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Get To Know How To Get Away with Murder Star Jack Falahee, TV’s Newest Heartthrob

Get To Know How To Get Away with Murder Star Jack Falahee, TV’s Newest Heartthrob

If you’re on trial for murder, you will most definitely want Jack Falahee in your corner. The 25-year-old actor plays slick law student Connor Walsh on ABC’s new series How To Get Away With Murder, the latest addition to Shondaland’s prolific Thursday night block. After two episodes, the show has received serious buzz – thanks in part to those steamy sex scenes — and has already outperformed sister series Scandal. The down-to-earth newcomer chatted with VH1 about getting into character and the surreal experience of working with entertainment goddesses Viola Davis and Shonda Rhimes.

He admits to prepping for the role by watching Legally Blonde (how else would one know what “mens rea” meant?) and spills on co-star Matt McGorry‘s (Orange Is the New Black) tactics for wooing the ladies. Did we mention he fought a boa constrictor? It is without reasonable doubt that you should keep your eye on this rising star, who went from waiting tables in New York City to starring in Shonda’s newest sensation, within a year.

VH1: Congratulations on the show being such a huge success! How does it feel?

Jack Falahee: You know, my dad called me this morning and he’s like, “Yeah, the show was on again last night, and I heard a lot of people watched it.” I think that knocked me down a peg. It’s pretty much the same still — but it’s good, it’s exciting. My family still thinks of me the same way, my friends still give me the same shit, so it’s not like anything has really changed.

What’s it like being a part of Shonda’s huge Thursday night lineup?

I mean it’s pretty amazing. She’s a force of nature, right? I will say that that for me has been the biggest thing, walking onto production and seeing how Shondaland is all these moving pieces but very cohesive. It’s so well run and so well thought-out. It’s been pretty unreal being a part of that machine.

Something I love about her shows is how she and most of her actors all live tweet. Do you have any kind of live tweeting ritual?

Not really yet — I think it’s a little soon. A bunch of us got together for the pilot to live tweet with the cast members of Scandal and Grey’s and that was fun. Yesterday, a bunch of my cast got together at a cast mate’s house to live tweet and I so desperately wanted to make it, but I was in the process of moving — which was hell. So it was funny, last night I was live tweeting my packing, and you know, one was more exciting. People were like, “Can you just talk about the show?!” And I was like, this isn’t going well.

Tell me what it’s like working with Viola.

It’s pretty rad. She’s incredible. Obviously people ask that a lot and I’m still like wrapping my head around it because it seems like – we use this word on set a lot – bananas. It’s just bananas that I’m on a Shonda Rhimes’ show working with Viola when a year-and-a-half ago I was catering parties in New York. From day one she’s been so generous and maternal on set, I feel like she may be starting to become more comfortable with her role as number one on the call sheet. From the beginning, just caring and [being] gentle with all of us. She’s never been — and I don’t think ever will be — some big diva that is very demanding on set. She sits with us and shoots the shit and jokes with us and is insecure with us. She’s so human; it’s really grounding, I think.

With the reverse chronology, how do you guys keep track of all these story lines? Do you shoot in sequence?

That has been a very interesting, complicated part of filming. We are unable to shoot it chronologically just how filming and production goes. We have been kept in the dark about a lot of scenarios and dramatic points, so we discover things at table reads. We’ll shoot scenes during night acts and the next script we get, we’ll see a scene, preceded the previous scene that we shot. So it’s kind of wacky. Alfred [Enoch] who plays Wes literally walks around set with a timeline and Post-it notes: He picks up one Post-it, moves it in front of another, depending on what the script reveals. It can get a little intense, and we do get frazzled at times, but, it keeps us on our toes. We still don’t know who did what.

You have already had some seriously steamy sex scenes, especially for ABC. Are you surprised by how everyone’s been reacting?

Oh, I don’t know, I guess not really. I think people are going to push the envelope a little bit as far as the homosexual relationship, and sex scenes — I guess just mostly sex scenes on screen. I think people are ready to see that, and I think they’re excited to see that.

Can we expect to see more?

I mean, yeah! [Laughs] Can you imagine if we get it out of the way in the first two episodes and then I’m celibate?

Yeah, you have a purity ring.

Right, joining the priesthood. Yeah, I think you’ll see a lot of steamy stuff from a lot of different people.

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Paula Patton Officially Dumps Robin Thicke, Shonda Rhimes Slams Katherine Heigl + More of Today’s…

Paula Patton Officially Dumps Robin Thicke, Shonda Rhimes Slams Katherine Heigl + More of Today’s...

