Ben Affleck Gushes About Jennifer Lopez for First Time Since Bennifer Went Public

You knew once Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez hit that Venice Film Festival red carpet that they were ready to get very public about their rekindled relationship.

When it comes to talking about their significant other, Affleck was the first to speak about Lopez in a formal interview with AdWeek that was published on September 20. He gushed about the performer and beauty mogul, telling the publication he is “in awe” of her “effect on the world.”

“All I can tell you is that I have seen firsthand the difference representation makes because I have seen, over and over and over and over, women of color approach Jennifer and tell her what her example as a strong woman and a woman succeeding and demanding her fair share in the business world means to them,” he told AdWeek. “I am in awe of what Jennifer’s effect on the world is. At most, as an artist, I can make movies that move people. Jennifer has inspired a massive group of people to feel they have a seat at the table in this country. That is an effect few people throughout history have had, one I will never know and one I can only stand by and admire with respect.”

Affleck and Lopez share a kiss through their masks at the 2021 Met Gala.

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Back in April, just before the news of Bennifer 2.0 began to circulate, Ben Affleck gave another touching interview about his then-ex to InStyle. For their profile, he reflected on their time as costars in  2003’s Gigli and 2004’s Jersey Girl. 

“I thought I had a good work ethic, but I was completely humbled and blown away by what she was committed to doing day in and day out, the seriousness in which she took her work, the quiet and dedicated way she went about accomplishing her goals, and then how she would go back and redouble her efforts,” he said. “She remains, to this day, the hardest-working person I’ve come across in this business. She has great talent, but she has also worked very hard for her success, and I’m so happy for her that she seems, at long last, to be getting the credit she deserves.”

Of course, he also took a moment to flirt a bit, adding, “Where are you keeping the fountain of youth? Why do you look the same as you did in 2003, and it kind of looks like I’m in my 40s…at best?” 

Lopez responded at the time, “Ben is funny! He still looks pretty good too.” Yeah, we should have guessed.


I Got a Keratin Treatment and It Gave Me the Smoothest Hair

Frizz and dryness have defined the state of my hair for all my life, so when my mother suggested getting a keratin treatment this summer as a way to make my hair smoother and styling more manageable after a year-plus of not visiting salons, I was immediately on board. Keratin treatments promise to tame frizz, significantly cut down blow-drying time, and give unruly hair a long-lasting shine and silkiness. I’d also been seeing glossy hair all over social media—ICYMI, it’s the slick “liquid” hair trend dominating your Explore feed (and the secret behind Kim Kardashian and Dua Lipa’s ultra-smooth, glossy looks)—and the style felt like a welcome change from the usual beach waves vibe I go for.  

What is a keratin treatment? 

A keratin treatment is a temporary smoothing treatment that infuses hair with keratin, a fibrous protein found in hair, skin, and fingernails. It’s great for someone who wants to tone down their nature curl texture and make styling a seamless process, Lorean Cairns, founder of Fox & Jane tells Glamour. A keratin treatment is probably not for you if you already have very thin or brittle hair, but it’s pretty magical if you want to turn thick, wild, and uncooperative curl patterns into smoother, shinier hair that lasts for months at a time. 

How does a keratin treatment work? 

Essentially, it’s a chemical treatment that’s applied to wet hair and has to sit for about an hour and a half before being sealed in via blow-drying or flat-ironing. “It works by coating the pores, sealing the cuticle, adding shine, and eliminating frizz,” Nylza Yepez, hairstylist at Jenna Perry Hair Studio tells Glamour. Once it’s blow-dried in, you can’t wash your hair for 72 hours—and you shouldn’t tie it into a ponytail or bun either, since the scrunchie or claw clip might lock in a weird kink or curl pattern. After the first wash, you can resume a regular hair care routine (with a few swaps, but more on that later).

There are two ways to achieve the glossy look: One is with an at-home keratin treatment you can probably find at the drugstore, while the other is at the salon. Hairstylists will always encourage you to visit a professional because experts will match the strength of the formula to your hair’s needs and help you set expectations—unlike the one-size-fits-all formulas, which likely won’t be as effective or long-lasting. “Keratin treatments have different chemical levels that range from mild to strong,” Cairns says. (FYI, the average cost for a full keratin treatment in a New York-based salon ranges from $300-$400, and some studios offer partial treatments to smooth out frizz at the top for a reduced price.) 

