I’ve never laughed so hard on-air in my life! And judging from the tweets below…many of you found my cameo during Jay Leno’s monologue just as funny. As Steve Edwards often says, the best moments on TV are candid….when people don’t think the camera is rolling. So, this Thursday I showed you a clip of my sit down with Arnold Schwarzenegger. We talk about his movie “The Last Stand”..yada yada yada….but our producer, Jay Kumar’s favorite part of the interview was when I was just beginning to take my seat. The former governor gives me what we’ve now dubbed as the “Schwarzenegger Stare Down.” For what seems like 2 minutes he doesn’t blink. I never thought it was a moment worth talking about on-air but Jay kept saying that we must! So we did and it lead to Jay Leno having a field day with it on The Tonight Show!
**Disclaimer: I don’t think Arnold was checking me out!! I think the Terminator worthy glare was simply him sizing me up as a reporter. Glad I could, pun intended, clean up the back story to this funny moment. Hit me up @JulieChang and let me know what YOU think.The link to Jay Leno’s entire Jan 17th monologue: http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/monologue-part-2/n31720
Truly Julie with Arnold Scharzenegger, who is 65 years strong!
No movie could out flex the real life story of Arnold Schwarzenegger. An Austrian body builder who, regardless of his thick accent, became one of the most iconic movie stars…married a Kennedy…served as the Governor of California for two terms…divorced a Kennedy; and after sitting out for about 8 years, makes a Hollywood comeback with such vengeance! I was SHOCKED to actually enjoy the movie “The Last Stand”. I thought it would only appeal to 14 year old boys…but it was really funny! Super violent but cleverly balanced out with awesome humor. The car chase action scene through the cornfield is beyond belief!! Here’s the clip of our sit down…and his stare down! Around 3:07 in the clip, Arnold gives me a Terminator worthy glare! Eeek?! What’s that all about? Would love to hear your guess on twitter. Meet me @JulieChang.
Team Mariah or Team Nicki? Who cares?! These strong minded ladies are going to make amazing TV and you know it! I’ve been covering American Idol for 5 years now…and I gotta say…Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are drumming up more buzz than I’ve ever seen. I’ve had numerous people come up to me and say, “I haven’t watched in years…but this season with Mariah and Nicki…when is it on again?”. Season 12 of American Idol kicks of January 16th/17th, 8pm on FOX. But catch my juicy one-on-one interviews with the judges this week on Good Day LA. I kid you not…Nicki talks about humping Mariah’s leg! I’ll tweet out exact air times so meet me @JulieChang.
Truly Julie in Santa Barbara…laughing, riding, dancing like no one’s watching!
Happy New Year, everyone! It’s time to saddle up and make 2013 OUR year. In fact…we have the choice to make each year, day, hour…our best! It’s all through the power of your perspective…and you choosing to steer your mind past obstacles, pitfalls, and negativity. The quote below has helped me through some of life’s bumpy rides. Furthermore, it’s inspired me to take the reigns…sit tight in the saddle…give a firm kick…and ride with conviction. I hope it’ll do the same for you. Into 2013 we go! Yeeeehaw!
Do the things you used to talk about doing but never did. Know when to let go and when to hold on tight. Stop rushing. Don’t be intimidated to say it like it is. Stop apologizing all the time. Learn to say no, so your yes has some oomph. Spend time with the friends who lift you up, and cut loose the ones who bring you down. Stop giving your power away. Be more concerned with being interested than being interesting. Be old enough to enjoy your freedom, and young enough to enjoy it. Finally…know who you are.
Truly Julie keeping it classy with Good Day LA colleagues Lisa Breck, Hayley Herst, & mini Lisas:)Uprooting your life and moving across the country can be a bit jarring and lonesome. But how blessed am I?! The Good Day LA gang not only welcomed me with open arms on-air…but the true magic of their warmth…is when the TV cameras are off. I ate like a queen this week at the lovely homes of Bob Decastro (AKA Bobby D) and Lisa Breckenridge. Each gathering was full of laughter, love and light…a Merry Christmas indeed.
Truly Julie reveling in the warmth of new friends and Good Day LA colleagues Bob Decastro and Lauren Sivan.
