June 28, 2004 12:00 PM

Faker Girls

Mandy Moore busted a few moves—badly, according to the singer-actress—while shooting her role in Romance & Cigarettes for director John Turturro. “John told Mary-Louise [Parker] and me to choreograph a dance for a song in the movie. So we decided we’d become Paula Abdul,” says Moore, 20. “I’m the worst dancer in the entire world, so we choreographed this silly, stupid thing—we’re doing the chicken dance in one part. But Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon and these dancers studied our tape and learned the routine from us. And it’s in the movie! It’s the most ludicrous, ridiculous thing you’ve ever seen—and we are getting a choreography credit. That cracked us up.”

Trailer Perk

Costarring with Will Smith in the upcoming sci-fi thriller I, Robot exposed 18-year-old Shia LaBeouf (Holes) to the bonuses of superstardom. “The coolest thing was going into Will’s trailer. You’ve got to understand—this man’s trailer has three levels,” says LaBeouf. “I didn’t go to all three, but on the one I did go to, there’s a studio where he makes his music. It’s got marble floors. And his kids have a game room. His whole posse’s in there. It’s insane. I’ve never seen anything like it. My trailer had a toilet and three cans of Sprite.”

Baby Wait

“I’m not pregnant, but I’m very open to it and Dave is too. If it happens, we’ll welcome it. But I wouldn’t want to do a reality show about it. I’m not sure how I’d feel about gaining 30 lbs. and lying around in pain on-camera.”

Carmen Electra, 32, on turning possible motherhood (and marriage to Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro) into a reality TV series

His Name Is Mud

News flash! Snoop Dogg wasn’t the most well-behaved little boy. “I always got whuppings. I probably got 1,000 of them,” says Snoop, 32. Still, he certainly was creative. “One time, there was a paintbrush next to my mama’s house. And there was some mud. [My cousin] said, ‘Let’s paint the house with mud.’ So we painted the whole house, which was white, with mud. When my mama came home, she came in, grabbed us, laid us on the bed side by side and beat our butts.”

Daddy’s Girl

There’s no question who’s running the show at Ben Stiller’s house these days. “She’s a force of nature. She bosses me around,” says Stiller, 38, referring not to his wife, actress Christine Taylor, but to the couple’s 2-year-old daughter Ella. “She’ll know the answer to a question but intentionally give the wrong answer for a laugh.” Adds Taylor, 32: “It’s not even funny how much she’s like Ben. She’s definitely a ham. And a minidirector. She’ll say, ‘Okay, Daddy, you stand in the kitchen—I have an idea.’ And the way she uses hand motions! She’s channeling him in so many ways.”

BIG KID ON CAMPUS

Given the celebrity trend of unusual baby names, couldn’t Crossing Jordan star Jill Hennessy and her husband, actor Paolo Mastropietro, come up with something a little wackier for their first child, 9-month-old son Marco? “I’m sorry. It was the only name that came to us,” explains Hennessy, 35, with a laugh. “He needed an Italian name to go with [Mastropietro]. But it’s very phonetic. No one’s going to mess it up. And with a name like Marco, he’ll be able to score some chicks in college.”

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