May 06, 2002 12:00 PM

Making the ribald girls-will-be-boys comedy The Sweetest Thing, Christina Applegate couldn’t help but bond with costars Selma Blair and Cameron Diaz. “We became buddies,” says Applegate, 30. “We were in tune.” She could also relate to her wild twentysomething character. As in the film, Applegate admits she and her pals used to give suitors derogatory monikers.

“There was Bad Tie Guy or College Puke Guy,” she says. “You give them names so you don’t have to commit to what their actual names are.”

These days the only man in her life is Husband Guy Johnathon Schaech, 32, whom the former Jesse star wed last October. Though he cameos as a smarmy barfly in Thing—”He’s going to put that on his résumé,” she deadpans—Applegate doesn’t plan to act with him again anytime soon: “I don’t want to air our relationship that way.”

The couple, who live in a four-bedroom villa in L.A., have no parenting projects in the works either. “Of course you have your life plan—’I’ll get married at 28, have a baby when I’m 30,’ ” says Applegate. “But it doesn’t usually work that way. Now 40 is the new 30. I’m digging on that concept.”

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