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Featured Article: Missy Elliott for Marie Claire US August 2019


Missy Elliot is the cover star of Marie Claire US’s August issue (on newsstands July 23rd).

Elliot is a pioneer of the music industry, having redefined hip-hop vocally and physically, and lifting up other artists along the way adding to her superstar legacy. Here for MC, Elliot opens up about her long-awaited seventh studio album, breaking barriers for women of color, surviving the music industry, and much more.

On how she wants her new music to be received: “There’s no one like Missy. No one.

On breaking barriers for women of color: “I am a champion for my brown, dark women. I want them to be seen. Because we are beautiful. If we knew how special we were, we would be unstoppable.”

On inspiring the next generation of music artists: “I do want to make the generation behind feel like, don’t be afraid, because we are in a time where so many people can be artists. … Now you can just post up, and if it gets to the right person, then it’s just viral. I want to be able to encourage those who don’t go viral… A lot of people that have 452 or 100 followers may be talented. I want them to not feel like they have to do what everybody else is doing to gain that attention. Just be you. It’s going to catch hold somewhere.”

On gender equality in the music industry: “We need more women out there, singing and just for being. Just for balance. Just a great balance.”

On taking success in stride: “I was just going, going, going. It wasn’t resonating what was happening. I was in the car with Michelle Obama [for ‘Carpool Karaoke’ in 2016], and they [my friends] called me like, ‘Girl, we got to celebrate that’s huge!’ And I’m like, ‘I’m watching a movie on Netflix.’

On surviving the music industry: “One thing I always say, you will always get respect, but you won’t be hot forever…You have to mentally be prepared for those ups and downs.”. (source)

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Featured Article: Tessa Thompson for Marie Claire US July 2019


Tessa Thompson is the cover star of the July 2019 issue of Marie Claire US, on newsstands June 20th.

Thompson is gearing up for the release of Men In Black: International – which hits theaters this Friday, June 14th.

Here for Marie Claire’s July issue cover story, Thompson opens up about her contract negotiations for MIB, a once-in-a-lifetime spa experience with Emma Thompson, activism, and much more. Thompson also sat down for a Pop Quiz video with MC where we learned what show she can’t miss on TV, how she made her first dollar, and what her favorite couch snack is.

On contract negotiations for MIB: When we are having the conversation around how we structure our deals, I said, ‘I understand who Chris Hemsworth is and who I am not relative to him, globally and otherwise. But in the success of the film, that changes. In success, I want equity. Because then you can’t make the same argument.”

On working with Chris Hemsworth for their second project: “like [Katharine] Hepburn and [Spencer] Tracy. We’re trying to do that old-Hollywood thing: ‘It’s us again! Still like us?”

On her spa experience with MIB co-star Emma Thompson: “Like the afterlife: just a bunch of English people in bathrobes walking around getting treatments. I was like, What is my life? I’m walking the grounds with Emma Thompson?”

On the need to create fully realized roles for actress of color: “I look at actresses that are not of color, and at the opportunities that they’re presented in terms of directors wanting to make work for them. When I look at my contemporaries of color, it’s only other artists of color that are doing that in a real, robust way.” Image courtesy of Marie Claire. (source)

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Featured Article: Charlize Theron for Marie Claire US June 2019


43-year-old Oscar winner Charlize Theron is gearing up for this weekend’s release of her first romantic comedy, the Long Shot. In the film, Theron stars alongside Seth Rogen (who spent five years developing the script with Theron) and plays the elegant, hyper-adroit secretary of state Charlotte Field running for president.

On her new film Long Shot: “I never thought I would be in a rom-com. I don’t think I would know how to do justice to a straight-forward rom-com.”

On why obsession is good for her: “I’m definitely obsessive. Obsessing is good for me. I’m very focused on the stuff that I really care about, but I do struggle with a bit of OCD, so I have to organize things that I can see: closets, drawers. That has to do with when I feel that things I can’t see are out of control.”

