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Episode 29: The Masthead with Marie Claire Video

Kim Raver from Lipstick Jungle spends the day at Marie Claire.

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When I heard that Kim Raver was playing the editor-in-chief of a groovy fashion magazine, we've got to invite her in for the day [unknown].

Hi, I'm [unknown].


And we're very, very excited to see the pilot. I'm told it was brilliant.

It's just a great combination. It's great-- I mean it's great for men and women, but it's so nice to see strong, smart but also sexy women, funny.

Is this leather?

[unknown] hoping I'd get all flustered and emotional and to have support for his sexist argument.

Try these.

Kim Raver, you know, obviously, she's the editor-in-chief on the show which, you know, we obviously connected with. But also she is a powerhouse herself, you know. She was on Third Watch. She was on 24. She was on The Nine. She's kind of adept at dealing with all these different situations and scenarios that are thrown at her.

Fashion, the goal, it seems like it seemed effortless which it does and then I come here and I see how many different departments and different things and how complex it is. I have a whole new respect for it.

A couple of days before the shoot, we talked about different scenarios that an editor-in-chief would be in. For example, I'm looking over a film with [unknown] looking over a run-through in the Fashion Closet, just sort of scenarios that Joanna would be in. We placed Kim in those same scenarios. It was hard to sort of recreate the feeling of what it's like to be in a magazine. Sometimes it's glamourous as our jobs are. They're still just work and they're not that glamourous all the time. But getting in the Fashion Closet with Kim Raver was a lot of fun because there was some really great outrageous clothes to be looking at. And it was nice to sort of mock chaos and just having a little bit of fun with that scene.

We wanted to give her a character base as editor-in-chief of Marie Claire magazine. So we decided-- we sort of broke down the different elements that sort of make up the typical day and sort of married it down.

She came in with a dresser, Amanda [unknown], one of the show stylists. So that was great fun for me to see what someone else's perception of how I should be dressing. I wanted Kim to dress in a sophisticated way that felt-- where she felt empowered. Whenever I accessorized her and put her together whether it was in a dress or what she wears a lot of dresses and looks fantastic in. I wanted her to feel like Nico Reilly.

It was the first time she had really come in to a magazine, so it was a bit like a research trick for her that she hadn't quite planned. She's a very interesting, smart actress. We have many stories that were very similar. It's very empowering watching [unknown]. It's sort of an air about her that I hope to bring back to Nico. I think just watching how she runs the ships, you know, and it's just sort of class, such grace, such intelligence and very womanly at the same time, which is so nice.

We just really had a fun day. If she wants to come back anytime, she's very welcome. I think my staff thought she was much gentler than I am.


Oh, don't bother. I just remembered I have another lunch and a lot of work.

A lot of the portrayals of working women have been certainly as far as editor-in-chief's way, you've got the Devil Wears Prada. You've got Wilhelmina Slater and that kind of bitch on wheels kind of thing going. And what the show is trying to do is show that you can still be empowered. You can still have all of those top decisions, but do in a way that's still feminine.

I think when you're juggling family, kids, career, friends, you have to be incredibly organized and you have to delegate your time really well. She's still nursing her second baby who she had, you know, like minutes ago. I mean she was awesome the way she had gone straight back to work.

You know what, I used to love to sleep, like sleep with my fans, my favorite thing. But that's kind of a thing in the past. Women in positions of power in the workplace and how that has a ripple effect in the office and it has a ripple effect at home.

Kim Raver really knows how to embody that sort of powerful woman who's stylish.

It is nice to kind of feel like even though I'm a new mom, that I can, you know, sort of pull it together.

I think for the working women, the fastest way to get dressed and look great and look sophisticated and well-groomed is to buy a dress [unknown]. Hopefully, people who watch the show and think, "Oh, I didn't know I could put that felt on that dress." I want this show to give women the confidence to experiment.

If you know that you're gonna be pressed for time in the morning, you know, you've gotta send your kids off to school and you have an early interview and early breakfast, you know, try not to wash your hair that morning. Try to wash your hair the night before. Blow it out and maybe even set it.

Kim's favorite things to work with is she likes to be sexy, what women doesn't. She likes to be a little glamourous without looking like she's tried too hard. Almost like it's a shuffled elegance.

Her makeup artist from Lipstick Jungle really wanted to play up Kim's really beautiful green eyes.

Her stylist on the show loves purple and I love using purples on her eyes. It brings out the green, so that's my favorite look with like a really nude lip but very bronzy skin.

I mean hair and makeup takes the enormous also amount of time. I mean if it's my choice, it's ponytail, hat, run out the door. And that-- hang on a second. Marie Claire, uhm, this is not my office. But it's fantastic.

Hi, we're here today at the Time Warner Censor and we're talking to women about what it takes to get ready in the morning.

What does it take for you to get ready in the morning? Is it rough?

I always have to leave with mascara on. I don't know what it is, but as long as I have mascara on, I'm okay.

It takes about an hour and 15 minutes. It takes a lot of preparation.

Have to do my hair and my makeup and, well, I do dress really casually, so if there's not meetings or something, I can usually just throw on clothes.

Usually, I blow-dry my hair and I straighten it and I put on makeup. So it probably takes an hour.

Typical day is get up early in the morning, do my makeup and hair and if I have to sing that day, maybe warm up my voice and then go to a couple auditions.

I just wake up, brush my teeth, wash my face really quick and I leave the house. I always have my hair up. I don't actually use any makeup, just lip gloss.

If I blow my hair up, it takes about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes. If not, just half hour.

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You're welcome.

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When I started writing Sex and the City in 1994, that really was my life. I was single. I was in my early 30s. All of my girlfriends were single. And it was the same thing with Lipstick Jungle. I kind of looked around and I thought, "Wait, all of my girlfriends from my Sex and the City days are now super successful."

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