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Frisky Q & A: Toni Collette Talks Season 2 Of “The United States Of Tara”

Fascinating fact about Toni Collette: she is the second most recognizable and highest-paid Australian actress in Hollywood, after Nicole Kidman. However, if you put the two of them in a cool contest, Toni would win every day of the week. Ever since Toni played Muriel, an ABBA- and wedding-obsessed woman who escapes her abusive father in “Muriel’s Wedding,” she has built an awesomely diverse career, starring in indie flicks like “About a Boy,” “Velvet Goldmine,” and “Little Miss Sunshine.” And then last year she made the switch to the small screen, in Showtime’s “United States of Tara,” playing a suburban mom with Dissociative Identity Disorder who fractures into a ’50s housewife, a bratty teenager, and a male Vietnam vet anytime she gets stressed. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Diablo Cody, this show is one of the best on television, and Toni won an Emmy for the role. After the jump, Toni dishes exclusively to The Frisky about everything, from this season’s newest alter ego—a ’70s flower child—to the alter she’d most like to add to the show. Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: The Old Spice Guy Gives Dating Advice

The Frisky: What do you like a woman to smell like?
Isaiah Mustafa: Butterflies and salt taffy.

The Frisky: What was it like working on the Old Spice commercial? We heard you filmed the commercial in one shot — and that it took something like 50 or 60 takes to get it right.

Isaiah Mustafa: Everything had to happen perfectly. There were so many technical aspects to it: The bathroom has to shoot up in the air, the shirt has to land right, the oyster has to open up, the horse has to stay in place. Not everything is going to go perfectly every single time, so we just had to keep going for it.

The Frisky: Did it get old saying the same lines over and over?

IM: Not at all. I knew them inside and out by take 50-something, or whatever magic number we got it. The longer we did it, the easier it got.

The Frisky: Did anything in particular inspire your performance?

IM: This is the only voice I tried. The first time I looked at the script, I just read it as an announcer. Then I thought about it, and I was like, No, I gotta be a little more suave, like that guy every man wants to be and every woman wants to be with. So I made my voice a lot deeper and threw it back. Not like a yuckster, not like certain radio or TV guys do, not like game show hosts, but just deeper and more masculine, like George Hamilton.

The Frisky: We hear you have a girlfriend. What does she think of your new popularity with the ladies?

IM: She loves it! Since the character is the guy every man wants to be and every woman wants to be with, she absolutely loves it because she gets to tell people, “That’s my man!” She’s like, “When I watch the commercial I don’t know what to do! I look at you in the ad telling me to look at my man, and then I look at my man and it’s you.” She’s all goofy about it.

The Frisky: Besides smelling good, what should a man should do to make the woman in his life happy?

IM: There are two things a man should learn how to do if he wants to please his lady. The first and most important thing is listen. And if you don’t know how to listen, learn how to pretend that you’re listening. One or the other. My girlfriend talks all the time, and I sit through and listen to everything. And sometimes she’ll go, “Wow, you bought me that, you heard me!” And I’m like, “Yeah, I heard you.”

The Frisky: What do you like a woman to smell like?
Isaiah Mustafa: Butterflies and salt taffy.

The Frisky: Can you help this reader who asked for advice, saying, “My relationship with my boyfriend has gotten a little stale lately, so I’d like to spice things up. Got any suggestions?”

IM: Believe it or not, the cheesy things work. Those are the kinds of things that men pay attention to, and I think women do, too. If you open a woman’s car door, that goes a long way. For men, it’s all visual and tangible; can we look at it, can we touch it? Lingerie does big things for me, and smells are amazing. You always remember someone’s smell, no matter what. You might not remember their name, but you’ll be like, Oh, that’s that girl who wore Michael Kors, or whatever it was. I would say make sure you look right and smell right. And high heels. Not trashy ones though. Nice, standard black high heels go a long way. And of course, they work with lingerie, too. Very simple and inexpensive.

