Ready for more Japril! Sarah Drew is on board with the idea of a possible Grey’s Anatomy spinoff following her character, April Kepner, and Jesse Williams’ Jackson Avery.
“Yes! I mean, you guys, how cool would that show be?” Drew, 40, told a group of reporters on Friday, May 7, following her return to the ABC series for one episode, which aired Thursday, May 6. “I gotta be honest. I’ve been on Twitter and Japril was, I think, trending worldwide all day. It was absolute insanity.”
The Cruel Summer star noted that while she was shooting her Grey’s episode, she ran into crew members who thought she might be there to film a new show about April and the doctor’s love Jackson.Jesse Williams and Sarah Drew. ABC/Richard Cartwright; Shutterstock
“They were like, ‘Oh, we thought this was a spinoff.’ It feels like it’s setting up for a really great journey,” she recalled. “And I was like, ‘I know.’ How amazing and needed is a show about racial justice in the medical field and inequity and equality. How amazing would that be?”
During the Thursday episode of Grey’s, fans saw Williams’ character, Jackson, decide that he wants to leave Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital to take over his family’s foundation in order to create “real racial equity in medicine” in Boston.Jesse Williams and Sarah Drew. ABC/Richard Cartwright
Following his decision, he had a heart-to-heart with his ex April, with whom he shares daughter Harriet. During the chat, Jackson asked April and their daughter to move with him, which is when April revealed that she had split from her husband. The tease left fans hoping that the pair would reconnect for good and gave life to the possibility of a spinoff for the actors.
“I gotta say, I got so fired up watching the episode last night because Jesse Williams just freaking killed it. His passion for all this stuff shines through in his performance so beautifully and brilliantly,” Drew said on Friday. “But I just kept thinking like, ‘How cool would this couple be? Him working from the position of having money and power to be able to make that change. And she’s working with folks experiencing homelessness and she’s also doing that in her own way.’ These two could change the world of medicine, right? I’d watch that show.”
Drew exited Grey’s Anatomy after season 14. Her May reunion marked the first time she’s appeared on the show since her departure in 2018. It also marked the beginning of Williams’ farewell to the ABC drama. The Chicago native’s final episode will air on May 20.
Williams, 39, confirmed his exit from the long-running series on Thursday, telling Deadline, “As an actor, director and person, I have been obscenely lucky to learn so much from so many and I thank our beautiful fans, who breathe so much energy and appreciation into our shared worlds. The experience and endurance born of creating nearly 300 hours of leading global television is a gift I’ll carry always. I am immensely proud of our work, our impact and to be moving forward with so many tools, opportunities, allies and dear friends.”
As for what the future holds for Drew and Williams’ TV alter egos, the Moms’ Night Out actress is up for more.
“I’ve never been shy about wanting Japril to be endgame. It’s what I’ve wanted the whole time,” she admitted on Friday. “One of the biggest heartbreaks about me leaving in season 14 is that they didn’t get to be endgame. That was one of my biggest heartbreaks. Who knows what happens when they make their way to Boston. I think there’s a great deal of hope that’s there.”
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Whether you’re a Beverly Hills stan or a New Jersey devotee, it’s safe to say that every Real Housewives franchise has put their glam game into overdrive the past few seasons.
More often than not, the Bravo stars bring out their most over-the-top accessories, an army of wigs and wild eyeshadow worthy of its own spinoff show. And when it comes time to film confessionals? Game over.
But the Housewives’ on-screen beauty badassery wouldn’t be possible without the reality stars’ go-to glam squads. So, on our mission to uncover the ins and outs of confessional glam, we turned to two of Bravo’s most trusted beauty gurus: hairstylist Laura Rugetti and makeup artist Priscilla DiStasio.
“What was Housewives before [glam]? They weren’t so glitzy. Now, because of Dorit’s [Kemsley] hundred hair clips, people want to wear hair clips. Because of Kyle’s [Richards] glitter eye on Watch What Happens Live people want sparkles. Tamra’s [Judge] bronze and faux lob — that was a whole look. We create it,” DiStasio said of the impact beauty has had on the franchise.
But these looks don’t just magically manifest. Rugetti, who frequently works with Shannon Beador, Teddi Mellencamp and Denise Richards, shared that when it comes to confessional glam — planning is key.
Each housewife typically has three different looks per season and is given anywhere from 45 minutes to three hours to get ready before stepping in front of the camera.
“They [the housewives] will have their inspiration and they’ll already know what they’re going to wear. We base the hair and makeup off of the outfit, so once we have a picture, I’ll start chatting with the makeup artist and we’ll evolve the look from there,” she tells Stylish, noting that she starts brainstorming a week prior to filming.Courtesy of Priscilla DiStasio
DiStasio, who works with Teresa Giudice and Ramona Singer among others, follows a similar creative process, explaining that there’s a lot more to hair and makeup than meets the eye. “They’re being filmed from chest up, so it’s all about the face, it’s all about their hair. Everything has to compliment each other. There’s so much more detail that goes behind it, like matching their newly painted room, making sure things don’t clash, choosing tops that aren’t too busy.”
While in a dream world, everything would be ironed out and approved by producers weeks in advance, DiStasio says it’s rarely such smooth sailing. Between unanticipated outfit changes and unexpected skincare procedures that make applying makeup a tad difficult, there are as many surprises in the backstage glam room as there are on the show.
“You would assume that there would be all this preparation, but no girl — what Housewife makes life that easy?!” she joked.
