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Newsweek Cover December 26, January 2, 2012

Top 4 Confessions of This Year’s Oscar Nominees

Newsweek December 26, January 2, 2012

Newsweek Dec. 26, Jan. 2, 2012 Double Issue

The Oscars are upon us, and Newsweek offered up some of the juiciest confessions from this year’s nominees.

It’s Oscar season! And that can only mean one thing: a barrage of interviews with some of our favorite stars who are touting their movies before the February 26 broadcast. No interview is more fun or telling than Newsweek’s annual Oscar Roundtable.

George Clooney used to do what before he became “Gorgeous George?” There’s so much ground to cover with these Oscar noms, and Newsweek is giving all the nitty-gritty details–nothing is off limits. Here are just four of the many unexpected confessions given by some of this year’s outstanding performers:

1. “It was a terrible job!” George Clooney (“The Descendants”) used to hawk women’s shoes? Seems years ago an 18-year-old Clooney could be found schlepping around a department store. He tells the magazine, “There was a whole generation of women who had a toe cut off to fit in tight pumps.” Yikes! Good thing he switched his day job!

2. “I did actually pee on tape.” If you thought an actor couldn’t be asked to do more for a role than full-frontal nudity, think again. “Shame” actor Michael Fassbender went a step further for his controversial turn as a sex addict, thus joining “an elite group of actors, including Kate Winslet in ‘Holy Smoke,’ who had to urinate on screen.” Too much information?

3. “I’ll never work with him again!” Contrary to popular belief, actors aren’t the only ones to blame if their films fail–they’re just the most visible scapegoats. Best Supporting Actor favorite Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”) knows exactly who to point the finger at for his 2005 flop “The New World”–director Terrence Malick (currently nominated for Best Director for “The Tree of Life”). Plummer admits, “I love some of his movies very much, but the problem with Terry is he needs a writer, desperately.”

4. “I was terrified of Meryl Streep.” Viola Davis (“The Help”) has become great friends with her “Doubt” costar Meryl Streep; however, Davis was not at all confident of her own skills upon first working with the living legend. How did she prepare for the set? She wrote a 50-page biography on her character. Now that’s dedication to the craft!

Which films and performances stand out to you this award season?


How to Live Like George Clooney: Rolling Stone’s Guide to the Star’s “Simple Life”

Rolling Stone magazine Novemberr 24, 2011 issue

Rolling Stone magazine's Nov. 24, 2011, issue

Clooney, currently starring in the the big-screen comedy/drama “The Descendants,” shares a typical day in his life with Rolling Stone magazine.

Holiday season is in full swing, and George Clooney has gifted fans with not only a new film, “The Descendants,” but also a revealing interview in Rolling Stone.

The Thanksgiving holiday marked a big week for “Gorgeous” George Clooney. The actor, 50, who’s been making the red carpet rounds with latest lady love and “Dancing With the Stars” reality competition alum Stacy Keibler (those legs!), opened “The Descendants” nationwide on Nov. 23. Now he graces the cover of the Nov. 24 issue of Rolling Stone.

At the Nov. 16 Los Angeles premiere of his latest film–and with Keibler in tow–Clooney opened up about his girlfriend, who spent time as a professional wrestler before her stint on “Dancing With the Stars.” According to People, Clooney admitted, “She can kick my ass,” before adding that she’s also a “nice girl.”

Clooney was just as cool in his cover story with Rolling Stone, confessing that he thinks his public persona sometimes gets a bad rap. “I think one of the major misconceptions about me is that I live my life the way people think I lead my life, with hot and cold drinks running everywhere and a party all the time,” he says. “They think of my life in terms of certain excesses that don’t really exist. Things are actually fairly simple.” Well, save the Tudor-style English mansion in the Hollywood Hills, the retreat in Cabo, or that estate on Italy’s Lake Como. Or the incredible body of work, the Oscar nominations and win. Or the long-legged women–lots of them. But, do go on, Mr. Clooney.

An average day? “Let’s see. Up at 7:30, with my damn dog at the bedroom door. Einstein. He’s a shelter dog. His name should be Jackpot.” Truer, words, George. Truer words. “Anyway, I put on a robe and came down and fed the dog. I brushed my teeth and took a leak – simultaneously, if you can, would be a very good move. … Then I took a shower, worked up a good sweat on the stationary bicycle, and I took another shower.” The actor goes on to talk about his doctor coming over to do a physical at his house, which he does twice a year. Doctors making house calls–it’s the little things, right George?

Clooney also pulls no punches when discussing just how good his latest film really is. “If it’s not nominated for best picture, I’ll be shocked,” he tells Rolling Stone. “It’s that good.”

So, have you seen “The Descendants”? I must confess, I do feel a date night coming on. My husband’s welcome to come along to the movie too.