On life in her 20s and being an immigrant: “My 20s were like ‘You can die, so get it done.’ I always felt like there was a clock ticking, like everything was life and death, and I’m not a citizen, so if I don’t make it …”

On what she discovered about herself in therapy: “I didn’t discover therapy until my mid-30s. My reasons for going had a lot to do with South Africa and uncertainty and living with an alcoholic every day of my life. What I discovered was that my life was an all-encompassing thing. It showed me that I can see the big picture and understand the reason to get to a place where I could create a life for my own kids.”

On motherhood: “I love being a mom. I get up with them at 5:30am every day. I make them breakfast. I pack their lunches. On the weekends, we hang out with family and friends. I’ll cook lasagna for them – or steak. We do a lot of grilling. We go to Medieval Times.” Credit image to Marie Claire. (source)

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Featured Article: Three Covers of Marie Claire US May 2019


Sandra Oh, Elisabeth Moss, and Thandie Newton are the cover stars of Marie Claire US’s May 2019 issue (on newsstands nationwide April 23rd). The May issue is dedicated to women in TV.

The three fearless actresses are coming together only for Marie Claire (photos by Thomas Whiteside) as they each tackle thorny political and moral grounds on their critically acclaimed shows and by result are defining a new kind of TV heroine.

Sandra Oh makes her return to Killing Eve this Sunday, April 07th, on BBC America. Here, the 2019 Golden Globe Best Actress winner opens up about finding success again now at 47 years old and how she maintains her balance.

Elisabeth Moss, returning in The Handmaid’s Tale this June, gets candid about the political relevance of her breakout series, the potential of having children, and why she won’t discuss who she’s dating.

Thandie Newton, who plays the revolutionary Maeve on HBO’s Westworld, shares how she is a role model for her children, the cultural significance of her it series Westworld, and more. Images courtesy of Marie Claire. (source)

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Featured Article: Ava DuVernay, Jessica Chastain & Constance Wu for Marie Claire US April 2019


Marie Claire US releases its April 2019 ‘Change Makers’ issue featuring Ava DuVernay, Jessica Chastain, and Constance Wu (out on newsstands March 26th).

The three cover stars are coming together for MC to showcase what power looks like in 2019. As actresses, activists, and filmmakers each are fighting for inclusion, representation, and equality to shape the future of Hollywood. Inside the cover story, DuVernay opens up about her personal and professional rise as a groundbreaking filmmaker and also shares what she considers her biggest career mistake so far. Wu holds nothing back on how she defines diversity and why women have to compete with one another for roles. Chastain shares when she gave up trying please others and the criticism she’s faced on being so outspoken.

Ava DuVernay On honoring her craft before fame: “I didn’t have dreams or designs that a studio would want to make my work, that any awards body or critical community would embrace my work. In many ways, that lack of attention put me in a really good place. No one’s going to watch it anyway, so I may as well make what I want.”

Constance Wu On defining diversity: “Diversity isn’t just ‘Let’s have people of color supporting this white person’s story.’”

On competition among actresses: “People say women are inherently bitchy and competitive. But anybody will be competitive if there’s only one seat at the table.”

Jessica Chastain On criticism for being outspoken: “I’ve had people tell me, ‘You need to be a little more quiet with all this woman talk.’” Image courtesy of Marie Claire. (source)


Featured Article: Lupita Nyong’o for Marie Claire US March 2019


35-year-old Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is gearing up to star in Jordan Peele’s next horror film, Us, in theaters March 22nd.

Inside the pages of Marie Claire US (the March 2019 cover is photographed by Daria Kobayashi Ritch, styled by Joseph Errico in a Balmain dress), Nyong’o opens up about why she considers horror films to be a cathartic experience, what she treated herself to after the opening of Black Panther, her father being a feminist, and why we have to retain vigor within this political climate.

