Me for Christmas was written by Rhonda Freeman-Baraka. She is a brilliant writer and it’s a pleasure when you have material like that.”

CBS: Can you tell us about your two kids? 

VR: “My children are adults, but they’re always my children.  My daughter Maya is 24 years old and working. My son Jasper is in college and will be 18 years old this month. He’s a visual artist. My daughter is a photographer, among other things. I’m really proud of my children. My daughter was attending Savannah College of Art and Design, and my son is on a full scholarship at a school in New York City.

My daughter also loves motorbikes as well as weaving, and my son is a painter. They grew up with me, so we all are ‘junkers.’ We love when my son creates art from found objects. I grew up bringing my kids to garage sales, Good Will, and vintage clothing stores…it’s part of who I am. The antiquing definitely rubs off on them in a huge way. A very important part of my parenting is not just making sure they have a good education, but also that they are travelling. I invest in travel and have taken my children with me to many places throughout the world, from Belgium to Russia to Italy and many places in between. If children don’t understand other people and other cultures, how can they be Goodwill Ambassadors in the world? It’s not about tolerance of people; it’s about acceptance and respect.” 

CBS: How has your role as a mom changed now that your kids are older?

VR:Parenting is done early on, even when the children are still in the house. You can discipline and say, ‘Don’t do this!’ and you can give them advice, reward them, tell them they did a good job, and be someone who gives them spiritual input, but you can’t control them. You do the best you can. There’s no rulebook in parenting, and I let them fly. My children are very independent, as am I. I instilled independence in them early on.  I’m someone that they can come back to and bounce ideas off of.  We really talk about love; love is the center of our conversations. My children love me and I love them. We tell each other we love each other all of the time. One of the proudest things I can share about my son is that when he and I walk down New York City, he has his arm around me and I have my arm around him. That’s a big deal. We’re not afraid to hug each other. At the end of the day, love is all that matters.” 

CBS:  You have been recognized by 193 members of Congress for your advocacy work on behalf of foster and adoptive parents. Why is this cause so important to you?

VR: “I ran the Foster Children Positive Plan for twenty years , starting around ’91. I continue working with The Annie E. Casey Foundation, which was established in Baltimore, Maryland. It is the charitable arm of UPS. As a foster kid for eighteen years, I was given tremendous access to life and opportunity, whether that was in education, classical ballet, and here in Hollywood.

I do about one hundred lectures a year for the American Program Bureau out of Massachusetts. I want to spread the word not only about fostering adoption, but how, as a community and country and beyond, as much of my lecturing is international, how everyone has something to give. It is very important that we don’t forget it, because if you can participate in scholastic tutoring, if you can participate in financial or equity contributions, then we must. I’m not just talking about child welfare, but I’m also talking about mental health issues, which is an issue that’s not discussed and has affected our country thoroughly. I lecture on all of that, and I also go to prisons as well. The members of Congress recognized the work and I’m very honored and humbled by it.”

CBS: You also wrote the memoir, The Women Who Raised Me. Could you tell us about it? 

VR:The Women Who Raised Me is was published by Harper Collins in New York City. It made the New York Times Bestseller List and was reviewed by The Washington Post, Miami Herald, and Boston Globe. Oprah Magazine also noted it, and it’s going to be made into a film. I can’t go into more detail at the time, but I can certainly tell you that it’s about how women love, heal, suffer, and sacrifice in their own lives and still manage to help others. It talks about how we teach, how we share, and how we raise other people’s children. You can get the book online at the Barnes & Noble website or the Harper Collins website.

The writing is very cathartic. I am in the Writer’s Guild of America and I also have soap opera experience. I spent fourteen years in daytime drama television and have a two-book deal that is the subject of a potential TV series. The first book is titled Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva, which came out in 2010. They’re humorous, but they have a serious understone. This year, Simon and Schuster published the sequel, which is titled The Young and the Ruthless.”

CBS: What do you plan to do with your family this holiday season? 

VR: “I put up a tree and there’s a lot of things going on. We’re going to be home and I’ll have a small but intimate gathering at the house with a few friends. I always like to catch a choir or an orchestral performance, something along those lines. It’s a time a time of reflection that we really like to spend time together.”

CBS: What’s up next for you?

VR: I just wrapped up a movie in Atlanta titled What Love Will Make You Do. That is up-coming. I’m going to be working with Harry Lennix, who I’ve worked with on a number of occasions in the past. He stars on the TV show The Blackist and he was also in Man of Steel. I’m working on a biblical project he’s directing this month called ‘Gospel of John.’ We worked together on Diagnosis and we’ve worked on a movie in the past. We adore each other.”

