Overcoming Anxiety

Shania Twain had to overcome 'anxieties and pressures' from her singing career before she could embrace her second calling as an actress

A year after making her feature film debut in 2019's "Trading Paint," Shania Twain is back on the big screen in the Jeremy Camp biopic "I Still Believe," which chronicles the Christian rocker's romance with his first wife, Melissa Lynn Henning — who died of ovarian cancer just months after they tied the knot — and their unwavering faith as she neared the end.

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"I was so moved by the story — and being approached to play a role in this movie just instantly felt like a privilege, so I really wanted to be part of sharing this story with the world and showing a beautiful courage that you rarely see," the Queen of Country Pop told Wonderwall.com while promoting the musical drama, which opens in theaters on March 13.

In the faith-based film, Shania portrays Terry Camp, Jeremy's supportive mother, while KJ Apa and Britt Robertson star as the Grammy-nominated musician and his young bride. It's a huge leap for the iconic country star, who doesn't sing a single note in the film.

"I thought it was quite interesting — ironic — that I would be in a music film and then not play anything," Shania told us. "But I like the idea of acting. I'm not playing myself here. … I would always be happy to do music in a film, but I was very happy to step out of myself and just really focus on being somebody else. That was the joy of it."

Like her on-screen alter ego, the Canadian singer-songwriter is the mother of a college-aged musician (more on that later!) finding his way in the world. But that's where the similarities between Shania and Terry end: "As a mother, I [would've been much different] in the same situation. I think I would've been much more outwardly stressed than Terry. She maintained such a steady calm throughout."

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It wasn't Terry who occupied the bulk of Shania's thoughts on set, though — it was Jeremy's late wife, Melissa, and her family, whom the singer briefly met during production. (Shania and Jeremy never crossed paths in the music world before.)

"That was just a remarkable experience — listening to their courage," said the "From This Moment On" singer. "Living it must've been difficult, but then they're watching all this unravel again with the dialogue and the emotions coming up over [Melissa's death]. That would've been difficult, reliving it to some degree. But they were just so positive and brave. I was very surprised at how strong they were. They were inspired by Melissa's courage, and I think that they just took that with them and had so much faith. And there was a lot of strength in that — it was very obvious."

Shania also bonded with the Hennings over the fact that Melissa was a fan of her music: "I met her sister on set, and she was telling me that they would enjoy some girl time in the car just signing my songs out loud," she said, calling the ability to share those personal connections "very special."

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Shania's role in "I Still Believe" is just the second time she's had the opportunity to play someone other than herself on screen.

"I just love the growth. I love the new learning curve," she said of taking on acting later in life. "It's a whole renewal — a renewed energy through this performance platform."

It was a brief stint playing a version of herself on a 2017 episode of "Broad City" that inspired her new interest in acting: "That was just really, really interesting — my first real insight into how things were done behind the scenes," she said.

After that, her longtime pal John Travolta came calling about a role in the racing drama "Trading Paint."

"We're friends. We've stayed in touch over many years now, and he said, 'I have this little role — I would love for you to come and do it and play my girlfriend,'" she recalled. "I thought, 'OK, well, this is a leap because I've never played an actual role. But I'll take the dive. I'll just do it! And I had such a wonderful time. I was so comfortable behind the scenes and I just went, 'Wow, this is something I want to explore.' It was a discovery for me, to be honest."

"So when I was asked to play Terry in 'I Still Believe,' I didn't hesitate," she continued, "First of all, I thought the story was just incredible and I was so moved by it and privileged to be asked to be in it. Second, I just wanted to grow in this realm of acting. And once again, I enjoyed it immensely. So I look forward to more of it. I didn't realize that it would be something that I would love and that would come so naturally to me."

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Her surprise second calling as an actress comes amid a period of change for the 54-year-old superstar, who underwent multiple open-throat surgeries to deal with vocal cord issues — and risked losing her voice — as part of her treatment for Lyme disease.

"I don't feel the same pressure as a performer anymore, for some reason," she said. "I've been through so much with my voice that there's a lot of anxieties and pressures that I've had to let go of in order to get back on stage again. So that exercise has really freed me up to just have more fun and explore other things. I think that's why I'm even considering acting now and why I'm open to it now — and the same with doing other things outside of being on the stage."

