One of the most highly anticipated new shows coming out this season is NBC’s The Event. A high-octant thriller about an Everyman named Sean Walker (Jason Ritter, The Class) who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his fiancée Leilia (Sarah Roemer, Disturbia) and accidentally begins to expose the biggest government cover-up in U.S. history, affecting the lives of several strangers including the newly elected U.S. President Martinez (played by Blair Underwood of Dirty Sexy Money) and Sophia (Laura Innes, ER).
One of the key characters in the show is detective Simon Lee, played by actor Ian Anthony Dale (of Japanese, French and English descent.) If you recognize Dale’s exceptionally sculpted face, it’s probably because the actor, 32, has been all over television, including shows like CSI, Cold Case, Without a Trace, Bones and 24.
The hype surrounding the show adds to the casts’ publicity workload, with Dale having to make numerous press appearances, from San Diego’s Comic Con to the Emmy’s. Despite his frenzied schedule, the actor took some time to chat with Audrey.
How are you doing these days, Ian?
For the last couple of months, been pretty exciting and really busy. My life went from being pretty laid-back to pretty hectic.
It’s awesome that you were able to land a part on The Event. How did that happen?
I heard of the job from Jeffrey Reiner. Just last year, I was lucky enough to do a guest star role on Trauma which Jeffrey Reiner was also exec producing/directing. I got some pretty good opportunities to do some good work and I must have done a good job cause he then started pushing me for the role of Simon Lee for The Event. This is a really exciting opportunity.
Did you always know you wanted to act?
When I was a junior in high school, I had never done any acting and my friend says why don’t we try out for this one act play? I was trying to get over my fear of public speaking so I thought why not? I was lucky enough to get a speaking part and I quickly discovered theatre and performing was something I enjoyed. I actually shifted gear when I went to college because I was so disillusioned with Asian American roles. The odds were stacked against me. However, over my four years in college, I saw the landscape begin to change. You saw Lucy Liu on Ally Mcbeal and I thought, why don’t I give this a shot? So after I graduated, I packed my bags and headed to LA.
And now, you’re on one of the hottest shows this season, The Event. The show has been getting comparisons to Lost and Heroes. How do these comparisons make you feel?
I think it’s nice to draw those kinds of comparisons ‘cause you’re talking about shows that have been on air for a really long time. I think people are going to have a lot of high expectations but they don’t want to be hung out to dry because a lot of people felt like their lives were wasted from the ending of Lost. Our show will try not to repeat the mistakes of that show and questions will get answered but I don’t feel any personal pressure but the pressure really rides on the shoulders of the producers and writers because they have to come up with engaging stories week in and week out. I’m just enjoying the chance to get to work with amazing people.
Catch Ian Anthony Dale in The Event tonight on NBC.
I asked a bunch of guys over Twitter and Facebook why they would want to attend our fashion show, Audrey’s Night Out 2010. Here were some of the responses that I got:
Regardless of whether they’re joking or not, it’s true! All of this will be there! Pretty girls, designers who have friends, booze, goodie bags.
If you think we’re pulling your leg, check out this video:
Celebrities are people too, okay? They’re not objects that can be bought or sold on Ebay.
Unless if it’s for a good cause and if it’s just their Twitter alter ego.
Twitchange, the first ever celebrity tweet auction began yesterday, Sept. 15 as Twitter fans can bid for three things: to be followed by their favorite celebrity on Twitter, retweeted, or mentioned by them in a special tweet. All proceeds for the auction will go to benefit aHomeinHaiti.org in finishing rebuilding the Miriam Center, which houses, educates and loves on Haitian children with cerebral palsy, severe autism, and other major life challenges.
The delightful Glee star, Harry Shum Jr. is just one of the celeb Twitterers for sale. Look, free shipping too!
Other celebs that have joined Harry in the auction include SYTYCD dance sensation, @alexdwong, Harry’s Glee costar @ijennaush, and Step Up 3 director @jonmchu.
Bidding begins on the September 15, 2010 and ends on September 25, 2010.
If only receiving attention from Harry on twitter just doesn’t cut it for you, you may get a chance to see him in person-at Audrey’s Night Out 2010!
You have until Thursday, Sept. 16 to get discounted tickets at 20% off! Purchase tickets here:
Two weeks ago, I didn’t come home from my Global Keratin treatment empty-handed. I walked out with a full set of after-care products which included Global Keratin’s Hair Taming System with JUVEXIN™ Sodium Chloride and Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner. The first few times I tried the product, I was unaccustomed to having such a slick cream over my hair acting as a shampoo. It almost felt like it was sliding it off my hair.
After I showered, I was dismayed to find that my locks were still a frizzy fried mess. What happened to the silky smoothness of only a couple of days ago?
Undaunted, I proceeded to try out the serum (a personal fave of one of the Global Keratin reps) and whoa, it was like magic!
My hair became irresistibly silky and smooth without a brush or a comb. I constantly receive compliments and questions like, “where did you get your hair done?” My only gripe was that my do was still a little too flat for my taste. Then, I received a pro tip from Jasmine, the assistant stylist at the Sally Hershberger salon, to only condition and use the serum for the tips of my hair — the part that needs the most moisture. I tried this the next day and viola! My hair no longer sticks to my head at the top like an oily mess.
