Anthony Fauci answers kids' coronavirus questions on Will Smith's new show
As one of the world's top experts on infectious diseases and the United States' go-to coronavirus adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci has spent much of the past few weeks fielding questions from the public about the spread of COVID-19. And yet somehow, amid all those questions, the doctor had failed to address a topic close to the hearts and, er, mouths, of 7-year-olds across the land — until now. During an appearance on the Wednesday, April 22, edition of Will Smith's new Snapchat show, "Will At Home," a 7-year-old girl from Los Angeles named Ava video-called in with this question: "Can the Tooth Fairy still come if I lose my tooth because of the coronavirus — and can she catch the virus?" Valid question, Ava! Luckily, Dr. Fauci had good news in the Tooth Fairy department. "I don't think you need to worry about the Tooth Fairy," he said (via ABC). "So when your tooth [falls] out, you stick it under the pillow and I'll guarantee you that that Tooth Fairy is not going to get infected and is not going to get sick." Other kids Will brought in via video chat to ask Dr. Fauci their burning questions wanted to know if it was safe to go for a walk (yes, just "stay six feet apart from anyone else," Fauci said) and whether the pandemic was "ever going to end." (Another valid question.) "When we have a vaccine and we have enough baseline immunity," Fauci said. Will's show airs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on Snapchat Discover and YouTube.
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Joshua Jackson on his underwear scenes in 'Little Fires …': 'I enjoy being objectified!'
In this strange, new no-pants-to-work times, there's no harm in the occasional glimpse of … Joshua Jackson in his skivvies. Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest honed in on that fact when the actor joined them on "Live …," this week, joking about the major online love Joshua got for his tighty-whitey clad appearance in "Little Fires Everywhere." "I didn't realize quite what a hit that would be," he admitted (via People). "Who knew that all these years what was missing from my career was parading around in my tighty-whities?" Kelly sheepishly raised her hand and mouthed "me," before asking the actor if he had to go through lots of wardrobe fittings to get the right size of undies. Joshua, 41, laughed. "I'm in my 40s now. I enjoy getting objectified!" he joked. Turns out, though, there was a bit of a fitting issue. "I had forgotten this … until the show aired and the tighty-whities became quite a thing …," he said. "Because there's two scenes in the bedroom in that first episode, and they actually made me change out of the tighty-whities for the second one. And I remember them sort of like nebulously being like, 'Well, it's just probably a little much,'" he continued. "And I didn't realize what they were saying until I watched it. I was like, 'Oh… oh yeah, that's a lot. That's a lot. There's not a lot left to the imagination there." Joshua, of course, has bigger matters to think about than the public's response to his undies right now — the actor just became a dad for the first time after welcoming a baby girl with his wife, Jodie Turner-Smith.
Kim Kardashian West urges Ohio to release 'innocent' inmate from coronavirus hotspot
Kim Kardashian West's interest in criminal justice reform has taken on a new sense of urgency as prisons struggle to tamp down the spread of COVID-19. On Tuesday, April 21, Kim tweeted a plea to Ohio authorities about Kevin Keith, an inmate at what CBS reports is among the nation's worst coronavirus hotspots. "The police rushed to judgment when they arrested Kevin," Kim posted. "This innocent man went from living freely to having his world upended by a murder trial to death row in under 4 months. That's more than enough injustice for one person. OH needs to correct its mistake before it's too late." Kim was referring to Kevin's 1994 conviction in the shooting death of two women and a 4-year-old girl, crimes he has long maintained he did not commit. Initially sentenced to death, a governor commuted his sentence in 2010 to life without parole after major inconsistencies with the evidence brought to trial surfaced. There was also no physical evidence that tied Kevin to the shootings, according to Heavy.com. Kim's interest in his case was sparked by a larger campaign pushing for his release. After she met with him via video visit in 2019, she posted about "the amazing programs he created in prison to help others inside better themselves."
Val Kilmer felt 'deflated' when he was cast in 'Top Gun'
Val Kilmer refuses to divulge any details about the plot of the "Top Gun" sequel in his new memoir, "I'm Your Huckleberry." But he does write about the movie and its iconic predecessor, revealing that he actually never wanted to play "Iceman" opposite Tom Cruise's Maverick in the 1986 film. "I didn't want the part. I didn't care about the film. The story didn't interest me," he writes, according to USA Today. The actor, 60, recalls being pressured by his agent to audition. "I showed up looking the fool, or the goon," he writes. "I wore oversize gonky Australian shorts in nausea green. I read the lines indifferently. And yet, amazingly, I was told I had the part. I felt more deflated than inflated." That could be why Val wasn't asked to return for the forthcoming sequel, though he'd had a change of heart by the time production started and "begged" to be involved. "The producers went for it," Val writes, adding that Tom "went for it" as well." "Tom and I took up where we left off. The reunion felt great," he shares. In the memoir, the actor also delves shares anecdotes about his family, his financial problems and his love life, including romances with Darryl Hannah, the proverbial one that got away, Cher, with whom he remained close, lifelong friends, and Angelina Jolie, whom he described as being "like other superstars but … more gorgeous. More wise. More tragic. More magic." "Top Gun: Maverick" is due out around the holidays.
