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Arrivals to the 'Pieces of Ass' Opening Night Los Angeles Performance


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The cast of “PIECES (Of Ass)” 10th Anniversary Event March 28, 2013


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CURVY GIRLS STAR IVORY MAY KALBER & MODEL LATINA ALUM JENNIFER GIMENEZ ARE HEADING TO HOLLYWOOD FOR MARCH 28 PIECES (OF ASS) REVIVAL

Ivory May Kalber of NUVOtv’s Curvy Girls is making her way from NYC to L.A. to reprise her role in a tenth anniversary revival of Pieces (of Ass).

Produced and directed by Shelli Stutz and set to take center stage at Hollywood’s The Fonda theatre for one-night-only on March 28, the provocative female empowerment play is comprised of a series of monologues and stars 13 actresses who sound off about how society defines beauty and the female aesthetic.

Pieces is celebrating a decade of diva discourse with Ivory May as the full-figured fixture of the industry and an amazing inspiration to women on and off the curvy catwalk,” says Daily Venus Diva‘s Catherine Schuller, who helped Ivory land a part in the original NYC production. Ivorys piece is hilarious and heartbreaking, turbulent and triumphant — it’s a terrific time to see her perform live onstage!”

Also set to hit the stage in Pieces, which the NY Times calls “delightfully funny,” is Argentinian-American model-actress Jennifer Gimenez, who stole the NUVOtv spotlight in 2009 as one of Model Latina Miami‘s most charismatic judges. Jennifer is pretty badass herself, having been discovered by iconic photgrapher Bruce Weber and appearing in music videos with every icon from Tupac to Mick Jagger. Reality TV fans will recognize Jennifer from Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, as a friend of Brandi Glanville.

We can’t wait to see what Ivory and Jennifer have in store at the March 28 show! Get tickets and more deets on Pieces (of Ass) at PiecesLA.com.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 in Culture, Curvy Girls

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Jennifer Gimenez Talks Rehab With Dr. Drew Episode One

by (@lizburrito)

Rehab With Dr. Drew

Each week on Rehab With Dr. Drew, we’ll be talking to some of the staff on hand at the Pasadena Recovery Center to find out everything that went down in front of and behind the camera with this season’s group of patients. This week we spoke to our friend Jennifer Gimenez, the resident technician at the facility who had battled demons on her own, and she offered up her insight and some behind-the-scenes details about meeting the brand new group.

Episode one —

Let me tell you, I was bawling for probably sixty percent of the whole, entire show.

Because you were affected as a viewer, or because you got to know the patients so well?

Both. Because I know these people and we have such an intense relationship and we all bonded — all of us, including Bob, Shelly, Dr. Sharp, everyone — you know, they’re human beings, and when you see what they’ve gone through, you’re like, oh my gosh, this poor kid. Like, start with Eric, I love Eric, and when they went to film him and then here he is he’s getting out of jail, you can’t direct that, you can’t script that. It was just, oh my gosh, I can’t believe this. And then when he gets out and he needs that fix, God. I’ve been there. I never shot up, but I had moments where I was like “Mom! Not now!” and she knew exactly what I was doing. It was so heartbreaking. You really do see that he’s a level-ten addict.

Had you seen any of the footage of the patients before they entered treatment, like his arrest or the hard partying in all the other clips?
I saw some clips, but nothing like what’s on the show. I was really glad that they’re not holding back with the intensity though, this is what goes on in real life.

Was there anyone whose story affected you really personally?

I think Eric affected me on that level of the whole thing with his mom and asking her to get away, he just needs that one more fix to make it trough the night, I understand that. That affected me. I gotta tell you, the footage of Ashleigh, too, made me hysterically cry.

That alone feeling, that hopelessness and sadness, she is at the bottom of the barrel there and I’ve been there too. That one broke me. We can all be in a room with a million people and feel so alone, and that’s what the disease does and in recovery, you get to change that. It was like watching moments from my past. The footage was so raw. And when she came in, I saw this girl who could not stop shaking, and then I saw her progress. She really, really affected me. Michael‘s relationship with his family was also heartbreaking, how he feels so guilty with his parents and his sister and what he’s done, I think guilt, shame and remorse is what we’re always feeling, but he’s a sweetheart and his family is amazing, but sometimes too much love can hurt somebody too. We can enable people into a grave. Thank God for Michael, that’s not his story.

What about Deanna?

I”m close with her now, but the things that her mom said, I can understand maybe she was trying to give her tough love, but when you tell someone “That’s what you deserve,” about getting raped, I don’t agree with that. I don’t agree that anyone deserves abuse.

