Nicole Richie won the battle with John Michael Higgins on Lip Sync Battle. But what did it take to win? And will she ever get over seeing John’s huge bulge? Find out below in the beyond the battle video.
Nicole Richie spoke to Variety’s executive editor of TV, Debra Birnbaum, on their podcast “Remote Controlled” about Nicole’s role in Great News. They describe the podcast as featuring “the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.” Birnhaum and TV critic Sonia Saraiya also speak to the executive producers of Great News, Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield, before diving into conversation with Nicole.
“The second I read the script, I said to myself, ‘This is something I would love to do, this is really funny,’” says Richie, who auditioned three times for the role. “Television is something that I’ve always done. I like making people laugh.”
To hear the full podcast, head over to Variety by clicking here.
Nicole Richie will be on Lip Sync Battle performing a rendition of the 90s hit “Good Vibrations” – complete with a spray-painted muscle t-shirt. Nicole is competing with her Great News co-star and co-anchor, John Michael Higgins. Be sure to watch the preview and the interviews below!
The episode will air on May 4th at 10 p.m. ET on Spike.
USA Today recently interviewed Nicole Richie about her role in Great News as a fun, hip news anchor. You can read the interview below or on their website by clicking here, which also features a video of Nicole putting her anchoring skills to use on USA Today.
Great News is counting on Nicole Richie’s Millennial chops.
The TV personality has all the hallmarks of the maligned generation in the new Tina Fey-produced NBC comedy Great News, playing a Snapchat-obsessed, shallow news anchor whose antics routinely give the old guard (portrayed expertly by John Michael Higgins) heartburn.
But in real life, she, like many thirty-somethings, delicately opts out.
“I don’t consider myself a Millennial,” says Richie, 35, contrasting youth culture social media dependency to her college days when she used AOL dial-ups to get online. “Because there’s some real ones out there I know and I’m like, whew! We are not the same.”
Great News revolves around a young TV producer (Briga Heelan) who grits her teeth as her overbearing mother (Andrea Martin) takes an internship at the news station. Richie plays Portia, an anchor whose paycheck is rooted in her ability to be the resident cool young thing who gets ratings.
On paper, Richie is perfect, having characterized so much of the early aughts thanks to reality TV show fame with Paris Hilton on The Simple Life (2003-07).
But times, they have changed. Her children Harlow, 9, and Sparrow, 7 (with husband Joel Madden), “live in embarrassment of me,” says Richie, who says she started having kids years before many of her friends. “But I kind of expected that. “I’ll do one dab, and I’ll get like, ‘How dare you, why would you do that,'” she laughs.
Great News marks Richie’s sitcom debut, and the former reality star auditioned three times to prove her chops to Fey and series creator Tracey Wigfield. “I think it’s inspired casting,” says Martin. “When people hear her name, immediately they think, ‘Can she act?’ She’s so great because her comedic rhythm is different from everybody else. She really is so cool and chill, as the kids say, and that’s what comes across.”
On set, Richie had a moment in the sun with Martin.
“Andrea had a line where she had to say, ‘Turn down for what,’ and she didn’t know what that meant,” says Richie. So I was like, ‘Oh!’ I played her the song. So she considers me so young and hip and cool,” says Richie. “On the other hand, my girlfriend called me yesterday and said ‘Drake said something about your dad in his song.'” Richie drew a blank. “She was like, you don’t follow @champagnepapi (Drake’s handle) on Instagram?!’ I was like, what is that?’ She’s like, ‘You’re 90!'”
Wigfield, who based the show on her own relationship with her mother, calls Richie naturally funny. “She also has high-status presence about her,” she says. “As soon as she walks in the room, I felt like, ‘This is a cool person. This will be great against John Michael Higgins, to make (his character) feel like a loser every week.’ ”
But dad Lionel Richie wasn’t allowed to come spy. “Because he’ll come and it’s a thing,” she says. “He’s so excited. He’ll tell a story about me when I was 15. And like I’m not trying to do all that. I’m just here, at work, doing my thing.”
Her own TV habits? “I’m like seven years behind,” she says. “Like I just started watching Girls Season 1. Do you understand? I’m very far behind. And before that I was watching Desperate Housewives. Not the Real Housewives. The desperate ones.”
Nicole Richie is featured on Architectural Digest with her chickens to show how Nicole styled their chicken coop to match her house. You can read the interview below, but be sure to head over to their website to check out more details in their slideshow.
It’s been more than 13 years since Nicole Richie became a household name on the reality series The Simple Life. A lot has changed since then: The 35-year-old is a married mother of two who plays Portia, an on-air news anchor, in the NBC sitcom Great News, which premiered on April 25 and is executive produced by Tina Fey. Despite the rather low level of domesticity Richie displayed on the FOX reality series, her current day-to-day is quite different.
“About three years ago, we decided to add to our family and bought five chickens,” says Richie, who married singer Joel Madden in 2010. While she can’t remember the actual catalyst for the purchase, she can remember the fowl arriving to her Laurel Canyon, California, home. “I was in New York at the Met Ball, and I came home and they were delivered the same day. I raised them inside my house for about six weeks, and then it was time for them to have a coop,” Richie explains. She constructed a black enclosure for them originally, but when she moved her brood to a new home in Beverly Hills, her chickens—named Tallulah, Philomena, Mama Cass, Sunny, and Daisy—also needed a new residence.
“The new house didn’t have a coop. We had to build them one, so we did a miniature version of my own house in terms of color and style,” she says. “I wanted one color palette throughout. It’s gray.” She also created what she calls “very cute little sections”—five small boxes for the chickens to lay eggs. But she soon found out her newfound pets had other ideas. “They actually just lay eggs all over the place, so that was just a romantic idea I had, I guess,” she says, laughing.
Richie’s personal farmstead also consists of an edible garden, two turtles, and approximately 200 bees in two hives to make seasonal honey for her allergies. On top of that, she will add three more chickens to her coop this month for a total of eight birds. “Martha Stewart said it best: Chickens just give, give, give, and there’s nothing bad about them. They are the easiest animals to take care of, they are so much fun for kids, and they just give me beautiful colored eggs every day.”
Her daughter, Harlow, 9, and son, Sparrow, 7, may be as enthusiastic as she is about her bucolic pets, but her husband is more indifferent. “Joel has looked at them maybe two times. When he has friends over and wants to be cool, then he’ll talk about our chickens and give his friends a tour, but otherwise, he doesn’t care about our chickens,” she says with a laugh. Richie, on the other hand, takes fowl ownership seriously. “I have a chicken lady who I text with, who I go to when I need advice—when I need to vent, when I am unsure about myself and the role I play in their lives. She is always there for me,” she says jocularly.
Richie’s role as a small-time farmer has yet to change her dietary habits, however. “I’m not a vegetarian, and, yes, I eat chicken. Everyone asks me that. I would never eat the ones I own! They have names. I have spent time with them. But yes: I still eat it. I cook them. I salt and brine them. There’s no connection. I’m able to separate it.”
It may be hard to reconcile Richie’s red-carpet appearances with images of her trekking around a chicken coop, but that’s where her old attire from The Simple Life comes in—or at least something similar. “It’s actually really disgusting in there. I get really dirty,” she admits. “I have two pairs of coop shoes that I rotate and a pair of jeans I just want to take off right away, and sometimes I just put on overalls.”
Nicole Richie talks about her family and balancing motherhood with her career. She also touches on what it was like to work on ‘Great News‘.