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Status Spotlight: Jessica Hall

Get Your Butt Off the Couch Life & Style

Jaimie Hilfiger Followable Resolutions Status New Music


Car of the Month Status Favorites Editors Choice Book Club

Fitness: The Soul of Cole & NutriFit




STATUS CREW PUBLISHER Timothy Woodward jr.

EDITOR IN CHIEF Lauren de Normandie

COVER Jessica Hall Photo By: Chaz Photographics

WRITERS Derin Richardson George McQuade Alexandria Lynn Chase Kristina Anapau Lauren de Normandie

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Dear Reader, Congradulations on grabbing the first STATUS LA of the new year! We have all miraculously made it through the end of the world, and 2013 is full of promise. We already have several major projects in the works, and we are looking forward to working with some amazing talent. As you might expect, with the new year comes new faces. We would like to welcome several members to the STATUS LA team. We are always looking for fresh talent to come aboard, so if you're interested in jumping into the glitz and glam of Los Angeles with both feet, contact our HR director at Visit our website,, for open positions. As I'm sure you've noticed, the format and design of each issue has been tweaked. Your comments were received and greatly appreciated! I hope the new layout is easier on the eyes and includes everything you could possibly want to read. As always, I welcome your continued imput. feel free to offer design suggestions, story ideas, cover talent, etc! Share your thoughts with us at Keep an eye or two out for upcoming STATUS LA events, and check the website often for event pics, wild & crazy news & more. Be sure to check out the many ways you can access STATUS LA Magazine: in print, online at, and on the go via NewspaperDirect's PressReader App. For those of you who are serious about the entertainment industry, take a moment to check out our sister pubication, the Hollywood Film Journal at Until next time.

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Sneak Peek Fitness & Nutrition: The Soul of Cole NutriFit Car of the Month New Music: LEGREE

STATUS Cover: Jessica Hall Get Off the Couch "All Growed Up" with Ross Bagley

Book Club Movie of the Month Life With Style: Jaimie Hilfiger

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The S ul of C le  By Kristina Anapau, STATUS LA Contributor of a lifestyle than an obligation— a daily practice of an almost spiritual nature for many people. Soul Cycle has developed a system that harmoniously connects body, mind and soul— turning what used to be a regular cardio workout into a personal journey, an experience.  KA: What can someone expect to walk away with after attending one of your classes?

Kristina Anapau catches up with actor & fitness/ lifestyle professional, Cole Williams Photo © Cole Williams

KA: You began your career as an actor when still a teen, and have accomplished a very impressive body of work throughout the years (no pun intended).   Was physical fitness always integral in your approach to your life and career? CW: Fitness has always been a staple in my life. I began as a runner in high school. Cross country and distance running became my meditation. From there, yoga found its way into my life. Both running and yoga kept me balanced and calm for many years. When I decided to get stronger both mentally and physically, I began functional strength training.  KA:   You have recently become quite a star in the LA fitness scene as well.  You are one of the most soughtafter instructors at the very popular, Soul Cycle.   What drew you to the company? CW: I’m really inspired by the way the concept of fitness has evolved in the last few years— it’s not just about dropping pounds or building muscles anymore. It's more 6

CW: You never know what you are going to get. Every ride is different and every rider seeking a different experience. One thing I can guarantee is class will be hot sweaty and sexy.  KA: The New Year always seems to motivate people to get in shape.   Can you share a few of your favorite exercises to get tone up after the holidays? CW: Most people are looking to drop a few from the mid section and tighten up their core— holiday cookies wreak havoc on this region.   Planks and modified planks are one of the most effective core exercises. I always start and end every workout with a modified plank. To push your heart rate a little higher, I like to throw in a set of 10 burpees between each 60 second modified plank. KA:   Not many people know this, but you are also a practicing Buddhist.   How has Buddhism affected your approach to life, career and fitness? CW:   The Buddhism I practice is rooted in the law of cause and effect and that principle has become the foundation of everything I do. I am always aware of the

cause I am making but work to not get caught up in the result— whether I’m auditioning, on a long run or helping a client achieve a goal.  KA:   What is your personal physical fitness regimen? CW:   Well, I love to run.  I also get a great workout teaching my classes at Soul Cycle. I also train at Velocity Sports Performance in Brentwood where I see most of my clients.  KA: You are also quite an accomplished chef and host—we could do a whole separate article on your rather legendary dinner parties.   What are some of your favorite dishes?   Any amazing recipes and entertaining tips you can share with us? Photo © Cole Williams

