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On “Parks and Recreation,” Natalie Morales’ character, Lucy, was the confident, funny girlfriend every fan was rooting for. Behind closed doors, however, Morales wasn’t always the self-assured star she became on screen.

The 32-year-old came out as queer in a new essay for Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. In the powerfully personal piece, Morales discussed the confusion and pain she had to overcome as a teen who found herself attracted to both girls and boys, and why as an actor who values her privacy she chose to come out in such a public way.

“I thought I was sick,” Morales wrote. “I know I thought something was really wrong with me. I was ashamed and I thought I was dirty.”

Falling for another girl in high school was a beautiful thing, Morales recalled, but it also came with an onslaught of shameful feelings.

She continued:

“I knew that the church said it was wrong and that God said it was wrong (even though I couldnt exactly figure out why, if it wasnt hurting anyone). I was told bisexuals were degenerates who are selfish and just want the best of both worlds. I was told gay men are fine because theyre funny and have good taste, but lesbian women are wastes of space. I was told the idea of two women kissing was disgusting.

Now an adult who’s more comfortable in her own skin, Morales hopes her own story inspires all of us to act and think differently whether we’re LGBTQ or not.

Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images.

“The reason I decided to share this … is because even though me telling you Im queer might not be a big deal these days, things are still pretty bad out there for people like me,” she wrote.

“There are gay concentration camps in Chechnya where people are being tortured right this second,” Morales noted of the human rights abuses quietly taking place halfway around the world.

You don’t have to cross an ocean to see how bigotry causes real harm, though, she noted:

“In our very country, 49 people were killed and 58 people were wounded just last year because they were dancing in a gay club. Our safe spaces are not safe. I think its important that I tell you that this familiar face you see on your TV is the Q part of LGBTQ, so that if you didnt know someone who was queer before, you do now.”

Morales’ point touches on an important finding: Research shows that when you personally know someone who is LGBTQ, you’re far more likely to support their rights. When we see queer people as fully human and deserving of respect, that means fewer stories like the atrocities developing in Chechnya or the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting. Coming out still makes a difference.

“You’re not bad,” Morales concluded in her essay. “You’re not unholy. You’re exactly what God intended you to be.”

It’s a message she wishes she understood a long time ago, Morales said after her essay spread far and wide.

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Maybe it’s because “When Harry Met Sally”is my favorite romantic comedy of all time. Or, maybe it’s because my own parents started off as best friends. (Yeah, guys, I would not exist if friendships could not turn into romance eventually.)

Or, maybe it’s because Jim and Pam and Monica and Chandler are tied for my two favorite TV couples of all time. Or, maybe it’s because I have a lot of guy friendsI wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole. Plus, the concept of not having that type of repulsion in a relationship is extremely foreign and fascinating to me.

Whatever the psychological reasoning may be, I have always been a sucker for a good love story about a couple who started off as friends, especially when it’s a celebrity couple. Like, the concept of these two insanely good-looking people just being “friends” and then deciding they should date is just too much for me too handle. I go nuts over these stories.

So, in honor of National Best Friends Day, let’s take a look at these nine celebrity couples whose relationships actually started off as good old-fashioned, platonic friendships.

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher

The twobecame close friends on the set of their hit show, “That ’70s Show” in 1998. They stayed friends for 14 (yes, that’s right, 14) years until they started dating in 2012. Theyeventually married in July of 2015.

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West

In 2012, Kanye released his track, “Theraflu,”featuring the lyrics, “And I’ll admit I fell in love with Kim, ’round the same time she had fell in love wit’ him.” Kim responded in a Today Show interview,“Kanye and I have been friends for years, and you never know what the future holds or where my life will take me. I like the song.” Shortly after, they were dating.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

The couple, now married with one child and one on the way, originally met on the set of the “The Green Lantern.”where they quickly became close friends.In an interview with Entertainment Weekly’s Sirius XM, Reynolds talked about the moment their friendship took a turn:

We were buddies then. I remember it was funny because for about a year after ‘Green Lantern’ had come and gone and all that stuff, we were both single.

