Category: Interviews

Nicole Richie talks to Vice: “I would be an amazing personal assistant”

Nicole Richie spoke to Vice at the beginning of December about her show Great News, growing up, past projects and more. The photos of Nicole – in her Burbank office – were taken by Chuck Grant.

Here is a preview of the excellent interview by Aly Comingore. Click here to read the full interview!

VICE: How did you get involved with Great News?
Nicole Richie: My manager called me and said, “I have this script—I think you should read it. It’s a Tina Fey show. It’s really funny.” I’m a big 30 Rock fan, and the moment I opened the script I heard that rhythm. Then I came up with about 35 reasons why I couldn’t audition, all rooted in me thinking that it wasn’t going to happen. But I went and auditioned three times, and I got it. They had already shot the pilot, so I was shooting four days later.

You shot the first season before the election, right?
Yeah, we started shooting in August of last year, finished in October, and aired in April. It was probably the first thing on all of our minds, moreso when the season came out. Like everyone, we thought the outcome would be very different. We had some Hillary lines in there that were cut, but there’s no mention of any political figures on the show, which I think is incredibly cool of Tracy. She and Tina are such smart, elegant women, and the beauty of great comedy is when you’re able to keep aligned with who you are while making jokes too. The second season is a good representation of that.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a ballerina. When I was 16, I got real bold, and I wanted to be Britney Spears’s backup dancer.

Did you always have aspirations to act?
I always knew I wanted to perform. When I was in high school, I wanted to do musical theater. I wanted to move to New York and go to college there, but my birthday’s in September, so I graduated at 17. My parents saw the look in my eye and were like, “You’re not going to the East Coast. We need to keep you here.” So I went to college in Arizona for two years—maybe two classes, but I had the time of my life.

Then, when I was done, The Simple Life just happened. At the time, there was no other show to compare it to. It was pitched to me like, “Do you want to take 30 days out of your life and go with your best friend to some city—but we’re not going to tell you where it is—and get paid for it?” And I was like, “Yeah, why not?” I did it, and it was so much fun, but it lasted for five seasons. I didn’t plan on that—my life just went in a completely different direction.

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Photoshoots » 2017 » Chuck Grant (Vice)

Nicole Richie talks 2018 beauty resolutions with HelloGiggles

Whilst at JCPenney’s holiday boutique pop-up shop on December 7th, Nicole Richie spoke to HelloGiggles about her beauty resolutions for 2018, and which beauty products are on her Christmas wishlist.

HelloGiggles: What are your favorite skin care products to use this winter?
Nicole Richie: I use Biologique Recherche everything. My skin routine is my makeup routine. That’s where I put my effort because I don’t wear foundation, so that’s where I focus.

HG: Are there any beauty resolutions that you want to try in the new year?
NR: I’ve never had a laser in my life, so I’m open to that.

HG: Are there any products on your Christmas wish list?
NR: I’ve been very into Miranda Kerr’s Kora face oil. I think I will be asking for another bottle of that because I spilled mine.

HG: Are there any beauty trends that you want to try?
NR: I don’t know if at 36 I’m in the place to really try — I feel like I just got to stick with my routine and just keep on truckin’ you know?

HG: You’re adventurous with your hair color, is there anything that you want to try that you haven’t yet?
NR: Right now I’m giving my hair a nice, long break because it deserves it. I just got off of work and I have curly hair, I’ve been having to blow dry and straighten my hair and treat it with color. It’s all really fun, but you have to take breaks in order for your hair to grow.

HG: Are there hair products that you swear by?
NR: Even when I am coloring it especially, I’m all for a good coconut oil, a deep conditioning treatment.

HG: Since you don’t wear much makeup, is there anything that you are obsessed with?
NR: I don’t wear much makeup, but I’ll tell you what, this is a lesson that has been told to me since I was little. Both of my parents said, “You have to be moisturized when you’re out of the shower.” I was never allowed out of the shower without having oil and lotion on my body, and that’s how I raised my kids. It’s mandatory, it’s what you have to do, it’s what my kids’ friends have to do if they come over. I rub them down in oil and lotion and make sure that the skin is hydrated because, the epidermis, as my facialist says, is the biggest part of your body. It takes up your whole entire body, and you have to hydrate it and take care of it.

