Even though he co-stars in a Hollywood movie with Patricia Heaton, Trace Adkins and Sean Astin, Robert Amaya is keeping it real in the 305. Amaya, who lives in the Kendall area, plays Marco, a befuddled dad in Moms’ Night Out, a so-called faith-based momedy about what happens when fathers are left to take care of the kids while the wives — friends from the local congregation — play.
Amaya, who moved to South Florida at age 10 from L.A. — “My mom preferred hurricanes to earthquakes” — could relate to his character.
“I think Marco is a physical representation of every fear a father has,” says the married dad of a 5-year-old girl, Sophia. “As for me, one day I was playing video games, the next I was changing diapers.”
Fatherhood, albeit a “wonderful adventure,” can be expensive, especially when you’re buying paraphernalia for a certain popular Disney movie.
“Oh my goodness! I bought every single dress and toy from Frozen,” jokes Amaya, who went to Westminster Christian School. “I think I supported Walt Disney for a month!”
The movie opens Friday.
Fort Lauderdale native Paige Held is having her moment. The owner of The Yoga Joint is showing off her superbly toned physique on the cover of Yoga Journal. Not too shabby: the magazine has a circulation of 375,000 and readership of more than 2.2 million nationwide. The Yoga Joint South in Fort Lauderdale will be hosting a party to celebrate at 7 p.m. Friday, 1850 SE 17th St., Ste. 303. There will be (low cal, we’re assuming) hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, a DJ, raffles and a 10 percent discount on retail items as well as on class packages.
In the ’hood
You can’t accuse GQ of not giving Miami some love. The May issue did a shoot with the star of the new movie Million Dollar Arm, Suraj Sharma, at Wynwood Walls in the Design District (which editors actually call the “graffiti district”). On Sharma’s real-life baseball skills: “I pitch nowhere near as fast as, like, a 10-year-old who knows how to play,” said the Life of Pi star. “But what’s important is looking like I can do it.” For more, see www.gq.com
Yeah for YA fiction! That's “young adult” to anyone over 21. Three actors from the upcoming cancer weeper The Fault in Our Stars drew roughly 5,000 fans to the Dolphin Mall Tuesday evening: Oscar-nominated Shailene Woodley ( The Descendants), Ansel Elgort (who co-starred with Woodley in Divergent) and Nat Wolff (Nickelodeon’s The Naked Brothers Band). One of the only bona fide grownups partaking in the mall insanity was John Green, the author of the New York Times bestselling novel on which the film is based. Green Instagrammed pics of the “absolute madness.” Before the appearance, Green posted on Facebook that they had all been delayed due to our typical rush hour. “People of Miami: we are trying to get to you but the traffic in your city is truly astonishing.” Green later apologized for cutting the event short as the heat was a bit much, and some attendees got faint from all the excitement.