By Danielle Anderson
October 30, 2006 12:00 PM


Rosario Dawson doesn’t just talk the talk; she’s also perfecting the walk. “I’ve been taking lessons on how to be tough,” the 27-year-old actress, currently shooting Quentin Tarantino’s horror flick Grind House, told PEOPLE at the 10th-anniversary bash for the Lower Eastside Girls Club in New York City. “I’m working with Zoë Bell, the stuntwoman for Uma Thurman on Kill Bill, and she’s pretty badass. We talk all the time about how actors in movies are supposed to be [thugs], but then they’ll stand wrong. They act tough, but they don’t really look it.”

Sarah, Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Lots of celebs have been landing roles on Broadway, but don’t expect to see Sarah Chalke on the Great White Way any time soon. “One of the reasons I wanted to be an actress was because I wanted to play Eponine in Les Miserables. Then I figured out I couldn’t sing,” says Chalke, 30. Scrubs fans will get an earful of her vocal skills—or lack thereof—in a musical episode set to air this season. “It was fun to sing and dance after six years [on the show]. Zach [Braff] is fantastic! Donald [Faison] has an amazing singing voice. Everyone can sing [but me]. I need help!”

FREE ASSOCIATION … with Jason Lee, whose first season of My Name Is Earl is out on DVD

Something that makes you cringe:

Most things in pop culture.


There’s probably a better chance of living a longer life if you’re not nasty.

A name you’d choose for yourself:

President of Operations.

What scares you:

Maybe I’m a wuss. [But] there are lots of scary things.

William Shatner turns down a trip to space:

It’s because he’s a little fat now.

  • “Edie was skinnier than I was, so [director George Hickenlooper] wanted me to [lose weight]. But I can’t work that hard and not eat. He’d come and try to snatch bagels out of my hands”
  • SIENNA MILLER, on playing Edie Sedgwick in the upcoming biopic Factory Girl