Jennifer Love Hewitt

4 09 2007

Jennifer Love HewittJennifer Love Hewitt (born February 21, 1979) is an American actress and singer. She is well-known for her roles in the Fox television series Party of Five, as Sarah Reeves, from (1995-1999), and also starred in the I Know What You Did Last Summer films, as Julie James. Hewitt can currently be seen on the CBS television series Ghost Whisperer, as Melinda Gordon, a young newlywed who communicates with the dead. As a singer, her single “How Do I Deal” reached twenty-six on the American charts.

Early life and career

Hewitt was born in Waco, Texas, to Herbert Daniel Hewitt and Patricia Mae Shipp. Her father is a technician and her mother worked as a speech pathologist. Hewitt grew up in Harker Heights, Texas. After the divorce of her parents, Hewitt and her only sibling, Todd Hewitt, were brought up by her mother. Her first name was given to her by her brother, after a girl of whom he was fond as a youngster, while her middle name, “Love”, was given to her by her mother after her best friend in college.

As a young girl, Hewitt was attracted to music which led to her first encounters with the entertainment industry. At the age of three, she sang “The Greatest Love of All” (as recorded by Whitney Houston) at a livestock show. Just a year after that, at a restaurant-dance hall, she entertained an audience with her version of “Help Me Make It Through the Night”. By the time she was five, Hewitt already had tap dancing and ballet in her portfolio. At nine, she became a member of the Texas Show Team (which also toured in the Soviet Union). At the age of ten, at the suggestion of talent scouts, she moved to Los Angeles, California, with her mother to pursue a career in both acting and singing.

After moving to Los Angeles, Hewitt appeared in more than twenty television commercials. Her first break came as a child actor on the Disney Channel variety show Kids Incorporated (1989–1991). In 1992, she played Pierce Brosnan’s daughter in a pilot for NBC called Running Wilde, which featured Brosnan as a reporter for Auto World magazine whose stories cover his own wild auto adventures, but the series wasn’t picked up and the pilot never aired. She later played on television in several short-lived series, such as Fox’s Shaky Ground (1992–1993), ABC’s Byrds of Paradise (1994), and McKenna (1994–1995). Finally, Hewitt became a young star after landing the role of Sarah Reeves on the popular Fox Television show Party of Five (1995–1999), joining the cast during its second season. She continued the same role in the short-lived Party of Five spinoff, Time of Your Life (1999). Hewitt was also one of the producers, but the show was cancelled after only half a season. She won sexiest woman of the year in 1997.

Film and music career

She made her film debut in the independent film Munchie (1992). Hewitt became a film star after a lead role in the horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997). The film had great box-office appeal (125,000,000 U.S. dollars worldwide), and Hewitt became one of the most popular young stars in the USA (together with her co-stars: Freddie Prinze Jr., Ryan Phillippe, and Sarah Michelle Gellar). She also played in the sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998). Other notable film roles included the high-school comedy Can’t Hardly Wait (1998) and a starring role with Sigourney Weaver in the romantic comedy hit Heartbreakers (2001).

In 2000, Hewitt appeared in The Audrey Hepburn Story. That same year, she was the “most popular actress on television” due to her Q-rating (a measurement of a celebrity’s popularity) of thirty-seven. For that reason, Nokia chose her to become its spokesperson, because of her “fresh image”, and her being “a symbol of youthfulness and wholesomeness”. In 2002, she was paired with Jackie Chan in the action comedy The Tuxedo which was a box office bomb.

Since September 2005, Hewitt has starred in the television series Ghost Whisperer. In Australia, Ghost Whisperer has been popular since its introduction; in the United States, the show averages 9-10 million viewers for each new episode.

To date, she has released four albums with some success, most notably in Europe and Japan. Her first album was released in Japan, where she is widely considered a pop star. Her explanation for her success in Japan is that the Japanese “love perky music. The poppier the music, the better.”

In March 2005, Hewitt was featured in Maxim magazine and their Girls of Maxim gallery. In May 2006, the magazine named her #29 in their Hot 100.

Trivia

 

  • Apparently a big fan of Sizzler restaurants. On a September 21, 2006 appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, she expressed her desire to be a spokesperson for Sizzler.
  • She has been dating actor Ross McCall since January 2006.
  • Has dated singer John Mayer.
  • Auditioned for the role of Juliet in Romeo + Juliet but lost the role last minute to Claire Danes when the director felt she was not modern enough for the part.
  • Lost the role of “Darlene” in Brokedown Palace due to scheduling conflicts with the film Can’t Hardly Wait. Kate Beckinsale later got the role.
  • Was originally set to star in The Wedding Planner but was replaced by Jennifer Lopez after Lopez expressed interest in playing the part.
  • Her favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • Auditioned for the role of “Elektra” in Daredevil and the role of “Trica Jones” in Mallrats
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt has said she would not do nude scenes in movies

Awards

 

  • Blockbuster Entertainment Award — Favorite Female Newcomer (I Know What You Did Last Summer) (1998)
  • Blockbuster Entertainment Award — Favorite Actress (I Know What You Did Last Summer) (1998)
  • People’s Choice Award — Favorite Female Television Performer in a New Series (Time of Your Life) (2000)
  • Family TV Awards — Favorite Female Actress (Ghost Whisperer) (2006)

Filmography

 

  • Munchie (1992), Andrea Kurtz
  • Sister Act 2 (1993), Margaret
  • Little Miss Millions (1993), Heather Lofton
  • House Arrest (1996), Brooke Figler
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), Julie James
  • Trojan War (1997), Leah Jones
  • Zoomates (1998), voice of Helen
  • Can’t Hardly Wait (1998), Amanda Beckett
  • I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), Julie James
  • Telling You (1998), Deb Freidman
  • The Suburbans (1999), Cate
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (2001), voice of Madelaine
  • The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina (2001), voice of Thumbelina
  • The Devil and Daniel Webster (2001), The Devil
  • Heartbreakers (2001), Page Conners/Jane Helstrom
  • The Tuxedo (2002), Del Blaine
  • The Truth About Love (2004), Alice Holbrook
  • Garfield: The Movie (2004), Liz
  • If Only (2004), Samantha Andrews
  • Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber (2005)
  • Delgo (2006), voice of princess Kyla
  • Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006), Liz
  • Streetlight (2007), Mena

Television

 

  • Ghost Whisperer (2005–present)
  • Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber (2005)
  • Family Guy episode Stuck Together, Torn Apart (2001) (voice)
  • The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000)
  • Time of Your Life (1999)
  • Party of Five (1995–1999)
  • Boy Meets World (1998) (Guest Appearance)
  • McKenna (1994–1995)
  • Byrds of Paradise (1994)
  • Shaky Ground (1992–1993)
  • Kids Incorporated (1989–1991) (as Love Hewitt)

Commercials

In 2005, Jennifer Love Hewitt appeared in a Hanes advertising campaign titled “Look who we’ve got our Hanes on now”. The campaign also featured other celebrities such as Michael Jordan, Marisa Tomei, Damon Wayans, Matthew Perry, and on Spanish-language advertising, Aracely Arambula, and Pablo Montero. In 2006, the campaign added Kevin Bacon and Christina Applegate to their lineup.

