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Zendaya, Lena Waithe & More Talk Pushing Boundaries In Elle's Women in Hollywood Issue

Zendaya and the Queen & Slim creatives, writer Lena Waithe, director Melina Matsoukas and star Jodie Turner-Smith, stun in these new images from Elle‘s Women in Hollywood issue, on newsstands on October 22nd.

Here’s what the entertainers had to share in the issue:

Zendaya on how before Euphoria, she didn’t have any work that pushed her or allowed her to be creative: “I was looking for something to prove I can do it. Euphoria served as that, in the healthiest way. I never want to plateau as an actress – I always want to be able to explore and push myself. [Being an actress] brings me to places and makes me do things I’d probably never do because I’m such an introverted person. I know, I’m super hard on myself. People actually saying I did a good job at my craft…it’s like, ‘D***, I did work hard. I’m glad you see that.’ I should finally own that; it’s liberating. I feel lucky.”

Lena Waithe on writing Queen & Slim: “I didn’t truly experience what it means to feel like a second-class citizen until I sold my first TV show. Because out of five people, I was the fifth most important person in the room. During the first season [of The Chi], I didn’t have any real agency, so that’s when I started working on the script. It was almost my way of rebelling and reminding myself I do have a gift. They can’t appreciate it now, but they will.”

Jodie Turner-Smith on the message behind Queen & Slim: “The act of committing that type of violence is not something that is glorified, but it’s really a comment on how black people are put in this kind of life-or-death situation way too often. These people make the radical choice to survive, even when it means doing something so horrible that there’s no coming back from it. Even thinking about the concept raises the hairs on my arms, because it really is a film about black survival at all costs.”

For more from the stars, visit Elle.com.

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Kristen Bell Reveals What Happens When She Drinks Alcohol

Kristen Bell is on the cover of Women’s Health magazine’s November 2019 issue, on newsstands October 15.

Here’s what the 39-year-old The Good Place actress had to share with the mag…

On only working on projects that shoot in L.A.: “It’s too disruptive to my family [otherwise], and that’s what gives me the fuel to even be creative at all. If I had to choose, I’d choose them.”

On her daily mid-morning bagel snack: “I have to eat carbs because I have to memorize 11 pages of dialogue, and I can’t do that eating spinach and chicken.”

On her vegetarian diet: “I’m not super restrictive. If they make au gratin potatoes, I’m going to have some, but I am mindful of the portion I take. I find that through conscious eating, I’m able to have all the rewards and also maintain a healthy, steady diet.”

On alcohol (she didn’t drink for 10 years, but after “discovering rosé” this summer, had a glass every day on vacation): “When I do drink, it’s like I have the flu the next day.”

For more from Kristen, visit WomensHealth.com.

FYI: Kristen is wearing PUMA shoes paired with the yellow dress.

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Gwen Stefani Says the Past Four Years Dating Blake Shelton Have Been 'Healing'

Gwen Stefani is on the cover of Shape magazine’s November 2019 issue, on sale October 11.

Here’s what the singer had to share with the mag…

On her personal space: “I love having projects. But I also love to be in my bed and have downtime,” she says. “I love to know that I don’t have the guilt of being so busy that I miss out on taking my kids to school.”

On home life with Blake Shelton: “I feel as if I spent the last four years healing—you know, trying to build my life again. Having a best friend like Blake to help me do that has been one of the greatest gifts.”

On mom duty: “One thing the kids have taught me is how to be more organized,” she says. “I lived at home until I was 26, then I had a tour manager, then a manager, then an assistant. On tour, you even have somebody who has the key to your hotel room. But as a mom, you have to be the one in charge.”

For more from Gwen, visit Shape.com.

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Rihanna Confirms This Rumor About Super Bowl Halftime Show

Rihanna is looking so stunning on the cover of Vogue magazine’s November 2019 issue.