The Frisky: Another reader wrote in with this: “My boyfriend has put on weight in the last few months and it’s starting to lessen my attraction to him. I love him so much — how can I encourage him, without hurting his feelings, to watch what he eats and start going to the gym?” What would you suggest she do?

IM: Yeah, she should put my commercial on and just stare at the picture of me. I’m kidding. I would say the best thing you can do is say something like, “Why don’t we go on walks every day” and then move the walks into jogs. And start making salads and pull back on pork chops and whatnot. Cut back on the starches, and take everything white out of the kitchen: no salt, no sugar, no flour. Just get rid of it!

The Frisky: Is that what you do to keep your six-pack?

IM: Me? I have to be fanatic about stuff like that, so yeah, I’m pretty good about my diet. I eat a lot of little meals throughout the day and make sure they’re well-rounded. Getting started is the tough thing, but once you get started, you’re fine. Once you’ve got the rhythm going, you’re good.

The Frisky: Is this commercial leading to other roles?

IM: It’s leading to a lot more opportunities, and it’s pilot season here in L.A. I’m just working on every audition so I can get in there and hopefully impress someone enough so they’ll give me a series.

The Frisky: Are you worried about being forever known as “The Old Spice Guy”?

IM: No, not at all. I don’t think Old Spice is going to be carrying on this character too much longer, and nowadays, you take what you can get and move into other things. The commercial is just one aspect of me as an actor; that’s just one character I can do.

Frisky Q & A: Julie Klausner Doesn’t Care About Your Band

A relationship book called Marry Him: The Case For Settling For Mr. Good Enough by Lori Gottlieb has been the topic of much blog discussion in the last few weeks, thanks to its controversial suggestion that women should throw out their list of dealbreakers, settle and marry the best guy they can find. Also on bookshelves? A far more entertaining and hysterical book about, in part, the very guys Gottlieb might implore you to settle for. Comedian Julie Klausner’s I Don’t Care About Your Band: What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I’ve Dated is a hysterical series of essays about the “lessons learned from romantic disappointments.” Klausner began chasing boys early — she describes a certain epiphany she had, mid-blow job, as “I remember thinking the moment I felt Nick’s goth penis in my mouth that I. Was. Home.” — eventually accumulating a treasure trove of tragically hilarious dating tales. After the jump, Klausner answers some of our more pertinent questions… Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Dating Blogger Maura Kelly Dishes On Her Year Of Living Flirtatiously

Maura Kelly has a unique job — she blogs about her dating life for Marie Claire. Her column, “A Year of Living Flirtatiously,” is a frank, humorous, self-deprecating account of her travails on the front lines of dating. The project started when Kelly realized that if she approached finding a man with as much zeal as she approached finding a job, she might find the man of her dreams. So far, no such luck, but here she shares with The Frisky her best dating advice, the weirdest date she’s been on thus far, and why what men really want is to be treated like a woman. Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Writer/Director Cherien Dabis Talks “Amreeka,” Tinseltown, And Netflix Picks

When Cherien Dabis was a teen growing up in small town Ohio, the First Gulf War broke out. Her family began getting death threats and her Palestinian father, a doctor, lost patients. These experiences came to inspire the filmmaker to write and direct the award-winning “Amreeka,” a movie that tells the story of Muna, a single mother who leaves her life in the West Bank and moves to Illinois with her teenage son, Fadi. While their move to the United States is filled with obstacles, the movie isn’t a total downer. In fact, it’s filled with amazing family moments that are often sweet and funny, showing a different side of the conflict. Cherien spoke to The Frisky about how similar life experiences drove her to become a filmmaker, what it was like to make a film in Palestine, and which movies we should add to our Netflix queue. Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Author Elizabeth Gilbert Talks About Tying The Knot

After her hugely successful book, Eat, Pray, Love, was published, Elizabeth Gilbert settled into a lovely life with the man she met on that personal journey. Both she and the guy, known as Felipe in the book, had been married and divorced before, and they told themselves they weren’t going to get married again; just promising commitment to one other was enough. That is, until the U.S. Department of Homeland Security decided not to let Felipe, a Brazilian with an Australian passport, back into the country after a trip overseas. Sure, the two could have settled down elsewhere, but they wanted to live near family and friends, so the only real option for getting Felipe permission to reenter the United States was for he and Elizabeth to get married.