Keratin treatments have gotten a bad rep over the years since some of the OG formulas use formaldehyde, a possible carcinogen that was putting salon workers at major risk, to keep hair smooth and straight for extended periods of time. However, hair care brands have now created formaldehyde-free options (like the Cezanne Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment) that are still effective but far less controversial. 

How long does a keratin treatment last?  

The average keratin treatment lasts about three to six months with standard maintenance, Cairns says, but she warns it can wash out sooner with overwashing or taking one too many dips into the ocean or pool. (Chlorine and sea salt aren’t ~exactly~ friends here.) Cairns says regulars usually plan visits in the spring, or early in the summer season before it gets too humid out. 

Gwyneth Paltrow Swears By This Serum to Save Her Hair From Bleach

It’s safe to say Gwyneth Paltrow is the original influencer. Before she was making candles that smell like her vagina and bringing alternative health trends like bee sting therapy to the masses, her wellness empire Goop started off a as email newsletter where she would detail her current obsessions. Readers couldn’t get enough, and who could blame them? 

Whether you’re a true Goop head or more of a skeptic, there is no denying Paltrow’s cool factor. From her minimal ‘90s style that’s all still all over Pinterest to her zeigest-shaping views on relationships—conscious un-coupling, anyone?—her impact knows no bounds. 

In a true return to form, we caught up with Paltrow over the phone for a round of Your Fave’s Fave’s, in which Hollywood’s most popular people break down everything they’re loving at the moment. Below, the actor, CEO, and icon shares everything she’s currently obsessed with, from a personal sauna to the perfect French fries. 

My favorite hair product

I love our new Goop Hair Serum. The impetus behind that product was that I love to exercise in the morning—it’s my stress release and good for the body, et cetera—and I do a lot of Tracey Anderson. It’s in a very hot room and very sweaty, and I would have a tight ponytail. I found that my hair was getting damaged, so I wanted to do something that would be protective of the hair. Also, of course, my hair is damaged from bleach and wear and tear, so we started to formulate this to solve those problems. The other issue is that a lot of hair care products are pretty toxic. We wanted to try to do something that was totally non-toxic but actually would provide good results for the hair. We did the serum, and I’m really excited about it. It’s really good, I put it in before the sauna or before exercising. It really makes your hair feels softer and stronger. 

Goopglow Hair Serum

My skin care favorites

I love my Goopglow Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator. It’s a powerful facial in a little jar inspired by professional microdermabrasion, and it polishes your skin and refines pores for visibly more glowy skin. Also, the Goopgenes All-in-One Super Nutrient Face Oil. It’s rare that a face oil gets amazing clinical results, but this one does. The secret is nine nutrient-dense oils, including bakuchiol, a retinol alternative. This stuff is just magic on my skin, especially after I exfoliate.

Both my mom and I use the Goopgenes All-in-One Nourishing Face Cream. It’s so moisturizing, and then you get all these incredible results when you use it. It melts right into my skin with this unique whipped texture. The Goopgenes Nourishing Repair Body Butter is a one-step hydrating miracle for beautiful, healthy-looking skin from head to toe. The subtle, citrusy scent is just so good.

Goopglow Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator

Goopgenes All-in-One Super Nutrient Face Oil

Goopgenes All-in-One Nourishing Face Cream

Goopgenes Nourishing Repair Body Butter

The best way to spend a day off

Away from my phone and computer and next to the people that I love, like my husband and kids. 

My comfort food

French fries. I love them. This sounds really weird, but there’s a fish market in Santa Monica, California called Santa Monica Seafood Market. You can sit at the counter and order food, or you could also just go to the fish counter, whatever. They have really good fries. I love going there for oysters and French fries, and there’s also Frenchette in New York. 

