WWE’s The Miz Picks $6.4 Million Thousand Oaks Mansion

A plus-sized manor house in the decidedly posh — if somewhat far-flung — Thousand Oaks, Calif., enclave of North Ranch Estates was “sold before processing” earlier this week, and the proud new owners are veteran reality TV and WWE Raw stars Mike “The Miz” Mizanin and his wife Maryse Mizanin, records reveal.

The colorful couple, who currently star in the high-octane “Miz & Mrs.” USA Network reality show, have also apparently been cashing some very substantial WWE paychecks — the Mizanins forked out a hefty $6.4 million for the portly mansion, according to the MLS.

Built in 2001, the liberally pastiched neoclassical English Manor-style house weighs in at a whopping 10,400 square feet of living space with six beds and nine baths, and was sold by a non-famous couple who purchased the property just over a year ago — in April 2018 — for exactly $6 million.

Exuberantly described in marketing materials as a “world class landmark estate,” the 1.27-acre estate is completely gated — despite its location within a guard-gated community — and includes garage parking for up to eight luxury vehicles. There are scenic mountain and golf fairway views from the front yard, and a grand entryway that opens to a foyer with an eye-catching crystal chandelier and double staircase.

An eat-in kitchen with expensive stainless appliances conveniently spills out to both a breakfast nook and a wet bar- and fireplace-equipped family room. Elsewhere there’s a nine-seat movie theater, a wood-paneled billiards room, formal dining room with fireplace, and a gilt-trimmed living room with yet another fireplace — this one so gigantic that two adult humans could easily stand inside it, no contortionist maneuvers necessary.

The lavish master bedroom has a sitting area and writing desk arranged around a fireplace, while the master bath has dual vanities and built-in soaking tub with mountain views. There are five other bedrooms, all of them ensuite, while other interior amenities include an office and a wine cellar/closet.

Outdoors, the estate’s grounds include expansive formal lawns, gardens and sculpted hedgerows, a stone fountain, a pool/spa combo with glitzy waterfall features, two separate shaded lanais and a loggia for multiple al fresco dining options, a full kitchen with bar, and an extra-large outdoor fireplace. Meanwhile, the detached two-story guesthouse is currently outfitted with a bedroom, an office, and a private art studio.

North Ranch Estates, while technically located within the Thousand Oaks city limits, is but a quick jaunt of charming Westlake Village, with its variety of trendy shops and bountiful parks. While most of the community’s other residents are not famous — the majority are wealthy but low-profile businesspeople, doctors, lawyers and the like — the Mizanins do sport at least one famous new neighbor: NBA All-Star Anthony Davis, who bunks up in a $7.5 million mansion just around the corner from their new digs.

Mizanin has a long, well-documented relationship with reality television, having made his small screen debut on “The Real World” back in 2001. From there, he appeared on a plethora of other MTV shows — many of them “Real World” spinoffs — won an episode of “Fear Factor,” and has now become one of the top ten most prolific pay-per-view performers in WWE history.

Back in late 2017, the Mizanins paid $2.35 million for a vaguely faux-Mediterranean mansion in Austin, Texas, that was sold last month for about $2.64 million, according to the local MLS. And from 2012 until last sold, the pair also owned a house in L.A.’s Laurel Canyon; the quasi-Tuscan mini-estate fetched them just over $3 million from a non-famous married couple.

Jordan Cohen of Re/Max had both sides of the Thousand Oaks deal.

