We got One Tree Hill’s Sophia Bush to dish a bit on her upcoming wedding (and life) with costar and fiancé Chad Michael Murray.
• On the dress: “Two words: Vera Wang.”
• On a theme: “Theme is not my thing. He and I are both in favor of elegance. In addition to being elegant, we don’t want to be stuffy. We’re going to keep it small and intimate.”
• On how they spend their time together: “We’re homebodies and we like to go out. We do both.”
• On balancing work and wedding plans: “I’m pretty obsessive-compulsive and I am a multitasker. I’ve got files for everything. I’m doing a lot of things via email and fax, and everything’s coming along.”
• On how their romance started: “We were fast friends. We just really clicked. We’re very similar people and we have like-minded qualities. There was a desire not to take it to a dating level between the both of us because we wanted to be professionals – but eventually professionalism went out the window.”
• Chad on Sophia: “She’s perfect, and I don’t use that word a lot. She’s my girl.”
That Was Then
Sure, Hilary Swank is a huge star now, what with one Best Actress Oscar already on her shelf and another nomination this year (for Million Dollar Baby). But back in the early ’90s, she was just another hopeful actress trying for her shot – and she got it in The Next Karate Kid, the fourth installment in the popular franchise (out on DVD in a box set this week). So what was she like back then? In a word (or a few): “Hungry, receptive, talented, athletic, big-hearted,” says her costar in The Next Karate Kid, Pat Morita. “She was a good all-around girl next door, a lot of fun to be with. She always has been a dear, dear person.” And are they still in touch, as Morita is with the original Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio? “She’s become an enormous actress, but since she got famous she doesn’t answer my calls anymore,” he joked.
Caught in the Act
• Ben Stiller, lunching with fellow funnyman Gene Wilder at the Hotel Bel Air. Also at the hotel: Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett, holding her 3-year-old son’s hand in an attempt to slow him down in the lobby.
• Robert De Niro, taking his son to a gymnastics class in New York.
• By BRENDA RODRIGUEZ, KIMBERLY LANSING and JOANNE FOWLER