For the past few months Monica Lindstrom has been covering the Jodi Arias trial for HLN and a number of local Phoenix networks. I always have a million questions for her, but it just so happens that she’s a BFF so I can ask her anytime. Many of you aren’t as lucky as I am so I thought a good ole’ interview was in order.
Ok, Monica, let’s start with the frivolous! You have looked amazing on TV! So share your secrets with us. Who’s doing your hair and makeup. Do you have a favorite product that you won’t on screen without?
Monica -I would love to say that appearing on TV is the epitome of luxury but it is not! I very very very seldom ever have a make-up artist. In fact, I only have a make-up artist when I am on Fox National-the network has a budget for that. So, it is me doing my makeup and hair everyday. Somedays I get lucky and can sneak in a trip to The Dry Bar – LOVE that place! As for make-up I have a combination of this and that from MAC, Revlon, and Smashbox. I will not go on TV without Smashbox HD makeup-it is a MUST, along with its primer. Although I often feel weird in public with my shellac’d on make-up, I feel much better with other TV ladies because they are wearing the same thing.
I understand that you’re assigned a side (defense or prosecution) to argue by the network. Is it hard to argue against what you personally believe?
Monica -Yes! Most shows want both sides of a case to be represented which means they ask one attorney to argue for the plaintiff/prosecution and another for the defense. Most often the prosecution’s side of a criminal case is the easiest side to argue and when I am “assigned” that side I say to myself “well at least I will not get any hate mail today!” On the days I am assigned to argue the defense I expect to receive hate tweets and emails. Although it shouldn’t , it still surprises me that people do not realize I am giving legal analysis and not my personal opinion. With that being said, sometimes it is difficult to argue against what I personally believe; however, that is what I have been trained to do.
Which HLN personality have you really enjoyed meeting?
Monica – My favorite is Joey Jackson. He is a wonderful person with a great personality and we hit it off immediately. He is one of the most charming and polite individuals I have met. I look forward to a life long friendship with him and his family. I have met so many others at HLN, Beth Karas, Jean Casarez, Ryan Smith, Vinnie Politan, Mike Galanos, Mike Brooks, and Susan Hendricks. They are all genuinely nice people. Vinnie’s energy is high and he cracks me up. They have all taught me so much and I admire them all. There are others at HLN behind the scenes that are wonderful as well, I can’t possibly name them all but here are a few: Tim Mallon, Scot Tufts, John Fox, Tracey Jordan, Natisha Lance and EP extrodinaire Jen Bernstein!
I get so annoyed and defensive when I see someone say anything negative about you!! How do you deal with the trolls?
Monica -I laugh and move on. That took some practice, and sometimes it is still difficult, but I cannot let them get me down.
If is the one thing that you’ve wanted to tell the public that you haven’t been able to?
Monica – NANCY GRACE IS NOT THE DEVIL! Seriously folks, her show is entertainment and the attorneys that appear on her show know that it is her show and that we are toast! Also, just because I am a defense attorney (and former prosecutor) and have to argue a particular side does not mean that I believe that side, I have a job and that job is to help viewers understand that side. Honestly, I love helping people understand the issues and the law that is involved.