This is right around when their lives turned into a scene from “When Harry Met Sally”:

We went on a double date. She was on a date with another guy, and I was on a date with another girl. That was the most awkward date probably because we were just like fireworks coming across.

And the rest is history.

Jessica Alba and Cash Warren

In an interview for the February 2013 issue of InStyle, Alba admitted that before they dated and eventually wed, she and Warren spent a “very, very, very short” time as friends.

Beyonc and Jay Z

The power couple might be in some hot water right now, but long before there were any lemons to be made into lemonade, Bey and Jay were just friends. In a 2008 interview with Seventeen, she explained,“I was 18 when we first met, 19 when we first started dating. That’s a whole year of friendship for these two complicated love birds.

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton

Long before these two embarked upon the most high-profile, mutual rebound relationship of all time, they were just friends,palling around on the set of “The Voice.”

Bella Thorne and Gregg Sulkin

These two were friends for six years before getting hot and heavy last summer.

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith

Well before their 1997 wedding, Will and Jada were just friends. The two met on the set of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” where Jada auditioned for the role of Will’s girlfriend. Although she didn’t get the part, the two remained friends. She explained how things took a turn:

After we had known each other for many years, we went out for dinner one night [with mutual friends], and I saw that he had grown from this lanky kid to this really responsible man. We started courting each other and our friendship turned into romance.

Kate Middleton and Prince William

Long before their royal romance, the two met through mutual friends before both enrolling at St. Andrews in Scotland, where their friendship and eventual relationship blossomed.

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WASHINGTON — President Obama may have run his last campaign, but he told nervous Democrats on Capitol Hill Wednesday that doesn’t mean he’s off the trail for good.

Obama travelled to the Capitol to meet with members of the Democratic caucus ahead of Congress’ long August recess, when the president and his allies hope to create a grassroots push for the president’s policy goals like immigration reform and what is being called his “grand bargain for the middle class.” Some Democrats seem worried the president’s requests will only go one way, and that he’ll leave them high and dry when it comes to campaign season. According to participants in the meeting, Obama sought to reassure Democrats worried about their reelection prospects that they won’t go it alone next year.

“There was a political question to the president from one of our more vulnerable members and the question was simply: when you said you fought your last campaign please tell us you’ll be there for us in 2014,” Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut told BuzzFeed after Obama’s meeting with House Democrats. “And he said I fought my last campaign, but I’m there for you.”

The White House has been vague about Obama’s specific August plans, saying only that there will be more economic speeches along the lines of the two he’s made in recent days at stops across the country. Organizing For Action, the spin-off of Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, has promised a tea party-like grassroots effort to lobby members of Congress to support the president’s agenda at town hall meetings.

Conservative groups have their own August plans, though they’re less unified than the Democrats’. Some conservative groups plan to use the recess to push House Republicans to pass an immigration reform bill, while others plan to use town halls in August to squash reform momentum in Washington.

Conservatives also hope to repeat their focus on Obamacare from 2009, albeit with a intraparty split: some conservatives are pushing Republicans to sign a pledge vowing to shut the government down if the health care law is not defunded, while other conservatives are trying hard to scuttle the plan before the August recess begins.

House Democrats who met with the president Wednesday said a focus of the meeting was getting House members on the same page and ready to talk about his economic plans through the hot weeks in August with one voice.

“People were trying to understand his case so they could make the case better,” Rep. John Delaney of Maryland said. “Some of it was very broad like tax reform and investing in infrastructure, what does that mean? So it was people trying to understand so they could explain it to their constituents.”

Obama was tight-lipped about the discussions as he left the Capitol meetings.

“Jobs. Middle class. Growth,” was all he’d tell reporters shouting questions about what went on behind closed doors.