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First Look Photos Reveal Zach Galifianakis’s ‘Between Two Ferns’ Movie

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Zach Galifianakis is literally “Between Two Ferns” once again in the first photos from the upcoming Netflix movie version of the the Funny or Die series.
The film, which debuts, September 20, is written by Galifianakis and Scott Aukerman (who is also directing). The premise is as follows: After Will Ferrell discovered his public access TV show “Between Two Ferns” and uploaded it to Funny or Die, Galifianakis became a viral laughing stock. Now, he and his crew are taking a road trip to complete a series of high-profile celebrity interviews and restore his reputation.
Rumored guests include Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Keanu Reeves, Peter Dinklage and Letterman.
The last episode of the Funny or Die series featured Jerry Seinfeld, Wayne Knight and Cardi B and premiered in June 2018. Previous guests have included President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Here are a couple more images from “Between Two Ferns”:

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Gemma Atkinson: Gorka Marquez’s girlfriend gets candid over ‘cocker spaniel boobs’ dilemma

Gemma Atkinson, 34, recently welcomed baby Mia with her boyfriend and Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez, 28, last month. The former Emmerdale actress spoke candidly about life after giving birth and the impact it has had on her cleavage area. Gemma joked her boobs had gone from looking “incredible” pre-pregnancy to now looking more like the ears of a cocker spaniel. In view of her one million Instagram followers, Gemma shared a short video to vent about her “boob” dilemma.

She told fans she would be spending the day getting bra measurements.

Gemma divulged: “Our kid rung me last night and she’s offered to take Mia out for the day. She’s going to pick her up in about half and hour and bring her back after tea.”

“Day to myself. What can I do? Have a spa. Maybe go get a massage?” she explained.

“No, I’m going to get measurements done for my boobs. I’m going to get bra measurements done.”

She added: “Because they’ve gone from being incredible to humongous to looking like cock spaniels ears.”

The cheeky post comes not long after Gemma admitted her beau Gorka loves her “post baby curves”.

The former Hollyoaks star uploaded a photo of herself posing wearing a sports bra to proudly display her bare stomach.

In the post, Gemma sent a motivating message to new mums regarding their figure post-baby.

The lenghty post began: “Loudly and proudly rocking my post baby curves. This is me 6 weeks and 4 days post emergency C section.”

She concluded: “I’m happy taking training slowly and it’s actually quite nice to rock some curves, Gorka loves them.

“Congrats to all mums and mums to be! We’ve done ace, we’re wonderful and our little humans think we’re the best thing in the world.”

Meanwhile, the blonde beauty offered her support to the Spanish hunk after he confirmed he will not be getting a celebrity partner on Strictly Come Dancing this year.

In view of his 414,000 followers he said: “For everybody that’s been asking, I can let you know that this series, I sadly won’t be partnered with a celebrity for the main series of Strictly. However, I will still be heavily involved in all of the group numbers and all things Strictly!

“I’m excited to see this year’s celebs and my fellow professionals dance for the Glitter Ball and I hope to be back fighting for it next year.

“As always, it’s gonna be a GREAT series.”

Gemma replied: “Will save me a fortune voting. Love you.”

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Why the cruelty of ageism is the other #MeToo

Why the cruelty of ageism is the other #MeToo: CAROL VORDERMAN, who was branded ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ in her late 30s, says the tide is turning at last

  • Carol Vorderman, 58, said she was described as ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ at 39
  • Presenter is ambassador for SunLife campaign that shines spotlight on ageism
  • She said her 50s have been the ‘best decade of her life so far’ and ‘never happier’

Nearly 20 years ago I walked down the red carpet at the BAFTAs wearing a short strapless blue dress. I was 39, hosting lots of prime time shows, had two young children, and feeling healthy and happy.

The newspaper headlines the following day, however, screamed otherwise. I was described as ‘mutton dressed as lamb’; columnists made barbed comments about my dress and debated whether it was appropriate for a woman my age to wear a dress that showed her knees.

There were even TV shows about it, the same dress flown in from Paris for a Kilroy show. The debate raged for months. Was I hurt by this furore?

British television personality Carol Vorderman (pictured) said she was described as ‘mutton dresses as lamb’ after she attended the BAFTAs in a strapless blue dress 20 years ago

Not really — more bemused that my choice of clothing had created such ridiculous comments. If I had my time again, I’d wear that blue dress in a heartbeat, but then I’ve always loved a bit of mischief.

