Brains before beauty
NewsRadio’s Vicki Lewis didn’t exactly have to get all dolled up for her role as a brainy scientist in the monster flick Godzilla. “I got some close-ups and I look like Woody Allen as a girl,” says Lewis, 38. “What else is there to say?” Even so, did the comedienne get a piece of the action-figure action? “I must have a really poor agent because I have no idea if I have a doll,” she says with a laugh. “I don’t think there’s a science girl. But there should be one for all those bookish little girls who need a role model.”
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David Duchovny may or may not become a genuine movie star with the release of The X-Files, the film version of his TV hit, but he already knows what he thinks about the prospect. “I think the only good thing about being a movie star is that people may eventually stop asking you if you’re going to be a movie star someday,” says Duchovny, 37. Either way, the actor makes no apologies for success. “I don’t understand it when people accuse you of not being grateful for the job that you have,” he says. “They go, ‘You could be flipping burgers somewhere,’ as if that’s your only other option: celebrity or burger-flipper.”
Having starred on the big screen in last year’s action flicks Batman & Robin and The Peacemaker and the new crime thriller Out of Sight, opening June 26, ER’s George Clooney says he’ll be hanging up his stethoscope after next season. “It makes me sad, but after five years, you’ve done it,” says Clooney, 37, adding that he would be open to returning for guest appearances. “If there is something for me to come back to do that makes sense, I will absolutely do it. These guys on ER—Noah [Wyle], Tony [Anthony Edwards], Eriq [La Salle]—are my best friends. We play basketball together. I know we’ll want to work together again.” But after last month’s season cliffhanger, in which his character’s job appeared to be in jeopardy, Clooney thought his ER privileges might have already been revoked. “Hey,” he jokes, “I read that stuff in the last script and thought maybe they were trying to get rid of me.”
“My anonymity is almost like a commodity I would like to buy back,” says Harrison Ford, 55, of being the biggest box-office star on the planet. In his latest movie adventure, the romantic comedy Six Days, Seven Nights, Ford plays a pilot who crash-lands on a deserted island with Anne Heche aboard. Recently, the actor, who has his pilot’s license, was forced to make an emergency helicopter landing in Trenton, N.J., where he proved capable of roughing it. “I ate in the airport diner,” Ford says. “And then I wandered around. I got a lot more attention than I ever imagined.” He decided to just go with the flow. “I used to shake my head as in, ‘No, I just look like him.’ But that’s not fair,” says Ford. “So I said to those little old ladies at the Trenton airport, ‘Yes, I am Harrison Ford.’ And they still didn’t believe it was me.”
Having gained entrance into Manhattan’s early ’80s club scene in The Last Days of Disco, 23-year-old actress Chloë Sevigny (Kids) was too young to flash back to boogie nights of her own. “I really wasn’t into disco that much,” says Sevigny. “But when I moved to New York to start acting at age 17, I went clubbing every night. I’d stay at the Limelight or Club USA until the sun came up.” But after watching the young actors put on their best disco-dancing faces, Sevigny is happy to have sidestepped the era. “The preppy-looking boys in our film all had that overbite look. They looked like such dorks,” she says. “When you dance disco, this awful look just comes over your face. It’s strange.”