3O COVER STORY
“Just be yourself.” It’s what parents tell their kids all the time, and an encouraging sentiment offered to a friend battling nerves ahead of a job interview. But being yourself isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Amanda Keller, however – who at 56 is busier than she has ever been – is someone who has built a diverse and flourishing career doing just that. Or, as she succinctly puts it, authenticity is “the new black”. As her longtime friend Andrew Denton tells Stellar of Keller: “She’s funny without being a smart-arse. Genuine without stacking it on. Cool without shooting for it.” COVER STORY 08 “We need exuberance in this world” At 56, Amanda Keller is busier than ever as one of TV and radio’s most in-demand hosts. She talks to Stellar about raising teenage sons, why she’s nobody’s sidekick and her lifelong crush on Barry Manilow.
FEATURES 12 “It’s all laughably surreal” She’s written a role for Meryl Streep and has Nicole Kidman on speed dial, but author Liane Moriarty is still not entirely comfortable in the spotlight. 16 Modern muse Ahead of an upcoming trip to Australia, Alexa Chung reflects on dating in the public eye, struggling with self-doubt and making peace with the It girl label.
18 In the driver’s seat As she models springtime looks for Stellar, Ali Oetjen opens up about her upcoming debut as The Bachelorette and looking for love on reality TV for the third time. REGULARS 04 David Campbell wants us to pull up a pew as he tells his cautionary tale about the Magic Chair. 06 Q&A Julia Ormond on kissing Brad Pitt and stepping into Audrey Hepburn’s shoes. 22 Beauty Skip the awkward growing-out stage this spring with flattering curtain bangs. 23 Living Neale Whitaker believes keeping up with the Joneses is now all about kitchens. 24 Travel Share a pint and a laugh with the characterful locals in history-soaked Dublin. 26 Oscar Cainer What the stars have in store this week. Rick Stein is set to reel in more devotees as he opens his second Australian seaside eatery.