The cover is shot by Eric Ray Davidson. (source)
The cover is shot by Eric Ray Davidson. (source)
The 24-year-old pop star with 2 Grammy noms and 10 multi-platinum singles to her name, covers the October issue of Cosmopolitan, photographed by Peggy Sirota. Inside, the imperfect pop star gets candid about her bipolar disorder and how music has helped her focus her energy.
On being “pretty regular”: “I’ll sometimes look at other artists who seem so larger-than-life and wonder, Am I not supposed to be here?”
On being an open book about her past: “I shared a lot about myself, assuming the world would be kind. And that hasn’t quite been the case.”
On being questioned -“Are you a crazy, rambunctious bad girl, or are you an activist, political, fund-raising philanthropist?”: “Like, how f*cking immune are you to the human experience? Sometimes I want to have really good sex and sometimes I want to save the world, and sometimes I might try to do both in the same day!”
On being a Libra and wanting everyone to love her: “That’s the problem: I’ll do what I want, knock down everyone in my path who says I shouldn’t, and then when people don’t like it, I’m like, ‘Why?!’”
On not being a picture-perfect pop star: “But I love that, because I wake up every day wild-eyed and spongy, trying to do things better than the last time.”
On how music has helped her manage her energy: “I have bipolar disorder, and I get bored of shit really quickly. Music is this thing that I get to focus all my chaotic energy into, and it’s not a void that doesn’t love me back. It’s been the only place I can direct all that and have something to show for it that tells me, ‘Hey, you’re not that bad.’ If my brain is a bunch of broken glass, I get to make it into a mosaic.”
On her identity as a poet: “It’s ironic having to explain to people that I’m a poet. It’d be like talking to Michael Jordan about baseball and saying, ‘Oh you’re gonna try basketball?’” (source)
The legendary diva covers the August 2019 issue of Cosmopolitan US, on stands July 16th. Inside, the music icon talks about making it before the YouTube era, her apparent preference for younger men, and shares advice for how to take a good selfie.
On the difference between her and the new breed of superstars:
“They have no idea what I went through as a child to even get to be an 18-year-old girl with a record deal. This was before you could just go on YouTube and sing.”
On growing up on Long Island as a mixed African-American, Venezuelan, and Irish girl with divorced parents and financial challenges:
“People didn’t understand who I was, what I was, my ethnicity, the fact that we didn’t have money.”
On how her rocky childhood shaped her love of Christmas:
“As a kid, I always hoped for great Christmases, and we didn’t have them. My brother and sister would come back to wherever I was with my mom, and they’d be fighting and ruining the holiday. I would still be like You know what? I just want to have the best time.”
On industry artists writing their own music:
“A lot of artists say they write, but they don’t really write. No offense to anybody, that’s just what I’ve seen.”
On her apparent preference for younger men:
“I haven’t had that many, but there has been a variety pack. I’ve only been with five people in my life, so I’m kind of a prude, honestly, compared to most others in the field.”
On the best birthday present she’s ever gotten:
“I don’t have birthdays.”
On her advice for taking a good selfie:
“Let someone else take the picture. Unpurse your lips!!! Ugh.” (source)
28-year-old actress Emma Roberts is in reset mode—no more fiancé, no more attachments, no more waiting around for another person to make plans. And that’s how she likes it. Emma’s next movie after the animated film Ugly Dolls, in theaters now, is the Netflix rom-com Holidate. She’ll play a woman who reminds her of the old-school rom-com characters practically invented by her aunt Julia Roberts. She is currently filming The Hunt, then heads to Atlanta to shoot Holidate, and season 9 of American Horror Story, which she stars in, begins filming in June. The June 2019 cover of Cosmopolitan US is photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth.
Reflecting on past relationships: “I never want to talk about relationships I’m in or that are ending or have ended. It’s hard enough to be with someone by yourself, let alone with an audience. Growing up is hard. Sometimes it makes me sad that I can’t have a private moment. Because of Twitter and Instagram, there’s a whole other element where everybody can comment on what you’re doing and no one knows the real story. That’s hard… I think I know what’s true, and I know what happened in my own life and so do the people who love me and who I love.” Image courtesy of Cosmopolitan. (source)
Separately, Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton are very different people. She’s the brains, hitting the books at Harvard and hobnobbing with Michelle Obama. He’s all heart, the real-life sensitive guy behind TV’s favorite jock. But together, the magnetic leads of The Sun Is Also A Star are pure chemistry—and young Hollywood’s new king and queen.
