August 25, 2003 12:00 PM

Singer Lickin’ Good

Grammy winner Kelly Rowland’s turn as Kia, a tough-talking Elm Street teen in the slasher flick Freddy vs. Jason, was a tasty role in more ways than one. “In one scene I had fake blood, which was made out of corn syrup and dye, running down my head,” says Rowland, 22. “You’re supposed to keep the blood on your face [after shooting a scene] so that they can take pictures for continuity in the film. But I didn’t know that, and I’m a sweets fanatic, so I kept licking it off. Finally, my makeup artist said, ‘Kelly, please stop licking the blood!’ ”

The Fall Guy

Kiefer Sutherland is in the race for an Emmy for his portrayal of Counter-Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer on the real-time drama 24, but don’t expect him to break any track records of his own. “I never told anybody this, but I fractured my kneecap running to the set [last season],” says Sutherland, 36. “I had a soda in my hand and I tripped on a cable, but I was scared to death of our wardrobe lady if I spilled any of it on me, so I didn’t break my fall. Being Jack Bauer hasn’t hurt me at all, but being me is a physical challenge.”

An Immodest proposal

Now that she’s planning her November nuptials, country singer Wynonna Judd hopes that her wedding will be as romantic as the day she got engaged to D.R. Roach, her 45-year-old bodyguard and road manager, in August 2001. “Roach is very playful and childlike, so he dressed up as a prince, wearing a hat with a big plume, and showed up in a carriage with champagne,” says Judd, 39, who is currently touring to support her new album, What the World Needs Now Is Love. “I thought it was just another date. But he proposed to me right in front of our farm while cars were driving by, and people were honking and waving at me. Of course, I cried.” Judd, who has been married once before, has gotten a head start on one key detail. “Vera Wang has offered to make my dress,” says Judd. “I’ve never gotten anything for free. Where were these people when I was on welfare?”

No Ifs, Ands or Butts

Blair Underwood won’t divulge which of the Fab Four he falls for on Sex and the City (“Here’s a hint: She’s red hot,” he says), but he had no problems revealing a bit of him- self on the HBO hit. “The first thing my agent said was, ‘They want to know if you have any problem with nudity.’ I said, ‘Well, I’ve got four days to whip myself into shape,’ ” says Underwood, 39, whose first guest shot, as a New York Knicks team doctor, airs Aug. 17. “I told myself, ‘Okay—no bread. No dairy. Don’t eat after 7. And get back on that treadmill!’ ” The former L.A. Law star’s buddies are just a tad apprehensive about his new four-episode gig. Says Underwood: “All the fellas want to know is, ‘When is the episode where you show your butt, so we know not to look?’ ”

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