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John Legend Talks to PopSugar

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A lot has changed for John Legend in the past year. In April 2016, he welcomed Luna, his first child with Chrissy Teigen. In the months following, John released a new music video starring the two, spoiled the world with snaps of baby Luna, and executive produced and starred in La La Land, one of the biggest films of the year. In 2017, things are only heating up. With a fresh album and a new Super Bowl commercial partnership with LIFEWTR, John is already on his way to topping last year. Recently, we hopped on the phone to interview the music sensation about his Super Bowl venture, his new music, and his new life as a father.

POPSUGAR: What does it mean to you to be married to such a strong and outspoken feminist?

John Legend: Well, I’m a feminist myself! I believe in the message of feminism, that women have the right to an equal place at the table, an equal place in leadership. And I’m proud of my wife for standing up for that and being a fearless voice out there. I feel pretty lucky that I’ve found someone who . . . she and I are different, but in the ways that we’re alike, it works out really well. And in the ways that we’re different, it works out really well.

PS: Let’s talk about LIFEWTR. Can you tell me about the Super Bowl commercial and the creative process behind it?

JL: Well, the whole brand is about celebrating life, celebrating creativity, celebrating inspiration, and kind of appreciating all of that. Part of the way they manifest that is through the bottle itself, through featuring artists on the bottle, really embracing that idea of creativity and inspiration. We wanted to embrace that and incorporate it into the ad. And so we actually wrote a few lyrics to kind of fit with that theme: creativity, inspiration, and magic. And then we made a clip for the ad.

PS: You know, I’m actually curious about your creative process. How has it changed since you became a father?

JL: Well, I think I have new things to inspire me, obviously. On my new album Darkness to Light, I wrote about my daughter. I wrote about what it felt like becoming a new father. And obviously, I write about my wife and my relationship as well. I think, as I get older, as I have new life circumstances, I’m going to continue to be inspired by those things and write about them. When it comes to the process of writing, I still do it the same way. I still go to the studio, I focus and try to write a song within four or five hours. I start with the music, and then the lyrics usually come after. So that’s always been the same, but I think now I just have new things to think about, new things to write about, new inspiration.

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Caitriona Balfe Talks to PopSugar About Outlander

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When Golden Globe nominee Caitriona Balfe steps onto the red carpet on Sunday night, she’ll have an advantage over the other actresses taking their gowns for a spin. Long before she nabbed the part of Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser in the Starz series Outlander, Irish beauty Balfe was walking runways for the likes of Victoria’s Secret and Chanel. And her decade in the fashion trenches has influenced her red carpet choices, inspiring her to don nervy looks like the black Alexander McQueen frock she wore to last year’s Globes. (She’d stomped the McQueen catwalk, too, back when the man himself was still at the house’s helm. “When you’re modeling, you’re there to elaborate the clothes, you can’t forget, the clothes are the story. But as an actress, the clothes are there to elaborate you,” she says, “It’s been an interesting adjustment, learning to express ‘me.’ ”) Now, Balfe says, she’s also taking red carpet cues from her Globe-nominated Outlander role, and channeling the outspoken Claire in her approach. “It’s insane,” Balfe says, “that all we actresses seem to get asked about is what we’re wearing. Those interviews go out all over the world — and we’re in a moment now where, as citizens, we should be seizing that opportunity to speak up, speak our minds about the things we see happening around us. There’s plenty more to talk about than clothes.” Here, Balfe speaks up.

PopSugar: Did you always know you wanted to act, or was that something that grew out of modeling?

CB: I was actually in theater school in Dublin when I got scouted. I was in a supermarket, of all places — collecting money for charity. That led to some local work, and then that local work led to my getting signed by Ford, and going to Paris, which is when I started focusing on modeling full-time. Not, by the way, that I was an instant hit; it was the tail end of that Brazilian glamazon-era, and me being very white and very Irish, I didn’t quite fit. But then, all of a sudden, the thing became pale Belgian girls, which wasn’t me either, but close enough, I guess! That was when I started landing shows like Chanel and Vuitton and Givenchy. Continue reading