'Stranger Things' Star Millie Bobby Brown Poses Upside Down for Couture Fashion Shoot

Nothing strange here!

Ahead of the all-new season of Stranger Things streaming on Netflix later this month, Millie Bobby Brown modeled in聽a new聽photo shoot for聽InStyle magazine’s November issue. Naturally, she was聽upside down.

Photographed by Anthony Maule, the 13-year-old actress, who portrays Eleven in the series, wore聽a cascading, light pink Valentino Haute Couture dress for one of the most stunning shots in the series.

“Modeling is very close to my heart,” she explains聽in the accompanying feature. “I feel like just taking pictures is amazing. You’ll feel if you did a good job in that shoot — or if you feel like you haven’t, then you haven’t. But some pictures turn out to be iconic, and it means so much.”

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Iconic, indeed!

But what fans wouldn’t know from seeing this聽photo is the fact that everything she wears — whether it聽be for a photo shoot or red carpet! — has to go through “every person on my team” first.

“It has to go through my mum first,” she adorably explains. “If she approves, it’ll go to my agents, and then, obviously, the last stop is my dad — and if he doesn’t like it, then I’m not wearing it. It’s as simple as that.”

And despite being front and center in the spotlight, Brown says聽she’s actually quite grounded when it comes to handling her newfound fame.

“You know, I鈥檓 just a 13-year-old, like any other 13-year-old,” she notes. ‘So, I just plan on living my life and take it step-by-step.”

Brown also teases what’s to come when Stranger Things returns to the streaming service on Oct. 27.

“It鈥檚 a lot darker and more emotional and emotionally challenging for me,” she reveals. “Ten times more than the first season. Everything is explained!”

Director Julie Dash on ‘Queen Sugar’ Midseason Premiere and Changing the Hollywood Game (Exclusive)

Queen Sugar creator Ava DuVernay is changing the Hollywood game by enlisting an all-female team to direct the OWN series, making good on the filmmaker’s mission to create opportunities for women of color. For the two-part midseason premiere, she called on director Julie Dash, whose 1991 film about three generations of Gullah women, Daughters of the Dust, was the first feature-length film directed by an African-American woman to receive theatrical distribution in the U.S. — and later, was heavily referenced in Beyoncé’s visual album, Lemonade

Despite making history in the ‘90s and helming TV movies, like The Rosa Parks Story starring Angela Bassett, this was her first time directing an episodic series. “I didn’t think we’d still be having these conversations in 2017. The conversation did not change until Ava changed it,” Dash tells ET.

The 64-year-old director admits that getting the call from DuVernay was a dream come true, even if it took a little longer to come to fruition. “I was like, ‘Hell yeah!’ She actually asked me the first season, but I was teaching at Morehouse [College] at the time, so I had to pass,” Dash reveals. “But this year she made sure there was room for me after graduation in the spring. That’s how I was able to secure two spots.”

Joining the team and unleashing her brand of storytelling magic on the first two episodes of Queen Sugar is exactly what Dash says DuVernay instructed her to do. “It was simple. She said, ‘Make some beautiful pictures, tell a wonderful and meaningful story.’”

On the first part of the season two midseason premiere, “Yet Do I Marvel,” the tangled web of relationships continues as each Bordelon sibling and those around them face challenges from a lifelong commitment, a breakdown, a breakthrough, resentment and finally a moment of peace.

Darla (Bianca Lawson) reaches out to her family to share her engagement news, as she and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) celebrate their love. “The party at the High Yellow took us two days to shoot. The moment when Darla was talking to her parents on the phone, that was heart-wrenching,” Dash reveals.  

Queen Sugar

Aunt Violet’s (Tina Lifford) condition worsens as she dismisses her hair falling out, something Dash says she and Lifford used to their advantage by exposing Vi’s vulnerability. “Tina Lifford allowed herself to be exposed to allow me to do that. She let me get all up in her hair, even down to her roots,” she reveals. “We were crammed in a tiny bathroom and everything was exposed.  It was almost like doing a nude scene to have all of those people surrounding you, with your wig off. It was incredibly brave of her. She said she wanted to be eating a bag of popcorn while the woman was doing her hair and I was worried about the sound. She used that popcorn and her sweet tea and played off of it.”

