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Viktor Luna

The reality television show Project Runway has been working it for years and now starts its ninth season. Viktor Luna is the new designer in town hopefully proving that he has what it takes to be the next big thing. He tells us how he got from Sesame Street to Cornelia Street and now to Project Runway.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Viktor. You are from New York?

Viktor Luna: Yes, I reside in New York.

JN: There were many designers from New York this time. Did you know any of the other contestants before the show?

VL: No absolutely not.

JN: How did you become a part of this season?

VL: I was saving myself for a long time because I was a fan of the show. I wanted to be on it before but I wasn’t ready. I got to a point that I was good at sewing and designing so I gave it a try very last minute.

JN: Did you send in a tape?
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Happy New Year

Looking back on this past year I was able to meet and interview some talented and amazing personalities in my column for Nunn on the Run.

Here is some great advice and quotes stars have said to me in 2010:

The Laughs

“How’s your cornholer?” (Lisa Lampanelli)

“I am sure you are much more of an expert than a married man or straight man, anyways.” (Kathy Griffin on blowjobs)

“I know that gays belong to Kathy, but any fall over, I’m going to take.” (Sarah Silverman)

“I have always forged my own unique path in the comedy and entertainment world” (Sandra Bernhard)

“I think my humor is a little dry.” (Katy Perry)

“I can’t do anything but tell a joke and steal a scene!” (Leslie Jordan)

The Tears

“You are going to make me cry.” (Chely Wright)

“You made me cry…” (Meredith Baxter)

The Hard Times

“Read my bio and you tell me…” (Belinda Carlisle)

“Oh, I will go there!” (Alexis Stewart)

“There are moments that are really and truly “make it work” moments.” (Tim Gunn)

Advice

“Well, first of all, don’t suck. Don’t be bad at it.” (Dan Savage on writing)

“Everything has to be used for something” (Amy Sedaris)

“Don’t say you are a fan of theirs. It automatically puts you in the fan category with the celebrity.” (Lady Bunny)

“Hold the tape recorder closer to my mouth.” (Perez Hilton)

Full of Questions

“Let’s make it happen.” (Ricky Martin on interviewing him)

“I will never forget that question.” (Natalie Merchant)

“I don’t really get that question.” (Ellen DeGeneres)

“I have no idea how to answer that question, let me get my husband on the phone.” (Carol Channing)

About Chicago

“I usually don’t party after the shows. But when I am in Chicago, who knows?” (Jake Shears)

“It is the only place that I actually had a job.” (John Waters)

“Chicago is my favorite city still and it looks gorgeous.” (Laurie Metcalf)

“I love Chicago.” (Pam Grier)

The G-Word

“Let the gays go wild!” (Patti LaBelle)

“I’m slightly under the radar and I do think part of that is because I’m gay.” (Rufus Wainwright)

“I’m very close to the gay community.” (Perry Farrell)

“I don’t define myself by only being gay just like I don’t define myself by only being Jewish.” (Nate Berkus)

“It definitely comes with some pressure.” (Adam Lambert)

“I think homophobia is really fucked up.” (Kate Nash)

“If there are gay men in the audience then you automatically get a great show.” (Joan Rivers)

On Obama

“He is not forcing anything but making decent strides and moving things in the right direction.” (Wanda Sykes)

“There’s just nothing that a person in that position can do now, because it’s just been bought and sold.” (Melissa Etheridge)

“I am really angry about the fact that a cultured, intelligent black man cannot say that he is for gay marriage.” (Mario Cantone)

The Icons

“It made me a lot of money. What about that?” (Olympia Dukakis on Moonstruck)

“I am a sucker for stories!” (Cyndi Lauper)

“Wouldn’t that be fun?” (Florence Henderson on hosting SNL)

“I say drag queen diet in the book because it sounds so good.” (RuPaul)

“RuPaul is just the most fabulous phenomenon.” (Lucy Lawless)

“Follow your dream and you can be who you want to be.” (Elton John)

Thanks a million.” (Lily Tomlin)

Those are just some of the highlights and big moments.  Looking forward to more exciting interviews with celebrities in 2011 Nunn on One!

Nick Verreos

Fashion designer Nick Verreos was a contestant on the second season of Project Runway. He popped into Chicago to visit Macy’s and challenge the customers this past fall.

Jerry Nunn: Welcome back to Chicago! I haven’t hung out with you since the ALMA event years ago.

Nick Verreos: I remember. I love Chicago. I needs to get a loft down in, formerly known as “crack town,” Chicago because those lofts look fabulous!

JN: They are. Do you have time to go out to a bar tonight? I told you last time that I would take you out in Boystown.

NV: I know but I am in and out. Every time I come to Chicago it’s that kind of deal.
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Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn’s Golden Rules hits the shelves this month and contains “Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work.” He speaks candidly in the book and proves there is more to life than just the runway.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Tim. I just spoke to you recently for Windy City Times about Project Runway.

Tim Gunn: Hello, Jerry. I remember. It is an honor to talk to you again.

JN: Aw, you are too kind. I have been watching Project Runway of course and have interviewed at least ten contestants over the years.

TG: You have? Oh, good! Don’t you love Peach from Chicago?

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Chris March

Chris March from season four of Project Runway will be at Macy’s Glamorama designing their opening segment. Nunn on the Run talked to him about the new season and his own current projects.

Chris March: Hi! It’s Chris March.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Chris. Let’s talk about Macy’s Glamorama. How did you get involve with them?

CM: I did Glamorama about five years ago with Marshal Fields. I had this idea so I called this guy up that I knew there and told him about it. He said it works great with what they are doing here. It’s a really great opening segment.

JN: Do you have people walking the runway with your fashions?
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A.J. Thouvenot

The eighth season of Project Runway is underway with more designers, more time and more “making it work!” A.J. Thouvenot is one of the new contestants and recently spoke to Nunn on the Run.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, AJ.

A.J. Thouvenot: Hey, how are you doing?

JN: Very good. So, you’re from St. Louis, right?

AT: I’m really from St. Charles and I live in St. Louis now.

JN: Do you think you’ll stay there or do you think you’ll move to the “big city” or something?
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