On working with Jordan Peele for their film Us: “He [Peele] asked me, ‘What is your process as an actor? What do you need from a director? And I just started to cry. I was like, ‘I’ve never been asked that before.’ I could just tell in that question was a man who understood what it meant to be an actor…

On what she treated herself to following the success of Black Panther: “I went on a 10-day silent retreat. It was a gift. I did it for my birthday.”

On what she hopes to provide with first her children’s book, Sulwe: “In no way do I imagine a child will read this and never have a problem with the world discriminating against their skin or themselves discriminating again their skin. But at least you have a foundation. You have something that reminds you that you are enough.” *Sulwe is due out later this year.

On the support from her father: “It makes a huge difference to have a father who champions you. My dad was a feminist before it was cool for men to be feminists – his father too in many ways.”

On not becoming passive during within the current political climate: “Right now it’s a very, very polarizing environment. The pendulum has swung to the nth degree. But it’s important that we still find vigor when things are not that extreme because it’s in those moments when the pendulum is just swinging side to side that the most damage can be done. That’s when you get passive when things aren’t that bad. Before you know it, things are terrible again, because we fell asleep at the wheel.” Image courtesy of Marie Claire. (source)

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Featured Article: Penélope Cruz for Marie Claire US February 2019


Penélope Cruz is the cover star of Marie Claire US’ latest issue, wearing Chanel and photographed by Nico Bustos (on newsstands January 10th).

Opening up to the magazine, Cruz shares how she places family above all, from the roles she chooses to filming schedules—and remains grounded in the life she’s built for herself. She goes on to share what surprised her about motherhood and how she’s fighting to extend the Time’s Up movement beyond Hollywood.

Next month, she stars in the thriller ‘Everybody Knows‘ alongside her husband, Javier Bardem.

On what surprised her about motherhood: “It’s the thing that make me the happiest. But there are a lot of things that have surprised me about it. It’s like a revolution inside you – a very animal-like one. The whole world looks different. You’ll never think of yourself first again, and I think that’s a very good thing. It happens in a second.”

On husband and frequent co-star, Javier Bardem: “Obviously we can’t choose parts just for logistical reasons, like ‘Oh let’s work together because it’s easier.’ No. In fact, it’s not something we want to do that often, partly out of desire to protect what we have. On the one hand, it’s easier because you know what person, he knows you, and the way you work is very similar. On the other hand, the idea of it happening every year is very scary. I think it’s better for it to just be once in a while, even though they’ve been very good experiences.”

On extending her work with Time’s Up beyond Hollywood: “A teacher or a doctor, they’re not going to get a microphone and somebody asking them: ‘What’s your situation? Are you suffering these things? So, it’s important to me to make clear that I’m not just talking about our industry. It affects women in all industries and every single country, and I speak for them, the ones that are never going to be asked that question. It’s good to remember that men can victims of this too. This can’t be about more division. If we don’t do this together, it’s useless.” Image courtesy of Marie Claire. (source)

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Featured Article: Camila Cabello for Marie Claire US Holiday 2018


Photographed by Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello, Camila Cabello opens up to Marie Claire US about the two sides of personality, trusting her instincts, and for the first time – her relationship with British relationship coach, Matthew Hussey.

The Holiday 2018 cover is styled by Joseph Errico. Hair and makeup by Peter Savic and Allan Avendano, manicurist Tara Finley.

On the two sides of her personality: “Basically, there’s the me that I really am, on the inside, which is the nerdy one—the kind of introverted, shy one—and then there’s the sexy, overly confident one, doing great dance moves and being super sassy.”

On being vulnerable: “I’ve challenged myself to be vulnerable and to not have a script of what you’re going to say.”

On what the success of her debut single, Havana, taught her: You just have to trust yourself. I’m never going to be like, ‘This is a huge song.’ But I really liked it, and that’s what matters.”

On boyfriend, Matthew Hussey: “He’s so similar to me. In person, we’re just weird and silly and stupid together. He makes me the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.”

