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Featured Article: Yara Shahidi & Charles Melton for Cosmopolitan US May 2019


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)


Featured Article: Mischa Barton, Whitney Port, Heidi Montag & Audrina Patridge for Cosmopolitan US April 2019


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)


Featured Article: Lana Condor for Cosmopolitan US March 2019


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)


Featured Article: Gina Rodriguez for Cosmopolitan US February 2019


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)


Featured Article: Jenna Dewan for Cosmopolitan US January 2019


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)


Featured Article: Hailee Steinfeld for Cosmopolitan US December 2018


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)


Featured Article: Ciara for Cosmopolitan US November 2018


Ciara wears James Perse top and Marc Jacobs pants on the November cover of Cosmopolitan US shot by Victor Demarchelier with styling by Yashua Simmons.

On how Destiny’s Child’s morning news show performance inspired her to become an entertainer: “They were killing it, and I just went, This is what I want to do. I’m gonna be an entertainer… The first goal I wrote down was to get discovered. The second was to sell 3 to 4 million records. Third, have longevity.”

On her unshakable ambition: “I never thought, I can’t be because of the color of my skin, I can’t be because of my gender. No dream is too big. I want to be a billionaire. The more resources, the more you can do. But I think my greatest accomplishment 10 years from now is that I would have a successful life as it pertains to my marriage and being a mom. It’s cool to want to do all these creative things, but it’s no good to gain the world if you lose your soul.”

On dealing with trolls: “When someone comes for you and you didn’t send for them, you keep your eye on the prize. I know what my mission is. I know what I’m hoping for and working hard for every day. And that’s my focus. I’m not going to let people steal my joy. I move on. New day, new opportunity, new energy, let’s go.”

On her post-baby fitness routine—up to three workouts a day: “It was kind of like, wake up in the morning, breastfeed, eat a small meal, go train, come back in, breastfeed, eat another meal, go train, then come back, have another meal, and then a third training session at night. It was a good challenge, one I set for myself, not for anyone else. Taking care of myself makes me feel really good. And I want to keep it sexy too, you know.” (source)


Featured Article: Christina Aguilera for Cosmopolitan US October 2018


Christina Aguilera wears Camilla and Marc jacket, Escada pants and Bulgari‘s rings, necklace and bracelets on the October cover of Cosmopolitan US photographed by Kai Z Feng with styling by Aya Kanai.

On going totally natural on the cover of her new album Liberation: “I still love getting glammed up, but I want to show imperfections on this go-round. It’s scary, but I’m up for the challenge. You can’t tell me something I haven’t already heard about myself anyway.”

On her upcoming tour, The Liberation Tour: “With this record, I’m stripping back a lot and just trying to find myself again—just the true love and the art in the process, and not just going for some formulaic sort of force-fed direction that we can get caught up in. So I want to flip it on its ear and I want to do something completely unexpected from a pop-formatted show—a fresh perspective that I’ve never done this of a tour before—super creative, super interesting.”

On the flack she received for her Stripped makeover: “It’s hard to hear yourself being called names. I remember being hurt by these commercials on MTV, pitting Britney as the good girl and me as the bad girl. It’s like, if I’m going to be demure and innocent, that’s okay. But if I’m going to just be myself, I’m trouble.”

On women owning their bodies and being themselves: “I love the female body, and I think it’s something to be proud of, not something that men should dictate ownership of. ‘Dirrty’ was extremely controversial at the time, but it would be nothing now. I hope I paved the way and helped set the ground rules that women can be any version of themselves they wanna be…and proud of it.”

On avoiding pairing up with another celebrity: “I’ve had opportunities, but it isn’t my style to date another person in the business. There’s gotta be something wrong with you if you want to be in this business. I mean, hi! I definitely have my issues. I think that I can only handle one [celebrity] in the rela­tionship, and I need to be it.” (source)


Featured Article: Nina Dobrev & Vanessa Hudgens for Cosmopolitan US September 2018


Nina Dobrev and Vanessa Hudgens have a few things in common: They’re both about to turn 30. They’re both Coachella goddesses who can ignite a trend with the tap of a ’gram. And they’ve both dismantled Disney-fied images. Good-bye, PG-rated teen idoldom; hello, complicated splendor of womanhood. First stop? Their new big-screen comedy, Dog Days (opens August 10th).

Vanessa on her favorite day with her BFFs: “My favorite day with my girlfriends is having everyone over to my house, lying by the pool, drinking rosé, listening to music, and dancing.”

Nina on being careful on what she shares on social media: “I don’t typically post photos with significant others, which is funny, because when I do post a photo with a guy, the media will pick it up and assume I’m dating him. It makes me laugh because, in reality, if he is on my Instagram, that means I’m not dating him!”

Nina and Vanessa on if they’ve had any #MeToo encounters:

Nina: “Like any woman in every industry, yes. Comments have been made. People have said things that are inappropriate. I’ve been able to handle myself and speak up for the most part. But I have seen a lot.”

Vanessa: “I have been very fortunate not to have had any direct run-ins, but I’ve seen it happen. I’m grateful that we’re living in an age when women are finally heard.”

Nina on her daredevil side: “I am attracted to doing scary things. I might have a slight addiction to firsts. When you’ve never done something before, you don’t know what to expect. It’s the fear of the unknown. It keeps you on your toes.”

Cosmopolitan US September 2018 covers are photographed by Ben Watts with styling by Kristen Saladino. (source)


Featured Article: Mila Kunis for Cosmopolitan US August 2018


In the August issue of Cosmopolitan US (photo by Kai Z Feng, styled by Kristen Saladino), 34-year-old actress and producer Mila Kunis dishes to her latest, SNL’s Kate McKinnon, her friend and costar in this month’s big-screen comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me, about secret fantasies, career superpowers, and so much more.

On social media—and why she doesn’t participate: “I was so late to that train. I remember at some point my roommate was like, “You know, there’s a thing called Facebook,” and I was like, “What is this Facebook? Who’s gonna poke each other? That’s just weird.” And then Ashton and I reconnected and started talking. He used to be incredibly forward-thinking with social media, when the intent was to connect to people. But it took an ugly turn and became all about who can be the loudest, who can be the angriest and the most negative. Then it’s just not a fun game to play.”

On rumors about herself that run in the tabloids: “I don’t read anything about myself. I genuinely don’t know what’s written about me…other than I know that I’m pregnant about once a year and my husband and I are getting a divorce once a year. I know this because I go down the grocery store aisle, and I see it on the cover of magazines and I’m like, Oh boy, okay!… The only thing that’s upsetting is my parents and my grandparents sometimes get confused… At one point when I was pregnant, [the tabloids] said that I had an emergency and was rushed to the hospital, and my face was on the cover. The amount of stress that caused my family, nobody will understand. Although my dad is always very hopeful that the pregnancies are true. He’s always like, “Is there really another?””

On her ultimate dream as a producer and an actor: “I just sat down three days ago to write out my dream in five years. And I realized very quickly that I didn’t dream big enough. And so I’ve been thinking about it for the past few days, like, What is my grand f**king dream for myself? I just want to be happy. I know that sounds incredibly lame, but I never want to stop learning or being challenged, and I never want to stop challenging my partner.” (source)


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