Ever get a last minute call to do something that both thrills and scares the heck out of you? Well that was me March 10, 2011. I got a call to go on a road trip with Joshua Jackson and the Mercedes team to showcase the co.’s new fuel cell car.
I said yes but didn’t even have all the details. It turned out to be one of the best gigs of my career! Of course it started out shaky (good things sometimes start out that way!), my cameraman got detained at the border and couldn’t make the trip, so I had to produce this 2 day shoot with a camera team I’d never met and interview a Canadian actor I was about to spend 2 days with in a compact car-ALONE! I know how to do my job and interview just about anyone but it was still pretty jarring to find out after touching down in Redding, California, that I’d have to actually spend some one on one time with the actor in the car, no back up, so to speak!
Let me say, sometimes you gotta just take a leap of faith! Actually, there was no turning back at that point, I was on site and fully committed! So, I met the crew and Josh, a few minutes after landing and then we were off on our road trip. 1st part of the trip was a full car, I was directing the Mercedes crew on the type of shots I needed, got a partial interview with josh, right off the bat. Then, a few hours into the drive the crew hopped into following vans to get exterior shots and it was just me and Josh in the car. All I could do was be myself which is exactly what he did. It turned out to be the coolest, easiest time I’ve ever had with someone I’d never met before. I’m not going to go into detail about everything we talked about but we talked a whole lot; family, mothers, politics, the environment and then some! The final piece that aired on ET Canada was a story I was seriously proud of! (Go to ET Canada.com, punch in Josh Jackson to find video) Proud, like when you learned to ride a bike without the training wheels before every other kid on your block, proud! I even shot part of the interview myself using my Flip cam. This adventure taught me sometimes the scariest, most unpredictable events in your life can turn out be the most fun and most rewarding. The next time you run into a challenge what will you do?
Melissa’s a rock star with enough guts to fuel half the planet. Her voice is packed with texture and character. Her lyrics, unapologetic and so revealing. Melissa had a big ole battle with breast cancer and won. Remember when miss thang did her thang and performed bald after she lost her hair going through chemo? She tells me you have to face your fears. “Don’t try and avoid it, it’ll just come back and bite you.” Melissa knows what it feels like to almost lose it all so she’s decided to live her life right NOW. She doesn’t put off the tough stuff or the uncomfortable things. She said once she faced fear she realized there’s no time like the present to appreciate what you have and to go get what you want.
Melissa Etheridge, you’re a kick ass chick! Now let me go conquer some of my fears!
Jay, Jay! The dude from around my way! Montreal that is. Interviewed the proudly Canadian actor Jay Baruchel at the Genie Awards in Ottawa March 2011. He was good to go, his movie, ‘The Trotsky’ had picked up a Genie and he won ‘The User’ Award- we’re both still trying to figure out exactly what that one’s all about- beating out some stiff competition like Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. Yeah, he won big that night but the lanky actor from NDG, (Holler if you’re from the hood!) Quebec was smiling for a whole other reason…dude’s in LOVE. He proudly told me he’s engaged to actress Alison Pill. He could barely sit still when talking about his purposal and how the two will be married Sept 2011 or was it 2012?
Love’s a good thing. keep it, cherish it and let it rule!
William Shatner! On March 22, 2011 this witty, energetic personable YOUNG man will be 80! The key to his longevity? Dude knows how to laugh and laugh at himself! We all need that kind of humour in our lives. When I interviewed Bill in Ottawa just before he hosted the 31st Genie Awards, my man was cool as a cucumber, full of opinion on any and everything and always ready to share a joke and a story. He told me about a relative who was on his last leg, hooked up to machines and in a lot of pain. He went to a hospice to “check out”. They put him on some pain killers, pulled out the tubes and figured he’d be out for the count in a matter of days BUT the opposite happened, he healed and is alive and kicking years later. William says the guy just surrendered to it all, went with the flow, got quiet and got better! Maybe there’s a message in there for anyone knocking their head against the wall trying to make something happen? Try this guy’s approach and just go with it!
