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stay safe out there. wash your hands. don't touch your face. we'll see you tomorrow ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> announcer: tonight on "late night with seth meyers." cameron diaz star of fx's "pose," actor and singer billy porter, music from jason aldean. featuring the 8g band with fred armisen and now seth meyers. >> seth: how's everyone doing tonight? i had this weird dream last night that men with clubs competed against each other in empty arenas so i'm going to try not to watch baseball before bed.
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let's get to the news. president trump claimed yesterday that if former vice president joe biden is elected, quote, "markets would crash and cities would burn. our country would suffer like never before." i guess the only good news is that by november, you know, we'll be used to it. that's right, in case you weren't concerned already, our president is now talking like the opening crawl of a "star wars" movie. ♪ ♪ >> seth: according to a new report, president trump made up the story about the new york yankees inviting him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at their game on august 15th said trump, "okay, you got me. i was lying. they wanted me to pitch the whole season." that's right, president trump made up the story about the new york yankees inviting him to throw out the first pitch because he was jealous of dr. anthony fauci appearing at the washington nationals' home opener even worse, now it looks like he is jealous of dr. birx, too. when asked in a new interview if he regretted writing a negative op-ed about dr
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anthony fauci, white house trade adviser peter navarro said that the only thing he regrets is dr. fauci's opening pitch during the washington nationals game. this might be nitpicking, but you can't regret something that someone else did you can only r are you so rich that you're outsourcing your regrets now "i'm sorry, jeeves, i'm cutting your pay would you be a dear and feel bad about that for me? in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, france is requiring virus tests for travelers from 16 countries, including the u.s. said trump, "no problem. person, woman, man, camera, tv see, no corona flying colors once again, passed the test do it backwards for you. [ mumbling ] senate republicans unveiled their new coronavirus relief plan yesterday, and good news if you wanted that new taylor swift album. the commissioner of major league baseball is facing criticism for allowing a game to be played between the miami marlins and
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the philadelphia phillies, despite having known about four cases of coronavirus even worse, now someone has to find a swab for the philly phanatic, and that is just a good old-school joke health officials in england announced yesterday that a cat has tested positive for the coronavirus. its owners became worried after it slept for 21 hours straight "that's an hour more than usual. the luxury car company bugatti has unveiled a miniature electric car for kids that sells for $68,000 called the baby 2. as in, wow, this whole family sucks. the baby 2 it's fun to tell a baby they suck and finally, according to new research, millennials and gen-x parents are spanking their kids less than previous generations because any boomer will tell you it just doesn't get the desired results. that monologue was brought to you by an emmy-nominated writing staff. congratulations to all of them that was it. we got a great show for you
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tonight. i'll be talking to the fantastic cameron diaz, and we're always excited when billy porter is here plus, we'll have music from country superstar jason aldean but first, we don't always have enough time to cover all of the recent news, so here with a recap is "late night" writer amber ruffin in a segment we call "amber says what. ♪ >> you guys, things have been crazy. okay, first of all, i found out that there isn't going to be a big fat emmy ceremony this year. and i was like, what they were like, "we are still not gathering in large groups. i was like, what i miss people. then they were like, "this is good for you, amber, because you're not going to be able to get drunk and act a fool in a formal gown. and i was like, whaa-aat you can't tell me what to do then donald trump bragged about passing a cognitive test and i was like, what do you think they give those to everybody? they give them to people who are losing their dang minds. this is like you bragging you took a sobriety test if you weren't swerving all over
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the place, you wouldn't have to identify shapes and animals. you want to impress me spell "cognitive." the test is too easy look, i'll take it right now idiot. i passed then a megachurch pastor in atlanta suggested that, instead of saying "white privilege," that people should say "white blessing." and i was like, what white blessing you mean my nickname for anderson cooper? white blessing you mean the stripper from tina's bachelorette party? white blessing sounds like the nastiest sex move then i read a story about how a black man carried a black lives matter counter-protester to safety, and i was like, what but the mangers of the "green book" were like, "whaaat we had better to get to writing this story from the perspective of the man who was carried." you know what they're gonna call that movie, don't you? "white blessing. then i found out there was going to be a professional women's soccer team in los angeles with serena williams and natalie portman as investors, and i was like, what hooray
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i am going to find out when auditions are and prepare a dramatic monologue then my friend told me it's not auditions, it's tryouts, and you don't prepare a monologue, you play the sport and i was like, okay, fine, but i'm still gonna wear a gown. speaking of sports, i found out about the nba bubble, and i was like, what because -- and the thing about the nba bubble is it's a metaphorical bubble in a physical - >> seth: amber, you don't have to talk about that >> yay then i saw that people are circulating a petition to replace confederate statues with statues of dolly parton, and i was like, what?! now, that's what i call a white-centered solution. no shade to dolly, but if slave owners get replaced with anything less black than malcom x, i will freak the [ bleep out. then ivanka trump was like, "eat these beans. i was like, what no then obama and joe biden sat down for a socially distanced conversation, and i was like, what - are you doing sitting so far away from each other is it 6 feet or 60 feet?