Yara Shahidi on how her Grown-ish character, Zoey Johnson, has impacted her life: “I can tell you that I give my friends the best advice, because my character gets into so much trouble. I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, we tried the whole love-triangle thing. Doesn’t work.’”
Yara on her Grown-ish castmates/onscreen love interests, Luka Sabbat and Trevor Jackson: “It’s really funny. I forgot what story I was telling them—it wasn’t anything bad, but somebody wasn’t being the nicest to me, and I think they both offered to fight them on my behalf. I said no—I’m a pacifist! But I appreciated the gesture.”
Charles on being cast in a lead role as an Asian American: “Being an Asian-American lead for a studio film—it almost seems like it’s not real for me, you know? Growing up, I never saw anybody who looked like me, really. So it’s very emotional for me… [After seeing Crazy Rich Asians] I cried seven times. It was just so emotional. Everyone was of Asian descent, and I was like, Wow. And I’m thinking about the movie I did with Yara, and Yara is Iranian and Black. It’s very surreal.”
Charles on falling in love: “I think you can fall in love in the snap of a finger, you know? It all started when I was 13 or 14. Every girl I was with, I thought I was gonna marry… My head’s in the clouds. I’m a dreamer. I’m a hopeless romantic!” Images courtesy of Cosmopolitan. (source)
They’re back… and so is the binge-able drama that defined the early aughts—both in fiction (The O.C.) and “reality” (The Hills, Laguna Beach). Back then, Mischa Barton, Whitney Port, Heidi Montag, and Audrina Patridge launched a different kind of celebrity: one who looked like us, talked like us and cried like us. But that was 15 years ago. Times have changed, and so have they. The four are now getting ready to promote The Hills’ long-awaited reboot, a sequel of sorts called The Hills: New Beginnings. The series (returning this summer on MTV) includes this crew and other memorable faces from the previous franchises, like Brody Jenner, Stephanie Pratt, Frankie Delgado, Justin (Bobby) Brescia, and Jason Wahler.
Heidi Pratt on whether The Hills was “real” or not: “Toward the end of The Hills, Spencer and I had a lot of scripted fights and things like that.”
Heidi on her infamous falling out with LC: “Sometimes things happen that will change how you feel about people, and sometimes it’s very permanent. I thought with Lauren and me, we would’ve been friends again.”
Mischa Barton on her decision to join a reality show: “It’s weird because I remember going out with Nicole Richie and people at the time, and we would come by set when they were filming The Hills. She would drag me to the producer van to see what you guys had been up to all day. All these years later…it sounds corny, but it felt like this was supposed to happen.”
The ladies on the challenges of finding nannies who aren’t familiar with The Hills:
Audrina: “I met with a nanny last week… She’s so young, and she was there while we were filming, listening, asking a million questions. She’s a Hills fan too, I guess.”
Whitney: “Maybe you should rethink hiring her then. I have a nanny who’s close to 70. I took a picture of something randomly and she was like, ‘Will that go on social media?’”
Mischa: “If she was a fan of The Hills, it might not be the best.” Images courtesy of COSMOPOLITAN. (source)
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before star Lana Condor became an overnight success and the reigning queen of Netflix. Now she’s busy rewriting the Hollywood rules thanks to a big new show, an epic real-life love story, and lots of red-carpet nights that end the way all true fairy tales should: eating pizza in bed.
She is gracing the March 2019 issue of Cosmopolitan US in a cover shot photographed by Ben Watts.
On her relationship with To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before co-star Noah Centineo: “Noah and I definitely encouraged the speculation. But it’s because we believe in the story and the characters and we genuinely love each other. You can truly love someone in a very platonic way.”
On her ascendance to rom-com legend from To All The Boys: “Listen, I worked every single day. I was in every single frame. But I wasn’t doing it to get famous. I was doing it because I friggin’ love my job.”
On adjusting to fame after becoming an overnight sensation: “I had a week of transition where I was like, ‘I have to be okay with it. This is my new reality.’”
On being a role model for Asian-Americans (Lana is half Korean): “I know how many people are looking to me. I’ve had so many little Asian girls and older Asian women come up to me. Because of that, I’m really ware and proud of who I am and what I look like.”