Meanwhile, Nova’s (Rutina Wesley) story on the Zika virus causes an uproar in the community and she begins to question her own journalistic integrity; Micah (Nicholas L. Ashe) finally begins to come to terms with his emotions over being assaulted; and Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) gets an unexpected visit from her mother, Lorna (Sharon Lawrence). Despite so much going on, emotional bonding was at the center of the premiere, Dash says. “A lot of this episode was about intimacy. Having the veil pulled back.”

For Dash, the entire series is full of life lessons, which also make it important to continue telling African-American women’s stories onscreen. “It’s important because it’s also a healing moment, a truth-telling healing moment. We all need and go through it,” she says. “Yeah, it’s painful, but it has to be done. In many ways these episodes of Queen Sugar can also be said to be instructional in a way to help you get through it,” she says.

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The second part of the premiere, “Drums at Dusk,” highlights Ralph Angel’s resentment of Darla’s past. The presence of Charley’s mother stirs up old tensions with Aunt Vi as Nova and Dr. Robert Dubois (Alimi Ballard) grow closer.

There were several key moments Dash enjoyed directing over the course of the two episodes, including the love scene with Nova and Robert since it allowed the audience to see a more intimate side of Nova. “It was about them communicating,” she says. “They were having a deeper conversation with their bodies. Nova is finally finding someone who gets her and allows her to be herself and it was just intense.”

Now that she’s got the two TV episodes on her resume, Dash says she hopes that this just proves that women are making power moves when it comes to directing. “Women can do it and we can do it well. We enjoy telling stories and making beautiful pictures.” 

Harvey Weinstein Accused of Three Decades of Alleged Sexual Harassment Claims by Ashley Judd and More Women

Ashley Judd and more women have accused high-powered studio mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing them, in multiple claims that stretch over three decades.

Judd talks about her alleged experience 20 years ago in a bombshell report published in The New York Times on Thursday, which claims Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women over sexual harassment claims from 1990 – 2015. Judd claims Weinstein invited her to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a business breakfast meeting, and says she was surprised when he sent her up to his suite, where she claims he appeared in a bathrobe. She then alleges that despite her repeated rejections, he continuously requested intimate favors from her — including a massage, a shoulder rub and, eventually, allegedly asking her if she would watch him take a shower.

“How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?” Judd says she remembers thinking. “I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask. It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining.”

To get out of the situation, Judd, who acknowledges that she appeared in two Weinstein films years later without incident, says she joked that if Weinstein wanted to touch her, she would have to win an Oscar first in one of his movies. She also says she felt “panicky” and “trapped” at the time.

Ashley Judd Details Alleged Sexual Harassment by Hollywood Mogul

“There’s a lot on the line, the cachet that came with Miramax,” she says of their interaction, referring to the film studio Weinstein co-founded.

In a statement to ET, Weinstein’s lawyer, Charles J. Harder, called the New York Times report “saturated with false and defamatory statements.” He also said Weinstein and his team are planning to file a lawsuit, with any proceeds being donated to women’s organizations. 

The New York Times published today a story that is saturated with false and defamatory statements about Harvey Weinstein,” Harder said. “It relies on mostly hearsay accounts and a faulty report, apparently stolen from an employee personnel file, which has been debunked by nine different eyewitnesses. We sent the Times the facts and evidence, but they ignored it and rushed to publish. We are preparing the lawsuit now.  All proceeds will be donated to women’s organizations.”

High-powered attorney Lisa Bloom, who’s been advising Weinstein over the past year, also said in a statement that “he denies many of the accusations as patently false.” 

A New York Times spokesperson said the publication stands by its reporting on Thursday.

In an October 2015 interview with Variety, Judd recounted the same story of being sexually harassed by “one of our industry’s most famous, admired-slash-reviled bosses” while filming Kiss the Girls in the late ’90s, though declined to name names at the time. Judd also claimed during the Variety interview that her situation was not unlike several other actresses, whom she says have since swapped stories involving the mogul in question.

“The ultimate thing when I was weaseling out of everything else was, ‘Will you watch me take a shower?’ And all the other women, sitting around this table with me, said, ‘Oh my God — that’s what he said to me too,'” Judd told the publication.

TheNew York Times also reports that Weinstein reached a previously undisclosed settlement with actress Rose McGowan in 1997 “after an episode in a hotel room” during the Sundance Film Festival, when she was 23 years old. The publication reports that they viewed legal documents that McGowan received a $100,000 settlement, which was “not to be construed as an admission” by Weinstein, but intended to “avoid litigation and buy peace.” 

