"Half of that stuff is smoke and mirrors," E! News Correspondent Ashlan Gorse says about her on-camera look.
This spring, the red carpet fixture will launch Hollywood Smoke And Mirrors, a site dedicated to the beauty secrets she's picked up behind the scenes at E! with an emphasis on honesty.
"We don't wake up looking this way," admits Gorse, who arrived at the xoJane office on her own last week wearing almost no makeup, the antithesis of the Hollywood illusion.
I asked her our Same 5 Questions plus plenty more because she asks questions for a living too, and she can take it.
Julie: How does it feel as someone who interviews celebrities to now be on the receiving end?
Ashlan: It’s weird because I always thought that I was super quick-witted, but it’s funny now that I have to come up with the answers, it’s not as easy as you think. So I actually have more respect for the people that I interview. Especially when they’re funny.
It is hard having the spotlight on you in that way?
I’ve always been super open about everything. I think it’s weird when you interview a celebrity who’s super skinny and you’re like, "What’s your diet?" and they’re like, "Oh, I eat whatever I want." Bullshit.
I know, everyone’s sick of that. More celebrities are coming out now and admitting that they’re hungry.
Like Gwyneth. She eats super healthy and she works out all the time. That’s what I want people to say, so I feel like I can kind of be the bridge between the general population and A-list celebrities. I can bridge the gap and be honest about what I do at least.
Even when you see what I wear on News, you don’t see what it looks like from the back. It’s clamps and clips and duct tape to make it look like it was tailored for me. So I just think it’s those little things. And even fake eyelashes. I don’t leave home without them now because once you figure out how to put them on it’s so easy.
What’s the craziest under the radar diet secret that you’ve picked up being in Hollywood?
I forget who it was, but one celebrity said that she put cayenne pepper on everything. Like so much cayenne pepper that she didn’t even want to eat it. I get it, but you’re still hungry aren’t you?
What is the grossest thing that you have in your bag?
I really don’t have anything that gross. Purell? I have a combination of random pills and change at the bottom.
That’s my next question! What pills do you take every day?
Honestly, I don’t even know what these pills are. There might be an Advil there. I am such a wimp, I can’t take vitamins because the zinc bothers my stomach. Thank god now they have chewable ones for adults because I used to take children’s ones. If I’m feeling sick I take vitamin C and I think that’s it. And then those random pills. I don’t know what they are!
Inside Ashlan's bag
What’s the closest you’ve ever come to being arrested?
In college there was one Halloween where I drank too much at a fraternity house and I decided that I really wanted to tell this cop that he was hot, but I was so drunk it didn’t turn out how I wanted. He pretty much told me I needed to go home and go to bed.
Have you ever faked an orgasm?
I have in the past, but I don’t anymore because I figure what’s the point? You don’t have to (orgasm) every time. Sometimes your body is stressed out, it’s fine.
Who is on your celebrities to makeout with list?
Easy! Johnny Depp. I actually have kissed him. It was Valentines Day and I was interviewing him. My boyfriend knows he’s my hall pass and so at the end of the interview I was like, “You know it’s Valentine’s Day and I’m spending it with you and you’re not my boyfriend,” and he was like, “Yeah.” I was like, “So does that mean I get a Valentine’s Day kiss on the cheek?” He was like, “Sure,” and he kissed me on the cheek and I was so excited. Then he looked at me and was like, “Now I get one too,” and I was so flustered I didn’t know what to do, so I kissed him on the cheek. When he walked off, my camera guy was like, "Why didn’t you kiss him on the mouth?" I was so mad!
Oh my god!
My other one is Jon Hamm. I don’t know if it’s Jon Hamm or Don Draper, but you know what I mean.
You have so much access to celebrities that you must have dated some famous people?
It’s very weird because you have to interview them so you don’t want to burn a bridge. I’ve definitely gone out on some dates but I’ve never dated a celebrity.
Everybody has gone on a date with Jeremy Piven, as have I, but he’s so nice. A long time ago I had drinks with Sean William Scott and he’s such a nice guy, totally the opposite of Stifler. He’s really cute. He’s a good looking dude.
Yeah, and he still looks how he did when he was younger.
And Kenny Chesney, I went out with him once, but he came up to my hip. But he’s such a nice guy. I’m a really tall girl!
Follow Ashlan on Twitter @ashlangorse.