We’ve watched Sarah Chalke, 33, grow up on television: First, as daughter Becky on Roseanne, then as Dr. Elliot Reid on Scrubs. Now she plays recurring character Stella on How I Met Your Mother. Her newest role—parent, along with fiancé Jamie Afifi—is scheduled to kick off on Christmas Day, her due date. We talked with her at this issue’s cover photo shoot, just five weeks before her big day.
It’s a stormy day in New York City, but Daphne Oz is beaming. On a busy day of from shooting ABC’s food-focused talk show The Chew, she’s sitting in a photo studio crafting an email to her sister while her blond streaked hair is pinned into loops that will soon be luxurious waves, her aqua eyes are getting the smoky treatment and her toes are receiving final touches from a pedicurist.
Celebrities don’t just help motherhood en vogue; they also focus attention on causes important to families, such as efforts to end poverty, hunger and childhood disease. And while many of us are familiar with actress Angelina Jolie’s good deeds on behalf of the United Nations, and former model Christy Turlington Burns’ work for CARE, we thought you should know about some other stars’ charitable efforts.
This past January I found myself far from home, sitting with four women waiting to go into labor at Hogar Materno (Maternity House) in Vilcashuaman, Peru. Their midwife, Sofia, hovered nearby. The whitewashed building, nestled among sprouting vegetable gardens, is a short walk from the tiny health center’s obstetrical unit. At the time, it was home to 10 moms-to-be, their families and even livestock during the women’s last weeks of pregnancy.
She’s graced the covers of Elle and Glamour magazines. She’s posed for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition and Playboy. She’s acted in films such as Last Action Hero and Bare Witness, as well as television series including Celebrity Mole and The Ex-Wives Club. And now, supermodel Angie Everhart is taking on the role of a lifetime: motherhood. We spoke to her by phone during the 39th week of her pregnancy.
LaKisha Jones has had a busy few years. Her rise to stardom began when America voted her in as a top four finalist during the 2007 season of American Idol. Since then, she’s launched her first solo album, performed on Broadway as the church soloist in Oprah Winfrey’s Tony Award-winning musical The Color Purple, and married financial advisor Larry Davis, with Jones’ then-5-year-old daughter, Brionne, serving as both a flower girl and junior bridesmaid. The couple are expecting their first child together in August.
Our August/September 2009 cover model, Irish actress Elaine Cassidy, played Abby on CBS’s Harper’s Island this past spring. Married to actor/producer Stephen Lord, Cassidy also appeared in the music video for Coldplay’s song, “The Scientist,” as well as the feature film The Others (2001) and U.K. television shows “Fingersmith” and “Uncle Adolf.” The couple are expecting their first child in early fall. We interviewed Cassidy after our cover photo shoot.