Jennifer Love Hewitt has appeared in a Don’t Mess With Texas commercial.

Production credits

 

  • Ghost Whisperer (2005)
  • Bunny (2000)
  • The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000)
  • Time of Your Life (1999)

Discography

Albums

* 1992 Love Songs
* 1995 Let’s Go Bang
* 1996 Jennifer Love Hewitt
* 2002 BareNaked – 37 U.S., 31 AUS
* 2006 Cool With You: The Platinum Collection

Singles

* From Let’s Go Bang
o 1995: “Couldn’t Find Another Man”
* From Jennifer Love Hewitt
o 1996: “No Ordinary Love”
* From I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (soundtrack)
o 1999: “How Do I Deal” — #59 U.S., #8 AUS
* From BareNaked
o 2002: “Barenaked” — #6 AUS (Gold)
o 2003: “Can I Go Now” — #12 AUS (Gold)
o 2003: “You” (never confirmed)
o 2003: “Hey Everybody” (radio release and limited edition CD singles in Australia)

Soundtracks

* From House Arrest
o 1996: “It’s Good To Know I’m Alive”

* From [[I Still Know What You Did Last Summer))
o 1998: “How Do I Deal?”

* From Disney’s Superstars Hits
o 2002: “I’m Gonna Love You”

* From If Only
o 2003: “Love Will Show You Everything”, “Take My Heart Back”





Megan Fox

4 03 2007

Megan FoxMegan Denise Fox (born May 16, 1986) is an American actress and model, best known for performances in the film Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and the television program Hope & Faith.

Fox was born in Memphis, Tennessee. She began her training in drama and dance at the age of five, and at the age of ten moved to Florida, where she continued her training and finished school. She began acting and modeling at the age of thirteen after winning several awards at the 1999 American Modeling and Talent Convention in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Fox made her film debut in the 2001 film Holiday in the Sun as the spoiled heiress and rival of Ashley Olsen.

Megan Fox will be the female lead in the upcoming film Transformers set to be directed by Michael Bay. She will be playing the love interest of Shia LaBeouf’s character Sam “Spike” Witwicky. As of November 2006 she is engaged to Brian Austin Green.

Fox also appeared in a five page spread for the November 2005 issue of the popular men’s magazine FHM. She was ranked number sixty-eight on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2006.





Hilary Duff

4 03 2007

Hilary DuffHilary Erhard Duff (born September 28, 1987) is an American actress and singer. After gaining fame for her starring role on the television show Lizzie McGuire, she went on to have a film career, and her most commercially successful pictures include Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003), and A Cinderella Story (2004). Duff has expanded her repertoire into pop music, with three RIAA certified-platinum albums, and she launched a clothing line (Stuff by Hilary Duff) and an exclusive perfume with Elizabeth Arden. Her upcoming films include the 2007 action thriller Brand Hauser: Stuff Happens and animated comedy Foodfight!. Duff’s new album, entitled Dignity, is scheduled to released on April 3, 2007 in the U.S.

Early life and career

Hilary Duff was born in Houston, Texas, the second child of Bob Erhard Duff, owner of a chain of convenience stores, and Susan Colleen Duff, a homemaker. After Duff’s mother encouraged her to take an acting class alongside her older sister, Haylie Katherine Duff, both girls won parts in various local theatre productions. At the ages of eight and six, respectively, the Duff sisters participated in the ballet The Nutcracker Suite with Columbus Ballet Met in San Antonio. The siblings became more enthusiastic about the idea of acting professionally, and eventually relocated to California with their mother. Bob Erhard Duff stayed at the family home in Houston to maintain their business. After several years of auditions and meetings, the Duff sisters were cast in several television commercials.

Television

Most of Duff’s first few acting roles were small, starting off with an uncredited appearance in Hallmark Entertainment’s western miniseries True Women (1997). She also served as an extra, again uncredited, in writer-director Willard Carroll’s ensemble dramedy Playing by Heart (1998). Her first major part was as the star of the 1998 film Casper Meets Wendy, playing the young witch, Wendy, who encounters the animated character Casper. Like Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997), the second sequel to the successful Casper (1995), the film was released direct-to-video with generally unenthusiastic reviews.

Duff later appeared in a supporting role in the television film The Soul Collector (1999), which was based on a Kathleen Kane novel and starred Bruce Greenwood as an angel who helps out a female farmer (Melissa Gilbert) whose husband has recently died. Duff ended up winning a Young Artist Award for “Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot (Supporting Young Actress).”

Duff’s first serious shot at fame came when she was cast as one of the children in the pilot episode of the NBC sitcom Daddio (2000). Actor Michael Chiklis, co-star of Daddio stated, “After working with her the first day, I remember saying to my wife, ‘This young girl is going to be a movie star’. She was completely at ease with herself and comfortable in her own skin.”

Lizzie McGuire

Before Daddio had aired, Duff was dropped from its cast lineup and became reluctant to continue her acting career. Her manager and mother spurred her on, and a week later she successfully auditioned for the family comedy show Lizzie McGuire. In the series Duff portrayed a clumsy but average middle school girl. The show focused on her life and her slow growth into teenhood. Actors that starred alongside her included Lalaine, Adam Lamberg, Jake Thomas, Clayton Snyder, Ashlie Brillault, Robert Carradine, and Hallie Todd.

Lizzie McGuire, which first aired on the Disney Channel in January 12, 2001, was a ratings hit, drawing in 2.3 million viewers per episode, and became the career breakthrough Duff had been waiting for. Her participation in the show led to her becoming highly popular among children between the ages of seven and fourteen, with critic Richard Huff of the New York Daily News calling her “a 2002 version of Annette Funicello.” After Duff fulfilled her entire sixty-five episode contract with Lizzie McGuire, Disney toyed with the idea of continuing the franchise in further films and a prime-time television series to be broadcast on ABC, but the plans deteriorated. A successful feature film spin-off, The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003), was then produced.

Film career

Duff’s first role in a theatrical motion picture was in Human Nature (2002), an independent film shot before Lizzie McGuire and first shown at the Cannes and Sundance film festivals. Written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry, the film follows a female naturalist, played by Patricia Arquette. Duff played the younger version of Arquette’s character.

2003–2004

Duff subsequently starred opposite Christy Carlson Romano and Gary Cole in the Disney Channel television film Cadet Kelly (2002), which became the network’s most watched program in its nineteen-year history. Her first major role in a feature film was in Agent Cody Banks with Frankie Muniz in 2003. This would mark Duffs first role in an action film and her first “major” feature film. The film recieved positive reviews and was successful enough to spawn a sequel, in which Duff did not participate. Afterwards Hilary reprised her role as Lizzie McGuire for The Lizzie McGuire Movie, the film was very successful and exceeded box office expectations.

Later that year Duff played one of the twelve children of Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt in the family film Cheaper by the Dozen, which remains her highest grossing film. She reprised her role in the sequel to the film called Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005), which failed to be as financially successful as the original film and was panned by critics.