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Source: Victoria Rowell: “At The End Of The Day, Love Is All That Matters”

Drew Lachey: Fatherhood “Flips Your Life One Hundred And Eighty Degrees”

On December 8, 2013, in Celeb, by ayesha

Former 98 Degrees band member Drew Lachey is set to star in the Up Original Movie Guess Who’s Coming To Christmas, premiering tonight, December 8th, at 7 p.m. EST on the UP Network.

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Former 98 Degrees band member Drew Lachey is set to star in the Up Original Movie Guess Who’s Coming To Christmas, premiering tonight, December 8th, at 7 p.m. EST on the UP Network. Drew plays a jaded rock star named Dax in the movie, which is a “family-friendly Christmas story about second chances.”

Celebrity Baby Scoop chats with Drew about his movie, his partnership with Buckle Up For Life to help keep families safe on the road, and his two kids, Isabella, 7, and Hudson, 3. He goes on to share why fatherhood changes your life “massively, but all for the better.”

CBS: You have a movie coming out this holiday season: Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas. Can you tell us about the storyline and your role?

DL: “The storyline is about a rock star who’s down on his luck and has a bad PR moment, which he tries to reverse by granting a Christmas wish. This Christmas wish ultimately sends him to this Midwestern town where he does a little soul-searching and really finds himself. It’s a story of redemption, and I play a character named Dax that has a problem with the bottle, for lack of a better term. It’s a fun and very family-friendly Christmas story about second chances. It will air on the Up Network, which features family-friendly and uplifting content.”

CBS: It sounds like a fantastic feel-great holiday movie, perfect for a night in with the family. Do you have family movie nights with your own family?

DL: “Absolutely. We actually had a movie night last night. My daughter had a sleepover, so she had a handful of her friends over and my three-year-old boy obviously wanted to get in the mix the whole time and annoy them. We have movie nights all the time.”

CBS:  You also partnered up with Buckle Up for Life to help keep families safe on the road.  Can you tell us about the initiative and your role?

DL:Buckle Up for Life is a partnership between Toyota and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. As a parent, it really spoke to me because I can’t tell you the number of times you’re in a rush and you just put your kids in the car, buckle them in, and go. You never take the time to make sure that the car seat’s adjusted the right way and make sure that they’re snug in there. It’s not necessarily anything parents are doing wrong– it’s just that parents don’t have the right information. BuckleUpForLife.org is a website where parents can go to to get literally everything from safety technicians in your area who can help you put in your car seat to tricks for making sure it’s tight enough. You can also see the expiration dates on car seats. Who knew that car seats had expiration dates? I had no idea. It’s a great resource for parents to use to make sure their kids are safe in the car.”

CBS: How do you keep your own family safe when you’re traveling? What should every parent know? 

DL: “Number 1. Make sure that your kid is in the right car seat. Three out of four children are either in the wrong car seat or it’s improperly installed. It’s definitely something that we need to address…we need to make sure that we take two minutes out of our day to make sure it’s right.  You also have to make sure the car seat is adjusted correctly with the change of the seasons. What I’ve noticed is that kids put on these winter coats or take off coats depending on which day of the week it is.  Some people don’t adjust the straps and then they’re either too tight in there or too loose in there. It’s the little things like that, and also making sure that the car seat is installed in the car properly.  If they move more than an inch either way, it’s not tight enough. All these little hints, tricks, and tips are right there on the website, and they are from some of the world’s foremost experts in child safety who know what they’re talking about. BuckleUpForLife.org is a great place to go.”

CBS: How are your kids Isabella and Hudson doing? What do they like to do for fun these days?

DL: “This morning we were just throwing snowballs. For the most part, they’re just active kids. My daughter loves to perform and my son’s a little tornado. They love music and love dancing. I don’t know where they get that from. [laughs] They just naturally want to do that. They’re fun-loving, compassionate, and artistic kids. I’m sure every parent thinks their kids are the best in the world, and I’m no different. I have some great kids.”

CBS: If we ask them what kind of father you are, what would they tell us? What is your parenting style?

DL: “That’s a good question. I try to be fun but I also try to be no-nonsense.  Manners are very important in our house, such as respecting and being compassionate towards other people. At the same time, you don’t have to be hard-lined with that. You can have fun and make things entertaining.  I try to be a good balance. Would they say that? I don’t know.  But that’s what I try to be.”

CBS: How has fatherhood changed you?

