For Jeff Bridges, the star of the new thriller Blown Away, home is on the range—a Montana ranch complete with cattle, cowpokes and a history befitting the Wild West. “My ranch house was the whorehouse they used in Heaven’s Gale,” says Bridges, 44, who had a small role in the disastrous movie. “It’s very romantic in a weird way. I had met my wife, Susan, in Montana a few years before [that movie]. She was working at a dude ranch and had two black eyes and a broken nose, and I couldn’t take my eyes off her. I thought her boyfriend had beat her up and I would save her. Turns out it was just a car accident.” Later they bought the house, which has become something of an actors’ retreat. “I had Tommy Lee Jones and the Blown Away stars there to rehearse before we shot the movie,” says Bridges. “It was relaxing. I didn’t make them lend to cattle or anything.”
MODELS: THEIR DIRTY LITTLE SECRET
T-shirts worn by crew 3 members of Models Inc. sum up Fox-TV’s new nighttime drama: “Beautiful People with Big Problems.” Why should we care? “Today’s supermodels are more glamorous than movie stars,” says Dallas alum Linda Gray, 53, who plays the owner of a modeling agency in the Melrose Place spinoff. “People fantasize about Claudia [Schiffer] and Cindy [Crawford] the way they once fantasized about movie stars.” Yet Kylie Travis, a former model who plays the soap’s scheming blonde, says that fantasy is pure fiction. “You wouldn’t want a show about the real life of models: Here they are working hard for eight hours, walking around looking pretty, going to sleep early. That wouldn’t really go over on TV.”
A IS FOR ACTOR
English beauty Lysette Anthony, the tofu-happy bimbo of Woody Allen’s Husbands and Wives, has shared the screen with some of the sexiest men alive: Harry Hamlin. John Travolta. Eric Roberts, and Tim Daly in the forthcoming spoof Dr. Jekyll & Ms. Hyde. “People say I have rosy English skin, but it’s really just my hormones—they don’t stop racing,” says Anthony, 30, whose husband, abstract painter Lue Leestemaker, remains her No. 1 leading man. “When I first met Luc, I thought, ‘There’s no way I’m ever going to be Mrs. Leestemaker. ‘ My real name is Lysette Chodzko, and I spent my life spelling it. Finally I changed it to Anthony because it’s my father’s stage name and because it begins with A—a smart move for an actor.
Alphabetical-order credits? No problem.”
MY KINGDOM FOR A BUS
How did keanu Reeves, having recently played Siddhartha in Little Buddha and Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, switch gears to play Speed’s action hero, Jack Traven? “I spent a lot of time on the set reading Shakespeare,” says Reeves, 29, who needed more rhyme than reason to crawl beneath a speeding bus as an LAPD SWAT cop who tries to disarm a bomb a foot above his face. “Good thing I don’t have claustrophobia,” says Reeves. “I am afraid of the dark, but we filmed during the daytime, so that wasn’t a problem.”