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obama, are you trying to distance yourself from biden that's not gonna work because he mentions you in every sentence then infectious disease expert dr. anthony fauci threw out the first pitch at the washington nationals' opening day, and i was like, what - are you doing playing catch? you are had better get inside and take care of america i am walking around with a cut up sock on my face and you are at recess? get inside and do something. then i saw the pitch and felt better because it was clear he didn't waste any time practicing then marco rubio posted a picture of him and the late congressman john lewis, but it was actually a picture of him and the late congressman elijah cummings. and i was like, what do you think that all of us look alike? by "us," i mean people who don't like you then, i heard that jennifer hudson is going to play aretha franklin in a new biopic. i was like - ♪ just a little wha just a little what ♪ ♪ what it to me what it to me what it to m what it to me ♪ then the most confusing thing in the world happened okay trump was gonna give a speech
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and he had these two trucks there. a blue one with a bunch of weight in the bed and a sign that said "40 years of regulatory burden" and then a red one with no weights that said "four years of regulatory freedom. i guess it was supposed to represent how free republicans are? look, i think it's nuts, and it brings us to a segment called "amber says why. ♪ >> you wanted to make some point about how regulations weigh you down, and this is how you chose to do it why? why this why did someone do this? and what is the this that they did? what's the point of this to prove it could be done? why? why did someone do this? what was the desired effect? laughter, pride, shame, what what is this a dare what why? why is this happening and what is what is happening why this this -- why? why did this happen and why did you let someone take pictures of it while it was happening? did you know this was gonna be public was it meant to be private did you know that people can see this
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i can see this where did this idea come from? a dream? a threat where? did this happen against your will, or was this exactly what you wanted and if so, why is this a want that you have? why are your wants bad don't you want good? why? did a dumb person tell you this was not dumb, or -- and this isa smart person who hates you t who lied how many people had to lie for this to take place one? 100? did you think that this was what someone wanted done, and who are they, and are they okay? in closing, why? this has been "amber says what, and then she says why. ♪ >> seth: amber ruffin, everybody. we will be right back with "the check in." ♪ ♪ here we are a nation divided. red, blue, 16 percent undecided. but 2020 had us shook. so we gave the world another look.