Paula Patton puts her divorce in writing, Shonda Rhimes doesn’t have time for people like Katherine Heigl, Hilary Duff returns to network TV, and more of today’s First Dibs.

  • Paula Patton has cited “irreconcilable differences” in her divorce from Robin Thicke and wants joint custody of their 4-year-old Julian. [TMZ]
  • Shonda Rhimes slams Katherine Heigl, saying on the Scandal set: “There are no Heigls in this situation…I don’t put up with bullshit or nasty people. I don’t have time for it.” [E!]
  • Sarah Silverman addresses the wage gap and says she would have to “change her gender to change what’s in her wallet.” [Mic]
  • Red Bull agrees to pay $13 million to U.S. customers for false advertising. [ABC]
  • Hilary Duff‘s new TV Land show Younger releases its first trailer. [Seventeen]
  • Amanda Bynes goes on another Twitter rant, claiming she’s suing basically everyone. [Daily Mail]
  • Melissa Joan Hart accidentally locked her two-year-old son in her car. [InTouch]
  • Jay Leno is getting closer to launching a new show on CNBC. [THR]
  • When it comes to her slammin’ body, Sofia Vergara says: “No pain, no cake!” [Huffington Post]
  • Laverne Cox will help light the Empire State Building purple on October 16 for Spirit Day and National Bullying Month. [Logo]
  • Do you remember your first kiss? The Big Morning Buzz Live crew relive their awkward memories.

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Inside Stephen Collins’s Contentious Divorce: The Financial Stakes

Inside Stephen Collinss Contentious Divorce: The Financial Stakes

Stephen Collins and Faye Grant

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10/08/2014 AT 08:10 PM EDT

The ugly split between actor Stephen Collins and his ex-wife, Faye Grant, is only getting uglier.

On Tuesday, audio files purporting to be Collins confessing to having had inappropriate sexual conduct with underage girls, were leaked to the media.

Now, lawyers for Collins are accusing Grant of releasing the tapes, which she had secretly recorded during a 2012 therapy session, because she wanted more money from their divorce settlement than he was willing to give.

“Over the course of my representation of Stephen in the divorce case, Faye has repeatedly threatened to give this audiotape to the media unless Stephen agreed to pay her millions of dollars more than that to which she was legally entitled,” Collins’s lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan, told TMZ Tuesday.

(Grant has denied any involvement in the leak of the tapes, saying she had merely turned them over to authorities in connection with a 2012 investigation into her husband’s actions: “I had no involvement whatsoever with the release of the tape to the media.”)

So just how much money does Collins, 67, have – and how much of it was Grant seeking?

According to legal documents filed in October 2013, in which Grant requested monthly spousal support from Collins, it’s actually quite a lot – and it came not only from Collins’s acting jobs, but also a trust and inheritance.

“Throughout most of our marriage, Stephen typically earned around $1 to $3 million per year,” Grant said in the request. “The following are some of his television credits and what he was paid in the past year.”

• 10 episodes of Revolution, guaranteed pay at $40,000 per episode.
• Six episodes of Devious Maids for a total of $64,937.
• One episode of Scandal for $7,682.

And according to Grant, those were in addition to the residuals and royalties Collins received for reruns of 7th Heaven, between January and September 2013, totaling $338,717.

Grant, herself an actress, also stated that she had initially been the breadwinner in the family in the early ’80s but hadn’t been able to find work for the past three years.

“I am 56 years old,” she says. “As a typical woman my age in the entertainment industry, it has been very difficult for me to find roles although I have searched for work and gone to auditions.”

She also talked about how she gave up her acting career in order to care for their only child, daughter Kate Collins, now 25. “I became a full time parent and significantly reduced my workload. Stephen was away most of the time working and I felt that our daughter needed at least one parent around to raise her, not just a nanny.”

She went on to claim that they have two Brentwood properties, valued at about $2.7 million each, and that she estimates Collins’s monthly income at roughly $44,000 a month. In addition, the two have $6-7 million in bank and retirement accounts, which Grant says should be considered community property.

“Stephen has been completely resistant to my attempts to resolve the above issues amicably,” Grant said in the documents. “I have therefore had no choice but to proceed with litigating these issues in order to obtain relief and protect my right to spousal support.”

Inside Stephen Collinss Contentious Divorce: The Financial Stakes
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Amanda Bynes Unfortunately Takes A Turn For The Worse

During the past week, Amanda Bynes’ behavior has been increasingly erratic, signaling that her mental health problems have resurfaced. The Gossip Table has exclusive details on the actress’ current state as fans hope she gets better.

In other news, there could be a booty battle brewing in the Kardashian family. Could someone in the clan have a better butt than Kim Kardashian? Find out by watching the video below!

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