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Essential guide to dress your bridesmaids: ten trends of 2022

Your time has finally come, you are getting married and you are going to be able to say the long awaited “I do” that so many women long to say in their lives. Now, although weddings are a wonderful event that always generates enthusiasm among all the guests and among the people who help the bride and groom to organize the big day, they also involve a lot of extra work, especially for the bride who has the difficult task of choosing the design of the dresses for her bridesmaids.

And although it may seem like a simple game for little girls, having the task of choosing the right dresses for your bridesmaids is really complicated. The reality is that for many brides this task is a real nightmare that only ends up generating more stress and make them see the wedding day as a deadline and not as the best day of their lives. Because yes, getting the bridesmaid dresses right is not always easy and there are thousands of weddings in which the bridesmaids have stolen the bride’s thunder by being “overdressed” or, on the contrary, “in too bad taste”.

For all these reasons, and because in Cicinia we believe that a bride should not have to suffer while preparing what will surely be one of the most important days of her life, below we are going to give a detailed list with the 10 most talked about trends in bridesmaid dresses this season. A list in which we will talk about the most fashionable colors, textures, cut or headdresses that bridesmaids of any wedding can wear with pride knowing that they have succeeded and that their dress is perfect for the occasion.

Take note!

10 Stylish Bridesmaid Dresses in 2022

1 .Warm and earth tones

During the previous year, warm and earthy colors were a trend, especially among bridesmaids at fall weddings, offering a wide chromatic versatility that favors all skin tones and combines perfectly with a wide variety of dress cuts. In addition, opting for a terracotta or cinnamon tone if you are getting married in the middle of the harvest month is a very nice way to theme your wedding and create a beautiful photo album that will perfectly mimic the landscape of the season.

2 Nature theme and geometric patterns

After spending more than half a year away from our loved ones and isolated in our own homes, our need to reconnect with nature and the outdoors intensified and that is something that was clearly reflected in bridal fashion. If you are a bride who is not afraid of flashy colors or overloaded designs with floral or fruit prints, going for some classic geometric cut dresses with some bright green tones or with prints full of flowers and varied colors can also be a winning bet.

3 Pastel and satin dresses

Pastel tones have always been one of the most used looks at weddings and all brides love it for the romantic and delicate air it brings to the ceremony. On the other hand, the fashion of satin bridesmaid dresses is back, a style full of elegance that combined with a pastel tone your bridesmaid dresses will be beautiful.

4 Mauve shades

Mauve has been in fashion for years and among bridesmaids as well. Everyone knows that lilac is a symbol of feminism, so if you want to fill your wedding with this powerful and striking color, do not hesitate to choose a dress of any cut along with the tone that empowers all women. With it your bridesmaids will never go unnoticed.

5. Cow Neck Dresses

And you will think, cow neck? But haven’t they been out of fashion for more than two decades? Yes and no, dear friend. Cow necks were a trend throughout the 90’s and the most influential women in the world wore all kinds of dresses with this neck, however although they had been missing for years there are many evidence of their return. 

Go for a cowl neck on your bridesmaid dresses and you will make them look light, flirty and elegant at the same time. They have it all!

6. All in pink

Pink is the color par excellence of weddings, all bridesmaids know that there is a high probability of ending up in a dress of this beautiful and delicate shade. The reason? Very simple, it is a neutral tone that combines with any cut and headdress, it is not too flashy and flatters any figure and skin tone. You will only have one more thing to do if you decide to go for pink: choose among its many shades, it is full of possibilities!

7. High necklines

High necklines and spaghetti straps are another favorite choice among brides for their bridesmaids, so deciding to go for a classic satin cut dress with a nice high neckline and long straps on both sides will always be a success. 

And why stop using the usual looks, if they always look good? Do not hesitate, they are a win win!

8. Tropical prints and orange tones

Are you getting married on the beach? Aren’t you afraid that your wedding will look like something out of an American romantic comedy filmed in Hawaii? Then don’t hesitate to go for tropical prints with orange tones, because they have been in fashion for two years and wherever they appear, they triumph. They are fun and will never, ever make your bridesmaids look boring or underdressed, everyone will look at them!

9. Royalty-inspired wedding dresses

We’ve all admired wedding dresses from royal weddings and sighed thinking about how we wish we could wear a dress similar to what women like Diana of Wales or Kate Middleton wore on their big days. Well, trying to imitate their dresses is now also a trend and there are many brides who choose to recreate the designs of royal weddings in their bridesmaids: swan necks, crepe fabric, tiaras of rhinestones, etc.. 