CW: (Laughs) Yes I do enjoy cooking and hosting. My tip is to prepare dishes you love and are familiar with when you are hosting a large gathering. Keep it simple, plan well, and don't be afraid to delegate— have someone come early and bring cheese and cured meats. Do as much as you can the day before. Right now, I'm obsessed with pomegranate glaze. I've been making grilled lamb chops and finishing them off with a pomegranate glaze, serving them with grilled zucchini, feta and mint— all on top of Israeli couscous. It looks lovely served on a big platter family style. I finish it off by sprinkling with some fresh pomegranate seeds and chopped mint.  KA: What are your favorite west coast restaurants, spas and getaway destinations? CW: The Bar at Tavern is like a second home. I love Rustic Canyon, and Ado in Venice for Italian. As for Spas, Solage in Calistoga is great spa and getaway. The Spring in desert hot springs is also one of my favorite spots.  7


By Derin Richardson, HFJ Contributor NutriFit is the most ubiquitous name in diet and exercise today, almost every A-list celebrity out there practices or has one point practiced it. In fact, if you haven't at least heard of it then you probably live under a rock in the Pacific Ocean. We managed to spend some quality time with co-founder and program director Jackie Keller to find out what makes her program work, what her favourite part of is and how it manages to win the hearts of so many. As the founding director of NutriFit, what is the most difficult part of your job? What is your favourite? "Well there are challenges associated with every aspect of my job but the most challenging side is the marketing. I'm not inclined toward it and we're in an increasingly mature and saturated market, particularly here in Southern California. So making sure people understand what's different about who you are and what you do is a challenge. As for my favourite, enabling people to make better life choices and be healthier is what I love. It's why I started ths company and it's what drives me—directly impacting people's lives and their health continues to be exciting and envigorating for me. What can be better than hearing everyday about how much better people feel as a result of my program? That's pretty amazing." You and your husband Phil Yaney started the company in 1987 as a result of your father passing away from heart disease. Have you always been physically active and health-conscious? "Not always. I would say I started getting more active in terms of regular excercise in the early 80s. It wasn't something that was particularly encouraged when I was in school because we were driven to strive in academics

instead. So I took an interest in it from a vanity standpoint when I was teenager but became a little neurotic and ended up with an eating disorder. Luckily, I grew out of it and discovered my fascination with food and excercise as a result. It become what I cared about more than other things." It seems many celebrities have taken a liking to the NutriFit way. How many celebrity clients would you say you've had, if you can recall? "Well there are those here in L.A. county who are celebrities in their own mind, but I'd say at least 200, depending on who you are talking about." Who is your favorite? "If you were to ask me that a year ago, I'd say Anne Hathaway. She was a delight to work with, and of course I've had a lot of actors, writers, directors to that I've worked with. More recently than that, I'd say Brian Cranston is delightful as a person, Matthew Fox is equally as nice and he's got a major movie coming up as well. Honestly, it's hard to compare people in that industry but I suppose you can say it's whomever is the nicest at the moment. 9

What are the most common hurdles you've seen clients struggle with?

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"One of the most common things people have a problem with is recognizing the difference between eating right and eating enough. I see this particularly in female clients. Some of us women, including myself, have grown up hearing that it's all about how much you eat— you need to keep your calories down, you can't eat too much, you need to eat small amounts of food. We now know that it is just as much about the quality of the calories as it is the quantity. Like Susan Sarandon told us "it's not just about eating less, it's about eating right." Food needs to be your friend and exercise needs to be your constant companion. What is your favourite food/diet? "I love tomatoes and I love chocolate. I'm a fiend for both but I'm lucky that I don't have any food vices or cravings for any unhealthy food. I follow the mediterranean diet in terms of one that is plant-based, only occasionally eating chicken or fish. I'm not a big red meat eater, though I have no philosophical disagreements with it." What is it like during family leisure time? "Our kids have grown up with our business, so they have not known a life without NutriFit. Family time is very tough when you are trying to bulid a business from the ground up without taking in outside capital, doing everything the slow and long way, so family time was very precious. So the one 'family day' we had we went to museums or went hiking, something productive so that it didn't seem wasted by just hanging out. Family time is tough when your business is your life." Do you all vacation often? "We try to vacation at least once a year. I grew up in a european family and was well-travelled as a child, I lived and went to school overseas and have raised my kids the same way. For the first 10 years of building up the business, I would say no but now we try to go to places around the world. I've still got places I'd like to visit." 10 Photos Š

What were some of the challenges you faced during the early days of getting NutriFit to take off?

