Chuck Arnold
September 01, 1997 12:00 PM

YO, ANNABELLA

Having once plastered her bedroom wall with a Rocky poster, Annabella Sciorra (The Hand That Rocks the Cradle) was understandably starstruck acting opposite Sylvester Stallone in the new police drama Cop Land. “I was really nervous to meet him,” says Sciorra, 33. Stallone quickly KO’d her fears: “He ran right up to introduce himself.” In fact, Stallone even broke into his Rocky character for Sciorra. “Between takes I would beg Sly, ‘Please say it!’ And he would say, ‘Yo, Adrian!’ about 10 times.” Ironically, Sciorra says she is often mistaken for Talia Shire, the actress who played Mrs. Rocky Balboa. “Sometimes I’m walking down the street and someone will yell, ‘Are you the girl from Rocky?’ ” she says. “And once I had a meeting with Francis Ford Coppola, and he said, ‘You know what? You remind me of my sister Talia.’ But I don’t really see it at all.”

DOWNSIZING

TV’s Hercules, Kevin Sorbo, didn’t quite measure up to his character’s mythic proportions while filming his starring role in the adventure flick Kull the Conqueror, due Aug. 29. “I don’t lose weight very easily because I work out all the time, but I lost seven pounds during the filming of this movie,” says Sorbo, 38, who had maintained a muscly 215 pounds since he was 21. “We were working 16-hour days, seven days a week. I was exhausted, so I didn’t get the time to work out properly. A couple of days, I couldn’t even get out of bed. I guess I’m not as young as I used to be.” Still, Sorbo is quick to declare who would win a fight between his TV Hercules and his animated counterpart from Disney’s recent movie. “I’m the real Hercules, come on,” he says. “The Disney one looks like a wimp.”

SMART AND SMARTER

Lauren Holly, who recently filed for divorce from rubber-faced actor Jim Carrey after 10 months of marriage, says that she prefers not to stretch the norm offscreen. “I hope they don’t hate me for saying this, but a lot of actors like to create this persona that’s offbeat,” says Holly, 33, who costars with Greg Kinnear in the new romantic comedy A Smile Like Yours. “I don’t know if I could ever do that. People say to me that I’m too normal to be in show business.” In fact, Holly, a Sarah Lawrence graduate, was a bookworm as a kid. “Doing well in school was a big thing in my house,” says Holly, whose parents are both college professors. “When I was preparing for the SATs, I had to learn a new word every time I came to dinner.” So much so that Holly once planned to put her vocabulary to the test as a lawyer. “I make great arguments,” she says. “Just ask anyone I’ve dated.”

PATERNAL INSTINCTS

Paul Reiser, who became a TV dad in Mad About You’s May season finale and has just released a new book, Babyhood, draws from experience. He and wife Paula, a psychologist, have a son, Ezra, nearly 2. But the actor admits that parenting did not come easily to him. “In the beginning I felt we were babysitting, waiting for the real parents to come home,” says Reiser, 41. “I didn’t know what I was doing. I don’t know if all women have it, but my wife sure knew what she was doing. She hit the ground running. I was like, ‘How did you know that?’ ” As for the decision to make Baby Buchman a girl, Reiser, whose NBC sitcom returns for its sixth season Sept. 23, says, “It was more of an offbeat choice. I did want to distinguish it from my own life. And girls are one of the top two sexes.”

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