alison sudol looks to a new stage

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the singer, in full bloom.

You probably recognize Alison Sudol’s face even if you can’t quite place her name: Up until last year, the dollish L.A. artist was best known by her musical project, A Fine Frenzy. After three albums and six solid years of touring, though, Sudol decided it was time to give songwriting a break. “My process was very lonely—it was me and a piano for an extended period of time, and I wasn’t very good at socializing,” she admits. On this crisp December day in L.A., however, the singer-songwriter—and of late, actress—feels far from her subdued, shy musical persona. Standing in line for coffee, she flashes me a slightly mischievous grin, then quickly throws down the kind of offer no girl can refuse. “Do you want a snack?” she asks, gesturing towards a mound of miniature cakes. “We can share it—that way no one feels bad.”

With music on the backburner, Sudol quietly enrolled in acting classes. “I wanted some balance, to try something creatively that was not fully my doing,” she later explains over a cappuccino. “I wanted to be a part in a whole.” After a year of intense training, she found that part in Kaya, a singer and love interest to Jay Duplass’ Josh on the highly acclaimed TV series Transparent. The show, which was created and directed by one of Sudol’s personal heroes, Jill Soloway, and won two Golden Globes in January, tells the story of a late-in-life father played by Jeffrey Tambor, who comes out to his family as a transgendered woman. “I think Jeffrey is completely magic,” Sudol says with a smile. “When you see someone in real life and then to watch him do what he did onscreen—he just completely transformed.”

This month, Sudol also appears in USA’s Dig, about an FBI agent (played by Jason Isaacs) who uncovers a mysterious ancient conspiracy during a murder investigation in modern-day Jerusalem. “It’s a total ride,” she says of the show. “Reading the script was like reading a great book; I didn’t want to put it down.” Still, if you ask Sudol her favorite part about acting, you’ll get an unlikely answer that also cuts straight to the core of her charm. “There’s things I avoid with music that I can’t avoid with acting,” she confides. “I’ve had a lot of experience with not allowing myself to experience certain emotions, like anger and confidence, and with acting you’re in this space where it’s safe to fully go there. You have to jump into it and it’s really liberating to be able to feel things fully in a creative setting.” In moments like this, Sudol’s transition from songwriter to actress comes across as totally organic. She lights up when she talks about favorite TV shows, complicated characters, and her musical pursuits because, as she puts it, it’s really all breaks down to storytelling. “Both with songwriting and playing a role, you’re delivering the truth of something in a moment,” she says. “In a lot of ways, it’s the same thing.”

Sudol’s currently dividing her time between auditions, new songwriting projects, and “a lot of yoga,” as well as expanding and strengthening her acting chops. “I want to go into the margins, into those moments where there’s snot hanging out of your nose and things aren’t cute and you’re not pretty,” she laughs. “I’m all for messy. That’s what I want to explore.”

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.