Here’s what the 31-year-old entertainer had to share with the mag…

On her upcoming album, R9: “I like to look at it as a reggae-inspired or reggae-infused album. It’s not gonna be typical of what you know as reggae. But you’re going to feel the elements in all of the tracks … Reggae always feels right to me….It doesn’t matter how far or long removed I am from that culture, or my environment that I grew up in; it never leaves…Even though I’ve explored other genres of music, it was time to go back to something that I haven’t really homed in on completely for a body of work.”

On if it’s true she turned down the Super Bowl halftime show in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick: “Absolutely. I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”

On her personal life: “Yeah, I’m dating. I’m actually in an exclusive relationship for quite some time, and it’s going really well, so I’m happy.” (And on if she wants kids: “Without a doubt.”)

On whether she would ever stop making music: “Oh, nooo, music is, like, speaking in code to the world, where they get it. It’s the weird language that connects me to them. Me the designer, me the woman who creates makeup and lingerie—it all started with music. It was my first pen pal–ship to the world. To cut that off is to cut my communication off. All of these other things flourish on top of that foundation.”

For more from Rihanna, visit Vogue.com.

FYI: Rihanna is wearing Fenty on the cover.

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Nicole Kidman & Gwyneth Paltrow Cover Elle's Women in Hollywood Issues!

Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow have been named two of Elle‘s Women in Hollywood honorees on two separate covers for the mag!

Here’s what they had to share with the mag…

Nicole, on more Big Little Lies and her upcoming project Bombshell: “Everyone says, ‘Are you going to do a season three?’ We’re like, ‘Just give us a sec.’ We’d love to [do another season] because we love being together, and it’s lovely spending time with your friends, and with such good material. It’s part of the reason I wanted to do Bombshell, to support Charlize. The story it’s trying to tell is broader than Fox News. It’s much more about sexual harassment and the women.”

Gwyneth, on being ambitious: “In the ’90s, when I was coming up, it was a very male-dominated field. You used to hear, ‘That actress is so ambitious,’ like it was a dirty word.” But now, with Goop, “my ambition has been unleashed.”

Also pictured inside: Another honoree, Dolly Parton!

For more from the stars, visit Elle.com. Look out for the magazine, on newsstands October 22. See who else is an honoree this year!

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Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, & Mindy Kaling Are Three of Elle's Women in Hollywood Honorees!

Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, and Mindy Kaling are three of Elle‘s Women in Hollywood honorees on three separate covers for the mag!

Here’s what they had to share with the mag…

Scarlett on feeling a connection to her Marriage Story character Nicole, who is going through a divorce: “It was the first piece Noah gave me, and it felt familiar somehow, but not because of what I’d been experiencing then. But maybe because of how I grew up, and the dynamic between my parents—or maybe because I’ve known women who’ve dedicated themselves to their partner’s vision and then come out of this decade-long relationship feeling almost like a ghost.”

Natalie, on how her involvement with Time’s Up has spawned a powerful network for trading experiences: “If we don’t talk to each other, we can’t share, we can’t get information, we can’t get angry and organize together. It’s actually really important to tall. Something we’ve been talking about is sharing salary details with each other, because right now it’s such a taboo. It’s actually a real way that we can help each other, to be like, ‘Hey, this is what I get paid. This is how I negotiated this.’ ”

Mindy, on facing sexism early on in her tenure at The Office: Mindy recalled, “The show was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Shortly after, the Television Academy, which puts on the awards show, told Kaling that because there were too many producers on The Office, they were going to cut her from the list. She, the only woman of color on the team, wouldn’t be eligible for an Emmy like the rest of the staff. In order to receive her rightful recognition, she recalls, “they made me, not any of the other producers, fill out a whole form and write an essay about all my contributions as a writer and a producer. I had to get letters from all the other male, white producers saying that I had contributed, when my actual record stood for itself.”

For more from the stars, visit Elle.com. Look out for the magazine, on newsstands October 22.

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