In 2004 Duff starred in the romantic comedy A Cinderella Story, an update of Charles Perrault’s fairy tale Cinderella. The film became a moderate box office hit, and though reviews were mostly negative, some critics were impressed by Duff’s performance and her chemistry with co-star Chad Michael Murray. A Cinderella Story earned a total of $66,068,046 worldwide and was a commercial success. Later that year she starred in the film Raise Your Voice. Some critics praised Duff for appearing in a more dramatic role than previously, but the film was heavily panned, with the Las Vegas Weekly writing: “Effortlessly combining Duff’s bad acting and bad singing with bad writing and bad direction, Raise Your Voice is an insulting waste of time that begs to be silenced.”Several reviews were negative to Duff’s vocals (several critics pointed out what appears to be her digitally enhanced voice) and indifferent towards her acting performance. The film received a muted reception at the box office, and is Duff’s least successful film commercially, with total theater receipts of just $13,573,284. This was Hilary’s first starring role in a drama film. Duff received her first Razzie nomination for her role in Raise Your Voice. She lost her 2004 nomination to Halle Berry for her feature film Catwoman.

2005–2006

In The Perfect Man (2005) she played the oldest daughter of a divorced woman (Heather Locklear), who moves to New York City as she desperately searches for love. Reviews were mostly negative and the film disappointed at the box office, grossing a mere $19,770,475 globally. That year, Duff was again nominated for a Razzie Award, for both The Perfect Man and Cheaper by the Dozen 2. The 2006 satirical comedy Material Girls again disappointed, grossing only $14,189,525 worldwide. The Martha Coolidge-directed film, co-produced by Madonna’s independent film production company Maverick Entertainment, starred Duff and her real-life sister Haylie Duff as wealthy siblings who must fight to reclaim their fortune following a scandal. For the film, Duff was nominated for another two Razzie awards on January 24, 2007. The film is to be released in Europe in March of 2007, and has launched a foreign website confirming this information. Material Girls was released to DVD in the US on December 12, 2006. Due to excessive recording of Duff’s next studio album, this was the only movie Duff starred in for 2006.

2007–2008

The Duff sisters are due to lend their voices to the computer animated comedy Foodfight!, which Lions Gate Films is to distribute in 2007. The film’s director, Larry Kasanoff, said that he is “absolutely thrilled to have the Duff sisters as part of the cast.”

Duff is currently slated to star opposite John Cusack in Brand Hauser: Stuff Happens, due for release in late 2007. The film is set in a futuristic country and Duff and Cusack have completed filming it in Bulgaria. Duff plays a European pop star named Yonica. Duff pushed back her fifth studio album so that she had ample time to work on the movie. Cusack has stated that he enjoys working with Miss Duff and that “she is awesome in the movie”. Later Duff herself stated on a radio talk show that the movie “should be released in 7 to 8 months” from January, which means that “Brand Hauser” will have a summer release date in the United States.

Duff is also due to work on a second movie with John Cusack, the sci-fi/action thriller Talking with Dog. Little is known about the film, although its theme revolves around a future that faces some extreme consequences of global warming (including human infertility). Filming is set to begin in 2007, with a 2008 release date.

Music career

2002–2004

Duff recorded a cover of Brooke McClymont’s “I Can’t Wait” for the original television soundtrack for Lizzie McGuire in 2002 (see Lizzie McGuire (soundtrack)), and “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room” for the first Disneymania compilation album.

Her first album was Santa Claus Lane (2002), a collection of Christmas songs which included duets with Lil’ Romeo, Christina Milian, and her sister Haylie. Accompanied by the Disney Channel-only single “Tell Me a Story”, it peaked well outside the top 100 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart, but eventually received a gold certification. The album’s title track was included on the soundtrack to The Santa Clause 2 and another song, “What Christmas Should Be” was used in Cheaper by the Dozen. Duff sang several tracks for the soundtrack to The Lizzie McGuire Movie (see The Lizzie McGuire Movie (soundtrack)), including “Why Not”, which became a modest top twenty hit in Australia.
Audio samples:

* “Santa Claus Lane” (2003) (file info) — play in browser (beta)
o First single from Santa Claus Lane.
* “So Yesterday” (2003) (file info) — play in browser (beta)
o First single from Metamorphosis.
* “Come Clean” (2003) (file info) — play in browser (beta)
o Second single from Metamorphosis.
* Problems playing the files? See media help.

Duff’s second studio album, Metamorphosis (2003), included contributions by songwriter-producers such as The Matrix and reached number one on the U.S. and Canadian charts. It became one of the biggest selling albums of the year in the U.S. and has since gone to sell over 3.7 million copies. The lead single, “So Yesterday”, was a top ten hit in several countries and its music video received heavy airplay on MTV, while “Come Clean” became Duff’s first top forty U.S. hit and reached the top twenty elsewhere. The third single, “Little Voice”, was not released in the U.S. and was a minor hit in Canada and Australia. In late 2003 Duff embarked on her first concert tour, the Metamorphosis Club Tour and later the Most Wanted tour. All shows on her tour were sold out, a feat neither Britney Spears nor Christina Aguilera achieved that year. She won the award for Best New Artist at the 2004 World Music Awards and Best Female Artist at the Kids Choice Awards of 2004.

The second Disneymania disc was released in January 2004 and contained a duet with her sister, “The Siamese Cat Song”. Another song, “Circle of Life”, featured Duff and other Disney Channel Stars. Duff and her sister recorded a cover of The Go-Gos’ “Our Lips Are Sealed” for the soundtrack to A Cinderella Story, which included two other songs by Duff. The video for “Our Lips Are Sealed” was popular on MTV’s TRL but the song itself failed to chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Duff co-wrote several of the tracks on her third album, the self-titled Hilary Duff, which she had an edgier, rock feel than Metamorphosis. It was released on her seventeenth birthday (in September 2004) and debuted at number two in the U.S. and number one in Canada. The album has sold over 1.5 million copies in the U.S. to date, but the single “Fly” failed to chart in the U.S. despite a popular video. Fly and “Someone’s Watching over Me” reached the Australian top forty, but because the album was less successful than Metamorphosis, no other singles were released commercially. The singer also contributed the song “(I’ll Give) Anything But Up!” for Thanks & Giving : All Year Long album (2004) with Marlo Thomas & Friends for Atlantic/Wea. Duff then continued nine more months of the Most Wanted Tour.
Audio samples:

* “Fly” (2004) (file info) — play in browser (beta)
o First single from Hilary Duff.
* “I Am” (2004) (file info) — play in browser (beta)
o Popular single from Hilary Duff.
* Problems playing the files? See media help.

2005–2006

Duff’s fourth album, Most Wanted (2005), comprised her favorite tracks from her previous two albums, remixes, and new songs inspired by pop-rock musicians such as The Killers and Muse. Duff stated that it was not a greatest hits album, but that her label told her it was time to release a new album. She had more creative control over Most Wanted compared to her previous releases, co-writing and co-producing all of the new material with Joel Madden and his brother Benji, both of the band Good Charlotte. The lead single, “Wake Up”, became Duff’s highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100 and her highest peaking single in the U.S., and its video received heavy rotation on MTV. The video for the second single, “Beat of My Heart”, was also popular, but the single itself did not chart in the U.S. The album itself debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and became her third number-one debut in Canada. By March 2006, it had sold 1.3 million copies in the U.S. An Italy-only compilation, 4Ever, was released in 2006.