While they waited for immigration to look into their case — Felipe needed to secure a fiancé visa and wouldn’t be able to return to the States until he was given one — the two bided their time by traveling around the world together, living as inexpensively as possible in Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, Elizabeth looked into this thing called marriage. What was the big deal about it? Why didn’t many last? How has it changed over the years, and what does that mean for us? Beyond the obvious questions, she considered every possible angle, including points of view I had never, ever considered, and wrote about how she came to terms with the institution (because she didn’t have much of a choice) in Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage, which hit stores yesterday. She spoke with The Frisky about the joys and trials of matrimony. Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Jennie Ketcham Talks “Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew,” Leaving Porn, & Tiger Woods

For the last month and a half, I have been utterly glued to “Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew” on VH1, in which the salt-and-pepper-haired Dr. Drew Pinsky counsels semi-famous entertainers who are battling sex addiction. We’ve written a bit about the topic on The Frisky, sometimes expressing dubiousness that it’s even that common, but the show has definitely taught me — oh, the power of television! — that sex addiction is extremely complicated. In fact, in the show’s voice-over, Pinsky says that sex addiction is as harmful as drug or alcohol addiction.

All of the patients being treated on the show are dealing with sex addiction that has manifested itself in different ways, but I’ve found Jennie Ketcham’s story to be the most compelling. Ketcham arrived on the show as Penny Flame, her porn alter ego. As anyone who has watched Pinsky’s previous treatment shows knows, he insists on calling his patients by their given names and not the personas they’ve crafted, often to shield their demons. And so Penny Flame became “Jennie” again and almost immediately, it seemed, at least to me as a viewer, that Ketcham’s recovery from sex addiction began. Since the show wrapped, Ketcham has left porn and Penny Flame behind and has started a blog, Becoming Jennie, which chronicles her recovery. In her first entry she wrote, “My name is Jennie Ketcham, and I am a recovering porn star. And addict. This day, as every day, is the first day of the rest of my life, and I intend to live it to the fullest.”

After the jump, Jennie talks with The Frisky about being a sex addict, how “Sex Rehab” changed her life, how she feels about porn now, and what her plans are for the future. Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Erica Kennedy, Author Of “Bitch Lit” Novel “Feminista”

Erica Kennedy is known to many readers for her hip-hop novel Bling, but her latest novel, Feminista, has been making waves for its so-called entry into the “bitch lit” genre and its unapologetically ballsy protagonist, Sydney, a writer who finds love almost despite herself. Kennedy, who blogs about “feministas” in pop culture, from Michelle Obama to “The Princess and the Frog,” at The Feminista Files, answered our questions via email. Check out the interview, after the jump! Keep reading »

MERRIme.com: Episode 15

On the season finale of “MERRIme.com,” Mr. Weisman interrupts Merri’s “binge” and reinstates his original ultimatum. MAC and Jess comfort a very down-and-out Merri, when a familiar face arrives on her doorstep. Who could it be? Cliffhanger, cliffhanger? [MERRIme.com] Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Crystal Renn Is America’s Next Top Plus-Size Model (And Author)

Crystal Renn Hungry photo

Kind of ironic, huh? A book called Hungry that I just ate right up as quickly as I could. But model Crystal Renn‘s autobiography is that good. Seriously, I could not put down Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition, and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves for two days straight.

In her incredible memoir, written with former Sassy health editor Marjorie Ingall, Crystal shares how she was just a teen girl living with her grandmother in Clinton, Mississippi, when a modeling scout changed her life. The scout approached her at a charm school class and said Crystal could be just like Gisele Bundchen if she wanted to—meaning, she had to take off a lot of weight. Over the next several months, a 165-pound Crystal became anorexic, starving herself so she could drop 70 pounds and become a “straight-size” model. Keep reading »

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