20 posts tagged Look Who We Met
Look Who We Met: Olympic Figure Skater Ashley Wagner
"As a lifelong Olympics fanatic, I was beyond thrilled to meet the lovely—and wonderfully outspoken—Ashley Wagner. The Sochi Olympics bronze medal-winning figure skater stopped by the InStyle office to show off her new accessory from the team figure skating competition (it’s heavy in person) and to chat fashion, beauty and, oh yeah, ice skating.
As I divulged my fan-girl status over the Olympics, she surprised me by doing the same about InStyle. ‘I grew up on the magazine,’ she revealed. ‘It’d be like 5 a.m. before skating practice and I’d be eating my oatmeal and flipping through InStyle!’ We then shuttled her off to the fashion closet, where she oohed and aahed over the latest styles, like I did over her triple lutzes and toe loops. To each her own.”
—Pam Majumdar, InStyle International Assistant
Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com
My Favorite InStyle Moment: In Montauk With Alec Baldwin
Photo caption: InStyle photo crew in 2000, including Angela Matusik, in green coat center, and Alec Baldwin, far right.
During my first stint at InStyle, from 1994 to 2003, I interviewed countless celebrities. I covered film festivals, award shows, and best of all edited the Man of Style column, which allowed me to sit down and probe male icons about serious subjects like grooming and footwear. The one that I love to recall the most was a story we did with Alec Baldwin in July 2000. Today, as the media world is a buzz with the news that he is “retiring from public life” it seems worth officially remembering.
The interview, which took place in Baldwin’s Upper West Side apartment, was the kind every writer hopes for when hitting the record button with a subject. A natural raconteur, Baldwin can speak at ease on just about any subject you toss his way. This Q&A was light fare, and he seemed delighted that someone would care to ask his opinions on things like the art of shaving and how to dress best when in Washington, D.C. But the thing that set Baldwin apart from most actors is that he so clearly embraced the joy of conversation: He wasn’t just interested in himself, he wanted to have a discourse, to make it a two-way street. It’s that same curiosity one can hear when listening to his WNYC podcasts, Here’s The Thing. Baldwin is a man who likes to talk—and he’s very good at it.
For the photo shoot, we met Baldwin a couple of days later in his then-home turf of Montauk, Long Island. At the time he was married to Kim Basinger and he freely gushed over both her and their four-year-old daughter, Ireland. As evident from the way his eyes sparked when talking about Basinger and from the hearty belly laughs that were produced when he spoke on the phone with her, he was a man in love.
A consummate host, Baldwin insisted on showing us around the seaside hamlet, leading our caravan from one location to the next. I sat in the passenger seat of the car he drove, hoping to secure a few more tid-bits on the record before the day was done. For our last and final shot, we were searching for a hidden beach drive—a really hidden beach drive. We must have driven back-and-forth on the same stretch of beach road five times looking for the turn-off. Baldwin, clearly the biggest alpha male present and visibly frustrated, called the location company from his cell phone while driving to ask for directions. “We don’t have time for this,” he said in his gruff papa bear voice, “We’re losing the light.” (It’s a moment I relive every time I’m in the car with my husband and the GPS fails. I always say, “Lets pull over and and look at the map” though we never do… Ladies, you know what I’m talking about.)
Eventually, we found the beach turn-off and scrambled over the dunes to take the photos. The twilight hues were perfect, and of course, those images ended up being the best of the day. When it was all over, Baldwin graciously agreed to pose for a group photo (above), though he so clearly had had enough of us and just wanted to get home to his family.
In his Vulture piece about his desire to retract from public life, Baldwin does not say he wants to stop acting. And for that I am grateful. Perhaps one day he’ll make a movie he needs to promote and will gingerly step back into the public relations game to call attention to something of which he’s proud. If and when that happens, call me, Alec. We’ll have a nice chat.
—Angela Matusik, InStyle.com Executive Editor
Look Who We Met: Yael Stone from Orange is the New Black
"As an Orange Is the New Black fan, I was reeling with excitement when I heard that Yael Stone, aka Lorna Morello—the short-haired bus driver and BFF to all inmates at Litchfield—was dropping by our office for a quick chat. And I was delighted to discover that Stone is just as chirpy as her character, minus the Brooklyn-Italian accent (she’s from Australia!). When we handed her a copy of our March issue, she gushed over how beautiful Nicole Kidman—a fellow Aussie—looks on the cover.
Sans jumpsuit, Stone is quite the style maven herself. Acclimating to the cold weather in Queens, where she now resides, the actress kept her look put-together yet practical in a pair of slim-fit printed Zara trousers, a black tuxedo blazer layered over a bright yellow button-down, a statement necklace, and Guess flats. Since there was no orange in her outfit, we kindly asked that she pose with one—and, ever the good sport, she did. For this, we grant her visitation rights anytime.”
—Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant
Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com
Look Who We Met: Bella Thorne
"With subzero temps, polar vortexes and perpetual gray-snowy skies in New York, the last thing I’d want to do is expose my skin. Bella Thorne, however, doesn’t mind. When the triple-threat actress, singer, dancer squeezed in a visit to the InStyle offices during her busy New York Fashion Week schedule, she arrived in a cropped H&M sweater accessorized with a Coordinates bracelet (it showed the latitude and longitude of her Florida hometown).