The show I can’t stop watching 

We’ve been watching Only Murders in the Building. It’s cute. I love Steve Martin and Martin Short. It’s funny, it’s really charming, and it’s really good. It’s different than what I usually watch. I usually watch really dark shit like The Handmaid’s Tale and murder documentaries like The Staircase. That’s what I always gravitate toward, but it’s nice to have a break. 

My hangover cure 

We make this thing called G.Tox. It’s a detox super powder, and it’s a freaking miracle for hangovers. It’s so good—that’s my main hangover cure. Then of course, French fries, anything fried will help. Or an IV. If it’s really bad, then an IV is the way to go. 

Goop G.Tox Detoxifying Superpowder

My favorite recent purchase 

I love Our Place. There’s a new pan called the Perfect Pot, and I’m very into it. It’s great. I love her pans, and I’m excited to add to the collection. It’s really good because you can deep fry in it, you can steam in it, and it comes with all the little extra stuff so you can make pasta sauce. It’s a great size.

Our Place Perfect Pot

$165

Our Place

My favorite dish to cook 

I cook a lot of different things at home. I like things that are easy. We have a whole section on Goop that’s one pan dinners, like sheet pan dinners. I love that on a weeknight. There’s one that’s asparagus and bok choi all on one pan that’s so good. There’s also this woman named Diana Henry who wrote this book called From Oven to Table, and it’s a lot of one pan dinners. Some of them are a little more involved—they have more steps than just throwing it all into a pan—but I really like that book too. 

“From the Oven to the Table” by Diana Henry

The best thing in my closet

There are things in my closet that I’m sentimental about, like old dresses or something that I wore to somewhere. Right now, I’m super obsessed with my Chimala denim. It’s a Japanese jean company. They have a style called the Monroe Jean, after Marilyn Monroe.

Chimala Monore Jeans

$440

AB Fits

My wellness essentials 

It’s a little bougie, but I have a little personal-sized Clearlight sauna. It’s an infrared sauna for detoxification. It’s small, but it does the job and I’m very into that. I’m definitely super into my G. Tox wellness powder that I mentioned it before for hangovers, but also it’s really great liver support. I’m always trying to help my detoxification pathways. 

Clearlight Sanctuary 1 Person Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna

$6,599

Sun Home

You know what’s really great? This is a new fun thing, and I actually invested a little bit in the company: There’s a new detox kit coming out called Kroma, and it’s so delicious. The woman who founded it has this incredible matcha powder with turmeric and ginger. There’s amazing porridge and a nut butter for a snack. It’s the most delicious concoction you’ve ever had. The soup is bone broth powder that you pour hot water into. It’s delicious. You know how those things are always not palatable? This one is great. You feel so good on it, so that’s probably my number one for fall.

Bella Cacciatore is the beauty writer at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram.

Gwyneth Paltrow on Hangover Cures, Hair Serum, and Her Favorite French Fries

Both my mom and I use the Goopgenes All-in-One Nourishing Face Cream. It’s so moisturizing, and then you get all these incredible results when you use it. It melts right into my skin with this unique whipped texture. The Goopgenes Nourishing Repair Body Butter is a one-step hydrating miracle for beautiful, healthy-looking skin from head to toe. The subtle, citrusy scent is just so good.

Goopglow Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator

Goopgenes All-in-One Super Nutrient Face Oil

Goopgenes All-in-One Nourishing Face Cream

Goopgenes Nourishing Repair Body Butter

The best way to spend a day off

Away from my phone and computer and next to the people that I love, like my husband and kids. 

My comfort food

French fries. I love them. This sounds really weird, but there’s a fish market in Santa Monica, California called Santa Monica Seafood Market. You can sit at the counter and order food, or you could also just go to the fish counter, whatever. They have really good fries. I love going there for oysters and French fries, and there’s also Frenchette in New York. 

The show I can’t stop watching 

We’ve been watching Only Murders in the Building. It’s cute. I love Steve Martin and Martin Short. It’s funny, it’s really charming, and it’s really good. It’s different than what I usually watch. I usually watch really dark shit like The Handmaid’s Tale and murder documentaries like The Staircase. That’s what I always gravitate toward, but it’s nice to have a break. 