Duff recorded new songs for her Madonna produced film Material Girls, including a Timbaland-produced cover version of Madonna’s “Material Girl” with her sister. She also recorded a song dubbed “Happy” which was featured on the films trailer but was not released commercialy, instead the music from “Happy” was used for Duffs next single “Play With Fire”. According to Total Request Live, Duff’s fourth studio album was to be released in the United States in December 5, 2006 because of her commitment to the film Brand Hauser; it was later pushed back to Feburary and later to April 3, 2007. Titled Dignity, it is preceded by the single “Play with Fire”, which was released to U.S. radio in August 2006.
Audio samples:

* “Wake Up” (2005) (file info) — play in browser (beta)
o First single from Most Wanted.
* “Beat of My Heart” (2005) (file info) — play in browser (beta)
o Second single from Most Wanted.
* Problems playing the files? See media help.

2007

Duff’s fifth studio album is entitled Dignity, for which she has co-written material with Kara DioGuardi, and she also worked with producer-songwriter Rhett Lawrence in Toronto, Canada. Duff has been working with producers and mixers such as Richard “Humpty” Vission, Tim and Bob, Manny Marroquin and will.i.am. She said that compared to her previous music it would be “more dancey” and make use of more real instruments. “I don’t know exactly how to explain what we’re doing, but it’s fun and funky and different, something new for me. It’s really cool”, she said. She has also described the album’s sound as “a little less pop-rock and more electronic-sounding”.

The first single, “Play with Fire”, became a minor club hit but failed to chart in the U.S.; the second single, “With Love”, was released in early 2007 and has achieved more mainstream radio success. The music video for “With Love” has also been used as the commercial for Duff’s first fragrance, With Love… Hilary Duff, which was lauched in September 2006. The album will be released on April 3, 2007 in North America and earlier elsewhere, and it will come in two versions: a standard edition, and a deluxe edition containing bonus material and a DVD.

Entrepeunership

Duff launched a clothing line, Stuff by Hilary Duff, on March 12, 2004, with clothes distributed through Target in the United States, Kmart in Australia, Zellers in Canada and Edgars in South Africa. The company started out as a clothing line but has expanded to furniture, fragrances, and jewelry. It is aimed at the teen and preteen crowd.

Playmates Toys released a celebrity doll of her in 2004. In September 2006 Duff released her perfume, With Love… Hilary Duff, which she premiered on The View.

Duff and her pet dog Lola made an appearance in the Electronic Arts game The Sims 2: Pets, which was released on October 2006. In console versions of the game Duff’s character will visit public areas and players will be able to let their sims socialize with her and Lola, the dog. However, in the PC expansion pack, players must download the Duff sim from the Maxis website before December 31 she and her dog will be fully playable characters, rather than a non-player character.

Personal life

Duff began dating singer Aaron Carter in 2002. They met on the set of Lizzie McGuire, when Carter had a cameo role on a Christmas episode. The relationship lasted a year and a half. It was reported that Carter left actress Lindsay Lohan for Duff. Carter said he also cheated on Duff with her best friend, that Duff “got her heart broken” and that he is “sorry” for his actions. Duff and Lindsay Lohan were later reported to have been involved in a “feud” with each other, over their relationship with Carter. As of 2006, the two have reportedly still not reconciled.

From 2004 to 2006, Duff dated Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden. Duff’s mother Susan announced their relationship in the June 2005 interview for Seventeen magazine, after a long period of tabloid speculation. In a June 2006 interview with ELLE magazine, Duff was quoted as saying “…(virginity) is definitely something I like about myself. It doesn’t mean I haven’t thought about sex, because everyone I know has had it and you want to fit in. ” Duff later told MuchMusic that she didn’t say the quotes attributed to her in the article and that the subject was “definitely not something that I would talk about…” Duff and Madden broke up in November 2006.

In late 2006 Duff took legal action against an alleged stalker and the stalker’s roommate. The police are currently investigating. On November 3, 2006 Duff’s stalker, Maksim Miakovsky, was arrested for threatening to kill her that weekend. He was booked on charges of making criminal threats and stalking. He came to the U.S. “for the sole purpose of meeting and becoming romantically involved with Ms. Duff.” Miakovsky is currently being held on $200,000 bail at the Manhattan Beach jail. He was arraigned on November 7, 2006. On January 19, 2007 Miakovsky was sentenced to 117 days in jail and five years probation after pleading no contest to the charges, according to the Associated Press.

Duff is involved with several charities, is an animal rights enthusiast, a member of “Kids with a Cause,” and has donated US$250,000 to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. In late August 2006 Duff traveled to a New Orleans elementary school and worked with USA Harvest to distribute meals. In 2005 she donated more than 2.5 million meals to Hurricane Katrina victims in the south.

In August 2005 Duff said she received veneers because she chipped off one of her front teeth on a microphone during a concert. On the internet, fans of Duff complained that her veneers were too large for her face and made her appear “horse-like”. She has subsequently had her veneers redone to match the size of her original teeth. In late 2005 Duff took a month off from work as a belated eighteenth birthday present. She said that she wanted to take a short break after releasing Most Wanted and writing three new songs for it, shooting three films, and embarking on her U.S. “Still Most Wanted Tour”. By 2005 Duff appeared to have lost weight, leading the media to speculate that she had developed an eating disorder, although Duff has denied this claim. Duff was interviewed on the Australian current affair show Today Tonight and stated that she lost weight by living a more active lifestyle.

Other roles

Duff has made several guest appearances in television shows, her first as a sick child in the medical drama Chicago Hope in March 2000. In a 2003 episode of George Lopez she had a role as a makeup salesperson, and she later reappeared in the show in 2005 as a feminist poet friend of Carmen (Masiela Lusha), a character whose poetry had roots in the work of Simone de Beauvoir, Toril Moi, and Ranjit Hakim. She acted opposite her sister Haylie as the 1960s pop group The Shangri-Las in American Dreams in 2003, and played a classmate and idolizer of the title character of Joan of Arcadia in a 2005 episode. During her Most Wanted tour, she performed in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she filmed a brief appearance on the soap opera Rebelde.

Discography

Albums

1. Santa Claus Lane (2002)
2. Metamorphosis (2003)
3. Hilary Duff (2004)
4. Most Wanted (2005)
5. Dignity (2007)





Carmen Electra

3 03 2007

Carmen ElectraTara Leigh Patrick (born April 20, 1972), professionally known as Carmen Electra, is an American glamour model, television personality, actress, and singer.

Early life

Electra was born in Sharonville, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, to Patricia, a vocalist, and Harry Patrick, an entertainer and guitarist; her mother died of a brain tumor in 1998. She had an older sister, Debbie, who died from a heart attack, also in 1998. Electra attended the School For Creative And Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Princeton High School in Sharonville and also attended, very briefly, Walnut Hills High School.

Career

After moving to California, she met singer Prince (a Minneapolis native), who persuaded her to change her name to Carmen Electra. Soon after, she signed a recording contract with Paisley Park Records, Prince’s company, marking the start of a short-lived rap career. In 1995, Electra started appearing in various television programs. Then, in May of 1996 she was featured in a nude pictorial in Playboy magazine, the first of several. This exposure led to higher profile television appearances, including Baywatch (cast member from 1997-1998) and MTV’s Singled Out. She returned to Baywatch for the 2003 reunion movie, Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding.

