One On One Interview With Hostess And Beauty Queen Kyra Batte, Highlight Hollywood Exclusive

January 21, 2012 Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

When I interviewed the gorgeous, talented beauty queen/TV hostess and starlet Kyra Batte this week, I thought it would be the typical “Valley” girl-like conversation and that I’d have an enjoyable hour or so, but nothing worthwhile to remember. However, Krya’s enigmatic beauty is just part of her complete package as a budding starlet in Hollywood and internationally. Yes, the poised and stunning beauty is very gracious, very polite and intelligent. But she didn’t come by it the easy way. The stunning brunette told Highlight Hollywood about the teenage phase, which she now looks back on and wonders how her amazing mother dealt with it all, but then she turned her life around and has become one of the most awesome people on the planet, and I can say that without being biased. I was just that impressed.From being bullied as a child, to braces and the acne phase many true beauties often endure before they realize their inner essence, which then becomes a part of who they are as an individual and ultimately inspiring, Kyra Batte spoke honestly and didn’t hold anything back in her exclusive interview with us. Publicist Misty Schwartz of Extreme P.R. said, “Kyra is amazing. I haven’t known her long, but since I got to meet her and have gotten to know her, she inspires me as well. She has a great future ahead. Tommy, Kyra is beautiful inside/out. She gives 110 percent of herself and never expects anything in return. She is a true humanitarian. I’m blessed to know her and be in her life.”

Here is Kyra in her own words; her own honest words.

Q-Have you always been so poised and confident, or did you have a tough time as a teenager or childhood phase to endure like most everyone else?

A-“I most definitely had a tough teenage phase like most everyone else! I was raised solely by my mother and grandmother with very little communication with my father. I never really got to establish a solid relationship with him. Due to that, it made my childhood very difficult. In middle school I had severe acne, braces, and was a victim of bullying. During my teenage years I completely rebelled and had my fair share of detentions and run-ins with authority. I have no idea how my poor mom handled me! I was going down the wrong path and was a very angry, troubled young girl. It wasn’t until I was 16 in my junior year of high school, I realized I didn’t want to grow up that way and have that kind of lifestyle after looking at some of my peers.

“I started taking college classes in high school and advanced math (fun tidbit about me, math was always my favorite subject and I love to crunch numbers!) and was able to graduate one year early. It wasn’t until college I had any kind confidence within myself. I need to let go of the ideas in my head that I was never good enough, that I didn’t deserve good things, or that I couldn’t accomplish anything. I really had to let go and forgive everything that had happened in my life and create a confidence within myself. That is why as a beauty queen I have made it my mission to decrease bullying and improve the mental health and confidence in youth. I was recognized by the Miss America Organization for my community service and have dedicated over 200 hours serving my community, speaking to children at schools and organizations, talking to the public, writing published articles, and built a website to hopefully decrease the bullying epidemic and suicide rates in young adults and I plan to continue to mentor young women.”

Q-You have done lots of TV hosting. What is your favorite gig in the past and why?

A-“My favorite hosting gig would have to be the one I am doing now with Gossip Meets Couture. One of my strengths as a host is my interviewing skills. I am a very curious person and I believe you can learn from anyone. Even before I went full throttle with hosting, I was always told by everyone they could see me as a host. People have said throughout my whole life I speak well and ask a lot of questions. The current gig I do involves a lot a interviewing and red carpet and celebrity events which I have always been a fan of. It gets pretty hectic sometimes having to fight with the other media crews on the red carpet (and believe me, they are not friendly), doing research on of all the celebs so I know what to ask them, and thank goodness I just got the internet on my phone so I can quickly IMDb last minute guests showing up on the red carpet! If you had told me all the cool stuff I would be doing when I was still living in Tucson, I would have never believed any of it!”

Q-Do you have pets, or do you love animals as you seem to?

A-“Yes, Tommy, I do! I have two dogs; Kujo, a shih-tzu/maltese mix and Kissy, a toy poodle. I miss them so much, they are still back in Tucson, Arizona with my mom. And yes, I do love animals! Some would be convinced I love them more than humans, although that is not true. I am a PETA member and was a vegetarian for a while until I realized I loved meat too much, but hey at least I tried! When I was the reigning Miss Pima County I also worked with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona as a celebrity model at their fundraiser fashion show and other events. A lot of associating me as an animal lover sprung from my first hosting gig The Pet Friendly Traveler and then followed on with me when I was a radio show host on Green Revolution Radio; which if you can’t tell from the title ‘green’, means environment friendly so when I did my special segment “Green Gossip” a lot of animal rights were included!”