What is your workout routine like? "I go to the gym every week day, I hike on Saturday and do brisk walks on Sunday. I strength train and do some cardio when I am at the gym and I work with a trainer, usually one that I'm feeding at the time. I'm a big barter person and I have been fortunate enough to have good friends that are willing to barter and exchange in that way. I exercise religiously since I have 12-hour work days."

In your opinion, how does NurtiFit differ from other fine-tuned diet programs?

"Our customization is unparalled. Other comapnies talk about customizing their meals but if you really look at their level of fine-tuning, it does not match our attention to detail—we focus on the content of the meal, ingredients, scheduling, the fine-tuning of the caloric need based on metabolic and biometric testing. No other meal service even comes close to doing this. Plus, you don't really see the co-founder of a health/diet company take clients and work with them personally."

"I think the ealry challenges in the early days is that we were the very first to do we do. It was difficult to explaining to people our concept, people didn't get it. You had to try to explain it three paragraphs what personal catering and home delivered meals were. We really tailored every single nuance of the meal to your needs. And of course, like all small self-funded company, we had to bootstrap it. This company was built on our reputation based on reccomendations and word-of-mouth."

You earned your Bachelor's of Science at USC. Do you ever visit the campus a guest speaker or some other capacity? "I've been asked to speak on the campus for a number of different things. The Los Angeles Times held its annual Festival of Health on the USC campus for three years and I presented on the food stage and took a seat on two different panel discussions for two years. I also spoke at the Beauty, Nutrition and Wellness women's conference last March." Do you have any collaborative plans in the near future or any projects? "I do! Part of being creative is that you never run out things you want to do. I haven't quite figured out how Im going to market it but it is aneducational product in the sense that it involves showing people on how we help them get healthier with food. I can't say too much because I don't know exactly how its going to work but it is going to be in a tv-format. Besides plans to write another book, we've also completely revamped our website, which will go live Nov. 1st, and   we are preparing to launch sports-specific meal plans for recreational and professional atheletes, particularly for weight lifters, cyclists, runners and swimmers. It's a new effort for us and we're excited about it!" Photos Š






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AC: So you said you were raised around musicians, was there one thing in particular that sparked your interest in playing and writing music? Each month we try to introduce you to a brand new artist. Someone whose incredible talent deserves to be recognized, showcased and celebrated. This month I had the pleasure of interview Mr. Legree Graham: singer, songwriter, guitarist extraordinaire.

LG: When I was young I just wanted to rock...LOL... From there I got a four track and tried recording everything and anything I could...

AC: Which musician(s) are your idols/biggest inspiration and/or had the greatest impact on your Despite being based on the East Coast, Legree and his sound? band are making waves in California and catching the eye of music industry bigwigs. LG: Well there's a huge list but Rod Stewart, Steven Tyler, Robert Johnson, Elvis Presley, Carrie Underwood... Don’t AC: So, Mr. Graham, your guitar playing skills are judge, that girl can write! phenomenal, when did you first start playing the AC: Do you have any gigs booked?  Where can your guitar? fans here you play? When can we expect you to play in Los Angeles? LG: I was about 11 years old when I started really being interested and serious about music. I was raised around LG: I have House of Blues in Myrtle Beach booked for musicians, so I guess I was familiar with the industry and later this month, but our main focus right now is finishing exposed to performing at a pretty young age. the album... We hope to finish it by late February and have AC: How would you describe your unique sound? LG: Wow that's tough... You can maybe describe it as rock and roll with a modern country/southern rock influence. Raspy vocals with 3 part harmonies. Catchy “radio friendly� tunes. You could say if you like Aerosmith, Matchbox Twenty, Jason Aldean, John Mayer, Bon Jovi, Alex Clare anyone along those lines you’ll probably dig my music.... and for those of you who are “pop inclined� we’re also cutting a pop track for the new album. 14

some irons in the fire for a long tour starting summer.... As for Los Angeles, stay tuned! AC: Many artists are crossing over to on-screen performances, do you have any desire to do any TV, movie or reality appearances in the future? LG: Oh certainly! I love entertainment, anyway I can get involved. I am more than willing to act on   a film, or TV project. It would be awesome to get the whole band on a film or show!

