February 16, 2004 12:00 PM


Kate Bosworth recently discovered a naughty new way to measure her career success. “The other day a friend called and told me they made a porn film using the title of my first movie,” says Bosworth, 21, who’s currently costarring in the romantic comedy Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! “It’s called The Whore’s Whisperer. You know you’ve made it when there’s a porn parody of a movie you’ve done.”

Leggo My Ego

Recent Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Tim Robbins hopes he hasn’t let success send him on an ego trip, but he admits that actors are not usually known for their modesty. “Without naming names—I’ll have to talk in code—there are a lot of tantrums and Hollywood trips. There are selfish actors and there are generous actors,” says Robbins, 45, who insists his Mystic River castmates were the giving sort. “If you are indulgent, insecure, neurotic or need attention, that’s trouble. But you can still be a really famous actor and get very far if you are that kind of person.” Then again, Robbins adds with a laugh, “those actors are all single.” Names, we want names!

Growing Old Gracefully

Everybody Loves Raymond‘s Doris Roberts doesn’t mind being typecast. “If you let your body look like mine, the only roles you’re going to get are grandmothers,” says the 78-year-old Emmy-winning actress, who was recently named a cultural ambassador by the U.S. State Department. “Madison Avenue tells us we’re supposed to be a size 0. Who wants to be a zero anything? Implants are put in, things are reduced, and everybody’s dieting beyond belief. People in my business walk the red carpet with open blouses down to their navel with bone structure showing. What happened to the roundness of a woman? What happened to a hip or a behind? What happened to breasts?”

Star-Spangled Banter

Walking in someone else’s shoes can be difficult, especially if you are Meg Ryan and the shoes are stilettos. “It was a pathetic balancing act up there on those heels. It was so sad,” says Ryan, 42, who portrays tough-minded boxing manager Jackie Kallen in the biopic Against the Ropes, due Feb. 20. “This is a character who really presents herself differently than I do. I never made a career out of being a sex symbol, but I ended up having a blast. I even kept some outfits. Now there’s some fringe and spangles in my closet.”

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