Her new attitude extends to fashion too: "I think I've just discovered a new appreciation for having fun with fashion — enjoying more of being the creator behind things and putting less pressure on myself as a performer," she said. "The fashion years ago — in my fashion-statement music videos — felt more like work. I was developing and creating as an art director, but now I just feel the fun in it. I've rediscovered the joy of fashion. And even meeting other celebrities, I just have more of an appreciation. I think things went by quickly for me early on and I didn't get to stop and smell the roses, so I'm doing that now and I'm taking it all in."

Shania's newfound appreciation for fun is on full display at her Las Vegas residency show, "Let's Go!" Coincidentally, the second leg of the two-year residency kicks off on the same day that "I Still Believe" debuts.

"I'm geared up and ready to go," she promised. "The show is my baby right now, so when I get there and get back up on that stage, it's time to have fun and enjoy it in the moment because it doesn't last forever. This residency is two years — which seems like a long time — but it's gonna go by so fast that before I know it, it's over and it's time to create the next production. So I'm just going to indulge in this production while I have it. I've worked very hard putting it together. It's all about celebrating and having fun — it's colorful, it's dynamic, it's informal and it's all about reminiscing over the hits and songs that everybody loves to sing along with."

The residency coincides with the 25th anniversary of Shania's breakthrough album, "The Woman in Me," which debuted in February 1995. The wildest part of the show, she said, is seeing how her fans have changed over the years.

"It is crazy," she reflected. "I sure have lived a lot over these last 25 years. It's a real flashback. It's interesting because a lot of the people who listen to my music — like Melissa in the film — were kids when that album first came out, and 25 years later, now they're full-grown adults. I look at them and I think, 'OK, how do you know that music?' But, you know, they were 3, 5, 6 or 8. Looking at the fans is the biggest reflection and shocker for me. It's like, 'Wow, you were actually alive when that album came out!' So it's fun. The show is like a real reunion. There are so many different ages in there — moms and daughters, for example, celebrating their 25 years of singing music together. I think it's really fun that this music has bridged their generation gap, and 25 years later, we're all reminiscing to it."

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Shania's fans aren't the only ones who've miraculously grown up before her very eyes. Her son, Eja Lange, is now 18 and a musician in his own right: He's a record producer and songwriter — and he's really good, according to his mom.

"He's on his own journey," Shania said of her son, who's kept an extremely low profile online over the years. "If I could sum it up, it seems he's a little bit of a genuine mix between myself and his father [record producer Mutt Lange] in the sense that he is maybe a bit more extroverted. It's hard to explain, but he's just got his own musical thing."

Gushed the proud mama, "He's extremely talented. He's way more focused on production detail on a technical level than I am because he's so savvy with the technology and is very obsessive and committed to learning. I just want to write songs, so he's more devoted than I am in that sense. He does way more than I do — he composes it, he sings it, he produces it, arranges it. He's incredible with arranging, whereas for me, I would need to pull in a band to do what he does. So it's incredible. He's having a lot of fun. He's enjoying it. He's very passionate and he's got this bug, so that's all he does."

If he's even half as talented as his mom — who's now officially a multi-hyphenate thanks to her growing list of film credits — he's in for quite the career.

In the meantime, check out "I Still Believe" starting March 13 or catch Shania live at the Zappos Theater at the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas hotel and casino through December.

Backstage fight

Migos members have physical fight backstage over late member's tribute

Migos rappers Quavo and Offset got into a physical fight with each other backstage at the Grammys awards, and the death of fellow group member Takeoff seems to be the reason, according to a new report. 

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At Sunday night's show, Quavo performed "Without You" as a tribute to Takeoff, who was gunned down at a bowling alley in Houston on Nov. 1, 2022.  TMZ said the Grammys asked Offset, who is married to Cardi B, to be a part of the "In Memoriam" tribute, but Quavo refused to let him take part. 

The site said Quavo started the fight by blocking Offset from joining him on stage. The men reportedly had to be pulled apart. 

Quavo was reportedly fiercely close with Takeoff, and wrote "Without You" for Takeoff. Offset had been on the outs with his Migos brethren, and bad blood continues between the two living group members. 

In the end, Offset was not a part of the Grammys tribute. 

Dressed to impress

Ivanka Trump revives mom's 'favorite vintage dress' 21 years after the late businesswoman first wore it

Like mother, like daughter. 