Just search the internet and you will find hundreds of designs from the most famous royal weddings. Get inspired and create your own fairytale wedding!

10. Puffed sleeves with bright colors

In recent years, old traditions have been left behind that forced all the dresses at a wedding to be discreet and elegant. Now the extravagant is in and weddings are an explosion of colors and textures in which current fashion is mixed with tradition, being this year puffed sleeves and bright colors like green or fuchsia some of the favorite bets.

These 10 are some of the trends with which from Cicinia’s team of stylists we believe that any bride will be able to find the ideal style for her bridesmaids and have a wedding worthy of being remembered. 

If you want to know more about trends or ask us anything else related to your wedding wardrobe, do not hesitate to contact us. We are a brand specialized in bridal fashion with a lot of experience and we will be happy to assist you!

Silk #1 Cover Art via Inhyuk Lee for Marvel Comics for use by 360 Magazine

Marvel Second Printings

Fans will get a chance to dive into Marvel Comics‘ most exciting new launches and ongoing series with new printings of “MARAUDERS ANNUAL #1,” “MOON KNIGHT #7,” “SILK #1,” “DAREDEVIL: WOMAN WITHOUT FEAR #1,” “SILVER SURFER REBIRTH #1”, “DEVIL’S REIGN #3,” and “CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1 FACSIMILE EDITION!” These sold-out issues will be available at comic shops starting on March 9, complete with new second printing covers. 

No one is safe from Kingpin‘s wrath in Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto‘s “DEVIL’S REIGN #3.” New York City stands at the brink of disaster as MAYOR WILSON FISK has at last reached a breaking point, with an army of supervillains at his back, and a deputized crew of supervillainous THUNDERBOLTS on the streets and in every police station. Worse still, he’s put the Marvel Universe’s most powerful tools into (all six) hands of one of its most diabolical minds, unaware of the disaster that could befall the entire city as a result! As a gauntlet of supervillains stands between Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Daredevil and liberating the heroes who have been captured by Fisk’s law enforcement, they’re all about to learn that the danger is closer than they ever thought possible.

Chip Zdarsky and Rafael De Latorre‘s “DAREDEVIL: WOMAN WITHOUT FEAR #1” brings readers the next pulse-pounding chapter in the saga of New York City’s Guardian Devil, this time starring Elektra as Daredevil! This continuation of Zdarsky’s landmark DAREDEVIL run spins directly out of the shocking revelations in the pages of DEVIL’S REIGN! Elektra is the world’s deadliest assassin—and she’s taken a vow not to kill. Someone puts themselves directly in her path with deadly consequences. What else would you expect from the Marvel Universe’s Greatest Hunter?!

A new crew of X-Men set sail in Steve Orlando and Creees Lee‘s “MARAUDERS ANNUAL #1”! With Kate Pryde at the helm, the Marauders are ready to renew their mission of mutant rescue! She’s got the mission—all she needs now is a new boat and a fresh crew to match. Pryde and Bishop must unite a crew of mutants, new and old, to spring Daken from imprisonment at the hands of a leader who’s as cruel as he is charismatic: the primal provocateur known as Brimstone Love! It’s the Marauders versus the Theater of Pain, a torture troupe that’s set up shop in Xavier’s School’s old backyard! Come aboard for the first adventure as Orlando takes the helm with the X-Men’s sea-faring mutant team.

Joined by artist Federico Sabbatini, Jed MacKay‘s hit run on Moon Knight continues in “MOON KNIGHT #7!” How do you fight someone that no one knows? Moon Knight is out for blood and hits the streets armed only with a name, but he soon finds out that in the twilight half-world of NYC supervillainy, sometimes the streets hit back. And while he’s fighting his way through the super-crime underworld, he’d better watch his back.

The “best character ever” is back in her own series and about to glam up the whole Marvel Universe in Rainbow Rowell and Roge Antonio‘s “SHE-HULK #1!” Jennifer Walters is no longer savage and needs to put her life back together. She’s got a career to rebuild, friends to reconnect with (and maybe represent in a court of law), and enemies to… well, she may not want to connect with them, but they are definitely going to connect with her. And the last page of this first issue is going to send Jen down a road she’s never traveled and that will shake up her life and possibly the whole Marvel Universe.

Don’t miss the comics debut of stunning storyteller Emily Kim and the return of legendary comic artist Takeshi Miyazawa in “SILK #1!” Cindy Moon returns as the web-spinning Spider-Hero SILK in an all-new, all-star series! As Silk gains popularity in the public eye, Cindy is questioning her place in the world. But existentialism will have to wait when a powerful new villain is turned loose! In a race against the clock, Silk discovers the dangers of ancient Korean magic—and social media.

