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J. K. Rowling Seeks to Reward Civil Servant With a Year’s Salary for Calling Out Boris Johnson

The ‘Harry Potter’ author has also personally attacked the U.K. Prime Minister for standing by Dominic Cummings who has defied the government’s own advice to stay at home amid the COVID-19 crisis.

AceShowbiz -J. K. Rowling has offered to cover a U.K. Civil Service employee’s salary for a year after he or she attacked the government for backing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s chief advisor for making a trip across the country to visit his parents.

While most of the nation is on lockdown, Dominic Cummings drove from London to Durham and back, ignoring the government’s own advice to stay at home.

Johnson has since defended his sidekick, insisting Cummings had to organize urgent childcare as his wife battled COVID-19.

A colleague jumped on the backlash against the civil servant, posting a now-deleted tweet, which read, “Arrogant and offensive. Can you imagine having to work with these truth twisters?”

Confirming the note had been taken down, a Cabinet Office member tweeted, “An unauthorised tweet was posted on a government channel this evening. The post has been removed and we are investigating the matter.”

The “Harry Potter” author, who previously slammed Cummings’ “indefensible hypocrisy,” is now keen to track down the tweeter, so she can reward him or her for taking a stand.

In her own tweet to the Civil Service, Rowling writes, “When you find out who it was, let us know. I want to give them a year’s salary.”

J. K. Rowling searched for the civil servant attacking U.K. government’s arrogance.

She also attacked the Prime Minister directly for standing by his man, “Single parents have been on lockdown for weeks. Nurses have isolated from their own families to protect them. I can’t remember a clearer demonstration of contempt for the people from a sitting Prime Minister. Johnson might as well have shambled into shot, given us all the finger and walked off again.”

J. K. Rowling called out Boris Johnson for backing Dominic Cummings

“Many have had to look after their own young children while ill. One of the architects of the rules keeping those people housebound drove across the UK, knowing he had the virus. Indefensible hypocrisy and selfishness.”

J. K. Rowling continued expressing her anger at the government’s hypocrisy

Meanwhile, fans of Welsh band Super Furry Animals have launched a campaign to get the group’s 1996 track “The Man Don’t Give a F**k” back in the charts as a protest against Cummings’ actions.

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Ron Jeremy Under Investigation for New Allegation of Sexual Assault

The latest accusations against the veteran porn star, who has been fighting claims of inappropriate behaviour for years, come two years after he got entangled in a bathroom groping incident.

AceShowbiz -Veteran porn star Ron Jeremy is facing a new allegation of sexual assault in Los Angeles.

Authorities have confirmed an investigation is underway, although no further details about the accusations made against the 67-year-old have been made public, reports The Daily Beast.

“Sexual assault allegations against Ron Jeremy are under review by our office. No filing decision has been made,” Greg Risling, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s public information officer, simply stated to TheWrap.com.

Jeremy has been fighting claims of inappropriate behaviour for years, and came under scrutiny again during the rise of the #MeToo movement in 2017, when a Rolling Stone expose uncovered a series of accusations about unwanted advances.

He vehemently dismissed the reports at the time, branding them “pure lies or buyer’s remorse”, but in 2018, he also hit headlines for an alleged groping incident in the bathroom of West Hollywood hotspot Rainbow Bar and Grill.

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Michelle Visage: Strictly star speaks out on major show change amid ‘curse’ worries

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Michelle Visage, 51, wowed audiences with her sultry moves on Strictly Come Dancing with her dance partner Giovanni Pernice, 29, last year. The RuPaul Drag Race star was voted off the show in week nine of the dance competition.

Strictly is due to return to viewers’ screens later this year but the show is tipped for a major change following the coronavirus pandemic.

Show bosses are considering putting forward drastic measures in an attempt to save the show amid the current crisis with insiders claiming they want celebrities and professional dancers to quarantine together.

But this has stirred up some controversy with notable figures including Good Morning Britain hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid talking about the so-called “Strictly curse”.

It comes as some celebrities have sparked up relationships with their Strictly dance partners in previous years.

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Speaking in this week’s Radio Times, Michelle admitted she didn’t believe quarantining with a professional partner was a “problem” if the celebrity is single.

“I don’t know if that’s a bad thing. Don’t get me wrong, it’s different if you’re married, but for single people what’s the problem?” she told the publication.