Fast forward to this year’s BAFTAs and can you imagine a similar brouhaha over a pair of 39-year-old kneecaps being on display? In this post-#MeToo era, someone making the kind of ageist comments I had to put up with would be laughed out of the room, or laughed at.

And quite rightly too. I believe society is getting better — at stamping out casual sexism, at challenging racism. And it’s starting to wake up to the fact that ageism is utterly unacceptable, too.

It exists, of course. I’m the ambassador for a campaign by SunLife that shines a spotlight on ageism and how much it upsets older people. As part of that we’ve produced a report that features some of the stock phrases people in this age bracket object to. 

Carol said she would wear the blue dress (pictured) again in a heartbeat, despite the debate over her outfit which ‘raged on for months’

The connotations are universally negative: words like ‘grumpy’ and ‘bitter’ are rife while ‘over the hill’ and ‘past it’ seem to weaponise everyday language and turn it against people whose only crime is to turn 50 and still be alive.

I’m 58, and the only hill I’m over is the one I hiked last weekend. Past it? Past what?

In another 20 years using that kind of language to denigrate older people will, I’m certain, have been banished from society altogether. But I want us all to speed up that process so ageism gets flushed down the same toilet that’s disposing of sexism.

Ageism feels like a final taboo, and while I shrug off the negative comments that have been slung my way, our research shows that two-thirds of people over 50 find it harder to laugh them off; indeed, they say they find them deeply hurtful. How awful that people should feel bullied for having the audacity to keep on living beyond their forties.

And here’s the thing about getting older — it happens to us all. At least, deep down, we hope it does. Because let’s be clear, the alternative is an early death.

So let’s laugh at the idiots who use ageist remarks as some form of bullying. They are simply stupid. I make no secret of the fact that I date men who are younger than me. Big deal.

But I also have ‘special friends’ who are around my age, too. The one thing all my friends have in common, ‘special’ or otherwise, is that we like people for their spirit and attitudes and laughter, not what it says on their birth certificates. I don’t like the ’50 is the new 30′ business. It isn’t and it isn’t trying to be… 50 is the new 50 without apology.

The presenter (pictured in May) is now an ambassador for a campaign by SunLife that ‘shines a spotlight on ageism and how much it upsets older people’

I believe the only thing that matters about a person is their spirit. Do you want to spend time around that person or not? Are they ‘ drains’ or ‘ radiators’? Drop the ‘drains’, whatever their age.

My 50s have been simply the best decade of my life so far. I couldn’t be happier. I belly laugh, love hiking in the mountains or on the coastal paths of Wales, party hard, work less hard, see only people I want to see, don’t worry about competition or what everyone else is thinking. I’m old enough to know who I am and what I love, and I fully indulge.

There are two mottos I live by.

The first is to appreciate that whoever we are, be that royalty, billionaires or someone living a more straitened lifestyle, ‘there’s only one currency we all share and that’s time’ — so spend it wisely. I say yes to everything that seems fun or exciting and no to the things that will steal time away from me with little joy, ugh.

The second motto I say to myself and my buddies is: ‘You’re a long time dead.’

So, if you want to wear a dress that shows off your knees, whatever your age, if you feel good in it then my advice would be, put on a beaming smile and strut your stuff without apology.

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AGT: This Young Cancer Survivor Deserves All of Simon Cowell's Praise After His Violin Cover

Tyler Butler-Figueroa accomplished a difficult feat during his America’s Got Talent quarterfinal performance on Tuesday night: he wowed Simon Cowell again. The 11-year-old cancer survivor from North Carolina first earned Cowell’s praise and coveted golden buzzer during his audition. A few episodes later, he proved he’s still got what it takes to make the judges proud as he performed an energetic violin cover of Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child.”

“Forget my golden buzzer, it’s America’s golden buzzer,” Cowell told an emotional Butler-Figueroa. “Amazing, inspirational, current. Such a great person, such a great talent, such a great moment, such a great choice of song.” Cowell’s praise was especially notable, given that he was providing especially harsh criticism to a few other crowd-favorite contestants throughout the night.