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  1. 1. Clueless Paramount Pictures
    1. ✓ Horace Mann High School
    2. ✓ Beverly Hills High School
    3. ✓ Bronson Alcott High School
    4. ✓ John Dewey High School
  2. 2. The Breakfast Club Universal Pictures
    1. ✓ Northbrook High School
    2. ✓ Shermer High School
    3. ✓ Barrington High School
    4. ✓ Wheaton High School
  3. 3. 10 Things I Hate About You Buena Vista Pictures
    1. ✓ Mantua High School
    2. ✓ Illyria High School
    3. ✓ Verona High School
    4. ✓ Padua High School
  4. 4. Cruel Intentions Columbia Pictures
    1. ✓ Manchester Prep
    2. ✓ Sheffield Prep
    3. ✓ Leeds Prep
    4. ✓ Bristol Prep
  5. 5. Stand and Deliver Warner Bros.
    1. ✓ Rutherford B. Hayes High School
    2. ✓ James A. Garfield High School
    3. ✓ Chester A. Arthur High School
    4. ✓ Grover Cleveland High School
  6. 6. American Pie Universal Pictures
    1. ✓ East Great Falls High School
    2. ✓ Clarkson Valley High School
    3. ✓ High Ridge High School
    4. ✓ Maryland Heights High School
  7. 7. Jawbreaker TriStar Pictures
    1. ✓ Gerald Ford High School
    2. ✓ Ronald Reagan High School
    3. ✓ Richard Nixon High School
    4. ✓ George Bush High School
  8. 8. Dead Poets Society Buena Vista Pictures
    1. ✓ Middlebury Academy for Boys
    2. ✓ Bennington Academy for Boys
    3. ✓ Welton Academy for Boys
    4. ✓ Newport Academy for Boys
  9. 9. High School Musical Disney Channel
    1. ✓ North High
    2. ✓ West High
    3. ✓ East High
    4. ✓ South High
  10. 10. Can't Hardly Wait Columbia Pictures
    1. ✓ Fairless Hills High School
    2. ✓ Huntington Hills High School
    3. ✓ Pleasant Hills High School
    4. ✓ Forest Hills High School
  11. 11. Scream Dimension Films
    1. ✓ Woodsboro High School
    2. ✓ Woodlawn High School
    3. ✓ Wood Hills High School
    4. ✓ Woodburg High School
  12. 12. Dazed and Confused Criterion
    1. ✓ Ulysses S. Grant High School
    2. ✓ Jefferson Davis High School
    3. ✓ Robert E. Lee High School
    4. ✓ Stonewall Jackson High School
  13. 13. Buffy the Vampire Slayer 20th Century Fox
    1. ✓ Sunnydale High School
    2. ✓ Hemery High School
    3. ✓ Torrance High School
    4. ✓ Hamilton High School
  14. 14. Bring it On Universal Pictures
    1. ✓ Rancho Carne High School
    2. ✓ Rancho Cucamonga High School
    3. ✓ Rancho Asada High School
    4. ✓ Rancho Cordova High School
  15. 15. Carrie United Artists
    1. ✓ Hitchcock High School
    2. ✓ Bodega Bay High School
    3. ✓ Thornhill High School
    4. ✓ Bates High School
  16. 16. Heathers Anchor Bay
    1. ✓ West Hills High School
    2. ✓ Westerburg High School
    3. ✓ Westlake High School
    4. ✓ West North High School
  17. 17. The Craft Columbia Pictures
    1. ✓ St. Monica’s Catholic School
    2. ✓ St. Francis’ Catholic School
    3. ✓ St. Benedict’s Catholic School
    4. ✓ St. Augustine’s Catholic School
  18. 18. Election Paramount Pictures
    1. ✓ George Washington Carver High School
    2. ✓ Thomas Edison High School
    3. ✓ Eli Whitney High School
    4. ✓ John Moses Browning High School
  19. 19. Not Another Teen Movie Columbia Pictures
    1. ✓ Amy Heckerling High School
    2. ✓ Alicia Silverstone High School
    3. ✓ John Hughes High School
    4. ✓ Molly Ringwald High School
  20. 20. Mean Girls Paramount Pictures
    1. ✓ South Shore High School
    2. ✓ North Shore High School
    3. ✓ East Shore High School
    4. ✓ West Shore High School

Can You Match The Movie To The High School?

  1. F

    Were you even trying? Next time, do your homework. We’re all embarrassed for you.

    Paramount Pictures

  2. D

    You’re lucky this was graded on a curve. Now go see if you can argue your way to a better grade.