Michelle admitted she would have loved the same opportunity with her former dance partner Giovanni.

She commented: “I would kill to do that. Gio wouldn’t have been able to escape me.”

However, BBC Director of Content Charlotte Moore has revealed producers are still assessing contingency plans such as enforcing a face mask rule, dancing two metres apart and even quarantining celebrities and professional dancers.

Charlotte told The Times: “We’re looking at how that would work. Could you quarantine people? Can we test everyone before filming? There’s a lot of work being done. It’s a big task.”

She also said fans could see the show go on-air without a live audience, with the BBC also looking into testing participants’ temperatures and installing glass divides inside the studio “so that people feel even more protected”.

Elsewhere, Michelle has landed her own BBC chat show after Drag Race UK’s monumental success.

The RuPaul’s Drag Race judge will be joined by fellow celeb guests “for a spot of real talk each week”, as they help answer problems from the studio audience – after social distancing guidelines will be eased.

Each episode will see Michelle and Drag Race UK winner The Vivienne join forces to give one viewer “in need of a little extra boost” a major makeover.

Speaking about her new gig, she gushed: “I am thrilled to be bringing my kind of chat to a show on the amazing BBC Three in the country that literally owns my own heart!

“It’s 2020 and we can no longer sit back and complain, it’s time to stand up and Get Off Your Ass with Michelle Visage! See you soon on the iPlayer nearest you.”

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The official RuPaul’s Drag Race Twitter account shared a video of Michelle giving more information.

She said: “One thing I know how to do is talk. So if you need a little bit of advice, trust me, I’ve got plenty to say.”

She added: “Whatever your issue is, big or small, I am here to help on my new show. So get off your a** and get in touch!”

Get Off Your Ass is set to air on BBC Three later this year.

You can read the full interview with Michelle Visage in this week’s Radio Times.

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'90 Day Fiance': Lana Reveals Why She Lied to David Murphey

Lana and David Murphey’s interactions on 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days may be in person now but they are still just as cringeworthy as ever. After forcing Lana to finally come and meet him after seven years of talking, Murphey has a lot of catching up to do with his Ukrainian girlfriend. Now, Lana has come clean about a few things.

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How did David and Lana meet?

Murphey and Lana did not meet by chance. In fact, Murphey was searching for a girl like her for years.

“When the internet was brand new a tenant of mine showed me a website where you could meet Russian and Filipino women,” he wrote in an Instagram Q&A. “I had an interest in Russians. Within months, the Ukrainian women on the site outnumbered the Russians. I went to both countries. A few years later, Ukraine became more Western-like and you didn’t even need a visa to go there. Russia requires a visa and you have to register everywhere you go. It was just harder to travel in.”

And during his search, he encountered many women, but none of the relationships ever got as far as his with Lana.

“I stopped dating in the USA 15 years ago,” he continued. “Every time I did I would start thinking about Ukraine, so I stopped trying so my heart was free just in case I went to Ukraine. I have dated well over 100 women in Ukraine. Turned down many marriage proposals and have been turned down twice myself.”

RELATED: ’90 Day Fiance’: How Does David Murphey Have So Much Money to Spend on Ukrainian Dating Sites?

Why did Lana wait so long to meet David?

Lana and Murphey had been dating for seven years before they met in person, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. Murphey had attempted to meet up with Lana four times before he actually saw her. Each time, she had a crazy excuse as to why she could not meet him.

When the cameras finally caught up with Lana, she said she never lied to Murphey about why she could not meet.

Why did Lana lie to David?

On his fourth attempt at meeting Lana, Murphey became frustrated when she did not show up. Instead of just going home and licking his wounds, Murphey went to an address that Lana had given him a while back. But when he got there, Lana was not there and a man in the building said that he had never seen anyone like Lana in the building before.

When Lana finally did meet up with Murphey, he couldn’t resist asking her what was up with the address and why she gave him a fake one.

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Lana said that she didn’t feel comfortable or think it was smart giving her real address to a man who she had never met.

Throughout the May 24 episode, it became clear that Murphey was a lot further along in the relationship than Lana was. He constantly asked her for affection, to which she replied that it was too soon. He even spoke about getting engaged to her and moving her back to America. But despite her excitement about potentially living in the USA, Lana just wasn’t ready to take things to the next level with her American boyfriend.