McGowan, who starred in the 1996 Miramax film Scream, declined to comment to the publication about the alleged settlement, though tweeted on Thursday, “Women fight on. And to the men out there, stand up. We need you as allies. #bebrave.”

“Anyone who does business with __ is complicit,” she continued. “And deep down you know you are even dirtier. Cleanse yourselves.”

 

Malia Obama to Intern With Movie Producer Harvey Weinstein

Weinstein apologized for his behavior with colleagues in the past in a lengthy statement on Thursday. 

“I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it,” Weinstein said. “Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.”

Weinstein also said that he was working with therapists and planning to take a leave of absence to “deal with this issue head on.”

A former employee at the Weinstein Company, who asked not to be identified, claims to ET that sexual harassment accusations against Weinstein is “nothing new,” and says that no one at the company finds them shocking. The former employee also doesn’t think anything will change at the company.

“I can’t imagine him resigning over this,” the former employee says. “He exercised his right to behave however he wished, to whomever he wished. The company operated under his thumb in constant fear.”

Weinstein, 65, has six Best Picture Oscars, and is responsible for such massive hits as Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love, Good Will Hunting and Silver Linings Playbook. He has been married to Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman since 2007.

Taylor Swift Remembers How Tom Petty Inspired Her as a Musician: 'A Kind of Songwriting I Idolized'

Fans and friends continue to pay respects to the late Tom Petty and his influential legacy after his unexpected death at the age of 66 earlier this week. Taylor Swift is among those who count Petty as an inspiration, and recounted the impact he had on her in an interview with Rolling Stone.

“To me, Tom Petty represented a kind of songwriting I idolized: complex simplicity,” she says.

“It said so much in the lyrics, the concepts, the stories, the message, the nuances…but always brought you back to a hook that got stuck in everyone’s head,” she continues. “He motivated thousands of guitarists to learn to play just because they wanted to be able to play ‘Free Fallin’.’ Count me as one of them.”

Swift has shown admiration for the late rocker before. During her 2009 Fearless tour, she recorded a cover of Petty’s iconic hit, “American Girl.”

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For more on Petty’s life and legacy, watch the video below.

Dwyane Wade Speaks Out After Wife Gabrielle Union's Miscarriage Revelation

Dwyane Wade is one fantastic husband.

The NBA player tweeted out a sweet message for his wife, Gabrielle Union, after she shared her heartbreaking struggle to conceive.

“My wife is one strong individual!!!” the basketball star wrote on Twitter, in a show of support.

Union reveals in her forthcoming memoir, We’re Going to Need More Wine, that she and Wade have gone to incredible lengths to conceive.

“I have had eight or nine miscarriages,” she writes. “For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant — I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle.”

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Union says in her book, out Oct. 17, that after three years of enduring failed IVF treatments, she and her husband “remain bursting with love and ready to do anything to meet the child we’ve both dreamed of.”

Fans have been grateful to Union for sharing her story, as it mirrors so many of their own. 

She tweeted in response to the outpouring of love, writing, “Why I share my pain along with my joy, important to connect. No need to suffer in silence or in solitude. Thank u for the support!  ❤❤❤”

For more on how Wade and Union support each other, check out the video below!

Tony Shalhoub Promises ‘The Band’s Visit’ Will Startle Audiences in Unexpected Ways (Exclusive)

He solved murder cases on Monk. Now, for the first time, veteran actor Tony Shalhoub is taking a stab at musical theater. Call it a birthday gift — to himself.

“It’s a little terrifying. Having not done a musical before, it’s kind of uncharted waters for me,” says Shalhoub, who turns 64 on Oct. 9, two days after The Band’s Visit starts preview performances at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway. Despite appearing on Broadway last season as Walter Franz in Arthur Miller’s The Price and earning Tony nominations for Golden Boy and Conversations With My Father, this is the first time the actor will be singing onstage. Based on the 2007 film, the show originally premiered Off- Broadway to sold-out audiences last year “without any knowledge or guarantee it was going to move [to Broadway]. We’re over the moon about the fact it’s going to be in a huge venue.”