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♪ ♪ >> seth: as coronavirus cases continue to surge in states across the country, president trump has been quietly continuing his all-out assault on the environment so we decided to take a break from the breaking news of the day to see how trump is taking advantage of a global crisis to make things even worse for vulnerable americans this is "the check in. ♪ >> seth: president trump has been a colossal failure at the one thing americans are most desperate for him to do -- contain the coronavirus. he hasn't increased testing, he hasn't dealt with the economic fallout, and you could be forgiven for thinking he hasn't
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been doing anything at all however, he has been very successful at rolling back environmental regulations and weakening major conservation laws, all while americans have been distracted by a global pandemic because instead of pulling back on pollution when lungs are having their worst year since "mad men" went off the air, trump has actually been doubling down on his dangerous agenda according to reports, during the covid-19 lockdown, u.s. federal agencies have eased fuel-efficiency standards for new cars, frozen rules for soot air pollution, and continued to lease public property to oil and gas companies when clean air is perhaps most important for the health and safety of everyday americans. when trump seems to doing nothing that he's at his most dangerous it's like wh y for way too long you know you're about to wallpaper over some sharpie. "that is not the path of a hurricane, tyler." but of course, whenever trump does something quietly it's only because everything else he's doing is so, so loud that it seems quiet in relation. trump can't be quiet he'd be a terrible ninja
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"i came through the window, you probably didn't hear me because i am quiet like the wind that's what my karate master told me. even worse, trump is using the coronavirus pandemic, which has disproportionately affected people of color, to push through anti-science policies under the guise of creating more jobs, jobs that rare rarely go to the people most hurt by these policies >> air pollution has been linked to higher coronavirus death rates, along with many other health problems, and air pollution is usually worse in areas with larger minority populations. >> the folks with the smallest carbon footprints are the ones who will feel the most pain. >> we have just been beat down and people are devastated. i don't think anybody's life is worth a job. >> if people of color and low-income who are most affected by the issues are never in the rooms where the decisions are being made, we are going to continue to have two different worlds, two different realities. >> seth: no surprise that trump doesn't care what happens to people of color, but he also doesn't believe it's happening at all, as evidenced by this tweet from 2014 when trump
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wrote, "give me clean, beautiful and healthy air, not the same old climate change, global warming bull[ bleep ]! i am tired of this nonsense. in fact, trump's view that global warming is a hoax is one of the only stances he has been consistent on. that, and there is no such thing as a tie that's too long "i like it to just brush the top of the knee. for example, he repeated his same bizarre claims, sprinkled with some self-aggrandizement, at the last g7 summit when a reporter questioned trump's skepticism about climate change. >> in a nutshell, i want the cleanest water on earth. i want the cleanest air on earth, and that's what we're doing. and i'm an environmentalist. a lot of people don't understand that i have done more environmental impact statements probably than anybody that's -- i guess i can say definitely, because i have done many, many, many of them. more than anybody that's ever been president, or vice president, or anything even close to president >> seth: you can't claim you are an environmentalist just because you look like a compost heap
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also, what do you mean "you've done more on the environment than anybody that's even been close to president?" you know you are not close to president, right you're there i mean, al gore was close to president, and he at least made a full movie about the environment. i should note, if there was a movie about trump, "a convenient lie" would be a good title "did i write a check to stormy daniels you know, if i did, i don't remember it. but of course, trump doesn't actually want clean air and water. in fact, one of his first actions he took as president proved that. in early 2017, he signed an executive order to start the process of repealing an obama-era clean water regulation known as the waters of the united states rule the rule limited the amount of pollution the developers and landowners could dump into our waterways, and trump's repeal, which environmentalists called "a sickening gift to polluters" was finalized less than a year ago. and in the last few weeks, trumped bragged about that at two separate events while telling the same weird story about how people were allegedly so overwhelmed with emotion
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because of his actions >> we stopped the egregious abuse of the clean water act when i signed that legislation, i had many farmers and construction people standing behind me. people that haven't cried since they were a baby, some of them never even when they were a baby, and they were crying we did the u.s. waters, you saw that the u.s. waters act. that was a big one grown men that had never cried even when they were a baby, they were standing behind me when i signed that bill at the white house and they were crying they were crying because we gave their life back to them. >> seth: for all the lying trump does, you'd think he'd get a little better at it. all you did was sign an order. why are you acting like a revival tent preacher? "i healed her husband's rotted leg, and, oh, how she cried and thanked me oh, she was more tears than woman, she was." and also, nobody was crying. check it out >> so how important is this? >> huge. >> very. >> very. >> it's huge >> seth: maybe he mistook that guy sweating and thought his neck was crying.