Watch Butler-Figueroa’s powerful performance above to see exactly how he brought the house down. Fingers crossed we’ll get to see more of him in the finals!

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Pavarotti documentary celebrates his talent

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The story: The biography of operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti begins with archival footage of him in the Amazonian jungle, looking to reopen a disused opera house because he thinks everyone should have access to his music. It flashes back to his beginnings as the son of a baker and cigar factory worker, born just outside of Modena, in northern Italy. It charts his rise to fame, first in Italy, then in London’s Covent Garden, then around the world and includes his pioneering tour of China. His friendship with Princess Diana and his globally watched events as part of the Three Tenors (with Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras) are shown, interspersed with interviews with friends and business associates. The coverage ends with his death in 2007.

Through much of the 1980s and 1990s, it was impossible to ignore Pavarotti. He was touring everywhere, either solo or as part of the Three Tenors. His charity shows, featuring stars of classical and pop music, were televised around the world.

His fame overshadowed his talent. This documentary, directed by Ron Howard, seeks to be a corrective. It wants you to remember him as a phenomenal talent and a generous soul; so generous that he continued to give when he should have been retired and resting.

Howard, whose rockumentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week (2016), proved that he could offer fresh insight into a topic everyone assumed had been thoroughly picked over, makes his biography as a friend and fan.

Missing is anything that might please opera fans looking for how he trained his voice, how he compares with other great tenors or how his interpretation of a song compares with his peers.

There is, however, a section which gives a beginner’s tutorial on the qualities that set him apart from male vocalists who could sing the notes on the right side of the piano. While his upper range was extraordinary – his ability to hit a full-voiced high C gave him the nickname “king of the high Cs” – the documentary shows that his instrument had a mind of its own, so much so he often referred to it in the third person.

Backing up the praise for his extraordinary talent is footage of him in his prime, performing signature songs. The performance of Nessun Dorma in the 1990s is included, the one in which he hits the climactic high note with such power and clarity, his face registers astonishment immediately after.

There are a number of sit-down interviews, with his first wife Adua Veroni, second wife Nicola Mantovani and his daughters, Lorenza, Cristina and Giuliana. Rock singer Bono – with whom he sang and recorded for charity – and his partners in song, Carreras and Domingo, among others, also speak.

Predictably, they say nice things about him, though from his family members, there arises a picture of a man who opted to tour, teach and make goodwill visits to war zones and refugee camps when he should have been more of a father and husband.

A celebration of a life that runs close to two hours will test anyone’s patience, especially one stuffed with this much repetitive praise. A busier pair of scissors could have taken out the slack, but such are the hazards of an authorised, though still engrossing, biography, created with the blessing of the Pavarotti estate and directed by someone with a fondness for the subject.

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A Look Back at Lady Gaga’s Craziest VMAs Outfits of All Time

Lady Gaga has no qualms about making an extraordinary fashion statement on the red carpet. In fact, she’s been making headlines for that since, well, day one.

The A Star Is Born actress and music icon has been known to debut particularly wild looks at the VMAs. Take her 2013 performance, for example. Gaga stripped down from a nun-like outfit to basically … nothing. By the end of the performance, she was wearing just a floral thong and a seashell bra onstage.

And we can’t forget to mention her infamous meat minidress from the 2010 awards show, which — if you somehow managed not to see the getup — consisted of Gaga wearing meat on her body, feet and head. She later explained on The Ellen Degeneres Show that the look was by no means meant to offend vegans, rather it was meant to make a political statement. Take note that a year later, there was Gaga’s wild turn as male alter ego Jo Calderone, which left fans equal amounts confused and entertained (but mostly the latter).

Since Lady Gaga’s first red carpet debut in 2009, the “Shallow” singer has done it all, sporting just about every crazy look you could possibly imagine. In recent years, though, she’s put the crazy on pause, in favor of more reserved looks (well, for Gaga, anyway) and meat-free prints.