Electra has appeared in several films, such as Good Burger (1997), The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human (1999), the horror spoof Scary Movie (2000) and also appeared in Scary Movie 4 (2006),Epic Movie(2007), and the remake of the 1970s TV show Starsky & Hutch (2004). She has also made cameo appearances as herself in the comedy American Dreamz. She regularly performed with the exotic dance troupe The Pussycat Dolls. Electra also created the highly successful Carmen Electra Aerobic Striptease series of DVDs which combines classic stripping moves with a low impact workout. Her most recent movie appearance is as Eugene Levy’s trophy wife in Cheaper by the Dozen 2.

Her acting work is regularly derided by critics; in the Roger Ebert review of the film Dirty Love,

“The Carmen Electra character, meanwhile, struts around like a “ho” in a bad music video, speaking black street talk as if she learned it phonetically, and pulling out a gun and holding it to a man’s head because she thinks, obviously, that pulling guns on guys is expected of any authentic black woman. A scene like that would be insulting in any other movie; here it possibly distracts her from doing something even more debasing”.

In 2005, she joined the voice cast of the animated series Tripping the Rift, replacing Gina Gershon as the voice of the sexy android “Six”. In late 2006, Carmen began to be featured in commercials by Taco Bell.

Electra is the current spokesmodel for Ritz Camera Centers, appearing in their television and print ads with CEO David Ritz. She is featured in some video spoofs of Lonelygirl15 that are advertising Epic Movie.

She is a playable character in the video game Def Jam: Fight for New York and is one of the celebrity challenges in the videogame, ESPN NFL 2K5, along with Steve-O, Jamie Kennedy, and others.

Public persona

Electra achieved notoriety during her on-again, off-again marriage to basketball star Dennis Rodman from 1998 to 1999. The wedding to Rodman took place at Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas, Nevada. Later, she had a brief affair with Tommy Lee, the ex-husband of Pamela Anderson. Borrowing another page from fellow Baywatch companion Anderson’s publicity playbook, Electra was quoted in August 2004 that she was thinking of having her breast implants removed. She told World Entertainment News Network,

I had nice breasts to begin with. They weren’t the biggest boobs, (but) I just think it was really trendy (to have implants) at a certain time, so I decided to do it. There are moments when I think it’s kind of silly and I wish I would’ve just stayed natural.

On Baywatch: “I never had my own name on a bathing suit on “Baywatch”. I was always given one that said Pamela (Anderson) or Yasmine (Bleeth). I earned my own suit, at the end of the season, which I now have framed”.

Personal life

On November 22, 2003, Electra married Dave Navarro, former lead guitarist for the rock band Jane’s Addiction. The couple documented their courtship and marriage in an MTV celebreality show called ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave. In 2006, Electra claimed that when she was eight years old she had a lesbian crush on Joan Jett. She remembers especially lusting after Jett while watching the music video of “Do You Wanna Touch Me” where Jett opens a trenchcoat to reveal her bikini clad body. Electra claimed to also lust after supermodel Kate Moss: “I fancy Kate Moss. She has the best style. People need to give her a break. Yeah, I’d love to meet Kate. You can’t deny her beauty and her sexuality”. On 17 July 2006, she and Navarro announced their separation. Their rep confirmed their separation to Star Magazine. Electra filed for divorce on 10 August. It was finalized on February 20, 2007.

As a result of her mother’s death from a brain tumor, Electra cofounded Head to Hollywood with Ken Baker. It is “[a]n organization that brings brain-tumor patients and their families to Tinseltown for a VIP experience”.

Discography

  • Carmen Electra, 1993

Single songs

  • Fantasia Erotica
  • Go Go Dancer
  • Everybody Get Up
  • 2-4-6-8 (Playboy’s Cheerleaders film contains a music video of the song)

Filmography

  • An American Vampire Story (1997)
  • Good Burger (1997) (uncredited)
  • Starstruck (1998)
  • The Chosen One: Legend of the Raven (1998)
  • The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human (1999)
  • Christmas Vacation 2000 (1999)
  • The Great White Dope (2000) (short subject)
  • Scary Movie (2000)
  • Welcome to Hollywood (2000) (documentary)
  • Sol Goode (2001)
  • Perfume (2001)
  • Get Over It (2001)
  • Rent Control (2002)
  • Naked Movie (2002)
  • Whacked! (2002)
  • Uptown Girls (2003)
  • My Boss’s Daughter (2003)
  • Starsky & Hutch (2004)
  • Mr. 3000 (2004) (Cameo)
  • Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon (2004)
  • Dirty Love (2005)
  • Lil’ Pimp (2005) (voice)
  • Searching for Bobby D (2005)
  • Getting Played (2005)
  • Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)
  • Date Movie (2006)
  • Scary Movie 4 (2006)
  • American Dreamz (2006) (Cameo)
  • Aerobic Striptease Vol 1.2.3.4.5
  • Epic Movie (2007)
  • National Lampoon’s Pledge This! (2006)

Upcoming:

  • Full of It (2006)
  • Hot Tamale (2006)
  • Beyond Legend: Johnny Kakota (2006)
  • I Want Candy (2007)

TV Work

  • Singled Out (host in 1997)
  • Loveline (host in 1997)
  • Baywatch (cast member from 1997-1998)
  • Baywatch: White Thunder at Glacier Bay (1998)
  • Hyperion Bay (cast member in 1999)
  • Electra’s Guy (2000)
  • VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock (2000 host)
  • Cleavage (2002) (documentary) (narrator)
  • Carmen & Dave: An MTV Love Story (2002)
  • Livin’ Large (host from 2002-2003 and from 2003-2004)
  • BattleBots (host in 2002)
  • Dance Fever (2003) (contest judge)
  • Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding (2003)
  • The Simpsons (Episode The Frying Game, 2002)
  • Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen + Dave (2004) (miniseries)
  • Punk’d (2004)
  • Summerland (2004)
  • Monster Island (2004)
  • Manhunt: The Search for America’s Most Gorgeous Male Model (2004) (miniseries)
  • Naked Women’s Wrestling League (host 2004) (pay-per-view event)
  • House: Three Stories (as herself 2005)
  • Hope and Faith(2005)
  • Tripping the Rift (2005-2006)
  • Beat It! (2006)
  • Joey (as herself 2005)

Other Work

  • Carmen Electra Prepaid MasterCard is a debit card sponsored by Carmen Electra, displaying her image as part of the design.
  • Carmen Electra Aerobic Striptease is a five-disc DVD exercise series that combines teaching classic stripping moves with a low impact cardio workout.
  • Embrace is a comic book written by Electra for London Night Studios.
  • Soccer AM – Carmen waved goodbye on 15 April 2006.
  • “Glam Slam Ulysses” Interactive Musical Theatrical Production,” conceived by Prince. Debuted at Prince’s legendary Glam Slam L.A. nightclub.




Mandy Moore

3 03 2007

Mandy MooreAmanda Leigh “Mandy” Moore (born April 10, 1984) is an American pop singer and actress. Moore grew up in Florida and came to fame as a teenager in 2000, after the release of her teen-oriented pop debut album So Real. Moore has branched out into a film career, starring in 2002’s successful teen film A Walk to Remember and later appearing in the lead roles of less well-received movies also aimed at teenage audiences. Two of her latest films, American Dreamz and Saved!, were parodies in which Moore portrayed darker characters than in her previous roles.

