What’s Good in the Podcast Hood

Title too cheesy? Too bad! I’ve fallen in love with the wonderful world of podcasts and can’t look back. Below I describe a few of my favorite podcasts and give you a go-to episode to start with. Be sure to comment and tell me what podcasts YOU are listening to, so we can all spread the podcast love!

The Big Boo Cast

Author/blogger besties Sophie Hudson and Melanie Shankle join forces for an hour or so of simple conversations between two hilarious women. Their favorite topics include skin-care products, commiseration about the heat in the south, SEC sports, online shopping, Netflix finds and raising teenagers in the modern world. As I type this out, I realize only a few of the topics above apply to me, but I eat up every episode because these two friends are adorably funny, incredibly down-to-earth and so genuine. You will feel like the third best friend! [Fun fact, Sophie was my psychology teacher in high school! 😄]

Starter Episode: “The Big Boo Cast, Episode 86”

While you’re at it, check out two of my favorite books from Sophie and Melanie, here and here!

The Popcast with Knox and Jamie

Knox and Jamie are your experts on all things pop culture, and this misfit pair will have you laughing-out-loud at their sassy and often salty opinions. Some of my favorite episodes include “The NOs of _____,” where the hosts take down everything that’s wrong with topics from motherhood to Halloween.

Starter Episode: “The NOs of Weddings 2019”


Don’t panic when you see the red “E” box! Very few of these episodes have bad language (maybe one or two if it directly relates to the story), so be prepared, but you will be pleasantly surprised. Each episode, Gimlet media host Jonathan Goldstein joins one individual in their search for answers from something of their past that often, in one form or another, affects his or her present. Fans of Who Do You Think You Are? or Long Lost Family will love it. (Thanks for the recommendation, Eric!)

Starter Episode: #14 Isabel

That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs

I hope many of you are already listening to this podcast, because it is a gem! Annie is a fun, insightful and refreshing voice in this hectic world. She has a pure heart that shines through her conversations with different guests, and her love for fellowship and community is almost tangible. (P.S. – If you haven’t read her latest book, Remember God  , go buy it right now!)


Starter Episode: Soooo many. Try Lysa Terkeurst, Myquillyn Smith, Jeremy + Audrey Roloff or Christine Caine

Jen Said What?!

Some might say I’m the opposite of a Catholic mom (Protestant single gal here 🙋🏼‍♀️), but I absolutely LOVE Jen Fulwiler. A former atheist-turned-ardent-believer, Jen has a unique perspective on faith and what it means to follow Christ in everyday life. She is incredibly smart, a brilliant writer (see her book here) and an excellent, dry-wit comedian. This podcast takes parts of her weekly radio show on Sirius XM and loops them together for a weekly overview.


Starter Episode: *REPOSTED* Podcast for Week Ending 2/22/19

10 Things to Tell You

This brand new podcast came to life in January, and it’s been going strong ever since! Hosted by the lovely Laura Tremaine, the show tackles everyday life topics like reading, family rules, journaling, friendship and more. At first I thought it sounded too self-helpish for my taste, but as I listened to the first episode, I was hooked. Laura is genuine, gentle, diplomatic and welcoming. She handles tough topics with gravity and respect. On certain episodes, she invites listeners of the show to contribute with a 30-second comment, and it’s so fun to hear from other women all over the world exploring a relevant topic.

Starter Episode:  Where Do You Live?

One Year Bible Podcast

This one is pretty self explanatory! If you’re trying to become more familiar with the Bible or read through the entire book, this podcast is a great supplementary tool. I’m not naturally an audible learner, but this podcast has been helpful when I’m traveling and on an unusual schedule, or when I simply want to spend some extra time meditating on God’s Word.

Starter Episode: Wherever you want!


The Next Right Thing

Brought to you by a woman with the voice of an angel, this podcast with Emily P. Freeman feels like a breath of fresh air. Emily calmly and serenely guides listeners through various elements of the decision-making process, which is an area where I can always use extra advice! The tone of the podcast is gentle, reflective and uplifting. Plus, the episodes are normally between 10-20 minutes long, so they’re easily digestible.


