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Frisky Q&A: Taryn Manning Talks About Playing “Radically Unapologetic,” “Bible-Thumping Freakazoid” Pennsatucky On “Orange Is The New Black”

Frisky Q&A: Taryn Manning Talks About Playing "Radically Unapologetic," "Bible-Thumping Freakazoid" Pennsatucky On "Orange Is The New Black"
Q&A: Laverne Cox
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Like many of you, one of my favorite new shows from the last year is Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” based on the memoir of the same name (by Piper Kermen) that I read a couple of years ago. While I enjoyed the book, I love that the show has become a vehicle for telling all the prisoners’ stories, not just the main protagonist’s, and as a result, I think it’s one of the most successful character-driven narratives on the small screen. All of the characters are interesting and engaging to watch, so it’s hard to pick a favorite, but I have been totally fascinated by Pennsatucky, the meth-addicted Christian evangelist played by Taryn Manning. Last week, I got a chance to sit down for a few minutes with Manning at an event honoring beauty industry icon Beth Minardi (who gave Taryn that awesome shade of auburn in the photo above), and she gave me further insight into what makes Pennsatucky tick. Check out Q&A after the jump! Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: “Community”‘s Gillian Jacobs Loves “Dominick The Donkey” And That, My Friends, Is Absurdly Awesome

Frisky Q&A: Gillian Jacobs

Gillian Jacobs is a truly awesome human being. When she’s not therapizing her cohorts as Britta on “Community” or killin’ it on the local comedy scene in Los Angeles, she’s taking time to answer a few of our random questions about everything from celebrity crushes to personal theme songs and more. I’ve always thought Gillian was great, but her diplomatic answer to my Blue Ivy versus North West showdown sealed the deal. Check out the full interview with her after the jump!

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Frisky Q&A: Discussing The 2013 Cicada Invasion With My Dad, A Man Who Loves Cicadas

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2013 Cicadas

As you probably know by now, the cicadas are coming. Thirty billion cicadas, to be exact, are poised to swarm the northeastern United States pretty much any day now after spending the past 17 years underground. Many of my east coast friends have already vowed to stay inside for four to six weeks while the cicadas dutifully buzz, breed, and die; others are dreading the inevitable clean-up of the billions of crunchy post-coital cicada corpses. But one person I know is really excited about the cicada invasion: my dad. For as long as I can remember, cicada breeding seasons have been like extended Christmases for my family. I’d often find my dad out in the yard listening to the cicadas’ deafening buzz with his eyes closed, as if it were the most beautiful symphony he’d ever heard. On the exciting occasion that he would catch one of the massive insects, he’d pass it around to my brothers and me, instructing us to gently close our hands around it and feel the vibrations emitted by its trademark buzzing. Even a passionate bug hater like me had to admit it was pretty cool.

How could anyone love these much-loathed insects? Why are they so damn loud? Can cicadas hurt people? What advice does he have for people who are scared of this year’s “Swarmageddon”? Read on to get the scoop on cicadas from their biggest fan, my dad… Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: “It’s A Disaster” Star Julia Stiles Loves Spanish Judge Judy, But Hates Brunch

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julia stiles

Looking over Julia Stiles’ IMDB page is a reminder she’s more than just the woman we know and love from “10 Things I Hate About You.” Yeah, that movie was my everything during high school and college. But she’s had a looooong career doing different movies and TV. Whether you fell for her in “Dexter,” “Silver Linings Playbook” or “Save The Last Dance,” you have to agree Julia is a solid actress.

In her latest dark comedy, “It’s A Disaster,” Julia stars as Tracy, a woman who goes on her third date with Glen (played by David Cross) to brunch with all her coupled friends. More specifically, friends who are couples who are fighting. If that’s not an awkward enough premise for newcomer Glen, very quickly into the film there comes news that a national disaster is afoot. The phone lines go out, the windowframes all get taped up, and it’s time to start heavily drinking and/or air old grievances. It is a disaster in more ways than one … but it’s very funny.

I talked with Julia about the end of the world and the hazards of brunch and along the way learned she has a secret love of Spanish language television, including the Spanish version of “Judge Judy.” Who knew?!

Our Q&A, after the jump!

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Frisky Q&A: Kelly Oxford Talks About Her Hilarious New Memoir, Going From Stay-At-Home Mom To Breadwinner & Meeting David Copperfield’s Mermaid

Kelly Oxford's Book!
Our review of "Everything Is Perfect When You're A Liar." Read More »

Full disclosure: I am more than a little obsessed with Kelly Oxford. The Canadian blogger turned Twitter celeb turned screenwriter just released her first book, the memoir Everything Is Perfect When You’re A Liar, and it’s seriously one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. I have to stop myself from retweeting every single one of her deadpan missives on Twitter. Her husband James looks like bearded Jon Hamm and her three children — Salinger, 11; Henry, 8; and Bea, 4 — are adorable. She owns the Isabel Marant wedge sneakers that I want but can’t afford. So when I got the opportunity to talk to Kelly about her book and her other upcoming projects, naturally I kept her on the phone for as long as possible. After the jump, Kelly talks about the process of writing all of the essays in Everything Is Perfect When You’re A Liar; the differences between Canadians and Americans; what it’s like to have switched roles with her husband so she’s now the “breadwinner” after 10 years of being a stay-at-home mom; what pal David Copperfield — yes, the magician — has hidden on his private island; and which celeb she totally could have dated at 17. Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Starstruck Author Rachel Shukert On Old Hollywood Glamour & New Teenage Problems

Here are some things you should know about author Rachel Shukert: She looks an awful lot like Kathleen Hanna; she wrote and recorded an amazing awards show-worthy Oscar movie medley; she recaps so-campy-it-hurts “Smash” for funsies; and she’s the author of three of my favorite books ever. Shukert’s first two, Everything Is Going To Be Great and Have You No Shame?were memoirs, the former a hilarious meditation on her post-college European travels, the latter, essays and stories about growing up Jewish in Omaha, Nebraska. Here’s how great Everything Is Going To Be Great is: I almost (almost!) stole my librarian friend’s library copy so I could finish it (I now own my own).

Her latest, Starstruck, may seem like an unlikely departure. It’s a young adult novel set in the 1930s about teenager Margaret Frobischer, who leaves her well-to-do family behind to pursue success in Hollywood. On the lot of Olympus Studios, Margaret (renamed Margo by the studio) befriends fellow starlet Gabby Preston, ogles leading man Dane Forrest, and puzzles over the mystery of star Diana Chesterfield’s disappearance. And here’s why Starstruck is great: it’s rife with juicy period details, and exposes the seedy side of what it took to succeed in the film industry — plus, it has tons of fascinating little tidbits about life in the weird Hollywood studio system. And don’t let the “young adult” moniker fool you — there’s plenty of torrid romance, drama and unseemly characters to hook even the most depraved grownup.

I spoke to Rachel about Starstruck, her writing process, and her enduring love for all things Old Hollywood. Check out our interview after the jump, and don’t forget to grab your copy of Starstruck, available online and in bookstores now. Keep reading »

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