The 4th of July mid-week festivities were a double cause for celebration for actress Sara Ramirez. While all of us were red, white and blue … she was mostly focused on the white. For her wedding, that is! Sara got married to her longtime boyfriend, business analyst Ryan Debolt in an intimate ceremony in New York last Wednesday, which was attended by close friends and family, according to her spokesperson. Very smart, guys. That means their anniversary will always be a holiday! Hopefully, this walk up the aisle has been less plagued with troubles than her character on Grey’s Anatomy, Callie Torres! Man, did the scriptwriters put her the through the ringer! Her real-life love story is so much better!. Debolt proposed to Sara in Paris last year, right after her character Callie got married onscreen, funnily enough! Her rep released a short and sweet statement then saying, “Sara Ramirez and her longtime partner, Ryan Debolt, are thrilled to announce their engagement which took place in Paris, France, on June 17th, 2011.” Congratulations, you two. We wish you a very long and happy married life. And we’d like to see some pictures of the dress, please.
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We’re not sure we can be objective about More Like Her, the new novel from author Liza Palmer. That’s because she’s family — a writer for VH1’s Pop Up Video. So rather than review the book, we invited her to write a guest blog about it, the world of celebrity and which celebrities she dreams of casting in the movie adaptation.
I’ve been writing books for almost 10 years and wrote for the first season of VH1’s Pop Up Video in 2011. My books, like my life, have explored the idea of identity and being comfortable with who you are, warts and all. What is this “normal” we’re all reaching for? Clearly, after four books, I’m still trying to figure it out. But, with More Like Her I wanted to raise the stakes a bit. I wanted something to happen that couldn’t be taken back with an apology or a conversation.
Liza’s fantasy casting for More Like Her.
We all know celebrities are airbrushed, both their photos and their lives. And yet, we keep striving for it: that same Photoshopped perfection. We imagine there’s some green room awaiting us with everything Gwyneth Paltrow promises on Goop, a tablescape by Martha Stewart and an outfit from J. Crew that will look better on us than it does on the first lady.
But perfection doesn’t exist. And we know it. That doesn’t stop us from scrambling for it day in and day out. What are we all hiding? To answer this question, here are just a couple of the comments left after gossip blogs posted a photo of Scarlett Johansson wearing a bikini while on vacation in Hawaii:
“Ugh… spotty knees, hair can be seen on her right calf area!!”