The Band’s Visit tells the story of an Egyptian police band that travels to Israel to perform and ends up stranded in the wrong town. “There is a lot of humor in it,” Shalhoub, who’s familiar with comedy, explains to ET. He won three Emmy Awards for his role as obsessive-compulsive homicide detective Adrian Monk on the TV series, Monk; onstage he plays Tewfiq, the leader of the lost band. 

“I think people are going to be moved and startled by [the story] and not really know why. It’s so subtle and it’s so delicate. It doesn’t register on an intellectual level.”

The Band’s Visit also stars Katrina Lenk (Indecent), Ari’el Stachel (Blue Bloods) and John Cariani (Something Rotten!). Cariani plays Itzik, who welcomes the Egyptian band into his home. “It ends very well because people are kind to each other and the Israelis take care of the temporarily homeless Egyptians,” Cariani says, adding that his favorite part of the show is how the music blends into the story seamlessly – which is different than how a traditional musical plays out. “It’s not like everyone winds up [together] and sings a big song. There are sequences where a scene will be happening and it transitions into song. Then all of a sudden you’re back into a scene again and you don’t know you went from scene to song to scene.”

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“One thing I love about this show, obviously, is the music,” Tony-nominated composer David Yazbek says of his fourth Broadway show, which featuers a book by Itamar Moses. Yazbek also wrote the music for The Full Monty and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, also based on movies.  “It’s an amazing blend — amazing. I sound like [President Donald] Trump. It’s an amazing blend of jazz, [with] a little rock in there.”

With a storyline about Egyptians and Israelis, some might think the story is political or religious. But Yazbek describes it simply about different cultures coming together. “Everything has politics underneath it,” he explains. “That’s where the politics remain here — but you feel it the whole time. It’s never overly mentioned.”

“There is so much discussion and controversy about immigrants and different cultures and actualism, this story applies to all of them.” Shalhoub adds. “It’s a timely piece.”

Jason Biggs and Wife Jenny Mollen Welcome Baby No. 2 — See the Pic!

Congratulations to Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen!

The happy couple welcomed their second child, a cute baby boy, this week. Mollen took to her Instagram on Thursday to share the big news.

“Hello everybody. I’m just sitting in the back of the car with Jason and my second child,” Mollen says in her Instagram Stories, showing fans a glimpse of the baby.

Jason Biggs

EXCLUSIVE: Jason Biggs ‘Thrilled’ He and Wife Jenny Mollen Are Expecting Baby No. 2

“I did not expect to be this nervous and this anxious,” Biggs said in an Instagram video recorded moments before Mollen went into labor.

“From what I remember, I feel exactly the same way I felt the first time we did this,” he continued. “But, I expected not to feel this way again. I thought I would be way calmer and cooler and collected, and I am not.”

Mollen later shared a series of Instagram posts, including a selfie with her doctor and a sweet photo with their baby.

 

The pair, who are already parents to 3-year-old son Sid, announced their pregnancy in April.  For more on the couple, watch the video below.

Busy Philipps Drunk Dyes Michelle Williams' Hair Pink Because Friendship Is a Special Thing — Watch!

True friends wine and dye!

Busy Philipps and Michelle Williams have shown us over and over how much they truly love each other as BFFs, but it wasn’t until their hotel room shenanigans at Paris Fashion Week that we got to see how strong their trust in one another is.

On her Instagram Story earlier this week, Philipps’ dyed her friend’s hair pink, as they both laughed, smiled — and sipped wine.

You can see the beautiful madness unfold below.

Busy Phillips Michelle Williams snapchat

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“Guys, I’m putting the pink in. I am massaging the pink into the little pixie’s hair,” Philipps play-by-played her fans. “Michelle’s hair is going to be perfectly millennial pink.”

After it was all over, she reassured Williams, “It’s f**king beautiful.”

Now they share everything, including hair color! Philipps has been rocking the pink locks since May, and has often shown off the bold bright style on Instagram.

Now, if we can only have something like the celebrity best friendship they have, we’ll pretty much be all set for life.

Meanwhile, it’s good to see Philipps up and so jovial following her scary hospitalization for an ovarian torsion after celebrating Williams’ birthday. 

Watch the video below.

Adrienne Bailon Says Kourtney Kardashian Helped Her Through Her Breakup With Rob: 鈥業 Needed That鈥?

Sometimes, you just need a friend to see you through the tough times.

On聽Thursday’s episode of The Real, Adrienne Bailon revealed that when she and Rob聽Kardashian broke up, it was his oldest sister, Kourtney, who helped her through the heartache.

