Thursday, April 05, 2007

Inside The World Of An Actress

When I was at the Golden Globes back in January I started thinking about how it would be interesting to find an actress who would take the reader into their life and their world through a blog. There are plenty of blogs written by celebrities but with very few exceptions they are not really honest with themselves or the reader or are written by a publicist. I didn't want something like that for everyone. I wanted to see if my experiment would work.

I kind of put it on the back burner and it didn't come up again really until the Grammy's when I thought I would really like to know what so and so did everyday. I could ask her and report on it which is kind of what I do with AP, but it isn't the same. I knew I needed to find a person who is willing to not censor herself and who had a variety of projects, was intelligent and someone that was willing to do it.

At LA's fashion week I saw her and knew immediately she would be perfect. She is an award winning actress who is happy in mainstream or indie films. She works all the time, incredibly smart, gorgeous and always willing to speak her mind. I spoke with her for about ten minutes to just see what was going on in her life but didn't broach the subject of the blog. This was the beginning of problems I hadn't foreseen.

With the exception of one person, no one really knows who I am and I kind of wanted to keep it that way. So, even though I had this actresses phone number I couldn't really call her and ask her to do it. She would probably figure out it was me. So I figured out that I would e-mail her, but I didn't have her e-mail address. Again, I couldn't call her and ask for it and didn't want to call her closest friends to ask them because it would work its way back to her.

Therefore I enlisted the aid of LG who finally managed to secure the coveted e-mail address. Now the question was how do I approach this situation. How do I get this actress to want to blog about her life in an uncensored way for basically a stranger since I didn't identify who I was. I just told her about the blog and what I wanted her to do and waited. Well, she agreed. She's never blogged before and so this will be a process. I gave her some topics that I thought you would find interesting to read. I also asked her to start taking photos of places she goes so we can see the world from her perspective. The other side of the lens so to speak. She has had several films released this year already and has some films coming out later this year as well. She also goes to a fair share of events and premieres and talk shows so it should give us a look into the world of an actress.

Hopefully this experiment will be a success. I don't know how often she will write or send photos, but hopefully at least weekly. In one of her films I think she has the chance to be nominated for an award and so hopefully this experiment will take us all the way through award season next year. I also hope that you will be kind as the experiment begins because this is new for her and it may take some time to make it into something that is seamless.

For now she will remain anonymous, but she can change her mind at anytime. She has never been shy about speaking her mind even in public so she might want to do so, but not right now. For our purposes I'll call her ZX. I just like those letters so don't read anything into it.

Here is the first installment--I have not edited it all

i've never blogged before. i wonder if it's in the scrabble dictionary yet. mmmmmmkay. well, i've put on hold two photo shoots because my boyfriend dumped me. i think he saw it coming and then just went ahead and prepared a speech saying i was unstable and a lot of other miserable things. lately, the most exciting thing is my shower door falling in on me- while i was taking a bath. safety glass my ass. i bled all over the carpet and my landlord suggested replacing it with a shower curtain, which i thought was a cheap, gauche suggestion. but it's been fixed now and i'm through licking my wounds and hopefully will be back to work soon. i've been swimming and taking long runs on the beach. oh jeez, i sound very want addy. well, this is absurd. hope i have something more interesting to report eventually.

68 comments:

Stacy said...

So is ZX Parker Posey?

Hez said...

Should be fun -- thanks for trying to keep it interesting for us.

Hands folded neatly in lap,
Hez

mary mac said...

I'm going with Julie Delpy

Anonymous said...

I was going to say Dakota Fanning but this entry sounds too grown up for that.

radiohogirl said...

GREAT idea EL... she did a good job for her first post too and you can tell she will def open up as she already spilled about bf dumping etc.
How are you going to tap dance around the anonimity though if you post her stuff here, won't she know and then read your set up and figure out who you are?? maybe she actually has a blog page and you've just copied it here for us to see? hmm. curious about the web your weaving :),

kimishoe said...