Starter Episode: Don’t Take Offense (It’s a GOOD ONE.)

Good Job, Brain!

I love this podcast with my whole nerdy heart, and I’m so sad that they haven’t released an episode in over a year. NEVERTHELESS, it is such a great podcast, so I’m going to tell you about it anyway! This show started when four friends who played pub trivia decided to share the fun with a podcast audience. Each episode covers a different theme, and each individual makes up some kind of quiz. You play along with the other hosts, and you will learn so many fascinating tid-bits of information that you never knew you needed! (For example, do you know the story about the tidal wave of molasses that nearly destroyed the city of Boston? Didn’t think so! Listen here.)


Starter Episode: Lost in Translation

Keep It Real with Rachel Sinclair

Whaaaaat? How did this podcast sneak its way in here? I guess I can’t help but recommend my own podcast, because I really do love the conversations that have aired on the show! My goal for the podcast is threefold: I want you to laugh. I want you to learn something. And I want you to walk away a little closer in your walk with God, wherever you are on that journey. Every episode features a unique guest, and I’ve been honored to sit down with some really cool people. I hope you’ll check it out!


Starter Episode: Episode 2 –  Angie Sinclair (My Mom!)  or Episode 8 – Melissa Radke

Q&A: “The Voice” artist Kymberli Joye talks faith, anxiety and music 

Artist Kymberli Joye captured America’s attention when she openly declared her desire to be a Gospel singer on NBC’s “The Voice.” Before her moving performance of Hillsong UNITED’s “Oceans,” Joye spoke with coach Kelly Clarkson about her struggle with depression and anxiety, and how faith in God brought her through. Last week Joye was eliminated from the competition, making her a season 15 semi-finalist. In the following interview, Joye shares about her journey on “The Voice” and proclaiming her faith on reality television.


RS: Before “The Voice,” did you know you wanted to be a Gospel artist?

KJ: Gospel music is part of my life. My parents are pastors, I grew up in the church and I’m a worship leader. Coming on the show, I knew I wanted to tell the world that I was a Gospel singer and Christian artist. That’s what I wanted to be from day one.

RS: What was it like working with Kelly Clarkson?

KJ: It was amazing. I’ve been a fan of her since “American Idol,” and to work with someone who I’ve looked up to for so long was incredible. She’s the kindest, sweetest person I know. She’s just like she is on TV––she’s funny but can be serious, she gives amazing advice and she really cares about everyone on her team. Kelly’s been a great support system.

RS: How did it feel to talk about your faith with big-time celebrities like Kelly Clarkson, Carson Daly and Jennifer Hudson?

KJ: Surprisingly enough, it felt natural. It can be daunting to be vulnerable. On top of that, you’re talking to celebrities and you know it’s being taped for TV. But I wanted to first and foremost make sure that I told my story and represented my faith in the right way. I wanted to show people that I’m flawed, I have issues and I’ve doubted. We’re real people who go through real issues, but we still have a real God who can help us with those issues.

RS: Tell us about the moment where Jennifer Hudson said that you helped “renew [her] faith a little bit more”? What did this mean to you?

KJ: It meant so much to me, not because she was Jennifer Hudson, but because she was a person. It meant so much that my story, my performance and the song “Oceans” helped touch her heart and her walk in faith. I was very grateful to be used in that moment. I always say that we are a vessel for music and healing to come through. I felt like I had done my job that night.

RS: It seems like you’ve been able to encourage people who are at different steps in their faith. Is this something you aspire to do through your music?

KJ: Absolutely. I found that a lot of people who responded to me during the show are people who’ve had issues with faith, haven’t gone to church in a long time or maybe they’ve never been at all. They say to me, “There’s something about the way you presented or the things you said that made me want to look into that.”

I realize that I want to lead people in worship in the church, but I also want to lead people outside of the church so they can know who God is and what it means to have a real relationship with Him.

RS: Before you sang “Oceans,” you talked about your journey with anxiety and depression, and how faith helped you overcome those struggles. What made you decide to share this part of your story?

KJ: When I first got on the show, I basically heard the Spirit of the Lord tell me, “You’re on the show to be a light, so you need to be transparent.” A lot of people who struggle with these things feel like they’re alone, and when that happens, you can’t see a way out. Hearing someone else say that they’ve dealt with it can help you flip the switch to go seek help.

