Soap Opera Success: 5 surprising celebs who began in daytime TV

Brad Pitt (Image Credit: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for BFI)

Brad Pitt (Image Credit: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for BFI)

As a life-long soap lover, I know one of the most annoying aspects of being a fan is listening to others ridicule a show I love. People have a lot of preconceived notions about soaps. A lot of people claim that they’re silly, poorly written and horribly acted without ever having watched an episode. People are welcome to their opinions, but before criticizing, I think those people should know that some pretty acclaimed actors got their start on soaps. Here are just a handful: Continue reading

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Anne Hathaway in THE PRINCESS DIARIES (Image Credit: Disney Pictures)

Movie Myths About… Makeovers

Anne Hathaway in THE PRINCESS DIARIES (Image Credit: Disney Pictures)

Anne Hathaway in THE PRINCESS DIARIES (Image Credit: Disney Pictures)

Anne Hathaway in THE PRINCESS DIARIES (Image Credit: Disney Pictures)

Anne Hathaway in THE PRINCESS DIARIES (Image Credit: Disney Pictures)

Anne Hathaway once played Mia Thermopolis, who underwent a makeover under the guidance of Queen, Clarisse Renaldi, played by Julie Andrews in The Princess Diaries. Before she was swept up in movie magic, Mia Thermopolis looked a mess. Her hair was a frizz ball before it looked like it was sleeked down by a Garnier commercial, or something equivalent. Paolo, anyone? Her eyebrows looked like they hadn’t been waxed, well…ever. Plus, her dorky glasses shaded her gorgeous caramel eyes and pearly-white teeth. Of course, we’re sure her character’s confidence levels also had something to do with hiding her polished smile.

Confidence is the key to a successful makeover in real life and though the idea of a movie-makeover seems great, what with all the fanciful lighting and upholstery, we must remember that it is just that. Media producers go through a strain of work to be able to take these characters from drab to fab in a near-minute montage sequence during a movie. What seems like a second of your time that has faded away over a bucket of popcorn, a tall diet soda and wince of admiration, likely takes hours during the hair and makeup process that happens between takes on set.
We must also remember that these women are actresses and that their faces were likely already gorgeous pre-character makeover. In fact, odds are that these ladies underwent a make-under before transforming themselves into princess equivalent beauties.

Rachael Leigh Cook in SHE'S ALL THAT (Image Credit: Miramax)

Rachael Leigh Cook in SHE’S ALL THAT (Image Credit: Miramax)

Take the classic, She’s All That example, where Freddie Prinze Jr. takes a wallflower, played by Rachael Leigh Cook, and attempts to turn her into the high school prom queen because he had placed a bet with one of his buddies that he could. Prinze Jr. plays jock, Zack Siler, and Cook plays the shy, arty-girl, Laney Boggs, in the film. Of course, Cook was already gorgeous before filming and the removal of glasses and putting on sexy clothes does not automatically put you into the category of ultimate hottie (or Freddie Prinze Jr.’s new love) in real life. Genes and Hollywood magic are certainly helpful.

According to Entertainment Weekly, “Cook’s transformation was almost a makeover-parody. How much work is it to pluck a girl’s brows, remove her glasses and giver her a pair of heels?” The concept is highly elongated in the film and is unrealistic as a result.

Let’s be real, Cinderella had a Fairy Godmother to help her.

Cady Heron via Mean Girls, had a Regina George and we’re not sure we want one of those, though we must admit- Rachel McAdams as Regina and Lindsay Lohan as Cady were both mega beautiful in the film.

We’re reasoned that one of Gretchen’s (played by Lacey Chabert) secrets in her “hair full of secrets” was that they all had a killer hair and beauty team waiting for them at their trailers.

Lindsay Lohan in MEAN GIRLS (Image Credit: Paramount Pictures)

Lindsay Lohan in MEAN GIRLS (Image Credit: Paramount Pictures)

Entertainment Weekly says that Heron’s transition from the home-schooled life in Africa was not as jarring for herself or for viewers as was her transition into the high school physicality, “like a haunted mask—the mascara and a short skirts had an almost-mystical power over Cady’s nice-girl tendencies, revealing her inner…well, you know.”

Movie makeovers may seem fabulous, and in fact, they are, but sometimes they’re a bit overdone and are overly-fantastical. It is the movies, after all. So, what’s good to remember is that they should probably just be valued as something that is fun to watch.

Making over yourself starts from the inside and works its way out in the real world. You may not have a makeup team to assist you, or a fairy godmother or even a Paolo, but you do have a positive internal environment we recommend starting from — your inner confidence.

