Katie's Take

  • Katie’s Tips for Killer Legs

    Ashley Phillips at Katie's Take 3 yrs ago

    Want killer legs like Kate Upton or Heidi Klum? We’ll you’re gonna have to work for them. It turns out that you don’t have to win the genetic lottery to have great legs – certain exercises and a healthy diet will help you shape your body.

    Celebrity fitness and wellness expert to the stars David Kirsch came by to teach Katie some killer moves for some killer legs.

    “Seriously, David! Aren’t you just born with A-List legs?” Katie asked. “No! Sexy, tone, long, and lean,” he said. “There is not a one size fits all.”

    “How important [is diet] to having great legs?” she asked. “It’s huge,” he said.

    So what are some of David’s most important workout moves to get amazing legs?

    Reverse crossover lunges, plié toe squats will tone your outer thigh, while shaping and tightening. Sumo Lunges will also lean you out. Make sure to do 15 to 20 repetitions for each exercise.

    “I think you’re ready for the beach!” David said, after showing Katie some examples. “Not yet. But a few weeks with you I will be,” an out of breath Katie said.

  • Inside Look to Katie’s Holiday Home

    Stefan Doyno at Katie's Take 3 yrs ago

    It's almost Christmas time! And Katie is getting her tree ready. So what goes into this process? How does Katie get that 8-foot tree into her apartment, and most importantly, what great tips does she have for decorating the tree? Well, Katie took a step back and let a professional take charge.

    Katie's friend Jeffrey Phillip, a style and efficiency expert, helped out a little. Okay, a lot.

    "The holidays are always about making your space more inviting and warmer," he says.

    So what are some tips we learned from Jeffrey?

    Tip 1: It's always important to use wire ribbon. This will make it easier for you to control the ribbon when wrapping it around the tree.

    Tip 2: Adding garland to your mirrors will add pop and pizazz.

    Tip 3: Incorporate colors from the room into your tree.

    Tip 4: Add some flowers to your tree to give it charm. Katie is from the South, so magnolias were spread throughout.

    If you are throwing a dinner party, you can use ornaments with guests' names instead of placeholders. This way, your guests will have a nice souvenir from a wonderful evening.

    So how did Jeffrey do on that tree?

  • Do the Math: Danica McKellar Is Awesome

    Stefan Doyno at Katie's Take 3 yrs ago

    America's sweetheart Danica McKellar is not just a television icon from her work on "The Wonder Years," she's also a gifted mathematician.

    Danica starred on "The Wonder Years" from 1988 to 1993 as Winnie Cooper. Since then, she's starred in a slew of movies and TV shows, and even music videos, but it's her passion for math that has driven her to write fun lesson books for teenagers.

    "You've written four books to encourage girls to succeed and love math," Katie said. "How did that come about?"

    "I love math. I have since college and I knew I could present math in an entertaining way, Danica said. "The books look more like 'teen magazines' than math books and there's a reason for that. I wanted to write books that I wished I had [when I was younger] ."

    "It was such an anecdote for you from the vagaries of Hollywood, because it wasn't subjective. You could work, you could solve a problem, you could figure it out, and you could feel this sense of empowerment as a result," Katie noted.

  • Choreographer Kyle Abraham: from Food Stamps to MacArthur ‘Genius’ Award

    Stefan Doyno at Katie's Take 3 yrs ago

    From food stamps to a MacArthur Grant to owning his own dance studio – Kyle Abraham has had a rough journey. He sat down with Katie to discuss his struggles, and how things have a way of turning around.

    Kyle grew up in Pittsburgh, but got his start in dance pretty late.

    “The funny thing is for me, starting at around 17, I was think that whole time I was going to be a choreography,” he explained, “The people at SUNY Purchase - they must have seen something special in me.”

    School left Kyle in debt, even with awards and grants – over $100,000. Kyle went on to start a dance company, Abraham.In.Motion, but then received devastating news, which put his dreams on hold.

    He found out that his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, so finding a balance was difficult. Kyle had to go on food stamps for a while to help ease the financial burden.

    Things started to turn around when the MacArthur Foundation – which recognizes artistic excellence – awarded Kyle an award.

    “How did it happen, and what does it mean?” asked Katie.

    “It’s pretty ridiculous,” he admits, “I just got a phone call. It’s an award you don’t apply for.”

    So how much money did the MacArthur Foundation give Kyle? $625,000.

  • Grace Hightower De Niro Talks About Meeting Husband Robert

    Stefan Doyno at Katie's Take 3 yrs ago

    Grace Hightower De Niro, wife of Robert, or Bobby as some may say, stopped by to talk about her marriage – and how she met the award-winning actor.

    “What is your secret to a happy, long lasting marriage?” Katie asked.

    “I would say a lot of give and take, standing your ground, because then you keep the respect you started out with,” Grace said.

    The pair have been together for 21 years – and their story is right out of a movie. Grace says she was working as a hostess at Mr. Chow restaurant when her soon-to-be husband walked in.

    “I didn’t know who he was,” Grace said.

    “Really?” Katie asked.

    “Really,” she replied.

    Long story short – Robert kept asking Grace questions – about the tables, about the menu …

    “This guy is really annoying you,” Katie noted.

    Grace agreed.

    She went downstairs to talk to her co-worker about the difficult client – and it wasn’t until then she learned who he was – and the error she had made by brushing him off.

    “Michael Chow said, ‘There is only one person who has not come into the restaurant that I want you to roll the red carpet out for,’” Grace noted, “So that’s how we met.”