Q-What would you ultimately like to do with your career, I bet acting?

A-“Well, since I was three years old I always wanted to be an actress. It started because I had the biggest crush on Devon Sawa (the human form of Casper for any of you growing up in the 90′s) and I was convinced if I became an actress I could star in a movie and finally kiss him! Haha the silly things kids think. Growing up I did theatre and modeling (the modeling career shortly ended when I realized I am only 5’1″ after my growth spurt) and in college did numerous plays and films. After doing hosting on TV and radio I finally realized, “This is it, I was meant to do hosting all along.” I mean don’t get me wrong if I got offered to star in a movie tomorrow I would take it, and I still do some acting here and there but my main career goal is to incorporate my skills of helping teach people self improvement and motivation (I got my degree in Psychology) and use hosting to reach a bigger audience.”

Q-What is your next major project coming up, and tell us about your plans for 2012?

A-“Hosting, hosting, hosting! I have some hosting projects coming up and mainly focusing on more coverage on red carpet and celebrity events, and also hosting geared toward lifestyle and wellness.”

For more on the gorgeous actress, hostess and beauty pageant winner, go to her official website at

And thanks to Misty Schwartz and Extreme PR

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From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ To ‘New Year’s Eve,’ With DeNiro, Amber Bela Muse’s Exclusive Highlight Hollywood Interview….

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Beautiful actress Amber Bela Muse has caught the attention of fans and Hollywood executives in 2011. From the moment she landed on the set of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” she knew that moving to Hollywood was the best decision she ever made. She then landed a role in the exciting film “New Year’s Eve” starring some of the biggest and most famous people in the world, including DeNiro, Pfeifer and Ashton Kutcher. Born in the U.S., but raised around the globe, this American/British actress is extraordinary. She has been a professional actress since age 11 appearing in popular kid shows and TV commercials. As a teenager Bela Muse became a successful recording artist in London and headlined with musicians like Ani Difranco and Amy Winehouse.

Now Muse headlines with silver screen icons, and 2012 is set to be her most successful year ever. I met Amber through famed Hollywood publicist Misty Schwartz, who runs Extreme Public Relations. I’ve worked with Misty for years, and whenever she promotes someone as hard as she has done for Amber, I know that they must be incredible, and after seeing the actress star on “Grey’s Anatomy” and also on “Gossip Girl,” I know she’s headed for greatness. Highlight Hollywood got to speak with the talented and gorgeous actress exclusively over the Christmas holiday. Here is Amber’s first interview with us.

Q-How long have you been an actress?

A-“I started out at 8-years-old doing commercials, kid TV shows and regional theatre. I took a break during my teen years to pursue music as a singer/songwriter and then around 23 I decided to go back to college and study acting which led me to now… So Its hard to say but all together 10 years, I think!”

Q-You guest starred on ABC’s hit medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy.” How exciting was it to land a guest-starring role on the hottest show on ABC?

A-“It was very unexpected and shocking because it was my first L.A. audition! I had only been here for under a month. So I went into the audition just hoping for a call-back and then to hear, I booked it, it was crazy! I loved being at ABC studios everyday for nearly three weeks. It was the best welcome to Hollywood I could have ever dreamed of.”

Q-You also guest-starred on NBC’s “30 Rock” and “Gossip Girl.” What type of roles were they?

A-” only had a bit part on ‘30 Rock’ I think you can see me for all of two seconds but I got to work with Steve Buscemi, so I will never forget it! “Gossip Girl” was a big deal because it was my first guest-starring role with an arch which meant that I was a key character with a pivotal story and a last name! Not just Girl number one.”

Q-You have an extensive stage background as well. Which genre do you prefer, stage, film or TV?

A-“Honestly, I love them all! I would ideally be bouncing back and forth between all genres. I think with theatre you have more freedom to explore and develop a character… Each performance night changes with the next and you can reinvent your intention to get a different reaction from the audience or your partner. But in film and especially television (where time is serious money) you have to think fast and make choices that will stick because sometimes you only get one or two takes and once its recorded and broadcasted there is no going back.”

Q-You attended Yale University and other very prominent schools. Did your parents instill in you the need for education?