Dr. Drew said on the show that this is the sickest group you guys have ever worked with, what’s your take on that, how do they compare to past groups?

I’d say it’s 100% true, this is by far the sickest group, from the detoxes to the level of addiction. I mean, just look at Ashleigh, she’s so young, 30 or 31, and her liver is failing. She is so sick. A nineteen year old like Michael shooting forty bags a day of heroin, I mean, that’s pretty sick. You see me at the end of this episode holding Deanna’s hair back and the reason I don’t have my jacket on is because there’s vomit on it, and there was vomit in my hair, I mean, there was a lot of heavy withdrawal and you guys only saw one shot of it.

Since you’ve been through withdrawal, how do you feel seeing people go through it?

I know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. And I feel that we’re the light and we’re there for them to see that there is hope, and that’s where, professionally, I can get a little bit detached and I just tell them they’re gonna get through this and I know what it’s like. I knew they were going to be able to get through it if they just believed.


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Jennifer Gimenez opens up about ‘Rehab’ and ‘Housewives’

By: Lindsay Cronin (Examiner.com)

Jennifer Gimenez attends the OK! Magazine Toasts Hollywood's Sexiest Singles event at the Lexington Social House on April 14, 2011 in Hollywood.Jennifer Gimenez attends the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G launch event on April 20, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.Jennifer Gimenez arrives at Fashion's Night Out at Westfield Topanga on September 8, 2011 in Topanga, California.Jennifer Gimenez attends Ok! Magazine's Pre-GRAMMY Event at Tru Hollywood on February 10, 2012 in Hollywood, California.
Jennifer Gimenez may be known to some as a reality star but she’s certainly not letting that brand her. Not only does Jenn have roles on shows such as Rehab with Dr. Drew and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, she has also been working on a memoir, appearing on CNN and Headline News, and she’s getting back into acting!

On Sunday, Jenn will be seen in this Sunday’s premiere of VH1‘s new series Rehab with Dr. Drew. Jenn is a rehabilitation technician and will be leading her knowledge and skills to aid Dr. Drew in helping addicts beat the fatal disease. The show is much like Celebrity Rehab but this time around, they will be helping non-celebrities which makes it pretty wild considering this cast has nothing to lose and no image to uphold.

View slideshow: Jennifer Gimenez

Jenn is certainly one of a kind — has there been any one else out there that can juggle two such dramatically different reality shows? Sure, there have been reality stars who have gotten spin-offs, but that’s one in the same.

In Jenn’s case, she is on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills which certainly can get a bit out of hand, but not necessary in a dangerous, life-changing way. For example, during a party that her best friend Brandi Glanville was throwing, cast mate Taylor Armstrong had a complete emotional break-down which lead most of her cast mates getting involved in a yelling match — it wasn’t pretty.

Of her gig on Housewives, Jenn explains, “It was let loose time for me. I get to say things that are kind of funny or whatever, and you’re allowed to do that there.” While she stays true to herself on Rehab as well, it’s more of a working environment.

“On Housewives, even though there was drama, it was a lot less dramatic. I’m talking about saving lives on Rehab, I’m talking about helping people and showing them that they should give themselves a chance to live and that they are worthy of it.”

To see Jennifer Gimenez at work and saving lives on Rehab with Dr. Drew, tune in to VH1 every Sunday night at 8/7c. As for her return to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, that will be seen later this year.


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A Pre-Season Chat: Rehab With Dr. Drew Star Jennifer Gimenez Is All About Dreaming Big

by (@lizburrito)

Jennifer Gimenez Rehab With Dr. Drew

For the past couple of seasons on Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, and now Rehab With Dr. Drew, we’ve had a weekly chat with Pasadena Recovery Center resident technician Jennifer Gimenez, who often gives us inside details and incredible insight into the show. An actress and former addict herself, Jennifer splits her time between her appearances on Rehab, a stint as an occasional guest on The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills, an author, a talk show host, and somehow she also still finds time to act, although she tells us it was hard road back to Hollywood. Before we get into the nitty gritty of Rehab next week, here’s our talk where she tells me everything she’s been up to and how she’s basically a testament to the power of “dreaming big.” Rehab With Dr. Drew premieres Sunday, September 16.

You have a lot of stuff beyond just Rehab happening for you these days, can you walk me through what you’ve been through since last season?