Heather Locklear celebrates one year of sobriety
Congrats are in order for Heather Locklear! After a difficult period and a return to inpatient care, the "Melrose Place" star is celebrating one year of sobriety. She marked the milestone on Instagram on Tuesday, April 20, sharing a quote from Maya Angelou about learning that "no matter … how bad it seems today, life does go on …." In the comments, Heather, 58, wrote, "Hugs will come later! 1 year sober today!!!" According to a "close friend," Heather is "strong and clear-headed and she's thoughtful about others" these days, as she looks after her elderly parents, does lots of gardening and takes plenty of walks, People reports. She also remains close with Ava Sambora, the 23-year-old daughter she shares with ex, Richie Sambora.
Demi Lovato co-launches fund to support crisis lines amid ongoing pandemic
At the 2020 Grammys, where Demi Lovato performed live for the first time since her near-fatal overdose, she sang "Anyone," a song about desperately needing someone to talk to. This week, Demi announced she's helping to launch a fund aimed at supporting others who need someone to talk to amid the COVID-19 crisis. "So many have been left alone with their thoughts, their anxieties, their abusers – and are struggling with the uncertainty of these times," Demi posted on Instagram on Monday, April 20. "That is why I am helping to launch #TheMentalHealthFund to support organizations who are meeting the increased demand in crisis counseling due to COVID-19." By Wednesday, the Mental Health Fund had already raised more than $2 million. The groups receiving the money charge no fees and require no downloads to access their crisis lines, according to PopSugar, and are mostly staffed by trained volunteers "equipped to aid those struggling with challenges such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, domestic violence, and eating disorders," many of which Demi herself has struggled with. If you or someone you know needs support, you can find someone to talk to or text with by texting HOME to 741741, according to the Mental Health Fund.
How Jennifer Lopez's engagement ring from Ben Affleck led her to meet Barbra Streisand
These days, Jennifer Lopez is proudly wearing the engagement ring fiance Alex Rodriguez slipped on her finger. But she clearly hasn't forgotten the sparkler Ben Affleck gave her when he proposed back in 2002. The singer stopped by Zane Lowe's Apple Music show on Monday, April 20, and the ring from Ben came up in their chat. It was a 6-carat, pink diamond ring, valued at a reported $1.2 million, according to the Daily Mail. And as Jennifer told Zane, it was so remarkable she managed to meet one of her idols, Barbra Streisand because she was wearing it. The two were at an Oscars party when Jennifer was still engaged to Ben, she recalled. "… She's really into diamonds, which I didn't know. He had given me a pink diamond, which got a lot of press and was whatever," she said. "I loved getting it, don't get me wrong! So, she came up to me, and like, she's heard of it. I'm like, 'Oh My God.' And she's like, 'Can I see your ring?' And she asked me about the ring, but then she asked me – and I thought it was so strange – about being famous, and how I handle it." Apparently, she handles it by being low-key — because she never divulged how she answered Babs' question. Jennifer and Ben ended up splitting in 2004,
Charlize Theron urges fans to support victims of domestic violence after $1M COVID relief donation
Charlize Theron's eponymous Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) has donated $1 million to COVID-19 relief efforts, with half of that money earmarked to support shelters and community programs for women who have suffered from domestic violence via Together For Her, according to GMA. "During this unprecedented global crisis, we are being told to shelter in the safety of our homes — but what if our homes aren't safe?" the Oscar winner tweeted this week. "For the millions of women and children around the world sheltering with their abuser, home can be dangerous. Our rallying cry is this: Please join us in showing women experiencing domestic violence that they are not alone — we are behind them, with them, for them, #TogetherForHer." Together For Her provides services including safe accommodation, counseling, crisis intervention and reproductive health services. Charlize and her foundation are also working with CARE and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) to join in their efforts to support victims of gender-based violence during the pandemic.
Laura Prepon reveals the best parenting advice Mila Kunis has given her
For her new book, "You and I, as Mothers: A Raw and Honest Guide to Motherhood," "Orange Is the New Black" alum Laura Prepon consulted a group of women she's dubbed her "Mom Squad" for insight. The actress' former costar Mila Kunis — who started her family with Ashton Kutcher before Laura and Ben Foster welcomed their first child — was a key part of that crew. As Laura recently told Us Weekly, some of Mila's best advice about motherhood came when Laura was ready to move on from her version maternity leave. "When I was really struggling with leaving my [now-2-year-old daughter, Ella] to go back to work, one thing [Mila] shared with me that was so helpful was, 'Whenever I'm going to work, I never turn to my kids and say, 'Oh, this is a bummer. Mommy has to go to work."" Instead, Mila explained she makes the announcement "in a really positive way." Mila said that's kept her kids, Wyatt, 5, and Dimitri, 3, from associating the idea of their mother's job with "something bad." Said Laura: "It's positive and upbeat so her children can equate being successful and having work with something positive." Laura's book was published earlier this month.
Jenna Bush Hager reveals Savannah Guthrie is her son's godmother
Jenna Bush Hager revealed for the first time this week that her "Today" colleague Savannah Guthrie is the godmother of her son Hal, who was born last summer. Speaking to Jason Kennedy on Instagram Live, Jenna went on to praise both Savannah and Hoda Kotb, recalling how Savannah picked up for Jenna at a memorial for her grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush, when she couldn't make it through the prayers he'd asked her to read at their church. "That's what a really beautiful friend does, they step in when you have lost your voice," she said (via Page Six). "And Hoda is like that to me in so many ways too," Jenna added. "To work with somebody like Hoda, who really lifts somebody up, whose kindness and grace is just remarkable … I feel so lucky. You want to surround yourself with people who have good energy and I'm not sure anybody has better, more authentic, more vibrant energy than Hoda." Ultimately, she said she finds balance in the fact that she works with "two of my very best friends."