A-“Education is a very big deal for my parents but they were also firm believers that the “road of life” was real education too. Which is why I started college a bit later than the average… I had to travel first.”

Q-Wow, you got a role in the film “New Year’s Eve,” what was that like? Robert DeNiro, baby!

A-Laughing, Amber responded, “Yes, I wont lie. Seeing my name on the same credits of DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer and so many classic actors made me feel proud. It was unforgettable.”

Q-You traveled around the world growing up, what was that experience like?

A-“It made me very adaptable! I love that I can call many places home.”

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photograph Courtesy: Extreme Public Relations
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Actor Scott L. Schwartz Joined Happy Hats For Kids On Friday, Highlight Hollywood Exclusive

Scott L. Schwartz joined Happy Hats for Kids and helped crown every child at Shriners Hospital for Children with a whimsical Christmas Happy Hat. Some of the sponsors included: Shriners Board, Shriners Clown & Staff, Vons, and the volunteers that donate their time to make the “Happy Hats.” Actor Schwartz is widely known as the “Ultimate Bad Guy” from his acting career including, “Ocean’s 11, 12 & 13,” “Starsky & Hutch,” “Spiderman,” “Fun With Dick And Jane,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Star Trek Voyager,” among other feature films.

Most fans don’t know this “Ultimate Nice Guy” has actually been visiting children’s hospitals (CHOC, Shriners, etc…) worldwide for the past 12 years after losing his sister to lung cancer in 1998. Scott recently agreed to work directly with Happy Hats for Kids in Hospitals to assist them with bringing cheer to children in hospitals and while wearing their “Happy Hats”…

Here is an exclusive look at my friend Scott, who went to a local Children’s hospital here in L.A. on Friday morning instead of having brunch with me as well as others. Scott and his beautiful wife Misty always put their charity work before pleasure. They are the toast of Tinseltown, and Scott’s the nicest guy on the planet! Hear this; he’s my brother-in-law, and if you pick on me, he’ll come visit you after the holidays! All joking aside, thanks Scott for all you do!

Happy Hats for Kids in Hospitals, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization goes to Shriners Hospital for Children Los Angeles to uplift the spirits and bring fun to the children and their families with unique whimsical Christmas Happy Hats decked out with jingle bells, gifts and entertainment. The Happy Hats bring immediate smiles to the precious faces of these suffering kids, their families and caring staff. On five holidays each year the organization gives each hospitalized child as well as their siblings a creative soft felt Holiday themed Happy Hat.

Laughter is healing and what better way than to include everyone in the festivities. Shriners Hospitals for Children are changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Their 22 hospitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.

For more information on Happy Hats for Kids in Hospitals please visit:

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Extreme PR
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‘The (M) Word’s’ Rachelle Carson Begley In The Hills, Highlight Hollywood Exclusive

This week in The Hills I share this column with Editor-at-Large Bobby Head, who had to cover news in the Hills this week, after I spent the weekend on the set of “The ‘M” Word” opposite my “Living With Ed” leading lady Rachelle Carson-Begley, “Queen of the Lot” leading lady Tanna Frederick and we all had an incredible few days filming at a Brentwood TV station where some of “The ‘M’ Word’s” scenes were shot. But this film is one of the most exciting and entertaining films I’ve ever been a part of. I can hardly wait for Henry Jaglom fans to see his newest incarnation of humor and if you wonder what “M” stands for; it’s menopause. There are more stories, but Bobby will have to tell you those.

I had a 10:30 a.m. call-time on Saturday to get on the set, that is a TV Station directly across from the L.A. Fox affiliate. I was settling in, had wardrobe, makeup done and was turning around and saw the beautiful blonde spectacular star and actress, and my dearest friend Rachelle Carson-Begley walk on the Jaglom set. “Hi Rachelle,” I screamed, and we ran to each other and hugged. We chatted for a few minute, caught up, which we always love to do, and within an hour, everyone was ready for their close-up with Henry Jaglom.

Our cast is filled with some of the most exciting people in TV and film today. My friend of 31 years, Mary Crosby, known as the woman who shot J.R. Ewing in 1980 on the hit CBS primetime soap “Dallas” is in the cast, my friend Gregory Harrison, who people remember from “Trapper John, M.D.” and “Falcon Crest,” but I was stunned that Henry cast Rachelle and me again in this latest creation. Rachelle like me has done a Jaglom film before, and we love the genius that is Henry Jaglom.