Legendary creators Ron Marz and Ron Lim return to tell a story set during their fan-favorite run of SILVER SURFER in “SILVER SURFER REBIRTH #1!” Someone has stolen the Reality Gem, an object that allows the user to fulfill any wish no matter the consequences! But whoever has taken it is doing things like bringing back the dead hero Captain Mar-Vell. It’s up to Silver Surfer to team up with the least likely of allies, Thanos, to find the Gem and restore reality to its proper form. The second printing variant cover of “SILVER SURFER REBIRTH #1” will feature all-new artwork by Ron Lim.

Also returning to shops will be the special facsimile edition of “CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1970) #1!” Over fifty years ago, legendary writer Roy Thomas teamed with visionary artist Barry Windsor-Smith for the first comic book adaptation of Robert E. Howard‘s pulp novel icon—introducing True Believers to swords and sorcery in the Mighty Marvel Manner! Conan comic books soon became a huge, industry-changing success story – and it all began with “CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1” in 1970! Join the young Cimmerian warrior as he and an Aesir raiding party invade the land of Vanaheim—setting Conan on a path of adventure leading to winged demons, a dark temple, and the mysterious Star-Stone, which would offer a vision of Conan’s future as a king! It’s one of the all-time great Marvel comic books, boldly re-presented in its original form, ads and all!

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Iron Man Twenty

Over the course of Chris Cantwell‘s run on IRON MAN, Tony Stark has traveled across the galaxy, battled against Korvac, and struggled with gaining new cosmic powers—but he hasn’t faced this epic journey alone. By his side has been his new love interest and partner, Patsy Walker aka Hellcat! In true Marvel fashion, the pair’s blossoming romance has developed amidst a backdrop of interdimensional conflicts and Celestial-level threats. Now in May’s “IRON MAN #20”, Tony, back on his feet and seeking much-needed stability, will bend down on one knee and ask Patsy to marry him! Could the next Marvel Comics wedding be on the horizon, or will more chaos keep these lovers apart? 

Here’s what Cantwell had to say about the exciting future of Tony and Patsy’s relationship:

“Since Issue #1, bringing Patsy Walker/Hellcat into this story just felt right. She was the perfect kind of grounded presence in Tony Stark’s hyper-octane world that I believed could help bring more balance to his life. Patsy Walker’s best super-power in my mind has always been her ability to be human and sincere. And like Tony, she has had her share of demons in the past (some literal in her case). Both Patsy and Tony have gone through fundamental transformations in this story. And as the dust settles, and Tony sees Patsy as this phenomenal force in his life, he does the only thing he can think to do in order to keep her near him and connected: he proposes they be together for the rest of their lives. Of course, marriage is freighted for Patsy in ways it is for a few other Marvel characters. Just one of her previous relationships took her to the very depths of hell. It’s not an easy decision for her in the least.”

Find out Patsy Walker’s answer when “IRON MAN #20” hits stands on May 30! In the meantime, stay tuned for news about “IRON MAN/HELLCAT ANNUAL #1”, a special issue coming in June!

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

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STAR WARS ENGAGEMENT RINGS

Say ‘I Do’ With STAR WARS™ Fine Jewelry 

Brides can now channel the romance of the galaxy far, far away… Star Wars™ Fine Jewelry debut a collection of engagement rings suited for any couple to celebrate their galactic love. The rings are the newest additions to already existing collections from Star Wars Fine Jewelry, while a collection of wedding bands will soon follow suit. 

The GUARDIANS OF LIGHT Diamond Engagement Rings feature 14k white, rose gold or black rhodium bands and diamond or black diamond center stones. Each ring is designed with the star motif iconic to the Jedi Order™ symbol. Prices from $1,299 to $2,499. 

A JEDI’S MARK Engagement Ring features a 14k white and yellow gold band with a half carat rose cut diamond center stone with a diamond halo. It’s inspired by Luke Skywalker™ and crafted with details from his lightsaber’s hilt design, diamonds extend along the shank and green diopside gemstone sits in the gallery. Priced at $3,499.

The DARK ARMOR Engagement Ring is for the bride who loves the dark side. This black diamond engagement ring is inspired by Darth Vader™. Crafted with details from his lightsaber’s hilt design, this ring features a half carat rose cut black diamond center stone with a white diamond halo and shank. The gallery features a garnet pyramid design inspired by Lord Vader’s powerful armor. Priced at $1,499.

