Personalities / Insights

Model of the Moment: Josh Dean Truesdell

He's tall, dark and a soon-to-be Navy Seal. Need we say more?

April 11, 2011

Josh is chivalrous on the one hand and rough and tough on the other: a recipe for trouble. He’s a Hawaii-raised adrenaline junkie—a military brat who plans to enlist in the Navy Seals. He had me at aloha!

What you find irresistible in a mate: Charisma, confidence, class and a cute laugh
Song you’re embarrassed to love: “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys
Historical figure you most identify with: King Leonidas of Sparta, because he stood tall in the face of adversity
Food you eat in bed: Fruity Pebbles
Celebrity crush: Nicki Minaj

By Jose Ortiz

 

One to Watch: Roselyn Sanchez

The Puerto Rican beauty shares a few of her innermost secrets.

April 05, 2011


This spice girl confesses she’s a severe claustrophobe with a foot fetish and a wish to sing like Céline Dion. She also loves Key Biscayne and sightseeing around South Beach with the young and the restless who flock here for the weather and nightlife.

You always TiVo: The Bachelor, Oprah’s Master Class, Top Chef
Historical figure you most identify with: Joan of Arc
What you find irresistible in a mate: The ability to make me laugh
Most underrated: Having a sexy accent

By Jose Ortiz

 

Get to Know Josiah Hawley

Small-town charm, a killer voice and smoldering good looks make Hawley one to watch.

March 01, 2011

He’s determined, thoughtful and sweet to the bone, which left me convinced: He’s not the guy you date, he’s the one you marry. Plus, his voice and stage presence have the makings of a star—as witnessed by A-Rod and company during his impromptu performance of “La Bamba” at Soho Beach House.

Celebrity crush: Brad and Angelina
How you keep your relationships fresh: Lots of communication and showering of gifts
Song you’re embarrassed to love: “Toxic” by Britney Spears

BY JOSE ORTIZ

 

6 Questions With Diplo

The in-demand DJ shares all-time music favorites and little known facts.

March 01, 2011

A childhood friend nicknamed him after the dinosaur (Diplodocus), and a star was born. Diplo was raised in Plantation by parents who listened to Christian music and planted the seed for a career full of hits and hope; his carefree lifestyle and confidence are by-products of hard work, talent and a knack for not taking himself so seriously. He’s collaborated with artists such as M.I.A. (whom he also dated) and will perform in Miami at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater on March 12.

First song you remember loving: “Physical Attraction” by Madonna
Favorite albums: The Pharcyde’s Bizarre Ride II, Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks
On your iPod: Die Antwoord, James Blake, Borgore
Dream collaborator: Cat Power
No one would expect: I was a shrimpboat fisherman.
Favorite Miami hangout: The Standard Spa

BY JOSE ORTIZ

 

Aasif Mandvi

The Daily Show regular makes us laugh and keeps us guessing.

February 07, 2011

This Indian-born, Tampa-bred comedian was well versed in the wackier side of Americana—he worked as a performer at Disney-MGM Studios—long before he became a regular correspondent alongside Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. His knack for politically charged humor is helping combat anti-Muslim prejudice and making fans of the unlikeliest of audiences. His new movie, Today’s Special—which he also co-wrote—continues that pattern, shining a lovingly hysterical light on his own family.

My fantasy entourage includes: Muhammad Ali, Paul Newman, Elvis Presley, David Letterman
On what occasion do you lie? When the truth will get me arrested
No one would expect: I used to be a Michael Jackson impersonator.
What do you find irresistible in a mate? Beauty, humor and self-hatred
You always TiVo: American Idol, Grey’s Anatomy, Life & Times of Tim, I Shouldn’t Be Alive
What are you obsessed with? Angry Birds
What is your greatest extravagance? Women


 

Shareef Malnik Settles Down

A day in the life of Malnik and Burn Notice actress Gabrielle Anwar.

February 01, 2011


10 AM – WORKOUT AT THE MALNIK/ANWAR HOUSEHOLD
Shareef, clad in gym gear, escorts me through his airy Palm Island Spanish Colonial to the backyard, where Gabrielle is practicing yoga on the dock. She stops her routine to come say hello. “Yoga, jujitsu or both?” she asks. I opt for the wrestling mats, where Shareef is being coached through a series of street-ready judo throws by Brazilian jujitsu instructor Jorge Pereira.

Shareef shows me how to perform a front headlock by putting me in one. Once I regain my breath, we take a break and I survey the backyard. Aside from the combat sports, it’s really quite a domestic scene. “Your life’s changed a lot in a year,” I note. Shareef agrees: “I went from having the ultimate bachelor pad on Ocean Drive to this. We’ve got three dogs running around, three cats, three kids. I feel like I’ve been training my whole life for this.”

