“I’m ruining her already!” Thomas Rhett admits with a laugh.
The 27-year-old country crossover star is talking about his 22-month-old daughter, Willa Gray, who is already showing signs of being a fashionista in the making.
“Every time she wakes up, the first thing she says is, ‘Closet, shoes’ and she goes in there and picks out what she wants to wear for the day. It’s pretty hilarious,” Rhett tells ET. “I am in trouble, I know. It’s bad.”
Since adopting Willa Gray from Uganda earlier this year, Rhett has been sharing his own love of fashion — specifically, sneakers — with her. Meanwhile, he’s partnered with Daniel Patrick, Madeworn, New Era and his personal stylist, Kemal Harris, on a collection of limited edition, high-end merchandise, proving it’s not all about cowboy boots and belt buckles in the world of country music.
“Every time I go onstage, I’m trying to wear something different. Especially with my merch, I’m just trying to make it — I don’t know, just expand a little bit,” he told ET at his a recent pop-up shop in Los Angeles. “It’s something I’ve been pretty passionate about for a while now.”
Wearing a black T-shirt, jeans and yellow sneakers, Rhett completed his street-style look that day with a gold necklace — a gift from his wife, Lauren — engraved with each of their daughters’ names. The couple welcomed baby Ada James in August.
“My life has changed so much over the last couple of years and especially this year,” Rhett said. “Having two little girls under two has been life-altering, but it’s been super fun and we’re so blessed with two beautiful little girls.”
The couple’s pregnancy was a surprise, and it came amid the year-long process of adopting their first child. Rhett sings about the experience on the title track of his third studio album, Life Changes, which became the first country album to debut at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart this year.
“I was really surprised,” he admitted of the milestone. “I think as an artist, any time you put a record out you’re just like, ‘God, I hope people like it.’ So when you see your record go number one and stay there for an entire week, that was, like, a huge feat.”
Rhett said that his girls “each have their favorites” when it comes to album cuts. Wife Lauren loves the song “Sweetheart,” while Willa Gray gravitates towards the EDM-flavored “Leave Right Now.”
While Rhett has been working hard to balance his increasingly hectic home life with his Home Team tour, he’s relished the moments when the two collide. Willa Gray hilariously “went rogue” during a recent show in Pennsylvania, as documented on Lauren’s Instagram account.
“Dude, that girl. She’s crazy,” Rhett joked. “She, like, hopped out of Lauren’s arms and just started sprinting backstage and Lauren had to go chase her down.”
That same night, Lauren, Willa Gray and Ada James briefly joined the proud papa onstage, resulting in an adorable family moment.
“My wife hates coming onstage, but literally, I’m sitting there playing a song and all the people in the front row were looking side stage, they’re not even watching the show,” he recalled. “They’re sitting there waving at my wife and I was like, ‘Babe, you got to come out here.'”
The girls also flew out to Los Angeles to surprise Rhett ahead of his performance at The Greek, with Lauren and Ada James making a quick appearance during his set. Another surprise: dad Rhett Akins taking the stage to perform together on their song, “Drink a Little Beer.”
“I’m tireder than I’ve ever been, but I think I’ve gotten used to it,” Rhett said of his new life. “I think before my kids, my biggest fear was like, ‘How am I gonna function with no sleep?’ But I think it’s become a new norm and days are a lot different, but they’re packed full of surprises, that’s for sure.”
You can see the full interview and more from Rhett’s fashion collaborations on this week’s episode of Certified Country, below.
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On Friday, Louis-Dreyfus’ Seinfeld co-star, Jason Alexander, tweeted a heartfelt message to the 8-time Emmy winner. “@OfficialJLD, so sorry you have to go thru this, pal, but I know you will prevail,” the 58-year-old actor wrote. “We are here if/when you need and we love you.”
In addition to Alexander, former Vice President Joe Biden also posted a message for the Veep star. “We Veeps stick together,” he tweeted. “Jill and I, and all of the Bidens, are with you, Julia.”
@JoeBiden yes we do,” Louis-Dreyfus responded. “Love back to all of you.”
