The Lucky “Fabb West” conference to be held April 30th in L.A. was put together by Lucky magazine’s editor-in-chief Brandon Holly, after producing three conferences in New York. Covering beauty and fashion, it will feature panelists such as Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant, Project Runway producer Desiree Gruber, the founders of whowhatwear.com, Easy A director Will Gluck, and others.
The star panelists are also star bloggers: Jessica Alba (Honest.com, a site for moms), Elizabeth Banks (Elizabethbanks.com covers the stars’ own beauty and fashion choices), Dianna Agron (who blogs under the name But You Can Call Me Charlie), as well as keynote speaker Zac Posen. And if that wasn’t enough, Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, will participate, as well as Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka, whose teen looks are making viral waves.
Panel topics and speaker sessions will include What Fashion Can Learn From Hollywood, Working with fashion and entertainment brands and talent in cyberspace, and Finding your voice and monetizing for the blogosphere.
This all happens next on April 30, and Fash Track will follow up on location and tickets. Interesting that stars and producers are now wanting to capitalize on the blogger crazy. Here’s one way a monthly print magazine can compete with the daily bloggers: give them a conference! If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.
In less than three seasons, Glee‘s Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) has had an unusually cruel run.
The one-time queen bee of McKinley High was pregnant her sophomore year and gave up Beth, her daughter with Puck (Mark Salling), for adoption. Then, in her junior year, her past as Lucy, an overweight and unpopular girl, was revealed when she made an unsuccessful run for prom queen.
Now, the former head Cheerio must rise to the top again following a severe car crash that left her wheelchair bound with a compressed spine (don’t drive and text, kids!).
“Quinn is no stranger to problems in her life,” Agron tells The Hollywood Reporter. “She’s a very strong girl and she has to be to have prevailed through all the things that she’s gone through,” she says.
During Tuesday’s “Big Brother” episode, it was revealed that the Yale-bound Quinn returned to McKinley with a positive attitude despite her prognosis, telling her fellow New Directions members that she’ll be on her feet again by Nationals.
“She’s convinced that she’ll be fine,” she says. “She’s in the mindset that absolutely nothing will change: That she’s going to still going to be fine at prom or graduation.”
While Artie (Kevin McHale) did his best to drive home the point that her prognosis may indeed be more serious than she’s allowing herself to believe, Quinn is in denial and claims to already be starting to regain feeling in her legs, refusing to accept the possible outcome.
“As a viewer you’ll really feel the weight of the repercussions of something like her situation,” Agron says, noting the story line hit particularly close to home as a handful of her high school classmates were involved in serious car accidents caused either by drinking and driving, racing or texting while behind the wheel.
For Quinn, she explains, the journey of what’s to come is only just beginning. “It’s a slow realization that this is not the end all; this is not something you would ever wish for your life. So [Quinn’s journey] is going to be slow and gradual.”
As the stoic survivor who refuses to be the subject of anyone’s sympathy begins to accept the impact of the crash, Agron teases Quinn’s walls will begin to come down with what she deems is a very accurate portrayal. “If you just sit with her and watch it I’m told it’s realistic,” she says.
With Quinn and Artie already spending more time together as he attempts to support her in her potential recovery, Agron was tight-lipped when pressed if the characters’ friendship had the possibility to turn into romance, noting only that “there are a few possibilities” for love in her character’s future.
Which could mean continued time with the newest member of New Directions, Joe Hart (The Glee Project‘s Samuel Larson).
“She doesn’t really think that anybody is interested in her for more than friendship,” she says. “She is assuming that everyone who is showing her extra love and support is there purely because they either to feel sorry for her or really want to be a shoulder to lean on. So it’s unexpected.”
How do you think Quinn will handle her recovery? What do you think about a potential Quinn-Joe pairing? Do you think her friendship with Artie could blossom into something more? Hit the comments with your thoughts. Glee airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.
For a while there, it seemed as though Quinn Fabray was set for life. The popular McKinley High senior had made peace with the adoption of her baby daughter, gotten accepted to Yale, returned to the cheerleading squad and serenaded all the schoolboys she’d loved before. “After all she’d persevered through, that validation was really great,” recalls Dianna Agron, the 25-year-old actress who plays Quinn, while sipping tea on the Paramount lot where Glee shoots. “There had to be something good happen in Quinn’s life.”
But then, in the closing moments of the Fox musical’s February 21 episode, everything changed. On her way to Rachel and Finn’s wedding, Quinn made a fateful choice: answering a text message while at the wheel of her Volkswagen bug. Fans’ jaws dropped as a truck slammed into Quinn’s driver’s side just before the screen went black.
Among the horrified viewers tuning in that night was Agron’s unsuspecting mother in northern California, who instantly called her daughter in tears. “She said it seemed so real,” remembers Agron. “She told me, ‘I feel like you’re dead and I haven’t said my last words.'”
Though Agron clued her mom into Quinn’s fate (“I couldn’t make her wait — she’s my mom!”), Glee‘s producers have forbidden the actress from revealing a peep to us about what happens when the show returns Tuesday. But exec producer Dante Di Loreto hints, “This is a really important year for all of the characters — thrilling and terrifying. This will be a life-changing experience for them all and an eye-opener that will change their perspectives forever.”
Despite what appeared to be a fatal crash, we can’t help but be encouraged by a few promising clues. Not long after the accident aired, paparazzi photos surfaced of Agron and costar Kevin McHale (Artie) — both in wheelchairs. (Some fans immediately began rooting for a Quinn/Artie or “Quartie” pairing.) That, coupled with the fact that Agron is meeting us during a lunch break on the Paramount lot where the series shoots, seems to suggest Quinn survived.
But the press-savvy actress says she may just be paying a friendly visit to set. “All my friends still work here,” she offers with a devilish grin. While that seems pretty far-fetched, we’ll play along considering there is an important lesson to learn, regardless of the outcome.
The story-line shocker, Agron explains, has been in the works ever since the cast appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where the actors were asked by Winfrey to sign a pledge promising they would not text and drive. Agron remembers “wondering if kids watching us sign these papers would really be impacted.”
But Di Loreto says it was a topic they wanted to broach. “We deal with a lot of issues on the show, and texting while driving is a hugely important one,” he says. “What’s going to come out of this is unexpected and will take the story in a new direction.”
And so, last November, Agron received a mysterious call saying that executive producer Ryan Murphy “wanted to inform me about something and see how I felt about it.” When they spoke, Murphy dropped the bomb: Quinn was going to be his victim. Says Agron, “I told him, ‘I think it’s a great thing and we should do it.’ We discussed the levels of the story: ‘Should she die?’ Ultimately, we weighed it and what we came up with is a story that might make some people fairly sad, but the takeaway is worth it.”
The scene was filmed in secrecy several miles outside of Los Angeles. To get the shot, cameramen began shooting with both vehicles’ bumpers touching. Then stunt drivers in both cars stepped on the gas and reversed their vehicles at 40-to-50 miles per hour. (The scene aired in reverse.)
As a result, Agron has now found herself the unofficial spokesperson for an increasingly lethal issue. “It’s very smart of us to touch on this problem because there needs to be an awareness,” says the actress, who remembers undergoing physical therapy during high school after being rear-ended by a woman Agron believes was texting. Well aware that it would be a scandal were she to be ticketed for texting at the wheel, she is being extra cautious on the road. She recently pulled over to make a phone call rather than use her hands-free device.
“It’s the joke around set that if I’m even walking and texting I’ll be in trouble,” Agron says. “‘Don’t do that, Dianna!’ they all say. ‘What would Quinn think?!'”