My hangover cure 

We make this thing called G.Tox. It’s a detox super powder, and it’s a freaking miracle for hangovers. It’s so good—that’s my main hangover cure. Then of course, French fries, anything fried will help. Or an IV. If it’s really bad, then an IV is the way to go. 

Goop G.Tox Detoxifying Superpowder

My favorite recent purchase 

I love Our Place. There’s a new pan called the Perfect Pot, and I’m very into it. It’s great. I love her pans, and I’m excited to add to the collection. It’s really good because you can deep fry in it, you can steam in it, and it comes with all the little extra stuff so you can make pasta sauce. It’s a great size.

Our Place Perfect Pot

$165

Our Place

My favorite dish to cook 

I cook a lot of different things at home. I like things that are easy. We have a whole section on Goop that’s one pan dinners, like sheet pan dinners. I love that on a weeknight. There’s one that’s asparagus and bok choi all on one pan that’s so good. There’s also this woman named Diana Henry who wrote this book called From Oven to Table, and it’s a lot of one pan dinners. Some of them are a little more involved—they have more steps than just throwing it all into a pan—but I really like that book too. 

“From the Oven to the Table” by Diana Henry

The best thing in my closet

There are things in my closet that I’m sentimental about, like old dresses or something that I wore somewhere. Right now, I’m super obsessed with my Chimala denim. It’s a Japanese jean company. They have a style called the Monroe Jean, after Marilyn Monroe.

Chimala Monore Jeans

$440

AB Fits

My wellness essentials 

It’s a little bougie, but I have a little personal-sized Clearlight sauna. It’s an infrared sauna for detoxification. It’s small, but it does the job and I’m very into that. I’m definitely super into my G. Tox wellness powder that I mentioned it before for hangovers, but also it’s really great liver support. I’m always trying to help my detoxification pathways. 

Clearlight Sanctuary 1 Person Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna

$6,599

Sun Home

You know what’s really great? This is a new fun thing, and I actually invested a little bit in the company: There’s a new detox kit coming out called Kroma, and it’s so delicious. The woman who founded it has this incredible matcha powder with turmeric and ginger. There’s amazing porridge and a nut butter for a snack. It’s the most delicious concoction you’ve ever had. The soup is bone broth powder that you pour hot water into. It’s delicious. You know how those things are always not palatable? This one is great. You feel so good on it, so that’s probably my number one for fall.

Bella Cacciatore is the beauty writer at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram.

Ashley Graham Is Pregnant With Twin Boys: ‘Are You Serious?’

King and her fiancé, Dan Tooker, announced on March 3 that they’re expecting their first child together. King was careful to note that, for some women trying to have children, her announcement might hurt.

“I hope that all mothers-to-be, in whatever sense that may be, know that I am trying to be very sensitive,” she wrote. “You see, this miracle baby comes after two very big losses. It’s a terrifying and extremely painful experience for everyone….I remember every pregnancy announcement felt like a dagger to me. So I want to be very delicate and say to YOU! That soon to be mom, who’s maybe had a loss, or has been struggling with fertility, I’m telling you, our babies come.” 

Already an empathetic mom!

A Case Challenging Roe V. Wade Is Going to the Supreme Court

It’s happening. On December 1, 2021, the Supreme Court will hear a case that legal experts say will directly challenge Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that found that access to abortion is a constitutional right. 

For years, state governments have been chipping away at that precedent, passing legislation that makes access to abortion tricky in many states and nearly impossible in others. On September 1, the most restrictive abortion law in the country went into effect in Texas, banning abortions six weeks after conception, with no exceptions in the case of rape or incest. At six weeks, most people have no idea that they are pregnant. 

Abortion law experts said at the time the move essentially made Roe v. Wade a fiction in Texas and could lead to it being challenged in the Supreme Court. Only weeks later, that prediction is already coming true—on September 20, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear arguments over a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks. 

One in four women will have an abortion in her lifetime, according to Planned Parenthood. Before Roe v. Wade, when abortion was illegal, one in six pregnancy-related deaths were caused by unsafe, unregulated abortions. Meanwhile, legal abortions in the U.S. have an over 99% safety record. 

