February 10, 2004
GUESS HE FOLLOWED THE RULES…
Amy Davidson, star of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, must be breathing a sigh of relief that Average Joe: Hawaii’s Larissa Meek sacked Todd Mitchell from the NBC reality show. After all, Davidson’s been secretly dating the 26-year-old trainer since August. The couple met almost a year ago when they were both working out at the same gym. When he left to shoot Joe last summer, he kept it a secret. “He told me he had to go away for four weeks to relax,” said Davidson, 24. “He said, ‘I need to get away.’ ” It wasn’t until October that Mitchell spilled the beans, but Davidson didn’t mind. In fact, the couple have been watching the show together. “He’s a wonderful kisser on TV – and in real life,” says Davidson. “But I don’t think anyone likes to watch the person they’re into kissing someone else.”
A BIT OF FRIENDLY FUN
Matthew Perry seems to be facing his future beyond Friends with good humor. At Cosmopolitan magazine’s Fun, Fearless Female Awards in New York recently, he cozied up next to his girlfriend, fashion student Rachel Dunn, as he toasted a group of VIPs sitting at his table before accepting his Fun, Fearless Male Award. “Thank you for this tremendous, humbling honor. It’s amazing, especially knowing that the other finalist was Mel Gibson,” he deadpanned. “And I commend you on your choice because I’ve met Mel and he’s kind of boring.” Alicia Silverstone received the top honor, Fun, Fearless Female of the Year. The actress, dressed in black pants and a silver button-down shirt, told the audience that she was thrilled to be back in New York: “I felt so independent here, and I love that independent-woman feeling.” Other award winners included Oscar nominees Holly Hunter and Sofia Coppola, Ashanti, The O.C’s Mischa Barton and Kristin Chenoweth, who stars in Wicked on Broadway.
BLOOD AND GAMES?
Daryl Hannah gave us a bit of a preview of Kill Bill, Vol. 2 recently, after she spoke at an American Heart Association event (the actress is the organization’s celebrity spokesperson). “There’s not going to be as much blood in Part II as there was in Part I,” she told us. “There is more character development and dialogue, and it’s more like a spaghetti Western. That’s a big influence. In Part II, you get to learn more of the back stories.” She wouldn’t divulge any of those back stories but added that her character “will be getting out and kicking a little butt.” When she isn’t getting bloody onscreen, Hannah likes to create games. “I try to make fun games,” she said. “I’m not allowed to talk about (the latest one) because it’s just about finished and about to be patented.” Next up for Hannah: Silver City, with Maria Bello, Richard Dreyfuss and Thora Birch, due out later this year.
Soleil Borda, the 8-year-old who plays Jami Gertz’s younger daughter on CBS’s Still Standing, was bummed she had to work recently because it was “wacky hair day” at her school and she didn’t want to miss the special assembly. Feeling bad for the tyke, the cast and crew staged a wacky hair day of their own on the set.
CAUGHT IN THE ACT
• Scarlett Johansson, trying on a white dress at Malibu’s Planet Blue boutique.
• Pamela Anderson, walking along the beach in Malibu with her golden retrievers, arm-in-arm with an older, unidentified man.
• Jake Gyllenhaal, sipping apple juice at Joan’s on Third in Hollywood.
• Ethan Hawke, Kim Cattrall, Seal, Nicky Hilton, Anne Heche, Kyle MacLachlan and Donald Trump, at the anniversary party for Gotham and LA Confidential magazines at New York’s Gotham Hall.
Reported by: WILL KECK, ZORIANNA KIT, KATHERINE EHRICH, KEENAN MAYO, KWALA MANDEL, LYNETTE RICE and ELIZABETH LEONARD