Fox’s new drama Sleepy Hollow was recently picked up for a second season, and much of the show’s success must be attributed to its lead actress Nicole Beharie. As Lieutenant Grace Abigail "Abbie" Mills, Beharie plays a detective with a fairly tough exterior, but she’s got an armory of secrets that comes into play when strange goings on start occurring in the town of Sleepy Hollow. Although Tom Mison plays the legendary Ichabod Crane, many folks are tuning in to the show for Abbie's storyline. We’re expecting big things from Sleepy Hollow as the season progresses, and big things from Nicole Beharie in the future. Here are a few fun facts about the rising star.
Michael Fassbender Was Her Boo Back In The Day
And by ‘back in the day,’ we mean 2012. Fassy and Beharie dated each other for a while, after having starred in Steve McQueen’s 2011 film Shame. If you think Beharie was the lucky one in this situation, then you should probably go ahead and do a Google Image search for Nicole Beharie.
Her Performance In The Jackie Robinson Biopic Was Pretty Dope
This year’s highly-anticipated Jackie Robinson biopic 42 told the powerful story of a man who changed history and went on to become a legend. Beharie played his wife, Rachel Robinson, and although the role was somewhat small, her performance was crucial to the personal aspects of the film.
She Digs Nina Simone AKA Has Excellent Taste In Music
Although her Sleepy Hollow fans (whom she lovingly refers to as ‘Sleepyheads’) wouldn’t know it, Beharie is also a singer/songwriter (for proof check out her performance in the indie romantic comedy My Last Day Without You). She loves music, and tweeted the above video of Nina Simone singing "Ain't Got No/I Got Life" live.
She’s One Of Those People Who Wake Up Pretty
Yes, this constitutes a fact. Although Beharie has some pretty hot photo shoots, she’s also got a few gorgeous selfies on Twitter, proving that she doesn’t need a glam squad to look amazing.
Actress Emma Thompson remains determined to avoid cosmetic surgery, insisting it is "psychotic" to have Botox injections. The Oscar winner joined her fellow British screen stars Kate Winslet and Rachel Weisz in 2011 to form the self-styled 'British Anti-Cosmetic Surgery League' to rally against unnecessary operations.
Thompson, 54, insists she is still vehemently against facelifts, implants or wrinkle-busting Botox injections two years on, and is more convinced than ever that she will not succumb to pressure and go under the knife.
She tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "Look at me, I'm normal. I really wouldn't do anything. It's psychotic to have your body opened up and stuff put in and injecting yourself with poisons."
Fashion fans have been given the opportunity to purchase glamorous outfits worn by British stars including actress Rachel Weisz and pop star Jessie J as part of a charity fashion sale. Re-sale website Vestiairecollective.com launched the initiative on Thursday (21Nov13) to mark the start of the festive season, with a special section on their website dedicated to the sale of items previously owned and loved by the British celebrities.
Prices start from $150 (£100) and items up for sale include Weisz's hot pink Joseph wool dress, a frock owned by model Daisy Lowe and a crystal-embellished dress worn by Jessie J on tour.
Other well-dressed ladies who have donated to the second annual sale include MTV presenter Laura Whitmore, model Jade Parfitt and designer Jasmine Guinness.
Profits from the sales will be handed to a range of charities selected by the donors including Barnardo's, Doctors Without Borders and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).
Vestiaire Collective's U.K. Managing Director Fanny Moizant, says, "We are thrilled that so many leading lights in the fashion world have come out to support our annual charity initiative - this year we expect to raise thousands for charities... We have a treasure trove of fashion gems on the site, and we expect many of these pieces to become valuable collectors' items so we advise fashion hunters to come early."
"Adele is one of those rare actors who is a magician of sorts. That is to say she is a master of subtlety. How can she seem to be doing very little, yet tell you everything she is feeling? You spend your time trying to figure out how she does it. In the early scenes of the film, she didn't have to say a word, but I could feel her shame. I could feel the burning pain of the secret she was burying. She is so utterly watchable and human, I was with her character from the very beginning." Actress Evan Rachel Wood is a big fan of Blue is the Warmest Color star Adele Exarchopoulos.
Actress Leighton Meester has accepted a proposal from her boyfriend Adam Brody after just 10 months of dating, according to multiple reports. The couple celebrated the happy news at an engagement party with friends and family in California on 10 November (13), according to Wonderwall.com.