The case the court will hear is Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Jackson Women’s Health, SCOTUSblog reported in May, is the only licensed abortion provider in Mississippi. The organization will be represented in the Supreme Court case by the Center for Reproductive Rights, which just last year successfully argued a Supreme Court case protecting abortion rights in Louisiana. 

That case was 5-4 in favor of reversing an anti-abortion access law. Since then, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died and was replaced by the anti-choice justice Amy Coney Barrett. Barrett was the third justice confirmed to the Supreme Court during Donald Trump’s presidency. (For comparison, in Obama’s eight years in office, he confirmed only two justices to the court.) The majority of conservative-leaning justices on the court strongly suggests that the court will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade

We know that women of color, poor women, and women with children suffer the most from abortion restrictions. “Think about someone who’s 12 or 13 years old trying to navigate accessing abortion and having to travel hundreds of miles and access that care,” Texas Planned Parenthood doctor Bhavik Kumar told Glamour in early September. 

The best way to keep abortion accessible despite challenges in the Supreme Court is to pass laws protecting abortion rights, Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, told Glamour in May. “One of the most important things is to make sure we have protection at the federal level,” she said. “We’re going to need to have nationwide protections should the Supreme Court weaken those protections at all. We want to make sure that the EACH Act and the Women’s Health Protection Act are there as strong federal safeguards.”

“We will not stand by and allow our nation to go back to the days of back-alley abortions,” the vice president said in a statement about the Texas abortion ban. “We will use every lever of our administration to defend the right to safe and legal abortion—and to strengthen that right.” Women—and all Americans—need the Biden administration to follow through on that promise now more than ever. 

Jenny Singer is a staff writer for Glamour. You can follow her on Twitter. 

Virgin River Seasons 4 and 5: Everything We Know So Far

Netflix just renewed its hit romantic drama Virgin River for not one, but two more seasons. 

It’s rare for a television show to get renewed beyond one season, so this means Netflix is very confident in the popularity of Virgin River, which will be in our lives for the next two years,  minimum. 

Virgin River is based on the bestselling Robyn Carr 21-novel series of the same name. It premiered on Netflix in 2019, and the third and most recent season dropped in July 2021. Like the streamer’s hit series Outer Banks, Virgin River features melodrama against a gorgeous landscape, which is a just really long way to say cinema. 

Starring Alexandra Breckenridge and Martin Henderson, Virgin River tells the story of Mel Monroe (Breckenridge), who leaves L.A. to work as a midwife and nurse practitioner in the remote Northern California town of Virgin River (hey, that’s the name of the show!), thinking it will be the perfect place for a fresh start. Along the way, she finds the unexpected, including a love interest in Jack Sheridan (Henderson), who has perfect hair. 

Virgin River topped Nielsen’s U.S. streaming rankings in July when its third season debuted by amassing 2.1 billion minutes viewed across 30 episodes, according to TVLine

The third season of Virgin River left fans hanging with many twists and turns, including some baby daddy drama. We seriously don’t know how much longer we can wait for season four–and season five, now that we know that’s coming, too.

Here’s everything we know about seasons four and five of Netflix’s Virgin River so far:

The release date. Unknown at this time, but you can probably expect season four in 2022, and season five in 2023. How are these years happening already? Since season three dropped in July, season four will most likely drop around the same time next year, but it could come as early as May. 

Season four might already be shooting. Filming for season four is reportedly already underway. Thank goodness, because we need answers, stat. 

This post will be updated.

The First Sex and the City Reboot Clip Is Here, and We Have a Carrie and Big Update

And just like that, HBO Max debuted the first footage from And Just Like That…, the Sex and the City revival coming later this year.

A lot happened during the 2021 Emmys: Emma Corrin wore a bonnet, Rita Wilson rapped, and Jennifer Coolidge wore a cape, so you might have missed it.

During a trailer for upcoming HBO and HBO Max shows, including Succession and Euphoria, quick And Just Like That clips play, including one with Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw saying, “And just like that” while wearing a brown cap with a red feather on it. 