These unique pieces are a perfect way to tell your partner “I love you,” which will sure to evoke the response: “I know.” All available at Star Wars Fine Jewelry

There are seven distinctive fine jewelry collections inspired by Star Wars, so every fan can connect with their favorite character’s journey, from R2-D2™ to the Mandalorian™. Shop assortments that honor the light side or the dark side of the force. All pieces in all seven collections are beautifully crafted in gold or silver with diamonds and gemstones. Star Wars Fine Jewelry is an officially authorized fine jewelry collection crafted by Renaissance Global.

About Renaissance Global Limited: 

Renaissance Global Limited is a highly differentiated luxury lifestyle products company. It is the largest exporter of branded jewelry and supplier of licensed branded jewelry through its licensing agreement to sell “Enchanted Disney Fine Jewelry” and “Heart of Hallmark” jewelry collections. The company has long-standing relationships with marquee global retailers like Amazon, Argos, Helzberg, Malabar Gold, Signet, WalMart, Zales Corp. etc. The Company has successfully expanded its product portfolio, backed by strong design capabilities, offering a wide range of studded jewelry namely Diamond Fashion, Diamond Bridal, Gemstone Jewelry in line with latest fashion trends. The company has diversified operations across key markets in USA, UK & Middle East with its global marketing presence through own subsidiaries and via strategic acquisitions over the years.

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Wedding Must-Haves

Happy wedding season! Let’s look into some marital must-haves to make your special day perfect.

  • DJ/Band

This is an absolute must-have, of course. Music plays such an important role in having a romantic, enjoyable, and memorable celebration. Finding a DJ isn’t super hard, and their services can vary in price. A band, on the other hand, can be a little more difficult. However, bands provide a different atmosphere to add to the day that the guests can look forward to.  Music keeps things lively and energetic, and is sure to get everyone dancing.

  • Barda

Whether guests pay for drinks or you provide an open tab, having a bar is very necessary. Having both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for guests during the reception is a great party idea.

  • Photographer/Videographer

Photographers have always been a necessity for weddings. They capture beautiful moments to always look back on to remember the wonderful day. Something that this generation has made more popular for weddings is videographers. Personally, looking back at videos is one of the best ways to relive a memory. Videographers not only film, but also put together a romantic short films to re-watch the most precious moments.

  • All You Can Eat Appetizers

Who wants to celebrate when everyone is hangry? Having consistent appetizers is so important to keep guests happy. Sometimes, people don’t love sitting down for a huge meal–especially when drinking and dancing. Having small bites will keep everyone happy.

  • A Playlist

Make sure you have an idea of what songs you do and don’t want to play. Don’t stress about it on the day of!

  • Wedding Direction Signs

Not every wedding needs direction signs, and honestly, sometimes guests don’t even bother looking. However, providing directions to parking, restrooms, reception, food, ceremony and other wedding venue locations could be beneficial for guests.

  • Wedding Menu

If you choose to have a buffet or serve the same meal to every guest, the wedding menu is not needed. However, wedding menus can be beneficial and guests will appreciate having dish options.

  • Sparklers

Sparklers are usually used for the bride and groom’s grand exit. They add a beautiful and spectacular touch to moments, photos and videos.

  • Plan For Inclement Weather

If the wedding is planned for outdoors, it’s always important to think of a plan B, just in case the weather changes. Coming up with a backup plan will save you the stress.

  • Just Relax

Forgetting about materialistic things for a moment. Remember to enjoy every step of the wedding planning journey and your special day. Everything happens for a reason and will fall into place, no matter how stressful it seems at the time.

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Flora Cash shares new single – Chronically Beautiful

RIAA platinum-certified indie-pop duo Flora Cash has today unveiled a tender and reflective new single. “Chronically Beautiful” is available now via the Swedish/American band’s own Flower Money Records at all DSPs and streaming services.

“’Chronically Beautiful’ was sparked when we were having a conversation about what it means to be beautiful,” says Flora Cash, “especially when looked at through the lens of real love. It’s not an acute, momentary perception; it’s the feeling that the person you love; the person that you waited your whole life for has a beauty that transcends any given moment and isn’t dependent on what they happen to be wearing or how their face looks that day or week or month; they’re chronically beautiful.”

Listen to “Chronically Beautiful”

“Chronically Beautiful” marks the latest new music from Flora Cash following the arrival earlier this year of the poignant new single, “Soul Mate,” available now for streaming and download. Now boasting more than 2.5M worldwide streams thus far, the track is joined by an equally powerful official music video streaming now here.

