Mara Reinstein is a NYC-based writer, editor, lecturer, moderator, host and pop-culture obsessive. She is currently the longtime film critic for Us Weekly and Usmagazine.com (for which she’s a former deputy editor and senior writer) and SiriusXM Volume and a Top Critic on Rotten Tomatoes. She’s also a contributing writer for Parade, Reader’s Digest, Vulture, Billboard, Emmy Magazine, Esquire, The Ringer, CNN Underscored and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, AARP Magazine, Esquire, The Cut, TV Guide, InStyle, The Hollywood Reporter, Glamour and many other outlets.
Mara has sounded off live on The Howard Stern Show, NPR, CBS-AM, ABC News, KNX-AM in Los Angles, Fox News, E!, Channel 5 on the BBC, Reelz, VH1, and several podcasts. She’s also a longtime teacher and tutor at Gotham Writers Workshop and has her own popular web-writing class on Skillshare and an in-demand awards-season moderator. You can find her running around the Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes, SXSW, Telluride, Toronto, Savannah and New York film festivals. In 2020 and 2022, she contributed to the program for the Emmy Awards. In 2021, she contributed to the 20th anniversary program for the Tribeca Film Festival.
Her cooperative celebrity cover-story interview subjects include Clint Eastwood, Jerry Seinfeld, Dwayne Johnson, Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Will Ferrell, Justin Theroux, Jon Hamm, Bette Midler, Sandra Oh, Faith Hill, Emily Blunt, Steve Martin, Michael J. Fox, Scarlett Johansson, Cher, Kevin Costner, Dick Van Dyke, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sigourney Weaver, Penelope Cruz, Dame Judi Dench, Rob Lowe, Justin Theroux, Margot Robbie, Jack Black, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick, Anna Kendrick, Gal Gadot, James Brolin, Jimmy Fallon and Jim Gaffigan. She’s also interviewed Tom Hiddleston, Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Emma Stone, Tina Fey, Keira Knightly, Christopher Walken, Harrison Ford, Bryan Cranston, Rachel Weisz, John Legend, Paul Rudd, Casey Affleck, Blair Underwood, Alan Cumming, Ray Romano and too many more to count for various features and Q&As.
Mara is honored to be featured in the acclaimed 2019 photo book Women’s Work: Stories from Pioneering Women Shaping Our Workforce (Simon & Schuster, $35) now available on Amazon and all other book retailers.
A proud Detroit native (go Tigers!), she is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism (go Tigers again!). She quotes The Devil Wears Prada on a daily basis and is aware this bio is waaaaaay too long.