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- June 25, 2007
- Vol. 67
- No. 25
6 Ways to Impress a Date
Want to Make It a Night She Will Never Forget? Try These Celeb-tested Moves
"I would love to end up with a girl who loves movies as much as I do," says the Entourage star, 33, whose directorial debut, the drama Gardener of Eden, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. For Connolly, catching a film with a girl isn't just a date, it's a test!
DON'T EXPECT DINNER
"I don't like to go to dinner beforehand because I can't sit through a movie without popcorn and soda."
NOTICE THE MEMORABILIA
"On one wall I have a giant Italian Bicycle Thief poster. It's one of my favorite movies. I know it's old, subtitled, and you put it on for a girl and she's sleeping."
EMBRACE THE CLASSICS
"If Casablanca or Citizen Kane can hold her attention for more than 30 minutes, that's a great sign."
HATERS MIGHT STILL HAVE A SHOT
"Believe me, I've dated girls who hate movies. But you want to share interests. If I met a girl who was a die-hard Yankees fan, I could accept the fact that she hated The Bicycle Thief, I guess. If she really loved the Yankees I could just hang with her in Yankee Stadium all summer long."
NO WATCHING MOVIES HE'S IN
"I would sooner cut my head off! The Notebook is the ultimate date movie but I'm in it! I can't even watch it."
SEE A VIDEO OF KEVIN AT people.com/bachelors
2 SHOW A LITTLE SKIN
The 27-year-old pro from Dancing with the Stars says that he works "hard for this body, so when I dress it's like a business card. I'm not insecure. I like fitted clothes."
"I know my assets so I don't have a problem opening my shirt. I notice women looking at my chest all the time. If you want to look at my chest, go ahead. I shave my chest. I don't have a full chest of hair, but even if I did, I would get rid of it. I don't like it. I don't wax—that will give you a rash!"
A DATE DOESN'T HAVE TO DANCE LIKE A STAR BUT ...
"She needs to have rhythm of some kind because she's going to pull me on the dance floor and if she can't dance, it's going to be weird."
SEE A VIDEO OF MAKSIM AT people.com/bachelors
3 GIVE HER A TOUR
ER's Shane West takes us right to the bedroom.
TRUST THE EXPERTS
"I basically duplicated the W Hotel's bed, so mine is very comfortable," says West, 29. "After spending a birthday there I fell in love with the beds. I can sleep forever."
"I've always had a queen bed, since there's enough room for snuggling. And rolling away."
HAVE A GOOD ATTITUDE
Says the proud Southern boy: "I'm from Baton Rouge, so I have a laid-back bedside manner. I like to think I'm very accommodating."
"I have way too many pillows right now, six or seven, so I'm becoming Ben Stiller in Along Came Polly. But I don't have a bin for them so they end up on the ground."
SEE A VIDEO OF SHANE AT people.com/bachelors
4 GET HER INTO THE GROOVE
L.A.'s hottest DJ, a.k.a. Adam Goldstein, breaks down the allure of being a spin master.
CHICKS DIG THE TUNES
"Whether people are playing music, making music, whatever, it's like Eddie Murphy said, 'Women love musicians.'"
HITTING THE RIGHT NOTE
"If she likes country, we probably won't get along," Goldstein, 34, says. "I like a little bit of everything but not that die-hard, deep South stuff."
"I don't let strangers into the [DJ] booth while I'm working, but as soon as you're a friend of mine, you're in."
5 PLAY A GAME WITH HER
The Indianapolis Colts defensive end helped his team win the Super Bowl, but Freeney likes to show his dates a different game—chess.
"I love to teach the game to women," says Freeney, 27. "It's easier to get to know someone playing a game than sitting through a movie. Hopefully I get them hooked on the game and me."
BRAWN AND BRAINS
"Chess is about the mind and dispels the idea that I am a dumb jock. It shows a woman a different side of me."
"I have a lot of chess sets all over the house because I like to play in every room. I have a portable set in my bedroom. Yes, there have been some games played there."
6 FIRE UP THE GRILL
"I've always loved the idea of cooking for someone," says the actor, 30, who was bumped off 24 in May. "It's very intimate." What to expect on a dinner date at Chez Balfour:
"I'm not a trained chef, so I end up making stuff up. It either turns out brilliant or an absolute disaster. I just go for it. I want someone who enjoys the process, and who can appreciate the spontaneity."
HE LOVES BARBECUING
"I'm such an L.A. boy, I love hanging out by the beach and throwing some steaks on the grill. I'll season them with cayenne, paprika and thyme."
... AND HE'LL SET THE TABLE!
When he has a dinner guest, "I create a setting, and it gives a very clear indication of who I am. By nature, I'm very care-taking," he says. "There's something really beautiful about cooking for someone and feeding them."
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