Actress Briga Heelan has appeared in the likes of “Love,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Ground Floor,” “Happy Endings,” and “Cougar Town.” But it’s her latest project, the Tracey Wigfield-created, Tina Fey-executive produced NBC comedy series “Great News,” that she describes as truly life-changing. Heelan stars as Katie, a hardworking producer at a small cable news station whose job becomes even more hectic when her mother comes on board as an intern.
During a break from shooting, Heelan spoke to Women and Hollywood about working with the women of “Great News,” motherhood, and the state of show business in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations.
The second season of “Great News” aired its fall finale last week. It will return in early 2018.
W&H: First of all, congrats on the success of “Great News.” It’s great to see a show (mostly) produced by and about women. But I do have to start with this question: What’s it like to be a woman in Hollywood these days?
BH: It’s a time where a feeling of unity is starting to emerge in a new way that hasn’t before, making me feel very empowered. We’re in an offensive position in a really exciting way, as opposed to being in a defensive one like before. Now I feel as though as I’m one among many, and the many are very, very strong.
W&H: What kinds of conversations are you having with your peers about what’s going on in Hollywood?
BH: There is just so much disbelief. We come in every day and something else big and upsetting happens.
But I feel so uplifted and supported by this particular group of women. Andrea Martin and Nicole Richie are the two other women in the show’s ensemble cast. And there’s also Tracey Wigfield — she’s the creator, writer, and [recurs] on the show. I have definitely learned a lot from them as well as my other female colleagues.
Nicole and Andrea have really taught me to own myself in a new way at the age I’m at. I know that I do not have to apologize for things. I’ve also learned to find the joy in both what I’m good and bad at. I’ve also learned to show up. I feel like I show up truly as myself every day because those women let me and support me. They make it such a comfortable environment. I honestly feel like I have women I can tell almost anything to at any given time.
It’s also a great time to be doing comedy. I feel like I have a feeling of safety with those three ladies, and because of that, we can take stabs at insanely funny jokes. We also support one another in the different choices we’re making. There is really a feeling of unity amongst the four of us.
W&H: “Great News” had an episode about sexual harassment in the workplace a few weeks ago. How important is it to you that your show touches on current and relevant issues?
BH: We went into it not purposefully making anything super specifically topical. But the fact of the matter is that we’re doing a workplace show, and sexual harassment is an element of the workplace.
I really liked how the writers flipped the two roles and Katie was the one asking the pointed questions to the men like, “What were you wearing?” and “What time was it?” These all are questions that when a woman’s asking them, it’s often a joke because of how completely insane we realize it is that these are the questions women are being asked. I loved being the character who got to highlight how absurd it is that we speak that way about sexual harassment.
W&H: You have a long list of TV credits, including roles on Netflix’s “Love,” TBS’ “Ground Floor,” and ABC Family’s “Jane by Design,” as well as “Man Up,” “Happy Endings,” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” How does your experience at “Great News” compare to other shows you’ve worked on?
BH: I think Katie is a really different character for me. We were finding her throughout Season 1 and I think that coming back to Season 2, there’s a much clearer idea of who she is. I love playing a woman who’s currently finding her voice. I’ve played more confident characters until now, so it’s nice to play someone who’s fumbling a little bit. She is overly confident about some things and viciously insecure about other things. She’s horrible at covering up anything so both of those extremes are at play in her character all the time.
Top 5 Celebrity Couples Who Have Stayed Strong
Staying in a relationship is no easy task, but with your life constantly being bugged by Paparazzi, it becomes a task for the mountains. While the world has been regressive on the fundamentals of relationships, some celebrities have found their way into the legions of the old school.
Here are the top 5 celebrity couples who have been together for a long time, and continue to do so –
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Back in 2008, Will Smith was an upcoming leading man, working on blockbusters such as Men in Black, Hancock, etc. Jada on the other hand, was just venturing into writing and directing, along side handling baby Jaden and Willow.
Cut to 2018, both of them have stayed strong, along with putting their foot firm in the industry. Not only their relationship flourished, but also the young Smith clan have made their way on their own.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
How I Met Your Mother and CSI stars Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka had been together for a while, making their relationship public just around 2008.
A decade later, whilst making a successful career, they have an adorable family that has set goals for generations hence.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
Both of them extremely glamorous in their own ways, they were both in a period of transition and rise to prominence, having starred in a bunch of films that performed extraordinary.
A decade later, they are married, have a child, and have ventured positively in their careers.
David and Victoria Beckham
Back in 2008, Posh launched her hugely popular fashion brand, and the brilliant footballer had just signed a loan transfer to AC Milan.
Cut to 2018, they still stay strong, with both of them enjoying a great family life, and Victoria’s ventures have been a success story across the globe.
Michelle and Barack Obama
The former President of the United States of America was elected exactly a decade ago, in 2008. While the relationship has blossomed into a beautiful First family at the White House, this has set precedence for couples across the globe.
Currently, Barack and Michelle have been living a dream life.