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‘Barkskins’ Creator: The Show Explores An ‘Unknown Chapter’ Of History & There’s A ‘Mystery’ Element

‘Barkskins’ premieres May 25 on National Geographic. HL spoke with creator Elwood Reid about bringing Annie Proulx’s bestselling book to life and how this show could run for ‘multiple seasons.’

Are you looking for a TV show to take you back to a different time? Look no further than Barkskins. The National Geographic limited series premieres May 25. The show is based on the New York Times’ bestselling novel by Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Proulx centers around a disparate group of outcasts and dreamers battling to escape their pasts while navigating the brutal frontier hardships, competing interests, and tangled loyalties at the crossroads of civilization: the New World.

HollywoodLife talked with creator Elwood Reid about adapting Proulx’s 700-page epic for TV. Barkskins explores “a completely unknown chapter of North American history,” and there’s not a show like it on TV right now. He also discussed the women of the time period and how Marcia Gay Harden’s character was adapted for the limited series. While the show is being marketed as a limited series, Elwood said that he could expand this into a series that could go on for “multiple seasons.” Read our full Q&A below.

Why did you want to take what Annie Proulx wrote and bring it to TV?
Elwood Reid: It was a couple things. First of all, it’s Annie Proulx. When you get offered a book by Annie Proulx, you pay attention. And then Scott Rudin, who’s a producer and someone I’ve always admired and wanted to work with, was attached. And then on top of that, Carolyn Bernstein is an executive at National Geographic. I had worked with her on The Bridge, and we have this amazing working relationship. Nat Geo also wanted to do functional programming, so there’s just a lot of exciting things for it. As a novelist and someone who’s always looking for cool material, when you read the book and you look at the book, that TV show’s not out there. To me, that was exciting. You get offered all kinds of books, and they’re very familiar worlds or themes. There was nothing like this out there. So that was both of a challenge to overcome and something that made me excited every day when I was adapting. The country had been settled for over 100 years when we started settling in the West. These were the first people coming down into North America, and Jamestown was happening around the same time or a little bit earlier. It’s a completely unknown chapter of North American history, which is another reason why I wanted to do it.

Given that this is a novel, what can you say about the differences and the similarities we’re going to see in the TV series?
Elwood Reid: Annie’s book is huge in scope. I’m a novelist. I’m very prejudiced in that whenever I love a book, I very rarely want to watch a movie or adaptation of it. Particularly if they try to adhere to it too much. I know we’re talking about television, but books are a great art form. If you fall in love with a book, it’s just captivating, deep theater of the mind, and you’re never going to recreate that. But Annie’s book gave me some license because it spanned several centuries. I knew I couldn’t make a TV show that spanned centuries, so I focused on the first 100 pages of her book. In doing so, I had to create some new elements to add plot and to add incident into those first 100 pages. And this thing sprung up, this hybridization of her book. From some of the themes that were inherent in her book and some of the themes that I’m fascinated by and characters that I created to put in there, it was an amazing experience. I know that wouldn’t have been possible without the blueprint of her book.

That time period was a very male-dominated society. What can you say about the place of women in this society? 
Elwood Reid: We know this from history but history now and particularly then was written by men. Most of the accounts you have at that time were written by Jesuit priests. They were written by whatever historians were around, and they were written by the companies and business people that were tracking the comings and goings of the trading area. If you take that prejudice and you remove that prejudice and just look at physically what was going on there, there were several things that really interested me at the time. One was this interesting thing called the Filles du roi. The Filles du roi was a program from France to help populate the New World by bringing over young girls who were either fourth and fifth daughters. Back in Europe, they would never inherit land or marry up. They would just go to the nunnery or they would serve some function of the family. They were street merchants or, in some cases, prostitutes. These women were taken by the church and sent across the ocean. I mean, imagine 14, 15, 16, 17, 18-year-old girls coming over to a new land they know nothing about. What was interesting about that period of time is when they came here, as part of the program, they got to choose their husbands. Over in Europe at that time, you were married off by your father to gain land or gain titles. When these girls came over here, the choices were flipped. So it was both crazy that they would have to come over and marry some smelly trapper, but at least they got to pick. That was interesting. The second thing was, in any reading of the church over there, the ursulines came over and they were the glue that held the society together. They were this order of nuns that were there when there was nothing there. They were outreaching the Native American tribes, some of which were hostile towards them and some of which were very open to them. They were administering to the British soldiers, who were killing their fellow Frenchmen. They were the hospitals. They were the source of all the teaching and learning that took place in the community. That’s not boiled to the top of history because I think the prejudices are baked into most histories from the male perspective. I had this wonderful research woman who gave me so much stuff. If you look at the character of Mathilde, played by Marcia Gay Harden, the innkeeper was the center of the town. There was no town without her. She fed everybody, entertained everybody. She was incredibly powerful. Did she own that property? No, her husband did. So I engineered in the story a way to get rid of her husband so I could see what happened to a woman who could take property and take business and that happened. It happened during that time. I was like going on an archeological dig trying to find interesting things and not trying to put it through the lens of our times. I don’t want to revise history, but I feel stories have to be there.