DL: “Over the past seven years, fatherhood has changed me completely one hundred percent.  Everybody says it changes your life, but it ultimately flips your life one hundred and eighty degrees and changes it massively, but all for the better.  Your values, what’s important to you, how you look at life, and how you view yourself changes. You have to take a look at yourself and see how these little eyes are going to remember you and how they’re going to imitate you and what they’re going to take away from you as they grow up.  My daughter’s sees how I treat her mom and that’s how she’s going to gage how every guy’s supposed to treat her. You want to make sure you’re setting the right example for your kids.” 

CBS:  You married your high school sweetheart. How do you keep the romance alive amidst diapers and carpools?

DL: “Luckily, my kids are out of diapers now so it makes it a little easier.  It’s something that every couple has to make the effort to do.  You number one priority becomes making sure that your children are  happy, healthy, and safe. At the same time, you have to still give each other enough attention and love to keep the marriage strong and healthy as well. Everything is about finding that balance between having time for your spouse and your marriage and also time for your kids. Calling a babysitter and going out on date night is not a bad thing. It’s something that we definitely try to do. Being here in Cincinnati, we also have family that can come and help out and babysit. We definitely try and take advantage of our date nights.”

CBS: Can you tell us about your holiday plans? Do you have any special holiday traditions?

Drew: “We have lots of traditions. Luckily for us, now that we’re back in Cincinnati, most of our family is here. As opposed to having to fly across country to spend the holidays with our family, we can literally just drive down the road now, which makes it a little bit easier. We’re foodies, so we definitely stuff our faces for three days straight during the holidays. We have Thanksgiving, and then we have leftovers, and then we have leftovers of the leftovers. It’s a big deal for us, and the Christmas holiday is huge too. Ultimately, it just comes down to spending time with family. My wife has a huge family, so it’s always a fun time.”

CBS: Will there be any visits to Santa this year?

Drew: ”Yes. We went to the Cincinnati Zoo and Santa was there. We saw him and my kids were in shock that Santa showed up at the zoo and that mommy and daddy knew him.  We go way back, Santa and us. We have good kids and Santa usually spoils them pretty good come Christmastime. “

CBS:  What’s up next for you? Are you working on any musical projects?

DL: “Right now, I’m taking the holiday off.  It’s been a busy year with the tour and all that fun stuff. I’m sure I’ll get back to auditioning come pilot season and see what’s out there. I continue to work and audition, but while I’m here in Cincinnati my wife and I teach at the school we graduated from and run our art camp, so between jobs I’m still working. There’s never a dull moment.”


Source: Drew Lachey: Fatherhood “Flips Your Life One Hundred And Eighty Degrees”

Paul Rudd Brought The Cast Of Anchorman 2 To SNL

On December 8, 2013, in Article, Celeb, eBooks, Entertainment, Music, Videos, by nadia

Paul Rudd hosted Saturday Night Live for the third time last night and he not only brought the laughs–he brought what seemed to be the entire cast of Anchorman 2 to the stage. Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell and David Koechner joined Rudd to take on musical guest One Direction in an “Afternoon Delight” sing-off and Kristen Wiig brought her “Doonice” character back in a Sound of Music sketch. Former Saturday Night Live star Kristen Wiig was the first Anchorman 2 cast member to pop up during the night.

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Paul Rudd hosted Saturday Night Live for the third time last night and he not only brought the laughs–he brought what seemed to be the entire cast of Anchorman 2 to the stage. Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell and David Koechner joined Rudd to take on musical guest One Direction in an “Afternoon Delight” sing-off and Kristen Wiig brought her “Doonice” character back in a Sound of Music sketch.

Former Saturday Night Live star Kristen Wiig was the first Anchorman 2 cast member to pop up during the night. She reprised her “Doonice” character in a condensed version of NBC’s recent Sound of Music event and groped everyone with her tiny hands. Fred Armisen also showed up at the end of the sketch as Lawrence Welk, the character who usually introduced Doonice in the past.

Wiig is a new addition to the Anchorman family, but the film’s original stars stormed the monologue.

Paul Rudd explained in his monologue (which is sadly not available on Hulu) that he was eclipsed by the musical guests in his previous hosting bids and that would not happen again. That’s when One Direction showed up. Sensing a power struggle, Rudd called upon Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell and David Koechner to come on stage and join him in an “Afternoon Delight” sing-off with the British boy band. By the end of the sing-off, the guys had joined forces as “Nine Direction.”

Ferrell and Koechner returned in the last sketch of the night which was a reprise of the classic ’90s “Bill Brasky” sketches. Anchorman 2 director (and former SNL writer) Adam McKay tweeted yesterday that he had written it.

Saturday Night Live returns next week with host John Goodman and musical guest Kings of Leon.

[Photo Credit: NBC]

Source: Paul Rudd Brought The Cast Of Anchorman 2 To SNL

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