Actress Jennifer Lawrence underwent therapy as a young child to deal with social anxiety issues after struggling to adjust to school life. The Hunger Games star reveals she was an energetic child, but her personality changed completely when she began formal education.
She tells French magazine Madame Figaro, "My nickname was Nitro, as in nitroglycerine. I was hyperactive, curious about everything. When my mother told me about my childhood, she always told me there was like a light in me, a spark that inspired me constantly.
"When I entered school, the light went out. We never knew what it was, a kind of social anxiety... I went to see a shrink, nothing worked."
Lawrence quickly learned she didn't need professional help and instead found different ways to channel her energy and deal with her issues.
She continues, "One day, I begged my parents to take me to a casting. We went to New York, and that's where I started acting. Just on stage, my mother saw the change that was taking place in me. She saw my anxieties disappear. She found her daughter, the one who had this light and joy before school.
"I finally found a way (to) open the door to a universe that I understood, that was good for me and made me happy, because I felt capable, whereas before I felt worthless."
Where we left off: Saul sent Javadi back to Iran, Javadi revealed that the “real” Langley bomber is still in the U.S., and the entire Brody family took a break from the show.
"The Red Wheelbarrow"In this episode, the team sets up a plan to draw the Langley bomber out of hiding, Quinn shoots Carrie to stop her from blowing their cover, and Saul takes a trip down south to say hello to Brody. Yup, things just got real.
After a lack of anything remotely interesting happening during the first half of this season, This episode makes up for the lack of everything interesting happening through the first half of the season by treating us to pure, unadulterated espionage. Before Javadi left for Iran, he told Carrie that the Langley bomber was not Brody and that the actual man who set off the bomb was still in the United States. It turns out that Paul Franklin and Leland Bennett, the two men from the super-secret law firm that has been in contact with Carrie, know who the bomber is. This news sets Saul’s team off into full spy mode as they carry out a plan to draw the suspect out into the open.
While the plan is in motion and the team is parked outside of a motel waiting for Franklin to make contact with the bomber, Carrie realizes that Franklin has a gun with a silencer on it and that he’s going to kill the bomber. The problem for Carrie is that she cares more about Brody than the mission, and if the real bomber is dead, then Brody won’t be able to clear his name. Because poor, little innocent Brody is her kryptonite, Carrie disobeys orders and gets out of her car to try and stop the murder from happening. And in a move that had me cheering and grabbing at my seat in suspense at the same time, Quinn followed orders and shot Carrie in the arm to prevent her from blowing their whole mission. Finally someone had the guts to take Carrie down and show her that she can’t just do whatever she wants to do. It's nice to see that when we can't count on Carrie to use her head over her heart, we can look to Quinn and know that he'll make the right call.
The surprises don't stop there. As Carrie is profusely bleeding on her way to the hospital, She realizes that Saul, their leader, is missing in action. Cut to Venezuela where Saul casually shows up to the exact building that Brody has been hung out to dry in. Once again, it’s revealed that Saul knows much, much more than he’s letting on. This whole time he’s known where Brody is, and because Brody’s not dead yet at the hands of El Nino, it looks like Saul has had a deal with El Nino for quite some time. It's unclear what Saul's next move will be, but he better make it quick before everyone's least favorite senator replaces Saul in the CIA. (Also, let’s just talk about how Brody is going to have some serious drug addiction problems when he leaves Venezuela. Anyone else notice that he seemed to be surrounded by needles?)
And since it wouldn’t be Homeland without a little bit of soap opera drama, we should probably discuss the fact that Carrie is still pregnant. If we’re being completely realistic, there is no way that Carrie could handle raising a child. Currently, she is not mentally stable enough to care for another human being, considering she can’t even take proper care of herself. While the best move for Carrie might be for her to get an abortion, it looks like she doesn’t want to do that (after discussing it with her doctor). However, it’s highly unlikely that the writers will actually have Carrie have her baby. Chances are they’ll come up with some grandiose way to make the baby storyline disappear. When Quinn shot Carrie, I was 99 percent sure that she would have a miscarriage right then and there, and while it might have not happened upon impact, there’s still a chance that complications with arise in the hospital.
But for now, Carrie’s baby is yesterday’s news, considering her (possible) baby daddy is back in the picture. Hello, Brody.
Highlight of the episode: No Dana or Jessica. Thank God.
Child star-turned-fashion designer Ashley Olsen has been elected onto the board of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The star runs clothing labels including The Row and Elizabeth and James with her twin sister Mary-Kate.
