Beauty se­crets

Supermodel Rachel Hunter lets go of pres­sure to keep looks through new TV se­ries

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A roundup of news Tues­day from the Tele­vi­sion Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tion win­ter meet­ing, at which TV net­works and stream­ing ser­vices are pre­sent­ing de­tails on up­com­ing pro­grams:

Even su­per­mod­els feel pres­sure to keep up their looks.

Rachel Hunter con­fesses she has con­sid­ered plas­tic surgery af­ter feel­ing “hor­ri­fied” see­ing pho­tos of her­self. The 46-yearold for­mer Sports Il­lus­trated swim­suit cover model took to wear­ing scarves to hide her jowls.

“In real life I was fairly happy with my­self. In pho­tos I was hor­ri­fied,” she said. “Peo­ple were like, ‘Why don’t you get rid of those deep lines (around her mouth)?”‘

Hunter, who has two grown chil­dren with ex-hus­band Rod Ste­wart, changed her opin­ion once she be­gan work­ing on her new Ova­tion se­ries “Rachel Hunter’s Tour of Beauty.” The 13episode show de­but­ing Jan. 17 takes view­ers around the globe to dis­cover in­dige­nous beauty se­crets and how beauty is de­fined in dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

“Af­ter go­ing on this jour­ney and see­ing other cul­tures away went that su­per­fi­cial idea of beauty,” she said. “Ideas of beauty are old and need to be shat­tered. We have no self-ac­cep­tance. If we don’t enjoy who we are then how can you of­fer fully any sense of beauty or well­be­ing or longevity?”


The O.J. Simp­son saga is get­ting an­other treat­ment, this time on ESPN.

“O.J.: Made in Amer­ica” will air over five nights some­time next spring un­der the sports ca­ble net­work’s “30 for 30” doc­u­men­tary ban­ner.

Di­rec­tor Ezra Edel­man tried to in­ter­view Simp­son, who is serv­ing time in a Ne­vada prison for rob­bery, but the foot­ball star ac­quit­ted for mur­der­ing his exwife and her friend re­fused. Edel­man did per­suade such key play­ers as for­mer pros­e­cu­tor Marcia Clark, dis­trict at­tor­ney Gil Garcetti and Los An­ge­les po­lice­man Mark Fuhrman to par­tic­i­pate.

“Most peo­ple were re­luc­tant to talk,” Edel­man said. “We really had to con­vince her (Clark) through the fact that we did know what we were talk­ing about, we don’t have an agenda. I’m just try­ing to get the story right.”

Edel­man, the Emmy-win­ning son of chil­dren’s ac­tivist Mar­ian Wright Edel­man, ex­plores the in­ter­sec­tion of race and celebrity in Amer­ica through the prism of Simp­son’s life against the back­drop of the Watts ri­ots and Rod­ney King ver­dict in Los An­ge­les.


Ed As­ner is still act­ing up a storm at age 86.

His lat­est role is in “Love Finds You in Valen­tine,” air­ing Feb. 14 on the Up net­work.

As­ner stays busy with act­ing and voiceover work and re­cently re­jected the idea of re­tir­ing. He uses a cane to steady him­self.

“I was think­ing about it this Christ­mas but the new year looks very promis­ing so I’ll forget about re­tir­ing,” he said. “I would like to die in the sad­dle and be like Dick Shawn and die on stage.” Shawn had a heart at­tack and died while per­form­ing a play in 1987.

As­ner re­called the les­son his fa­ther learned from fire­fight­ers in their Kansas City neigh­bour­hood.

“They re­tired and a year later they were dead,” he said.

As­ner’s fa­ther died at 82 still run­ning his junk busi­ness.


Vince Vaughn is in­dulging his child­hood love of the Chicago Bears with a new ESPN movie on the 1985 Su­per Bowl champs.

The 45-year-old ac­tor, who grew up in sub­ur­ban Chicago, serves as ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of “The ‘85 Bears,” air­ing Feb. 4 as part of the net­work’s “30 for 30” doc­u­men­tary se­ries.

Vaughn was es­pe­cially fond of star run­ning back Wal­ter Pay­ton.

“You couldn’t ask for a bet­ter sports fig­ure to look up to as a child. He was beloved,” Vaughn said. “The Bears are very Chicago. There was some­thing very un­fil­tered about th­ese guys. It seemed like they had a lot of fun. Catching up with them now, it’s fas­ci­nat­ing to see those big per­son­al­i­ties and ev­ery­thing they went through.”

The film in­cludes a rare ap­pear­ance by Buddy Ryan, the for­mer as­sis­tant to coach Mike Ditka. Now 81, Ryan is in fail­ing health and is vis­ited by some of his for­mer play­ers.


Lind­say Wag­ner has mixed emo­tions about the fe­male su­per­heroes pop­u­lat­ing movies and TV to­day.

She, of course, rose to fame as “The Bionic Woman,” her Emmy-win­ning role from the mid-’70s.

“It’s great that fi­nally women are al­lowed to be he­roes,” she said. “But I also am con­cerned when I see a lot of the mod­ern­day idea of a woman su­per­hero is just yes­ter­day’s male hero in some tights.”

Wag­ner’s star-making turn as sci-fi ac­tion hero­ine Jamie Som­mers was a spin-off of “The Six Mil­lion Dol­lar Man.” Both char­ac­ters were re-built af­ter ac­ci­dents with bionic im­plants.

“We’re hope­fully get­ting used to tech­nol­ogy so we don’t have to be mes­mer­ized by it and get back to story,” she said.

The 66-year-old ac­tress costars with Ed As­ner in “Love Finds You in Valen­tine,” air­ing on the Up net­work.


Rachel Hunter speaks dur­ing the “Rachel Hunter’s Tour of Beauty” panel at the Ova­tion 2016 Win­ter TCA on Tues­day, Jan. 5, in Pasadena, Calif.

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