Listen To “Soul Mate”

Watch “Soul Mate”

Flora Cash was born in 2012 when Minneapolis-native Cole Randall uploaded his music to Soundcloud and caught the attention of Sweden-based Shpresa Lleshaj. The pair soon began playing music together, forming a relationship that would eventually blossom into marriage. A series of independent releases were followed by an acclaimed seven-song mini-LP, Can Summer Love Last Forever?, in March 2016. Flora Cash’s full-length debut album, Nothing Lasts Forever (And It’s Fine), arrived the following year, highlighted by the global smash single, “You’re Somebody Else.” First released in 2017, the RIAA platinum-certified single has proven a true viral phenomenon, currently boasting over 250M worldwide streams while ranking as one of Shazam’s Most Shazamed Alternative Songs in both 2019 and 2020. Hailed by Forbes as “arguably the most intriguing song on the radio this past year,” “You’re Somebody Else” was equally popular at multi-format outlets nationwide, reaching #1 at Alternative and Triple-A while also ascending to the top 5 on Billboard’s “Hot Rock Songs” chart. The track – which has also inspired countless TikTok videos in recent months – is joined by an official lyric video, now with over 133M views via YouTube alone.

As creative and engaging onstage as they are in the studio, Flora Cash lit up stages around the world with a wide range of international live dates, including tours alongside Sir Sly, Joywave, lovelytheband, Judah & the Lion, and AJR as well as festival appearances at Life is Beautiful, Bumbershoot, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Hangout Music Fest, Firefly Music Festival, and the KROQ Weenie Roast & Luau, to name but a few. The duo is currently slated to perform at Hamburg, Germany’s MS Dockville 2021, set for Friday, August 13th; additional dates will be announced soon. For updates, please visit here.

In 2020, Flora Cash released their much-anticipated sophomore album, Baby, It’s Okay, highlighted by the hit singles, “Missing Home” and “They Own This Town” and praised by Atwood Magazine for its “stunning display of stripped back, emotive songwriting, minimal introductions and impressive vocal lines are laced over lush, electro-pop instrumentals as delicate as they are organic, all delving into relational themes…a stunning second album.”

“Well-thought-out, congruent, and brilliantly detailed, Flora Cash explores themes such as post-breakup blues and coming to terms with oneself, all coated in melancholic and bittersweet vibes.” – ATWOOD MAGAZINE

“A sound that’s equal parts earthy and ethereal” – SUBSTREAM

“Bitingly bittersweet (Flora Cash’s) crystalline guitar and spine-tingling melodies give voice to that feeling of emptiness that’s recently become all-too-familiar.” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT

“Alongside artists like Billie Eilish, Maggie Rogers, and Francis and the Lights, Flora Cash is on the front lines of modern musicians redefining alt-pop by injecting their music with heartfelt conviction.” – EARMILK

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Sum 41 x Catching Fire

Sum 41 has dropped a reimagined version of their previously released track “Catching Fire” featuring nothing,nowhere. Deryck Whibley wrote this ballad for his wife, Ari Whibley, after her suicide attempt and they are& talking about it for the first time ever in hopes to raise awareness during Mental Health Awareness Month.

Sum 41 fans from all over the world collectively submitted their stories of loss seen in the beautifully shot black and white video for “Catching Fire.” The vision behind the powerful video-turned-memorial is to shine light on suicide prevention and help tackle the stigma behind mental health head on. The video was directed by John Asher, who previously directed Sum 41’s music video for “Never There.”

On the new single, Whibley shares “Writing this song was cathartic for me in dealing with my emotions for the first time about almost losing my wife to suicide. When I first played it for her, it was the beginning of us having an open conversation about what she went through. In sharing her story, we are hoping to let others know they are not alone and that if you need help, there is no shame in saying so.”

Featured artist nothing,nowhere. continues, “As someone who has had to deal with mental illness throughout my life – it was a no brainer when Deryck approached me to get on this song. I think it’s important to let those close to you know that you love them and that you are there for them unconditionally. I’m a lifelong sum 41 fan and I’m honored to be a part of something like this.”

Fans can stream “Catching Fire” now and check out the music video here: smarturl.it/Sum41CFVideo

Armed with the most honest and intimate songs of his career, Whibley poured everything he had into Order In Decline. Producing, engineering, and mixing the album in his home studio, he painstakingly crafted and fine-tuned each song, highlighted by fast and full riffs, guitar solos from lead guitarist/backing vocalist Dave Brownsound, harmonious chords from guitarist Tom Thacker and the heavy, heart-thumping rhythm section of bassist/backing vocalist Cone McCaslin and drummer Frank Zummo. Looking back at the band’s storied 23+ year career, Order In Decline is undoubtedly Sum 41’s heaviest and most aggressive album to date, while also being their most dynamic and raw.