I wanted to make sure I could be a light in a dark place because I remember where I was. I still deal with anxiety issues to this day, but it’s nowhere near where it was before. The depression is gone. But life can become overwhelming, and it gets really dark when you think you’re alone. That’s when the enemy comes into your ear and says, “You’re never going to get out of this. It’s never going to get better.” But the Word of God says that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. I wanted to make sure I used my platform to share a piece of my testimony and encourage somebody else.

RS: Tell us about the other Christian song you sang, “Break Every Chain.” This song began with the bold lyrics, “There is power in the name of Jesus.”

KJ: It is a strong statement, and I was kind of surprised that “The Voice” let me make it. The show has always allowed people to sing Gospel songs and hymns, but this song is so powerful, especially the statement “there is power in the name of Jesus.” It says that three times before it says “break every chain.” I was happy that the show gave me room to be myself and express my faith without apprehension.

RS: What was your relationship like with the other contestants? Were you able to have faith conversations with them off-camera?

Absolutely. That’s what I’ve enjoyed most about the show––the camaraderie among the contestants since the beginning. In the blind auditions, “The Voice” allowed us to have a church service in a room in our hotel. We worshipped, and it was beautiful. We weren’t all at the same place in our faith, but we all sang and lifted up the name of Jesus. We also always prayed before the shows.

I got the nickname “preacher,” because I’m always encouraging someone with a word when they are feeling negative or have something going on. That’s just who I am!

RS: What is your encouragement to believers living in a secular environment who want to bring the Gospel into their world?

KJ: I’ve worked in the secular arena for a long time, and I’ve learned that being a light doesn’t necessarily mean quoting Scripture all the time or singing only Gospel songs. It means showing people love, being a listening ear or praying when they ask you to.

When people say, “I don’t know what it is, but I feel like I can talk to you,” or, “I find peace when I’m with you,” that’s the Holy Spirit. That’s the light of Jesus shining through you. So be open and show love. Love is the key.

RS: Is there anything else you’d like to share about your journey, or what God is doing?

KJ: I believe God is doing something new in this season where unlikely people are rising up to proclaim His Name. I want to say to people––be open and be ready. There is a harvest coming, and there is a new generation of people who will be seeking after God with everything they have. Don’t be discouraged by statistics or the breaking of tradition, because it’s not tradition that saves. It’s Jesus that saves. When He came, he broke down barriers and traditions.

I also want to say, “Don’t give up.” Whatever that means to whoever reads it, don’t give up. If it’s a dream, a promise God gave you or something you’ve been working at for a long time, don’t give up.


“The Voice” season 15 finale will air Tuesday, December 18 at 8 p.m. EST. Follow Kymberli Joye on social media @kymberlijoye.


IT’S NOT EVERY DAY you have an impromptu duet with Kelly Clarkson, singing one of her original songs in perfect harmony, completely on the spot. Soon Kelly is yelling, “Pick me! Pick me!” Two chairs down, Adam Levine is smashing his buzzer in protest and yelling, “Nooooo Kelly!”

That’s exactly what happened when 18-year-old Alexa Cappelli made her blind audition debut during NBC’s The Voice. Out of the two judges, Alexa chose Kelly.

Alexa Cappelli sings “I’ve Got the Music in Me”

“Every preteen loves Kelly Clarkson growing up,” Cappelli said. “I love that she doesn’t stick with one genre. She’s done basically everything, and she could teach me a lot through the experience of being a contestant. Adam is very persuasive, but I had to go with my gut.”

Alexa went on to conquer the Battle Rounds and Knockout Rounds, earning a place in the top 24 overall, and top six on the historic, first-ever Team Kelly. Alexa said the process was an incredible experience, and she was struck by how personal her relationship was with the judges.

“I loved the insight of being able to see that these people we look up to in the media and in music — they’re normal people,” Cappelli said. “And they want to hear about us! Kelly was a great example of being such a great, genuine person. She really poured into us and wanted to hear from us and what we loved about music.”