British-Canadian girl group All Saints are reuniting to go on tour with the Backstreet Boys. The band initially broke up in 2001 and returned briefly in 2006, but the comeback came to an end less than a year later after their new material flopped in the U.K. charts.
Bandmembers Shaznay Lewis and Melanie Blatt, and sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton, have now got back together once again, and they are heading off on tour with U.S. pop group Backstreet Boys when they hit the road in the U.K. next year (14).
The band will open for the Backstreet Boys on a number of shows, which kick off at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England on 26 March (14).
A statement from All Saints reads, "We are really looking forward to performing together as special guests of the Backstreet Boys. The Backstreet Boys are a great band, so it's an honour. We're singing a lot of big songs like Never Ever and Pure Shores, which will be amazing. We can't wait!"
The reunion will be a welcome distraction for bandmember Nicole Appleton, whose marriage to former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher has allegedly broken down over the last few months following reports he fathered a love-child with a New York journalist.
A biopic of controversial Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi is heading to the big screen. The movie, currently titled Gloria, will tell the story of Trevi's glittering 1990s music career which came crashing down in 2000 when she was arrested in Brazil along with her manager, Sergio Andrade, on suspicion of luring kids into a child porn ring.
She spent nearly five years in prison before being cleared of the charges in 2004.
The movie will begin shooting in Mexico City, Mexico and in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil later this month (Nov13), and will be directed by Swiss moviemaker Christian Keller. Actress Sofia Espinosa will play Trevi.
Reports suggest Trevi is unhappy with the biopic and she is quoted in Mexican newspaper Milenio as saying the project is unauthorised: "I don't know what they're going to say about me. If they do something, it's something I have not authorised."
U.S. reality TV star Kailyn Lowry is a mum again - the Teen Mom 2 regular and her husband, U.S. airman Javi Marroquin, welcomed Lincoln Marshall Marroquin to the world on Saturday (16Nov13). The baby boy is the couple's first child, but 21-year-old Lowry has a three-year-old son from a previous relationship. The new parents wed in September, 2012.
Alec Baldwin's model daughter Ireland has raced to her dad's defence amid reports suggesting the actor is homophobic. The former 30 Rock star came under fire this past week (ends15Nov13) after using a gay slur during a street clash with a photographer that was caught on film.
Baldwin made an official apology for his rash remarks, insisting he did not "intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words".
He added, "Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable."
And now the star's daughter, who was once the target of his temper when he called her a "rude, thoughtless, little pig" in an angry voicemail message that was leaked to the media, has spoken out to defend her dad.
Ireland Baldwin took to Twitter.com on Saturday (16Nov13) and wrote, "It takes a lot of strength for someone to release their anger. It takes a lot of strength and SUPPORT for someone to grow and become a better person. We all say things we don't mean. We all say things we can't take back.
"For someone who has battled with anger management issues, my dad has grown tremendously. My dad is far from a homophobe..."
She added, "What my dad said was WRONG. What my dad felt WASN'T. My dad has an INFANT CHILD to protect. All the parents out there should understand. You would do anything to protect your baby... Now, let's all quit acting like children. Let my dad be and let him have his room to learn and enjoy his family."
Ying Yang Twins rapper D-Roc has successfully petitioned a judge to lower his child support payments, because he can longer afford to pay them. D-Roc, real name De'Angelo Holmes, was ordered to pay $2,500 (GBP1,667) a month to his ex-wife - an amount which was arranged when he was making $19,000 (GBP12,667) a month. But now he claims his monthly income has shrunk to $2,860 (GBP1,906) and he can longer pay up.
The Wait (The Whisper Song) hitmaker now has to pay $550 (GBP367) a month and has worked out a deal to pay the $45,000 (GBP30,000) he owes in back child support, according to TMZ.com.
Actress Majandra Delfino has become a second-time mother after welcoming a baby boy with her husband David Walton. The Roswell beauty and actor Walton, who are already parents to a daughter named Cecilia, welcomed baby Louis in Los Angeles last week (10Nov13), a month before his due date.
Walton tells People.com, "Louis is as healthy as can be... We couldn't be happier with our very early Christmas gift."
The actors married in Miami, Florida in 2011 and welcomed 17-month-old Cecilia in June last year (12).
"I would like more. I would have another one right away. We've talked about it. He's pretty awesome." Actor Chris Pratt is eager to give 15-month-old son Jack a sibling. The boy is his first child with wife Anna Faris.