You’re a good man William Shatner! Keep doing what you do and thanks for the wicked fun interview!
Paul Haggis recently split from the Church of Scientology and has been feeling the heat ever since. My interview with him at the Bell Lightbox in Toronto mid January came with one warning: “No questions about Scientology!” Guess what?! He brought it up, with a little bit of prodding on my part! He didn’t like some of the stuff going on in the church so he left. The dude’s a brave cat who isn’t easily scared. I’m glad I got the chance to interview him, my 2nd in as many years, I get inspired when I talk to smart, kind and focused folks and he’s one of them! He’s still about making movies and helping those who can’t readily help themselves, hence, his Artist Through Peace and Justice organization. He’s not showy or self important but he is super smart and ready to roll up his sleeves and help. Hats off to you Paul Haggis for stepping out on your own and doing what you believe is right-you maverick, you! Now, I have to re-watch the Academy Award winning movie Crash and get a dose of his movie making genius all over again!!
I love NY! First I hear Alicia Keys‘ Empire state of Mind(love that song!), then I spot Larry King at my hotel, yep, I’m in the big apple! King may seem kinda frail but he keeps on keepin on, gonna miss him when he’s off TV.
Instead of taking a cab to screen Life as we Know It with Katherine Heigl, I walk ’cause traffic in the city is NUTS! Yep, worse than usual. The UN is hosting the world and NY’s finest are on high alert. Fine with me, I walk, therefore I shop!
Walking for a bit and hey! I didn’t know Mariah Carey has her own store! [edit: okay, she doesn't haver her own store, it's an Elizabeth Arden store all decked out in Mariah's perfumes.] Lots of pink perfume inside. Of course, it’s on swanky 5th ave. Love that diva!
Tomorrow, interviews with Justin Timberlake for Social Network, (fascinating flick) and Katherine Heigl and Fergie’s hubby Josh Duhamel. Wish me luck!
Oh! BTW, I bought a pair of jeans at Sisley at Columbus circle. Yep, I’m a happy diva!
So what’s it like to be a celebrity on the red carpet at The Toronto International Film Festival? Toronto actress Malin Akerman (The Proposal, Couples Retreat) handles it with poise and ease wearing a J.Mendel gown. She was at TIFF supporting her new film The Bang Bang Club, in which she stars opposite Ryan Philippe. Fashion critics were torn on whether the dress was fierce or a fashion faux pas. You be the judge!
OK, who says teens are hard to get along with? I’m not saying it’s always all perfect but it was so cool going to work with my kid (she hates it when I call her that) Micha. Give ‘em a little taste of the real world!
The Teen Choice Awards- it’s all about this young, fun vibe. Most of the celebs we talked to were all about gratitude. They know they’re the chosen few, the lucky ones who made it in the biz. BTW, Jimmy Fallon has the softest hands in the world!! Jackson Rathbone is all charm, Nina Dobrev is stunning, and Bronson Pelletier- what can I say- love him!
OK, now off to work out. It’s about weights this week. Med weight, lots and lots of reps! Building up endurance and strength. Gotta get ready for TIFF- it starts Sept 9. Come back and visit for celeb video and pics right here during Toronto’s huge party!!
One Love, Divajock
|“In this Paul Hardy dress I feel like the belle of the Oscar ball! Let me tell you, it was non stop glamour on the Oscar carpet in Hollywood Sunday night. My fave people on the carpet? The bold and beautiful Gabby Sidibe in blue. The effortless style of Sigourney Weaver and Sandra Bullock was radiant in a beautiful gold beaded Marchesa gown. The Oscars brought out the best in Hollywood. The stars were gracious and most were soaking up the sparkling Oscar event. Hats off to Sandra and Mo’Nique for staying so humble. Can I get a whoop, whoop for Katherine Bigelow, the first woman director to score the golden guy! Yep, that was pretty cool. And Yay! Jeff Bridges! After decades in the biz, “the big Lebowski” finally gets a gold statuette.”
|Rosey Edeh and company are hosted by TCHAD in this excellent video piece on their covershoot.|