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America’s Next Top Model Finalist Analeigh Tipton Talks Her New Sitcom

Americas Next Top Model Finalist Analeigh Tipton Talks Her New Sitcom

Analeigh Tipton

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09/17/2014 AT 09:15 PM EDT

Long before Analeigh Tipton had lines to run, she had a runway to walk.

As a finalist on Cycle 11 of America’s Next Top Model back in 2008, acting was not on her to-do list. But now, she’s taking the small screen as the star of ABC’s new sitcom, Manhattan Love Story.

“I really didn’t like actors,” Tipton, 25, tells PEOPLE of her early days in Hollywood. “I had all of these stereotypes about them. I moved to L.A. right after high school to write and direct. I wanted to be behind the camera.”

But soon after her relocation, “Top Model came along and I was like, ‘Oh, I’m tall and this seems fun.’ For an 18-year-old, that was super, super cool and exciting. It was like this giant adventure,” she says.

Despite making it pretty far on the show, Tipton soon learned she wasn’t model material.

“I tried the whole modeling thing but it was very unnatural,” she says with a laugh. “I talked far too much, I wasn’t good at wearing heels and I was always late. Needless to say, I wasn’t at Ford [Models] for long.”

Thanks to her time on ANTM, she landed a small speaking role on The Big Bang Theory. Soon spots on TV and in movies followed. After a part in the hit film Crazy, Stupid Love, “It was kind of like, ‘Yeah, I’m an actor now,’ ” she says.

Americas Next Top Model Finalist Analeigh Tipton Talks Her New Sitcom

Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman in Manhattan Love Story

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On her new show, Tipton plays Dana, a quirky young woman finding her footing in a new city and new relationship. And she’s got a lot in common with her character.

“It sounds corny, but I’m actually having my own little Manhattan Love Story,” the actress says.

Tipton, who PEOPLE has learned is dating costar and onscreen suitor Jake McDorman, says nowadays, “I’m relating to so many more things in the script because I’m kind of that girl right now.”

As for the girl she used to be back in her modeling days, Tipton’s learned a lot from her.

“I’ve ran into people who judge me for being on a reality show and have such a close-minded assessment of who I am,” she says. “But ANTM taught me really early on to have a stiff upper lip.”

Manhattan Love Story premieres Sept. 30 (8:30 p.m. ET) on ABC.

Americas Next Top Model Finalist Analeigh Tipton Talks Her New Sitcom
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Chelsea Clinton’s Baby Nursery Décor: It’s All About Elephants!

09/17/2014 AT 08:50 PM EDT

While her parents are on “constant grandchild watch”, mom-to-be Chelsea Clinton is incorporating her passion for elephant conservation into her baby’s nursery décor – and some of the items are from her own gift line.

Clinton teamed up with her former Oxford roommate, Jen Lee Koss, to launch this week a line of elephant-themed gifts on Koss’s website, BRIKA.com to benefit groups working to stop the international poaching of African elephants killed for their ivory tusks.

And the former first daughter already has her eye on the toy baby elephants that sell for $27 apiece.

Chelsea Clintons Baby Nursery Décor: Its All About Elephants!

Chelsea Clinton has her eye on one of these baby elephant toys from BRIKA.com

Courtesy Brika

“We’re very baby-oriented right now, so we’ll definitely be buying a felt elephant or two. I think those will look great in our nursery,” Clinton told the website Refinery29 on Monday. “And, it’s safe to say that as last year, this year too, a lot of our friends will be getting elephant-themed Christmas presents.”

As for when that nursery will be occupied, Clinton gave no hint, although her mother, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made it sound like her daughter could go into labor at any minute. And former President Bill Clinton joked a week earlier, when his phone rang in the middle of a speech, “I hope I’m not being told I’m about to become a premature grandfather.”

Clinton certainly sounded like a woman nearing the end of her pregnancy when she was asked by Refinery29 for one “styling trick she relies on to look and feel good.”

“You’re asking someone who is very pregnant,” Clinton said. “In the here and now, [I wear] anything that fits over my belly. Increasingly, that’s my husband’s T-shirts or button-down shirts. So, the honest answer in the here and now is a different answer than it would be had you asked me a few months ago, or ask me again in nine months. But, for right now, it’s really my husband’s shirts, because they’re the only things that fit me.”

Chelsea Clintons Baby Nursery Décor: Its All About Elephants!
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Editor Favorite: The Most Flattering Little Black Pencil Skirt

Hey, StyleWatchers! I’m Zoë Ruderman, professional shopper (er, PSW editor). We’ve teamed up with one of our fave sites, Joyus.com to bring you shoppable videos of fashion, beauty and fitness products we’re obsessing over — all at prices that won’t give you a spending hangover. Shop my new video every Monday!

Editor Favorite: The Most Flattering Little Black Pencil Skirt
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First Look: See Fran Drescher’s Official Wedding Photo!

First Look: See Fran Dreschers Official Wedding Photo!

Fran Drescher and Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai

Frank Schaefer

09/17/2014 AT 08:05 PM EDT

When Fran Drescher, star of TV Land’s Happily Divorced, married Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai at their home on the beach in L.A. Sept. 7, they made sure to keep things intimate – and traditional.

The wedding was an all white scheme, except for the bride who wore a beautiful Badgley Mischka red dress – traditional for Indian brides.

The couple’s nearest and dearest family and friends gathered to see the couple of over one year tie the knot. About 60 guests celebrated with cuisine created by Jennifer Naylor catering.

First Look: See Fran Dreschers Official Wedding Photo!

Fran Drescher and Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai

Frank Schaefer

Ayyadurai, 50, who holds the patent for creating email, met Drescher, 56, a little over a year ago when he gave a talk at an event hosted by Deepak Chopra, according to an interview he did with the Huffington Post.

“Fran heard my talk and we fell in love, and we’ve been together since that talk,” he said. “Every day is a celebration with Fran. Every day is almost a romantic hangout with her. We’re always laughing, always enjoying ourselves.”

Drescher recently shared photos of herself Ayyadurai, and her parents on Twitter.

First Look: See Fran Dreschers Official Wedding Photo!
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