In the rare case that you haven’t already zoomed ahead to see all of the looks for yourself, scroll through for a look back at Gaga’s flashiest styles at the MTV Video Music Awards!

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Kerry Washington Prevents Summer Hair Damage With a $5 Shampoo

The heat and hair-swelling humidity of summer — not to mention the damage inflicted by pool or ocean swims — can make it tough for women trying to keep their natural curls in tip-top shape. But Kerry Washington says she can’t stay away from the pool, so she comes up with hair tricks that’ll work before, during, and after a dip. 

The Scandal alum embraces her curls among other natural styles during the summer, like the chic braided look she sported to Jennifer Klein’s star-studded Day of Indulgence in Los Angeles earlier this month.

“It's so much easier to just go with the curl,” she said with a smile, before showing us that her manicure perfectly matched her red-and-pink gingham Kate Spade dress (which happens to be on sale). “I swim a lot in the summer, so sometimes I'll blow it out and then still do like a braid to keep from fussing with it too much, but because I swim a lot in the summer, I tend to do curly more.” 

With two kids — Isabelle Amarachi (born in 2014) and Caleb Kelechi Asomugha (born in 2016) — and a pool at home, Washington says she’s likely to jump in no matter how her hair is styled on a given day. “Even when I do have my hair blown out, if I come home and my kids are in the pool, I can't resist.”

As for the products she swears by to protect her curls, Washington said, “I'm a big experimenter.” She continued, “I like a lot of stuff. I like to try new stuff all the time, but Neutrogena has a clarifying shampoo that I really love, because I tend to use a lot of different leave-ins. So, it’s great when I need to press the reset button. We have a salt water pool, but whether it's ocean or chlorine or whatever, I stick to that.” That shampoo? It's called Anti-Residue Shampoo and currently costs less than $5 on Amazon.

InStyle caught up with Washington at the annual luxury shopping-and-spa-treatments event, where she was mixing and mingling with her Scandal squad — a tradition that she, Shonda Rhimes, Katie Lowes, and Darby Stanchfield have had for years. Now that Scandal has come to an end, Washington has moved on to other projects she hopes will make a big impact.

“I’m shooting a series right now for Hulu with Reese Witherspoon that we are producing and starring in called Little Fires Everywhere [based on the Celeste Ng novel], and I have a film that comes out this fall on Netflix, [as well as] the filming of a play I did on Broadway called American Son that will be out in spring,” she said.

We can’t wait to see each of those upcoming projects, as well as the beauty looks she’ll bring to each red carpet. We’ll be taking notes for sure.

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The Cast of My So-Called Life: Where Are They Now?

The one-season cult-hit premiered August 25, 1994 – and in the 25 years since, the cast has gone on to win Oscars and become royalty (really!). See where  the actors who played Angela Chase, Jordan Catalano and more are now

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Claire Danes

These days, Danes is recognizable to TV fans as Homeland‘s Carrie Mathison, but before her high-tension turn as the bipolar CIA agent, the actress was known for her role as angst-ridden teen Angela Chase in My So-Called Life – for which she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy at just 15.                        “It was a seminal experience for me, both professionally and personally … I was the same age as the character, and there was an incredible symmetry between us — unlike Carrie Mathison, who in no way resembles me,” the star told Interview. “I would be the worst case officer on the planet. I am so ill suited to Carrie’s vocation. But Angela Chase was just another high school student.”                        Since the show, she’s won multiple Emmys for roles in Temple Grandin and Homeland and starred in films including Romeo + Juliet and The Family Stone. In 2009, she married actor Hugh Dancy, and they have two sons.

These days, Danes is recognizable to TV fans as Homeland‘s Carrie Mathison, but before her high-tension turn as the bipolar CIA agent, the actress was known for her role as angst-ridden teen Angela Chase in My So-Called Life – for which she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy at just 15.