The outpouring of support for the actress comes after she revealed her diagnosis in an open letter on Twitter. “One in eight women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” she wrote. “The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union.”
“The bad news is that not all women are so lucky,” she added. “So let’s fight all cancers and make universal healthcare a reality.”
Meanwhile, ET has learned that the writers of Veep are currently working on scripts for the political comedy’s final season on HBO. As of late, there is not a set date for production to resume.
Colbert vowed that for every awkward photo from puberty that a celebrity shares on social media, he will take $1,000 from his Ben & Jerry’s AmeriCone Dream earnings and donate that to helping rebuild Puerto Rico.
“I get to determine who’s a celebrity,” the 53-year-old comedian quipped. “I wanna see bowl cuts, I wanna see brace faces, I wanna see a constellation of acne across your t-zone.”
Since Colbert announced his pledge, a slew of stars have shared some seriously awkward images, along with the hashtags #PuberMe and #PuertoRicoRelief, including his late-night peers James Corden, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel.
“I think she’s got the eyes of the world upon her, and I think everybody can relate to how nerve-racking that is,” Guthrie said in response to a WWHL caller. “We’re thrilled to have her. She’s doing a lot, she’s doing a lot of different things. She has a lot of range. I think she’s awesome.”
Cohen noted that Kelly got a “bad wrap” for attempting to ask Fonda if she had work done, of which Guthrie responded, “I think I’ve asked that question too. Sometimes you ask questions in an interview and …live TV, there are awkward moments all the time.”
“I think she’s the utility player,” she said, praising Kelly. “She can do anything.”
Guthrie also talked about being a woman in journalism, and if she ever felt like she was being pitted against other females in the industry. “I think actually my own experience is just the opposite, especially at NBC. I think we all look out for each other,” she explained. “It’s a hard enough business and I think that the drama that people write about or talk about isn’t actual reality.”
Perhaps known for his facial hair as much as his acting, it’s no wonder that Nick Offerman identifies with the famously mustachioed American humorist and author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain. But more than that, the former Parks and Recreation star, who has recorded and recently released his second Audible version of Twain’s works, tells ET that the author’s “ability to describe the heart of humankind with humor and alacrity is what makes him a favorite.”
Also a writer and a humorist himself, Offerman generally writes nonfiction as a way to “try to infuse my own anecdotes with an homage to his flavor and economy.” And when it comes to narrating the 1889 novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Offerman is grateful for the opportunity “to render this man’s delicious words for the auditory pleasure of listeners everywhere,” he says, adding: “It’s unlikely I’ll ever get to play Tom Sawyer or Hank Morgan or any of his other characters, for that matter, so performing them as audio books is the next best thing.”
With that said, these are Nick Offerman’s five favorite stories by Mark Twain:
The book is a semi-autographical account of young Twain’s travels through the Wild West from 1861 to 1867. Published in 1872, it serves as a prequel to the 1869 travel book The Innocents Abroad.
“The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” (1865)
In the short story, which was the first to earn Twain acclaim and national attention, the narrator learns an amusing tale of Jim Smiley and his trained frog.
The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894)
The novel follows three plots that eventually come together in a murder trial that sees the titular Pudd’nhead Wilson traveling south to Missouri to build a career as a lawyer.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889)
One of Twain’s first novels about time travel, A Connecticut Yankee in King Author’s Court tells the story of Hank Morgan, a Yankee engineer from Connecticut who is accidentally transported back in time to the court of King Arthur, where he fools the court’s inhabitants into thinking that he is a magician.
“What Is Man?” and Other Essays(1906)
One of many Twain’s popular essays, “What Is Man?” is a dialogue between a young man and an old man regarding the nature of, what else, man.
With more podcasts to choose from than TV shows these days, it can be tough to figure out which one are worth a listen, especially when more and more keep debuting. Luckily, there are some fan favorites and newcomers creating their own unique, fun spaces this fall, and they’re definitely worth a listen.
Here are some of the pop culture podcasts we’re queueing our iTunes up for.
