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Hadley Meares


Hadley Meares is a Los Angeles-based reporter focusing on culture, history and real estate. She is a frequent contributor to The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, LAist and Atlas Obscura. She graduated from Hollins University with a degree in Art and Film History.

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Meet the Nepo Babies Who Are Buying $3 Million L.A. “Starter Homes”

Early homeownership long has been part of the American dream. But in Los Angeles, Hollywood nepo babies are often buying more than a modest one-story ranch. “Think of them as a starter home,” says Paul Lester, a partner at The Agency. “But a starter home in some other community somewhere in the States is a […]

Hollywood Therapists See Mental Health Effects of Dual Strikes

Anxiety. Anger. Frustration. As the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes roll on, folks in Hollywood are feeling it all. “The strikes are hard on everyone,” writer and producer Joe Henderson tells THR. “It’s a weird time because there’s a mix of feeling empowered to fight for what we deserve and believe in — and feeling powerless […]

Rosario Dawson Launches Rio Dawn Foundation (Exclusive)

As a child living in an abandoned tenement in New York’s East Village, Rosario Dawson saw goodness in the midst of extreme poverty. “People are really compassionate and really loving and really giving and show up,” she says. “I grew up with poor people helping poor people.” Throughout Dawson’s Hollywood career, she has melded this […]

The Mansion Tax Effect: Luxury Home Sales Stall in Los Angeles

In early 2023, L.A.’s luxury real estate market experienced a boom as deals were closed before the April 1 implementation of Los Angeles’ Measure ULA, known as the “mansion tax.” In the first quarter, the number of $5 million-plus homes sold increased by 35 percent, with Brentwood, Pacific Palisades and Hancock Park proving particularly active. Before the tax […]

Living (and Working) in Hostile States Like Florida and Tennessee While LGBTQ

On April 25, native Floridian Berry Ayers, aka Beneva Fruitville, joined with hundreds of her fellow drag performers for a Drag Queen’s March in Tallahassee, Florida. They were there to protest a plethora of hateful legislation targeting drag shows, trans-affirming medical care and bathroom usage. “It was just a show of resistance versus more trying […]

Birding Is Hollywood’s New Form of Meditation

“I was at the premiere of The Little Mermaid a couple of weeks back,” says Kean Almryde, a marketing manager at Disney. “Scuttle, the bird in the cartoon version, was a seagull. In the new movie, it’s a northern gannet. I’m like, ‘What’s that about?’ So I did a little bit of research. I made […]

Inside Day Two of the EMA Impact Summit with Lance Bass, Environmental Justice Advocate Mustafa Santiago Ali and More

Solution-based thinking was the name of the game on the second day of the annual Environmental Media Association Impact Summit, which featured sessions filled with searing insights and new ideas in the battle against climate change and environmental inequity. First up was The Hollywood Reporter’s deputy editor Degen Pener, in conversation with Mustafa Santiago Ali, […]

‘Extrapolations,’ ‘Five Days at Memorial’ Teams Talk Importance of Environmental Storytelling at EMA Impact Summit

A call for action and innovation in the fight against climate change rang out during the first day of the annual Environmental Media Association Impact Summit. Held at Pendry West Hollywood in partnership with Apple TV+ and The Hollywood Reporter, entertainment and sustainability leaders focused on the positive impact of environmentally conscious storytelling in the […]

Ultra-Wealthy Get Gimmicky to Sell Houses Before April 1 Mansion Tax

Everyone loves a gimmick, even the über rich. The controversial Measure ULA ?— which was opposed (futilely) by top real estate agents — is set to go into effect April 1. Known as “the mansion tax,” the L.A. City measure will require sellers of properties of more than $5 million to pay a 4 percent […]

Young Hollywood House Flippers Like Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande Are Raking It In

While Ellen DeGeneres is the undisputed grand dame of celebrity real estate portfolios, buying and flipping pedigree properties at an astounding rate, a new generation of celebrity house-hoppers are following her lead. “Right now there’s such a cool factor with being an entrepreneur, being good at business, being financially literate,” says Heather T. Roy of […]

Alex Prager on Her SXSW Debut and Prepping Her First Feature Film with Elizabeth Banks’ Brownstone Productions

L.A. born and bred, the acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Alex Prager has long been a favorite of the culturati. Her playful, colorful work uses classic Old Hollywood tropes to examine darker modern themes, including those of isolation and the need for connection and empathy. Prager’s first U.S. solo museum show, Face in the Crowd, featuring […]

Frieze Los Angeles’ Opening Day Buzzes With Sold-Out Booths and Celebrity Sightings

Frieze Los Angeles took off on the V.I.P opening day on Thursday, Feb. 16, at its new space at the historic Santa Monica Airport. The expansive show, featuring more than 120 galleries from 22 counties, is the biggest L.A. edition of the famed art fair to date, and celebrities dressed accordingly. Gwyneth Paltrow wore a […]