Sharon Stone, Sarah Paulson talk Netflix horror ‘Ratched’

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Updated 23 September 2020

Sharon Stone, Sarah Paulson talk Netflix horror ‘Ratched’

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood loves a good villain and in Netflix’s new horror-drama series, audiences can find out the evil origins of the classic character, Nurse Ratched. The latest series from Ryan Murphy, creator of “Glee” and “American Horror Story,” “Ratched” promises stylish and surreal scares with an incredible cast.

One of those cast members is Hollywood icon Sharon Stone, who plays eccentric heiress Lenore Osgood.

“I got to play Lenore opposite some astounding actors,” Stone told Arab News. “You know every day, someone amazing was put in front of me.”

Inspired by the novel and movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” the series follows Mildred Ratched, a former army nurse in World War II. She begins working at a mental hospital and, as the story unfolds, turns into a controlling and manipulative monster to her patients.

“Mildred is really motivated by trying to be reunited with the most important person in her life,” said series lead, Sarah Paulson, who plays the younger version of Nurse Ratched that actress Louise Fletcher won an Oscar for playing in the 1975 film. “There ends up being obviously complicated things that happen once that reunion has happened, but she has to do some dangerous and morally reprehensible things to do something that matters to her more than anything in the world and she’s willing to do that,” Paulson added.




Sharon Stone as eccentric heiress Lenore Osgood. Supplied

“Ratched’s” gruesome story and characters are made all the more mind bending by how gorgeous the show looks. The scenes of horror stand out all the more when paired against a vibrant color palette, beautiful sets and incredible costumes.

“This costume designer Lou, who I’ve worked with on many Ryan (Murphy) things, I think she’s so wonderful” Paulson said.

“It was that beautiful thing where the minute I put on the costume I sort of knew what to do with the character.”

The series is slated for 18 episodes and comes just in time for the Halloween season. With few horror film releases on the horizon, “Ratched” is poised to be one of biggest frights of this fall.


Meet the hijabi fashion blogger redefining modest style

Updated 19 October 2020

Meet the hijabi fashion blogger redefining modest style

DUBAI: With their chic, modest style and unprecedented flair for makeup, a new crop of Instagram stars are irrevocably redefining the hijab. Rana Ellithy, who recently popped up on our radar, is certainly one to watch. 

The 21-year-old became an Instagram sensation in less than a year, garnering almost 100,000 followers in mere months after uploading a styling video on Instagram in April. “I was really not expecting that video to blow up like that,” she shared with Arab News. “I did it just for fun, but I got some really positive feedback,” she added, stating that some young women even messaged her to tell her they felt inspired to wear the hijab because of her video.

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Ellithy was born in Egypt and brought up in the UK. The business consultant, who graduated last year, now splits her time between London and Cairo. It was in the former where the stylist and influencer decided to take blogging more seriously. “I was bored during quarantine in London,” she explained. “So, I started taking more pictures and videos and uploading them on Instagram.”

The stylist believes the reason that her videos and photographs were able to resonate with so many people so quickly is because of her ability to effortlessly take readily-available pieces and basics from Zara and H&M and create chic outfits that her Gen Z followers can easily reinterpret.

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“I always felt like there was a gap of modest bloggers around my age,” Ellithy shared. “Their fashion taste is very good, but it’s not personally what I would wear. I try to stick to everyday basics because that’s what girls my age like,” she said, adding that some of her go-to brands are Egyptian labels Emma, a headscarf brand, and Zoella. 

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Fortunately, Ellithy’s foray into the world of social media has been smooth, with her only obstacle being balancing her full-time corporate job with blogging. “It’s really hard to balance the two,” she admits. “There’s a lot of expectation on me to post consistently, so I try to film as much content as I can on the weekends,” she said.

However, she revealed that she will eventually pursue her love for fashion full-time and even has plans to roll-out her very own online concept that focuses on everyday basics for modest dressers.