Whelp, thanks to the new Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion video from Entertainment Weekly, you can expect me to drop off the face of the planet for the next couple of weeks (oh, ya, it’ll only take me weeks). I will be binge-watch all of Buffy once again to satisfy my longing for the good old days when episodes were new and my teen angst was alive and strong.
Not only was Buffy relatable to my hormone-rattled brain, but Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy was one of the first female leads of a show. And you bet I wanted to be her.
Especially when, be still my heart, she and Angel found that life-altering love that I was very quickly discovering I wanted, too. Until, he got all soulless and whatnot. Then it was just utterly heartbreaking in that way that you kinda hope for in every show.
The best part of the reunion video was that the show genuinely seems to mean just as much to the cast as it did to me growing up. They all appreciate and understand the legacy Buffy has.
“I’m so incredibly proud of what we all created,” Gellar told the mag. “Sometimes you need distance to really understand the gravitas of that. I appreciate everything about that job. As an actor, all you ever want to do is leave your mark – you want to do something that affects people.”
And affect people, she has.
My teen years just wouldn’t have been the same without this show. It gave me hope that there was life after high school and sure as hell made me believe I could be anything I wanted, even a vampire-slaying warrior goddess.
Carolyn Hennesy has been stirring up trouble and sipping the tea as the smart and sassy Diane Miller on General Hospital since 2006. Her work on the show even earned her a 2010 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress.
Fans love Hennesy both on and off screen for her sharp wit, trapeze tricks and her frankness about “women of a certain age.” It’s what makes her one of the most refreshing actresses in the entertainment industry.
SheKnows caught up with Hennesy, not only to ask about GH, but to find out the inside scoop on the rumored Gilmore Girls sequel.
Since fans adore the antics of Diane Miller, we gave Hennesy a quiz on how Diane Miller would respond to these pop culture topics:
The O.J. Simpson trial: “First of all, if she had been defending him, she would have incurred major bad karma points. I don’t think she would have wanted to be in the same room with him, but she would have given him the best defense.”
J.Lo dating Alex Rodriguez: “She would say, ‘Honey, stop jumping from man to man. You are not a flea going from dog to dog. Take some time and give yourself a year at a nice spa with a good therapist – reflect and revamp your whole way of doing things.'”
How to united a divided country: “Diane Miller would run for president. It’s as simple as that. Like our current commander-in-chief, I would take not any B.S., but I would do it in much more binding and bonding way. I would make a no-divisive law.”
If those answers don’t make you love Hennesy even more, how about her next big storyline on GH? She teased us with a few upcoming plot points.
“One of the main characters is going off on a nebulous, inner psychological tangents and Diane is heavily involved,” she laughed. “Frank Valentini [General Hospital‘s executive producer] loves me for a reason and it’s because I know how to spin the spoil.”
“I think Diane Miller, using Carolyn Hennesy’s trapeze skills, should descend from the ceiling of the ballroom and do a delightful little trapeze number,” she offered. “I think that would be Hi-larious!”
Her artful comedy was also seen in last fall’s Gilmore Girls reboot as Toni, one of Emily Gilmore’s friends in the Daughters of the American Revolution club. While she doesn’t think her character will be back after Emily’s evolution and move to the beach, she does have an opinion on Rory’s baby daddy.
“I’m not thrilled with that Logan in London who is cheating on his fiancée,” she said. “And I am not thrilled that Rory’s is doing that. Come on!”
We couldn’t agree more with her Rory assessment and her thoughts on women in Hollywood. Hennesy is vocal about the entertainment industry needing to share stories about women over the age of 45.
“I would love to see the industry cater to women who are not millennials,” she explained. “I understand that you need to keep that audience going, but I think there are so many women who need to see themselves, that age category that I call ‘women of a certain age.’ We need to see women over 45, over 50 and over 60 represented.”
While the entertainment industry needs to rethink how they are handling women over 45, Hennesy believes daytime television is setting the bar for how women’s stories are handled.
“I think daytime TV is doing remarkably well. I think they’re starting to explore LGBT issues, women of a certain age with great friendship issues, cougar issues and why it’s not wrong – I think they’re making the women smarter. Women are doing great!”
“What I think happened now after thinking about it so much is that there was probably a group of guys that were following us the entire trip,” she explained. “I was Snapchatting that I was home and that everyone was going to out, so I think they knew Pascal [Duvier, Kardashian West’s bodyguard] was out with Kourtney and that I was there by myself.”
Kim kardashian tells all details of Paris Robbery
Kim kardashian tells all details of Paris Robbery
Kardashian West continued, “And I was laying in bed, like ‘should I wash my face? I’m so tired. I’m in my robe, I need to get up, I need to wash my face’ and then 10 minutes later, I was like dozing, dozing, and then I heard pounding up the stairs. I thought it was you and Stephanie [likely Sheppard, Kardashian West’s assistant] drunk. I’m calling to them like ‘hello, hello, hello,’ and there’s no answer.”
That’s when Kardashian West knew something wasn’t right, she said.