Order In Decline is available now at http://smarturl.it/OrderInDecline.

After over 15 million records sold worldwide, a Grammy Award nomination, 2 Juno Awards (7 nominations), Kerrang! Award in 2002, as well as multiple Alternative Press Music Awards, Sum 41 is quite simply a rock band uncompromising and honest with no intention of slowing down.

For anyone that needs help, please contact https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ or call 1-800-273-8255.

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Jenna Elfman QxA

Jenna Elfman Talks Marriage, Nuclear Disarmament & Fear the Walking Dead

By Allison Kugel

AMC’s hit series, Fear the Walking Dead, the post-apocalyptic spin-off series of The Walking Dead– is now in the second half of its sixth season. Actress Jenna Elfman brings a tour de force performance as former ICU nurse and apocalypse survivor, June Dorie. Her character carries significant trauma, and Elfman plays each note to perfection amid a flawless ensemble cast.

What makes Jenna Elfman so interesting to watch on screen are her exotic blue eyes that dance wildly during her comedic roles, and simmer with intent during heavier, more dramatic onscreen moments.

Having come into our homes in the late 90s and early 2000s as spirited Dharma Finkelstein on the Chuck Lorre created sitcom, Dharma & Greg, and later in romantic comedy films like Keeping the Faith and EDtv, audiences got to know the funny, platinum blonde livewire that embodied younger Jenna Elfman. As Jenna puts it during our conversation, “young ingénue” roles were her specialty for many years. Whether playing opposite Matthew McConaughey or Ben Stiller, her characters were somebody’s wife or somebody’s girlfriend.

Jenna Elfman had yearned to tackle the kind of self-contained, multi-dimensional character work she now enjoys with her role in Fear the Walking Dead.

Allison Kugel: What parallels do you draw between 2020 and your apocalyptic show, Fear the Walking Dead?

Jenna Elfman: Good question. We really got to see what people do when their survival is threatened (laugh). You see the ones that tend to help, and you see the ones that tend to hoard, and everything in between. I think with the extreme example of what we do on Fear, which portrays a true apocalypse setting, it is an extreme version of the homeopathic dose we saw manifest amongst ourselves last year.

Allison Kugel: And your take on our current society and culture?

Jenna Elfman: Changing, and hopefully evolving…

Allison Kugel: What do you think the upside would be if we needed to rebuild our society from the ground up, like in Fear

Jenna Elfman: There is always a greater opportunity for harmony and tolerance, and a broader and enlightened sense of each other, and respect. I would always hope that as a culture changes, it would improve in those ways so that we could [collectively] expand our culture in a way that is safer and more fun to live within.

Allison Kugel: I first became aware of you years ago from your sitcom, Dharma and Greg. I remember seeing you in different settings, on red carpets, and thinking, “What’s the deal with this woman?  Why is she so happy?” I don’t know if that is your 24/7 being, or if that is what you portrayed publicly. But there is a lightness to you. Where does that come from?

Jenna Elfman: I love living life. I think life is fun and people are interesting, I have always been that way. I don’t know if it is my 24/7. I certainly move through all the human emotions like a normal person, but I do, as a general living condition, enjoy living life. Even the problems I tend to enjoy, because I like to try to solve them. You feel so kickass when you solve problems, and that’s part of the adventure and I enjoy that. I also genuinely enjoy and love people.

Allison Kugel: Did you want to take the role of June in Fear the Walking Dead to explore a darker, grittier side of yourself?  Is that what attracted you to this show?

Jenna Elfman: As an artist, I was craving a new opportunity to express myself in a different way. I love comedy! Comedy always comes from, to me, a sense of the tragic and the absurd. That comedy is a result of tragedy and exposing the humor of it. There is a certain kinetic rhythm to comedy which I love, but I was craving a change and I was craving a way to express myself as an artist, in a different way, and looking for that opportunity. Then Fear came along and offered me this great role, and it was exactly what I was craving. I also wanted to express myself in a more mature way than how I had been seen, previously. I felt the bulk of my career had been expressing myself kind of through a young ingenue’s viewpoint. Having aged a bit and lived life, and had so many experiences, I now wanted to express myself, artistically, through the viewpoint of a woman and bring that to my work.