Ivanka Trump paid homage to her late mother this week by reaching deep into the matriarch's closet and rewearing one of her "favorite" vintage dresses for a '20s-themed party. The dress — a white beaded frock — was worn by Ivana Trump, Ivanka's mom, at Studio 54's 25th-anniversary party in New York City back in 2002. Ivanka, then 21, attended the party with her mother.

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The former White House senior adviser shared a video on her Instagram Story that showed her dancing and shimmying in the decades-old dress. 

"Warming up for @managermyles' 30h birthday 1920's style. HBD!," Ivanka wrote alongside he video.

She later added a snap with her husband, Jared Kushner, who donned a simple button-down shirt, jeans and sneakers. In captioning the snap, Ivanka made reference to her mom, a former model, while also jabbing her husband for skipping the dress code of the evening. 

"Swinging into the night in one of my mother's favorite vintage Bob Mackie Dresses," she wrote, adding, "Jared clearly failed to comply with the 1920s theme!"

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The former first daughter also posted an image of the dress to her Instagram grid. She captioned it with two dancing lady emojis. 

Ivana, who Donald Trump's first wife, was found dead in her New York townhouse in July 2022. A medical report said she sustained blunt impact injuries as the result of a fall down the stairs. She was 73.

Animal attack

Lisa Marie Presley's half-brother was 'attacked' by a 2,000-pound camel and rushed to ER in days before her death

Lisa Marie Presley's half-brother was rushed to the emergency room — where he got 34 staples in his head! — just days before her death after being "attacked" by a 2,000-pound camel, and it was all witnessed by Priscilla Presley. 

Elvis Presley's ex nearly lost two children within two weeks.

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Navarone Garibaldi Garcia, who Priscilla shares with ex Marco Garibaldi, told People magazine he was feeding a camel at a sanctuary outside of Los Angeles when the animal turned on him.

"When I ran out of food, it bit me by the hand and lifted me up almost off my feet," he said. "It then dropped me on the ground and pounced. While it was pouncing on me, it literally got my whole head in its mouth and bit me."

Priscilla, Navarone said, was "freaking out" and "traumatized" in witnessing the whole ordeal.

The heavy camel, which was previously been abused in a circus, wouldn't get off Navarone, but a dog on site came to the rescue. 

"The dog knew something was wrong and was freaking out and going at its face," he says. "That's what got the camel off."

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Workers at the animal sanctuary called 911, but the Them Guns frontman wanted to go to a hospital closer to his home.

"When we got to the emergency room, it was funny because everybody was sitting there with nothing too serious looking, meanwhile I had blood all over me," he says.

After getting 34 staples in his head, Navarone feels normal again.

"I mean, I was happy I survived before, but now it's like, thank God I survived," he says. "My mom would've lost two kids in two weeks."

Lisa, Elvis' only child, passed away on Jan. 12 after going into cardiac arrest.

Media comeback?

Matt Lauer might try for 'Megyn Kelly'-type of comeback, knows there might he 'zero chance'

Matt Lauer is hopeful that he may be able to return to media in some aspect, but he knows there might be "zero chance" of it actually happening.

"His friends would love to see him do something again," an insider told Page Six. "He'd be great at a podcast or his own production firm, using his skills behind the scenes. He looks at how someone like Megyn Kelly has reinvented herself on her own terms."

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Further, Matt "thinks that he should be able to have a comeback," the pal added. 

A staple as a "Today" co-anchor for decades, Matt was fired from NBC in the wake of multiple sexual misconduct accusations, including rape. Since his high-profile ousting, most of Matt's media pals have shunned him, his inner circle has shrunk, and he rarely ever speaks to this former "Today" colleagues.

"He's still pretty upset about how he was ousted at NBC and upset at all the people he thought were his friends who turned their backs on him," the insider said. "He knows he made mistakes, and he is a lot more humble."

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Still, Matt "has his confidence back" and the itch to get back into the media game is there, the insider says. It's really a matter of whether he can scratch it. 

"He understands that there might not be any sort of appetite for [a comeback]," said the insider. "In other words, he wants to see if there would be any chance — but he understands fully that there might be zero chance. He's not unrealistic."

The pal adds, "His problem is that he can't go back to mainstream TV, because advertisers would likely pull away. He could do a podcast or something on his own terms. All of his friends hope he can find a pathway. But he isn't rushing into anything."