AC: You're working on a new album that was coproduced by Mike Gossin from Gloriana, what was it like working with him? LG: Mike's great! He has really great ideas and is an amazing musician so he’s been coming up with solid ideas for the whole arrangement and composition.   He helped play a huge part in polishing our sound. In the time we had to record the material we all worked our butts off. Mike and Tommy Brothers (our engineer) are both incredibly efficient and professional. It was awesome to work with people I’ve know for almost a decade!

AC: We noticed your Youtube video "I'm Alive" has over 60,000 views, any updates on when we can expect another amazingly powerful video? LG: At the very latest as soon as the recordings are finished, but keep an eye out because it could be any day now!  We’re trying decide which song would be the best visually, let me know if you have any suggestions!

AC: If you could tell your fans one unknown, juicy fact about yourself, what would it be? LG: I always and still like "Saved by the Bell" BTW they have it on NETFLIX so be sure to watch a few episodes, you never know when I’ll spring a pop quiz on you! AC: We can see that you have the wild and crazy hair similar to Ryan Cabrera, what's the significance of the hair? LG: Well.... I just have a lot of hair so I said just do whatever with it... I have a nervous habit of rubbing my hands through it, so the hairstyle is pretty much shake and go...LOL... I didn’t mold it after anyone particular...

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1. Stand up and stretch. 2. Read a book.

We live in technology driven world. Face it, you spend more time in front of your computer updating your facebook status than you do at the local bar hitting on the hotty behind the bar.

3. Do something that requires the use of the right side of your brain (think 3rd grade art projects).

And if you're not tweeting, facebooking or writing the next American Classic, you're watching Entourage re-runs or BeyoncĂŠ most recent physics-defying dance move.

5. Cook something.

4. Walk your dog. If you don't have one, walk your neighbor's dog.

6. Try Yoga. Yes, we know most of you techjunkies NEED to be plugged in at all times, but remember sunshine, lollipops and rainbows still exist. Take a break every blue moon to breathe in some fresh air and try something new! In order to help you accomplish this momentous task, I have prepared a short list of ideas for you to consider when you finally detach yourself from your computer. 18

7. Try an extreme sport (snow skiing, water skiing, hang gliding, parasailing, wind get the idea). 8. Try ANY sport. 9. Take an afternoon nap. 10. Imagine the next billion dollar idea. 11. Clean something. Then clean it again because it probably needs it... 12. Ride a bike.

So there you have it. A short totally doable list of things to try that have NOTHING to do with a computer and EVERYTHING to do with getting off your ass. From now on, the STATUS LA Crew will try to provide you with a fresh list to ensure that you're never bored (and to keep that beer belly from getting any bigger)... We would love to hear about your "Get Off the Couch" experiences so we can attempt to inspire as many couch potatoes as possible to breathe in the (semi)-fresh Los Angeles air and partake in what we call REAL LIFE.





Interview by Derin Richardson, Photos by Deja Jordan Hair & Make-up by Katarina Van Derham

do love doing spreads to help promote what I love and plus when I'm old I can look back at some of these photos and be grateful. Acting is fun if I can play myself. Really good at improvising.

STATUS sits down with sexy model, Playboy radio host and actress Jessica Hall to get the answers to questions we just felt like asking.

DR: What did you do before your entertainment debut?

