April 2, 2004
THE PERILS OF STARDOM …
So what’s it really like working with Colin Farrell? We asked Rosario Dawson, who recently finished shooting Alexander with the Irish bad-boy. “He’s really professional,” Dawson, 24, said at a charity event for the Lower Eastside Girls Club in New York. “A lot of times we think he’s a flash-in-the-pan kind of actor who just had a good moment, but he’s really talented. He gives a lot. We were doing 16-hour days, six-day weeks and he got no sleep. I think he’s undermined by all of the rumors that go on with him.” One of those rumors, of course, involved fellow Alexander star Angelina Jolie. “Colin and Angelina are two of the most written-about people in the world,” said Dawson. “I don’t normally go into a film already having feelings about somebody that I don’t know, and I had that a lot with them. … It only annoys me because really getting to know him and how talented he is I feel how robbed he is. Now the whole six months is only wrapped on who he f—ed. I really think he did so much more than just f— Angelina. That’s terrible.”
The scene: Outside the Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort in Sunny Isles, Fla., near Miami, at 2 a.m., the night before auditions for the second season of The Apprentice. Nearly 150 people sit in chairs and sleeping bags, waiting for their shot – and the ones we poll seem to believe it’s worth it. Who are they? Here’s a sampling:
Desmond Flynn, 30, a financial adviser with American Express from Deltona, Fla., at nearly the back of the line.
“An opportunity like this is once in a lifetime. If you are qualified for it, you’ll make it in. If it is meant to be for you, then you will be there. If not, then que sera, move on to the next thing. This is not just a reality show – it is a test of your will, a test of your knowledge and your skills. It’s the best thing out there. Survivor tests if you are tough, Fear Factor tests if you are crazy. This just tests your basic knowledge and all the skills you have.”
Fab Charry, 28, sales manager for an Office Max in Miami. Second in line, camped out since 9:30 that morning, waiting 24 hours until audition time.
“So far it has been nothing but a positive experience. Everyone in line is real friendly, real positive. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so it’s definitely worth it. I feel like I have been here five minutes. It has gone that quick.”
Beau Santiago, first in line, is holding the spot for his girlfriend of two years, who is a professional IT recruiter from Miami.
“It’s just part of being a partnership. She’s a well-driven, professional-minded person. She’s going to take it all. She’s got it in her mind to win this, so I support her 100 percent.”
Gabrielle Union is the new face of Neutrogena. “You’ll see the new commercials and new print ads soon,” the actress tells us. Union takes over the gig once held by Jennifer Love Hewitt and Mandy Moore.
CAUGHT IN THE ACT
• Anne Heche and her husband, Coley Laffoon, at the Lia Schorr Day Spa on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, pampering themselves before the opening of her new Broadway show, Twentieth Century. She had a facial and he had a manicure and a massage.
• Zac and Taylor Hanson, minus older brother Isaac, jamming with up-and-coming singer Ben Jelen at a Rock the Vote benefit at the Knitting Factory in Manhattan. The group covered Tracy Chapman’s “Revolution.” On hand to watch: supermodel Karolina Kurkova, Queer Eye’s Carson Kressley and American Dreams’ Rachel Boston.
Reported by: LAURA DOWNEY, JON WARECH, BRENDA RODRIGUEZ, KC BAKER and LIZA HAMM