Zachary Quinto Talks About “The Chair,” Mentoring & Being a Jack of All Trades

August 28th, 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Gossip, TV by Meli

I was lucky enough to be able to interview Zachary Quinto earlier this week about the new Starz docu-series he will be co-producing, The Chair. It has a really interesting premise, where two first-time directors are given the opportunity to direct separate films adapted from one original screenplay. Zach serves as a mentor for both directors, Anna Martemucci and Shane Dawson.

Photo by Chiun-Kai Shih

Zach is one of my absolute favorite actors (hello, I traveled to NYC to see him on Broadway last year), so I was really excited to have this opportunity. I especially loved that he listed J.J. Abrams and Leonard Nimoy as his inspirations during the interview. Hell, I’m not in the film industry, and Abrams is one of my inspirations! He also touched on his amazing Instagram bromance with James Franco (c’mon, you know you had a hard time breathing with some of those photos, ladies). As usual, I can’t wait to support Zach yet again on this new venture.

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On “The Chair,” you will be serving as mentor for the up and coming directors. After years of looking up to others and their craft, how does it feel to have the tables turned and have others seeking your advice and knowledge? 

I really love the opportunity to share the experiences that I’ve had with other people. It’s an incredibly gratifying position to be in and I want to utilize it to the fullest as I continue to grow my life and my career as an actor, a producer and film maker. Bringing people to a point that they otherwise would not have reached is something that I feel really good about – I feel really humbled by, and I’d like to continue it. I like to reach out to people that have ambition and are dreaming of a different level of experience than the one they might be having now.

With producing, Broadway, TV and movies under your belt, along with expressing the desire to direct, do you feel like you gravitate more towards one than the others?

I always consider myself an actor first and I feel like my experience reflects that. I’ve been acting since I was 10 years old and I hope that that will be the thing that I do forever, but as I continue to expand I want to inhabit that expansion. I want to diversify. The industry has changed so much that diversity is key in a way that it didn’t used to be, and I can see that. I also have an interest in cultivating a keen business mind, so I’m trying to navigate these waters from a number of different perspectives. Creativity is the foundation and the thing that I always want to come back to, but within that, I want to give myself opportunities to do other stuff and have other experiences. That’s why I started my company, that’s why I produce things and try to look at things from the business side as well, because that is also fascinating, but I would say that my gravitation is always towards acting and creating in that way.

Make sure to check out The Chair, premiering on Starz on September 6th at 11pm.
Wanna see more? Check out the trailer!

Special thanks to Gotham News for giving me this opportunity!

Oscars Round-Up

March 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Gossip by Meli

As I mentioned on my personal Facebook page yesterday, it’s kind of pathetic how happy red carpets make me. I don’t know if it’s the glitz and glam or the chance to see all my favorites in one spot, but I look forward to awards season the way others look forward to the Olympics or major sports games. Although the show itself can drag at times (Ellen did a great job this year – I loved the pizza party!), the red carpet never disappoints.

These were 6 of my favorite gowns of the night (although there were quite a few stunners): Olivia Wilde. Despite being pregnant, this woman looks FABULOUS. Her dress would have been gorgeous on anyone, not just for those growing another human being, which I appreciate (unlike Kerry Washington’s). Add the little touches like the bow neck and white stripe, and it just made it that much more special. Anne Hathaway. Slinky, elegant and just edgy enough. Although everyone finds her annoying, I still adore this girl, her style and talent. Naomi Watts. There was just something so feminine and classic about this white beauty. Together with the beautiful diamond necklace and killer clutch, it was flawless – much like Ms. Naomi. Idina Menzel. Sure, you can consider this one a little safe, but I adored the shade of deep forest green against Idina’s complexion and dark tresses (although I would have preferred her hair in an updo) and how it hugged her figure. And those diamonds! Perfect. Kristin Chenoweth. She looked like an Oscar statue! It was metallic, structured, graphic and completely appropriate for the event. Charlize Theron. The ultimate goddess. I loved the illusion straps, the silhouette and the slightly gothic train. It was just one of those dresses that stops you in your tracks.

Who were your favorites of the night?

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

February 14th, 2013 | Posted in Celebrity Gossip by Meli

Happy Valentines Day, readers!!!! Hope it’s every bit as full of love as every other day because you should never wait for a Hallmark holiday to express your love & gratitude for all the special people in your life!

Golden Globes: Best & Worst

January 14th, 2013 | Posted in Celebrity Gossip, Fashion by Meli

Welcome to awards season! Honestly, nothing gives me a thrill like live red carpet coverage. So much so that I took some time off of studying to totally indulge with wine (and laptop) in hand. I’m happy to say that there were definitely some stand outs, but unfortunately, there were a lot of wah wah moments as well. But you win some and you lose some, right?

Above are some of my highlights from the evening (l to r); Emily Blunt‘s gold sparkler // Lucy Liu‘s floral princess gown // Jessica Alba‘s coral mermaid // Michelle Dockery‘s gold & white slinky number.

But my absolute favorite of the night was…

Julianne Hough in a stunningly glittery and princess-like Monique Lhuillier. I know this dress isn’t for everyone, but I couldn’t love it more. It was so magical and festive (glitter! pouf!) – while still bringing in some edgy elements like her rockin’ hair (can someone please do this for me???) and tough accessories. I absolutely love the pairing and think it was perfect for the Golden Globes’ party-like atmosphere. Do you guys agree?

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Magical Moments Monday

May 14th, 2012 | Posted in Celebrity Gossip, Fashion, Music, Personal by Meli

x. seeing this setlist from a recent Garbage show.
x. lots of girl time!
x. big ideas, big things!
x. great time with the whole family <3
x. Anne Hathaway’s cute little ‘do.
x. Bush tickets purchased for Ritz Ybor!
x. Killing our yearly bee infestation like a boss.
x. Having a blast at The Limited event!
x. A Pinterest hair tutorial actually working (see pic below)!