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Tuesday
Sep132011

Jersey Shore’s Sammi: The Sweetest ACTRESS You’ll Ever Meet?

ABC News Radio(NEW YORK) -- Jersey Shore’s Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola is branching out.

“To be honest, I’m focusing on me and my brand and wherever that takes me,” the 24-year-old Hazlet, N.J., native tells ABC News Radio.

And where it’s taking her – for now – is on a press tour promoting her new perfume, “Dangerous.”

“It’s something that I worked really long and hard on, and it’s something I’m extremely proud of and I put a lot of heart and soul into it, and I love it.”

[LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH JERSEY SHORE'S SAMMI "SWEETHEART" GIANCOLA]

Giancola says she really wants to be an entrepreneur.

“I just want to get into clothing and things that I really love,” she said.

But what the self-proclaimed “sweetest bitch you’ll ever meet” is truly interested in -- beyond her role on MTV’s wildly-popular reality series Jersey Shore -- is acting.

“It wasn’t until ... I did a [6 Hour Power] commercial and ... some other things like The Three Stooges ... that I really got a taste of it and I really loved it,” she said. “And now I’m like, ‘Wow, maybe I should think about this,’ because it came easy to me."

“I loved it!” Sammi said, referring to her on-screen cameos. “So, why not do something that I love?”

Giancola says her inspiration to act comes from Angelina Jolie because, “she just does a lot.”

“I like her movies that she does. I like her as an actress. She’s involved in a lot of charities. I like the life that she lives,” Sammi said.

Giancola’s life has been on full display since the series debuted in December 2009 -- and her on-again, off-again relationship with Jersey Shore co-star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro has been one of the show's most galvanizing plot points.

If you’re wondering whether the pair is still together – spoiler alert – they are, indeed.

“We both kind of grew up and became adults,” Giancola told ABC News Radio. “Towards the end of Italy we really made it work. We were able to communicate. We got over the fighting issue.  We kind of really figured out what we wanted in our lives.”

Jersey Shore fans will see the two together in season five, but the drama, she reveals, will shift away from her own relationship and onto others.

“The drama’s really going to unfold on some other people and it’s going to be very dramatic.”

Giancola says she’s aware of the reputation she and her castmates have now, based on their on-screen portrayal -- and that, she says, is just fine.

“That show makes everybody look bad at times, including myself, and it makes me look pretty bad,” she admits. “Let’s be honest – it makes me look pretty bad, but I go with it because that’s what I chose to do and that’s me.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Aug022011

'Bachelorette' Winner: Ashley's "Smokin' Hot With a Great Ass"

ABC News(NEW YORK) – There are a lot of things that newly-engaged JP Rosenbaum loves about his new fiancée, Bachelorette star Ashley Hebert. And speaking to ABC News Radio’s David Blaustein on Tuesday, the 34-year-old construction manager from New York wasn’t shy when asked to name some of Hebert’s best assets.

After rattling off some of the typical responses – “she brings out the best in me,” “we just work,” and “we complement each other perfectly,” Hebert nudged Rosenbaum, and quietly reminded him of her good looks.

"Oh yeah,” Rosenbaum said. “And she's smokin' hot with a great ass!"

“Baby!” Hebert exclaimed, appearing startled by Rosenbaum’s choice of words.

The former Bachelorette contestant asked Blaustein, “I can say that?”

"There's no turning back now,” Rosenbaum said.

“She is absolutely gorgeous,” Rosenbaum conceded. “The attraction was there from the get-go."

Hebert, a 26-year-old aspiring dentist who lives in Philadelphia, accepted Rosenbaum’s marriage proposal on Monday’s season finale of ABC's The Bachelorette. JP popped the question after Ashley turned down a proposal from the other finalist, 28-year-old winemaker Ben F. of Sonoma, Calif.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Aug012011

Lady Gaga Shares New Details about "You and I" Music Video

ABC News Radio(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga has been mostly tight-lipped about the premise of her upcoming music video for her single “You and I,” but she shared details on Monday with ABC News Radio.

“I don’t want to give too much away,” Gaga, who recently shot the video in Nebraska, told ABC’s David Blaustein. “But it does take place in Nebraska, and I’m walking all the way from New York City to find this guy, and as I’m walking my feet start to bleed and I begin to get very tired, and all these strange things start to happen in a cornfield in the middle of nowhere.”

When told the song could become an anthem for the state of Nebraska, she replied cryptically, “Oh, yes, and perhaps for some others. You’ll see.”

[LISTEN TO LADY GAGA'S INTERVIEW WITH ABC'S DAVID BLAUSTEIN]

“You and I” was inspired by Gaga’s reported boyfriend, Luc Carl, who hails from Nebraska. But she’s hoping that her fans can connect with the song in their own personal way.

“It’s meant to be interpreted in as many ways as you can interpret it and I intend, through the visuals, as I always do, to elevate what the song began being about and start to morph and change it into something otherworldly and surreal,” she said.

Gaga performed “You and I” on ABC’s The View on Monday while wearing a houndstooth-patterned outfit that matched her piano. She says she borrowed the idea for the outfit from an ad she once saw.

“I obviously go a bit overboard,” she said.

 



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Wednesday
May042011

Jodie Foster on Mel Gibson: 'If He Does Something Wrong...Jail Him'

Michael Kovac/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- She might be biased, but The Beaver director and co-star Jodie Foster calls Mel Gibson’s performance in the film “extraordinary.”

“I could never have asked for anything more,” Foster told ABC News Radio, adding, “it’s a dream come true.”

While Foster should be basking in the afterglow of releasing her labor of love, she is instead in the middle of a publicity tour riddled with queries about her troubled and controversial star.

“It’s hard to have to have to answer every question about him, somebody that I really care about who I know and love and who has been an incredible friend and a loyal person and somebody that I really admire, " says Foster, who has known Gibson since they co-starred in the 1994 Western comedy Maverick.  "So that’s been hard....and, you know, I’m as nutty as a fruitcake so at some point I will internalize that.  Not yet, but at some point I will curl up into a ball I’m sure."

It’s hard to believe anyone will ever find Foster -- a cordial, warm and funny interview subject -- curled up in a corner.  Still, the two-time Oscar winner is quite blunt about the ramifications of Gibson’s actions.

“I can’t excuse his behavior, of course, and if he does something wrong he needs to go to jail, and if he breaks the law he needs to go to jail.  If he’s filled with rage he needs to come to terms with that rage and that’s his personal process in life.”

If Gibson’s dirty laundry had never been aired, The Beaver has the pedigree to be one of those movies we would’ve seen released during Oscar season.  Still, the combined star power of Foster and fellow Academy Award-winner Gibson may yet prove a potent box office combination.  Ask Foster, though, and she says it ultimately doesn't matter -- to her, or to Gibson.

“As somebody who actually knows him as opposed to somebody who doesn’t know him...There are lifelong struggles for him, ahead of him and he has really bigger problems than whether he’s going to get nominated for an Oscar or whether the film is going to make any money. “

The Beaver opens in limited release on Friday.

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