DR: So which came first, being a television host, actress or model? Which do you most identify with? JH: Hosting definitely came first. I really wouldn't call myself a model I could barely strike a pose without first making myself laugh. I think I have made every photographer laugh with jokes i make during shoots. its how i ease myself into making myself comfortable. But I

JH: Well I kinda got into hosting right after school. My first job was Mtv's Burned. I was very blessed to book my first casting and be on set for two months. But don't think the last 10 years were like that. I have had to work my butt off to be where Iam today. DR: How did you manage to become a host on Burned? JH: I knew from an early age that I always wanted to host 21

and entertain. I first got started in the business with MTV. Took a few classes and small jobs after that to build my resume and reel. From there I was fortunate enough to book with bigger networks and become a successful host. DR: What was it like being on Kendra On Top which has been renewed for a second season and has garnered over 7.5 million viewers? JH: I absolutely love being part of what Kendra has built for herself. Being on her show has been a blast. I get to hang with my buddy and all our crazy, funny and shocking moments get caught on camera. Ill never have to make a home video again. Lol I'm super excited for the second season of Kendra on Top. Lots of excitement and surprises in this season.


DR: Ever thought about having a show of your own? JH: My radio show is going to be filmed in 2013. So that can kinda be considered a show of my own I guess. It's me and amazing guests chatting for 2 hrs. No editing at all so it's my live radio show on live tv. DR: What is your typical work week like? JH: My typical week consists of doing core power yoga every morning with my buddy Kendra. After that got to shower and prepare for any meetings or auditions that I have to fit in before I report to my radio show at 230pm. And after the show I'm usually attending a friends event or a charity event. As much as I'm busy I never miss out on supporting a friend. On my more relax days I enjoy my wonderful man and our two dogs duke and warren oh and a nice glass of Pinot noir or two ok or three.


DR: We hear you weren't born on the main land? JH: I was born in Hawaii cause my dad William Hall was in the army. We were based there for 4 years. I absolutely love Hawaii. Going back in may this year.

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How big a role does your family play in your life? I'm a huge family person. I adore them. The love and support they show me is unbelievable. I'm lucky that they all live in LA. Except for my sister stacie who lives in Switzerland. I see my friends a lot as well. They are pretty much family. My sister stacie is engaged. The wedding is taking place in the summer. I can't wait. I'm gonna throw her the best bachelorette party ever. Stacie is a blast and I'm sure the wedding will be awesome. What is your ultimate career goal? My main goal is to stay who I am today and to continue to do what I love which is hosting. I would love to one day host a show like one of my idols Kelly Ripa. And I don't think I'm far from it. I'm gonna continue to work hard and I know in the end it will pay off. I have an amazing team working with me on achieving all my goals. I can't thank them enough. My agency Octagon My manager Ray Manzella,my PR Ben Decker and my producer Marie Lanza.

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New Years Resolutions (You Can Actually Keep)

By Alexandria Chase STATUS LA Mag. Contributor


Every year we all make the same good intentioned resolutions. The exact same goals we set and fail to reach year after year.

Spend more time with family… members of someone living in or around your current location.

To help everyone actually reach at least one goal in 2013, I decided to create a short list of resolutions that have lovingly been dubbed "Baby Step Resolutions for the Not so Strong Willed".

Exercise more…of your right to remain sedentary when deemed necessary.

This list is perfect for those of us who have all but given up with the resolution tradition and those of us who are sick of the yearly humiliation after publically announcing your resolution then having to explain to all your Facebook friends why your couldn't shake those last 50 pounds, or turn down that tenth martini. You might even be able to impress your friends with a June Facebook status of "Six months and I've kept all ten of my resolutions!"

THE LIST: Use turn signals when turning or changing lanes, and turn off your turn signal when it is no longer relevant. If you see someone using a turn signal, let that person over, at least one time in 2013. Refrain from tweeting photos of your hamburgers, fish tacos and beer. The biggest margarita ever is OK, as long as it's truly giant and you tweet another photo of yourself after drinking it. Give a really, really, really big tip.

Drink less…malt liquor before 4 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Save money…on sweetener by stealing it from Starbucks. Learn a new language…exists that you didn’t know about, e.g. Wolof in Senegal. Appreciate the little things…by seeing The Hobbit. Now you’re done. Volunteer…as tribute. In case it ever comes up. Get Unplugged…presented by VH1 featuring Taylor Swift on DVD. Stop snacking for no reason…because there are so many reasons: Boredom, sorrow, anxiety, proximity… No excuses for no excuses. Smile more…at people who might try to sit next to you on the bus. They’ll keep their distance. Read more…menus of available malt liquors. Be less stressed…about your resolutions. Because it’s almost February and you’re nearly done!