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why does he keep saying some of them never cried even when they were babies? i mean even for a weird man, that is a weird detail to add. it really hammers home what a egomaniac what he is it's not enough to make someone cry like a baby, he has to make them cry for the first time in their lives. "i turned them from data into dawson." and, yeah, that is back-to-back nights referencing a show that went off the air in 2003 either way, the truth doesn't stop trump from using that ridiculous anecdote to promote yet another harmful initiative, gutting the national environmental policy act it's a 50-year-old conservation law that requires federal agencies to take into consideration the environmental impact of infrastructure projects before they're approved everything from how it would affect local wildlife to projected greenhouse gas emissions. it also allowed residents to weigh in on those plans. but now, public review would be limited in order to speed up the permitting of freeways, power plants and pipelines, one of the biggest and most audacious deregulatory actions of the trump administration and once again, trump used the coronavirus as cover for why something like this needs to be
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implemented. and look, i think we can all agree we need better roads and bridges. but i don't think trumps wants the roads to be better he just wants them to be straighter >> there is a highway in a certain state, short road, not even a highway i guess more of a roadway. and they put in -- it was a straight line from point to point. by the time they finished it 18 years later, it was this. it cost tens of times -- it cost many, many, many times more than the original it's a dangerous roadway because there's turns. you got to be in good shape. you've got to be wide awake to make those turns you've got to see those things you've got to see the guardrails >> seth: i can't believe i have to say this, but you should be wide awake when you drive no matter how many turns there are on the roads "under trump, our roads are gonna be so straight, you could daydream and even doze off in some places. also, he thinks you have to be in good shape to be able to turn a steering wheel
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that might explain the shape he's in. he thinks driving to the gym is the workout. all right. made it. time to hit the showers. now, by ignoring the environmental effects of major construction projects, trump is once again harming the communities that have already been much worse off throughout his presidency critics point out that these new rules sideline the concerns of poor minority communities impacted by those projects rather than listen, the trump administration's plan aims to silence such voices. and if it wasn't clear before this, the differences between the two choices we have in november couldn't be more obvious. for example, the same week trump touted his pollution-permitting proposals, joe biden announced his clean energy plans >> joe biden announcing his own plan to invest $2 trillion over four years on clean jobs and infrastructure >> these investments are a win-win-win for this country, creating jobs, cutting energy costs, protecting our climate. when donald trump thinks about climate change, the only word he can muster is "hoax. when i think about climate change, the word i think of is
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"jobs. >> seth: he's right. the work we need to do to slow climate change will create thousands of new jobs, like building solar panels and wind farms. the problem with a president like trump is that everyone he knows and is beholden to got rich on old jobs like coal mining and oil pipelines and invading ukraine the trump presidency will be over some day, but the sad reality is that the environmental effects will be permanent, and that becomes everyone's problem because if we don't start taking climate change seriously and making major changes, we're all gonna be crying like babies, even if we never cried like babies in the first place. i want to make that point. that's a very important point to add. not everyone cried when they were a baby. this has been "the check in. ♪ "late night. ♪ ♪ john tyson's motto was,
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>> seth: our first guest tonight is a "new york times" best-selling author and golden globe-nominated actress you know from such films as "gangs of new york," "vanilla sky," "the other woman" and "being john malkovich." she recently launched a new wine brand called avaline here is my conversation with cameron diaz >> seth: hey, cameron, how are you? >> good. how are you, seth? so good to see you >> seth: i know, it's been a very long time since we've laid eyes on one another. i want to start by saying congratulations. you have an 8-month-old, and - >> 7 months. >> seth: 7 months? okay, good >> yep >> seth: just 7 months so kind of -- so this is, like, almost perfectly -- i mean not perfectly, you don't want to say that, but this has timed out nicely that you have had sort of forced time away from the world, and it must be nice to spend it with a baby. >> it has. it's been a really great, you know excuse -- before, my baby was an excuse to stay home, you know [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah.