When you have positive feelings about yourself, they emulate onto caring for your outer self too. We recommend sticking to a continuous full body makeover plan if you want to see results. If you’re having problems with your skin, seek out a new citrus smelling acne medication like Neutrogena Grapefruit scented Acne Cleanser, for treatment purposes and the smell. If your makeover goal is to get toned, try picking up a Tracy Anderson workout DVD. Seriously, her core routines are amazing! Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan. Attempting to get that 360-watt smile? Try an at-home teeth-whitening kit. Do what makes you happy, because another key aspect to a successful long or short term makeover is having fun with it.

If you’re looking for a more simple at home makeover, picking up a new shade of lip gloss at your go-to drugstore is usually enough to put you into fresh vibes, making you feel like you’ve grasped a bit of movie magic. Who knows? You may just be able to wear that tasty new shade to a summer blockbuster.

So here’s to you, Beautiful, and your quirky envisions of a better, brighter, made-over self. May the myths of the movie makeover be ever in your cosmic real life favor. Just don’t compare yourself to them. That’s not you!

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Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From… ‘Mean Girls’

Lacey Chabert as Gretchen Wieners, Rachel McAdams as Regina George, Lindsay Lohan Cady Heron and Amanda Seyfried as Karen Smith in MEAN GIRLS (Image Credit: Paramount Pictures)

Lacey Chabert as Gretchen Wieners, Rachel McAdams as Regina George, Lindsay Lohan Cady Heron and Amanda Seyfried as Karen Smith in MEAN GIRLS (Image Credit: Paramount Pictures)

It’s rare that a day goes by without something happening in my life that causes a quote from Mean Girls to run through my head. I’m going to assume this means that Mean Girls is the most life-applicable movie ever made, and we could all stand to take some lessons from it.

Be nice to other girls.

Like Ms. Norbury says, “You have all got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores.” That Ms. Norbury is a smart lady. If ladies don’t respect themselves and each other, it’s hard to expect anyone else to!

Mean Girls Tina Fey

When you’re baffled by healthy eating options, don’t be afraid to settle on cheese fries.

I’m not saying you should eat cheese fries every day. I’m just saying that sometimes food options can be overwhelming. If you try to keep track of every little nutrient or calorie in every bite of your food, that’s going to get awfully overwhelming. Take a page from Regina George and know that sometimes it’s okay to go with a tried and true favorite like cheese fries. Even the queen bee needs a break from micromanaging her food, so I think it’s okay for the rest of us to splurge every now and then too!

A little confidence goes a long way.

Remember when Cady, Janis and Damien try to sabotage Regina by cutting boob holes in her tank top? It doesn’t work, because Regina didn’t let it get to her. She rocked that boob hole tank top with so much fierceness that she started a school-wide trend. Stuff happens. You will encounter these kinds of minor disasters your whole life, but they don’t have to be an embarrassing ordeal. Laugh it off, carry yourself with confidence, and don’t let it get to you.

Rachel-Mcadams Mean-Girls

Glen Coco should be your role model.

Think about it. You never see Glen Coco (aside from the back of his head). You never hear anyone gossiping about Glen Coco. He doesn’t seem to be involved in any of the popular clique drama, but clearly he’s got friends if he managed to snag four Secret Santa candy canes. Glen Coco is an example of how you can be happy and reasonably popular without being in everyone else’s business and causing trouble. Sure, Glen Coco is male and therefore excluded from some of the more cutthroat politics of Mean Girls, but that doesn’t mean ladies can’t follow his example as well.

Glen Coco

Everyone can be a terrible person, but everyone can also be a nice person.

In Mean Girls, Cady starts out as a nice person, but she is seduced by power after getting a taste of being part of the popular clique and learning how to manipulate people. There are a myriad of reasons teenage girls do this sort of thing, but it’s important to remember that we all have the capacity to be horrible people. This might seem like a depressing observation, but actually I think it’s a nice reminder to check yourself. Thinking about spreading some gossip about Trang Pak being a grotsky little beyotch? Think again – it will just make you a jerk, so what’s the point? You don’t have to like everyone, but there’s no reason to be mean about it. Even “evil in human form” Regina George figured that out eventually!

Don’t ever put clothes on hold at a store that only carries sizes 1, 3, and 5.

This is just asking for trouble, really. Especially if you’ve been settling on the cheese fries a lot lately (or accidentally eating 5000 calories a day thanks to a misguided all-carb diet).

Butter

And finally: intelligence isn’t something to hide.

Think you need to dumb yourself down to catch the attention of an Aaron Samuels-like hottie? Think again – if your Aaron Samuels is worth your time, he’ll appreciate your brains. Cady learns that the hard way after nearly flunking math class. Learn from her mistakes – it’s just not worth it!

Keep these totally grool lessons in mind and your day will be even more fetch than Gretchen’s!

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