Nicole Richie has recently launched the Crystal Collection as part of her House of Harlow 1960 fashion line. The line includes various pieces of gold jewellery and can be viewed on the House of Harlow website here.
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.
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.
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.
Coveteur: Time for 20 Questions!
Nicole Richie: “Here we go!”
Cov: “Everyday makeup look?”
NR: “Every day I don’t wear makeup. So, if I’m going to do anything, [it’s] under-eye concealer and a little mascara, because the eyes are the first thing people look at, so you want to look alive.”
Cov: “Would you rather be too hot or too cold?”
NR: “Too hot. It also never happens, because I’m always cold. I love the heat on 90 degrees.”
Cov: “Shower in the morning or at night?”
NR: “Both, duh. Shower in the morning to get the day going, and then shower in the evening to scrub the day off of you. You can’t get in your bed with all that energy, and everyone touching you.”
Cov: “FaceTime or text?”
NR: “To who?”
Cov: “Your best friend.”
Cov: “To anyone else?”
NR: “Text. And when it’s your best friend, FaceTime 30 times until they answer. You know, if they’re not answering, they must not hear me. So, we’re going to do it again. [laughs].”
Cov: “Skateboarders or surfers?”
NR: “I’m going to go with surfers because I’m obsessed with the ocean, and I find it so brave that girls and guys can go out there and like be at one with the water. That is amazing to me.”
Cov: “Coffee or tea?”
NR: “Coffee, until I get heart palpitations, and then we’re going switch to a tea.”
To read the full interview, head over to Coveteur.
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.”