Technically, this show was a summer return, but it’s still on our radar as a must-listen as new episodes continue to roll out. Comedian Cameron Esposito is a mainstay on the L.A. comedy scene, running a longtime show called Put Your Hands Together — which is, naturally, also recorded for a podcast — and she starred with her wife, Rhea Butcher, on the Seeso sitcom Take My Wife. Her bits have frequently hit on timely topics in the LGBTQ+ space, but Queery allows Esposito to extend upon these, fully honing in on important conversations as she chats with people about identity, personality and the shifting cultural attitudes toward gender, sexuality and civil rights. Butcher was Esposito’s first guest, and she’s also had Transparent creator Jill Soloway on, but her recent episode with Evan Rachel Wood on motherhood, pregnancy and surviving sexual assault is especially worth a listen.
We can’t get enough of the banter between BFFs Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, and, luckily, they’re back for season four. The mid-September premiere of their podcast — a weekly comedic storytelling series recorded live from Brooklyn — kicked off with Williams getting starstruck meeting the premiere’s guest, Queen Latifah (can you blame her?), when the Girls Trip cast popped in for a visit, plus a play-by-play recall of how she met J.K. Rowling. Upcoming guests include LeVar Burton, Jo Firestone and Tegan and Sara, so expect the frank talk you’ve gotten used to on sex, romance, race, hair and Billy Joel, plus plenty more fodder when some of their funniest friends and peers stop by.
The premise of this new series is “a movie podcast that isn’t just a bunch of straight white dudes,” so we were sold from the get-go. Comedian Ricky Carmona, The Wrap critic Alonso Duralde and LA Weekly critic April Wolfe delve deep into the movies hitting theaters now, including news and reviews on the flicks plus some major insight, like when Jason Jones called in from Canada to talk hockey around the sequel Goon: Last of the Enforcers. They’ve already covered It and mother!, which gives us agita just thinking about those thrillers, and the coming months will cover Blade Runner 2049, Suburbicon and Thor: Ragnarok. Spoiler alert: We’re tuning in.
Midwest-raised Nick Offerman is the perfect man to give voice to Mark Twain in this Audible series based on the famous author’s inventive, darkly funny story about a New England mechanic who time travels to medieval England, where he tries to modernize Camelot. Offerman fits the bill as a straightforward gruff, but he also shines as he portrays a myriad of characters from the tale, including insane knights and Merlin. The Parks and Rec alum brings new life to the social and political satire Twain constructed, but we can’t say we’re surprised by that!
If you’re obsessed with Welcome to Night Vale, seeing the Night Vale Presents universe expand with quirky new series has been fun to watch. Though it doesn’t mean more Cecil or hailing the Glow Cloud, it does mean we get to dive even more into co-creator Joseph Fink’s creative, kind of out there brain. Admittedly, his latest nonfiction project, I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats sounds oddly specific — it’s Fink sitting in his basement with the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle having conversation about “songwriting, art and life.” Yes, they’re talking through Darnielle’s writing song by song, but it’s not just about his indie band or even just this one singer-songwriter and how much he’s inspired a megafan. Rather, it’s a deep dive into what it’s like to be in the brain of an artist, and it includes conversations with other celebs, including author John Green. It will also feature original covers by artists like Amanda Palmer, Andrew Bird and Laura Jane Grace recorded just for the podcast.
Ever wonder how other people were affected by the albums that shaped your life? That’s just what music writer Oliver Wang and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes will be digging into with celebrity guests — their heat rock, if you will — from genres like hip-hop, soul, dance, jazz and funk. Guests like Ann Powers, Jay Smooth and Shea Serrano will be on to talk about the EPs close to their hearts (Madonna’s Like a Prayer, Run-DMC’s Raising Hell and DMX’s It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, respectively) and we expect plenty of new knowledge to drop from the rotating trios.
This insanely popular show — hosted by Joshua Molina, the Scandal actor who appeared in four seasons of The West Wing, and Song Exploder’s Hrishikesh Hirway — breaks down Aaron Sorkin’s beloved D.C. drama. The guys just wrapped up season three with a guest star-heavy live show, but they’re only taking a minimal break before diving into the next round of episodes. Sorkin considered the 2002-2003 season a return to form in the series’ writing, but it’s also when we had to say goodbye to Rob Lowe’s Sam Seaborn, so there’s a whole lot to dish about when the guys officially return.
