Is there anything that Ross Mathews can’t do? Consider that, on top of his day job as the ever-bubbly host and TV personality behind a nationally syndicated daily talk show, Hollywood Today Live (which was just renewed for a second season), he also hosts a top-rated weekly podcast, “Straight Talk with Ross Mathews.” Add to the running list: best-selling author (Man Up!), host du jour on E! Live from the Red Carpet, and newly minted judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The 36-year-old entertainer may have landed his big break as the scene-stealing intern, then correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, but these days, “Ross the Intern” occupies a league of his own with top coverage of the Academy Awards and now the Olympics under his belt, scores of devoted fans, and a panache like no other’s.
During last year’s Capital Pride, Mathews turned heads atop the Marriott Rewards parade float by officiating the now-legal nuptials of George Carrancho, 49, and Sean Franklin, 47, right along the parade route. This year, Mathews’ latest project in Pride, a second partnership with the Marriott Rewards #LoveTravels campaign, was also met with epic proportions, amassing some 3,500 contributors for a monumental art installation in Washington D.C., with artists including Laverne Cox and Jazz Jennings, star of TLC’s I Am Jazz.
During a rare moment of downtime on the set of Hollywood Today Live, Ross sat down with Passport in the Green Room to talk Capital Pride, in-flight fashion, and what #LoveTravels means to him.
Read the Passport interview at Passport magazine Online.