1 PM – SOHO BEACH HOUSE
Though Gabrielle thinks she’s eating at Cecconi’s, Shareef has planned a surprise picnic on the beach. Once we settle in under the canopy and sample a bit of the cheese plate, I ask how they met. “We both happened to attend a dinner at Paradise Farms about a year ago,” says Shareef. Gabrielle adds, “We ended up in this competitive banter about who could throw a better party.” For Shareef, who deems being a restaurateur a calling as much as a business, a gauntlet had been thrown down. “A week later he invited me to this wildly romantic, silk-draped Bedouin feast,” says Gabrielle. “There were little fish in bowls all over the place, and this phenomenal flamenco dancer.” “When did you get an idea that this might be something special?” I inquire. “When I saw the fish,” she says. Turning to Shareef, she wryly asks, “Did you even have that moment yet?” “When I got out of the car at Paradise and our eyes joined,” he answers. “That was it. I was done.”

9 PM – DINNER AT THE FORGE
Shareef’s University of Miami law school buddy, trial lawyer Jim Ferraro, shows up. Gabrielle gets down to business, giving him relationship advice and checking out the girls in question on his phone. Exasperated by Jim’s romantic choices, she schemes a cameo role for him on Burn Notice—as a gangster. As a ridiculous array of desserts are served, three pretty young things walk up and give Shareef’s shoulder a squeeze, inquiring about a table. “They smell so lovely,” says Gabrielle. “Have them sit nearby.” Shareef leans into Gabrielle and inhales deeply. She responds with a rather grand smooch. OD The couple picnics at the Soho Beach House.

—bill kearney

 

Shay Mitchell

A performer since age 5, Mitchell plays the sweet Emily Fields on ABC’s Pretty Little Liars.

January 10, 2011

A daredevil who’s hooked on bad reality TV, Mitchell has a passion for cooking, decorating and skydiving.

Phrases you most overuse: “I know, right?” and “Live the life you love.”
On your iPod: Beyoncé, the xx, Deepak Chopra and the Vicky Cristina Barcelona soundtrack
What you find irresistible in a mate: Thoughtfulness
No one would expect: I’m extremely girly, but still like to get my hands dirty.
Fictional best friend: Lucy of I Love Lucy
Obsessions: The color pink, interior-decorating blogs, anything Italian

By Jose Ortiz

 

Robin Quivers

The radio diva prepares for the ING New York City Marathon with a cause in mind.

October 21, 2010

Robin Quivers, perhaps best known as co-host of The Howard Stern Show, decided that this was the year she would tackle a marathon—all 26.2 miles of it. She also decided that her ING New York City Marathon trek on November 7 should further more than just her overall health. Under the aegis of her 15 Foundation, her participation will benefit Family Cook Productions and The Sylvia Center. Quivers chatted with us about her training, marathon tips and the beauty of giving back.

What inspired you to run the marathon?
ROBIN QUIVERS: I’ve been in the habit of giving myself physical challenges for years, even when I just worked out in the gym. I would put myself on a really strict exercise and eating plan for a period of time just to find out what would happen. Then I experienced some health issues that prevented me from working out at all. Those were sad years. All during that time my only goal was to be able to walk without pain again. Since I’ve experienced this miraculous recovery, I just wanted to see how much this body could do.

What have you learned from this experience?
I really want to stress that I’ve never been a runner, so to take this on in any way is amazing to me. At first I couldn’t get beyond three miles. I’ve learned that I don’t get runner’s high and I’ve given up on the idea that I’m going to tap into some hidden reservoir of athletic talent. But most importantly, I’ve learned that even when it doesn’t feel good I can still achieve what I set out to accomplish.  

15 Foundation: What made you want to give back?
I knew there were a lot of people who have figured out successful solutions to some of the problems we face today. I wanted to do what I could to bring awareness to those people and organizations and to help raise money for them if I could. The cofounder of 15, Brendan Murphy, and I decided to focus on children and education because we feel it’s the key to truly transforming lives. In the process of investigating what’s happening in the various communities in which we’ve worked, we’ve discovered some really amazing and dedicated people. But there’s nothing more rewarding than meeting the young people who’ve been touched by the programs we’ve supported.

It sounds like this is all very close to your heart.
I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the helping hand extended to me by many people when I was growing up, so giving back comes naturally. I’ve always volunteered. I was a Big Sister and I’ve served on the board of charities and raised money for causes I supported. The 15 Foundation was a reaction to what I saw going on in the media and in politics. We only hear about what’s not working, and I had become very cynical. One day I woke up and realized it’s not just the job of politicians and the media to make the country what I want it to be. It’s my job, too. My ambitions for 15 are lofty. One day I would like it to be a self-sufficient organization dedicated to the education and betterment of children around the world. I’d like it to be a resource for people with great ideas and an emblem of what can be done when you set your mind to it.

Family Cook Productions and The Sylvia Center are perfect picks for the marathon to benefit.
I transformed my own life by changing my diet. As a result, I gained a new awareness and respect for food. I’m also aware of just how much the way we eat and how we learn about food has changed in my lifetime—and the results haven’t all been good. I wanted my run to be about raising awareness about the importance of nutrition and exercise, and I found that both these organizations were founded to address those issues. 

Is there one essential marathon-training tip you hold to?
Preparation is everything. That means wearing the right clothing, having the right shoes, being well-hydrated, eating right and carrying the right kind of fuel with you on the run. Oh, and music helps too.