“When I broke up with Rob Kardashian, my breakup buddy was his sister, Kourtney, who at the time had broken up with Scott [Disick] for a moment,” Bailon said while chatting with聽her co-hosts, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai聽and Tamera Mowry.

“She was so much fun,” Bailon continued. “I was definitely more the sad one crying at home and she was like, ‘No, girl, we are going to go out. We’re going to hit the clubs in Hollywood. We’re going to have so much fun!'”聽

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“And I needed that because we were both going through the same thing, but we dealt with the breakup differently,” she added.

Bailon and Kardashian dated for two years before calling it quits. The former Cheetah Girls star has made several public claims that聽he cheated on her.

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Bailon faced accusations of cheating as well, which she denied in 2016 on The Real. “I absolutely never cheated on Rob and I just want to clarify that,” she claimed at the time. “And the way it’s said鈥攊t’s like, ‘She slept with mad people.’ I’m like, ‘Uh, I can’t speak for anybody else, but I can assure [you] that was not me.'”

The 33-year-old has moved on with her now-husband, Christian music artist Israel Houghton, tying the knot in 2016.

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Kourtney also appears to have聽moved on from her ex, Scott Disick. The 38-year-old has been living it up in Paris with her boyfriend, Younes Bendjima.

For more on their PDA-filled vacation, watch the video below!

7 Things Terra Jolé Reveals in New Book 'Fierce at Four Foot Two': Dwarfism, Dating, DUI and More (Exclusive)

Do you think you know everything about Little Women: LA star Terra Jolé? Well, think again!  

It might seem like the reality star shared all the details of her life with the public over the last 15 years – first appearing on MTV’s True Life in 2002 — but she’s revealing new secrets in her memoir, Fierce at Four Foot Two.  

“Surprisingly, I couldn’t believe how many stories I had to tell. In fact, we left a lot of stories out,” Jolé shares with ET in an exclusive interview about the book, joking that she thought fans knew everything about her too. “There are tons and tons of stories that I have not shared with anyone.” 

While she is used to being very open about her life on television, there’s a big difference with sharing her story in print. “There’s no editing. It’s you. It’s not like what a producer may interpret as you,” she explains. “[A book] is one hundred percent your thoughts and it’s just there.” 

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The Dancing With the Stars alum began work on the book while competing on the dancing show. She spent at least three hours a day writing and reminiscing about her journey, from growing up as a little person (or LP, as she writes in the book) in Texas to living out her dream of becoming a Hollywood star.  

“Finding the time was definitely super difficult, but I feel like telling the stories was even harder,” Jolé says of juggling DWTS, motherhood and writing the book. Sharing these stories – which include being one of the only LPs in her hometown, the discrimination she faced and her struggles to fit in because of her dwarfism, losing her father after a long battle with alcoholism and revealing her own DUI – was very emotional and sometimes embarrassing for the 37-year-old. “I get into the moments that I feel like really changed me as a person,” she reveals.  

Jolé tells ET that her primary focus is on inspiring others with her story. “I didn’t really want to mirror my book after anyone else. And I feel like the one thing I didn’t want to do was make my book corny. I’m not going to do a book called I May Be Little, But I Am Fierce,” she says with a laugh. 

To make sure the book fully reflected her vision, the reality star had to fight to make it happen. “I actually had a lot of arguments with a lot of people regarding that because they felt like the book wasn’t going to sell with this title [Fierce at Four Foot Two]. And not just the title, but the image that I put on it,” she explains, saying that the original concept for the cover was too generic for her taste and she wanted the look reflect her personality. In a word, she wanted it to be fierce.

ET read through the star’s memoir and here are seven things we learned about Terra Jolé’s real reality.  

1. Her first step into reality TV was on MTV’s True Life.  

Jolé appeared on the third season of the hit docu-series after seeing a post on a Little People of America listserv that said the show was casting. “They were looking for little people with unusual jobs, or who were considering limb-lengthening surgery, or who worked in the entertainment industry. I contacted the producer and told her that I was moving out to Los Angeles to pursue my dream of becoming a singer. She must have liked my story because right away she wanted to send a film crew out to San Antonio to film my journey,” she writes. In August 2001, Jolé packed her belongings into her car and drove the 1,200 miles to LA with only $200 in savings. “They followed me out to LA, where they filmed my early struggles to find work; to this day, people still recognize me from that episode.” 