The characters Hamish and Yvon certainly bring up a lot of questions when watching the trailer. They seem to be on some type of mission. What can you say about what they’re after? 
Elwood Reid: I think one of the things I was trying to do is import a modern-day private eye investigative storyline into a period piece, so those guys come looking for his missing brother-in-law. There’s a mystery of what happened to this guy who was involved in this massacre. As Goames and Yvon begin to explore this mystery, as with all good detective fiction or moral fiction, the search and the quest begins to curdle and affect the searcher, meaning Goames and Ivon. They go into their own heart of darkness. That was something I intentionally planned, but to be honest with you, I just wanted to have some drive in the story. I wanted you to go… What the hell are these guys are looking for? And what happens when they find it? When you watch the series, they don’t find an easy answer. They find something very dark and very dark about themselves. I don’t want to give too much away, but that was the idea from day one.

Claude is also a very central figure in this story. What about his arc over the course of the season?
Elwood Reid: Going back to the reading I did at the time, any place is settled by dreamers and mad men and people who have visions for building a kingdom. That’s what Trepagny is. He’s a Catholic and a wealthy guy who thinks he’s going to build an empire in this new world. Back then, a lot of wealth was land-based. Here’s a guy who was like, “F**k it, I can go over to the New World, and I can get five times the amount of land I could get over in France.” He has this religious bent. He’s a Cathar, which is the sect of the Catholic religion that was put on during the Inquisition. He believed in this dual god. A god of the left and right hand. A god that could do bad things and do good things. That was a heretical thought at the time. So I thought I could embody that in the character. He’s charming. He’s weird. He’s funny, and he can also be kind of scary. If there was one person who could do this, it was David Thewlis. Getting him was super important to me for the tone of the rest of the show.

This is a limited series, but we’ve seen shows like Big Litle Lies end up being more than one season. Are you definitively establishing this as a one-season limited series?
Elwood Reid: I intended this to go multiple seasons. But given the current landscape that we’re in right now with what’s going on with productions already be halted this year, I just don’t know. It was something Nat Geo chose to market the show as a limited series. But you know my answer to that is, whenever you adapt a 700-page novel and you only use the first 100 pages, there’s a lot of story left. When you watch the show, I leave the show in a cliffhanger. I was just getting going with these characters. So I just don’t know in this current landscape. There are so many TV shows out there. The streaming market is shifting. COVID has not helped. So you just don’t know. I’m protecting myself both ways, but my hope would be to continue telling the story.

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Where is Normal People filmed? – The Sun

NORMAL People tells the tale of young Irish teenagers who face obstacles in a bid to be together.

The BBC series – which is based on Sally Rooney's 2018 novel – was filmed across three stunning locations and features a great cast.

Where is Normal People filmed?

Ireland

As the show is mainly based in Ireland, various locations around the country were used.

The coastal county of Sligo in the North East of Ireland played host for Carricklea, the fictional hometown of Marianne and Connel, where Connell Waldron and Marianne Sheridan fall in love.

Dublin was also used heavily in the show with the city's Trinity College campus the backdrop for Marianne's uni days.

Her student house was filmed on Wellington Road in Dublin’s posh Ballsbridge neighbourhood.

Italy

During the show, Connell joins Marianne and friends on an Italian holiday in Trieste, where they stay at II Casale on Tenuta Verzano, close to the village of Sant’Oreste.

This property can be found about 35km north of Rome.

The villa was also used for the Julie Roberts movie Eat, Pray, Love.

The only time an Irish location was used in place of an Italian one, was when Dublin's Hugh Lane Gallery was transformed into Venice’s Guggenheim Museum.

