As seen on TV

Ross Mathews turns tables, is a celebrity now

 
 
matthews
matthews

With his high-pitch voice, infectious giggle and encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and entertainment, TV personality Ross Mathews has broken into the in crowd of Hollywood.

After starting out as “Ross the Intern” on The Tonight Show, he now counts Gwyneth Paltrow and comedian Chelsea Handler as friends.

Handler is also his boss. She frequently uses him on her round table of commentators on E!’s Chelsea Lately. She’s executive producing Mathews’ new talk show, Hello Ross, airing Fridays on E!

“This really is the show that I always wish existed as a superfan myself,” Matthews, 33, said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

Stars can be tough interviews because they’re so rehearsed. And here you are so happy and excited.

Celebrities know I’m not looking for a ‘gotcha’ moment. I don’t want to be Barbara Walters who you come to when you first check out of rehab. I want to be the person who brings a superfan from Iowa to meet you because we love you.

What’s it like being a celebrity in your own right?

I get to go into the parties and I pretend like I’m not freaking out and then I get into my car and I scream and I call my mom and say, ‘O-M-G, guess who was at the party and guess what they ate and how many chicken fingers they had?’ Because I was counting [laughs].

You grew up in a small town — Mount Vernon, Wash. — loving showbiz from afar. Did anyone know you were destined for fame?

Growing up, wanting to do this and being what I am, which is like this cartoon version of like a gay person with a big voice and a high pitch, there were a lot of people who told me, ‘It’s probably not gonna happen for you.’ I’m lucky. My parents and my family were like, ‘Whatever you want to do, go do it.’ To be honest, I’m not really good at anything else so there was kind of no other option.

Read more People stories from the Miami Herald

  • Celebrity birthdays on July 25

    Actress Barbara Harris is 79. Singer-guitarist Bruce Woodley of The Seekers is 72. Supermodel Iman is 59. Cartoonist Ray Billingsley (“Curtis”) is 57. Country singer Marty Brown is 49. Actress Illeana Douglas is 49. Actor Matt LeBlanc is 47. Actor D.B. Woodside (“24”) is 45. Actress Miriam Shor (“Swingtown,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) is 43. Actor David Denman (“Parenthood,” “The Office”) is 41.

  • Celebrity roundup

    Kelsey Grammer a new dad, Cynthia Nixon shocked by past family violence, Selena Gomez has a new man

    The Killing star Mireille Enos and husband Alan Ruck (Spin City) say they are “awestruck by the arrival” of their baby boy. “The whole thing is a miracle.” Larkin joins big sister, Vesper, 3.

  • La vida local

    Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union: Top secret wedding location

    We are left wondering where Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union are going to get hitched at the end of next month. A peek of the invite leaked on TMZ says to “put on your dancing shoes” for a “throw down.” An enclosed note with blacked-out words tells guests to meet up at a hotel, where they will be transported to the wedding site. If they prefer to drive, attendees are directed to call a number for instructions on how to get to the venue that is “45 to 50 minutes south of South Beach.” Um, the Biltmore? Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne? Private estate? Your guess is as good as ours.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category