In addition to vocal sessions and rehearsals, Alexa got to know Kelly and her team through fun activities like bowling and going to Universal Studios theme park. She also built strong friendships that extend outside the show, particularly with her teammate Brynn Cartelli, and Jackie Foster and Britton Buchanan of Team Alicia. (Brynn and Britton are in The Voice finale, airing May 22.)

“Being able to work alongside Brynn and see her motivation at such a young age… she’s got such a drive that is really inspiring.” Alexa added that she, Brynn and Jackie hope to meet up this summer for a girls trip in Boston.

Jackie was Alexa’s roommate, and the two bonded over their love of music and their shared faith in Christ. One of Alexa’s favorite verses throughout her time on the show was Jeremiah 29:11.

“I had a little rock in the bathroom of our hotel with Jeremiah 29:11 on it,” Alexa said. “I left it there when I went home, so now it’s Jackie’s! She wanted me to take it, but I told her it was hers.”

A few days later, Jackie called Alexa and told her she had been reading over the verse, and she knew she’d be at peace with whatever would happen.

“I love that verse, because it’s all right there,” Alexa said. “If I can see anything into what God has planned for me, [I know] it’s a hope and a future.”

Alexa said that staying grounded throughout the ups and downs of the competition was harder than she realized. “The toughest part was the internal struggle, remembering that this was not about me in any way. This was about me sharing my voice, the gift I’ve been given to share. It’s easy to get caught up in the cameras and music, but you have to keep going. I had to remember I wasn’t there for me.”

She found strength through prayer and reading the Bible. “I had to remember that this is just a step in the big journey that God has planned out, uniquely for me, and for music.”

“That moment that I got sent home, I thought, ‘Okay. I really wanted that [win].’ But I also just had to stop and trust that He has something so much bigger… I don’t know what that is, and it will be a crazy journey finding that through Him.”


In a few short weeks, Alexa will graduate from Orange County School of the Arts, where she attended despite the 1.5 hour one-way commute. This fall she will study music business at Cal Poly Ponoma, a short thirty minutes from her home.

Alexa is excited to spend more time with her family and friends during this new season. She will also continue to be involved in Steven’s Hope for Children, a non-profit organization run by her parents that helps families of seriously injured children. Additionally, she plans to spend the summer writing and producing new music.

“I think the time to look out for new music would be the fall of this year,” Alexa said. “I’d love to get an EP out, and that’s my vision. So look out for that soon!”

To keep up with Alexa on Instagram and Twitter at @alexacappelli and through her website at alexcappelli.com.

The world has gone crazy.

Twitter feuds have escalated to a new level. Kylie AND Khloe are pregnant (whaaaat?). And yesterday Chip and Joanna Gaines broke the news that “Fixer Upper” is entering its final season.

Why must all good things come to an end?

Fans are heartbroken, and understandably so. Over the past four years Chip and JoJo have brought us beautiful home improvement inspiration, uplifting binge-worthy TV, an unprecedented obsession with shiplap and the ultimate #couplegoals.

And while the end of “Fixer Upper” is disappointing on our end, I think they are incredibly brave to choose what is right for their family over what’s popular.

How many TV stars have we watched as their lives slowly spun wildly out of control and far from their original identity? I remember in middle school when “Jon and Kate Plus 8” came out, I couldn’t get enough of watching their family’s chaotic life with those precious children. Then there’s Hannah Montana. Remember her? I remember telling my mom what about this cool, Christian girl named Miley Cyrus. “Rachel, she’s probably going to go ‘wild,’” Mom said. “That happens sometimes.”

Silly Mom. Not this girl! She obviously had no idea what she was talking about…

Anyway, you see my point.

I don’t know the specifics of why Chip and Joanna felt that ending the show was the right decision, but I know it couldn’t have been an easy decision. Keeping the show would’ve been normal, comfortable and, in the short term, conflict-free. However, they acted based upon what was right for their lives, not what was comfortable.

How often do we say “yes” to other people without stopping to think about what’s healthy for our personal lives? When we’re presented with an opportunity that is not inherently bad on its own, we feel guilty for politely declining and saying, “It’s just not for me.”