In real life the gallery is actually home to artist Francis Bacon’s South Kensington studio.

Sweden

During the series Marianne goes to Sweden to study.

These scenes were shot in Lulea in Lapland.

The closing scenes of episode nine show the Frozen Sea – this occurs between November and April when the Baltic Sea freezes over, and sees people walk and skate across it.

What time is Normal People on TV?

The series continues this evening (May 25, 2020) at 9pm on BBC One.

The whole series is also available to binge-watch in one go on BBC iPlayer right now.

The adaptation consists of 12 episodes which are around 30 minutes long.

The much anticipated series is perfect for lockdown viewing.

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I Know This Much Is True viewers left sobbing over Mark Ruffalo’s harrowing twin brother scenes – The Sun

FANS of I Know This Much Is True have broken down as they watched Mark Ruffalo's incredible performance.

Viewers took to Twitter to share their tears as they watched his moving scenes with 'his twin' in the HBO series.

One admiring fan wrote: "I Know This Much Is True is the saddest show ever. Mark Ruffalo has me crying with two different characters."

Another expressed: "Dude I’m f***ing crying. This show, the performances, Rosie and Mark sooooo good!"

One emotional fan wrote on social media: "I can't deal with Mark Ruffalo crying. It breaks my heart."

Another heartbroken viewer commented on the distressing scenes: "Omg this is so sad."

The 52-year-old actor's skills have been applauded, with one fan gushing: "I am just in awe of Mark Ruffalo playing these tormented twins with the intense emotional reactions each one has to situations.

"For me it’s very personal because I know the trauma a sibling goes through when the other is just unable to cope with living."

Ruffalo admitted that working on a drama centred around brotherhood brought the grief of losing his own brother to the surface.



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“Anyone who loses a sibling in an untimely way probably has, along with grief, a real sense of shame. It’s a mystery,” he told GQ.com.

Conceding the pain never really goes away, The Incredible Hulk star went on: “A part of your life that isn’t lived but is always with you in a parallel sort of way.

"You never really get over it. You just sort of get on with it.

“Those experiences are so universal in our common humanity that when you’re telling that kind of story, you know you’re speaking across all sorts of divides: racial divides, cultural divides, class divides.

"You’re really getting to the essential of what it’s like to be a human being.”

He plays Dominick, a divorced housepainter grappling with pent-up anger and grief, and his paranoid schizophrenic brother, Thomas.

The show is based on the 1998 bestselling novel by Wally Lamb and was adapted for television by director Derek Cianfrance.

The talented actor also endured 'six months of discomfort’ after both shedding AND gaining 2st to play the twins.

Playing two brothers of different weights, Ruffalo lost a stone and a half, before piling on a couple of stone to shoot the other scenes.

He explained: "I lost 20 pounds to play Dominick so I wouldn’t put on so much weight at [age] 52 to play Thomas. And that seemed like the healthiest way to do it.

"It was tough. I was never really comfortable at any point during the six months we were shooting."

He added: "I was either really hungry all the time or I was so grossed out by the thought of food. I just couldn’t put another thing in my mouth.

The Avengers star also about commented on the physiological aspect of playing twins, one of which has schizophrenia.

Ruffalo expalined: "It’s scary and it’s mysterious and it’s all-encompassing. The amount of energy it takes to manage a life with it is profound.

"As an actor, I think it’s easy to approach someone who’s schizophrenic as “that’s their personality.”

He added: "And discerning what is personality and what is the mental difference that they’re dealing with is as deep and important an aspect as the mental illness itself."

I Know This Much Is True airs Mondays on Sky Atlantic at 9pm.

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Queen's Grandson-in-Law Mike Tindall Gets Real About 'Really Frustrating' Home School Moments





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Most recently, Mike launched an online auction in aid of a collection of charities including The Cure Parkinson's Trust, a cause particularly close to his heart because his father, Phil, has lived with the disease for the past 17 years.

While he's an avid online gamer in his downtime — Zara recently joked about his obsession with playing "golf on his phone” — Mike says he has yet to become as expert in using video call apps, which the Queen reportedly used to speak to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and 1-year-old Archie on her 94th birthday.

Cousins-in-law Prince William and Kate Middleton, meanwhile, have used the apps to host everything from global discussions with nurses to calling a game of bingo with nursing home residents.