I was totally thinking Parker Posey as well. LOOOOOVE her!

Anonymous said...

it's too imature to be dakota fanning

brendalove@gmail.com said...

Hello Mystery Actress! Sorry about you getting dumped. But I've heard ENT is a 30 something with all his teeth so you should stick around. ;-)

hez said...

Aw, b-love... how could you sell me out like that? I thought we were in this as a tag team! ;)

Heh. So much for perfect manners, I guess. (But who really thought that would last?)

Billie (PUSSSYKATT) said...

My life would be complete if it were Zooey Deschanel! She is awesome!

Billie

Anonymous said...

What about Hilary Swank? She is award winning, always at premires and talk shows and I recently read that she loves to play scrabble. Plus she was dating that manager/pr guy and he could have dumped her because of her instablilty...

D

Anonymous said...

To our lovely new blogger-thanks for doing this. I think it will be fascinating and look forward to seeing how you develop as a blogger.

Sorry about your boyfriend honey- we can all relate!

Cowhugger xo

Anonymous said...

who's LG? (the one who got EL the email address)

heather

brendalove@gmail.com said...

Ha ha Hez! I would tap ENT, sight unseen, simply because he doesn't seem to have any interest in NASCAR and has never once uttered "GIT 'ER DONE!"

tigereye said...

Billie-for some random reason, I thought of Zooey too! wonder if we'll ever figure it out? regardless, it'll be interesting. Great idea EntL

Pinky said...

Wow - that Zooey Deschanel guess is awesome. I can hear her voice saying what she wrote. And she's in preproduction for "Gospel According to Janis" which is a biopic, and you know how those do at Oscar time. Good on ya, Billie!

sb said...

Very interesting experiment - will look forward to the entries. Lord knows I will never know firsthand what it is like to be an actor in LA, so this should be fun.

One thing, though - EL - you say that only 1 person knows who you are. But you had 2 different spies taking notes for you at the Oscar parties - didn't they know? Doesn't that make at least 2 who know? Just curious.

amy said...

salacious intrigue! that's why we're here! we eat it up with a spoon!

Anonymous said...

I love the idea. An inside look into someone's mundane life - I can't wait. ;)

I can't resist and I know it's wrong to be the grammar police, but I just want to suggest the use of the shift button. I know, I know - I type like a two-year old, but it's hard for me to read.

It's far too early for an accurate guess, but from judging those sentences, I'm going with Lindsay. She loves to text message. Ok she will never be nominated, except for a Razzie. It's definately not someone like Maggie Gyllenhaal with a BA in English.

GGA

Anonymous said...

drew barrymore

ZXfan said...

Welcome to the world of blogging, ZX! Thanks for sharing some info about your life with us. Don't censor yourself. You have a unique window into the world of the media and the arts through your work, and we're interested in anything you care to share with us!

ZX fan

mary mac said...

Oooooo....I absolutely LOVE the Zooey Deschanel guess and absolutely LOVE Zooey!!! She's had a couple movies out this year including Bridge to Terabithia and will be coming out with The World According to Janis as Janis Joplin. Since lately Academy Awards go to biopics, could be a good clue!

Zooey is also a big fan of Parker Posey and an absolutely AMAZING singer!

Hez said...

LG = Lauren Graham. Click the label in the right hand column for more.

As far as I can tell, she's the only one who knows both the Wizard of Ent AND his Secret Identity. They're good friends and she ain't gonna be sellin' him out for anything.

And yes, she posts here from time to time.

::Waves hi::

I'm guessing ZX isn't somebody LG knows really well, since she didn't come back with the email address right away.

Parker Posey is a great guess and she rocks with brass knobs on. I still laugh when I think about her character in Guffman.

Anonymous said...

I would guess initially that ZX is someone who is renting a condo/apt because of the landlord reference. I wouldn't think if she was renting a house that she would have a landlord. So, keeping along those lines, this actress would presumably be on the young-side. I, too, would LOVE it to be Zooey or even Parker Posey, but I don't think it is. Because ZX runs on the beach and swims frequently, she has to be based in Cali... I'm stumped for the moment!