Interestingly, a media source told Page Six that Matt has been presented with opportunities, but something always seemed to torpedo his plans, such as Katie Couric's book, which included private messages between her and the disgraced ex-anchor.

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These days, the former newsman is spending time with his children and girlfriend of more than three years, marketing exec Shamin Abas.

"Things are going well .. Shamin is perfect for Matt because she is very supportive, but also busy with her own company. She has been traveling for work and he has been tagging along on a few trips. They seem to have a great symmetry," the friend said. "They are serious but they are not living together. She has her own place out in the East End [of the Hamptons]."

Although he's happy in his personal life, Matt romanticizes about his old life.

"I think once you're a journalist, you always are. You can't ever shake that. You're never not uninterested in the news," the source said. "He is at a new normal … he exercises daily. I think he feels like he's got a bit of normalcy in his life. But it's not what his normal was."

'Cult' arrest

Polygamist 'Dances With Wolves' actor arrested on abuse and trafficking charges, also accused of running a cult

An actor who starred opposite Kevin Costner in "Dances With Wolves" was arrested in Las Vegas for sex abuse on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and police say he was a polygamist operating a cult.

Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, who goes by Nathan Chasing Horse, was arrested after a three-month investigation. In a search warrant obtained by the Associated Press and TMZ, investigators alleged that the former actor targeted Indigenous girls without a father figure. He then allegedly groomed and coerced them into having sex with him — the girls were told that  "spirits" insisted they have sex with Nathan so they could join "The Circle," which authorities say was the name of the cult.

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The alleged abuse — which included girls younger than 13 — spanned two decades.

Nathan, who played the young Sioux tribe member Smiles a Lot in the Oscar-winning film, gained a reputation among tribes across the United States and in Canada as a so-called "medicine man." Police said he performed healing rituals and used his position to abuse young Native American girls.

TMZ said Nathan, 46, "recorded his sexual assaults and arranged sexual encounters between his victims and other men who would pay him." Police contend that Nathan would give the young girls emergency contraceptive pills to prevent pregnancies after sex.

The 50-page search warrant claimed that Nathan shared his Las Vegas home with five wives, and they were instructed to take "suicide pills" and prepare for a shootout with police.

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Nathan, who appeared in several TV movies, has been accused of human trafficking before. A 2015 warrant in Poplar, Montana, claimed, "Nathan Chasing Horse used spiritual traditions and their belief system as a tool to sexually assault young girls on numerous occasions."

Tuesday evening's arrest is related only to alleged crimes committed in Clark County, Nevada. 

Nathan was booked into jail on charges of child abuse or neglect, sex assault, sex assault against a child and sex trafficking of an adult.

Money matters

Pamela Anderson makes a stunningly low paycheck for 'Baywatch' residuals: 'It's a crime'

"Baywatch" was once the most-watched television series in the world, and it continues to be viewed all around the world via syndication on streaming services, TV and cable networks. You'd think the stars of the show would be rolling in the dough with residual checks, but you would be wrong — at least in Pamela Anderson's case. 

In fact, despite Amazon purchasing the rights to the show in the United States, Australia and Canada in 2019, Pam is only getting $4,000 a year in residual checks.

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While promoting her Netflix documentary, "Pamela: A Love Story," the actress and her son Brandon Lee spoke of her "Baywatch" pay discrepancies, something her son says is criminal.

"When I go back and I even look at past deals and residual checks people would be shocked to find out how people really took advantage of her and took advantage of a young girl making a bad deal on a big show, and she was the biggest star in the world at the time," he told "Extra." "I think a lot of people made a lot of money off that, people are going to have to have their day when we come knocking… when she makes $4,000 a year off of 'Baywatch?' That's a crime."

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Along with David Hasselhoff, Pamela was among the most notable names to star on the beachside drama, having portrayed lifeguard C.J. Parker for six years.

"When a big company like [Amazon] buys the rights to the 'Baywatch' box set and she doesn't get a dollar? You tell me if that's right," he adds. "She is 'Baywatch.'"

Pam, however, said she's not really worried about the money.

"I always say, 'You can't take me away from me,'" the 'Barb Wire" actress said. "I'll always find my way."

Still, Brandon argues that his mother deserves to "get what's right."

"If it's your work and your face and your image, you deserve something," he said. "You couldn't get away with that today. There's no actress in the world that that would happen to today."