As for the ultra-exclusive royal Whatsapp group — where Tindall first learned of Archie's birth — he told the Telegraph, “It hasn’t been that active," adding that like him, “everyone is just getting on with it.”

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'General Hospital': Who Is Rebecca Herbst Married to and How Many Kids Does She Have?

Rebecca Herbst is currently one of the main cast members of General Hospital. For many years now, she has been portraying nurse Elizabeth Webber, and fans have grown accustomed to seeing her face on the small screen every day.

Of course, being on the set of General Hospital is just one part of Herbst’s life. When she is not working, the 43-year-old actress has other roles that she plays, such as being a wife. Read on below to find out who Herbst is married to and how many kids she has.

Rebecca Herbst has been on ‘GeneralHospital’ since 1997

Herbst first joined General Hospital when she was 21 years old in 1997. Her character, Elizabeth, is the granddaughter of Steve Hardy, one of the series’ original lead characters. This makes Elizabeth a legacy character and the only person on the show today who still has a connection to General Hospital’s early history.

In 1999, Herbst won a Soap Opera Digest Award for her workas Elizabeth. She has also been nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards.

Elizabeth is one of the most popular characters on General Hospital, having acquired a lot of fans for her memorable and engaging story lines, such as her unfortunate rape incident in 1998 as well as her longtime relationship with Lucky Spencer. In fact, after Herbst left General Hospital in 2011, fans’ negative reactions led ABC to hire Herbst again.

Rebecca Herbst has been marriedto Michael Saucedo for almost 20 years

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Aside from having a successful career on one of the most famous soap operas, Herbst also seems to have an enviable married life.

She is currently married to Michael Saucedo, whom she met onGeneral Hospital. In the early 2000s,Saucedo played Juan Santiago on the show for a few years. Herbst and Saucedo begandating and eventually got married in 2001.

Saucedo is also a published author. He and Nik Priceco-wrote the first book, DeadExtra, in the Liberty Strongseries. The book was published 2014. The main character, Liberty Strong, isbased off of Herbst, whose middle name is Liberty.

Rebecca Herbst and MichaelSaucedo have three children

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Herbst and Saucedo also have three children together: Ethan(b. 2001), Ella (b. 2004), and Emerson (b. 2010). Additionally, the family has fourdogs.

As a parent, Herbst believes that her children need to spend time with family members instead of their electronics.

She once shared with SoapsIn Depth: “I love taking them out into the fresh air and away from theconcrete, cars, and electronics, and hiking for hours upon hours with just usfor company… We take our phones everywhere like the rest of the world — becausewe need to take pictures. But my kids know that when we’re together and hangingout, nobody’s on their phone.”

Herbst’s also admitted that her parenting skills come fromremember the things her own mother used to do. She told Soaps In Depth that,although she used to find the things her mother said “annoying,” she now findsherself repeating them to her kids.

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Emmerdale denies claims that some staff won't have same safety measures on set

Emmerdale has cleared up claims that only cast members and certain crew would have access to temperature checks on the return to filming.

Reports have circulated that an email from the boss of soaps and continuing drama at ITV, John Whiston, sent round an email about safety precautions while filming now that the soap is back in production.

One of these included temperature checks for people entering and exiting the building but there was reportedly a suggestion that it ‘might not be the same for everyone.’

A source told The Mirror: ‘People were very p***ed off. You can tell who the golden folk are.

‘We just have to doff our caps as the stars come in. It’s daft. They all still have to use the same door handles as us to get in the building – but if we’ve got it, tough.’

However, when contacted by Metro.co.uk, Emmerdale clarified that all staff who use the building will have access to temperature checks.

They commented: ‘All colleagues at ITV Yorkshire can have their temperatures checked as they enter the building.’

Emmerdale has only been back filming a week and are evolving their procedures in line with the ever changing advice, guidance and circumstances of COVID-19.

It is understood that they will regularly be in touch with all staff using the building to ensure the safety is a priority as production continues to open up.

At the moment, Emmerdale is filming two hander episodes to reflect what lockdown has been like for characters.

The episodes are expected to air from Monday 8 June after previously filmed editions of the soap run out.

This will leave Emmerdale on air for at least a further two weeks although it is yet to be announced what will be happening beyond that.

If you’ve got a soap or TV story, video or pictures get in touch by emailing us soaps@metro.co.uk – we’d love to hear from you.

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