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>> now i don't have to make that our little bubble for this covid situation is that her dad, my husband benji, you know, he gets to be home he works from home and so he gets to be with her as much as i do well, not as much because he is working all day long, but he actually gets to come out of a meeting and give her a kiss and play with her for a little bit where, if he was going to the office every day, he wouldn't have been able to do that. so we're just having a lot of gratitude for that and, you know, yeah, it's pretty wild it's really wild >> seth: so you have a new wine company, and i want to make sure i say it - it's avaline >> avaline >> seth: avaline it's avaline and i'm very embarrassed - >> we phonetically spell it right there. >> seth: yeah, yeah, yeah. [ laughter ] well that's -- you used a
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purposely smaller font to burn me so here's this really embarrassing thing so yesterday one of my producers said, "so, when cameron is on, we sent a couple bottles of to the house, but there was no note, and so we just drank them. i did not realize. [ laughter ] but then we did dig through the fridge and i have this much of the -- >> the rose. >> seth: avaline rose. but this is nice because instead of, like, faking that i am going to drink it, like i've already fully drank it >> you like it >> seth: and it's delicious. >> it's delicious, right >> seth: i am, out of necessity, just going to drink from the bottle because this is the time >> i will pour myself a little glass here i like to drink -- you are drinking it the best way, straight out of the fridge, icy cold >> seth: yep >> i drink mine over ice because i -- >> seth: oh, good. i am so glad you did that. i was going to put mine over ice. and i thought like, as the wine connoisseur, you might burn me
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>> it's a beverage, seth >> seth: okay. it's what? >>it's a beverage. a refreshment. [ laughter ] >> seth: oh, so you've learned all the french words that you need to in order to be wine. >> refreshment [ laughter ] >> seth: refreshment icy cold so, tell me, first, i want to start at the top how did you come up with the name avaline >> avaline so katherine and i went through this process of -- my partner, katherine power. >> seth: umm-hmm >> who is an entrepreneur and a friend of mine, who i met through my sister-in-law nicole richie, and they have been best friends forever. and katherine is an entrepreneur, and her sort of idea is that, if you find the name first to something, it's easier to kind of, like, you know, go towards that branding so we went through all of the names that we could. we were trying to find, you know, our friendship, we both love cats, is it something shocked.
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you know, is it like noir. like, what is it and every -- what we found was that every single name, one word, two words, three words, four words that we could string together in any different way was already taken as a vineyard or a wine, because there are so many wines so we, you know, we went to baby naming sites >> seth: all right >> and avaline just looked beautiful, we thought, as written. >> seth: yeah. >> and then the meaning, which is sensitive, humble and lively, which it really felt like -- >> seth: really? >> it embodied what we wanted for our brand to sort of, you know, be so we ended up with avaline. >> seth: i am going to try to finish this before the end of the interview. i want people to see exactly how much [ laughter ] this is made with the organic grapes can you -- did you start knowing that's what you wanted to do or was it in an educating yourself about wine that you realized that was important
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>> yeah, it was through educating ourselves about wine-making process that we understood it. because we never -- you know, look, i have drank wine my entire life, and my assumption, you know, what the assume is >> seth: yeah. >> make an ass out of me >> seth: yeah. >> is that it was just fermented grapes why wouldn't it be and then we learned sort of what possibly could be put into wine, and we realized that we wanted to drink only wines that didn't have those things in it. and, you know, and also that organic grapes were a huge part of, you know, the sort of clean aspect of what we speak about, because it all starts in the vineyard for us because organic farming is just cleaner by nature than commercial farming you know, there is not the synthetic pesticides, it's kinder to the land and to the environment and to the waterways. and so -- and then we realized that we only really consume, you know, we make such an effort to
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consume organic groceries, to put clean skin products on our, you know, bodies, and to wear organic cotton, all these things that we never really questioned our wine and when we realized that it wasn't a given that our wines were organic, we went ahead and sort of went that -- we sort of put the pillar of our wine was that it had to have organic grapes >> seth: did that make the process more difficult, or once you decided to do that, was it easier >> you betcha it made the process more difficult >> seth: yeah, i would have guessed. [ laughter ] >> it's what really led us to europe, because what we found was that there was a lot more land being farmed organically in europe, and generational farms, and those generational farms had been farming that way for generations. >> seth: umm-hmm >> and in making wine in the way