This type of ab-baring, anything-but-timid outfit wasn’t a one-time deal, either. “Crop tops are my new favorite thing to wear,” she told me. “I had ‘em on at the Alice + Olivia and Lacoste shows, too.” After chatting with her, it’s clear her warmth radiates from the inside—every single editor she met received a hug, myself included.”
—Brooke Mazurek, InStyle Assistant Editor
Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com
Look Who We Met: Susan Gregg Koger, Founder of ModCloth
"This morning we got the sunniest visit ever from the founder of one of our long time (since 2002!) fave sites, the retro-haven and designer-collaborative site ModCloth. The always adorable Susan Gregg Koger popped in from San Fran to catch us up on new goings-on with the site and app, including killer crowdsourced fit capabilities, a cool Portlandia contest coming up (spot on, amirite?!), and then we oohed and ahhed over cat bedsheets, polka dot bathing suits, and polka dot business cards. At ModCloth, it’s all happy all the time.” — Isabel Gonzalez-Whitaker, InStyle Fashion Features Editor
Look Who We Met: Lupita Nyong’o
InStyle Beauty Director Kahlana Barfield posed with her girl crush Lupita Nyong’o at our 12 Years a Slave celebration last night.
Who We Met: Singer Christina Perri
Who: NYC InStyle Staffers (from left): Jennifer Ferrise, Claire Stern, Andrea Cheng, Marianne Mychaskiw, Kim Peiffer, Josephine Cusumano, Sharon Clott, Grace Gavilanes, Kelsey Glein, Jennifer Davis and Sarah Balch
Where: NYC Office
Kelsey says: “Yesterday, we were treated to a visit from adorable singer Christina Perri, who previewed four tracks for the InStyle team off her upcoming album. We all know Christina from her “Jar of Hearts” and “A Thousand Years” fame, and were excited to see what she has in store for her next record. Honestly, she is prepping some amazing tracks—we were truly moved! While the majority of details is still under wraps (the album won’t drop until spring 2014), we can say that the new mix of songs include the ballads Christina is known for, as well as some upbeat tunes. We’re particularly excited about a secret, to-be-announced duet and “I Believe,” a song she debuted earlier this year and decided to include on the record. It was so interesting to hear the story behind each song she shared with us, and really get a look into her soul through the music. Christina also dished about her love of SoulCycle (which we knew about from her Instagram and string of tweets) and her fans (aka “penguins”). We loved having her!”
Photo Credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com
Flashback! Remembering When We Met Charlie Hunnam from Sons of Anarchy
Charlie Hunnam has been the talk of the town ever since he was set to star as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey. He rocked headlines once more when news broke that he backed out of the gig. But we knew him before all of that went down.
"The last time I sat down with actor Charlie Hunnam was in Park City, Utah in 2011 when he was promoting his film The Ledge at the Sundance Film Festival. He was such a cool guy! We chatted about how he grew up playing rugby in Newcastle, England—his hometown that he doesn’t visit often since his move to Los Angeles to film his hit FX show Sons of Anarchy. What we also learned: Charlie is a cozy weather kind of a guy. ‘Living in LA, I kind of miss the cold weather,’ he told me. ‘I love the opportunity to break out the hats and the scarves.’ Case in point: His bundled-up outfit here!”
—Karen Levy, Senior Entertainment Editor, LA Office
Who We Met: Emily Bett Rickards and Colton Haynes from CW’s Arrow
Who: West Coast Bureau of InStyle: Karen Levy, Tessa Trudeau, Glynis Costin, Nicola Jones, Janelle Grodsky
Stars: Emily Bett Rickards and Colton Haynes
Where: LA Office
Karen says: “Over the summer, we were treated to a visit from not one, but two stars from one of our favorite TV shows, Arrow. They each came in on separate days due to their shooting schedule and gave us insight on what to expect in Season Two, but we were sworn to secrecy so you’ll have to watch to find out what happens! We can tell you that in real life Emily is addicted to Instagram and is an avid tweeter (her handle is @emilybett for both!). We swapped filter tips.
When Colton arrived at our office a couple weeks later, our editorial assistant, Tessa Trudeau, who is normally never star-struck, pushed me to the side to get closer to the former Abercrombie model when it was picture time. But he is used to being gushed over by his fans, which dates back to his Teen Wolf fame. After meeting him, I get it now.”
An all-new season of Arrow starts tonight on the CW!
Photo Credit: Janelle Grodsky, LA Office
Behind-the-Scenes: InStyle’s 12th Annual Summer Soiree
"On Wednesday, August 14th, Ariel Foxman and the West Coast Editors of InStyle hosted our summer bash poolside at the Mondrian Los Angeles hotel. Our nearest and dearest friends (275 of them!), including some of the new fall TV and film talent, joined us for muddled fruit mojitos, New England lobster rolls, and sweet treats from Crumbs Bake Shop and Ben & Jerry’s. Guests also got to preview and enter for a chance to win our InStyle capsule collection with Nine West and get pampered by Murad, Essie Nails, and Moroccanoil. Our favorite part was the pools’ transformation from Hollywood hotel to seaside Hamptons by the awesome designer, Gina Wade.
Check out some of our pics at InStyle.com and on our Instagram hashtag #InStyleSoiree.”
-Karen Levy, Senior Entertainment Editor, and Janelle Grodsky, Associate Editor, LA office
Photo credit: Janelle Grodsky