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- August 13, 1990
- Vol. 34
- No. 6
Actress JULIA ROBERTS is discovering the hazards of her burgeoning fame. "When I was [shooting Sleeping with the Enemy, due next year] in Spartanburg, S.C., I was at home and really tired and the doorbell rang," says Roberts, 22, whose new film is titled Flatliners. "So I went to the door, and there's this guy and I say, 'Can I help you?' He says, 'Hi, Julia. I'm so and so, how are you doing?' Like he was just going to chat with me. I tried to be really nice and said, 'That's really nice, see you later.' An hour goes by, I hear a knock on the door, and it's the same guy again. He said, 'I don't mean to bother you...' He came back four times that day. So now there's a cop outside my door [on the set]. There's a part of me that wants to say, 'Do you know how badly you're annoying me?' but I can't. When people [flatter you], the only person who would say f—off is the kind of person that would kick their dog."
While many have assailed Die Hard 2 for being exceedingly violent, the film's star, BRUCE WILLIS, sees a more disturbing problem unfolding on television screens. "Do you watch the news?" asks Willis, 35, when questioned about the rampant killing in Die Hard 2. "Are you disturbed by those chalk outlines with pools of actual human blood? That's exploitive. Look, the news is show business. They have to grind out stories every night. That means showing a plane rolling down the runway, and you know there are human beings in there half of whom are going to be dead. I think that's the most exploitive thing in the world. What we do is pretend."
Fleetwood Mac member and solo artist STEVIE NICKS, 42, wants to become a single mother. "I don't regret the rest of it at all, but I do regret the fact that I didn't stop to have a baby," says Nicks of her 15 years of rock-and-roll adventure. "I'm going to try to adopt a little girl in January when I'll have more time [she's presently on tour promoting Fleetwood Mac's current Behind the Mask album]. I'm certainly ready for it, and I'm good with children. And then I just may have one myself after that, if the right man walks into my life." Nicks, who has been once married and divorced, wants a girl. "I think I'll probably call her Lillian Rebecca," she says. "She'll be loved, and she'll be the most important thing in my life—more than music, Fleetwood Mac, solo albums or anything else."
GINGER BAKER, who in the 1960s rose to the top as a drummer for Cream, has always-had an ear for the big bang. He got plenty of them when he made his acting debut this past spring in a shoot-'em-up episode of NBC's Nasty Boys. "I enjoyed the explosions," says Baker, 50, who played a gangster and whose new album is titled Middle Passage. "They offered me earplugs, but I didn't wear them. It stems back to when I was a kid. I was in London during the World War II German air raids and I loved it. I wasn't scared, I was excited. Hove watching car races," he adds, "but if there are no accidents, I'm terribly disappointed. I know people get killed, but I get thrilled to death."
Soap star GENIE FRANCIS is happy being a not-ready-for-prime-time player. Francis, who had a part in the unsuccessful 1983 NBC series Bare Essence, says she no longer cares that some entertainment-industry people scorn soap actors. "I'm done being pissed off, because it's not worth my time," says Francis, 28, who rose to daytime TV stardom as Laura (of Luke and Laura fame) on General Hospital in the early 1980s and is now back on daytime TV as the bitchy gold digger, Ceara Connor, on ABC's All My Children. "MICHAEL KNIGHT [an AMC co-star] told me he had gone on an interview for a feature film, and the casting director said, 'I don't want to see your soap tape because all that tells me is that you can talk and drink coffee at the same time.' That's horrible, but it's even more ignorant. Soap people do 30 pages a day and in one take," Francis says, adding with a laugh, "Right now, I am so happy with this part on All My Children, the hell with prime time."
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