    Paramount Pictures

  3. C

    You’ve got definite potential. Keep studying and maybe you’ll make something of yourself eventually.

    Universal Pictures

  4. B

    Not bad! If you keep flying with the eagles, you’ll be a Heather in no time.

    Anchor Bay

  5. A

    Very impressive! You totally nailed it. Assuming you didn’t cheat, give yourself a pat on the back and some spirit fingers.

    Universal Pictures


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If the White House was hoping for a relatively drama-free week on the racism front, it didn’t get it. On Friday, the hashtag #NaziBucketChallenge was blowing up on Twitter. Assumedly a rendition of the #IceBucketChallenge, Twitter users throughout the day have been sharing a template tweet calling President Donald Trump a white supremacist.

The hashtag comes as the president is already facing criticism for what appears to be contradictory statements on Charlottesville and the hate groups that rallied there. Last night, Trump signed a joint resolution by Congress forcing him to condemn white supremacist groups involved in last month’s rally, but earlier that day, he had reiterated his “both sides” statement, blaming counter-protestors as well for the violence.

The hashtag challenge appears to have started on Wednesday, when TV and film writer Michael Green posted on Twitter. His tweet called the president a white supremacist, clearly siding with and defending Jemele Hill, who was chastised for doing the very same on Monday. Hill, an ESPN sports commentator, shared her personal opinion about Trump in a series of tweets earlier this week, and in response, the White House labeled this a “fireable offense” and urged the network to dismiss her. In a press conference on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said,

I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone can make, and certainly something that I think is a fireable offense by ESPN.

The network did not fire Hill, but it did accept her apology for speaking publicly on a platform where her comments might have been interpreted as representing ESPN. The drama sparked a national conversation on social media. Some called out the double standard of disallowing a woman of color to speak her mind while her white male peers are not as seriously reprimanded, some merely expressed support for Hill, some pointed out the members of Trump’s administration who come from politically extreme backgrounds, and some criticized the fact that people were more fixated on the inappropriateness of her comment rather than whether there was truth to what she said. In particular, many argued that Barack Obama wouldn’t have called for the firing of those who instigated the birther rumors. The list of grievances goes on. The president had responded to Hill’s comments on Twitter with a nasty tweet of his own, calling on ESPN to apologize.

Though he was far from the first person to stand with Hill, Green called for others to follow suit and join him in calling the president a white supremacist.

In short order, many did.

Replying to this tweet, Green added the following:

As of 1 p.m. ET Friday, the hashtag had been used in over 25,000 tweets.

Most tweets followed a formula, where users stated aspects of their identities in a set of three statements beginning with “I”m,” and ending with the phrase, “I’m calling Trump a white supremacist.”

Of course, there were variations and people took liberties with this.

Interestingly, the #NaziBucketChallenge tweets in general didn’t include any identification with political party (except those tweets that condemned the hashtag as a “liberal” trend).

There were no shortage of users who took the opportunity to make other comments about the president, as well.

People from all backgrounds and all walks of life joined in the challenge, sharing their stories and calling out the president.

As expected, many on the right also took offense and shot back at the hashtag.

For example, the editor-at-large of Infowars, a right-wing outlet, was apparently unimpressed.

Kaya Jones, former member of the Pussycat Dolls, was also against the hashtag.

Whether people agreed with it or not, the hashtag appears to have worked, at least in affiliating the president with white supremacy.

As one Twitter user’s photo showed, searching the hashtag brought up Trump’s account as the first hit.

Will Trump fire back about this hashtag campaign, as he did with Jemele Hill’s comments? We’ll have to wait and see.

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It shouldn’t be news to long-time Twitchy readers that comedian and “Saturday Night Live” alumn Norm Macdonald believes in God, nor a surprise that that knowledge drives atheists crazy. Wednesday, Macdonald tweeted that his prayers were with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who was hospitalized for abdominal pain and diagnosed with a tumor in his abdomen.

@TOMayorFord My prayers are with you. A speedy recovery, sir.

— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) September 11, 2014

@normmacdonald , you pray?