Move out of the way of emergency vehicles, and stop for funeral processions. Try a food you've never had before. Clean your old yogurts and mayonnaise out of the office refrigerator. Stop texting and driving. Seriously. Just stop it. Don't Murder Anyone. Please. 29

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young, doing work for department stores like Sears and Macy's. It soon took a backseat, however, because her mother wanted her to engage in more social activities, since it was more of a solo act.

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"It was great because I knew that I still had my bachelor's degree and that I could use it, since being a model these days is more than just being on the runway," Hilfiger said.

By Derin Richardson, STATUS LA Contributor "You have to have presence and experience in

t's easy to see that Jaimie Hilfiger wears as

many professional hats as she does fashionable ones as a model--with an upcoming television show and clothing brand, being a Huffington Post columnist and a fashionista, you can almost say she redefines the term "supermodel." Don't make the assumption that her success is due to her uncle's world-renowned fashion line though, as she has proven she has the Independence to make great things happen all on her own. 30

She attended University of Central Florida for broadcast journalism however her heart was always in the modeling realm, so she took advantage of the rising market in Florida by doing swimsuit calendars. After graduation, she decided that she wanted to pursue a career doing it outright.

speaking on camera, which is what I learned in broadcasting." On that same note, her journalistic efforts for the Huffington Post involve fashion and beauty and she loves to give tips to her friends. Her borderline precognitive skill in seeing potential trends for both topics certainly helps bolster her writing and gravitas as fashionista. A lot people have the misconception that if I got a brand new car for my 16th birthday or really nice things that it was my uncle's doing, but my father owns a contracting business, so really it was because of him" Hilfiger said.

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Despite desiring her own show and studying theatre arts as a minor in college, she does not want to pursue an acting career simply because isn't her passion. Aside from a television bid, she also has an interesting wardrobe in the works, dubbed as "transitional lounge-wear," that she feels is the answer for those women who come home from work but do not want to necessarily resort to pajamas as their default option. "I want to give women something to wear in between that still makes them feel confident and sexy for whomever they're living with gets home from work."

Of course like any young entrepreneur, the buck doesn't stop there for the 24 year-old New York native. She is currently negotiating with prospective production companies and networks to shop

"I guess I can say that I

Jamie feels "honored" to be compared to Kim Kardashian and ultimately wants her career to take a similar route as hers (without the sex tape, naturally) but noted their obvious differences and denounced the negativity target at her. "I don't really think a $55 million a year paycheck is anything to talk negatively about," Hilfiger said. "Sure Kim has made some mistakes career-wise and some she can't help, but mistakes happen to everyone."

lived somewhat of a privileged life" her proposed reality show. She is looking forward to doing it now more than ever. "Looking back on it now, I'm really glad because I feel like at this stage in my life I am much more prepared to let those cameras in as opposed to when I was offered those deals in the past . I feel like I've matured and that this is a good point," Hilfiger said.


Whats more, she even has intentions of becoming one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

ments or just because) she loves living in Beverly Hills and Southern California in general. "There is so much to do," Hilfiger said.

"I'd love to be one of the real housewives! I love how these women have used the show to make their names into household ones. I think it's wonderful." Hilfiger said.

Her hobbies include yoga and Pilates, going to the beach, red carpet events, shopping and winter sports.

She feels it is commendable that they can manage an estate, take care of their families and husbands and still have time for themselves. More commendable to her are her parents, as she considers them the most inspirational figures in her life. Though she thoroughly enjoys going back home to visit family (whether for work commit32

"One thing to always bear in mind as a fashion enthusiast is to never forget your personal style. It's really easy to get lost in the crowd with everyone wanting their own clothing lines, but it's always important that you keep that," Hilfiger said.

