Alicia has had the opportunity to interview everyone from George Clooney to Drew Barrymore. She's even spent some time with the Jonas Brothers - try not to get too jealous on that one! The list goes on and no doubt will be added to as her career trajectory continues. Here's a peek into some of her favorite celeb interviews, thus far:
Jenna Zine: On a more lighthearted note, [this was my brilliant change of subject after discussing the loss of Danny Gans. Smooth!] I know you've had an opportunity to interview George Clooney and Drew Barrymore. I was reading the list and I want to know... Who's been your favorite celebrity interview and why?
Alicia Jacobs: You know it's so funny! Obviously that's a question I'm going to be asked a lot and I always feel like I need a better answer! [laughter] It always changes. I feel like whatever story I'm working on at that moment is my favorite. I'm sure it happens to you too. You get so into and think, "This is amazing! This is my best work ever!" [laughter] You know, I love Jay Leno. I did a series of interviews with him a week and a half ago, just as he was winding down with the Tonight Show. I've had the opportunity to interview him probably five or six times over the course of the last six or seven years. He is just such a cool guy and such a real person! Despite of the gigantic success he's had, he's so down to earth. He's amazing. He's smart, funny and candid. I think, probably because he knows what it's like to interview people, that he gives a really great interview. I appreciate that. He's definitely one of my favorites. Luther Vandross was such a huge thrill for me. I was such a huge fan! I was so excited when I got to interview him, I couldn't believe I was sitting next to Luther. And, consequently when he passed away it was a very tough story to do as well. That was not fun. Of course, George Clooney. We love George! Who doesn't love him?
JZ: Yeah, that must have been nice! It would be fun to meet George Clooney in person.
AJ: That wasn't bad. That didn't suck at all! And you know whom else? I've become a huge fan of Donny & Marie [Osmond].
JZ: Really? [This answered surprised me!]
AJ: Isn't that funny? I feel like a huge geek saying that, but I've come to know them since they started their show at the Flamingo. Not only do I think they have one of the best shows here, but I think entertainment-wise and value-wise they're the best. I take everyone to see it and everybody loves it! They are two of the nicest people, especially Donny. I have a mad crush on him! [laughter] I know he's a happily married family man, but I'll just put it out there - I have a gigantic crush! I'm blushing. It's puppy love.
JZ: That's so great, that's so fun. It's such an unexpected answer. I have a certain image of them from back in their teen days...
AJ: You know, he looks amazing. He's a grandpa, but he looks incredible. A hot grandpa! [laughter]
JZ: What? I had no idea he has grandkids!
AJ: It's true.
JZ: How long are they here for? Do they have a yearlong contract with the Flamingo?
AJ: You know what? I think we'll have them around here for a while. They started with a six-month deal. They did so well that the Flamingo signed them to two years. This is unconfirmed, but my gut, which I trust, tells me that they are going to be here for a very long time. Unofficially, you heard it here first, but I believe we'll have them here for several years. That's how well they're doing. It's hard to come into Vegas with a show like that, especially with the economy being what it is. How amazing that they've done what they've done. They're selling out every night. Very few shows are doing that right now. They are old school. They know what it's like to entertain. They don't need explosions. They don't need people swinging from the rafters. They come out, they sing, they dance, and they talk to the audience. When you come out of there, you feel like you got entertained to no end. It's huge. You got your money's worth, if that's what you're looking for, and you had an amazing time. You don't get that very much anymore. They sound great, they still have great voices and they look phenomenal. They're awesome. I never thought I'd be saying that! [laughter]
JZ: Now I'm going to have to come back and see them!
AJ: Seriously, you will love the show. I promise you!
[Photo Credit: from Alicia's private photo album]