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Top 5 Highest Paid Actors in Hollywood
On-screen characters and performing artists are a portion of the most generously compensated individuals on the planet alongside specialists. This article will investigate the Top 5 male Actors on the planet in 2017 in light of profit. The positioning of this rundown has been made utilizing the most up and coming information accessible on every performing artist’s income as indicated by forbes, at the same time, please know that a portion of the pay information may not be 100% exact the same number of on-screen characters don’t freely proclaim their profit. Be cautioned we have a few amazements pausing.
How about we investigate the most generously compensated performing artists in 2017!
5. Jackie Chan
Income: $49 million
Touted the king of action by numerous individuals, his astonishing KungFu aptitudes have figured out how to make him one of the most elevated acquiring performers on the planet. Yet, it’s not only his acting that makes him a great deal of cash. Jackie additionally has an apparel line and different business intrigues that net him a clean benefit.
4. Adam Sandler
Income: $50.5 million
Adore him or detest him the comic has figured out how to push his way into the best 10 most generously compensated performers this year fundamentally by marking lucrative manages Netflix to deliver his own particular motion pictures.
3. Vin Diesel
Income: $54.5 million
His essential pay has originated from his onscreen appearance as an extreme person illicit road racer in every one of the 8 Fast and Furious movies. Be that as it may, this isn’t his lone wellspring of wage as he likewise plays the character Riddick in the Riddick motion picture arrangement and Groot in the comic book sensation Guardians of the Galaxy.
2. Dwayne Johnson
Income: $65 million
The monstrous astonishment this year is Dwayne the “Rock” Johnson. The previous wrestler turned activity star has figured out how to wind up the second most generously compensated performer on the planet utilizing a blend of his monstrous size and comical inclination. He won’t not be very in the same class as Johnny Depp, but rather in his own words he has an awesome grin and can kick ass superior to any other person in Hollywood. Featuring in the best netting drama of 2016 (Central Intelligence) and HBO arrangement Ballers most likely helped support his income a considerable amount.
1. Mark Wahlberg
Income: $68 million
Marky Mark, or whatever you need to call him has progressed significantly from his sketchy music vocation (sorry in the event that you adored him). Presently he is a standout amongst the most sought after performing artists in Hollywood and the most astounding procuring performer in 2017. The reason he has earned such a monstrous measure of cash is featuring in motion pictures, for example, Daddy’s Home 2 and Transformers: The Last Knight and additionally his world show ‘Wahlburgers’ and chain of eateries. What’s more, before you say anything, we realize that these were not his best motion pictures, but rather tragically it’s once in a while a performer’s best films that make them rich.
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Laura Dern – If you want to join, you can make it happen wherever you are
At the March 1 news directions, people said no one was intentionally overlooked. “Hollywood breeds a slant dismissal for people,” Rhimes said. “There’s this slant this must be something that the pleasure is all mine to in light of the fact that everything else in this town depends on that idea, yet this essentially doesn’t work that way.”
“If you have to oblige, you can make them go wherever you are,” said Laura Dern, who said that social affairs formed while she was on the zone in Atlanta in light of the fact that a crewmember proposed it. Other Time’s Up people exhort the people who need to take an intrigue should just demand to be put on the mailing once-over and come to social occasions.
Regardless, at in any case, in any occasion, it wasn’t precisely so basic, says one official who says she made a couple of calls intending to go to the inaugural social affair, with no outcome. “I chatted with a great deal of women who were anomalous state and couldn’t get invited and were amazingly exasperates,” she says. “It took after, ‘We’re exhaustive, in any case, unless you’re a movie star or a farmworker, you’re not invited. In the event that you’re an EVP, we needn’t bother with you.’ I chatted with a pack of showrunners who expressed, ‘Aren’t we the all inclusive community who are giving people livelihoods? Shouldn’t we be fused?’ It transformed into everybody’s point at lunch for the accompanying two weeks.” Nonetheless, she says, “I think we were condemning them for being exclusionary when it was just creating torments.”
A couple of women who are incorporated are up ’til now cloudy or uneasy about how the social occasion is setting its inspiration. People should discuss what proceeds at meetings, yet sources say that at the get-together at Paramount in February, Kerry Washington exhibited women from Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (the National Farmworkers Women’s Alliance). Speakers joined a divider painting specialist who discussed the piece of workmanship in accomplishing change. Seth Godin, essayist of books including Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, talked about how to start improvement.
“Prior to the complete of the essential hour, people were on their phones,” says one who went to. Another says the social event felt like “an address course of action,” including, “I trust there’s so far a failure about action wanders.” At a party after the get-together in Transparent creator Jill Soloway’s working environments, this individual says, one of the women demonstrate expressed, “A lot of us here are producers. Give us a remark!” Overall, this individual says, “I feel there’s a nonattendance of care on the most capable strategy to best supervise it. There’s some different there. I don’t trust it’s consider.”
“When you start advancement, the essential thing people do is endeavor to peel you away, to redirect you from the mission,” says one section. “We have given our lives to this industry. Is this what we require our legacy to be — that we were setbacks of baiting? I require my legacy to be that I was a bit of a get-together which saw an issue and was a bit of the game plan.”
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