Entertainment host, reporter and producer, Madison Brodsky, is joining Hollywood Blvd Magazine’s “Take 2” podcast as a co-host of the show.
Brodsky, who currently works at Entertainment Tonight, is known as a “pop culture savant,” an authority on all things celebrity, TV and film. She says she gained her love for, and insight into, the world of entertainment and celebrity from years of observation.
“During my childhood, I spent lots of time with my babysitter, the television,” she said. “While other kids were out playing in the park, I spent every waking second studying the bizarre world of fame. Entertainment Tonight was my bible, and Entertainment Weekly was the textbook. At its core, popular culture is a business…and, in my opinion, gossip is a commentary on our society, culture and values.”
Brodsky graduated from The University of Arizona. In an effort to be as well-rounded as possible, she completed 12 internships in Arizona, her home state of Florida and the holy grail of entertainment, Los Angeles.
Hollywood Blvd Magazine was able to catch up with Brodsky and talk about her experience in the business and her insight into the world of celebrity.
HB: How did you get into doing hosting and reporting?
MB: Entertainment news is and has always been my passion. No seriously, since the day I was born it was a tradition for my mom and I to get into our pajamas, put on heels, yes, baby heels exist, and watch all of the entertainment news shows. I aspired to be in the industry and wouldn’t stop working until I became that one in a million.
HB: Why entertainment reporting over news or sport?
MB: As previously mentioned, I eat, sleep and breathe entertainment news. I have developed a special eye for deciding what should make the daily news cycle and what is considered “good” or “horrible” in today’s consumption of film, television and music.
HB: What’s the hardest part of a celebrity interview?
MB: Ending the interview! The secret sauce to a great interview is looking past the individual’s “celebrity” and focusing on who they truly are to the core, finding that common ground at an intimate level and gaining their trust so they can feel comfortable having an honest conversation, rather than an awkward question and answer.
HB: Any embarrassing moments or things you did when interviewing someone?
MB: Oh the stories — they should really go to the grave, but I’ll spill one — anonymously of course. One time a celebrity’s wig flew off mid-interview at a junket. I honestly didn’t know what to do and started choking, and then crying, from trying to hold in my laughter.
HB: Do you think as a society we celebrate celebrities too much?
MB: Yes, but is that a bad thing? Celebrities are given that pedestal because they have perfected the skill of entertainment. As long as they realize the power they hold, they can truly inspire the world to do better, be better and make a change towards a happier and healthier society.
HB: What are your goals for your career?
MB: I want to entertain and tell stories for as long as my brain allows me to have a strong opinion.