Shop Nicole’s Holiday Challenge here.

Nicole Richie attends the launch of JCPenney’s Jacques Penne holiday boutique pop-up shop (December 7)

On December 7th, Nicole Richie attended JCPenney’s Jacques Penne holiday boutique pop-up shop opening celebration held on Broadway in New York City. Nicole was asked to pick out some items she’d choose as Christmas presents for others. Check out a brief interview with ET Online here.

Nicole also spoke to US Weekly, where she revealed her holiday traditions and what her children would like for Christmas this year:

“I can describe my Christmas in a couple of words. Mariah Carey all day, Nicole’s famous apple cider, wine and lots of lights.” (For the record, Nicole’s “famous” cider is a mix of apples, oranges, nutmeg, brown sugar and a secret ingredient that she refused to name!)

“My daughter is very into makeup and my son wants a drone that he will probably not be getting,” Richie told Us. “I know the drone is popular, but it won’t be popular in my house.”

“The magic of Santa is still very much alive,” Richie explained. “Christmas was such a big deal for me when I was growing up, so I make it a big deal for them. I really go all out.”

“They aren’t too concerned concerned about getting things for us yet, it’s really just about what they’re getting. Last year I was called out and shamed because Santa got them better presents then I did. This year Santa will be getting them raw vegetables and I’ll get them what they’ve been asking for!”

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Appearances » 2017 » December 07: JCPenney’s Jacques Penne holiday boutique pop-up shop opening celebration held on Broadway in New York City

Nicole Richie talks Great News, women in TV and what she’d name the TV show of her life with The Edit

Nicole Richie appears on the cover of Pret-A-Porter’s magazine The Edit, alongside Evan Rachel Wood, Yvonne Orji, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Sarah Silverman. You can read the feature online over at their website by clicking here. There is also a video where the five women discuss what they really think of sexism, diversity and equal opportunities both in front of and behind the camera.

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Magazines » Covers » 2017 » The Edit (November 30)
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Nicole Richie talks to You Magazine: “I love a schedule”

Nicole Richie is on the cover of the November 26 issue of You Magazine. The issue is also available free with the Mail on Sunday. Nicole spoke to You about her trouble-making past and how she uses this to parent her children Harlow and Sparrow. Check out the preview below and read the full interview on their website here. The photoshoot featured in the magazine is one by Smallz and Raskind from 2016 when they shot Nicole and Lionel Richie for Legend magazine – however, this introduces a new outtake from the shoot.

“Mornings are wild times in our house,” says Nicole Richie. “It’s survival mode.” And to be clear, the 36-year-old TV star, actress and creative director of fashion brand House of Harlow 1960 isn’t talking about the kind of wild times she was known for in her younger years.”

She is referring to the demands of family life at home in Los Angeles with her husband Joel Madden, lead singer of the rock band Good Charlotte, their nine-year-old daughter Harlow and son Sparrow, aged eight.

“It’s like the Olympics: get the kids up, make breakfast, prepare lunches, drive them to school (I volunteer there, so on those days I will stay to read with the class) then go to work” – which might be at home, on set or at a business meeting, depending on her schedule.


Byrdie: 6 Beauty Lessons I Learned From Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie recently got lavender highlights thanks to celebrity colorist Larisa Love. Whilst working her magic, Love asked Nicole some burning questions and reported back to Byrdie who have presented us with six beauty lessons they’ve learned from Nicole. Here they are:

1. EMBRACE YOUR HAIR EVOLUTION
The ultimate chameleon when it comes to her strands, Richie has sported just about every hue under the sun (from hot pink to stark, silvery white, nothing has been off limits), so I had to ask: What’s been her favorite?

“It’s really hard to choose a favorite hair look because they’ve each represented such different stages in my life,” the designer explains. “So I always look at it like this: Your hair look is temporary—you can change it, you can play, and you don’t have to be locked into one thing. And that’s how I approach both beauty and fashion. Plus, by changing your hair color, you’re also changing your wardrobe. I’ll go into my closet, and all of a sudden everything looks different. It’s like shopping, for free. Hair color can really become the ultimate accessory.”