A source tells America's Star magazine, "Right now their plan is to get married next summer. They are still deciding if they want a destination wedding or if they'll marry in southern California somewhere."
Meester and Brody first met in 2011 on the set of film The Oranges, but did not start dating until February (13).
This will be the first marriage for the pair, which has a history of striking up relationships with co-stars - Meester previously dated fellow Gossip Girl actor Sebastian Stan, while Brody romanced Rachel Bilson, who he worked with on The O.C., from 2003 to 2006.
Representatives for the couple had yet to respond to requests for a comment as WENN went to press.
Actress Evan Rachel Wood is determined to keep her baby son's name a secret for as long as possible, so he can live a life away from the spotlight. The Wrestler star gave birth to her first child with husband Jamie Bell in July (13), and the couple has kept the boy's name private and Wood admits she is trying to avoid being photographed with him.
She insists the move is a deliberate attempt to shield the youngster from fame.
Wood tells Thedailybeast.com, "People obviously know I was pregnant - can't hide that - so I have no problem talking about the baby and that we're doing really well. But I haven't released his name.
"I've done my best to keep his picture from being taken, just because kids don't really have a choice in the matter. It's such a shame when kids get harassed just because of who their parents are before they're old enough to decide who they are or who they want to be."
Actress Evan Rachel Wood has urged the public to go easy on troubled pop star Justin Bieber, insisting youngsters who grow up in the spotlight should not be criticised for making mistakes. The Wrestler star began acting when she was a child and found fame with her role in gritty teen drama Thirteen before making a successful transition to more adult roles.
Wood admits she struggled with life as a famous teenager and feels sorry for fellow former child star Bieber, whose bad behaviour has made him a regular in the headlines over the last few months.
She tells Thedailybeast.com, "I can't imagine what it's like to be him. When you're a teenager in an adult career, people expect you to be perfect and expect you to never make mistakes or to be a reckless teenager. And then when you are, they give you such a really hard time for it. You have to remind them that you're still a kid."
Wood goes on to reveal she was deeply hurt by the criticism she received over her relationship with former fiance Marilyn Manson after she began dating the 36-year-old rocker when she was just 19.
She adds, "I was never a Bieber or a (Miley) Cyrus, but I think the judgment was there, sure. People were pretty mean. At the time I hadn't yet been exposed to that kind of cruelty from strangers. If people were wondering why I was acting so-called crazy or like a teenager, it's because I was. People go through phases. People make mistakes. People go through life and don't get it right every time."
Wood and Manson ended their brief engagement in 2010. She is now married to actor Jamie Bell, the father of her infant son.
New mother Evan Rachel Wood is already struggling to get back into work mode as she suffers "separation anxiety" whenever she is parted from her newborn tot. The actress took a four-month break from filming to spend the early days of her son's life at home, but she recently returned to the promotional trail to support her new movie Charlie Countryman.
At a screening of the film in New York, Wood revealed she hated leaving her baby at home while she went to work, saying, "I was lucky because I had done three films and got pregnant so I was like, 'I've got stuff in the can. I'm taking a break!'
"I've been having separation anxiety because I'm so used to him being right here all the time. They kind of become a part of you, you know?"
However, the star insists being a mother has turned out to be her favourite role to date, adding, "It was my dream to be a mom, so I'm loving it. I love it."
The tot, whose name Wood is yet to reveal, is her first with husband Jamie Bell.
"At the airport in Toronto, I saw the author Margaret Atwood. I normally don't go up to anyone, but I sort of fell over myself in front of her and sputtered out, 'I love you!' I'm sure she had no idea who I was." Actress Rachel Mcadams felt starstruck meeting The Handmaid's Tale writer in Canada.
Rachel Griffiths is returning to Australian TV to play her homeland's first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard. The Brothers & Sisters actress will portray the divisive politician in an adaptation of Kerry-Anne Walsh's book The Stalking of Julia Gillard.
The TV film will focus on Gillard's struggle to remain in power and keep her own party onside before she was defeated by her predecessor Kevin Rudd, who returned to the top job in June (13), three years after standing down as leader of the country.
Griffiths says, "I am thrilled to portray Australia's first female prime minister and explore the private aspects of her remarkable term.
"I believe that the creative and intellectual capacity of the team involved will produce a stunning drama that will reframe this historic period in our cultural and political life."
Production will begin Down Under next year (14).