On her boyfriend, musician, and actor Anthony De La Torre: “There’s no other person in this world I want to spend every day doing nothing with… and you best believe I’m gonna hold on to him real tight.” Image courtesy of COSMOPOLITAN. (source)
Gina Rodriguez is feeling the heat. She has a wedding to plan, a series to finish, and a movie whose success—or failure—rides entirely on her shoulders. She even has a sick puppy. But this is not a woman who sweats under pressure. This is her superstar moment, and she’s ready to seize it.
Gina is photographed by Jason Kim for the February cover of Cosmopolitan US.
On her humble beginnings as an actress: “I was a broke, starving artist for years before I got Jane the Virgin… It’s interesting. As a performer, you have to quite literally bury your life. At the same time, every day on-set I’m like, How the hell did I get this lucky? To live out your dreams is a really surreal experience.”
On growing up feeling unrepresented on screen: “I felt very alone growing up. I didn’t feel represented. I didn’t feel a part of the conversation. And if you see yourself projected, you believe you are worthy, valuable.”
On the struggles of being in the public eye: “The anxiety started coming, like, two years into Jane. I had my first panic attack at a sushi restaurant. All of a sudden, I thought I was going to die, and people are taking pictures. It was horrendous. There are a lot of things in the manual of living out your dreams that you don’t know about. Like you don’t have any more friends. You never go out to eat. You never see your family, your boyfriend, girlfriend, or whatever you have….”
On her fiancé, actor Joe LoCicero: “Dating Joe was a new experience for me because I put myself first. For so long, I put every man in front of me. As a successful woman, it is so hard because of our cultural norms that, like, the man has to be the breadwinner! And the man has to be the more powerful one. It was so difficult for me to find a man who didn’t want me to dim my light for his ego.” Image courtesy of COSMOPOLITAN. (source)
Jenna Dewan covers the January 2019 issue of Cosmopolitan US, opening up on what makes her feel sexy and life post-split from Channing Tatum.
On getting through her very public split from ex-husband Channing Tatum: “I didn’t run away from my feelings. I let myself cry. I let myself grieve. This is one of those situations where I will see the light. The dawn is coming.”
On recognizing where her fame stems from: “I’m obviously super aware that people know me, they know Channing, they know us together. We’d been a beloved couple for a long time. I was in Berlin and people were like, ‘We love your Lip Sync Battle!’ I was like, oh my god. You mean the time when I humped my husband-at-the-time’s face? I’m so glad that’s my calling card.”
On her idea of romance: “I do believe in love still, but I also believe it begins with really digging deep and learning how to love yourself. And then I think you sort of transmute that out to attract the right partner. I think that people who are meant to be sort of find each other.”
On being a free-spirit: “I’ve always been a little hippie, spiritual. I am very sensitive – what you would call an empath. I know what it feels like to overextend and to overgive in life. I give out so much energy constantly.”
On what makes her feel sexy: “When I’m feeling out of touch with myself, especially with my sexuality, I dance. I immediately drop back into my body, and I feel it’s where my sensuality lives. It’s kind of a carnal feeling when I dance.” Images courtesy of Cosmopolitan. (source)
Transformers blockbuster Bumblebee star, Hailee Steinfeld, has proven that she’s more than just your average Hollywood actress—she’s a triple-threat. The 21-year-old Oscar nominee, pop singer, and former Swift Squad regular opens up to Cosmopolitan US’ December 2018 issue on love, shying away from the party life, and more.
Hailee wears David Koma dress, Bulgari jewels and Christian Louboutin heels on the cover, photographed and styled by Kai Z Feng and Deborah Watson respectively.
On being in love: “When you fall in love, you pick up on the tiniest things about yourself. I am one to spread [out] on the mattress and take up every inch of space. Now I don’t want to do that anymore. I want to make as much room for you as possible. You start doing things for this person and going out of your way to make them happy. And when you see them happy, it makes you happier. When you love who you are with that person…there’s nothing that compares.”
On missing out on the typical teenage life: “I used to go on Facebook and see all my friends dressed up for winter formal or homecoming or prom. I would think, Even if it’s the worst night, I’ll never know what that feels like.”
On not living a wild party lifestyle: “That side of it has never been my thing. [Years ago at a party] I got completely shut down by everyone and maybe it’s because I didn’t have a red Solo cup in my hands. I realized, I’m not going to stay here and feel uncomfortable just to fit in.” (source)