On rumors she’s will star as Maria in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming West Side Story: “I don’t think so… I know exactly who I am, and I know what I want to do. I’m just not ready to give up that voice for something else right now.” Image courtesy of Marie Claire. (source)


Featured Article: Kerry Washington for Marie Claire US November 2018


After seven seasons of Scandal and playing one of the most powerful and history-making female leads on television, Kerry Washington is ready to return to the Broadway stage in American Son (opening ‪November 4th‬). The notoriously private Bronx-native opens up to Marie Claire US‘ November 2018 issue (photography by Thomas Whiteside) about how she defines power, her special connect to theater, how Shonda Rhimes changed her outlook on Hollywood, her mission with for Times Up, and what her children teach her.

Kerry Washington wears Versace dress on the cover, styled by Solange Franklin Reed with hair and makeup by Takisha and Carola Gonzalez, manicurist Tom Bachik.

On how she defines power: “Honestly, I think about power as more of an internal phenomenon. I tend to think about empowerment for myself so that I have the courage and ability to act on the ideologies and priorities that resonate with me. I’ve always wanted to cultivate a sense of empowerment within myself without seeking approval from outside sources.”

On her work with Times Up: “Our priority has been to not reinvent the wheel, to not feel like, ‘Oh we’re going to come in and do what nobody has been able to do,’ but rather to acknowledge that there are so many communities of powerful women committed to advocacy, and our job is to leverage whatever power we have to support that work, grow that work, shed light on that work.”

On how Shonda Rhimes changed her vision of what power looked like in Hollywood: “I didn’t feel like I had to twist myself into some other understanding of what black womanness is supposed to look like, because Shonda [Rhimes, Scandal creator and showrunner] got me, and so I could get closer and closer to my truth because I wasn’t worried about going to work on Monday and somebody being like, ‘Why would you talk about that?’ Just her existence and working with her so intimately changed the idea of what power looked like in this business.”

On her special connection to theater: “The last time I did theater, it completely transformed my life. That’s where I met my husband.” (source)

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Featured Article: Nicole Kidman for Marie Claire US October 2018


Nicole Kidman has gone from ingenue to serious dramatic actress (and has an Oscar and Emmy to prove it). Coming up, she stars alongside Russell Crowe in ‘Boy Erased’ (in theaters Nov 2) where actress brings her signature humanity and heart. Of his fellow Australian co-star, Crowe says, “I waited a long time to be married to Nicole.”

Here for Marie Claire, Kidman opens up combating fear, her philosophy on giving back, her conflicts with male directors in the #MeToo era, and much more.

On whether she’s ruled by her heart or her head as an artist: “I always say I’m a pretty even mix, but I’m probably dominated by [my heart]. If you don’t come from a feeling place, you just end up with an enormous amount of technique. I have this [brains], but that can be overruled. It fluctuates too. I have a strong sexuality. It’s a huge part of who I am and my existence.”

On her feminist roots: “We’d get teased in school: ‘Oh your mom is so radical.’ At the time we’d roll our eyes and be embarrassed. But my sister and I are both advocates now. It was an incredible gift to be given.”

On combating fear: “…I was raised by stoics. It’s a philosophy, a way of behaving and being in the world, which I kind of don’t have. I have a little bit of it, but I have far more of, like, ‘Oh my God, how am I going to get through this? …I can’t get up! I think once you have children, your resilience is built, and your ability to go, ‘OK, I can’t wallow…”

On her philosophy of giving back: “The day after I won [the Emmy for Big Little Lies], I was in San Francisco doing a fundraiser for domestic violence. It’s probably the Catholic in me, but as soon as there’s some sort of glory or you receive something, you then have got to immediately counteract it with giving back.”

On her conflicts with male directors accused of sexual misconduct: “I look at those films that Polanski made, and they’re amazing. I’m sort of navigating through it myself with my own moral compass. What do you do? Do you ban it? Or see it as art? Or judge it in this time looking back at that time? I have no answer.” (source)

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