Before becoming host of E!'s Revealed, Asner began reporting entertainment news in 1994, contributing to such national and international programs as Good Morning England, HCTV, Reuters Television, The Entertainment Show and Extra. More recently, she has been coanchor on E! News Live, as well as hosting E!'s Wild On... shows, taking viewers to the South Seas, Las Vegas and Mardi Gras. As a writer, Asner also occasionally contributed to Buzz magazine, reporting on different aspects of the world of entertainment. She began her career in front of the camera as an Elite model and studied politics and journalism at the UCLA.
Jules Asner was born on February 14, 1968, and grew up in Tempe, Arizona. Asner was given the name Julie at birth, with her real last name unknown to the public. Asner was her married name and although she is now divorced, she continues to use it. She stood at 5'10" at age 11 and was discovered at a modeling convention in Scottsdale, Arizona at age 16. She left home a week later to sign with Elite Model Management and was soon off to modeling jobs in Europe and Asia. After spending time modeling all over the world, Asner wanted to try something different. She settled in Los Angeles and enrolled at UCLA, obtaining a degree in political science and journalism. After short stints as a reporter for a local news show and a contributing reporter for several other shows, Jules joined E! Entertainment Television, as an entertainment news reporter and interviewer.
Jules soon replaced Eleanor Mondale as host of the Wild On... series, while Brooke Burke took the helm after Jules. Asner visited 25 different countries in the span of a year and a half on the show. She is now doing more reporting for E!, hosting movie premieres, covering film festivals, and doing celebrity press junket interviews. She is also host of E!'s interview show, Revealed. In the future, Jules would like to devote more time to furthering her movie career, which for now contains one appearance of note in 2001's Zoolander.
Asner now makes her home in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles. In order to land a gig in Hollywood hosting your own interview show, you must have personality and talent. It need not be an interesting personality or a lot of talent, but enough of both to justify the fact that you were hired for your face and body. Asner has used her E! platform as a vehicle to showcase the journalism skills she picked up at UCLA. She does a decent, if not credible job as a celebrity reporter on the Hollywood beat. One positive is that she is less annoying that anyone featured on certain syndicated entertainment shows that pander to the lowest common denominator. Her engaging and outgoing interview style has won her the support of some of the biggest names in show business. Or at least some of the biggest publicists.
Jules began reporting entertainment news in 1994, contributing to such national and international programs as Good Morning England, Reuters Television, The Entertainment Show and Extra. More recently, she has been co-anchor with Steve Kmetko on E! News Daily, as well as hosting E!'s Wild On show. Jules has taken viewers to the South Seas, Las Vegas, Mardi Gras and has visited 25 different countries in the span of a year and a half on the show. She is now doing more reporting for E!, hosting movie premieres, covering film festivals, and doing celebrity press junket interviews. She is also the host of E!'s interview show, Revealed. As a writer, she also occasionally contributed to Buzz magazine, reporting on different aspects of the world of entertainment.
Asner is a beautiful brunette who was discovered at a young age by a modeling scout with the respected Elite agency. Elite is known around the world to recruit quality models and Asner was no exception. She is the beneficiary of good genes but we still cannot shake the feeling that she is not in a class that can be characterized as outstanding. Good but not outstanding. She is missing a certain intangible quality that would propel her to another level. Right now she is just a step above being forgettable.
Her personal style is lackluster and may not offend, but may not get noticed either. She cannot be outrageous given her television duties but it would be worth points if she had honed a sense of style identifiable as her own. It would help, of course, if she appeared on a network less obscure than E!, like UPN or Showtime. Or the WB. After all, the WB has given everybody and her mother a sitcom. Why not Jules Asner?
Meet Jules Asner
Where you’ve seen her:
As Steve Kmetko’s better half on E! News Daily, as the original Wild On girl, and in her interview show, Revealed.
We slept our way to the middle:
“You hear these stories, ‘Oh, she was sleeping with the news director.’ You always hear that in local news. But I think I’m lucky because I always got my breaks from women. No one has ever said to me, ‘Hey, baby…’”
Back to the five Swedish girls…:
“With Wild On we were always looking for the five Swedish girls lying outbut that doesn’t always happen. Like, we went to this nude beach, and there were all these naked men. The female body is a beautiful thing, but seeing 50 naked men was just…ugh.”
So, are you?
“I like smart, funny, self-deprecating men. But I’m a bad dater—I’m just not good at it. It’s so weird dating in this town. It’s like high school. I get a lot of people who have their publicist call my agent to ask, ‘Is she dating anyone?’”
