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USA Today interview Nicole Richie

Posted by Toni on
May 1st, 2017

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.”

Gallery Links:
Photoshoots » 2017 » Dan MacMedan (USA Today)

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.”

Gallery Links:
Photoshoots » 2017 » Carlos Eric Lopez (Architectural Digest)

Nicole Richie was recently photographed for Refinery29 by Emily Shur. The interview was between Nicole and her friend, actress, Rashida Jones, including an intro by Elizabeth Kiefer. Be sure to read the full interview and see a fun video they put together on their website by clicking here.

Gallery Links:
Photoshoots » 2017 » Emily Shur (Refinery29)

Nicole Richie will feature in the May issue of InStyle Magazine where she reveals her skin secrets, available on April 14th! She was photographed for the magazine by Billy Ballard and writes the article herself. Nicole also played Never Have I Ever which you can view on the InStyle website.

I grew up in the ’80s. It was the pinnacle of my dad’s career, so my mom was on a hot streak and would go out every night. She had a big bathtub in her dressing room, and I would sit in the empty tub for hours and watch her get her hair and makeup done. My mom loved makeup, so she had drawers and drawers of it. I was like, “One day, that’s how I want to be.”

My mom is from the South, and she is not playing around when it comes to lotion—her skin is like velvet. The way she raised me, you never left the house without lotion everywhere. That’s how I am too. I have a friend who has really dry skin, and every time I go see her, I’ll take a heavy CeraVe cream with me and lotion up her elbows. They are so dry.

I actually have very dry skin, so I have to keep hydrated. On my face I use Biologique Recherche products: face wash, serum, and moisturizer every day, and a mask a few times a week. In the shower I exfoliate with gloves. I make a scrub with sugar and cucumbers from my garden in the summer, but in the winter I’ll use whatever I can find. Then I put grape-seed oil (Whole Foods’ 365 brand, but any will do) all over my body and the thick yellow Kiehl’s cream over that. I’m a Virgo—I like to stay very organized. I have two trays on my vanity: one for body and hair products and one for my face. They are crowded but not too cluttered.

I want to avoid clogging my pores, so I try not to wear a lot of makeup. When I don’t have to be out or working, I don’t put on any at all, except Clé de Peau Beauté concealer to cover up my dark circles.

When I was working on my new television show, Great News, I had to wear makeup every day. That was a little tricky on my skin, for sure. Fortunately, I worked with amazing makeup artists who would find gentler products for my skin. I play Portia, who is kind of the anti–news anchor. Portia was clearly hired in an attempt to appeal to a younger audience. She’s young and hip and wears bright outfits. Unlike me, I would say she’s a makeup girl—I don’t think she’s going for the natural look.

Harold Lancer is my dermatologist, but I don’t see him a ton. I do facials only every once in a while. For me, less is more. When I mess with my skin too much, it freaks out. My hair is the same way. I have to give it breaks and room to breathe. Also, if I’m not eating well and drinking water, I’ll break out in one second.

I sound like a mom when I say this, but it’s less what you do to your face and more how you’re treating your body—the skin is your largest organ. I’m 35, and the older I get, the more it’s about what I’m putting in rather than what I’m putting on. I try to eat cooling foods: lots of vegetables, pretty standard stuff. But I can’t deny myself a lobster taco every now and again, and I’m addicted to hot sauce, even though my cheeks get rosy when I eat it—and not in a good way.

Drinking tequila always makes me break out. To recover after a night out, I go without makeup the next day and drink a lot of water.

As far as sunscreen goes, I’ve gotten so many confusing messages over the years. I’m of mixed race, so I spent 25 years thinking the rules didn’t apply to me. I don’t sit and bake in the sun, but I can give myself a five-to-seven-minute window and I will definitely get a tan. That’s a dope thing about being mixed race.

But I definitely need to start wearing sunscreen more. I’m not amazing at it—having sun is like drinking water to me, and my body really loves it. I have started wearing hats to protect my face. J. Crew makes a cute one I’m always wearing, and I end up buying the same one every time I travel.

But I’ll never hide indoors—I still like a little golden moment.

—As told to Christine Whitney

Gallery Links:
Photoshoots » 2017 » Billy Ballard (InStyle Magazine)

The complete photos from the House of Harlow x Revolve Spring 2017 campaign have been released.

The ones featuring Nicole Richie are available in photoshoots, however you can view all of them in their entirety in the collaboration with Revolve folder. See below.

Gallery Links:
Photoshoots » 2017 » Julian Berman (HOH x Revolve Spring 2017)
Collections and Projects » Collaboration with Revolve » HOH x Revolve Spring 2017 Campaign

Nicole Richie shoots photos for Refinery29

Posted by Toni on
March 21st, 2017

On March 21st, Nicole Richie was on set of a new photoshoot which is presumably for Refinery29. Be sure to check her Instagram story for more!

Gallery Links:
Photoshoots » Behind the Scenes » Behind the Scenes of Refinery29

Whilst attending the NBC Universal Press Junket to promote her new sitcom “Great News“, Nicole Richie and some of the cast had some portraits taken by Maarten De Boer.

Gallery Links:
Photoshoots » 2017 » Maarten De Boer (NBC Press Junket – Great News – Portraits)