Moore’s private life, including her relationships with tennis player Andy Roddick and actors Wilmer Valderrama and Zach Braff, has been much-discussed in the media. She is scheduled to appear in several films during 2007 and is completing work on another album, Wild Hope, due for release the same year.

Early life

Moore was born in Nashua, New Hampshire to Stacy (a former newspaper reporter) and Don Moore (a pilot for American Airlines). She has Irish and Cherokee heritage on her father’s side; her maternal grandfather was Jewish and her English maternal grandmother was a professional dancer at the theater district in the West End of London, as well as a Wren during World War II; the two met and eloped to the United States after Moore’s maternal grandfather, an American soldier, was stationed in London during WWII. Moore has two brothers, Scott and Kyle; she grew up in Altamonte Springs, Florida, outside of Orlando, moving there shortly after her birth because of her father’s job. She was raised in the Catholic religion (although she is no longer a practicing Catholic) and attended Bishop Moore High School a Catholic school in Orlando, Florida and Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs.

Moore’s interest in singing grew after seeing the musical Oklahoma!; she was also encouraged to perform by her maternal grandmother, who was her inspiration. After she sang the national anthem at several athletic events, a FedEx employee spotted her and sent her demo to Epic Records, where she was subsequently signed to a record deal.

Music career

1999-2002: Early pop albums

Moore toured with the Backstreet Boys throughout 1999. Her first album, So Real, was released in December of that year and reached number thirty-one on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart. At the time of the album’s release, reviewers considered Moore the latest in a series of heavily-marketed female singers described as “pop princesses”, akin to Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson. Entertainment Weekly’s review noted that Moore’s songs, revolving around “not-yet-experienced love”, were performed with “suffocating professionalism”, and that the album’s ballads were “nauseating”. Moore was the last and youngest of Simpson, Aguilera and Spears to reach mainstream radio and was initially not as successful as they were, although So Real was certified platinum in the U.S. in early 2000 and sold nearly one million copies. Moore’s debut teen pop hit single “Candy”, which Yahoo! Movies described as “strangely provocative”, peaked just outside the top forty on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold. All Music Guide noted the single was “mediocre” and “typical”, containing lyrics that described love “in terms of sugar treats”.

Moore released I Wanna Be with You, a re-worked version of her debut album, in May 2000. The album, which was mostly completed with synthesizers, bass, guitar, and drums, comprised new songs alongside tracks and remixes from So Real. Several reviewers criticized it on the basis that it was a remix album and not a true followup, with All Music Guide writing that its style was “trashier, flashier, gaudier, and altogether more disposable” than its predecessor. It peaked at number twenty-one on the Billboard 200, was certified gold in the U.S. and sold nearly 792,000 copies. The title track “I Wanna Be with You” was the album’s only single and reached number twenty-four on the Hot 100, Moore’s highest peak to date. It was also featured on the soundtrack of the film Center Stage (2000).

Moore released the self-titled album Mandy Moore — which included the songs “Saturate Me” (a hip-hop ballad), “You Remind Me” and “In My Pocket” — in June 2001. She promoted the album with her first headlining concert, “Mandy Moore Live@ShoutBack”. The album contained uptempo tracks and influences from Eastern music and was described as a “lush, layered production” by All Music Guide. It received mixed reviews from critics, although Entertainment Weekly noted that Moore tried out “new sounds” and “a breathy Natalie Imbruglia vibe [on the album] … as teen pop goes, it could be a lot worse”, while Rolling Stone magazine positively described Moore as “more protorocker than R&B wanna-be” and said she was taking the “high road” compared to her first two albums. The album debuted at number thirty-five on the Billboard 200, was later certified gold in the U.S. and sold 443,000 copies. Lead single “In My Pocket”, which Entertainment Weekly said contained “pumping, Indian influenced Euro disco”, did not appear on the Hot 100; Moore performed the song live several times, including on the 2001 Fox network television special Teenapalooza. The album’s follow-up single, “Crush”, also failed to appear on the U.S. chart, although MTV aired the music video frequently (it was Moore’s first number-one video on TRL). The early 2002 release of the final single, “Cry”, tied in with the film A Walk to Remember, Moore’s debut as a lead actress.

In 2006, Moore commented on her early albums with ill feelings, noting that although she believed her first was appropriate for her age, she felt it “sucked” and that her first albums were “just awful”. Moore also said that she “would give a refund to everyone who bought my first two albums” if she could; during a radio interview in April 2006, the show’s co-host (who had seen her comments) asked her for a refund on the first album, a request that Moore fulfilled.

2003-present: Coverage, compilations, and new contract

In October of 2003, Moore released her fourth album Coverage, which All Music Guide characterised as a “leap to musical maturity” and which Entertainment Weekly called an “effort to shed her bubblegum-blond image”. It consisted of covers of 1970s and 1980s songs that influenced Moore as a child; Moore noted that she did not want to “top the original artist[s]”, but rather offer her “own interpretation” of their music. Entertainment Weekly described the album’s style as “overblown with strings, turntable scratching, and arena-rock pomp”, while E! Online said that Moore’s voice has grown “stronger” and that she “sounds at home” performing the re-mixes. Coverage peaked at number fourteen on the Billboard 200 (her highest ranking to date), but “Have a Little Faith in Me”, its only single, did not perform well on the charts, although it did debut within the top forty. Moore’s cover of “I Feel the Earth Move” appeared on Love Rocks, a compilation CD of songs from gay rights supporters.

Because of low sales for Coverage, Sony’s Epic Records dropped Moore. The company released the hits compilation album The Best of Mandy Moore, which reached number 148 on the Billboard 200, in November 2004 as a final obligation to Moore’s contract. Another compilation, Candy, followed in 2005. During this time period, the only music Moore had recorded was a song demo, “Hey!”, written by James Renald, and a cover version of Lori McKenna’s “Beautiful Man”, which was posted to her MySpace.

In early 2006, Moore stated that she misses her music career and that singing is what she is the “most passionate about”. Moore had signed to Sire Records after her contract with Epic Records ended, but left the company in May 2006. She signed with a new EMI Music-owned record company, The Firm, in July of that year, describing her new contract as “especially exciting”, and adding that she left Sire Records because she did not want to “follow the mainstream”, but rather have “complete control and freedom” over her work. Moore’s new album, Wild Hope, is scheduled for release on June 19, 2007, and will feature collaborations with artists Chantal Kreviazuk, Michelle Branch, Rachael Yamagata and Lori McKenna. Moore stayed alone in a house in Woodstock, Upstate New York while recording the album in late 2006. Moore performed new material from the album at the Sundance Film Festival; another new song, “Extraordinary”, premiered on her MySpace profile on January 29, 2007.