Dorothy said...

I'm going with Zooey too. The comment "happy in mainstream or indie films" made me think it was her. She's totally indie. She's been in three movies already this year - with 5 more coming out. Bridge to Terabithia was a top ten on the box office chart.

She's not married so the b/f could be possible. The blog entry could be her.

The only thing I'm unsure about is ELs use of the name ZX. Doesn't using the Z seem to make it too obvious?

Mooshki said...

Chloe Sevigny?

Anonymous said...

For some reason when reading the blog I got a british vibe ... Perhaps she's an import ... I dont see many american actresses doing something like this ...

Anonymous said...

What a great idea EntL -- well done!!!

And to you mystery actress -- thank you! I look forward to reading more from you!

Be Adequite! said...

Love this, Ent! I love snooping (I guess everyone on here does as well...)
Hi mystery lady! Sorry about your shower door and your ex too.
And Hez PP is the shit. And Guffman is too. Best in Show is still my favorite tho (even more than Spinal Tap).

Anonymous said...

Who cares who ZX is :-P Kudos to her for opening up to us! The majority of gossip reported is so out of whack, it will be great to get some honest "reality" in the life of a celeb -

And the heck with your BF, girlfriend - some men never want to admit that a relationship is a two way street - and that both sides contribute to the rise and fall of a relationship. Grab your GFs, get some champagne, and have a "Good Riddance" party! :-)

Great job on your first post btw!

signed, Rhin :-)

Anonymous said...

Jessica Alba

Twisted Sister said...

Sorry, but Zooey D. does NOT seem like a person who would care enough about fashion to attend Fashion Week! MAYBE Parker Posey.

Here is a link to some pictures of people who attended Fashion Week in Los Angeles. Does anyone stick out?
I don't recognize them all.

http://mbfashionweek.com/losangeles/fall2007/the_scene/

Anonymous said...

Gina Gershon?

Lucy said...

I thought of Rose McGowan... but I could be way off

Anonymous said...

If it is Jassica Alba..good for you Cash was a dick anyway...i live in vancouver and saw you a couple times during FF 1 & 2 and he seemed like a prick.

You are a catch,go on girl!!!

mary mac said...

http://www.nypost.com/seven/02052007/entertainment/fashionweek/runway_zooey_lander_fashionweek_serena_french___post_fashion_editor.htm

I think we have our mystery actress...

mary mac said...

http://www.people.com/people/gallery/0,,1534066_9,00.html

Should I say any more???

WTF said...

Can't be Hohan, ent said he didn't edit the post and it makes sense and I didn't see any spelling errors.

Hope it isn't Hilary Skank and Rose McGowan is with the director of her movie who left his wife for her.

I can't imagine taking a bath and having a glass door shatter on me. Yikes! Hope she's all ok.

Kathy said...

Mandy Moore. She's done with that DJ guy that used to date Nicole Richey (who is also featured on the page ... and EL hint technique), AND she's been photographed recently with one leg in a sort of cast thing.

Anonymous said...

Parker Posey makes the most sense if Lauren Graham is "LG". Amy Sherman Palladino was the producer of Gilmore Girls, and has cast Parker Posey for her new pilot. Easy for her to get the email in a round about way...

mary mac said...

http://www.fedge.net/~zdeschanel/articles/paper-3-02.html


From the article:

"Deschanel is game. The actress says she is a workhorse and "can't vacation." "My dad is a workaholic, and I think I inherited that trait," she says. "I haven't been on vacation for three years. My mom recently made me go to a spa. I can only do nothing for 10 minutes. I can't relax. I'm never bored because I always have something to do. I sing, play the piano, write, and I just started playing the ukulele." Deschanel also just finished the first draft of Circus Girl, a screenplay she penned with her best friend Jackson Nash.

