Archive Page - 08/16/13 41 years, 2,180 covers and 55,277 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- We Covet This Homemade Star Wars Droid Intensely (VIDEO)
- The Best Photos from the Week of Apr. 13- Apr. 19, 2015
- On the Mend: Liza Minnelli Completes Rehab, Steps Out for Dinner in Los Angeles
- What Happens When Sia Forgets Her Trademark Wig (VIDEO)
- Full House Is Back: Candace Cameron Bure & Andrea Barber Can't Wait to Be 'Best Friends Again'
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- May 21, 2001
- Vol. 55
- No. 20
Stunning, Smart and Single (for Now), Rachel Weisz of the Mummy Returns Has Success All Wrapped Up
Judging by the results—the action sequel grossed $68.1 million its first weekend out—that was one of many good calls Sommers made. It may also serve to transform Weisz. Reprising her role as Evelyn in The Mummy Returns, Weisz plays much more than the staid wife of hero Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) and mother of their 8-year-old child. Adding to her repertoire a scantily clad smarty-pants who helps battle the bad guys, Weisz may find herself becoming a real-life Hollywood babe. The question now is whether the dramatic actress who loves the London stage is truly comfortable with that prospect. "I'm sure there are many days when she would love to be the Movie Superstar," says Sommers. "But most days she's grounded enough to say, 'No, no, what I want is to be a great actress.' "
A goal that for Weisz has meant many things, from playing Catherine in a West End production of Tennessee Williams's Suddenly, Last Summer in 1999 to her turn as a Russian soldier in this year's World War II drama Enemy at the Gates. Neither prepared her for three months spent training for a martial arts combat scene with Velasquez that left both of them bruised. "We kept saying, 'I'm sorry, no, I'm sorry,' " says Velasquez. Adds producer James Jacks: "At first, she didn't quite see [the fighting] as fun. Then, as she got better, she got excited about it."
Weisz has had practice getting used to tough situations. The older child of European Jews who fled the fascism of their homelands for Britain in the '30s, Weisz and her younger sister Minnie grew up in London in what she has called "quite a weird family." Her mother, Ruth, a Viennese-born psychotherapist, insisted that her kids remain silent while she treated patients at home. Having always wanted to act herself, she also encouraged Rachel to try theater-though her father, George, a Hungarian-born inventor, was far less enthusiastic. When at age 13 Weisz was offered a part as Richard Gere's daughter in 1985's King David, he threatened to leave home if she accepted (she didn't). Two years later, he moved out anyway, without revealing his whereabouts. When he came to take the girls for Sunday walks, Weisz told Britain's The Independent, her mother would hide in the bushes to eavesdrop in case he mentioned where he was staying.
Her parents survived their turmoil intact—George remarried and Ruth lives happily alone in Cambridge—but their split took a toll on Rachel. She smoked, cut classes, ran away from home and in general turned into, she told the Daily Telegraph, "a very, very naughty girl." Also a talented one. Studying English at Cambridge University, Weisz formed the Talking Tongues theater company and at 1991's Edinburgh Festival won a student drama award for a play she wrote and acted in. Soon after graduating in 1991 she was cast alongside Ewan McGregor in the BBC miniseries Scarlet & Black—and the roles kept coming. Still, according to Chris Weitz, who is codirecting her in the upcoming Hugh Grant comedy About a Boy, success has not spoiled her: "To use that shopworn phrase, she is very down-to-earth."
Except when she's wearing her Jimmy Choo stilettos. Today, Weisz lives in a $450,000 London apartment, drives a Jaguar and shops at Prada. The only thing she is denying herself: a beau. After a string of failed romances—including one with American Beauty director Sam Mendes—she has opted to give up guys for yoga. But worry not, gents. If the Mummy can return, so can Weisz.
Karen S. Schneider
Pete Norman and York Membry in London and Julie Jordan and Cecilia de la Paz in Los Angeles
- Pete Norman,
- York Membry,
- Julie Jordan,
- Cecilia de la Paz.
April 21, 2015
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!