Usually, I’m not nervous when it comes to interviews. Five years deep into entertainment journalism, interviewing a celebrity has become my bread and butter. I can draft copy in my sleep. Sweaty palms, heart palpitations and several nervous pen taps on my notebook later, seasoned actress Elise Neal signed onto our conference call. Like a breath of fresh air, accompanied by a warm, inviting greeting, somehow my anxiety swiftly disappeared. All because of the vibe Elise floated in on. She and I began talking and it felt like we were old friends catching up after a month of Sundays.

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