Yesterday I was feeling overwhelmed by so many things that have gone in this past week, I just needed rest time on the couch. I stood with my face down towards the smell of leather, and the ever so slight scent of dog urine as I have written before I have 5 dogs. No matter how much I clean and belive in me in you I do clean with products that help to allivate the smell. My home is pretty neat...but I am not here to speak about the state of my house, as much as I am here to speak about the appearance of Chelsea Handler who is the star of her own late night show. I cannot get enough of her slights and glib decorum of many of Hollywood's lame stars that continously get themselves caught up in high end drama that nets stars of less than glitter perfect reputations real life glimpses and oops moments that occur once drugs or drinking become part of the act.
In real life people do these things also, but their not famous so what happens in Hollywood hopefully stays in Hollywood? Well not when your famous, everybody knows who you are. It is a standard double blade sword, if you can keep up appearances, then it is a good thing. You will have outsmarted many of the would be friends in the press as long as you are doing well and keeping away from problems. Problems not limited to fooling around with your best friends gal or guy, drinking just a bit too much for that last one or two that went down smoothly, or just doing things that are going to end up on the front page of a gossip paper. In Hollywood people have to not only eat, but pay for high end places to live, fancy digs and many other things that give pomp and circumstance to being wildly famous. I get a quick flash of "Almost Famous" face of Goldie Hawn's daughter poping into my mind.
As the interview was going, Handler mentioned all the while that her sister was in the studio audience and she would be able to comment on questions the witty star would be asked if Katie thought the answer needed support or Handler would want her sister to share her thoughts on. I was impressed with not only Handler's wit, but also her sincere and real sense of the many inconvient truths Handler has had to deal with. She became teary at times during the interview, which were questions dealing with family. She unfortunately had lost a brother in a tragic hiking accident when she was ten years of age and her brother had went on this hiking trip after graduating college. Another time she broke into tears was at the loss of her mother due to breast cancer in 2006. There is no mistaking that she had her Chelsea moments as well as she remarked many a time, that her family was laid back, and she grew up in New Jersey.
As the interview continued, Handler was speaking for most of the show she elaborated by what she meant when speaking about the sense that when she was as young as 4 years of age, she practically had to walk herself to nursery school. She also managed to get across although the family is prouably a great family, she stated that she wouldn't cover up for her father either as he was a pain in the butt. She reminded her other family members of this as well once her mother died as well. Even though through conventional humor, she may have also wanted to remain as her usual Chealsea Lately persona, she reminded Katie that even when Handler's mother was hooked up to life support, Handler's father would walk into the hospital room with Mickey D's Egg Mcmuffins as though his soon to be deceased wife would come around and off of lifesupport.
Handler was so able to contain her sense of sobriety at the subject that she stated her mother had asked Handler to seriously sit down with the her father and cue him in to exactly what was happening. Handler was able to convey very well the sense of horrific loss as she openly teared up, Couric herself who is no stranger to knowing what it is like to lose someone you love, when she was still a newbie on CBS with Matt Lauer, had a similar life adjustment when she announced that her husband had colon cancer. Couric also elaborated on the sense that had 2 young sons at the time and that she had to acclamate herself quickly to the situation as Couric knew that the cancer was caught in it's latter stages.
I found the interview to be enlivening and there were true moments of humor and true moments of sadness. Reflections that wouldn't seem something of a Chelsea Lately kind, that makes me want to be so much more of a fan. She has empathy and was able to share some of lifes less than perfect moments, even when you're the one in the picture thats not so great. So many more people that are famous make it look as though it's just one big rosy colored picture as long as you keep the glasses on. Handler made it quite clear, that when the glasses are off as well the picture can still look pretty bad. Thanks Chelsea it was a great interview as well as great for Katie, the show should have a sense of integrity as the sense of grit which shares both the bad and good sides of lifes less than pleasant roads.