Truly Julie meets the legendary Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogan. Not going to lie. When I caught Barbara Streisand’s concert at Barclays Center this fall…I got a little verklempt. It was the Brooklyn native’s first concert in Brooklyn…ever! Between her songs…she talked about growing up poor…and being known as the “girl without a father” in her Jewish neighborhood. And now look at her. 70 years young! And the only person to win a Tony, multiple Oscars /Grammys/Emmys/Golden Globes, and to have the best selling album for 5 consecutive decades, etc., etc. Today marks the 8th anniversary of my dad’s passing…and as a girl who also is without her father…I find her strength, talent, and authenticity to be truly inspirational. Her upcoming movie co-starring Seth Rogan is called The Guilt Trip…but as the saying goes…this story is not about the destination, but rather, the journey. A journey that’s filled with laughter, love…and yes, the little guilt that your folks often embed in your head to fuel your desire to be better. My dad left us too soon…but because he showered us with all the aforementioned…I still feel him guiding me through my journey. And THAT’S a trip.
*Catch my interview with Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogan on Good Day LA soon!
Truly Julie channeling Veronica Lake on the set of Good Day LA.I’m usually a beachy-wave kind of gal…but today, the fabulous hair and makeup team at Good Day LA went for old Hollywood. Instead of curling the hair back with an iron…we curled in a forward direction. We took the very front chunk of the bangs..curled it first with an iron…then finger curled…pinned with a clip for 4 minutes…voila! As for makeup we skipped lining the bottom lash line to soften the look….and added bold lips for umph.
Truly Julie embracing her inner Michigan with this sexy double-parka look.I was lucky enough to make it home to Ann Arbor, Michigan for Thanksgiving this year (working in news, I rarely get holidays off!). There are so many things I love about Ann Arbor but to name just two…a) I can dress like a borderline homeless person in mismatched layers and no one will bat an eye. In fact, you will get an unspoken but fully understood nod of approval…that you’re just trying to stay warm. b) this place envelopes you with love and comfort like no other! Look at my mom and my BF’s parents…these people are exploding with kindess. I felt like nothing short of a king when they fed me with the most splendid foods for 4 days straight…and when I ordered them to jump like cheerleaders in 30 degree weather…they did so without ever asking why! Their inspiration was my split jump in the Jordan desert. What I got…was the above. I don’t think my mom ever once got off the ground:) The point is…these wholesome folks are the first to jump when you ask for something. They are eager to care…and for that…I truly feel the essence of Thanksgiving. I love the East/West Coasts…but I revel in the fact that I grew up in the heartland. As the T-shirt slogan goes: Midwest is best:)
Truly Julie makes her debut on Good Day LA!It’s been a monumental, emotional week. After spending almost a decade in New York, I made the 3000 mile leap…with guitar in tote… to the west coast. I had to! An opportunity like this doesn’t come around often…17 years to be exact. I debuted on Fox 11 Morning News & Good Day LA this morning as the show’s entertainment reporter and anchor (some press: LA Times, Media Bistro). Yes, on election day! I’m elated to be part of such a fun, legendary show and! To live in an area that hit the lotto on weather. In the same breath…New York, you will always be close to my heart. I moved in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which made the experience even more emotional, not to mention it robbed me the chance of saying a proper good bye to all the amazing viewers and colleagues who made my stay in New York exceptional. THANK YOU for everything! Every atom of my body feels nothing but gratitude. And I hope what Frank Sinatra says is true….if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. Hello, Hollywood!
Truly Julie showing love to NYC just hours before Hurricane Sandy. Like a true Halloween horror movie, less than 24 hours after these pictures were taken, NYC was turned upside down. Hurricane Sandy gave us no choice between trick or treat…it was full throttle trick. Some neighborhoods look like they went through the turbo cycle in an industrial strength washing machine. Except, instead of soapy water…it’s salt water, mud, city grime in the mix…and dauntingly, the drain cycle is broken. My thoughts go out to all the victims, their families, cleanup and rescue crews, our city leaders, etc. And while millions are still without power, I think it’s often in the dark that we see the light…to appreciate the simple, real things in life. As they say: Falling down is a part of life. Getting back up is living. New York is the most resilient place I know. My love & light for this beautiful, strong city.
Truly Julie’s last subway ride before the Hurricane shutdown (5 days ago!). Since then, 14ft surge waves have shut down the world’s largest transit system. It could be weeks before the trains are up and running at 100%. And on a lighter note. My favorite Halloween costume I’ve seen so far this year! My friend Dan as Brad Pitt in the silly Chanel commercial! (I highly recommend you see the SNL spoofs).