Television and film career

2000

During the summer of 2000, Moore hosted a half-hour MTV talk show, The Mandy Moore Show, which resumed in the summer of 2001 under the title Mandy. Moore was also a Neutrogena spokesperson, appearing in commercials and print ads for the product. She has modelled for Penshoppe in the Philippines, Coach handbags in Japan, and was a spokesperson for the School and Youth Programs of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

2001-02

In 2001, Moore appeared in a small part as the mean and popular cheerleader Lana Thomas opposite actresses Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews in the film The Princess Diaries. During the film, Moore’s character performs “Stupid Cupid”, a song from the film’s soundtrack. In 2002 Moore had her first starring role in a major feature film in A Walk to Remember, which co-starred Shane West. Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, the film revolves around the developing romance between a Protestant minister’s daughter (played by Moore) and an unruly teenager (played by West). The film was moderately successful, bringing in $41 million in the United States, and establishing Moore’s status as a lead actress. Although critics received it negatively, Moore received several positive notices for her performance, with critic Roger Ebert calling her “quietly convincing”. At that summer’s MTV Movie Awards, Moore won an award for “Breakthrough Female Performance” for her role. The same year, she voiced the Final Fantasy VII character Aerith Gainsborough in the Square Enix-Disney crossover video game Kingdom Hearts, was featured in the music video for Elton John’s “Original Sin”, and was ranked number sixty-seven in Stuff magazine’s “102 Sexiest Women in the World”.

2003-04

In 2003, Moore starred in the romantic comedy film How to Deal, which failed to draw in the teenage crowds in the U.S. and grossed a total of $14 million domestically. Her next film was 2004’s Chasing Liberty, a romantic comedy that grossed approximately $12 million. Both films received negative reviews; critic Ebert once again singled Moore’s performances out, noting in his review of How to Deal that Moore has “an unaffected natural charm” and “almost makes the movie worth seeing”, and adding that she has “undeniable screen presence and inspires instant affection” in his Chasing Liberty review. Other critics described her as an “actress of limited range”, though one review of Chasing Liberty noted that she is the “most painless of former pop princesses”. Later that summer, Moore appeared in a lead role in the religion satire Saved!, in which she played Hilary Faye, a proper and popular girl at a Christian school. The film was positively reviewed, though it did not receive a wide release. Moore received praise for her performance, with one critic calling her a “demented delight” and another naming it her best performance to date.

2005

In 2005, Moore lent her voice to the film Racing Stripes; she was also originally scheduled to star in the films Cursed, Havoc and The Upside of Anger, all of which were eventually released in 2005 without Moore’s involvement. Moore has appeared on the television series Entourage and guest-starred in two episodes of Scrubs in 2006. The same year, she lent her voice to The Simpsons, playing Tabitha Vixx in an episode which aired in May.

2006

Moore next appeared in the parody American Dreamz, which was released in April of 2006. In the film, she played a deranged contestant on a television series modelled after American Idol. Director Paul Weitz said he had Moore in mind for the role even before she was cast, explaining that “there’s something inherently sweet about Mandy; it makes it all the more interesting to see her in a villainess role”. Moore has said that she enjoys playing mean-spirited characters but fears being typecast as a villain. American Dreamz opened at number nine at the U.S. box office and received mixed reviews; critic Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly, however, wrote that Moore and co-star Hugh Grant have a “wicked barbed chemistry” in their roles, while Variety’s Robert Koehler said Moore’s role was a “pitch-perfect study of a woman for whom a reality show is reality”. In the same year, in what ComingSoon.net’s review described as a “surprisingly good performance”, Moore voiced Nita, the heroine of the animated sequel Brother Bear 2, which was released directly-to-DVD on August 29. She was also originally cast to appear in that year’s ensemble film Bobby, but was replaced by Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

2007-present

Moore, citing her conservative upbringing, has expressed dissatisfaction with her appearance on a May 2006 cover of Cosmopolitan; the magazine’s headline is “orgasms unlimited”, which refers to an article unrelated to her. Her most recent film is the romantic comedy Because I Said So, co-starring Gabriel Macht and Diane Keaton. It was released on February 2, 2007. Moore’s upcoming films include Southland Tales, Dedication, as well as License to Wed, in which she portrays a young bride who has to complete a two-week prenup course before her wedding. Co-starring John Krasinski as her fiance and Robin Williams as a minister, the film was shot in Mexico and Los Angeles and is scheduled for release on July 4, 2007.

Personal life

Moore dated actor Wilmer Valderrama for eighteen months between 2000 and 2002; in 2006, Valderrama appeared on the Howard Stern Show and detailed that he and Moore were each other’s “first loves”, although he did not claim that their relationship was sexual, as was alleged by several media sources who had misquoted his exact comments. Moore later referred to Valderrama as a “good guy” and a “gentleman”, although she has stated that his comments about their relationship were “utterly tacky.” Moore began dating tennis star Andy Roddick in 2002; Roddick ended the relationship in March of 2004. Moore also dated Philippines-born singer/actor Billy Crawford for a “few months” when she was younger.

In 2004, Moore began dating Scrubs actor Zach Braff, whom she met around November 2004. Referring to Braff, Moore said that she likes “good Jewish boy(s)… with a sense of humor”. In 2006, the two were incorrectly reported to be engaged; they ended their relationship the same year. In early 2007, Moore was linked by press reports to Adam Goldstein, known professionally as “DJ AM”, although representatives of the two have declined to comment on their relationship.

Moore’s favorite musicians are Elton John and Bette Midler; Midler is also Moore’s favorite actress, and her film Beaches was Moore’s favorite film when she was a teenager. Moore also enjoys Annie Hall and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and has described herself as a “glass-half-full kind of person”. She currently lives in her Hollywood Hills house with her brother, Kyle. Moore considers herself spiritual, and has said that she does not think of herself as distinctly Catholic nor Christian. In early 2007, Moore stated that during the previous year, she had undergone a “really crazy time” in her life, asking herself “life-altering questions”.





Eva Mendes

3 03 2007

Eva MendesEva Mendes (born March 5, 1974) is an American actress. She began acting in the late 1990s, and became known after a series of roles in several major Hollywood films, including 2 Fast 2 Furious, Hitch, and her most recent film, Ghost Rider.

Early life

Mendes was born in Miami, Florida (although many sources incorrectly state her birthplace is Houston, Texas) to “lower-middle-class” Cuban parents and was raised in Los Angeles by her mother after her parents’ divorce; Mendes has said that her mother “suffered so much to make my life OK” during her early years. Her father is a car salesman and her mother, Eva, is an elementary school principal. As a child, Mendes was teased about her “buck teeth”. She went to Hoover High School in Glendale, California and later attended California State University, Northridge but dropped out to seek an acting career. She studied with Ivana Chubbuck.

Career

Mendes worked her way up through commercials to music videos (including an appearance in Will Smith’s video “Miami”) to guest roles in television soap operas and supporting film roles. She received her first big-screen break when she appeared in the award-winning and critically-acclaimed Training Day. That performance led to roles in Stuck on You, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and as the female lead in the comedy Hitch opposite Will Smith. Her role in Once Upon a Time in Mexico also gave her a nomination at the Teen Choice Awards. She has two major movie projects pending, including Ghost Rider, in which she costars along with Nicolas Cage.

Mendes is a spokesmodel for Revlon. She has also worked in interior design and has written children’s books. Maxim ranked her #27 in their 2006 Hot 100 issue.