I think we can learn a lot from Chip and Joanna’s announcement. First of all, let’s take time to stop and actually think about big decisions. Maybe take a week and pray it over. Do some soul searching to discern what is right.

Secondly, let’s not be intimidated by what other people will think. There is no doubt that Chip and Joanna care deeply about their fans, but that doesn’t mean the fans dictate their lives.

And lastly, let’s remember that it’s okay to SAY NO to something that’s popular, even comfortable, but not right for us.

Soft snaps for Chip and JoJo. Thank you for showing us what it looks like to make the brave decision. It’s going to be okay.

It’s no secret that I love reading and writing about people’s stories. I’ve recently gone through three top-notch autobiographies from some of my favorite people in the entertainment industry. If you like them on-screen or on the radio, don’t hesitate to pick up or download a copy of their book. Enjoy!

The Magnolia Story (Chip and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino)

Aren’t they the cutest? This book rewinds to the beginning of Chip and JoJo’s love story, which is just as sappy-sweet and comical as you would imagine. Both innovators at heart, Chip and Joanna take readers through the ups and downs of how they launched their one-of-a-kind careers, all while beautifully giving credit to God and His sovereign plan for their lives.

One of my favorite parts? The story of how Chip surprised JoJo by spending their extra money on a decrepit houseboat. This disastrous move on Chip’s part is what actually landed them a reality TV pilot.

Talking As Fast As I Can (Lauren Graham)

It sounds impossible, but I propose that you’ll walk away from this book loving Lauren Graham herself even more than the beloved Lorelai Gilmore or Sarah Braverman. Lauren is smart, witty, classy, down-to-earth, clean, funny, and oh so entertaining. You feel like she’s your best friend. (We ARE best friends, right, LG?) You’ll relish Lauren’s hilarious tales about skipping kindergarten, living on a houseboat, working in The Theatah (no thea-teeeer), being single (and why that’s okay), and of course, making Gilmore Girls and Parenthood.

One of my favorite parts? Advice from Old Lady Jackson. Lauren writes,

“Old Lady Jackson is a character I made up when I started catching myself giving advice–initially to Mae and Miles on the Parenthood set–that sounded like it came from your grayhaired grandma who spends her days in a rocking chair knitting your scratchy socks you pretend to love at Christmas. By creating this character, who was obviously very, very, very far away from myself, I hoped to confuse Mae and Miles, among others, into thinking that while I might sometimes seem to offer suggestions that could be considered a tad ‘old-timey,’ they weren’t actually coming from me…”

I think I have a little bit of “Old Lady Jackson” in myself, so this chapter was particularly comical to me. (Again, because Lauren and I are besties. Right?)

When God Doesn’t Fix It (Laura Story with Jennifer Schuchmann)

In contrast to the other two books I mentioned earlier, this autobiography carries a serious tone and many difficult truths. You might recognize the artist Laura Story from her radio hits like “Blessings” and “What a Savior,” but you probably don’t know about her personal hardships.

Laura began an unexpected journey only one year into her marriage, when her husband, Martin, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. What initially seemed to be a “next surgery will fix it” situation turned into a realization that Laura’s husband would likely have serious memory issues for the rest of his life.

One of my favorite parts? Laura concludes each chapter with a myth and a truth. My favorite is, “MYTH: God can only use my story when there is a happy ending. TRUTH: God can use my story when I trust him in the journey.”

Laura tackles the topic of our “happily ever after” mindset, sharing how she learned to praise God in the midst of grievous trials.


There you have it, friends! As always, I love to hear your thoughts on these books and on YOUR favorite biographies. Happy reading!


Friends, I am thrilled to introduce you to the super-talented, yellow-wearing, fun-loving, Erin Robertson! Erin is the WINNER of Project Runway Season 15, and I am honored to have her as my latest “Celeb Sit Down” guest.

Throughout the season, Erin won the hearts of Project Runway’s fans (and judges!) with her bubbly personality and out-of-the-box designs. After speaking with Erin, I can attest to her genuine, upbeat spirit and creative enthusiasm.

One thing that distinguished Erin from the other contestants was her bold use of color and willingness to take risks. I asked Erin if she ever got nervous before facing the judges (Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen).