“It was a seminal experience for me, both professionally and personally … I was the same age as the character, and there was an incredible symmetry between us — unlike Carrie Mathison, who in no way resembles me,” the star told Interview. “I would be the worst case officer on the planet. I am so ill suited to Carrie’s vocation. But Angela Chase was just another high school student.”

Since the show, she’s won multiple Emmys for roles in Temple Grandin and Homeland and starred in films including Romeo + Juliet and The Family Stone. In 2009, she married actor Hugh Dancy, and they have two sons.

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A.J. Langer

Years after starring as Danes’ rebellious onscreen BFF Rayanne Graff on the cult hit, Langer is now taking on a different role: Countess! In 2005, she married Charles Courtenay, who is the 19th Earl of Devon, and the couple are raising their children Joscelyn, 10, and Jack, 8, in his ancestral home of Powderham Castle in the English countryside.                        While she hasn’t been in touch with Danes for many years, she recently spoke with Wilson Cruz, who played gay teen Rickie Vasquez in one of the series’ pioneering storylines, about a plan she has in mind: “I’d love to do the first countryside Pride here.”

Years after starring as Danes’ rebellious onscreen BFF Rayanne Graff on the cult hit, Langer is now taking on a different role: Countess! In 2005, she married Charles Courtenay, who is the 19th Earl of Devon, and the couple are raising their children Joscelyn, 10, and Jack, 8, in his ancestral home of Powderham Castle in the English countryside.

While she hasn’t been in touch with Danes for many years, she recently spoke with Wilson Cruz, who played gay teen Rickie Vasquez in one of the series’ pioneering storylines, about a plan she has in mind: “I’d love to do the first countryside Pride here.”

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Wilson Cruz

Cruz is still acting — most recently in Star Trek: Discovery and 13 Reasons Why — and serves as an LGBTQ activist, more than two decades after making history by being the first openly gay actor to portray an openly gay teen on TV as Rickie Vasquez.                        “The show changed my life. When I tell you that I am just as grateful for Rickie Vasquez as much as anyone else?” Cruz, who credits his onscreen character with helping his father come to terms with his sexuality, told PEOPLE. “I mean that.”

Cruz is still acting — most recently in Star Trek: Discovery and 13 Reasons Why — and serves as an LGBTQ activist, more than two decades after making history by being the first openly gay actor to portray an openly gay teen on TV as Rickie Vasquez.

“The show changed my life. When I tell you that I am just as grateful for Rickie Vasquez as much as anyone else?” Cruz, who credits his onscreen character with helping his father come to terms with his sexuality, told PEOPLE. “I mean that.”

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Devon Odessa

Before Angela Chase became tight with Rayanne and Rickie, the My So-Called Life protagonist considered Odessa’s straight-edge Sharon Cherski to be her best friend. But Angela quickly outgrew that friendship to the painful realization of Sharon, which played out in the show’s pilot episode. Since starring on the ABC show, Odessa has stayed busy scoring parts in Private Practice and 2017’s Blink.                        “[Creator] Winnie [Holzman] married my husband and me in 2008,” Odessa told ELLE, adding that the show’s cast and crew were a tight-knit group. “Claire [Danes] and I were both in each other’s weddings.”

Before Angela Chase became tight with Rayanne and Rickie, the My So-Called Life protagonist considered Odessa’s straight-edge Sharon Cherski to be her best friend. But Angela quickly outgrew that friendship to the painful realization of Sharon, which played out in the show’s pilot episode. Since starring on the ABC show, Odessa has stayed busy scoring parts in Private Practice and 2017’s Blink.

“[Creator] Winnie [Holzman] married my husband and me in 2008,” Odessa told ELLE, adding that the show’s cast and crew were a tight-knit group. “Claire [Danes] and I were both in each other’s weddings.”

