Talk about your kindred spirits. Maria Molina met her match in Reed Timmer.
The Fox News Channel meteorologist and the former host of Storm Chasers got engaged last week, she announced on Fox & Friends Monday morning.
The two met while covering a tornado in Arkansas earlier this year.
“It was love at first sight,” she told the panel of the 34-year-old adventurer. “We’ve just been inseparable. Best friends.”
The wedding isn’t until next year, said Molina, who is based in New York. And there’s a chance the couple will tie the knot in South Florida (Timmer lives near Oklahoma City).
Molina, 27, was born in Nicaragua but her family moved to Hialeah when she was 1. A few years after they arrived, so did Hurricane Andrew. She remembers the devastation and thinks witnessing the storm’s aftermath may have sent her on the path to becoming a meteorologist.
The Barbara Goleman Senior High School grad went on to graduate from Florida State University and got her start as an intern at Telemundo and also worked as a production assistant for South Florida Today.
Today, Molina, whose parents are in Plantation, is living the dream.
“To be able to report the weather on a national level is amazing,” says the gorgeous brunette who wakes up at 2:30 a.m. to get the job done. “And at least I don’t hit rush hour.”
And yes, the Florida girl has been able to adjust to the cold. Though it wasn’t always this way.
Her first gig away from home took her to Accuweather in central Pennsylvania in 2010.
“I had never had a sinus infection before, so moving there was a shock. The winter was brutal. Plus in South Florida, everything is flat, and here I was driving through mountains.”
Molina soon adjusted, and ended up loving watching the seasons change.
“It’s great,” says Molina. “Now I see the snow fall, flowers bloom in spring, the leaves change.”
Tune in at 3 p.m. Wednesday, as twin sisters Delerice and Delpha Clarke, from Fort Lauderdale, appear with their mother, Delpha Stephenson, as guests on the NBC daytime show Steve Harvey in a segment called “Steve Settles It.”
The issue: 32-year-old Delerice and Delpha, both engaged, need to decide if the are going to have joint ceremonies, as they have often talked about, or two separate ones, with totally different themes.
Harvey is the right referee this matter: The TV personality has twin daughters of his own.
Hollywood rolled out the red carpet on Sunday in Los Angeles for the premiere of Freak Show, the fourth season of the FX network’s American Horror Story series.
Debuting Wednesday, this AHS chapter set in Jupiter in 1952 revolves around one of the last touring companies of physically different humans. The attraction includes a bearded lady, a woman with two heads and another with three breasts.
The problem is that business is bad, forcing owner Elsa Mars (portrayed by Jessica Lange) to go to great lengths to assure that the show goes on.
The show’s co-creator, former Miami Herald writer Ryan Murphy (who welcomed a son via surrogate with husband David Miller over the weekend), said Lange came up with the concept.
“I think back in season one, she said, ‘We’ve got to do carnival, freak shows,’ and she kept sending me books,” he told the AP.
With his creative partner Brad Falchuk, Murphy eventually embraced the idea. He wanted the show to imbue a spooky, early 1950s sci-fi feel, and he wanted to give Sarah Paulson an impossible role.
She plays the characters of Bette and Dot Tattler, conjoined twins who may be the star attraction that Elsa’s show desperately needs.
Paulson called the roles “the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
The premiere attracted almost all members of the large AHS ensemble, including cast members who are physically different in real life. They include the 2-foot tall Jyoti Amge, the world’s smallest living woman, and Erika Ervin, who, at 6-feet 8-inches, is dubbed “the world’s tallest professional model” by Guinness World Records.
And yet there’s more to Freak Show than physical appearance.
“I have always felt like a freak, from 2 years of age on,” explained Murphy. “It really is a story of prejudice. And it is a story about people who are not the norm … who just want to be appreciated and seen for who they are inside and outside.”