Personal life

Mendes has been in a long-term relationship with Peruvian filmmaker George Gargurevich. She lives in the Hollywood Hills. When not on the set she loves music, hiking, biking, skiing, mountain climbing and interior design.Her favorite movies are The Shining (1980) and Blowup (1966).Eva has a sister, Janet, who currently lives in Los Angeles. She is a very passionate supporter and active participant in Revlon’s fight against breast cancer.

Filmography

  • Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998)
  • A Night at the Roxbury (1998)
  • My Brother the Pig (1999)
  • Scream 3(2000) (cameo)
  • Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000)
  • Exit Wounds (2001)
  • Training Day (2001)
  • All About the Benjamins (2002)
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
  • Out of Time (2003)
  • Stuck on You (2003)
  • The End Has No End (2004)
  • Hitch (2005)
  • The Wendell Baker Story (2005)
  • 3 & 3 (2005)
  • Trust the Man (2006)
  • Ghost Rider (2007)
  • We Own The Night (2007)
  • Live! (2007)
  • Cleaner (2008)

Quotes

“I wanted to go into art history. Acting fell into my lap when a neighbor took pictures of me and showed them to an agent.” – Eva Mendes on how she began acting.





Jessica Biel

3 03 2007

Jessica BielJessica Claire Biel (born March 3, 1982) is an American actress and former fashion model, and probably best known for her role as Mary Camden in the long-running family-drama series 7th Heaven and her roles in feature films, such as Summer Catch, the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Illusionist.

Early life

Biel was born in Ely, Minnesota to Jonathan Edward Biel and Kimberly Conroe. Biel, who has a younger brother, Justin, and an older brother, Robert,[citation needed] grew up in Boulder, Colorado, where her family had moved when she was very young. She initially trained to become a vocalist with the hope of performing in musical theater and appeared in several musicals at an early age including The Sound of Music, Annie, Beauty and the Beast and Anything Goes.

Career

It wasn’t until Biel attended the International Modeling & Talent Association Convention in Los Angeles in 1994 when her career started to take off as a fashion model. However, her big break came when at 14 years old she landed the role of Mary Camden on the WB TV Series 7th Heaven. The family drama from Aaron Spelling and Brenda Hampton became the most popular (and remains the longest running) series on the fledgling network. Jessica’s film career also began at age 15 when she played alongside Peter Fonda in his Golden Globe winning performance in Ulee’s Gold (1997). Aside from acting, Jessica became a spokesmodel for L’Oreal cosmetics in 2002.

In 2000, Biel posed topless in a layout of Gear magazine. It was controversial because she was only 17 at the time of the shoot. Her frustration and fear about being typecast was one of the reasons that led to her decision. She blamed her saintly image on 7th Heaven for limiting her film career, including losing a lead role in American Beauty, which eventually went to Thora Birch. Jessica also hoped that by posing she would get out of her 7th Heaven contract, which she accomplished. She later said she regretted posing for the magazine and regards it as a learning experience. Jessica returned to 7th Heaven full time for the 2001—2002 season and then focused the attention on her movie career and has made minimal TV appearances since then.

After her departure from 7th Heaven she accepted projects mainly geared to teens and young adults including Summer Catch (2001), The Rules of Attraction (2002) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003). The movies were met with mild reaction from the box office and received mixed reviews, with at least as many negative as positive ones as well. She has also had starring roles in Blade: Trinity (2004) and Stealth (2005), the latter of which was a box-office flop, losing a significant amount of money. Biel was also rumored to be up for the part of Elizabeth in The Fog (a part originated by scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis). Later reports stated Biel did not want to do any more horror films. The part eventually went to Maggie Grace of Lost. Turning down the role proved to be a wise move: the remake was a box office flop, which had been predicted by various critics, as the film was not screened for the press prior to its release. After a nearly three year absence, Jessica surprised her fans by making one final appearance in the series finale of 7th Heaven in May 2006. The series was later renewed, at last minute, for an 11th season. Biel has not made any future appearances as of early 2007. After several indifferent feature films, her film career finally blossomed when she played a turn-of-the-century duchess in The Illusionist (2006), which received good reviews and generated a profit at the box office. Variety wrote that “Biel is entirely stunning enough to fight to the death over,” while “handily employing a refined English accent.”

Her latest film, Home of the Brave (2006), about soldiers returning from Iraq, premiered in Los Angeles on December 5, 2006.

She’ll next star opposite Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore in Next (2007), a science fiction action film based on The Golden Man, a short story by noted author Philip K. Dick. She will also star opposite Adam Sandler in the comedy I now pronounce you Chuck and Larry, and in A Women Of No Importance, taking over Lindsey Lohan’s part, since the latter recently dropped out of the project.

Personal life

Jessica attended the exclusive private Lycée Français de Los Angeles for high school. In fall 2000, she enrolled in undergraduate study at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Having attended her fall 2000, spring 2001 and fall 2002 semesters, she left before completing a degree program to concentrate on her acting career.

Biel’s hobbies include ballet, soccer, running, yoga and hiking. She has a dog named East. She recently bought a house close to her parents in Colorado. Biel is the co-founder of MTDN (Make the Difference Network) and she supports several non-profit groups, including PETA and the home rehabilitation organization Rebuilding Together, as well as GLAAD. She is also a vegan.

Biel currently resides in Los Angeles. She dated fellow actor Chris Evans from 2001 to 2006, with at least one time “off” during that period. Together, they appeared in the films London and Cellular. She also dated another fellow actor, Adam LaVorgna, who portrayed the character of Robbie in 7th Heaven, for about two years. Jessica has most recently been linked to New York Yankees star shortstop Derek Jeter. She is now rumored to be dating Justin Timberlake.

On July 18, 2006, Biel auctioned herself for a charity event to help raise money for medical expenses for Colorado teen Molly Bloom, who lost her leg and part of her pelvis in an auto accident. The winning bid for the lunch date with Biel was $30,000 paid by 28-year-old John Schiffner. Biel quipped, “I promise, I’m a cheap date.” The charity event raised $38,000 total. The lunch date was set for August 18, 2006. Biel also donated money to the daughter of actor Rey-Phillip Santos for her appendix operation.

Awards

  • 2007: Rising-star Award – Palm Springs International Film Festival 2007 Gala Awards
  • 2005: ShoWest Award Female Star of Tomorrow – 2005 ShoWest Convention
  • 1998: Young Artist Award – Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress in Ulee’s Gold

Other

  • Ranked #5 by AskMen.com readers in the list “Top 99 Women 2007″
  • Esquire magazine named her the “Sexiest Woman Alive” in a 2005 six-part series with each month, revealing a different body part and clue to the woman’s identity. One clue given was that her last name rhymes with what sigillographers are interested in (document seals).
  • Ranked #98 on VH1’s 100 Hottest Hotties.
  • Ranked #99 in Stuff magazine’s “102 Sexiest Women In The World” (2002).

Trivia

  • In 7th Heaven, Jessica’s character, Mary, is one year older than Beverley Mitchell’s character, Lucy. In reality, Mitchell is older than Biel by more than a year.
  • A noticeable result of the extensive weight training and strict diet Jessica went through in order to play Abigail Whistler in the Blade: Trinity, you can see Jessica’s character in her next movie, Stealth, very muscular, particularly in the scene where she wears a bikini.