Another clip shows Carrie and Big experiencing a big (sorry) romantic moment in a kitchen. But it probably won’t be all romance for the tumultuous twosome: Over the summer, a script leak indicated that Carrie and Big will, as always, experience some hardships. You can find the footage from And Just Like That… below, around the 25-second mark. 

The path to the Sex and the City revival has been a long and painful one (like, just as painful as watching Sex and the City 2). Rumors of a revival have circled for years, and we lost Samantha along the way, who is not in And Just Like That…

Over the past several months, we’ve seen plenty of images from the set of And Just Like That…, which has been filming around New York City since June.  Most recently, images of Sarah Jessica Parker in a tutu–a nod to Carrie Bradshaw’s outfit in the iconic opening credits–surfaced. We’ve also been spoiled with other images of Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis galavanting around New York City on set in incredible ‘fits. The only thing missing is Kim Cattrall. 

Sarah Jessica Parker was photographed wearing a tutu on set.

Getty Images

HBO gave the people what they want with some fresh footage to confirm this is really happening and not all in our heads, but it’s not enough. Hopefully, this indicates a trailer and a release date are coming soon.

All Your Questions About That Surprising Sex Education Season Finale, Answered

Absolutely. And I would have to assume that Jean and Jakob took the paternity test, and the results are what we see Jean opening in the finale, right?

Yes.

Okay. So…

It is a cliffhanger.

That it is! Based on Jean’s reaction, should viewers definitely assume that Jakob is not the father? 

Yes. I think that Jakob is not the father. And as I said, let’s really hope for series four so we can unpack that.

Wow. OK, so do you already know who the father is, or have you not planned that far ahead? 

Yeah, I mean, I have always known where that storyline is going, so I do have answers.

OK, say no more! We just need a renewal so we can find out who it is. Meanwhile, what can you say about Maeve and Otis going forward now that she’s going to the United States to continue her education?

I think what’s really lovely about writing the Otis and Maeve romance, is that underneath it they are also really good friends who have a lot of respect for each other. I liked writing that scene and getting Otis to a place where he was able to put his emotions aside and just say, “I am really proud of you, and obviously we will work out whatever we are, but right now you just need to pursue your goals and ambitions.” I think that shows a lot of growth in him as a character, but also in their relationship. No matter what happens for them in the future, they’ve got that real grounding of respect and friendship underneath it and it was really nice to kind of get them back to that place because it’s been a bit tumultuous.

Aimee Lou Wood as Aimee Gibbs, Emma Mackey as Maeve Wiley, and Asa Butterfield as Otis Milburn.

Sam Taylor/Netflix

I also would love for you to talk about that very emotionally intimate and physical scene with Isaac and Maeve. I thought it was so smartly done, and I appreciated how they really respected each other’s comfort levels and asked the right questions. 

Oh, I’m really glad. I really wanted to dig deeper into Maeve and Isaac’s relationship. For me, these characters are cut from the same cloth and have a genuine connection with each other because they share similar childhood experiences of abandonment. Once Isaac was able to fully apologize to Maeve and regain her trust I wanted to explore sex and disability through their relationship. This was the natural next step for these characters but also is an important bit of representation for the show. Nineteen percent of the working population in the U.K. have a disability yet we so rarely see intimacy and sex with disabled characters represented on screen. We worked with various disability consultants and charities to make sure this scene felt authentic, sexy, and joyful.

Princess Beatrice Just Welcomed a Baby Girl

So far, more than a few celebrities welcomed babies in 2021. We saw stars like Sasha Pieterse, Rupert Grint, Mindy Kaling, and Nicki Minaj expand their families last year. And the baby train keeps on trucking this year. 

Of course, having a child during a pandemic can be…interesting, to say the least. Carson Daly, who welcomed his fourth child with Siri Pinter Daly in 2020, opened up about the experience. “Thank you all so much for the overwhelming well wishes & prayers for the medical staff at hospitals everywhere & all those affected,” he wrote on Instagram. “We are with them & appreciate their tireless work during this crazy time.”

Below, all the celebrity babies we said hello to in 2021: