Here Are the Senate Women at the Center of the Brett Kavanaugh Debate

When it comes to the controversial nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, men run the show.

Technically, anyway.

President Donald Trump, of course, picked Kavanaugh for the high court. The Senate Judiciary Committee, which has held confirmation hearings on the judge—including testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s—is controlled by Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley. And the Senate majority leader is Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell, who’s firmly on Kavanaugh’s side and is driving the chamber toward confirmation as fast as he can.

But a group of women are playing pivotal roles at this divisive moment in U.S. history. Some serve on the Judiciary Committee. Some have staked out positions as nationally recognized champions of women’s rights. Some face a choice between siding with their party or with those protesting it.

Here, in alphabetical order, is a quick guide to some of the Senate women who’ve been in the spotlight (or on the hot seat) in the Kavanaugh controversy, including those whose political futures are definitely worth watching in the run-up to the 2020 race for president.

SUSAN COLLINS

Senator Susan Collins Meets With Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

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The GOP controls the Senate by a tiny margin, so any defections put the party in danger of seeing Kavanaugh’s confirmation blow up. Collins, who represents Maine, has been one of the most closely tracked members of the Senate throughout the Kavanaugh debate: She’s a Republican, but she’s also pro-choice.

Before Ford’s claims that Kavanaugh attacked her when they were high school students—which he has categorically denied—Collins was already regularly swarmed by reporters trying to take her temperature on whether she’d vote to confirm the judge to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Now she’s surrounded not only by the press, but under pressure from both protesters and colleagues who want her to reject Kavanaugh.

Collins supported Trump’s first SCOTUS nominee last year, but that was a very different story: When Neil Gorsuch succeeded the late Justice Antonin Scalia, it was a matter of one conservative replacing another. The balance of the court was unchanged. Kennedy was also nominated by a Republican president, Ronald Reagan, but he ended up a swing justice who sided with liberals in critical cases that upheld abortion protections. Replacing Kennedy with Kavanaugh would tilt the high court firmly to the right.

Collins met privately with Kavanaugh before the Ford allegations. She said that she came away with the understanding that the judge considers Roe v. Wade a matter of settled law.

But since Kavanaugh went on the defensive over the assault claims, Collins has come under even more pressure to take a side. She publicly called the allegations “serious” and supported allowing lawyers for Ford and Kavanaugh to question each other during the Judiciary hearings (which didn’t end up happening).

As of Thursday, she had told reporters she considered the FBI probe “very thorough,” but said she hadn’t finished reviewing all the materials. She also hadn’t said how she planned to vote.

DIANNE FEINSTEIN

Senate Judiciary Committee Votes On Nomination Of Brett Kavanaugh

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The California senator is in a challenging position: She’s the highest-ranking woman on the Judiciary Committee, but she’s a Democrat. (As the majority party, Republicans ultimately control the proceedings.)

Feinstein has faced considerable criticism during the Kavanaugh confirmation process, including the timeline of her actions after receiving a letter from Ford that detailed her allegations of assault. The senator has said she was simply trying to respect Ford’s request for privacy; Republicans have instead accused Feinstein of stalling so she could drop a bombshell on the SCOTUS nominee late in the game and hurt his chances of getting the job.

Some anti-Kavanaugh activists reportedly think Feinstein’s methodical, low-key style just isn’t cutting it as the Republicans are on the verge of getting the nomination to a vote, although the longtime lawmaker has also been praised for being fair.

KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND

Senators Review FBI Report Ahead Of Vote On Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination

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The New York senator has a record of speaking out against sexual assault, particularly in the military—and she opposed Kavanaugh well before the current scandal engulfed his nomination.

Gillibrand, a Democrat who’s often mentioned as a potential 2020 presidential contender although she hasn’t confirmed those rumors, has flatly suggested Kavanaugh is a hyper-conservative would be a threat to abortion rights and women’s health care. She’s also questioned his past positions on the exercise of presidential power.

In July, well before the news broke of Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh, Gillibrand told Glamour she considered the judge “more dangerous than any previous justice nominee because of his education and his experience and because of the track record he’s laid out about what he intends to do,” adding, “I think he is going to be very destructive to basic civil rights and civil liberties for millions of Americans.”

Thursday night, Gillibrand urged people to change the game by showing up on Election Day.

“If the Senate was 51% women, would SCOTUS nominees look like Brett Kavanaugh, or like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor?” she asked. “Let’s elect record numbers of women so our high offices are held by leaders who’ll do the most good for the most people.”

KAMALA HARRIS

Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Merkley, And Sen. Cortez Masto Introduce An Immigrant Family Reunification Bill

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The former California attorney general has put her prosecutorial skills to work as a member of the Judiciary Committee, peppering Kavanaugh with pointed questions during the confirmation hearings.

Her intensity wasn’t much of a surprise: Harris, a Democrat, got plenty of attention for grilling now-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions during his Judiciary interviews as well.

Harris is only the second black woman elected to the Senate in American history (the first was Sen. Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois) and has made a name for herself in public life as a fighter against racial inequity, both inside and outside the criminal justice system—and a lawmaker with a cool head.

Some forecasters have said the combination of passion and compassion Harris has evinced in the political arena, and her calls to elevate the American debate beyond the “mean” tone of the Trump era, could be a blueprint for a potential run for the White House. She’s not tipping her hand on a future campaign just yet.

MAZIE HIRONO

Senate Lawmakers Speak To The Media After Their Weekly Policy Luncheons

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The Hawaii senator is not a prospective candidate for president—she can’t seek the Oval Office, having been born outside the U.S.—but her standout role as a Kavanaugh interrogator has some people wishing she could.

Hirono, a Democrat who serves on Judiciary, notably asked Kavanaugh well before the Ford allegations surfaced whether he had ever engaged in sexual harassment or assault. (He said he had not.) As the New Yorker noted, Hirono said she posed the question because she “did not want the #MeToo movement to be swept under the rug,” not because she had any heads-up about the coming scandal.

The cancer survivor, who is also the only immigrant currently serving in the Senate, also made a point of asking Kavanaugh about his attitudes toward indigenous peoples—and releasing a 2002 email (which had been marked “confidential”) that included his views on a legal question regarding Native Hawaiians.

Hirono said in the hearings that his views on the status of native peoples should be considered offensive—and not just by Hawaiians. Read on for why that matters in more ways than one…

AMY KLOBUCHAR

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Vote On Brett Kavanaugh Nomination

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While a Democrat, Klobuchar, the senior senator from the swing state of Minnesota has been described as somewhat more moderate than some of her colleagues. That might not be in vogue in 2018, when hard-charging liberals (and even some self-identified Democratic socialists) are exciting some midterm voters. The landscape could look different in 2020, when a Trump challenger might try to appeal to Americans on both the left and right of the political spectrum.

Klobuchar is the fourth Democratic woman who serves on Judiciary (all the Republicans are men). She had a memorable question for her male colleagues who sat in opposition to letting the FBI investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh: “What are you hiding?”

At least as memorable: The moment Klobuchar asked Kavanaugh if he’d ever blacked out from drinking, only to have him throw the question back at her. He later apologized to Klobuchar, who said in a CNN interview that she’d been “stunned” by his conduct during the Judiciary hearing.

Klobuchar was also among the Democrats who had off-mic conversations with Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, who ultimately pushed his GOP colleagues to give the FBI more time to look into Kavanaugh’s past before a Senate vote.

LISA MURKOWSKI

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Like Collins, Murkowski is a pro-choice Republican woman, and whether she’ll ultimately come down for or against Kavanaugh has been keeping the pundits speculating.

The Alaska senator’s office told the Anchorage Daily News on Thursday that she, like Collins, is reviewing the FBI files—although Murkowski had not gone so far as her Maine counterpart in calling the investigation “thorough.” She has, however, acknowledged that the pressure is on from both sides, and that her office has been flooded with emails and calls about the confirmation.

Murkowski and Collins both also criticized Trump after he ridiculed Ford’s testimony and portrayed Kavanaugh as a victim of character assassination during a Tuesday rally in Mississippi.

For Murkowski, however, Hirono’s question to the judge about indigenous peoples may carry extra significance: As the Daily News has reported, Alaska Native organizations that helped her win a big 2010 Senate race consider Kavanaugh a potential danger to tribal authority, are out in force against him, and are making sure Murkowski knows it.

ELIZABETH WARREN

Protesters Demonstrate Against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh On Day Of Hearing With His Accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

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The Massachusetts senator—and possible 2020 contender—isn’t a member of the Judiciary Committee, but she’s been outspoken on opposing the Kavanaugh nomination.

“The fact that Republicans want to go forward treating [Ford] and other women who have come forward as if their claims don’t matter is an insult to every single woman in this country,” she told Glamour in Washington on the day of Ford’s testimony to Judiciary last week. “It is fundamentally wrong.”

Warren was also among the luminaries who protested Kavanaugh on Thursday, telling a rally crowd, “I am angry on behalf of women who have been told to sit down and shut up one time too many.”

There are no bridges left to burn between Trump and Warren: The president has mockingly called her “Pocahontas” in questioning her self-described Native American heritage; Warren has been a steady critic of the administration’s policies, including on federal family planning funding.

While she hasn’t officially committed to challenging Trump, Warren was recently quoted saying she’d take a “hard look” at it after the Nov. 6 midterms.


Celeste Katz is senior politics reporter for Glamour. Send news tips, questions, and comments to celeste_katz@condenast.com.

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How to Make Makeup Last Longer – The One Trick to Try

As much as I try to write about new makeup, hair, and skin care products, the allure of a juicy Reddit makeup thread will never subside. I mean, you never know—maybe someone out there figured out a game-changing trick to make every eyeliner glide on like butter, or all mascaras last four months longer. I don’t know if magic exists, but epiphanies certainly do. So when I was absentmindedly scrolling through a thread discussing Redditors’ “aha” moments with makeup, I saw a technique that caught me off guard. People, just like you or me, were putting on translucent powder before their foundation. And raving about it, no less.

It was the craziest thing I’d ever heard in my life, but it also rang a bell. A few weeks prior, I’d been complaining to a friend about my skin’s tendency to make foundation disappear by 4 P.M. She’s an avid Jackie Aina fan, and suggested I get with the picture and try Aina’s sworn-by tip for making foundation last: the same unorthodox method that people were aha-ing about on Reddit. I hate to be left out, and I hate to feel like my work (and foundation) are going to waste, so I was in. Goodbye, everything I thought I knew about foundation. You were never much help to begin with.

The next morning, I dipped a brush into Beautycounter’s Mattifying Powder and swirled it over my face, watching my skin care’s dewy finish disappear before my eyes. I topped it with Becca’s Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation, and gave the velvety finish a pleased, but skeptical eye. Flash-forward to the clock hitting 4 P.M. When I looked in the mirror, I was caught off guard—foundation was still on my face, even around my red-dotted jawline, where it normally disappears first.

My foundation didn’t look exactly the same as when I walked out the door, though. When I peered closely, I could see the coverage had a slightly dry, dehydrated effect about it. (Something I’ve since learned can be fixed with a mid-day spritz.) Yet foundation was still on my face, and I’d never known that life. After years of trying to find a foundation that would adequately stay put, the answer was in front of me all along. Translucent powder, man.

I repeated the experiment the next day, this time with Joah Beauty Truly Yours Liquid Foundation. The same exact thing happened. I reason that the powder must soak up my face’s oil like a primer, but lay down a dry base instead of primer’s velvety one. Jackie Aina and Reddit user purplesquirrels, I owe you.

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The Big Bang Theory Season 12, Episode 3 Recap: Penny Tells Leonard She Doesn’t Want Kids

We’re only three episodes in The Big Bang Theory‘s final season, but already major bombshells are dropping. (Consider that your warning: Huge spoilers ahead!)

In tonight’s episode, “The Procreation Calculation,” the first big news happens when Raj gets engaged to Anu after knowing her all of five minutes. Yes, this was an arranged meeting by Raj’s father in hopes of it leading to marriage—but I didn’t expect Anu to propose so soon. Then again, Raj did sweetly tell her he’s a hopeless romantic who wants a great story to tell his future kids one day. And they’re both over-the-moon happy. Plus, now we have 21 episodes left to see how this will play out and whether or not this will lead to marriage.

The Procreation Calculation

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The other big—and perhaps even more moving—reveal of the episode? Penny doesn’t want to have kids.

Now, if you’ve been following The Big Bang Theory closely (or paying attention to executive producer Steve Holland’s interviews), then it shouldn’t have come as a total surprise that kids weren’t in the cards for Penny and Leonard. After two seasons of pregnancy stories for Bernadette and Howard (and two never-seen babies), Holland has made it clear that he doesn’t want to repeat what’s already been done. Last season he told Glamour that “while it’s always a discussion…we’ve now done two seasons of pregnancy stories. I can’t say exactly what season 12 holds, but I’m not super excited to tell another pregnancy story right now.”

Of course, when you have four characters—Sheldon, Amy, Leonard, Penny—in their 30s, married, and successful…the topic of starting a family is going to come up. “At some point, these characters have to be real people and have things going on in their lives,” Holland said at the time. The question is, how and when do you decide to give the fans want, while also staying true to the characters?

In tonight’s episode, Penny stayed true to herself. While she’s proven to be a great “Aunt Penny” to Bernadette and Howard’s kids, she’s never talked openly about a strong desire to have kids of her own. And even Kaley Cuoco wasn’t on board with Penny becoming a mother. At Paleyfest this year, she told the audience that she didn’t want the Hofstadters to start a family.

The Procreation Calculation

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While the decision may have been right for Penny—and the show as a whole—it was still heartbreaking for Leonard, who thought he’d be a dad one day. He’s disappointed, but by the episode’s end he reckons that he has other amazing things in his life he never thought he’d get, including his hilarious, smart, and beautiful wife.

One could make the case that Leonard and Penny should have talked openly about having kids before they got married. (And maybe they did—after 250-plus episodes, I can’t keep track.) But guess what? Life happens, and viewpoints change. Penny may have thought there’d come a time when she would want to be a mother. She’s still entitled to change her mind. And even if Leonard wanted to be a dad, it’s not up to Penny to give him that if she doesn’t feel it’s right for her.

The show tackled the discussion beautifully and honestly—and with its signature humor. Case in point: When Penny’s friends Bernadette and Amy lashed out for their own selfish reasons rather than thinking about whether or not this was the right decision for their friend. “My kids were going to be friends with your kids!” Amy screamed. “We were going to be barf buddies [during pregnancy]!” Bernadette didn’t back off, either. “It’s not crazy [not to want to have kids],” she said. “It’s just wrong.”

I know I’d be great,” Penny countered. “I just don’t want to be one. Not everyone needs to have kids to be fulfilled.” Penny didn’t go into details about why she didn’t want kids, but she doesn’t have to. If it’s none of Amy’s business, as Penny told her, then it’s certainly not ours. The decision to raise a child is an extremely personal one, and women shouldn’t be made to feel less than if they decide it’s not what they want.

Later in the episode, Penny and Leonard have a heart-to-heart and admit that as long as they have each other, they’ll be OK. However, the writers left the door open for a much larger discussion by bringing in Keith Carradine (Penny’s dad) for a brief cameo to express his disappointment that he won’t be a grandfather. What will be interesting to watch, should the show go that direction, is how Penny responds to outside pressure not just from her friends but her family. To that I say, continue to do what’s right for you, Penny. You’ve more than proven that.

Ulta’s Gorgeous Hair Event: Best Hair Products On Sale

This year is shaping up to be one of the hottest on record, which is something no one’s hair can be too happy about. Luckily after weeks of intense humidity and heat, fall is finally here, and our hair can catch a break. Regardless, it could probably also use a bit of TLC, and Ulta Beauty has just the sale going on for that now. Ulta’s Gorgeous Hair Event lasts until Saturday, October 20, and offers different hair products from some of our favorite brands up to 50 percent off every day. If you’re in need of a new straightener, blow dryer, styling wand or curler, look no further—there are tons of great tools on sale for half the price. There are also plenty of hard-working styling products available, too, for all hair textures and types. Basically, you’re going to want it all. But since you can’t buy everything, see below for the absolute best hair deals for each day.

11 Best Red and Pink Eyeshadow Palettes for Fall

Eyeshadow and I used to have a very simple relationship. I would see a palette of brown neutrals, fall in love, and hold onto it for the rare nights that felt like they deserved a full-on look. Then Fenty’s shadow primer came into my life, and my horizons expanded—right up to cherry eyeshadow, the “everywhere” color of fall 2018.

I was skeptical originally. When Urban Decay first dropped the news that it was releasing a cherry-themed Naked palette, my first thought was admittedly, “Why?” But with brands like Tom Ford and KKW Beauty also on board, and the burgeoning trend of burgundy, dark cherry, and plum eyeshadow on the runway, there’s a case to start considering cherry a neutral—or at least a strong contender to bronze.

Images of the UD palette looked pretty, but mystifying for my neutrals-loving self. The set of twelve colors ranges from matte peach, to copper, to ruddy violet and shimmery grape. Not one felt like the approachable brown I was used to. Yet deep in my heart, I felt the call of a challenge: to road test all the best cherry eyeshadow palettes and report back on what actually felt wearable. Not only did I come back obsessed with the color range—I came back with options. Here are all the best plays off cherry this season.

I Feel Bad Wasn’t Written for a Woman of Color. Then Sarayu Blue Auditioned.

Sarayu Blue was debating a career change—or, at very least, a pivot—when the actress landed the part of Emet on I Feel Bad, NBC’s new comedy from Amy Poehler. “I wasn’t like, ‘Oh, I quit,'” she explains. “It was more of a really deep frustration with the industry and feeling like there was a cap on what, as a woman of color, I was going to be allowed to do.”

That’s not to say Blue isn’t proud of her résumé so far. She is! She’s had great experiences with roles on just about every hit procedural and sitcom you can name (NCIS: Los Angeles, Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory) as well as a memorable part in this year’s Blockers. But after more than a decade auditioning for what she jokes are “four-line doctor roles,” Blue started to feel discouraged. She questioned her long-term plan. She thought, “I gotta figure something out to be able to not be broke at 85.”

Acting is like being in a dysfunctional relationship, she explains. Right when you’re ready to call it, you get just enough to keep going.

“In my experience, if it wasn’t written specifically for a woman of color…a lead role wasn’t going my way.”

“I turned to my husband and said, ‘I think I’ve got about one more pilot season in me,'” Blue remembers. “And he looked at me with heartbreak. I mean, he was so sad that’s where I was. It really broke his heart.” She tears up remembering this story, because, “it just makes it mean so much more now.”

That “it” is playing Emet, a mother/daughter/wife/coworker who’s just trying to keep it all together. When Blue saw the role, she knew she wanted it. Bad. She remembers shaking as she left the audition, thinking, Oh my God, I think I nailed it. After that came a studio test, then a network test, and a read with Paul Adelstein, who plays Emet’s husband David. Still, Blue knew well enough by now that roles can come and go at anytime, for any reason. It’s the nature of the business.

Another factor she considered: Emet wasn’t written specifically for an Indian woman. “I was the only woman of color testing for it,” she says. “It was one of those experiences where you go, ‘Oh, it’s either going to go that way or this way.'” In other words, she wasn’t really in competition with anyone for the part—she was auditioning for “the concept of me doing the role.”

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But it worked: Blue got the part, and it had ripple effects for the rest of the show’s casting. “It brings this cultural specificity,” she explains. “You have to get Indian parents, you have to get biracial children.”

Blue compares this to a Cinderella story: Colorblind casting is still so unheard of in the industry that it’s a fairytale. A fantasy.

“There have been plenty of times I read for the leads of pilots, and I’ve called up my manager and said, ‘I’m not going to get this. You still want me to go in?'” Blue says. “Not to be cynical. I’m happy to go in; I love auditioning. But I had the awareness at that point that it was like, ‘They’re not going to do that.'”

“I’ve heard a lot of people when I got [I Feel Bad] say, ‘Where did she come from? We didn’t know you could do this!'”

When I ask her to elaborate, she says, “In my experience, if it wasn’t written specifically for a woman of color—and even more specifically, Indian—a lead role wasn’t going my way. It just wasn’t on the table. It wasn’t an option. There are plenty of lead roles that I think lots of women of color are fantastic for, but more often than not they’re creating that work for themselves. That’s what I’ve seen.”

She’s also seen people of color or other marginalized communities being limited to those aforementioned four-line doctor roles. “When you watch any story, there are characters that are fleshed out and there are functional characters. There’s nothing wrong with either,” she says. “But if you keep putting [people of color] in those roles, audiences aren’t going to know what those actors can do. I’ve heard a lot of people when I got [I Feel Bad] say, ‘Where did she come from? We didn’t know you could do this!'”

But that’s the point: She can do this. She has been doing this. She just finally has a platform to show it.

“The thing about the show that’s so special is how honest it is. None of us feel like we’re enough or doing enough or that we’re allowed to just take a break. We’re all just trying to get by,” Blue says. “I wanted to let Emet be the flawed human she is. Because I think that’s how we all feel, like treading water and trying to keep afloat. That, to me, is very human.”

I Feel Bad airs Thursdays on NBC.

Rihanna Is Here to Convince You That Blue Highlighter Actually Looks Amazing

Fenty Beauty is dropping products so quickly, it’s impossible to keep up. After surprising fans with four new shades of Stunna Lip Paint, the brand just announced its new-new for the holidays, and—well—it’s a doozy. Fenty is releasing its first highlighter palette.

Last night, Rihanna made an appearance in Sydney, Australia where she revealed the first (in what’s sure to be much more to come) of Fenty’s #\CHILLOWT holiday collection. The seven-pan palette includes just about every shade of highlighter under the rainbow, which we mean quite literally. The Killawatt Foil Palette contains metallic purple, pink, white, red, orange, bronze, and blue (yep) options available to aid in your glow-up. And, like all of Fenty’s products, they can be used pretty much however you deem fit.

Fans, as you can imagine, have been going rightly bonkers over it online. “OH HELL YES!!! THIS IS GOING TO BE MINE,” one user commented on Instagram. “Ri Ri really out her got me buying more highlighter ok goodbye wig, goodbye bank account,” shared another.

The palette is launching at midnight on October 4 (so basically tonight) for anyone who lives in Australia or New Zealand. The rest of us have to wait until October 12 when it start rolling out in Sephora stores in the U.S. and online. According to the brand, this is only just the beginning from the collection. So buckle up, Rih-mas is looking good this year.

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Kate Hudson’s Baby Girl Has Arrived, and the Inspiration for Her Name Is So Sweet

Congrats are in order for Kate Hudson! The actress announced the birth of her daughter on her Instagram on Thursday afternoon, October 3, with the caption: “She’s here.” In the post she writes, “Everyone is doing well and happy as can be. Our family thanks you for all the love and blessings that have been sent our way and we send ours right back.”

The little girl, born on October 2, is the first child for Hudson and her boyfriend, Danny Fujikawa. She’s also mom to two sons—Ryder and Bing—from previous relationships. And it seems that the actress and Fujikawa had family in mind when deciding on their daughter’s name: Rani Rose Hudson Fujikawa.

“We have decided to name our daughter Rani (pronounced Ronnie) after her grandfather, Ron Fujikawsa,” Hudson writes. “Ron was the most special man who we all miss dearly. To name her after him is an honor.”

See the full post, below:

Hudson first announced her third pregnancy and that she was having a girl on social media via a video with many pink balloons. She also confessed in the post that she’d been suffering from morning sickness.

“SURPRISE!!!,” she wrote. “If you’ve wondered why I’ve been so absent on my social channels it’s because I have never been more sick! It was the most sick first trimester of all my children…We have been trying to keep this pregnancy under the radar for as long as possible but I’m a poppin now! And it’s too darn challenging to hide, and frankly hiding is more exhausting then just coming out with it! My kids, Danny, myself and the entire family are crazy excited! A little girl on the way 💕”

And since the announcement, she’s been taking followers along on her pregnancy journey—from family vacations and baby showers to workouts and trips to The Ellen Degeneres Show with her mom, Goldie Hawn, to promote their Fabletics collaboration.

Congrats to the family on the birth of baby Rani Rose!

‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ First Full Trailer Is Here, and It’s So Good

After a promising teaser, Netflix has cast a spell on us mortal viewers by releasing the full-length trailer for its upcoming Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series. And while the teaser relied more on spooky jump-scares that paralleled Carrie or, uh, the complete antithesis of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch sitcom of the early aughts, Netflix leaned in to campier fun this time around—Sabrina’s a pretty goofy teen, after all!

As we discover, Sabrina (the perfectly cast Kiernan Shipka) is doing what suburban teen girls usually do at that age: go on fun dates, flirt a little, complain about school, and fight with her family about trivial matters. But underneath her facade of normalcy is a looming choice of astronomical and permanent importance, which we’ll allow our gal to explain in her voiceover: “In the town of Greendale, where it always feels like Halloween, there lived a girl who was half witch and half mortal, who on their sixteenth birthday had to choose between two worlds. The witch world of her family, and the human world of her friends. And that girl is me.”

It’s not not like she’s unwilling to forsake the path of light and follow the path of the night, she just needs a little more time to be convinced that worshiping Satan for the rest of her life is the right path for her. So, off she goes into juggling her mortal high school life with her witch training life, and those paths inevitably diverge at inconvenient times. (A séance during first period is totally inconvenient.) Her aunts, Salem the cat, and boyfriend Harvey all help along the way. What could possibly go wrong?

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will debut on October 26.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Were So Touchy-Feely at Today’s Royal Engagement

Very important news, fam: Meghan Markle was spotted giving Prince Harry a back rub during an official royal engagement on Wednesday (October 3).

The couple is currently touring Sussex (the land of which they are duke and duchess) and attended a meet-and-greet with a group of children. While Prince Harry was busy high-fiving and fist-bumping the little ones, Markle gave him a loving back massage. Royal reporter Rebecca English caught the entire adorable moment on camera (which lasted for nearly a minute), and as with all things related to Markle and Prince Harry’s PDA, we’re swooning.

Fans took to Twitter to praise Markle’s tactile moment. “I love that they hold hands. Nice to see in this mad world. It is refreshing to see that they are comfortable showing their respect and love for each other. Tiny displays of affection but very sweet,” wrote one user. “I actually think it important to show affection by holding hands in front of school children. It would be good if children saw this example at home. Unsaid words = affection. Simple,” agreed another.

Perhaps Markle was simply returning the favor for her royal hubby, who has been known to rub her back during official visits. At the WellChild Awards last month, the prince was spotted caressing his wife’s back in a similar manner. The couple has become well-known for their PDA, which has ranged from hand-holding at events to a very, very memorable smooch at a polo match over the summer.

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Markle’s impromptu massage session wasn’t the only adorable moment to come out of Wednesday’s visit to Sussex. Prince Harry’s high-fiving was nothing short of aww-worthy, and the prince also buddied up with a friendly golden retriever. Frankly, our hearts can barely handle it.

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