Have you and Howard ever gone on a run together?
It happened one day sort of by accident. We both run in the park but we usually don’t start at the same time. I’ve seen him out there either finishing or just starting, but on this particular day he was alone and I had another mile and a half to go so he joined me until I was done. It was fun, but I’m not a fast runner and I don’t want to slow anyone down.

by ingrid skjong

 

Jack Johnson

The surfing singer makes a stop in West Palm Beach to support oil-spill recovery.

August 25, 2010

A native of Hawaii, Jack Johnson has always held the ocean close to his heart. His trips to the sea as a child with his mom and dad helped to inspire this lifelong love. An avid surfer, the musician taps into that sentiment on his latest album, To The Sea, released earlier this year. In April, when the Gulf oil spill occurred, he knew he had to help aid the recovery.

“As a surfer and someone who is so affected by the ocean, I feel I need to be a steward of the ocean,” Johnson says. “I feel I’ve gotten so much from [it] I need to give back a little extra. When I first started learning how large-scale the spill really was, I knew I wanted to do what I could to help. I knew I would be touring through that area eventually, so we started researching what groups we could help support.”

The list he and his All At Once campaign came up with is extensive: More than 150 charities nationwide are partners on the tour, with 100 percent of the proceeds destined for organizations like Gulf Waterkeepers, Gulf Restoration Network, the National Wildlife Federation and Tampa Bay Watch. Local charities also play a role, and the band’s West Palm Beach show at the Cruzan Amphitheatre (August 26) is no exception, with Indian Riverkeeper, Slow Food USA, Surfrider Foundation, Trash to Treasure Creative Reuse Center and Kids Ecology Corps all taking part.

“We have local nonprofit groups at every show so people can learn about what they do,” Johnson explains. “A percentage of the money from that show goes toward those local groups, then at the end of the tour we take the rest of the proceeds and put it into an account and use the interest from that account so it can become a perpetual foundation, called the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation.”

The Foundation also donates funds to arts, music, and education groups.

“I feel so lucky to be able to make a living with music,” Johnson says. “When we talked about going on tour again, I wanted to not just lessen the negative impact [on the environment], but expand on the positive. The only way, in my mind, to do that was to go out and donate all the money to not just environmental groups, but to know that the money we raised from each night was going toward art and music education as well.”

Jack Johnson plays at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach on Thursday, August 26 at 7 PM. Visit ticketmaster.com.


 

Cassie Scerbo

ABC's Make It or Break It star talks make-ups, breakups and meatballs.

June 01, 2010

From left: Cassie Scerbo; Chelsea Hobbs, Josie Loren, Cassie Scerbo and Ayla Kell

She may play resident mean girl Lauren Tanner on ABC Family’s Make It or Break It, but offscreen, Cassie Scerbo is quite the opposite: peppy, charming and full of secrets about our favorite show.

OCEAN DRIVE: I know your diehard fans would kill me if I didn’t ask upfront—what can we expect this season? 
CASSIE SCERBO: Anything and everything! Fantastic gymnastics, competition, betrayals, love triangles, drama, make-ups, breakups….

Why do viewers love this show so much? 
Make It or Break It has the juicy drama that teens and adults love combined with the amazing world of gymnastics. Who doesn’t love that? The show is clean enough for children to watch with parents and entertaining enough for adults. I also think it’s a great way to show young girls how to take a stand in this world and to encourage everyone to chase their dreams.

Tell us about your character, Lauren. Why is she so fun to play? 
As one special director has said before, Lauren is the “vulnerable villain.” I have so much fun with this character! She’s just a really spicy troublemaker, yet a pained and vulnerable character.

And she looks good! How do you stay fit for the show? 
We try our absolute best to portray a gymnast’s figure, so beautiful and strong. We train with our gymnastics coordinator on set. We also sometimes work on the apparatuses on our actual set and I also have a personal trainer on my own. So basically, working out and eating healthy is the only way to go! We absolutely don’t have a choice due to the fact that we wear leos for a living!

Where are your favorite places to eat and drink in Miami? 
I love going to the Fontainebleau with my boyfriend [who recurs as Nicky on the show] to eat, swim and basically do anything. Some of my all-time favorite restaurants are actually a little further north: Anthony’s Runway 84 in Fort Lauderdale, Philomena’s in Pompano Beach, Trattoria Bella Cibo in Margate. Of course, my absolute favorite place to eat is right at home with my family, eating my mom and dad’s amazing food—especially our Sunday dinners. I’m telling you, my mom’s meatballs are unbeatable.

Spending five days a week on set, how do you find time to do anything else? 
It does takes up much of my time, but I don't mind because I have the best cast and crew in the world! I also just signed up for online college, so I’ll be squeezing that in anywhere I can, as having a degree has always been a really important thing to me. I also recently started up my own nonprofit organization called Nothing’s Impossible. Due to the show, I think my first project is going to be helping less financially fortunate gymnasts do what they love. I have seen the dedication, passion and drive that go into this sport and have such a large respect for gymnasts all around the world.

BY JULIE BENSMAN

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