If there's anyone more obsessed with pop culture than us here at Wetpaint Entertainment,it's TV personality, E! red carpet correspondent, and E! ‘s Hello Ross star Ross Matthews.
So, of course, we were delighted to chat with Ross about the second season of Hello Ross, which premiered on February 21, 2014, as well as his book, Man Up! and the one thing on every pop culture fantastic's mind right now — the Oscars!
Wetpaint Entertainment: Congrats on the second season of Hello Ross. Did you learn anything from the first season or make any changes that will make this time around even more awesome?
Ross Mathews: Well, I was shocked. Season 1 was better than we could ever have imagined, with Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kris Jenner, and NeNe Leeks, and Gloria Estefan. Season 2 is just about bigger, better, more.
Our set in Season 1 (I loved it so much) was kind of like that girl in your office who needed a gay best friend to take her to get some highlights and a spray tan. It needed an upgrade. E! gave us a brand new set and it's gorgeous, and expensive, and really great. On that set we're going to welcome the biggest stars in the world.
And what's great is because Hello Ross is a show for super fans of all things pop culture, whether our guests are Oscar winners or Real Housewives, we treat them the same. We're just like dorking out over the fact that they're there.
Your book, Man Up!, is recently out in paperback. Can you tell us a bit about that, for those who haven't had a chance to read it yet?
The book is a bestseller from when it came out in May, and I'm so proud of it. It's so funny, and it sends a really great message. It's about my time growing up in this farm town, and then finding myself in Hollywood. I just find Man Up! is about celebrating what makes you different. Because I think so many people spend too much time hating what makes them unique. But if you use it to make you stand out from the crowd, amazing things can happen, and that's the message through and through in the book.
The fact that it was a bestseller is so rewarding, because I worked so hard on it. And now that it's going out in paperback it's available to a whole new group of people. Let's be really honest. Hardcover books are pricey — they're expensive. So I know some people didn't get to buy this when it was in hardcover. So I'm happy now that college kids, people on a budget, those people can totally LOL with me. Because I get it, honey. I, most of my life, could not afford to buy a hardcover book, so I get it.
Since the book is so personal, have you had any favorite fan reactions about it?
I mean, people who read the book certainly know me more. So when people come up to me on the street and tell me they've read the book, I'm like, "Oh, honey, we are bonded for life!" My favorite thing to do is when I get on a plane and people are reading my book — like, most people would just take that moment in, and just say "isn't this wonderful" and move on. Well, I don't. I say, "Yoo-hoo, that's my book! Hi! Do you want me to sign it?" I have no taste, class, or decorum. I go all in.
That's great! You probably make every one of those people's days!
They're excited for the first ten minutes. And then they're like, "Leave me alone." [Laughs]
So, the Oscars are coming up. As a pop culture lover, what are you most excited for? Anyone you're really looking forward to seeing?
I'm most excited about the winners. I love the drama of awards shows. The envelope opening, the camera on all five nominees as they're looking, and hoping they call the name, and then the name is called and they have to act happy. Then the speech, and the person's nervous — I love the whole ball of wax, so that's what I'm most excited about.
And then of course, before the show, the stuff that I get to do, the carpet, is so fun. I love it when people show up looking amazing, movie stars making moments. And I love it almost more when they show up looking horrible. Because it's something to talk about!
And as a guy who's a snappy dresser, do you have advice for men on the red carpet?
Yes. Here's the deal: Take a risk! With a pocket square, with a sock, with a tie. Go for a pattern or a color, or something unexpected. At the Oscars, you want to show up in a tuxedo, but do something that makes it unique.
And that can really apply to everyday guys at any nice event, too.
Weigh in on a current pop culture debate: Jennifer Lawrence — still “America's Sweetheart” like she was last Oscars, or is she starting to be over?
I follow stuff online, and I think she's going a little bit towards eye rolling, online. You see that a little bit. Kind of like what was happening with Anne Hathaway when she won her Oscar. But I hope not, personally. I really love Jennifer Lawrence. I think she's so talented, and so sweet. I've met her, and she's a really great girl. So for all the haters, I'll say, you have to go through me to hate on Jennifer Lawrence!
Catch Hello Ross on Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on E!. And for more from Ross, follow him on Twitter @helloross.