Don't look for Deschanel on the dance floor of the latest disco or at the bar of Moomba. She prefers to hang out with her Hollywood friends at home and play boardgames like Balderdash. Eschewing movie-star nightlife, she doesn't smoke or do drugs. "If I go out, I like to be in bed by 2 a.m., because then you've had fun, but it doesn't interfere with the next day." She is a huge fashion fan and collects oversized sunglasses ("the bigger, the better") and vintage coats. "I'm trying to quit shopping," she declares, only half convincingly. "It's an addiction. I love clothes. I like to go down Melrose and look in all the windows and I go to different flea markets. I have lots of costumes. You never know when you're going to have to dress up like a milkmaid from the 1600s."

Although she has her own apartment, which she refers to as a "glorified storage closet," Deschanel often crashes at her parents' house. "I sleep on an air mattress," she says. "I'm really close with my family. I like eating dinner at my parents' because they're good cooks." Endquote.

She's always working
Has her own apartment
She loves clothes
Loves being in Indies

Sorry EL...but I really think we've got our girl and I am sooooo excited!!!! (Hope we don't scare her off!)

lily said...

I haven't had a chance to check, but were any of these guesses at LA Fashion Week events?

Twisted Sister said...

Mary Mac, I couldn't open your first link, but the People photo says Zooey was at New York Fashion Week, not LA Fashion Week.

I think that pretty much rules out Zooey.

mary mac said...

http://www.wireimage.com/GalleryListing.asp?str=4669&nm=Zooey+Deschanel&c4nvi=3&navtyp=CLB&styp=clbi&evntI=2152

Oops...try this one....several pics of our girl Zooey at LA Fashion Week! :)

fo real said...

1st person in my head was Christina Ricci - love her!

love love LOVE both PP & ZD so any would rock!

Libby said...

Love the idea and love Enty for thinking of it. My guess is Selma Blair. And, Hez, LG has posted here? How'd I miss that? Or is she posting comments under an assumed name?

Twisted Sister said...

Mary Mac, that clinches it for me. I think it's Zooey. Who would have thought she was so interested in fashion that she'd attend Fashion Week in both NYC and LA!!

mookie said...

i think zx is piper perabo.

don't know why, just my 2 cents...

Patty said...

How about Natasha Henstridge?
LG could have got the email through Matthew Perry...

voice of reason said...

Fo Real, I was thinking Christina Ricci, too. But I like Parker Posey and Piper Perabo, too.

ambersumiko said...

So.. I kind of would like it if EL could make Lauren Graham do a blog. That would be crazy (good)!

zymi said...

Oooh, Lauren Graham! ::waves:: I love Gilmore Girls! =D

Awesome first post mystery celeb! Sorry about the bf troubles =( My love life isn't the best at the moment either..haha

brendalove@gmail.com said...

Try saying "Parker Posey and Piper Perabo" 3 times really fast.

Jem said...

Hey, this is awesome! Thanks EL and ZX!

My dad's shower door broke on him a little while back too, but it was while he was installing it into the shower. Apparently it was a freak accident but he got cuts all over him too and it freaked him the hell out.

Anonymous said...

I was kind of thinking Uma Thurman....

Voice of reason said...

Just trying to be helpful. These are all the "clues" Ent'l has revealed about her:

• At LA's fashion week I saw her and knew immediately she would be perfect. She is an award winning actress who is happy in mainstream or indie films. She works all the time, incredibly smart, gorgeous and always willing to speak her mind.
• She has had several films released this year already and has some films coming out later this year as well. She also goes to a fair share of events and premieres and talk shows so it should give us a look into the world of an actress.
• She has never been shy about speaking her mind even in public.

My guess is that if she's on a talk show any time soon, the shower door story will come out. Seems like a perfect talk show anecdote.

BUT this experiment might actually be more fun if anonymous--Ent'l's suggesting that she's outspoken enough to be honest about herself if she chooses to reveal her identity. But how honest can she remain about OTHER Hollywood peeps if her identity is known? And isn't that we all want to know? Who's bitchy and who's nice? (That's why Jackass/Kindness are my personal favorites, anyway.)