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STATUSL A Book of the Month becomes Private Berlin's most dangerous investigation yet. AN INVESTIGATOR IS SEARCHING Mattie Engel is another top agent at Private Berlin, gorgeous and ruthlessly determined-and she's also Chris's ex. Mattie throws herself headfirst into finding Chris, following leads to the three people Chris was investigating when he vanished: a billionaire suspected of cheating on his wife, a soccer star accused of throwing games, and a nightclub owner with ties to the Russian mob. Any one of them would surely want Chris gone-and one of them is evil enough to want him dead. AND SHE'S AFTER MORE THAN THE TRUTH

OVERVIEW Private Berlin has the extraordinary pace and international sophistication that has powered The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Patterson's #1 bestseller The Postcard Killers. IN EUROPE'S MOST DANGEROUS CITY Chris Schneider is a superstar agent at Private Berlin, Germany headquarters for the world's most powerful investigation firm. He keeps his methods secret as he tackles Private's most high-profile casesand when Chris suddenly disappears, he 34

Mattie's chase takes her into Berlin's most guarded, hidden, and treacherous places, revealing secrets from Chris's past that she'd never dreamed of in the time they were lovers. On the brink of a terrifying discovery, Mattie holds on to her belief in Chris-in the face of a horror that could force all of Europe to the edge of destruction and chaos. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - James Patterson has taken the European thriller to a masterful new level with Private Berlin, an adrenaline-charged, spectacularly violent and sexy novel with unforgettable characters of dark and complex depths. Private Berlin proves why Patterson is truly the world's #1 bestselling author. PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN-13: 9780316211178 Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Publication date: 1/21/2013

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Ross Bagley:

"All Growed Up"

By Derin Richardson, STATUS LA Mag. Contributor

Remember watching The Little Rascals and seeing spunky Buckwheat? Or watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and seeing that charismatic, lionhearted little tyke Nicky Banks? Of course you do! Just like you remember him in one of the biggest blockbuster movies of the 90s, Independence Day.

Speaking of goals, his newly earned bachelor's degree in Cinema and Television from California State University Northridge last May certainly helps to further his plans of becoming an executive film & television producer.

Since then, of course, Ross Bagley has taken a more subtle route with his career but has not been inactive by any means. He simply decided to give fame and camera attention a backseat and remain incognito while he and

As actor, Bagley credits his success to his duration on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Ironically, it was his most treasured show long before he was presented the opportunity to join the cast.

his career goals. "I lead a pretty normal life these days, save for the occasional recognition from people on the streets," Bagley said. "I didn't want Hollywood to takeover who I am."

"It was a trip for me! Even before I was on it or even thought about acting, I used to watch it every Monday night on NBC religiously. It was great blessing for me to be on there and one of the best things for my career," Bagely said.


He was four and a half years old when he was first discovered for his acting ability. He was reciting poetry at a talent show when a judge, who also happened to be a talent manager, approached his father and gave him a business card. His father then told his mother about it, however she dismissed it completely. It wasn't until he was approached again by another talent manager while she and Bagley were playing miniature golf that she decided to take it more seriously. "My mom started thinking it was rather odd that that would happen within a couple of weeks, so she called the first guy and the rest was pretty much history. Started going on auditions, nailed a few things, and here we are today," Bagley said. Of course, the favorite movie he's starred in is Independence Day, which he felt had all the makings of a blockbuster, even though he was only six years old at the time. He mentioned that it was the most fun he'd had on set, despite the life-like aliens.

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"What's weird with me is that when I see some of the scenes I was in, I can remember how they smelled. I just remember the smell of smoke and fire going on, just that distinct Hollywood smell," - Ross Bagley

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When asked what he thinks his life would've been like if he'd not started acting, he mentioned that he would have probably continued school and graduated from college like he has done already and "probably playing NBA 2K13." "My life is pretty normal and that's how I wanted it to be," Bagley said. "My mom was very supportive of what I wanted to do either way. She wasn't one of those Hollywood moms trying to make sure I did this and that. It was always my choice and my decisions." His advice for aspiring actors? Love the craft and take it seriously, as there are a lot of people who have "narcissistic reasons," for acting but there are also those who would do anything for even the most diminutive roles, just for a fraction of screen time. Also, make sure you surround yourself with those who have your best  interest in mind and not a desire to just get in your pockets. "Love it. You really have to because there are going to be a lot of days on set where you are going to do the same thing over and over again, in which it eventually turns out to be a really great project. But if you don't, it's going to show and you are going to get bored of shooting stuff easily," Bagley said.

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STATUS LA Magazine January 2013