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that we were looking for wine to be made, which was with the least amount of intervention that could be created as a large-scale wine so we found these winemakers who were making the wine we wanted to drink, making it the way we -- or to the standards that we had for it, and then we had, you know, the farming practices were right where we wanted, you know, wanted it to be. and so we went to europe and we're bringing it over we are hoping to one day be able to make wine here in the states, but it was hard to find organic land here that was fast enough to scale up with us as we went you know, we want this wine to be available to everyone >> seth: i am very happy that it's available to me at this moment you have a rose and a white, is that correct, right now? >> hmm-mm. >> seth: they are excellent. >> there's rose and a white. there is more to come. >> seth: it's very nice. i will say it's very, this very helpful on the label, although i
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did ignore the pronunciation guide. [ laughter ] but this does say that it pairs well with the warmth of the sun and the company of your best friends so - >> there you go. there you go >> seth: cheers! >> cheers. >> seth: you mentioned your sister-in-law nicole richie. she was on the show during covid times as well, and she said she has been doing a lot of gardening. is this -- can you verify it i know you live nearby >> yeah, we are five houses away from each other. yeah, she has a beautiful garden she is always -- that's her morning routine, is in the garden, and i get to benefit from that, so -- >> seth: that's good, because your biggest fear when you have a talk show like this is that people are just lying to you, knowing there is no way to verify it. [ laughter ] but i can verify it because i have the physical manifestation that you have a wine and now you're verifying on her behalf >> i am verifying, she has and she has her chickens >> seth: oh, yes >> her chickens are hilarious. we love chickens
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they are a lot of fun. >> seth: that is -- i can't think of a betanfternoon than dg 's our summer. and watching [ laughter ] >> seth: all the best, cameron it's always so good to see you >> it's great to see you, seth thanks so much for taking the time and for drinking avaline. i am so grateful >> seth: there we go let's finish them. >> enjoy wow! oh, my gosh. hello! >> seth: there you go, guys. >> hello, sunshine, go out there and enjoy the rest of your summer >> seth: we did it you are my last interview of the day. i hope i can keep it together for billy porter all right, great to see you. >> oh. [ laughter ] >> seth: we'll be right back with billy porter. ♪ ♪ gs) it's open! hey. this is amazing. with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, are you okay? even when i was there, i never knew when my symptoms
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relief please welcome back to the show our friend, billy porter >> seth: billy, welcome back how are you? >> i am fantastic. how are you? >> seth: you know, i'm hanging in there i want to start by congratulating you you were nominated again for "pose," a category you won last year and we were talking a little bit before this started. it's a little different. you come from broadway you only get nominated once for a role >> yeah, you only win once for a role that you create on broadway so, it's a really interesting journey. i'm very grateful to be nominated again. i am very grateful to be on "pose," a show that is transformative um, you know, a show that truly is where art meets activism for me, which is a big deal for me and my work. so, i'm thrilled thank you. >> seth: obviously, it's going to be a bit of a different ceremony this year as circumstances, you know, dictate.
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and i think one of the things i'll miss the most, and i don't think i'm alone, is billy porter on the red carpet. [ laughter ] i hope -- no, again, i do appreciate the glasses that you brought to this, which makes me think that even if we have the zoom emmys, you will probably bring some sort of effort to your work. >> some joie de vivre. you know, i'm getting it tapped in realness right now in my house. >> seth: i love it >> it's a summer look. it's fabulous and freeing. [ laughter ] >> seth: now, one of our writers, amber ruffin actually got your actual hat with the remote-control veil. >> i saw that. >> seth: and it was the real hat. and it was an ordeal to get the hat. the hat does not travel alone. the hat travels with someone >> it does not travel alone. yes, it travels with sarah sokol, who is the designer of the hat and the hat is heavy >> seth: and how did you -- what gave you the inspiration for the hat? >> um, we had been at another awards show where billie eilish was in front of me, and she was
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wearing this veil over her gucci situation. and i said, "oh, that's cute, that's fun," but i would never cover my face because i have spent too long getting people to see my face. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> and my stylist at the time, sam ratelle, said, "well, what if we could open and close it? would you be interested? and that's how it came about and that's why we did it [ laughter ] >> seth: your -- your show "pose," sadly, was one of the many shows that had to halt production due to the coronavirus. >> yeah. >> seth: you were actually slated to direct an episode this year >> yes >> seth: was that something you were excited about >> yeah, i am totally, you know, i am, as i say, very often trying to be the head bitch in charge [ laughter ] so this means i am writing a lot. i have been directing a lot in the theater. i have been writing in the theater. so i am trying to move that over into my film and television, you