Secret romance

Jessica Simpson reveals secret affair with an involved 'massive movie star'

While Jessica Simpson and her ex Nick Lachey were on a break in 2001, she had a secret romance with a "massive movie star."

She soon discovered that he was involved in a relationship and Jessica was the dreaded other woman.

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The "Dukes of Hazzard" star recalled the moment in time during a short story for Amazon called "Movie Star: They Always Say They're Single."

While attending the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, Jessica first met the "massive movie star" via her bodyguard. 

"He was undressing me with his eyes," she wrote, noting she got the man's phone number but never used it. Instead, she quickly reconciled with Nick.

Jessica and the mystery man met up in 2006 after she and Nick divorced, and a secret love affair began. In the short story, Jessica said she and the man kissed and felt a "warm rush all the way down my body."

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Jessica and the movie star began hanging out at nightclubs or friend's homes, and she even walked the stairs of a hotel fire escape to meet him in his room. As the hidden nature of the romance continued, Jessica began to feel "like a call girl" who was only there "to have sex" with the star. Plus, she found out the celebrity had a girlfriend, despite him telling the singer that that romance was "completely over."

She eventually called things off. 

"I didn't care if he was my teenage fantasy come to life, this was not a choice that same girl, my younger self, would be proud of," she wrote. 

Jessica never named the man, but told People magazine, "He is still a movie star!"

Studio support

DC Comics boss discusses Zachary Levi's superhero future following controversial Pfizer tweet

Amid backlash for a social media post that many interpreted as anti-vaxx, DC Comics is continuing to stand by Zachary Levi, the star or the "Shazam" franchise.

Last week, Zach publicly came out pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, and many immediately labeled him an "anti-vaxxer." 

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The situation began after Moorhouse Group CEO Lyndon Wood asked in a tweet, "Do you agree or not, that Pfizer is a real danger to the world?" Zach replied, "Hardcore agree." Pfizer, of course, was one of the main companies to roll out a COVID vaccine in 2021. 

On Monday, Jan. 30, James Gunn, the new co-head of DC Studios, addressed Zach's tweet and future with the studio. 

"Just real simply: Actors and filmmakers that I work with are going to say things that I agree with and things that I don't agree with," he said, according to Variety. "And that's going to happen. I don't have a list of things that somebody should say because of what I think. And you know, I can't be changing my plans all the time because an actor says something that I don't agree with."

He added, "By the same token, if somebody's doing something morally reprehensible then that's a different story. We have to take all that stuff into account. It's a balance. It's modern world and it's a different place."

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Zach's tweet comes less than two months before the release of "Shazam! Fury of the Gods." 

While the 42-year-old hasn't necessarily doubled down on his Pfizer criticism, he attempted to clarify his stance, posting a link to Pfizer's $2.3 billion fraud settlement from 2009. 

"Just one example of what I'm referring to…," he added.

Changed perspective

Antonio Banderas details how heart attack 'changed my life entirely and completely for good'

In a very real way, Antonio Banderas is thankful for the heart attack he suffered in 2017. 

"It made me appreciate life in a completely different way and in a much more powerful way. It changed my life entirely and completely for good," he said on Britain's "This Morning."

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The "Mask of Zorro" star began experiencing chest pains during a workout in 2017, and he later found out that it was a heart attack. 

From that moment on, he was a changed man.

With hindsight being 20/20, Antonio wishes he was more appreciative about life when he was younger, something he now hopes to imprint on the younger generation.

"After Covid, kids were asking themselves 'why can't we go to school,' it was there in the environment, we took a chance to reflect," he said. "Kids, they know more than we think. They understand and it's good to reflect with them on these issues." 

"What they are learning at the end is to praise life, how wonderful life is. Life is a beautiful thing, we have only one and we have to take care of it," he said. 

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Earlier in the week, the 62-year-old actor also spoke about his health with The Radio Times.

"I had a heart attack six years ago. It probably was one of the best things that happened in my life. It was like putting glasses on and seeing what was important," Antonio said. "I came back to Spain and started looking at my professional life from a different point of view."

The heart attack, he added, was a "turning point" that prompted his decision to quit smoking. 

"Since my heart attack, I'm looking only for the pleasure of acting. That's it," he said. "I don't care about anything else. For me, life starts when somebody says, 'Action!' – or when the curtain comes up."