Allison Kugel: I get that. This show is heavy and intense at times. Do you bring parts of it home with you?  

Jenna Elfman: I do not bring parts of it home. It is not a very mushy, psychological situation for me. When the cameras are rolling, I am June. All my preparation at home, spending hours working on the script, researching it, and working through the scenes prepares me for when the cameras are rolling so I can wholly and fully be that character. When they say cut, I’m back to Jenna. For me, the story lives in me as just that, a story. I am always contemplating the story and how I want to play tomorrow’s scenes as far as understanding my character more deeply. But I don’t bring the character home. I have too many hats to wear at home as it is, and that would make things way too difficult (laughs). You and I are both boy moms… and your son is very handsome by the way.

Allison Kugel: Aww, well, thank you. And your boys are so cute!

Jenna Elfman: And you know they want their mama’s attention, so when I’m home I kind of have to take off one hat and do that.

Allison Kugel: Is there a fellow actor who has given you great advice?

Jenna Elfman: Garret Dillahunt and Lennie James (Jenna’s castmates). When I first came on the show and I was in Lennie’s trailer, we were talking about this job on Fear and about the mythology of the storyline. He said, “What I’ve learned is, you can’t play the whole thing all at once. You cannot play the whole of the apocalypse, the whole of the mythology. It’s always there, but you can’t play all of that at once.” As an actor, getting to know this mythology and this universe I was in, that advice was very helpful to me. When we were working on episode five of season four, called “Laura,” where our characters meet and we were doing a scene on the back porch and he’s trying to get me to change my shoes and wear a more practical boot, my character is in a very self-protective zone and I said to him, “No, I’m fine.” Garret Dillahunt said, “Why don’t you just take your foot and slide that pair of shoes over and away from you?”  I was like, “Oh my God, that is brilliant!”  And so, I did that in the scene, and they left it in. I kind of just slide it away like, “No, thank you.”  I am learning from watching both of them, and I admire them a lot as actors.

Allison Kugel: What has been your greatest triumph, to date?  

Jenna Elfman: Bringing children into this world. I think that is a huge triumph, and the most rewarding endeavor I have ever tackled.

Allison Kugel: And what has been your greatest lesson, and how have you used that lesson in your life?

Jenna Elfman: The greatest lesson that I have ultimately taken along my journey is that I do not, as a policy, make assumptions about people at all anymore. Until I have had ample time with them, and I have shared experiences with them where they define who they are to me. I do not make decisions based off rumor, hearsay, or things I’ve read. I refuse to, because it is almost always wrong, and you are shortchanging somebody. Also, people change and grow and learn. If I make a snap assumption and a decision about someone, that is prejudice. I am pre-judging somebody before I’ve ever met them and before they have had the opportunity to show me who they are.   So, I don’t do that at all anymore and I know that I have changed and grown, and I would certainly like others to give me the opportunity to show and be who I am through my current actions and behaviors. It is much more exciting to allow someone to show you who they are in the present moment, and then make decisions based off that.

Allison Kugel: Do you pray? And if so, who or what do you pray to? 

Jenna Elfman: I don’t pray per the literal definition, but I do like to observe life, dream, daydream about goals for myself and for the world, and then intend them. I like to grow myself mentally and spiritually as needed to help accomplish those dreams and make them come true for myself, for my family, and for others. I guess that is a form of praying, but it is not the commonly defined form of praying. I do like to dream and intend good things, and I am always intending good things for others. It makes me feel good to look at someone and hope and intend the best version of themselves into them. I find that to be a very therapeutic endeavor.

Allison Kugel: When you intend good things for others you tend to receive a lot more from the universe, which is something I have learned over time. When somebody has something that you may want for yourself and don’t yet have and you indulge in that “Ugh” feeling of negativity and lack, you are negating yourself and taking energy away from yourself.  

Jenna Elfman: You’re invalidating yourself.

Allison Kugel: Yes, one hundred percent. If you could travel back in time and alter one historical event, where would you go and what would you attempt to change? 

Jenna Elfman: I would have prevented the ability to make nuclear bombs. I would have tried to subvert that and used the atomic and nuclear knowledge and ability for other things, not for the destruction of mankind. So, if I could go back in time, I would have drawn a hard line in the sand on what they are allowed to do with that technology, and I would eradicate all nuclear arms from the face of the earth, as opposed to their ability to eradicate mankind from the face of the earth.

Allison Kugel: Damn, that’s a good one Jenna! I would have just said something like, “I’d try to prevent Tupac from getting shot (laugh)

Jenna Elfman: (Laugh) Well, that’s also true.