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know, starting my new company. you know, and trying to be the change that i want to see, and be able to green-light my own projects and being able to say yes to myself, and being able to support the stories and give voice to the voiceless in ways that only happen when you have that kind of power so i'm very, very excited about, you know, enlarging my territory, as it were. >> seth: another way that you are trying to help out is your campaign, "be a hero." can you speak a little to that >> yeah. "be an arts hero" is essentially a grassroots campaign to get the u.s. senate to pass an emergency arts relief act by the end of this week, by august 1st. you know, so many people don't understand that it's the second largest economic driver in the nation the economy. $4.5, the gdp. you know we're talking -- we're talking the financiers' language
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now, you know? it's like the -- the economy in new york. broadway sold more tickets than all of the new york and new jersey sports teams together that's $1.8 billion in ticket sales. and right now during covid, you know, 94% of the arts workers have lost income 64% have been fully unemployed due to covid you know, and we are just reaching out and calling to the senate to really get this relief package, specifically for arts workers, with health insurance you know it's about the economy it's about, you know, 40% of the nea grants serve low-income,
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people of color, and lbgtq people and veterans and disabled communities. like, there is so much funding that is necessary in this crisis in particular. >> seth: i do think, too, and maybe you can speak to this because, obviously, broadway is very glamorous, and i think people have this idea that everyone who works on broadway is making a fortune because, you know, they read how much "hamilton" tickets are but most people, even on such an iconic strip of land as broadway, are just barely making ends meet. >> yes >> seth: and sometimes i think at times like this, we talk about things like, you know, firemen and teachers, and we forget that, you know, people in the arts also have families and they also are trying to put food on the table >> yeah, and we're working class, especially on broadway. you know, we live hand-to-mouth. i did it for 30 years. it is not -- we're not rich, you know we're two to five paychecks away
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from poverty, just like everybody else and, you know, this moment has illuminated that in really stark ways and so we're calling -- we're calling on the people, we're you know, we have an open letter to our senators to explore how to make sure this relief package is put through and that our people are taken care of >> seth: and i know this is a completely volunteer run, your organization >> yes >> seth: where can people go if they want to sign up and lend a helping hand here? >> yes you can sign up at -- you can visit that's the best way to get to us, and that will take you to different levels and layers of how you can help >> seth: well, obviously, i'm a little biased, but i do believe
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the arts does a great amount to enrich all of our lives, and you in particular have certainly enriched ours. and congrats again >> you're very sweet >> seth: it is just always such a pleasure to talk to you. >> thank you [ laughter ] it's wonderful to be back, and i can't wait to see you in person. >> seth: same to you we'll be right back with a performance from country music superstar jason aldean ♪ ♪ hey, didn't order any pizza. jake from state farm... after you saved me so much dough on insurance with that "parker promo" i devised a promo for you. here's the deal parker, state farm offers everyone surprisingly great rates. yeh, right. pepperoni pocketz, atomic brownie, cuckoo crustiez... there's no promo. just great rates. and a side of ranch. you're the man, man. when you want the real a good neighbor, state farm is there.
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♪ ♪ >> seth: welcome back. performing "got what i got" from his home in nashville, here is jason alden. ♪ ♪ ♪ she said baby d you ever miss bein' alon i said hell no i don't she said do you really m ♪ think i'm where you belon i said you know and i know
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♪ you might think there's somethin' more i wan but when i got what i got ♪ girl i don' no i don't no i don't when i got what i got ♪ girl i don't ♪ >> seth: my thanks to jason alden. his album "9" is out now we'll be right back. ♪ this cheeseburger is the best! it's about to get bester baby! ♪ menutaur! make it a double, yeah! nice mane! try my $5.99 southwest cheddar cheeseburger combo and make it a double for a buck more. order now with no contact delivery.
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guests cameron diaz, billy porter and jason alden i want to thank fred armisen and the 8g band. stay tuned for lilly singh stay safe. wash your hands. wear a mask. we love you. >> lilly: tonight on "a little late with lilly singh," i'm hanging out with christina hendricks from nbc's "good girls. [ cheers and applause here's some tips for hand modeling >> elongate your fingers hold things, you know, a little bit -- >> lilly: so, it's almost like don't function properly? >> yes you sort of, like -- [ laughter ] maybe graze the glass. yes. >>illy: christina would audition for some of the most iconic roles you're a little turned on let's say, okay? [ audience oohs >> oooh. >> lilly: let's say a little turned on. let's break it down. here we go >> toto -- [ laughter ] [ audience oohs i've got a feeling we're not in kansas anymore [ cheers and applause >> lilly: join us here in one minute [ laughter ]


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