MissBliss said...

Please accept my apologies in advance for my lengthy post but would like to comment on all of the guesses so far.

Parker Posie has had one movie released this year and has appeared on one tv show. She is currently filming another movie but it doesnt really equate to "several more" as per EL's post so im not convinced its her.

Christina Ricci, who was my first guess, has had Black Snake Moan released this year, with The White Rose coming out later in 07 but thats it for this year (so far). She is also still dating Adam Goldberg.

Chloe Sevigny currently owns her own apartment in manhattan so I dont think she would have a landlord and she hasnt had much work this year except for Zodiac.

Parker Posey has 3 credits to her name for 2007 but as far as I can tell only one of them has been released so far and there is no news of anything new on her site. I also cannot find any pics, or mention, of her at Fashion Week.

Sarah Polley also came to mind but she is married.

Uma Thurman has not had several movies released this year and also owns her own home (in fact several). Uma also strikes me as being far too famous to give an honest reflection of her life without everything being revealed.

Piper Perabo is a nice guess but she has had two movies released this year but nothing on the horizon. HOWEVER she used to date Matthew Perry (!). She was photgraphed at NY Fashion week but EL said he saw this person at LA fashion week.

Mandy Moore is not an indie actress. She mostly stars in romantic comedies. She also has told people that her injury came about during a photo shoot for a magazine so I dont think she would contradict that in a blog. The only thing that fits is the recent breakup between her and DJ AM but not very many people are convinced that their relationship had any spark anyway.

As for Zooey, I have taken a look on IMDB and it lists her as having several movies already out this year and many more either in pre or post production and slated for release towards the end of the year.I cannot find any evidence of her owning her own home and she did go to LA fashion week.

She's looking good for this!

(and again, sorry about the long post)

Anonymous said...

Has Zooey D. won awards? What ones? Would like if it was her though... Was a big fan of "Elf" haha :)

Anonymous said...

I just want it to be hiliary swank, that'd be dope.

Anonymous said...

I was thinking Cameron, she just broke up with Justin and I've seen pics of her running on the beach recently.

B :) said...

Charlize Theron

Anonymous said...

Zooey = best actress 2003 at Mar del Plata Film Fest for All the Real Girls.

voice of reason (2d best "voice" ever) said...

If it's Zooey, PLEASE sing a little something for us. Best voice ever!

mngddess said...

El, you are the most fantastic blogger ever! I love to hear about the "backstories" - what goes on behind the scenes and the day to day life of interesting people. (When DVD's came out with their Director's cut and all the other extras I was extremely excited! It's my favorite part of the DVDs).

However I can't believe you'd pick ZS as the initials to throw us off and the actress's first name begins with a "Z"...

But, then again.....

Oh, and BTW when I went to LA for mmy first foray EVER (April 2004) I had dinner at Asia De Cuba at the Mondrian. Who should be in the lobby but Lauren Graham. Let me tell you she is STUNNING in person. And then later that week I was on the Warner Bros tour (very cool) and got to go onto the Gilmore Girls set. Best vacation I ever had.

Ent, if I ever meet you in person there's a huge hug and a wet smoochy kiss waiting for you!

(Take THAT, Hez.)

Anonymous said...

I was thinking Cameron Diaz also....the wording just sounds like her and she has all the criteria (JT just broke up with her, she's been seen on the beach, etc.)

Anonymous said...

Zooey and her sister Emily bought a house together. Emily has mentioned that in interviews recently while promoting Bones, so I doubt she'd have a 'landlord' anymore.

Anonymous said...

This is so Cameron Diaz. Everything fits, except for maybe the landlord thing, but you never know with celebs. They are often never home and renting is sometimes the better option.This just sounds like her, especially the BF break-up because Justin did say she was unstable and sort of "stalker like" (needy may be a better word)but I had heard she was down to earth and DEFINITELY speaks her mind.

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