But what came out of Henry’s great direction was a shockingly exciting and very poignant scene in “The ‘M’ Word” from the blonde beauty Rachelle. I always knew she was a superb actress, hell, I loved working with her on the set of her own show “Living With Ed,” but Henry pressed us for hours in a very emotional scene, which out of the almost 35 women and 5 men, Rachelle came out of it on top. Beating even me! Yes, I have to admit it. I was astonished by her emotional revelation during the scene, and not only will Rainbow Film fans and Jaglom lovers enjoy this scene led by Rachelle, but there will also be Oscar and Golden Globe talk next season for this mesmerizing and powerful performance.

But it wasn’t all tears and drama. There is a lot of comedy in the film too. Rachelle’s character and my character both work tighter at a TV station where Gregory Harrison’s Mack Riley does something that causes a lot of trauma to others. It’s a brilliantly written script, and due to Riley’s behavior, our characters are pushed to the edge. One of us ends up being fired, and both of us end up in handcuffs! Yes, Rachelle’s and my character join in a (movement) that will have lasting repercussions and absolutely hilarious results to many other characters involved.

All led by Moxie Landon (played by Award-winning superstar Tanna Frederick). Lets just say her move in response to the situation Riley has put the TV station in comes out of nowhere, but takes a shocking number of twists and turns that only Billy Wilder and the great Henry Jaglom could come up with. Now that Wilder’s gone, we are all lucky to have Jaglom to take his place. This is in my humble but educated opinion to be Jaglom’s best film ever. And he has many greats! It’s really the best performance I’ve ever seen in Rachelle, and the film won’t disappoint or bore anyone. That I promise!

On a side note, just as I was about to throw out an empty water bottle, Rachelle grabs it out of my hand, sticks it in her purse to take home and recycle. So I see my dear friend Ed has finally rubbed off on Rachelle. Poor Rachelle, but good for the environment. In the scene that leaves Rachelle’s character and my own in legal turmoil, her character decided to call someone for help, who is very famous, and I called someone even more famous! Lets hope they both can get our on screen alter egos out of trouble! For “Living With Ed” fans, Ed and Rachelle are building their “green” dream house presently, but not leaving the region! Now, here’s our Editor-at-Large, Bobby!

This week in the Hills, Beverly Hills resident Tommy Garrett and Studio City beauty Rachelle Carson-Begley are not the only big stories in the Hills this week! The Hollywood Christmas Parade, including “B&B” superstars Jack Wagner, Heather Tom and Jacob Young, will premiere on the Hallmark Channel on Monday, December 12 from 6 – 8 p.m. and on the Hallmark Movie Channel on Friday, December 16 from 6 – 8 p.m. Check local listings for the CW airdates and times in your city.

Also, “B&B” veteran John McCook will be narrating “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with the Orange County’s Pacific Symphony on December 15, 16 and 17. The performances will be held at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa beginning at 8 p.m. each evening. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit:,5,6,6&productionID=7997&PerfID=8006.

Ashton Kutcher has moved in with some male friends after wife Demi Moore filed for divorce. But on the good news front for Kutcher, CBS’s “Two And a Half” has risen again in the ratings, proving that CBS made the right decision to replace Sherman Oaks resident Charlie Sheen with handsome Ashton Kutcher. Here’s hoping the ratings surge is not temporary, since Ashton deserves the success!

Also, Tommy knows the scoop! And he tells Highlight Hollywood readers not to miss the upcoming conclusion to the ‘Who Killed Diane Jenkins’ mystery on CBS’s “The Young and the Restless.” Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott are led by Bel Air based producer and head writer Maria Arena Bell, who Tommy says belongs on camera, just as much as she does behind the scenes. She’s not only talented but beautiful as well.

And my scoop for the week, pick up the latest CBS Soaps In Depth magazine, which has exclusive details of Adrianne Frantz’s beautiful wedding to actor Scott Bailey. We hope to see you again next week – in the Hills!

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett, with reporting By: Bobby Head
Photograph Courtesy: Andrea Ross-Greene (Rachelle Carson-Begley and Tommy Lightfoot Garrett on set in Brentwood, Tommy’s wearing Hugo Boss, Beverly Hills and Harry Winston Jewelry)
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