Allison Kugel: You and your husband just celebrated your 26th wedding anniversary. How do you get to twenty-six years?  What do you attribute it to?  

Jenna Elfman: I think there are three things. One, we started off as best friends and we are still best friends. That means we don’t keep secrets. We’re friends and we support each other. We don’t compete against each other, except for who’s more tired (laughs). That’s always a fun game.

Allison Kugel: (Laugh) Yup!

Jenna Elfman: That is really the only area of competition. It’s about friendship and humor. Humor has always been a big part of our relationship. We love to laugh and be silly, and we love to make each other laugh.

Allison Kugel: Were you platonic friends for a long time before you became a couple?

Jenna Elfman: I was 19 and he was 21, so the platonic-ness lasted maybe a month (laugh). Then we were boyfriend and girlfriend. The third thing, I would say, is communication. We talk everything through. Even if we are having a fight and feeling like, “I don’t want to talk to you.”   We’ll take a break to collective ourselves, but we always come back and talk it out. It’s not like we haven’t gone through trials and tribulations, it’s that we always communicate our way through it.  That is the only way you come to a solution or greater understanding with anything. No problem solves itself.  Communication is kind of the lube for problem solving, so you have to be able to communicate. The fact that we are friends and have that foundation and we are faithful to each other. We don’t betray each other. We don’t cheat on each other, we don’t fuck around, we really have kept that tight and clean and respectful.

Allison Kugel: You recently moved from California to Texas, where Fear the Walking Dead shoots? Do you miss L.A.?

Jenna Elfman: Yes, I used to commute to Austin every week or every two weeks where we film the show, and with Covid happening, that commuting was not going to be a reality anymore, and now that I’m homeschooling my kids, it was like, “Okay, why not?” Austin is a great city, the people are super friendly, and the food is outstanding. We found a great neighborhood in a cul-de-sac and everybody is so nice. I don’t miss L.A. right now because it had gotten pretty dark there. It feels kind of apocalyptic in L.A. right now. I grew up in L.A., I was born and raised there and it’s not the city I grew up in right now, but it will revive itself.

Allison Kugel: What do you think you came into this life to learn, and what do you think you came here to teach? 

Jenna Elfman: I think there are so many facets to life. I feel like I am always learning and you kind of don’t know what you don’t know until you start to learn about it. Then you realize how much you don’t know. I think the benefit of our information age is how much you can learn, and how quickly you can learn it and increase your rate of knowledge. We can now access history and stories of mankind so easily. That has been one of the cool things about homeschooling my kids, is curating the stuff they are learning.

Allison Kugel: What do you think you are here to teach?

Jenna Elfman: I would hope to impact people by inspiring them to have a healthy curiosity about the world. I think to be curious about the world and life, and about other people. I hope I would inspire others to be curious and interested in life, and always [be] reaching into life and not backing away from it. Be brave, be interested, and don’t be scared to communicate.

Allison Kugel: I like that. What item still remains on your bucket list? 

Jenna Elfman: I really want to go to Greece. There was five years of my early education where I went to a Greek Orthodox school in our neighborhood, and we got to learn about Greek culture and religion. We learned the Greek language and I love Greek people so much. There is just something incredibly special to me about Greece, and I’ve always wanted to go to there to experience and fully immerse myself in that beautiful culture.

Allison Kugel: What would you still like to attempt in your career?

Jenna Elfman: I would like to continue the opportunity of character work.  That is what I love about acting so much, is the ability to live many lives in one lifetime through these characters. I am really kind of obsessed with the journey of acting and growing as an actor. That is really my jam right now. I love and will always do comedy, but I accomplished a lot in comedy. I’m on this new journey of becoming a dramatic actress and expanding my abilities in that way. I’m craving the opportunity to play more characters and to work with great artists to grow and learn from working with them.

Allison Kugel: Lastly, what is in store for your character June as this new season progresses.

Jenna Elfman: There are some big June stories coming. We are going to see this new strong but challenged side to her and she has more story to go through. I think viewers are really going to enjoy it.

Season 6B of Fear the Walking Dead is out now on AMC Network. Catch up on seasons 1 through 5 on Hulu. Follow Jenna Elfman on her website, Instagram and Twitter.

Allison Kugel is a syndicated entertainment and pop culture columnist and author of the book, Journaling Fame: A memoir of a life unhinged and on the record. Follow her on Instagram and on her website.

*Photos Courtesy of AMC/Ryan Green, Ray Katchatorian