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Veni Magazine

Issue 9

LA based, bi-annual magazine, championing stellar women conquering Hollywood. Est. 2013

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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
VVV Media, Inc.
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in this issue

6 min
balance and composure

When people ask Nyanda Donaldson what she does, she’s likely to respond, and without a hint of sarcasm, “What don’t I do?” It’s not boastful either. Donaldson is a role model for anyone — man, woman or other — seeking to have it all and then pull off the miraculous act of balancing the whole thing. Her career is glamorous and exciting with plenty of travel and endless encounters with successful and creative people. She does this through two tandem careers: one as a design consultant/creative director, and the second as co-owner of the Joseph Gross Gallery with her life partner. On top of that, she’s raising three daughters, plus a foster child. And on top of that, she gets up every morning at five for meditation and exercise. Oddly enough,…

7 min
intelligent elegance

It’s difficult to reconcile the elegance and beauty of Oscar-winning movie star and glamorous Dior spokesmodel Charlize Theron, the irreverent woman sitting in front of me whose speech is peppered with colorful expletives. In fact, when listening to Theron speak, it’s easy to forget she hails from South Africa and that Afrikaans was her first language. There’s no mystery about why Theron is often described as intimidating. Without question, the choices of roles she’s taken on in movies, such as The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Mad Max: Fury Road, and more recently, Atomic Blonde have contributed to that ice-queen image. However, since becoming a mom, she’s revealed her lighter comedic side, as evidenced in last year’s Tully, and, more recently, Long Shot. As a single mother of two adopted African American children, Theron…

5 min
woolfville

After bursting on the scene in 2014’s stylish spy flick Kingsman: The Secret Service, as well as its 2017 followup, London-based actress Sophie Cookson has gone on to star opposite icon Judi Dench in Red Joan in 2018. She will next dazzle audiences in the BBC miniseries The Trial of Christine Keeler, in which she plays the real-life woman at the heart of the Profumo Affair, a scandal that rocked English politics in the swinging sixties. Veni caught up with the actress, who had just wrapped and was looking forward to reading and exercise. VM: You just finished an exhausting shooting schedule. An actor can develop her craft, but then has to adapt to the often grueling work conditions. What was that like? SC: With this project, I fell in love with…

3 min
in her own image

Growing up between Paris and LA and navigating two cultures, fighting to make it in the fashion business and suffering through an abusive relationship, she almost lost her way. It was in her anger that she found the strength to rebuild, and in revising female stereotypes – schoolgirl, maid, secretary – into smart, sexually empowered, courageous role models in her work, she found herself again. VM: Tell us about your background. LS: I was born in Paris and we moved to LA when I was four. My father wanted the American dream. He and my mother grew up very poor: it was just after World War II and we’ re Jewish. They had more hope here, and we had our pool and the sunshine, but we didn’t have our family. So we’d…

4 min
night bloom

Out of darkness, comes light. In her new Netflix series Chambers, a mysterious supernatural thriller, Lilliya Scarlett Reid plays a dead girl – and loved every second of bringing her character to life on screen. As an artist, Reid finds inspiration painting sinister subjects. And after a gloomy period of auditioning throughout her adolescence, at the age of 18, she’s now blossoming into a promising young actor, thanks to her passion and perseverance. VM: Tell me about your background and how it’s influenced you. LR: I’m from a small town, Livingston, in Montana. My parents are both writers, so I grew up surrounded by creatives. I’ve been reading, looking at art and photos, watching movies, and really absorbing culture my whole l i fe. I was also raised to be outside a…

5 min
ozone

In LA they call them unicorns, as the likelihood of meeting one is about the same. They are otherwise known as native Angelenos, or people who grew up everywhere from Malibu to Pasadena. Halston Sage i s such one, and though she was born in La-La Land, she wasn’t one of those kids who landed her first break at the age of three. Sage’s parents — with the wisdom that comes from having a name like Sage — raised their beautifully talented daughter to have a normal childhood, before venturing off into the entertainment industry. The protective approach worked wonders, and the budding star, who can be seen in the upcoming movies The Last Summer and X-Men: Dark Phoenix, remains deeply connected to her family and friends. VM: You’re one of…