— Garth Tohms (@garthtohms) September 11, 2014

@garthtohms Yes sir, I do.

— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) September 12, 2014

@normmacdonald So you are actually praying for @TOMayorFord, on your knees and such?

— Brad Wheeler (@BWheelerglobe) September 11, 2014

@BWheelerglobe @TOMayorFord Yes sir, I am.

— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) September 12, 2014

@garthtohms @normmacdonald I thought Norm was more of a free thinker.

— Mr. Clever (@TheMrClever) September 12, 2014

@normmacdonald @garthtohms How can you freely think if your mind is bound to a God?

— Mr. Clever (@TheMrClever) September 12, 2014

@TheMrClever @garthtohms My mind is bound by nothing.

— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) September 12, 2014

@normmacdonald Norm, you pray? Seriously?

— Scott Steele (@WScott_Steele) September 12, 2014

@WScott_Steele Yes, sir. Many times a day.

— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) September 12, 2014

@normmacdonald Bless you.

— Scott Steele (@WScott_Steele) September 12, 2014

@normmacdonald Thanks for your prayers for @TOMayorFord. We are all God's children and serve a purpose. Also, thanks for live-tweeting golf!

— ★♥ Harriet Baldwin (@HarrietBaldwin) September 12, 2014

@normmacdonald is getting insulted for praying for a sick man in the hospital. Kind of sad. Had come to expect more from atheists/agnostics.

— BIC|The Dirty Deacon (@SacredLetDown) September 12, 2014

@normmacdonald Sad that wishing well and praying for a struggling man is controversial. Thanks for setting a positive example.

— jon gabriel (@exjon) September 12, 2014

@exjon @normmacdonald Not controversial. But a few atheists with inferiority complexes are easily threatened by theism.

— Mark Fritz (@MarkAndrewFritz) September 12, 2014

@MarkAndrewFritz Most atheists I know are cool. But there are several anti-theists who aren't as tolerant. @normmacdonald

— jon gabriel (@exjon) September 12, 2014

@exjon @normmacdonald I agree. The cool ones don't show up on Twitter berating people for praying.

— Mark Fritz (@MarkAndrewFritz) September 12, 2014

@normmacdonald people love to look down on others & have this weird superiority complex against people being spiritual in any way. it's bad

— Bonzi the poster (@bonzibuddy64) September 12, 2014

@normmacdonald Your ideology & expression of goodwill expressed in prayer matters not to me, sir. What I have seen is a generous heart. ✌️

— Winston Steele (@textas0371) September 12, 2014

I've come to the conclusion that @normmacdonald is a decent human being. A rare thing most places; nearly extinct on Twitter.

— Zombyboy (@zombyboy) September 12, 2014

@normmacdonald The power of prayer is real! Thank you for spreading the good word!

— Mike Fornelos (@mikefornelos) September 12, 2014

@normmacdonald don't let the prayer police ferguson you!

— Jeff Saxour (@therealsaxour) September 12, 2014

So peole are giving @normmacdonald shit for praying for @TOMayorFord. As an atheist, I say…go Norm!

— ✌ Romey Rome ❤ (@RobLives4Love) September 12, 2014

@normmacdonald You're a good guy, Norm.

— Noah Towe (@NoahTowe) September 12, 2014

@normmacdonald you're a beautiful man, Norm! God bless you.

— The Dude (@gordonshuckrow) September 12, 2014

@normmacdonald says he prays and people attack him for not being a "free thinker." Stay cool, Norm, I admire you so much right now.

— Cynical Stoner (@ThaComicsGawd) September 12, 2014

@normmacdonald Love you, man. Thank you for being honestly yourself.

— Michael Kane (@ClubMichaelKane) September 12, 2014


Comedian Norm Macdonald believes in God; Atheists in a state of shock

Comedian Norm Macdonald attacked by atheists, deletes tweets

Sigh: Norm Macdonald apologizes for ‘making people angry’ with tweets about faith

Goodbye, cruel Twitter? After atheists attack, Norm Macdonald considers deleting his account

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Time to go from a couch potato to a spud muffin.