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Just in time for Halloween comes this new 10-part dark comedy, murder-mystery series set in the winter of 1954, when an annual family dinner party turns deadly. The series features an A-list voice cast including Kristen Bell, Anna Chlumsky, Denis O’Hare, RuPaul, 13 Reasons Why’s Alisha Boe and LeVar Burton, amongst others.
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Aaron Mahnke’s popular biweekly podcast about dark, historical tales that fuel modern superstitions is getting the TV treatment with a new anthology series on Amazon. While several podcasts are reportedly being developed for the screen, this is the first major one to make the jump. The six-episode series will star Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Kristin Bauer von Straten (True Blood), Holland Roden (Teen Wolf) and Adam Goldberg (Fargo). Meanwhile, the podcast continues to produce new episodes.
We’ve been fans of Andrew Jenks’ documentaries for a while now, so we can’t wait to see how the filmmaker digs into the premise of this podcast, which is exactly what the title sounds like: What really happened when Britney Spears hit her breaking point or Princess Diana died? Getting to the heart of stories that captured the public zeitgeist is what makes true crime stories so popular, but diving deep into pop culture mysteries via podcast isn’t nearly as common. As if we weren’t intrigued enough, the series is produced by the production company co-founded by Dwayne Johnson. If The Rock is in, so are we.
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Because this is a concept many of us kids of the ‘80s and ‘90s know very well, we’re pretty stoked that improvisers/actors/podcast veterans Lauren Lapkus (Orange Is the New Black) and Jon Gabrus (Adam Ruins Everything) are reminiscing about shows from those decades. Who doesn’t need a little nostalgia and humor in 2017?
On Friday, the 45-year-old actress shared a makeup-free selfie after having a “Yes Day” with her three children, which is inspired by Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s 2009 children’s book of the same name. How “Yes day” works is kids receive only positive answers to their most silly requests. For example, if one were to ask, “Can I have pizza for breakfast?,” the answer would be, “Yes!”
“I want to congratulate them on their 10-year anniversary. I looked it up, the traditional 10-year anniversary is either tin or aluminum,” Ellen — who first introduced Karla to her audience in 2015 — says. “Since it’s every other day it looks like another Kardashian is getting pregnant, I got them something.”
Ellen then has a crib come out made entirely of soda cans. “That took forever to make so they’ll have to share that,” she quips. “The best part is when the baby outgrows that, they can recycle it and make, like, $6.50 or something like that.”
Kylie Jenner, Khloe Kardashian and Kim Kardashian West all have babies on the way, sources tell ET. In the latest KUWTK promo, Kim finally opened up about her and Kanye West expecting their third child via surrogate.
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After weeks of speculation, Luke Bryan took to Twitter on Friday to confirm that he’ll be joining the ABC reboot, alongside Lionel Richie and previously announced judge Katy Perry.
“Hey guys, it’s Luke Bryan here. Greetings from Hayfield in Kansas. I’m so excited and proud to announce that I will be one of the three judges on ABC’s American Idol,” Bryan began his video message. “I will be joined with the beautiful Ms. Katy Perry and my hero, Mr. Lionel Richie, and my fellow Georgia boy, Ryan Seacrest.”
“Can’t wait to see you guys. Can’t wait to be a part of the show, and I’m so excited to see all the talent out there that America has,” he continued. “Make sure you guys stay tuned. We’ll be blowing up our socials. It’s going to be an exciting year. I’m so honored and we’re going to have some fun.”
“I’m really pulling for Lionel, because I think Lionel is an icon, and not only that, but if you’ve ever met Lionel, he just knows how to charm the whole room,” she said, praising the 68-year-old singer-songwriter. “I love Lionel.”
Bryan, meanwhile, reportedly joined the show earlier this month for $13 million — $3 million higher than Richie, according to TMZ. Perry reportedly scored a payday of $25 million, while Seacrest is earning somewhere between $10 and $15 million.
And though Bryan and Richie have just joined the team, auditions for Idol have been going on since August without any judges. See more on the show in the video below.