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Jared Leto

In the years since he made untold Gen X-ers swoon as pensive heartthrob Jordan Catalano on My So-Called Life, Leto has dabbled in both music (he leads the band Thirty Seconds to Mars) and film (he won an Oscar in 2014 for Dallas Buyers Club).                        Despite fans’ appreciation for the brooding bad boy he played, the actor told Rolling Stone starring on the show didn’t leave as much of an impact on him. “I feel like it was such a short period of my life,” he recalled. “Let’s face it, I barely spoke! I have a lot of gratitude for starting there, but they made such a big deal of the character in the show.”

In the years since he made untold Gen X-ers swoon as pensive heartthrob Jordan Catalano on My So-Called Life, Leto has dabbled in both music (he leads the band Thirty Seconds to Mars) and film (he won an Oscar in 2014 for Dallas Buyers Club).

Despite fans’ appreciation for the brooding bad boy he played, the actor told Rolling Stone starring on the show didn’t leave as much of an impact on him. “I feel like it was such a short period of my life,” he recalled. “Let’s face it, I barely spoke! I have a lot of gratitude for starting there, but they made such a big deal of the character in the show.”

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Devon Gummersall

Gummersall played nerdy next-door neighbor Brian Krakow, whose unrequited crush on Angela Chase was a grueling storyline to witness. Since starring on the show, which lasted one 19-episode season, the actor has acted in The Last Ship and directed an episode of Nashville.                        “Even though we were all devastated when it ended, I do think we are grateful for it being such a short-lived and kind of perfect thing that happened under glass, in a way,” Gummersall shared with ELLE. “It was over before it became huge, so it had a purity to it that was kind of unique and rare.”

Gummersall played nerdy next-door neighbor Brian Krakow, whose unrequited crush on Angela Chase was a grueling storyline to witness. Since starring on the show, which lasted one 19-episode season, the actor has acted in The Last Ship and directed an episode of Nashville.

“Even though we were all devastated when it ended, I do think we are grateful for it being such a short-lived and kind of perfect thing that happened under glass, in a way,” Gummersall shared with ELLE. “It was over before it became huge, so it had a purity to it that was kind of unique and rare.”

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Lisa Wilhoit

As the youngest star of the show, Wilhoit played Danielle Chase, whose day-in-the-life as Danes’ little sister was portrayed in an episode of the series — complete with narration from Wilhoit, a unique opportunity considering 17 of the 19 episodes of My So-Called Life are narrated by Danes’ character.                        Wilhoit has kept busy since the series, doing voiceover work for animation including Family Guy and The Smurfs.

As the youngest star of the show, Wilhoit played Danielle Chase, whose day-in-the-life as Danes’ little sister was portrayed in an episode of the series — complete with narration from Wilhoit, a unique opportunity considering 17 of the 19 episodes of My So-Called Life are narrated by Danes’ character.

Wilhoit has kept busy since the series, doing voiceover work for animation including Family Guy and The Smurfs.

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Tom Irwin

Irwin has worked steadily in TV and movies (including on Devious Maids, Scandal and On the Basis of Sex) since his days playing Angela and Danielle Chase’s down-to-earth dad, Graham, who was married to Patty Chase (Bess Armstrong).                        “Usually Bess and my scenes would be toward the end of the day because they wanted to get the kids out earlier,” Irwin recalled to ELLE of his experience on the set of My So-Called Life. “And oftentimes we would be in a scene where we were in bed discussing the day’s activities and what’s going on with the kids and all of that.” He added: “There were several times when we would finish the scene and then Bess and I would just sit there in bed and talk for another hour or two, and just hang out on the set. I loved working with her.”  

Irwin has worked steadily in TV and movies (including on Devious Maids, Scandal and On the Basis of Sex) since his days playing Angela and Danielle Chase’s down-to-earth dad, Graham, who was married to Patty Chase (Bess Armstrong).

“Usually Bess and my scenes would be toward the end of the day because they wanted to get the kids out earlier,” Irwin recalled to ELLE of his experience on the set of My So-Called Life. “And oftentimes we would be in a scene where we were in bed discussing the day’s activities and what’s going on with the kids and all of that.” He added: “There were several times when we would finish the scene and then Bess and I would just sit there in bed and talk for another hour or two, and just hang out on the set. I loved working with her.”  

