Plus: Andy Roddick, Kim Basinger and more

By People Staff
September 09, 2004 06:00 AM

The heist flick Criminal (opening Sept. 10) is anything but a romance, but the stylish thriller starring John C. Reilly (Chicago, Boogie Nights) does have at least one tender moment: a kiss between Maggie Gyllenhaal, 26, and Mexican heartthrob Diego Luna (Y Tu Mama Tambien), 24. But before you get all excited about a new on-set romance, the stars say the smooch was not the steamiest. “Kissing him was just sweet,” says Gyllenhaal. “Diego seems like he could be a friend of my brother’s (actor Jake, 23). He’s a little younger than me. He’s like a cutie pie! It actually wasn’t, like, that hot thing. It was sweet and lovely.” As for his experience with Gyllenhaal, Luna says: “I have to say with Maggie, the greatest thing is that there’s always a lot happening in her eyes. You can see a lot of what she’s feeling. She has very expressive eyes. You see everything through her.”

As for Reilly, 39, he says his work as a character actor has rendered him utterly approachable to fans, but that’s okay with him. “Ninety-nine times out of 100, it’s something really positive when people come up to you,” he says. “People say, ‘You probably get sick of hearing this, but I love you, man.’ I never get sick of that. You can never hear you’re a good actor too many times. It’s nice. There are worse things to be famous for. You could be O.J. Simpson, walking around, and people singling you out for something negative.”

Andy’s New York Minutes
Tennis champ Andy Roddick is busy kicking butt at the U.S. Open right now (he bested Spaniard Tommy Robredo in straight sets Tuesday night to advance to the quarterfinals), but when it’s all over you may see him out and about in New York City. “I have a pretty good groove in the city,” he tells us. “I’m not one to sit in my room and order room service. I should be able to find something to do in New York City, right? I don’t really do the hotspots. I like going out to dinner and just bumming around the city, people-watching and walking around. People notice me, but people in New York are great. If they say, ‘Hey, what’s up?’ and you say, ‘Hey,’ they’re fine with it. That’s cool. Then they have a story.”

No Growing Pains
We hear all the time about actresses feeling left out of Hollywood once they’re past a certain age, but at 50, Kim Basinger is still gorgeous, has a starring role in the thriller Cellular (opening Sept. 10), and in general, “wouldn’t be in my 20s (again) if you handed me my 20s tomorrow,” she says. Why? Wisdom. “You know, I had such an Opie kind of thing about me in a way,” says Basinger of her younger days. “It was a real naivete. If I regret anything, it would be that I was so naive. I could’ve just avoided a lot of things had (I not had) that naivete with people. But do I regret anything? Not a thing. I’ve been one of the luckiest people, one of the luckiest girls in the world as far as I’m concerned.”