2. TRY SOMETHING TEMPORARY
The Joico Color Intensity Color Butters ($20) offer a great selection when it comes to temporary, at-home color options (think red, green, blue, purple, pink, and titanium), and prior to talking with Richie on the phone, I had been told she’d be going pink just in time for Thanksgiving. However, she quickly informed me there had been a last-minute plot twist:

“After looking at all the different colors, I actually decided to go purple. When I first started coloring my hair, lavender was my first-ever look. Color is emotional, and lavender is a cool, soothing, and calming shade for me. But what’s great is that it will come out in 10 washes, and it’s not this huge commitment. Whenever I’ve spoken with women about color, I think that’s honestly their biggest fear. They love the look of colored hair, but they just don’t feel like they can make the commitment. But now with products like this, you don’t have to.”

3. PRIORITIZE HAIR HEALTH
As Richie and I continued to discuss color (and the trials and tribulations that can come with repeated or excessive permanent coloring), the designer shared that a few years back, her strands had had enough, and it took a drastic chop (and an overhauled approach to her haircare regimen) to get her strands back into tip-top shape.

“I ended up cutting all of my hair off a few years ago—I had a pixie cut. I had been coloring my hair forever, so I knew it was coming, and I knew I just had to do it for the sake of my hair. So now whenever I’m not working, I have a super-minimalist approach to my hair. I haven’t been coloring it, and I love to just soak it in coconut oil. And then when I go out, I love the look of a clean slick-back. That way, it has a style, but I’m giving it some TLC at the same time. Just like we need the weekends, your hair really needs a few days here and there of doing absolutely nothing.”

4. LOVE YOUR NATURAL TEXTURE
Now that Richie is a full-time mom, designer, and all-around Wonder Woman, I asked how her approach to beauty has shifted over the years. Interestingly, her response hit on a hot topic as of late: learning to love your natural texture.

“I was probably only one of three people in my school with curly hair when I was younger, and growing up, I think I always felt like it required a lot more attention and a lot more effort to get it to a style where I felt it looked amazing, whereas all of my other friends would come to school straight out of the shower with wet hair. I never had that.

“I feel like I’ve finally gotten to that place where I’ve accepted how my hair is naturally, and I think, in part, that was kind of from becoming a mom. I mean, who has time to go and sit in the salon for six hours? Because I definitely don’t. It’s so freeing not to rely on spending so much time and money on my hair anymore.”

5. LESS CAN BE MORE
“In my 20s, I definitely felt like I needed to put a lot of effort into my appearance whenever I’d be out in the public eye, but as I’ve gotten older, I know what feels good for me.

“You know, growing up, I would always read magazines like YM with these specific beauty tips and makeup prescriptions. It’s fun to read when you’re a teenager, but at the time, I don’t think you realize you’re getting locked into all of these things you feel like you have to do. Now I’m just much more comfortable in my own skin and have the confidence to decide what I need for myself—for sure, 100%.”

6. NEVER SACRIFICE YOUR ALONE TIME
Spoiler: Nicole Richie loves her alone time. And despite the fact that she has a business to run, kids to feed, and events to attend, she always makes room in the day to have some time to recharge, even if that means (in her words) getting up before the birds.

“Pretty much every day, I’ll wake up anywhere between 4:30 and 5:30. I really crave that alone time before starting the full run of the day—school drop-off, lunches, work, you know. I feel like I’m very much a normal American mom. [Laughs.] I don’t like to wake up and just jump out of bed—I need some real time.

“Maybe I’ll let the dog out or just walk around and do nothing—everyone is asleep! I mean, the birds aren’t even up yet! It’s just a very quiet, nice time, and then my body gets to wake up with the sun and with the day, which I love. It’s also one of the only times I don’t feel like I have to be checking my phone.

“I mean, for me, I know that I really value time by myself. I need to be able to do one thing I want to do, and I need to spend time with my kids. If I can manage that, then I can manage doing everything else.”

Nicole Richie and Briga Heelan speak to Access Hollywood about ‘Great News’ (October 5)

On October 5th, Nicole Richie and Briga Heelan talked about their show ‘Great News’ to Access Hollywood. Season 2 of ‘Great News’ premiered on September 28th on NBC.