“And then at that moment, when there wasn’t an answer, my heart started to get really tense… My door was open like this,” she explained, holding up her hands to show a slight opening, “and I saw two guys holding another guy down in police uniforms but right outside of my bedroom, five feet away. So I slid off my bed and picked up my phone and I’m like ‘I don’t know how to call 911 in a different country.’ And so I like called Pascal and then the guy came and grabbed the phone from me, threw me on the bed, and I was like ‘this is it.'”
The men had the hotel concierge handcuffed. Talking to him later, Kardashian West learned that they had threatened him with their guns and demanded he take them to her room. He also translated – the robbers didn’t speak any English, and Kardashian West doesn’t speak any French.
Kardashian West continued, “I was looking at the gun, looking down back at the stairs. I have a split second in my mind to make this quick decision. Am I going to run down the stairs and either be shot in the back – it makes me so upset to think about it – but either they’re going to shoot me in the back or if I make it and they don’t, if the elevator doesn’t open in time or the stairs are locked, then I’m fucked! There’s no way out.”
Instead, she said she pleaded with the concierge to tell the men that she had children at home.
“I have babies. Please, they can’t understand me, but tell them I have babies at home,” she said. “Please, I have a family. Let me live!”
Kardashian West explained that one of the men put duct tape over her mouth. “And then, he grabs my legs and I wasn’t, you know, I had no clothes on under. He pulled me toward him at the front of the bed and I thought, ‘OK, this is the moment they’re going to rape me,'” she said. “I fully mentally prepped myself – and then he didn’t.”
Instead, he put tape around her legs and then held up the gun, she said. “I just knew that was the moment,” Kardashian West recalled. “They’re just totally going to shoot me in the head. I just prayed that Kourtney’s going to have a normal life after she sees my dead body on the bed.”
On KUWTK, Kardashian West explained that she was sure she was going to die. She was thinking about her family and praying for them to be safe when the robbers put her in the bathtub, stole her jewels and left.
Pascal and Kourtney Kardashian returned just minutes later, and they flew back to the U.S. the next day. Kardashian West disappeared from social media and the spotlight for months, but has gradually returned.
After KUWTK aired, she took to Instagram to explain how the experience made her stronger.
Kim Kardashian insta post about Paris robbery
Kim Kardashian insta post about Paris robbery
“I took a tragic horrific experience and did not let it diminish me, rather grew and evolved and allowed the experience to teach me,” she wrote. “I can say I’ve become so much better because of it….thank you for allowing me to share my story tonight.”
Going into a sex shop for the first time can be intimidating no matter how old you are or what you’re looking for. Thoughts can vary from feeling uneducated or naive for not knowing your way around the store to a fear of being judged for going in at all. Although there are a lot of online alternatives for those who aren’t willing to go in person (think Jack and Jill), there are many benefits to going into an actual store.
But if you’re feeling anxious about choosing brick-and-mortar, here are some simple solutions for any pre-visit anxiety.
1. Bring a friend with you
It might sound weird, but bringing a friend you can trust with you on your first visit can not only make you feel better about being there, but it can remind you that the experience can also be fun.
Keep in mind that any sex shop is an actual business, and you don’t want to make fun of things that other people might like, but if you need to laugh your way through some of your unease with your friends, that’s acceptable too. It might also benefit you to find a friend who has some experience in shopping in adult stores, so if you find you have a question you are not comfortable asking an employee, you can defer to them.
2. Have an idea of what you’re looking for before you go in
Most sex shops have a lot to choose from, from the basic selections of safer sex supplies and vibrators to more advanced toys, costumes and literature. Even if you don’t intend to purchase anything and just want to check the store out, having an idea of what you want to see can save you some confusion and prevent you from feeling too overwhelmed.
If it’s your first time buying anything from an adult store, starting simpler is usually safer. Find something that you’re already familiar with or have already researched and work your way up so if you do need advice, you can work from a basis of knowledge.
The employees are there to help you. There is no question that will embarrass them or make them think less of you, because even if it is your first time there, it’s not theirs. The employees are used to answering questions, and keep in mind that if you don’t ask questions, you risk ending up with a product that isn’t what you’re looking for or even something you’re not sure how to use.
If you find you just can’t work up the nerve to ask your questions directly, some shops have FAQ pamphlets that can help ease you into the process.
Regardless of your comfort level, just know that most sex stores work to create a nonjudgmental and welcoming environment for all of their customers and that no one will look at you differently for being there or for asking for help.
Begin this look by swooping all hair down onto the nape of the neck.
Make a low ponytail, but don’t pull hair all the way through. There will be a loop of hair and a “tail” hanging underneath.
Divide the loop of hair into two sides.
With bobby pins, pin each side of the loop against your head. Make sure the sides look symmetrical. Don’t worry about them being perfect though – our hair bow is a little loose and carefree.
Braid the “tail” hanging at the nape of your neck and tie off with a hair tie.
Bring the braided “tail” up and tuck under to hide the end. Bobby pin into place.
Tweak bow as needed and you’re finished – so cute.
Begin by adding a light wave to your hair.