Case in point? Singer had Fraxel, a laser treatment that makes micro-wounds on the skin, just a day before filming, clueing DiStasio in on the news only after she had the procedure.
Working out the kinks may not have been a breeze before, but the COVID-19 pandemic has added some unexpected hiccups in the glam department. Because of safety protocols, the ladies have had to take gaps while filming and recreate the same confessional looks on different days.
And getting identical glam for another take isn’t always so easy. “You have to have the same nail polish, you have to have the same hair color, the same jewelry, your skin should be the same,” DiStasio said, pointing out that unexpected trips to warmer weather can turn a cast member five foundation shades darker.
Even in pre-COVID times though, being prepared for just about anything — at any time — comes with the territory. While actively filming, the beauty team has all eyes on their client — and DiStasio has no shame jumping in when a makeup emergency strikes.
“Everybody will have their ear pieces in and I’ll be like, ‘Oh no, she’s eating lipstick, I gotta get in there.’ Or, ‘Now she’s got a brown mustache —it’s not supposed to be that way. We gotta go back in.’”
While there are admittedly last minute outfit changes and looks killed by producers day of, the one saving grace is that the ladies have a ton of blind faith and trust in their glam squads.
Rugetti told Stylish: “They just trust our vision — especially Shannon. She’s always kind of like, ‘Ok, do what you want to do.’ It’s cool because as a hairdresser, when someone trusts you, it makes the process so much easier and more fun.”
DiStasio feels the same, explaining that working with the same women season upon season creates an unspoken confidence. “Teresa for example knows that at the end of the day we’re going to make any look work and not need any extra time … Having a consistent team helps give a woman confidence in the sense that she knows her team is going to make her look her best.”
She has the same experience with Singer: “Ramona has the most fun with her looks, she’s always down for a freaking glam session! She’s always complementing, always feeling super confident, does her turtle time dance. We can get Ramona to drop it like it’s hot after any look we create — facts.”
Obviously the glam squads — who are with their clients through laughing fits, TikTok-making sessions and high-stress situations — have made their favorite beauty products somewhat of Housewives staples over the years. After all, the ladies want their on-camera makeup off-camera, too.Courtesy of Priscilla DiStasio
In the hair department for example, it’s safe to say that Hidden Crown Hair is being used in some way, shape or form in every confessional and reunion look.
“Hidden Crown is a must because you really need lots of different hair, fake bangs, ponytails and clip-ins to really achieve a cool look every time,” Rugetti told Us. A few of her other must-haves? GHD irons, Unite Texturiza Spray and the Rosé Rescue Hair Mask by Scotty Cunha.
DiStasio always preps the skin with Miami Gorgeous Vitamin C Serum, which she describes as a “amazing gift to the skin.” As for makeup? Era Beauty Airbrush Foundation is a must for face and body, Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder is key for baking and lips are always topped off with Rincon Cosmetics Vegan Liquid Lipstick.
For more behind-the-scenes housewives glam secrets, follow @priscilladistasio and @laurarugetti on Instagram.Listen to Hollywood's top stars dish their best tips and tricks on Glam Squad Confidential
No more doubts! Lily James and Sebastian Stan leaned into their roles as Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee in the first photos from their upcoming limited series, Pam & Tommy.
In one pic, released by Hulu on Friday, May 7, the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again star, 32, bites the 38-year-old Falcon and the Winter Soldier actor’s nipple ring while he screams. Stan also shows off a widespread array of tattoos in the shot, making him a dead ringer for Lee.
James appears in a solo photo too, in which she wears a black lace-up corset and matching leather pants. The actress is unrecognizable in what appears to be a blonde wig and edgy makeup.Sebastian Stan and Lily James as Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson in ‘Pam & Tommy.’ Hulu
The Hulu series is described as a comedy that focuses on the release of Anderson and Lee’s 1995 sex tape. The show also stars Seth Rogen, Nick Offerman, Taylor Schilling, Andrew Dice Clay, Pepi Sonuga, Spencer Granese and Mozhan Marnò.
Anderson, 53, and Lee, 58, were married from 1995 to 1998. They share sons Brandon, 24, and Dylan, 23.
The Baywatch alum reflected on the infamous video during a May 2020 appearance on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. “That was not a sex tape,” she insisted at the time. “It was a compilation of vacations that we were naked on.”Lily James as Pamela Anderson in ‘Pam & Tommy.’ Hulu
The tape, which showed the couple on their honeymoon, was stolen from Anderson and Lee’s home and released in 1995. She sued the video distribution company, and the two agreed to a confidential settlement. The company later made the video available on its websites again.
Anderson secretly wed her bodyguard Dan Hayhurst in December 2020 after her brief marriage to Jon Peters earlier that year, which was not legal. She was also previously married to Kid Rock from 2006 to 2007 and Rick Salomon from 2007 to 2008 and again from 2014 to 2015. Lee, for his part, tied the knot with Brittany Furlan in February 2019.
News broke in December 2020 that James and Stan were set to play Anderson and Lee in the series. Some fans reacted skeptically via Twitter at the time.
“Okay, there better be some serious transformations for Sebastian Stan and Lily James for them to look like Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee because right now, not seeing it,” one person tweeted.
Another suggested that Machine Gun Kelly and Florence Pugh would have been better in the roles, writing, “I’m not saying someone made a mistake with the Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson casting but I’m just offering an alternative that seems far superior.”
Meanwhile, a third Twitter user predicted the transformations would “require tremendous makeup work.”Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news!