Rinna’s red faces on the red car­pet

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Guide - COLIN VICK­ERY

WHEN for­mer Mel­rose Place star Lisa Rinna gets be­hind the mi­cro­phone on the red car­pet at ma­jor awards shows, you never know what’s go­ing to come out of her mouth.

This is the lady who, along with the usual ‘‘you look stun­ning’’ and ‘‘who are you wear­ing?’’ asked Eva Lon­go­ria how sex was with her hus­band Tony, and shocked Sally Field with in­ap­pro­pri­ate com­ments about plas­tic surgery at last year’s Em­mys.

Ear­lier this year, she em­bar­rassed her­self and Amy Adams when she Emmy Awards Red Car­pet Show Mon­day, 8am, Arena (Fox­tel) TV awards ar­rivals Du­ra­tion: 2 hours Em­mys live tele­cast 10am-1pm asked what it was like to have her first Academy Award nom­i­na­tion for En­chanted. Trou­ble was, Adams wasn’t nom­i­nated for En­chanted and had ac­tu­ally been nom­i­nated two years ear­lier for Junebug.

For Rinna, set to work on the Em­mys red car­pet on Mon­day, the job is like be­ing in the mid­dle of a stam­pede. When you’re do­ing dozens of in­ter­views at a sec­ond’s no­tice, some slip-ups are in­evitable.

‘‘It’s re­ally quick, but fun,’’ she says from her Hol­ly­wood home. ‘‘You don’t know what’s go­ing to hap­pen so you just have to be in the mo­ment. If you can do that, you’re good.’’

Rinna names Law & Or­der: SVU’s Mariska Har­gi­tay, Grey’s Anatomy’s Katherine Heigl, Des­per­ate Housewives’ Mar­cia Cross and The Closer’s Kyra Sedg­wick as best-dressed stars.

‘‘It’s big busi­ness. The peo­ple who get nom­i­nated get de­sign­ers, dresses and jew­ellery thrown at them. It’s all about per­cep­tion and work­ing with de­sign­ers who are bril­liant,’’ Rinna says.

It has been 10 years since Mel­rose Place ended, but life has only be­come busier for Rinna, who played Tay­lor McBride on the hit soapie.

The 45-year-old has two young chil­dren to ac­tor hus­band Harry Ham­lin (daugh­ters Delilah Belle and Amelia Gray), runs two Belle Gray fash­ion bou­tiques, and is set to release a Dance Body Beau­ti­ful ex­er­cise DVD in De­cem­ber.

Her pre­sent­ing ca­reer started with gos­sip show Soap Talk in 2002 and con­tin­ued with home makeover pro­gram Merge.


Lisa Rinna.

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