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4 items from 2010

El Pasado and Present

5 November 2010 11:03 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

It's like a dream. I'm at the shore in Barcelona, Spain.  The hot morning sun reflects off the ocean's blue waves—and Antonio's crystal blue eyes. His wide shoulders could throw me across the ocean. I'm sure of it. He could fight Zeus with no weapons. He was Odysseus in a past life; it's obvious. He wants to go skinny-dipping in the ocean—a very common thing in Spain, apparently. His skin literally sparkles in the sunlight. Unbelievable. Is this heaven?  I close my eyes.  My mind wanders. Suddenly, I am back in Los Angeles.  The traffic is grinding.  I'm sitting in my eight-year-old Mazda Miata on the way to an audition.  The tires are getting bald, making me cautious to hit the brakes too harshly. The air-conditioning isn't working, and a few days ago it was 113 degrees in the city.  I am slowly melting when... Antonio holds his gentle »

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The Interview

11 June 2010 4:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

I'd already passed interview number one. Now I'm told that Michael, the other manager, will be right with me. This place is super high-end. Everything's white. The floor, the walls, the ceiling, the tables, the linens covering the tables, the candles—even the server's uniforms are… uniform. I had totally forgotten that at a restaurant this nice you'd most certainly have to wear the standard white button-up shirt and bow tie.I sit at the bar and prop myself on a very high white stool. My legs don't touch the floor. I'm kind of tall, so these seats must be more-than-ordinarily high. I feel like a kid. My shoes dangle and now I'm seven again, waiting for Mom to put on my shoes as I suck on a lollipop. I swore I would never wait tables again, but here I am—applying at one of L.A.'s finest Italian restaurants. »

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It's Showtime

6 April 2010 1:03 PM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Dipping his head into the waiting area, the red-haired Pa calls out, his upper lip curling as he snickers like a clown. "Showtime!" he says cheerfully. The now-familiar term is his usual way of calling the actors to set. Usually I enjoy the greeting, but not today. I'm so nervous I'm not sure I can even walk. He grabs my hand. I think he can tell I'm terrified. He knows the scene that I'm about to shoot. Everyone does. As I get closer, I can hear the assistant director intone into the walkie-talkie: "This is now a 'closed set.' Anyone that does not need to be here, step off the set now, please!" In movies, closed sets happen when nudity is involved. In this case, mine. We're making a horror film, with a director who just premiered a thrilling film at Sundance this year that was crazy well received. »

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Dating Creative

20 February 2010 6:02 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

So, dating. Yeah. Without getting too Sarah-Jess-Parker, I have come to one conclusion:  As an actress, I need to date a creative guy. Of course, I've always had this perfect Prince Charming in my head. Tall, dark, handsome with tattoos, educated, well-read, well-traveled, a passion for humanitarianism... and creative. Someone like Jack or Sawyer from "Lost." (After all these seasons I still can't decide which I would marry. I lean towards Jack... no, Sawyer... no... Forget it.)  Or Jeff Bridges—too old for me, but come on, you saw him in "Crazy Heart."  Wow. I've been single for nearly a year and I'm finally ready to date. And by "ready to date" I mean that I'm now healed in a way where I'm open to being swept away.  No longer will images of my ex won't ruin the experience, causing me to hyperventilate in the nearest bathroom. That happened when »

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