“I really respect the main three judges. I was never nervous! I love critique and positive feedback,” Erin said, adding that she doesn’t view anything as “negative” feedback. “It never scared me.”

Erin also spoke highly of Project Runway host and mentor Tim Gunn, who encouraged Erin to stay true to her personal style. “I think his role is to test you to make sure you’re being you. Not telling you who you are or who you aren’t, but making comments that make you think. “

More than once, Tim was concerned about Erin finishing her look in time for the runway show. However, Erin said that working under a time crunch is one of her strengths.

“I knew I had a good chance of winning because I know how I work under pressure,” Erin said. “I’m a positive procrastinator, so a lot of times I leave things until the last minute, and then I whip it out!

For Erin, the hardest part of the competition was working in a different environment without the collaborative influence of her friends from home.

“I talk to my friends everyday, and when I work in the studio, I always get their feedback,” Erin said. “I’m very community driven, so I had to create this new community with these people who I’m competing with. But I was really lucky. Honestly, I loved everyone.”

As part of the series finale, Erin and three other contestants presented a 10-piece collection at New York Fashion Week.

“There’s so much that goes on behind the camera,” Erin said. “We woke up at 2 a.m., and they started filming morning reality at 3.” After hours of prepping models and rehearsing the show, the finalists presented their collections and collapsed backstage for a much-needed nap. “We woke back up, and they said they were going to announce the winner. We were all delirious! That’s the funny thing, and no one knows it.”

And that’s when Heidi Klum spoke the words Erin longed to hear: “Erin, you are the winner of Project Runway Season 15!”

Erin spent the evening celebrating with her parents, two best friends and other contestants from the show. She is currently in the process of receiving the Project Runway prize package, which she plans to use to purchase studio space and equipment.

Born and raised in Utah, Erin moved to Boston after high school and worked as a dental assistant before attending Massachusetts College of Art and Design to study fashion and fiber art.

“I did fashion when I was in high school,” Erin said. “I made my own prom dress and whatnot. Then I took a break because I didn’t think I could make money as a fashion designer. I wasn’t raised on the idea that you could go to art school and make money, or even that art school existed.”

In Boston, Erin worked in a dental research lab under Dr. Porsche, the woman who became her mentor. “I ended up assisting her in the lab for two years and doing all of these crazy of experiments,” Erin said. “I think that’s where I learned a lot of craft. I learned tenacity, that if you don’t do something right, you have to do it again. Failure is not an option.”

Erin’s design aesthetic can be described as playful and humorous, and she is a master at the art of unconventional materials. (One of my favorite pieces from the season was Erin’s dress made with meal worms and guitar pics. Amazing!)

“Part of my work is taking something and hiding what it’s original state is. I think [unconventional materials] are a challenge, but I like a challenge…” Erin said. “I find humor in that.”

Known for her signature yellow, Erin says that she has always been a fan of bold colors. “Even when I was a dental assistant, I would wear bubblegum pink scrubs when everyone else would wear black.” She often uses the banana motif, which Erin said was inspired from a cell phone case she got a few years ago.

“Do you still have that case?” I asked.

“I’m talking to you on it right now!” Erin replied.

One of my last questions to Erin was, “If you could be anything other than a fashion designer, what would you be?”

After careful consideration, Erin answered, “I don’t see myself as just a fashion designer. I don’t like to put myself in just one category. I want to be a bunch of stuff. That’s why I say I’m just a human!”

In the future, Erin plans to find a live-work space in Cambridge and continue studying sustainable textiles and innovating fabric development. You can keep up with Erin and her creative endeavors on Instagram at @an_erin, or visit her website, erinrobertsonart.com.


It’s no secret that Christmas is my favorite time of the year! Unfortunately, we only have 20 more days where it’s socially acceptable to listen to Christmas music. I’ve put together a playlist entitled “Mix & Match Christmas” with some of my favorite, lesser-known Christmas songs. While these songs may not be top 20 on the radio, they are fantastic and well-deserving of a download! Enjoy!

Hello friends! I know you’re all excited to meet my next Celeb Sit Down guest from one of our all-time favorite shows, Gilmore Girls! This blog post is long-anticipated, as I’ve had this interview since early summer.