Jules Asner co-stars new talk show ''Life & Style''
With their two-word holiday survival tips, the three wise-cracking women of "Life & Style" make it sound so easy:
"Expensive shoes," says Jules Asner, former E! Entertainment co-anchor and celebrity profiler, as her staple for the party circuit.
"Extra gifts," says Cynthia Garrett, to eliminate last-minute dashes to the mall.
"Gift bags," sums up Lynne Koplitz, to avoid running with scissors and tripping over Scotch tape.
The three women (sans fourth co-host Kimora Lee Simmons, creative director of the Baby Phat clothing line) were recently in Chicago to promote their new syndicated talk show, "Life & Style," and to offer their own sanity-saving signatures for the season.
After all, "there are some weeks where we spend more time with each other than with family," said Garrett, former host of NBC's "Later."
"I love the holidays so much I refuse to be stressed," interjected Asner, who lives in New York and shops online so that almost everything can be shipped directly to those who live elsewhere. That carves her some time with her filmmaker husband, Steven Soderbergh.
"I try to get it all done by Thanksgiving," she adds, to the annoyance/admiration of her co-anchors.
Like a quick flip through a women's magazine, the hourlong "Life & Style" recruits designers such as Halston's Bradley Bayou to dispense style advice, borrows party-planning tips from Boston's famed Storybook Ball and invites veterans of "Wife Swap" to share their lingering household complaints.
We had a chance to pepper, or pester, the women for quick answers to quick questions.
ALL-PURPOSE HOLIDAY GIFTS?
"Candles or blankets. A person can always use them," said Koplitz, a standup comic and former co-host of the Food Network's "How to Boil Water."
ALL-PURPOSE HOLIDAY DRESSING?
"Banana Republic," Asner said of the holiday line, including the beaded sweater she was wearing. "Everything there looks like it's from Bergdorf Goodman." She splurges on shoes - which always make her feel dressed. (Hers were Prada.)
"Black turtlenecks," added Garrett, on her staple. Try them with white or cream pants - body-slimmer/girdle underneath - for a chic look this holiday season.
ALL-PURPOSE PARTY ADVICE?
"Never mix grapes and grain," Asner said. If you start with wine, stay with wine. Stop at two drinks in any case, Asner said. "I'm always peek-and-leave. After an hour, it's time to go."
ALL-PURPOSE ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT?
"Sweat pants," Garrett said. "I want to stay home and wear sweat pants. That's my one tip, is to just be home with your family. It centers your whole year."
"I give a lot of booze," says Jules Asner - she and a zillion other holiday partygoers, and fittingly so. Asner buys much of it online. (Try samswine.com.) Three more tips:
Hip-hip shiraz: Consumer Reports deems the $9 bottles of Jacob's Creek shiraz worthy of its "Best Gifts Under $100" list.
Champagne to go: Moet & Chandon has debuted a White Star Mini-Tote of three mini-bottles with three flutes that snap into the bottle for single-serve sipping. About $35 per pink, white, yellow or green tote at liquor stores.
Chai latte with a kick: "My No. 1 new find is Voyant Chai Cream," said Joe Kafka, owner of Kafka Wine Co. in Lakeview. Made in Holland, the liqueur is a blend of aged rum, Dutch cream, black tea and other spices the makers won't reveal, he said. It can do anything Bailey's can, he said, and more than a Starbucks chai latte.
Who is the biggest star? Jules Asner or Kimora Lee Simmons
The New York Post reports that "Life & Style" hosts Kimora Lee Simmons, Jules Asner, Cynthia Garrett and Lynne Koplitz are "at each other's throats." Especially Simmons and Asner.
Kimora openly calls Jules 'Miss Twin Set,' " one insider told the paper, adding that Asner is jealous of the attention Simmons gets on the show (which you can catch on KSTW/11 at 9 a.m.) and she resented that Simmons' husband, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, has said that his wifey is the show's big star. (Note: Unless he wanted to sleep on the couch forever, what choice did the man have?).
The show also is suffering from having lame guests (Asner's husband, "Ocean's Twelve" director Steven Soderbergh, couldn't get Julia Roberts, Matt Damon and George Clooney to come on the show). Not to be hatin' on the ladies, but having watched Rachel Bilson interviewed on the show yesterday, we can tell you why: Their questions are idiotic and the segments would bore even the brain dead.
And you could totally tell that Simmons wanted to take Asner to the mat.