Halle Berry has gone geek: “I spend lots of time in chat rooms being various names and people. I am never who I am,” the Oscar winner told us at a recent New York City event, where she presented the American Heart Association with $150,000 on behalf of Oral-B.
It may have all started with research for her upcoming thriller, Perfect Stranger, about a woman who goes undercover online to crack the case of her friend’s murder. But besides perusing medical chat rooms, Berry admits, “I have been to a couple of dating ones just to see what everybody is talking about. I chime in and say a little fun stuff.” But she won’t reveal any of her online pseudonyms. “I could never give it out,” she says with a laugh.
What’s better than playing the Bait Shop? Playing West Hollywood’s venerable club Troubadour, as the O.C. star Adam Brody and his band Big Japan had the chance to do recently. The five-piece indie rock group – with Brody behind the drums – ran through a 30-minute set for about 150 people, including his O.C. costars Rachel Bilson (who’s also his real-life girlfriend), Mischa Barton and Benjamin McKenzie.
But don’t expect the actor, who’s been with the band (formerly known as Stevens Team) for two years, to quit his day job. The group, which released the eight-song debut EP Music for Dummies, isn’t counting on his star status. “I wouldn’t want (a major-label record deal) unless we were good enough,” says Brody, who even packed up his own drum kit at the end of the show.
Caught in the Act
• Heidi Klum and Seal, driving outside West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center. Klum, who’s eight months pregnant, wore dark sunglasses and had her hair pulled back in a knotted bun with a yellow scarf around her tresses, while Seal wore aviator sunglasses.
• Keira Knightley, having brunch with a female friend at New York City eatery Zoe. The actress, wearing a loose black dress and thick bangles around her wrists, ordered a burger with cheese on top and bacon on the side – hold the roll.
• Matt Dillon and a female friend, singing along with indie rockers Dinosaur Jr. at New York City’s Summerstage in Central Park.
• By REBECCA PALEY, CARRIE BORZILLO-VRENNA, AMY ELISA KEITH, BETHANY LYE and JANICE MORRIS