Now that we’re only three days away from the revival, it’s time for me to share my exclusive interview with the one and only… Emily Kuroda! You know Emily as the notorious “Mrs. Kim,” the mother of Rory’s best friend, Lane. From her fierce warnings about boys to her ruthless rules (“You break, you buy!”), Mrs. Kim has brought us many laughs throughout the series. So pour a cup of coffee, order some pizza and enjoy!

RS: What was it like reuniting with the Gilmore Girls cast? Who were you excited to see?

EK: The table read was so much fun. It was nice to see everyone! Keiko wasn’t there because she was shooting Grimm.

RS: What is your favorite episode of Gilmore Girls and why?

EK: I love them all, but one of my favorites is when I decide to kick Lane out of the house because she had looked me in the eye and lied to me. As she was leaving, Amy and Dan wrote a very short quiet scene — underlined with maternal conflict, fear, hurt and love.

RS: You have described yourself as “shy.” Are people surprised when they discover that your personality is very different from that of your character?

EK: They usually think it’s pretty funny.

RS: Gilmore Girls debuted in 2000. Did you expect the series to gain such longstanding popularity? Why do you think the show resonates with many different audiences?

EK: Amy and Dan are smart and witty and refuse to talk down to people. With so many shows on TV the audience is ahead of the story, but with GG they are always catching up. Jokes are not underlined, and when the audience catches one it is especially delicious. It is also based on real (although often far fetched) characters with very real relationships. Gilmore Girls appeals to the heart and the mind, and I think that is the reason the show has been so accepted and appreciated globally.  

RS: Even though Mrs. Kim and Lorelai are very different, they are both independent mothers with compelling mother-daughter relationships. What parallels can you draw between the two characters?

EK: The parallels between Lorelai and Mrs. Kim are the love for their only daughter and the difficulty of motherhood. Although Mrs. Kim has a loud bark, there were many times she doubted herself and her decisions.

RS: You had many comedic moments on the show. Can you remember a specific scene that was hard to film without laughing?

EK: The Bracebridge Dinner. I sat across the table from Sally Struthers (Babette) and Liz Torres (Miss Patty) — the two funniest (and kindest) ladies on the planet!  

RS: The show never addresses the character of Lane’s father. If you had to write in the character or history of Mr. Kim, what would his story be?

EK: It keeps changing. Sometimes I thought he was a missionary, or he had another family in Korea, or he’s a rockstar on the road…

RS: With over 30 years of experience in theater and television, which do you prefer?

EK: Gilmore girls was like a theater piece, but one that built and explored its characters over seven years. How lucky am I to have been given that!


Watch this clip from Emily’s favorite episode, “In the Clamor and the Clangor” (Season 4, Episode 11). Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, will premiere on Netflix Friday, November 25!


Alright friends, we’re only 1 WEEK away from our beloved Gilmore Girls revival! As a way to celebrate, I want to share a few of my favorite Gilmore memories as we look back on the past 7 seasons. BUT, I need your help too! I’m asking you to share your favorite scenes or episodes by commenting on Facebook, reposting this article or tweeting @1RachelSinclair with your favorites… whatever you can do to spread the Gilmore love. I can’t wait to see your responses! 

1. Lorelai and Emily’s Fashion Show

You know Emily will do just about anything to ensure Rory’s bright future at Chilton, including going all out in the Booster Club’s fashion show that Lorelai somehow ended up hosting. Although horrified at first, Lorelai eventually lightened up and even smiled as she and Emily struck a final pose on the runway.

2. Rory’s Graduation Speech

“My ultimate inspiration comes from my best friend, the dazzling woman from whom I received my name and my life’s blood, Lorelai Gilmore. My mother never gave me any idea that I couldn’t do whatever I wanted to do or be whomever I wanted to be.  She filled our house with love and fun and books and music, unflagging in her efforts to give me role models from Jane Austen to Eudora Welty to Patti Smith.  As she guided me through these incredible eighteen years, I don’t know if she ever realized that the person I most wanted to be was her.  Thank you, Mom: you are my guidepost for everything.”