  1. 1. Warner Bros.
  2. 2. Jamie McCarthy / Via Getty Images
    1. Charley Gallay / Getty Images ✓ Drew Barrymore
    2. Pascal Le Segretain / Getty ✓ Kellan Lutz
    3. Frazer Harrison / Getty ✓ Jennifer Lopez
    1. Michael Buckner / Getty ✓ Anderson Cooper
    2. Jamie McCarthy / Getty ✓ Natalie Portman
    3. Jason Merritt / Getty ✓ Brad Pitt
    1. Rich Polk / Getty ✓ Kim Kardashian
    2. Frazer Harrison / Getty ✓ Kerry Washington
    3. Andreas Rentz / Getty ✓ Ryan Reynolds
  3. 3. Via
  4. 4. Fox Searchlight Pictures
  5. 5. Jamie McCarthy / Via Getty Images
    1. Shutterstock ✓
  6. 6. Via
    1. ✓ “Independent Women” – Destiny’s Child
    2. ✓ “Just Dance” – Lady Gaga
    3. ✓ “Magic” – Coldplay
    1. ✓ “Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor
    2. ✓ “I Think We’re Alone Now” – Tiffany
    3. ✓ “The Way You Make Me Feel” – Michael Jackson
    1. ✓ “Bicycle Race” – Queen
    2. ✓ “Sabotage” – Beastie Boys
    3. ✓ “It’s Raining Men” – The Weather Girls
  7. 7. Handout / Via Getty Images
    1. Disney ✓ Tiana
    2. ✓ Cinderella
    3. ✓ Gaston
    1. ✓ Sleeping Beauty
    2. ✓ Mulan
    3. ✓ Elsa
    1. ✓ Tinker Bell
    2. ✓ Ariel
    3. ✓ Pocahontas
  8. 8. Via
    1. Universal ✓ Waterworld
    2. Fox ✓ The Darjeeling Limited
    3. Fox ✓ Black Swan
    1. Columbia ✓ The Karate Kid
    2. Disney ✓ Heavyweights
    3. Paramount ✓ Forrest Gump
    1. Vestron ✓ Dirty Dancing
    2. Warner Bros. ✓ Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
    3. Warner Bros. ✓ 300
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Which Workout Should You Try?

  1. You got: Crossfit

    You are a lean, mean, Crossfit machine! You need an intense workout that never lets up and uses every muscle possible. Just don’t become one of those Crossfit prophets, OK? We don’t need anymore of those.


  2. You got: Bar Method

    Who doesn’t want to looking a goddamned ballerina? This is a national chain (but there are lots of fitness studios that do similar barre-oriented classes). You’ll do ballet-inspired squats, plus ab and core work and HOLY MOLY is it ever intense. You’ll get lean and flexible in no time.

    Flickr: studiobarre

  3. You got: Spin

    Spin class will not only get your heart rate up, but will also make you sweat buckets, all in a quick 45 minutes. Plus, you get the workout of riding a bike without the threat of being hit by a car.


  4. You got: Zumba

    Screw a traditional workout! You want to dance! And you hate the gym! Who cares if you keep up with the choreography? What matters is that you’re movin’ and groovin’ and getting healthy.


  5. You got: Bootcamp

    If you have a big event coming up – like a wedding – and want to get in shape fast, a bootcamp workout is perfect for you. It will give you the structure and discipline to achieve your goals, with the added benefit of an instructor to keep you on track. Plus, how awesome does it sound when you say, “I have bootcamp in the morning”?


  6. You got: Yoga

    Basically, you need to shut out out the world but still get your sweat on. You knOMMMMMM what I’m saying?


  7. You got: Kickboxing

    You’re competitive, saucy, and need to hit it hard in order for you to really feel the burn. Plus, if you hate being alone, kickboxing is a pretty social workout.


  8. You got: Running

    Wonderful for being alone with your thoughts, getting concentrated, enjoying the outdoors, and getting an all-over workout. Start off by making sure you have a rocking playlist and the right shoes (they’ll make all the difference). Go!