Another fun fact about her time on True Life – that’s how Jolé met former Little Women: LA cast member Traci Harrison Tsou.  

2. She is proud to be four-foot-two now, but she used to lie about her height – and say she was shorter. 

Growing up as a little person was never easy for Jolé, who reveals that she was once excluded from a high school show choir group because of her short stature. In fact, her struggles with discrimination based on her size didn’t end once she reached adulthood or Hollywood.  

“Turns out that there’s not a lot of mainstream work in Hollywood for four-foot-two blondes with dwarfism, no matter how talented you are,” she writes. 

“Funnily enough, I’m actually too tall for a little person in the entertainment industry. I was always so proud of my two inches, but ironically, when I got to Los Angeles, I learned that casting calls for little people are always capped at four feet,” she continues. “I ended up having to list myself as 4’ 0” on IMBD so I wouldn’t keep getting shut out of auditions.”  

3. She reveals her DUI arrest and opens up about spending a night in jail. 

Jolé writes that she was arrested for a DUI after drinking too much champagne at the wrap party for Jackass 3D. Jolé confessed that this was the story that she was most nervous to share and does not specify exactly when the arrest occurred. “I mean, it’s not something that I’m very proud of,” she acknowledges to ET. “There are actually quite a few moments in [the book] that I’m very embarrassed about. But I feel like they’re growing experiences and I feel like, if you share these moments with other people, they’ll know how you overcame them and, hopefully, if they experience them as well, they’ll have a solution.” 

She writes of the arrest, “The last thing I remember clearly is being at the wrap party feeling fun and carefree as I danced the night away with the cast and crew. Then nothing, until I came to in my car somewhere around 3:00 am. I was parked at a meter, puking my guts out, and a cop was asking me if I was okay.” 

After spending a memorable night in jail, Jolé says her license was suspended, she was ordered to pay $10,000 in fines, she attended mandatory AA meetings and sobriety classes and she had to complete 30 hours of community service.  

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4. She talks dating as a LP and why she and husband Joe got engaged twice. 

Jolé opens up about her first love and first major heartbreak at 18, falling for an average-height boy named Sam. The two had been friends for years, but after their first kiss, everything changed.  

“The truth is, once we kissed he could never quite make the leap to the two of us going out on our own together in public,” she writes. “He insisted he wanted us to be together, but then he would backpedal and say things like, “I feel like I’d be holding my daughter’s hand instead of my girlfriend’s,’ which made me feel insecure, like he didn’t think I was good enough.”  

Jolé reveals that she even considered limb-lengthening surgery because the rejection she felt was so painful, but eventually she made the decision to walk away from the relationship. Over the years, Jolé says she dated other average-height men (some who were more comfortable with her height than others) and fellow little people. But her love story with now-husband Joe Gnoffo occupied the most of her time and heart.  

Jole and Gnoffo met at a party in 2000 and immediately connected, though both were in relationships with other people at the time. That first meeting set off nearly 15 years of ups and downs for the couple. They performed onstage together, lived together and Jolé says the romance was “very intense” and “stressful”.  

Gnoffo proposed to Jolé on the way to a Smashing Pumpkins concert while they were working together in Las Vegas several years later. “On the way to the venue, he pulled over and put on ‘1979.’ When he got out of the car and asked me to dance, I was like, ‘Are you crazy?’ But then he looked at me and out of the blue asked me to marry him. It was the most romantic moment of my life,” she shares. 

Unfortunately, the romance didn’t last. After countless arguments and both parties being unfaithful, Jolé decided to leave, breaking up with Gnoffo at a diner and moving out of their apartment. A year and a half went by before they eventually rekindled their friendship. In the meantime, she shares that they both dated other people, joking that she “was getting out and dating like a hooker, [but] deep down I wasn’t happy without Joe in my life.” Jolé says that the couple found their way back together for good because “he never gave up on us.”  

“We were never really planning on getting married. It was like a Kurt Russell, kind of Goldie Hawn thing. We were never really wanting it,” Jolé explains to ET about their relationship. But about a month before their daughter, Penny, was born in 2015, Gnoffo proposed to Jolé again. She writes of the surprising change of heart, “I knew I was ready to spend forever with this man. Joe was, and still is, the love of my life.”  

