“I’m not into vilifying L.A., like “Everyone is so dumb, everyone has fake boobs….” It’s just not true. There’s a lot of really smart, fascinating people there. I’m a New Yorker who loves L.A.”
—AMANDA PEET, costarring with John Cusack in the drama Martian Child, on having love for both coasts
STEVE CARELL, CURRENTLY STARRING IN THE COMEDY DAN IN REAL LIFE, DISHES ON …
His awkward courtship of his wife, actress Nancy Walls: We are both really shy. I said, “Boy, if I were ever to go out on a date with someone like you….” And she said, “I bet I’d date someone like you….” We danced around it for weeks before I finally said, “Well, do you wanna?”
Being a dad: I’m already seeing my daughter’s cynical sense of humor and she’s 6! I bought these shoes, and I’m thinking I’m a cool dad, I’m going to show her my new half-boot shoes. So I said, “What do you think of these?” And she’s like, “Mmm no, not liking them.”
Playing Maxwell Smart in the upcoming Get Smart: I am sort of billing it as a comedic Bourne Identity.
Life since The 40-Year-Old Virgin made him a movie star: I have a helluva lot more money than I used to! That’s the only perceivable difference. I will definitely be able to send my kids to college now, which was a question before.
“Have you seen Kelsey Grammer’s wife?”
—SETH ROGEN, offering his proof that nerds rule the world, at the New Yorker Festival in N.Y.C.
3 Questions For …
1 YOU COSTAR WITH SCARLETT JOHANSSON IN THE UPCOMING DRAMA THE SPIRIT. HAVEN’T YOU BEEN PAIRED WITH HER BEFORE?
I did one of my first acting jobs with Scarlett. It was called My Brother the Pig. I was a lot older than her; she was only like 14, but she ran circles around me! I played her live-in babysitter, and I accidentally turn her brother into a pig. I’m not even joking!
2 WELL, YOU’VE COME A LONG WAY SINCE THEN. HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHAT ROLES YOU’LL TAKE ON?
The best experiences I have, I usually say no to in the beginning. I said no to Hitch: I was like, “I love Will [Smith], but I want to be a serious actress!” And I said no to We Own the Night for a year because I’m a complete idiot and I have no reflex. I’ve paid a lot of money for therapy.
3 SO, DOES THIS MEAN YOU’LL BE LESS SELECTIVE IN THE FUTURE?
Well, I probably won’t be doing a Fast and Furious 4.