Since last year since the show ended, I didn’t realize so much change was about to occur. I remember last January 2011 I was like “God, I’m so tired of being stuck,” and I just felt like I was stuck in my life. And I went “I’m ready for you to change this,” and I didn’t realize you better be careful what you pray for. I really didn’t realize that it was going to be like I was going to lose everything yet gain more foundation and more of me through that experience. One of  the things I wanted to do in my recovery was to rent a room and then move into my own my own place and do all that stuff, but I ended up moving in with my best friend Brandi, who’s on the Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills. So then I was like going down red carpets and people were like “What’s your next project?” and I was like “I’m acting again,” and it was funny because there wasn’t an agent’s assistant of an assistant of an assistant that would let me go into the door of an agency , and they were like “You’re just a reality girl,” kind of thing and “Your kind of acting career is over,” “You’ve already done that,” and I just kept saying “Nope, I’m acting again.” And people would ask “What’s the project?” and I’m like “I’m just acting!” I was doing CNN and Headline News with Dr. Drew’s show, but they told me in recovery “Dream big!” And I did, and I finally got an agency.

So what kinds of projects are you working on now?

So last fall I got an agent, and on my third audition I got my first movie, it’s called Chastity Bites and that will be out I think in late winter or early part of 2013, I believe. I shot from like November to January and in that process I also started working at another treatment center called Klean Treatment and I’m also their spokesperson, so I do their radio show, Klean Radio, I do group courses with them. I’ve been learning so much about recovery, mental illness, drug addiction, alcoholism, and human behavior. In the midst of all the madness, I’m I got I got another movie called Groom’s Cake and I shot that and it’s been winning all the festivals. I think it won four out of four awards for best comedy, and I’ll be starring in the follow-up to it called Birthday Cake. So that’s been really great. And most recently, I shot The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season three.

You’re on two of the most disparate, different shows on reality TV right now, on the one hand, Rehab is all about therapy and helping others and at it’s core it’s a really emotional show, and then the Housewives, I don’t want to disparage it because I mean this in the best way, it’s really just a guilty pleasure kind of show. What’s it like doing both?

I would characterize them as completely different spectrums. It’s so different, yet I get to send in my truth, you know what I mean? I was a little confused last season shooting Housewives, ’cause I came from Rehab, where people are figuring out if they want to live or die and your talking about the severity of life you know, and the preciousness of it, and like what I have gone through and what I know. On Housewives, even though there was drama, it was a lot less dramatic. Does that make sense? I’m talking about saving lives on Rehab, I’m talking about helping people and showing them that they should give themselves a chance to live and that they are worthy of it. And with Housewives, I thought it was more like, it was let loose time for me. I got to say what I was really thinking and feeling and you know. Although on Rehab I stay true to who I am too. I’m literally one of the counselors; I’m doing my professional job. On Housewives I’m being a professional ’cause I’m working, but people get to see another side of me. I get to say things that are kind of funny or whatever, and you’re allowed to do that there.

I think what you were saying earlier about people implying you’re a reality girl and that would impede your acting career, I don’t think it matters these days. I think that everybody has so many different outlets, so many actors have clothing lines and one doesn’t really dilute the other. It’s just a whole new way of putting yourself out there and I don’t think that it’s like one necessarily means you can’t do the other.

Yeah no, and I love that your one of the first people to say that because a lot of people do have the clothing line…For me I work in recovery, I’m on Rehab, I work with Dr. Drew, I work first and foremost on my sobriety, I am on the Housewives, I am writing a book, I am now hosting a new show called Healthline, it’s about health and bringing different people, I’m actually a co-host and it’s so different because I’m used to people asking my opinion and this is not about my opinion.

So what can we expect this season on Rehab now that it’s regular people and not celebs?

Coming into it, I said to Dr. Drew that this season, having real addicts who have never been in the public eye, you’re going to see the truth of what’s happening. These people hoped to die, 100%. Level ten addicts and alcoholics. It was really emotional. I’ve learned so much in the last four years since working in rehabs and Sober House and being in rehab, and I just get so emotionally attached to each of them. There wasn’t one of them that wasn’t going through pain. And everything that Dr. Drew says to them about what to expect from their withdrawal symptoms, it does happen. He’s so accurate. I just remember him being my doctor back in the day being like “He said it would happen, and it did happen to me.” You just ask yourself how to stay emotionally unattached and just get the facts and protect this person.

I don’t think we’ve ever discussed that Dr. Drew was your doctor before. What was it like to go through recovery with him and now to work with him?

You know, at first it was a little different. But he said once I started working with him, he’s no longer my doctor. ut to watch that, to watch him with other patients just reminds me that I’ve gone through that. But I just see him on such a professional level now that it took a little time to realize I’m part of his team. In a huge way, it’s the biggest honor. I went from, here I am, a hopeless case, to a part of his team. It’s pretty amazing.


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