Bring out the tissues, please!

3. Luke and Lorelai’s First Kiss

IT’S ABOUT TIME!!! This might just be my favorite scene of the entire series. And you have to love Kirk. He’s the cherry on top to make this a scene of perfection! #LukeandLorelaiForever.

4. Lane’s Baby Shower

Sweet little Lane… on bedrest with TWINS! The whole town (including Lorelai and the feisty Mrs. Kim) comes together for an epic baby shower for Lane, Zach and their twin boys. Lane is only able to attend the party because of her friends and family who wheel her across the town square to Miss Patty’s studio. 

5. Rory’s Graduation/Going Away Party


Good ole’ Luke pulled off the surprise party of the century. He stays up all night cooking hot dogs and sewing together tarps because of how much he cares for Rory! (And the townspeople, and… maybe Lorelai too?) Everyone from Stars Hollow comes to bid Rory farewell. Richard and Emily even make an appearance AND tell Lorelai that Rory’s incredible character and success is a testament to her parenting. What a sweet moment!

I’ve shared some of my favorite Gilmore memories, and now it’s time for you to share yours! Tag me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and spread the #GilmoreLove! And stay tuned for my upcoming #celebsitdown interview with one of the Gilmore Girls cast members!

If you missed part 1, read it here!

One of the best parts about talking with Atticus was hearing him share about his family. The Middle is all about family dynamics, and I loved hearing just how important family is to Atticus in real life.

You might be surprised to learn that Atticus didn’t grow up on the streets of Hollywood, but on a farm! From an early age, Atticus worked with his parents and older brother to take care of their land and farm animals.

“I come from a very hardworking, blue-collar family,” Atticus said. “Nothing has ever been handed to us, ever.”

His mom wanted her children to understand where food came from–whether from livestock or from the ground. “You have to work to get your food,” Atticus recalls his mother saying. “This is what the pioneers had to do when they first came here.”

So how does Atticus balance living on a farm and working in the film industry? He says that he avoids getting caught up in the glitz and glam of Hollywood through what he calls a “bologna-dar.”

“As I’m growing older… I’m very good at seeing ‘bologna,’” Atticus said with a laugh. “Typically, I have a ‘bologna-dar,’ like a radar for bologna. And as soon as that thing starts pinging, I’m walking away!”

My favorite part of the interview was when Atticus shared about his faith in God.  Atticus is open about being a Christian, and he said that he’s increasingly aware of how the Lord is working in his life.

“My faith has definitely kept my head above water, and it has kept me down to earth,” Atticus said. “I know I could not do this without the Lord, without these perfectly guided steps that led me from one thing to another to another.”

Atticus recalled a recent conversation he had with one of the crew members of The Middle who is also a Christian. They talked about how trials and hardships can ultimately draw believers closer to God.

“It’s amazing how there are opportunities to trust in God,” he said. “You may not understand it, you wish that it didn’t have to happen, whatever the case may be. But you have the opportunity to trust him.”

Atticus is thankful that he can use his experience to point others to God. “This is a blessing, this is amazing work I have with amazing benefits. I get to be a role model [and] meet all of these different people. This is kind of a form of ministry, and here we are.”

Before Atticus had to go, I wanted to ask him a question that I’ve been wondering for years: Where did Brick get his name?

“When Brick was born, Frankie and Mike were trying to think of a name,” Atticus said. “They read somewhere that if your child has an interesting name, they will inherently be interesting. So they came up with the name of Brick, and it’s from the name of a character in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

Atticus said this background information was explained in the series’s original pilot, in which every character was recast except for Brick. Atticus was thankful to return for the second pilot, which is the pilot that aired on ABC.

Lastly, I asked Atticus if he could give us any sneak peaks from season 8.

“I can bring up this,” Atticus said after careful consideration. “Brick, because he’s older now, is going to be turning 15 this season. He is going into high school, and that’s bringing up a whole slew of new problems for him to handle… I’m really excited to have people see how he handles his newfound high school issues and how well he actually handles them.”


And that’s a wrap for this #celebsitdown! Keep up with Atticus on Twitter, and catch The Middle on Tuesdays at 8/7c on ABC.