's Angie Flynn
or The Killing
's Gwen Eaton
- or maybe even "Invisigoth" from The X Files
your incredible recall of '90s TV characters is a paranormal phenomenon
in its own right. But Toronto actress Kristin Lehman
wants to be more
than one of the most familiar faces on TV. While taking a red seat on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
(Lehman's interview airs today at 7 p.m. ET) she revealed plans to
start an online community, one that will champion Canadian arts and
culture. Called thisfairland.com
, Lehman plans to debut the site in April.
A project like thisfairland.com is unique among Canadian stars, but there are as many celebrities-turned-media-moguls as there are superstar fragrances and/or
Want to see what we mean? Check out 8 of our favourite examples.
Gwyneth Paltrow - GOOP
Do like Gwyneth does.
Make what Gwyneth makes.
Get what Gwyneth gets.
, the Oscar-winner's monthly newsletter turned empire, and the Gwyneth Paltrow
lifestyle can be yours.
(You'll also have to banish carbs and dairy and your good credit
rating to achieve said lifestyle, but whatevs. GOOPiness is godliness.)
We kid, of course - like everyone else who's been snarking on GOOP
it launched in 2008. (The brand, by the way, is so named because "G"
and "P" are the actress' initials; GAAP just doesn't have the same ring
Nearly five years later and you'd think the world would have finally
signed up for Gwynnie's patented, $425 Haterade cleanse and flushed
every last punchline from their system, but instead, her ever-earnest
how-tos are a gift that keep on giving LOLs, with a light sprinkling of
insight and chia seeds. For "elimination diet" recipes, travel guides of
the Hamptons, and exclusive gifts like $750 gold wingtips, GOOP
is the destination.
Motto: "Nourish the inner aspect."Zooey Deschanel - Hello Giggles
The New Girl
star launched the site with TV producer Sophia Rossi
) and former Gawker
personality Molly McAleer
in 2011. Their mission: to be "the ultimate
entertainment destination for smart, independent and creative females."
Fair enough, especially if you're a lady interested in twee crafting
tips, celebrity crushes, ice cream and videos of adorable woodland
creatures. The Daily Beast
once once described Hello Giggles
as "Huffington Post
for tweens," but it's also the Zooey Deschanel
brand brought to life,
all sugar and spice and trademarked "adorkable" humour, no matter your
Unofficial motto: No "Boys Club content" allowed.Jay-Z - Life + Times
of it as Jay-Z
's very own personal Pinterest page - albeit one managed
by an army of bloggers, writers who feature the best new music, fashion,
design, gadgets and whatever else enters the world of Shawn Carter.
(OK, OK...Hova posts from time to time, too. Watch for blog entries and
personal photos.) And launched in spring 2011, Life + Times
definitely the most visually inviting spot to, say, get breaking news on
Jay-Z's upcoming tour with Justin Timberlake
or hear the exclusive
premiere of a Beyonce
Motto: "Just a bit of inspiration."Arlene Dickinson - YouInc.com
If Arlene Dickinson
isn't in the
, look for the CBC star and Venture Communications boss at
YouInc.com, an online community for entrepreneurs that Dickinson debuted
in late 2012. Featuring blogs and video content from business experts -
Dickinson included - the site is a hub of information and discussion,
and as Dickinson told the Financial Post
in October 2012, its
focus is on the "lifestyle" of running a business. "All of the business
magazines and TV shows speak to the business side of being an
entrepreneur, but nobody speaks about the lifestyle," she told FP
. "I am a marketer, so I wanted to create a lifestyle brand around this."
Motto: "Helping entrepreneurs share, connect and grow."
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - hitRECord
You'll find videos featuring the Inception
star on hitRECord
sure, but the site isn't some fanpage repository for JGL's latest
celebrity vlogs and Instagram photos. Rather, Gordon-Levitt founded the
site in 2010 as an "open-collaborative production company." Say what?
, and you can make art with thousands of people around the world -- a certain star of The Dark Knight Rises
included. Create films, songs, books, you name it. Users can upload
video, audio, images and text and contribute to works already posted to
the site, all in the spirit of stitching together a collaborative
finished product. Or for an even simpler explanation, just refer to this
tagline on the hitRECord
homepage: "This website is where we make things together."
Motto: "Wanna work with us?"Lady Gaga - LittleMonsters.comLady
was already lording over Facebook and Twitter when her very own
social media platform, LittleMonsters.com, opened to the public in July
2012. Developed by Backplane, a tech company co-founded by Gaga's
manager, Troy Carter, the site was launched as a sort of next-level
fansite, a safe haven for fans, or titular "Little Monsters," to connect
in between posting Gaga-centric content. If Reddit users were only
interested in Lady Gaga, this would be their world. Gaga herself uses
the platform to communicate with users, too, broadcasting morsels of
info about upcoming projects, causes celebres
Motto: "Share your passion and creativity in a community full of art, acceptance, monsters and Gaga."Amy Poehler - Smart Girls at the Party
We're still waiting for a Smart Girls at the Party
post wherein founder Amy Poehler
interviews her Parks & Recreation
alter-ego and bona fide "Smart Girl" Leslie Knope. Until then, this
site -- created by Poehler, producer Meredith Walker
and musician Amy
-- features articles and web series that strive to inspire young
women to care, and be caring, about the world around them. Regular
features include "Ask Amy," a video series where Poehler takes questions
on everything from body image to making friends, and "Smart Girls at
the Party," which interviews girls of all ages about their interests.
They might be into writing novels or politics; if the series has a
unifying theme, it's that every episode wraps with a dance party.
Motto: "Change the world by being yourself!"Will Ferrell and Adam McKay - Funny or Die
Anyone can upload a video to Funny or Die
Whether you can bring the LOLz like Jim Carrey
or Zach Galifianakis
or even Patrick Stewart
and Selena Gomez
- is up to a vote. Democracy is
a beautiful thing, and for the creators of Funny or Die
it's been lucrative too. Since Anchorman
's Will Ferrell
and Adam McKay
debuted Funny or Die
the site has spawned an entire network of "Or Die" sites, a UK spinoff,
a comedy tour and an iPad magazine (The Occasional
). It's also, of
course, given the world the precious gift of laughter, dating back to
premiere video "The Landlord
" -- an Interweb classic that's No. 1 in the
site's "Hall of Fame."
Motto: "Funny or die."
Kristin Lehman appears on Wednesday's episode of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, 7 p.m. ET on CBC.Related:Win Tickets to See Oprah Live!Which CBC Studio Audience is Right for You? (Flowchart Fun!)Style Inspiration: Game of Thrones and Toronto WMC Fashion Week