Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are in the giving spirit: The new parents each made $500 donations to Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick’s campaign recently.
Affleck is an ardent Democratic supporter, and his political passion runs in the family: mom Chris was one of several cohosts of a Cambridge, Mass., fundraiser in late October for Patrick – a lawyer and former Clinton administration official – and the event raised over $10,000. Garner is apparently following in the Affleck clan’s footsteps.
“Jennifer Garner’s donation was listed under Jennifer Affleck,” Patrick’s press secretary Libby DeVecchi tells us. “And no money yet from baby Violet, but we have three out of four Afflecks – and the baby is too young to legally give!”
Since HBO’s Six Feet Under has been laid to rest, Freddy Rodriguez, formerly known as the mortician Federico, has been tackling new challenges – such as filming his first nude scene in the drama Havoc. “It’s weird being naked in front of a crowd,” says the actor, who plays a gang member in the movie, now out on DVD. “I put on a robe as soon as the cameras were off.”
Rodriguez’s trysting partner, actress Anne Hathaway, was also a nudity newbie. “She was a little nervous – she’s a classy girl, and I don’t think she was used to doing anything like that,” says Rodriguez. “We’d just laugh because it was so ridiculous. We’re there, we’re nude, and there’s 30 other people around us.”
Caught in the Act
• Will Ferrell, dining on Tasmanian trout and crunchy sushi rolls at the Japanese restaurant Hirozen in Los Angeles. The actor and wife Vivica were on a double date with another couple.
• Wentworth Miller, partying at a holiday soiree-wrap party at the Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago with his Prison Break castmates, including Robin Tunney. The event was catered by China Grill.
• Hilary Swank, waiting to be pampered at the Kinara Spa in West Hollywood.
• Joss Stone, shopping with three male friends at The Grove mall in Los Angeles.
• By PAYSHA STOCKTON, KIMBERLY LANSING, MARGI BLASH, SARAH PRESTON, BRENDA RODRIGUEZ and CLARE KLEINEDLER