  9. You got: Swimming

    For the person who just wants to try something different. Swimming can be a really inexpensive option at your local Y. Plus if you have an aversion to sweat, that’s no problem.



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1. Robert Schwartzman as Michael Moscovitz

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Since The Princess Diaries, Schwartzman has acted in a few shorts, but he’s more known for being the lead singer-songwriter of the band Rooney. Additionally, Schwartzman’s written songs for films such as Palo Alto, Bad Teacher, and Nancy Drew. His solo album, Double Capricorn, is available for digital download here, with all proceeds donated to the Tibetan Healing Fund.

2. Erik von Detten as Josh Bryant

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After the success of The Princess Diaries, von Detten guest-starred on shows such as Law & Order: SVU, Charmed, and Bones. He was also a lead on the short-lived TV show Complete Savages, and his last acting credit was as the voice of Sid in Toy Story 3.

3. Patrick John Flueger as Jeremiah Hart

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The Princess Diaries was Flueger’s first film role, and he’s gone on to guest-star on shows such as CSI: Miami, Law & Order: SVU, and Criminal Minds. He was part of the sci-fi TV show The 4400 and now plays rookie cop Adam Ruzek on Chicago P.D. He also has a couple of films coming out later this year.

4. Hector Elizondo as Joe

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Elizondo’s been in numerous film and TV productions since The Princess Diaries. Some of these include Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, and The Book of Life. (He’s actually been in every one of director Garry Marshall’s films.) Elizondo also played recurring characters on Cane, Monk, and Grey’s Anatomy. His newest project, Max & Me, will premiere in 2016.

5. Sean O’Bryan as Teacher Patrick O’Connell

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O’Bryan’s guest-starred on shows such as NCIS, Cold Case, and Dexter. In 2010, he was part of the short-lived TV show Persons Unknown. More recently, O’Bryan acted in New Year’s Eve and Olympus Has Fallen. He is currently filming two different movies, London Has Fallen and The Fix, both of which are set to premiere in 2015.

6. Larry Miller as Hairdresser Paolo

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Miller’s had recurring roles on shows such as My Wife and Kids and 8 Simple Rules. Back in 2009, he was part of the short-lived TV show 10 Things I Hate About You, based on the film of the same name (in which he also had a role). He has three films coming out in the next couple of years, and he’s also performing stand-up. Unfortunately, Miller isn’t touring at the moment, but you can check and see when he’ll start up again here.

7. John Rhys-Davies as Viscount Mabrey

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Rhys-Davies lent his voice to the iconic Gimli in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as LOTR-themed video games. He was also the voice of the villain ManRay from SpongeBob SquarePants. In 2014, Rhys-Davies voiced Grand Pabbie on Once Upon a Time. He has several film and TV projects premiering in 2015, including The Shannara Chronicles and The Cove.

8. Callum Blue as Andrew Jacoby

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British-born Blue went on to act in Dead Like Me, The Tudors, Smallville, and Royal Pains. In 2012, he starred in Book Club, a web series for bibliophiles. Blue has two thrillers coming out in 2015, Dartmoor Killing and The Cove, alongside his The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement co-star, John Rhys-Davies.

9. Chris Pine as Nicholas Devereaux

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Since The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Pine has become a household name. He’s starred as Kirk in Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. More recently, he can be seen in Into the Woods and Horrible Bosses 2. His fans call themselves “Pine-Nuts,” and created this fansite back in 2007. Look for Pine in the TV show Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp coming out later this year, and Star Trek 3 in 2016.

10. It’s been 14 years since the first film — still looking good, gents!

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The video for “All Of Our Stars” is made up of Instagrams from the hashtag #TFIOSEncouragements. Prepare to cry.

If you feel like getting weepy, have a listen to Ed Sheeran’s new song, “All of the Stars,” taken from the The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack. Idolator ran a contest offering fans a chance to appear in its video. They submited stories of how the heart-wrenching novel had given them the courage “to live, love, and make life awesome” to the #TFIOSEncouragements hashtag, and winners were chosen from over 5000 entries.

This is the result:

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2. Oh, god. *grabs tissues and runs away*

Oh, god. *grabs tissues and runs away*

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