Next, make three ponytails stacking them top to bottom – one high at the crown of your head, the other in the middle and the last one at the nape of your neck. Be sure to give each ponytail a good tug to ensure it’s tight.
Add a texture spray and lightly back-comb each ponytail to pump up the volume.
Take very small sections of hair and braid each section. Be sure to scatter the braids around sporadically so it doesn’t look contrived (3-4 small braids are perfect).
You’re finished. Making three separate ponytails keeps your hair looking full and long – you won’t lose any length like you normally do with a regular ponytail – this ponytail is sassy.
Start a loose braid at your bang area. Keep this braid hugging the crown of your head. If hair falls around your face – leave it! We want this look to be easygoing.
Once the braid is complete, pin it low at the back of your head.
Add a matching braid on the other side and bring around to the back of the head to meet the first braid. Pin the second braid into place (be sure to hide the pins under the hair so they’re not seen).
Take the ends of each braid and tie them in a knot like you’re tying a shoelace – same concept. Double knot the ends (like you would a shoelace) and pin to hold into place – be sure to hide the pin.
Give hair a light spray of hairspray to hold. Next, prepare for compliments!
This article was originally posted October 2014, and updated March 2017.
And then I answered my own rhetorical question: It doesn’t matter. The more I watched it, the happier I felt. I’ve watched it eleven times now and I’m fucking euphoric. Watch it again. Seriously, do it. I’ll wait.
Don’t try to analyze it. Don’t try to figure out why? or for what? or Jayden Smith what are you smoking and can I have some, FFS?
If you ask these questions, you’ll ruin it, you’ll fucking ruin it, and I just can’t handle that right now.
With this video, Jayden Smith proves that he is the only thing pure in this world, with his hair looking like a low-budget The Weeknd, rocking that blank expression better than every stoner out there. Trust me, guys, we need this.
Donald motherfucking Trump is president, an accountant ruined the Academy Awards, and that lady who pretended to be black is still pretending to be black even though she is super, super white. She’s completely white and everyone knows it! The jig is up! End this nonsense!
Everything is fucked and nothing makes sense, so why wouldn’t Jayden Smith shoot a two-minute-and-nineteen-second video for Vanity Fair for no apparent reason while reciting a string of random facts that you’d typically find printed on novelty toilet paper?
I mean, as I see it we have two options after seeing that video. We can sit here asking questions like
You think you’re better than Jayden Smith? Wrong. You’ll never be as awestruck by your nose as Jayden Smith is by his. You’ll never have a purer appreciation for the simple facts of our universe than he does.
Just go back and look at his face as he struggles to grasp these most basic of observations about our planet and our species (I’ve watched it sixteen times now). He can’t even handle it. And if you can, it means that you’ve lost the sense of wonder that makes life worth living.
Our reaction to this video shouldn’t be to ask stupid questions like Seriously, though, are you promoting something? or When did your hair get so long? or Do you use special products on your skin to get it to look so perfect or is it just because you’re still young while I grow increasingly decrepit as the days pass?
Don’t do that. Instead just close the blinds, grab a bag of Doritos and play this video on repeat with the volume cranked to 11.
Let the feelings wash over you. Let go of your ceaseless need for logic and reason. Give in. Give in. Give in.
Thank you, Jayden Christopher Syre Smith. We don’t deserve you.
There are many things to love about Last Week Tonight: hard-hitting political commentary, British wit and outreach efforts related to issues highlighted on the show. Now, we can add catchy tunes to the list.
During the latest episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver continued to skewer Donald Trump for his administration’s long, long list of shortcomings. Of particular interest was Trump’s concerning relationship with Vladimir Putin and why it’s not really a good idea to be buddy-buddy with Russia these days.
Oliver’s usual in-depth research and clever humor would have been more than enough to keep us informed and entertained, but he stepped it up with a hilarious musical number about Putin. And no, we’re not talking about he typical Broadway-inspired performance we’ve seen on so many late night political shows. This time, Oliver and his team pulled out all the stops with techno music. Looking for something new to add to your workout playlist? Look no further – the latest John Oliver song is perfect!
Oliver’s techno masterpiece (named “A Man Like Putin”) included hilarious visual effects, lots of dancing and a surprisingly catchy melody. The lyrics included such memorable tidbits as, “A man like Putin only wants power, he’ll fake a tape of your golden shower.”
A Man Like Putin
A Man Like Putin
The song also offered a new reason journalists such as Oliver best be wary during a Trump administration: “Critics like Oliver better run far because he’ll track you down and he’ll shit on your car.”
This is all part of Oliver’s efforts to package information in a way that might actually make sense to Donald Trump and his ilk. Last week, it was all about short, easily digestible advertisements for cable news (where, as you may recall, Trump seems to obtain the majority of his often incorrect information). This week, song and dance is the preferred form of communication.
It’s great to see John Oliver mixing things up. The world can use more silly techno music in these troubling times. We can’t wait to see what John Oliver and the team at Last Week Tonight delivers next.
Would you like to see more musical numbers on Last Week Tonight? Comment and share your opinion below.