5. Jolé made a living reselling thrift store goods and once earned $1,200 from reselling Louis Vuitton luggage.  

Jolé’s Hollywood journey was as varied as the jobs she took to support it.  Aside from her work as a touring performer for Radio City (in New York, Denver, Detroit – where she met future Little Women co-star Tonya Renee Banks and Gnoffo) or as a “Mini” performer in Las Vegas, Jolé took a lot of odd jobs to make ends meet. At one point, Jolé moved back home to San Antonio and worked as a dog groomer. She also worked as a medical insurance underwriter.  

“I was a total thrift shop junkie, so when I wasn’t doing Mini Britney my biggest income came from hunting for designer purses and then reselling them on eBay,” she writes about her talent to tell the real bags from the knockoffs. Her most popular items were signature pieces by Louis Vuitton. Jolé explains that if you know what you’re doing, you can double or quadruple the money a thrift store would make by selling the pieces online (earning between $500 and $900). Her biggest sale ever came from a two-piece set of Louis Vuitton luggage. “They were totally beat up; the linings were ripped and the big piece had a huge stain. I thought maybe I could make a hundred bucks resale because the shipping alone was a hundred, but I ended up making a little over $1,200 in all. That was a great week.”  

She adds, “I still have my eBay store and it costs $80 a month to keep it, but I always feel like anything can change at any moment and it’s something I can always go back to if the entertainment work dries up.”  

6. How she missed her big chance to perform as Mini Britney with Britney Spears herself.  

Jolé’s road to fame and fortune really took off when she began performing as Mini Britney Spears. She came up with the idea in 2007 after touring for two years as Mini Paulina (Stanley) in a band called Mini Kiss. After taking $300 portraits at a J.C. Penney studio in San Antonio, Texas, dressed in a schoolgirl outfit and pigtails, Jolé began to be paid to perform her Mini Britney act, making upwards of $8,000 to perform overseas. Jolé eventually built a repertoire of mini characters including Mini Katy Perry, Mini Madonna and, her personal favorite, Mini Lady Gaga. In December 2009, she got the call that rapper T-Pain wanted her to join his arena tour for his circus-themed show. She’d work as a “special guest performer” faking out the audience to make them think Britney was coming onstage.  

“A couple of weeks into the tour, I got a call from my manager that Britney’s people had reached out to say she was interested in bringing me on her upcoming Circus Tour as Mini Britney,” she writes. “I was beyond excited, but once they found out I was touring as Mini Britney with T-Pain the offer vanished. It was such a disappointment to lose that opportunity. As much as I was enjoying touring with T-Pain, it would have been amazing to perform as Mini Britney alongside the pop princess herself.” 

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7. Behind the scenes of Little Women LA and why she’d already registered a title for the reality show. 

Long before the networks came calling, Jolé began to work on the concept for an online series about a group of LP women. She brought the idea to her best friend and former Radio City castmate, Banks, asking her to join the series, proposing a specific title.  

“’It has to be Little Ladies: LA,’ I insisted.” she writes, saying she was already thinking about spinoff shows. “I could already see the hashtags: #LLLA, #LLATL, #LLNY. I wanted to secure my idea, so I registered Little Ladies: LA with the Writers Guild of America.”  

From there, it was about rounding out the cast with LP ladies Jolé had encountered over the years, with Jolé detailing how and why each woman was chosen for the show. In fact, the group was already planning to film their first episode when the networks came calling. Since the show debuted in 2014, the franchise has expanded to include several spinoffs including Little Women: NY, Little Women: Atlanta and Little Women: Dallas and a spinoff focusing on Jolé and her growing family. Jolé had imagined it and the rest is history. 

The success of the show (which was retitled Little Women: LA by the production) was no surprise to Jole, but it was still difficult adjusting to the new reality. She admits, “One of the hardest things about watching the show that first season was how driven it was by our fights. Going in, we thought it was going to be a show about six friends, but at times it can seem more like a show about six frenemies. I don’t think any of us had any idea that the friction between us would become such a feature of the show.”  

However, the one thing Jolé does not do in the book is bash her co-stars. She’s saving the drama and catfights for the cameras; it’s better for ratings. 

To find out even more about Jolé – how she felt “underestimated” on Dancing With the Stars, her journey to motherhood and her Hollywood stories with Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus and fellow LP Verne Troyer – Fierce at Four Foot Two is available in stores now.