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Bess Armstrong

Armstrong took on the role of well-meaning helicopter mom, Patty Chase, on the ’90s hit before graduating to acting stints in House of Lies and Mad Men. While viewers may have sympathized with the matriarch’s eldest daughter, Angela, the show’s season finale — which showed Armstrong’s onscreen husband kissing another woman — procured a legion of Mrs. Chase supporters. Armstrong opened up about the defining moment in an interview with Vanity Fair, and how the twist would have influenced a second season.                        “[Creator Winnie Holzman] had told me that, because Graham was beginning that affair, I know I was going to go into a major depression,” Armstrong recounted. “I know that she told me that the thing which was going to force Angela to become more of the adult in the household. I swear on a stack of Bibles, she did tell me this. And Angela was going to be forced to become more of the adult.”

Armstrong took on the role of well-meaning helicopter mom, Patty Chase, on the ’90s hit before graduating to acting stints in House of Lies and Mad Men. While viewers may have sympathized with the matriarch’s eldest daughter, Angela, the show’s season finale — which showed Armstrong’s onscreen husband kissing another woman — procured a legion of Mrs. Chase supporters. Armstrong opened up about the defining moment in an interview with Vanity Fair, and how the twist would have influenced a second season.

“[Creator Winnie Holzman] had told me that, because Graham was beginning that affair, I know I was going to go into a major depression,” Armstrong recounted. “I know that she told me that the thing which was going to force Angela to become more of the adult in the household. I swear on a stack of Bibles, she did tell me this. And Angela was going to be forced to become more of the adult.”

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EastEnders confirms new family the Panesar brothers are heading to Walford

EastEnders is lining up a new family to join Walford this autumn, and the BBC soap has teased it could spell drama for one other family.

The Panesar brothers – Vinny, Kheerat and Jags – will move in to Albert Square in the coming weeks, and they’re already tipped to ruffle some feathers.

Actors Jaz Deol, Amar Adatia and Shiv Jalota will be making their soap debuts when they take on the new roles later this year.

It’s said the three brothers are all very different, but together they’re a “force to be reckoned with”.

Youngest sibling Vinny, the golden child, is said to be the troublemaker in the family so we’re expecting drama to follow him around.

Businessman Kheerat can charm his way into anything, with the eldest sibling no doubt having to keep his little brothers out of trouble.

Jags, meanwhile, is a try-hard who constantly leaves his family unimpressed with his backfiring attempts to be like his big bro.

But the family will probably need to stick together when they arrive, as they immediately find themselves going head-to-head with at least one existing family.

On the new arrivals, Executive Producer Jon Sen said: “The Panesar family are set arrive this autumn and will bring their own unique blend of charm and chaos onto the Square.

“A British Asian family of Punjabi Sikh heritage, Kheerat, Jags and Vinny are three very different brothers who turn up in Walford looking to settle a score – however, fate quickly takes a hand and they find themselves staying for good. We’re thrilled to be introducing this vibrant new family to Walford and to be sharing their stories.”

Actor Jay, who plays Kheerat, said: “I’m very proud and excited to be joining such an iconic show and bringing to life a character that is a reflection of the cultural background that I and many others come from in today’s modern Britain. I can’t wait to get started and for viewers to meet the Panesars.”

Jags actor Amar added: “My younger self would never have believed I’d be on EastEnders. It’s pretty amazing to be part of one of the most iconic television shows alongside some of the best actors in the business. I really am so grateful.”

This was echoed by Vinny actor Shiv who said: “It still hasn’t sunk in that I’m going to be on EastEnders. As a young boy, I remember being introduced to the Masood family and thinking there are people like me on television. To be part of that next generation of people representing my identity is a blessing. I couldn’t be more excited.”

EastEnders airs Mondays and Fridays at 8pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm on BBC One.

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