    The pair have had two children since, one of which is a toddler.

  • Jeff Corwin Brings the Jungle to Katie

    Stefan Doyno at Katie's Take 3 yrs ago

    Jeff Corwin (and a few of his friends) stopped by to talk (and scare) Katie.

    First up was Katie’s favorite, a reptile.

    “I don’t usually get this cozy with my guests – but, honestly – yikes,” Katie said.

    “Don’t tell me you’re looking at a nice pair of boots,” Jeff responded.

    Can you guess what the animal was?

    It was an alligator. Fred the Alligator, to be exact.

    Next up was something a little less scary, but an equally impressive reptile -- the largest freshwater turtle in the Americas known as the Alligator Snapping Turtle.

    “We don’t even know how long they live,” he said.

    This particular reptile is 30-40 years old. The one Jeff brought with him was rescued from Hurricane Katrina and found on an old country road in Texas.

    The last creature Jeff presented to the crowd was a lizard: a Black-Throated Monitor.

    The lizard uses his tongue to pick up microscopic particles. And to scare the living daylights out of Katie.

  • Emma Thompson Talks Perms, Marriage and dancing with Prince Charles

    Ashley Phillips at Katie's Take 3 yrs ago

    Emma Thompson joined Katie to talk about her new movie “Saving Mr. Banks”…among other things.

    “Congratulations on your Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nominations!” Katie said. “Does that still excite you, or are you ‘been there, done that’, whatever?”

    “Well if I were like that, would I be telling you?” Emma said, “That would be so unattractive.”

    “I haven’t been in something I love this much,” she added, when discussing her new film. Emma plays P.L. Travers, the writer of ‘Mary Poppins’.

    “I read that you had to have this dreadful perm – and it created a little problem in your marriage,” Katie noted.

    “You mean the ‘no sex for 6 months problem?” Emma responded.

    It turns out that the stylist on the set of the movie, set out to give Emma a perm that echoed Annette Bening’s hairstyle – when in fact it didn’t turn out so stylish.

    When it comes to marriage – Emma has some advice that might save your relationship. “You go progressively deafer. That’s it really,” she said. “Plus, if they are doing something really irritating I can just take out my contact lenses and everything goes deliciously fuzzy.”

    “I never had sex with Prince Charles,” Emma said.

  • The Cast of Murphy Brown Reunite

    Ashley Phillips at Katie's Take 3 yrs ago

    The cast of the hit sitcom “Murphy Brown” which aired for ten years with a total of 247 episodes - has finally reunited.

    Candice Bergen played an investigative journalist and news anchor for FYI, a fictional television program, but it was her supporting cast that made the show so great.

    “Is it fun for you all to have the gang assembled once more?” Katie asked “We love it,” said Joe Regalbuto, who played Frank Fontana on the hit 90’s series. “The minute we all saw each other everybody just lit up.

    “It really is powerful, the feelings we have for each other,” added Charles Kimbrough.

    While most television sitcoms take a few years to fully develop, many noted that “Murphy Brown” felt right from the start.

    “It’s pretty unusual - it seems to me - for a whole cast to click like you guys did,” Katie mentioned.

    While it was unusual, the cast gave credit to the strong writing. “We knew who our characters were from day one.” Joe said, “We had a ball right from the beginning.”

  • Mel B. Hints at a Spice Girls Reunion?

    Ashley Phillips at Katie's Take 3 yrs ago

    Can you believe the Spice Girls are almost 20? Neither can we.

    “Are you surprised that that song still resonates after all these years?” Katie asked, regarding the Spice Girls 1996 hit “Wannabe”

    “That was our first song - the first song that introduced us as Spice Girls to the world,” Scary Spice said, “we wrote that song - it took us about – 6 minutes to write and I still find it to this day annoyingly cool.”

    “How do you become a spice girl?” Katie wondered. “I don’t know how it happens,” Mel said, “it just did.”

    The scary singer always had dreams of being an entertainer. “I always wanted to be in the entertainment world.”

    Mel B says it was her calling. “I’ve got a very loud voice, and very big hair.” So will the girls reunite? “When you think about the future – there might be a Spice Girls reunion?” Katie asked with anticipation. “I’m always the first one to say yes,” Mel said, “the Spice Girls are going to get back together. I don’t think it’s impossible.”

    And with the 20th anniversary approaching, Scary Spice is Hopeful Spice. “We are gonna do something – we are!”

  • The Ultimate Breakfast Smoothie

    Ashley Phillips at Katie's Take 3 yrs ago

    Today Katie is going to teach us how to make the ultimate breakfast smoothie with the help of David Jack from Men’s Health magazine.

    “I noticed kale,” Katie said, “and I’m really into kale these days. I think everybody is – it’s so trendy” Well, not only is it trendy, it’s super nutritious.

    “Will that not make the smoothie taste a little nasty?” Katie asked.

    “Let’s see what happens” , David said.

    Some other ingredients that were not as questionable are absolute staples for all you health nuts out there looking to make a killer breakfast smoothie.

    -Banana will give your smoothie texture. -Almond butter will also add great flavor has essential fats. -Agave nectar.

    Is agave really that much better for you than honey?, Asked Katie “It’s a great natural sweetener,” David noted.

    Also, ch-ch-ch-Chia –it’s not just a commercial from the 90’s, it packs a punch and is also a good source of fiber.

    -Greek yogurt adds protein and vitamin D.

    “Are there some things you should never put in a smoothie,” Katie asked David.

    “Ice cream,” he said.