The wonderful feeling of being able to leave the house with minimal fuss on my hair and to keep it growing long without having to tie it up by the end of the day because it got too oily has been the best part of my treatment. If anything else changes with the condition of my hair within the next few weeks, I’ll let you know! Until then…
I’m pretty indecisive. Whether it be picking a place to eat for dinner or choosing what color socks to wear, I like having plenty of options. That’s why I always hated it when I only had one type of lotion to wear. Why would I want to be stuck with the same scent on me all year round?
This Carousel Hand and Body Lotion set came to my resque. It comes with a variety of 6, 2oz tubes presented with six of our Bubalina signature girls. Scents included: Chocolat’, Dolcetto, Tropical Lime, Wild Pomegranate, Cranberry Brown Sugar and Tahitian Vanilla. Perfect for someone who wants a variety to take on the go!
Ok, not really.
But we know someone who is!
As I’ve mentioned before, Wong Fu’s impromptu short at the ISA concert last weekend had me in pieces. And judging from the nonstop laughter in the house from the beginning of the short to the very end, it was obvious the video was a grand favorite of the evening. Well, today, the video is finally unleashed on Youtube!
After watching it for two four more times, we noticed a guest appearance by a very special friend of ours… KoreAm Journal!
We won’t spoil the clip for you by telling you where it is but can you spot KoreAm‘s guest spot?
Ted’s Best (Man) Friend just shows that Wong Fu Productions is getting better and better with age. Sharp, witty dialogue, a spot-on Office-mockumentary style, and chemistry so good, they can give the Friends cast a run for their money, it’s no wonder they draw fans of all ages (as this writer has learned first-hand).
Wong Fu also happens to be on the cover and inside the pages of KoreAm Journal this month! You can purchase your own copy here:
One lucky reader will score this magazine issue by commenting below where exactly you can spot KoreAm’s appearance in the clip and tweeting about this blog post.
Drawing ends Friday, Sept. 17.
Now if only Audrey can make an appearance in the next Wong Fu clip…
I used to be such a tomboy when I was growing up. Skirts and dresses were out of the question; I just wanted to roll in the mud. But as I got older, I started to get girlier and girlier and you will hardly ever see me in anything other than a skirt or dress. This 2fer dress by Lucca Couture would be a great addition to my girly wardrobe. It’s a heather grey sleeveless tank on top and a printed purple skirt as the bottom half and is a great layering piece where you can add some leggings, boots, and even a jacket for cold weather or simply grab your favorite sweater for an everyday outing. Now, rolling in the mud is out of the question- why would I ever want to get such a cute outfit dirty?
I’m all for versatility and this Studded Tote (in Pewter) by Chocolate Handbags is functional for both day and night. It’s sizable so I can fit more than just a lipstick and a credit card in but the metal studs detail gives it a darker edge to match the evening sky. Oh, and the cross body strap frees up my hand so I can shop the day away and dance the night away!
You know something’s up when a Korean tells you your kimchi is better than what her mom used to make at home. And when your fried chicken gives Kyochon a run for their money.
Friday, September 3 marked the final night of LudoBites 5.0. The must- have dinner spot for the summer ended its run with a fire-engine red food truck parked outside downtown LA’s Gram & Papa’s, where a line snaked all the way to the side of the block and a packed house filled the insides of the eatery. LudoBites 5.0 is a guerilla restaurant run by chef Ludovic Lefebvre, where he takes over the casual breakfast and lunch spot during dinnertime and transform it into a fine dining affair that is in no way stuffy.
Lefebvre whips up about 16 appetizers, entrees and desserts that range from $4-$34. The cuisine has blends of Asian, French and Californian and has the ability to completely blow your taste buds away. There’s raw waygu beef but it’s combined with cold watermelon. Heirloom tomato salad is topped with mozzarella ice cream. The dishes are paired with wine that you bring yourself (and kept in paper bags because of LA’s drinking laws).
I’m a total foodie but not a food blogger so I left this feat to more capable hands-namely my dinner companions. The only reason why I even scored a spot at this elusive dinner party was because the lovely folks at Fooddigger extended an invitation to Audrey. Fooddigger works like Yelp but has an added bonus of personalizing reviews that fit more in line with your taste buds. Their observances of the food, plus a couple other ones from bloggers Epicuryan and KevinEats will provide you with more insights on my night.
The last night at Ludobites 5.0 was filled with food bloggers and friends and I couldn’t help but notice the abundance all the love that was in the room. Amidst the candle-filled room, people would bounce from table to table, sharing wine, sharing hugs. The essential joy of eating is found here, the ability to enjoy an experience together. These people truly love food. Good food. From the sight to the aroma to the texture. And Ludo definitely gives them good food to enjoy.
“I don’t want to eat this last piece. I just want to put it in my pocket and save it.”
That’s Will, one of the founders of Fooddigger. Will continues to make comments like this throughout the night because Will truly loves food and wine. “I’m going to have a stroke,” another guest comments due to the richness of the dishes we were enjoying. “Yes, but you’re going to die happy.” Will says. Our four hour dinner whizzes by as each dish gets devoured.
Looking around at all the smiling faces around me, I can’t help but agree with him.
Photos thanks to Helen Wong.
Additional pictures from the evening below:
The tricky thing about living in California is you have to account for the fickle weather. One minute it’s sunny, the next minute it’s windy. Nighttimes and early mornings will leave you tingling and noontime brings out the sweat. So what do you do? Well, if you’re constantly on the move like me, you can pack along a lightweight scarf like this IZESX Gauze in Fleur De Lis print. I can stay warm while not bulking up on heavy layers and look cute. It’s compact so it’ll fit in my purse and I can bust it out whenever I feel a little chilly. California weather, I am going to conquer you!