Hilary & Haylie's Big Sister Act
01/24/2005 AT 06:00 AM EST
After nearly 30 film roles, Paul Giamatti had grown pretty accustomed to being "oh, that guy" – but with the success of his movie Sideways, he now has to get used to his newfound fame. "There's certainly been more interest in me for things, which is great. It's very nice. When Tom Cruise can't do it, my phone is ringing off the hook!" says the Yale-educated actor, with a laugh. "It's unexpected because I was once a guy who played a character called PigVomit" (in 1997's Howard Stern biopic Private Parts). Next up for Giamatti: Cinderella Man, with Renee Zellweger and Russell Crowe.
What's a girl to do after her reality show wraps? Bachelorette Jen Schefft, for one, greeted friends and about 150 fans at a recent viewing party at Chicago hotspot Rockit Bar and Grill."I am living in Chicago full-time now, but traveling a lot," she told us. "I just got back from the Golden Globes, which was so much fun! I sat at a table with the hot gardener from Desperate Housewives, Jesse Metcalfe." Yeah, okay – but did she get engaged at the end of the show? "I can't say, but I'm happy with the outcome," she demurred. "During taping I was like, 'What have I gotten myself into?' But now that it's over, I had a great experience." And what was her reaction to the news about that other famous Jen – Aniston? "I was doing an interview for CNN Entertainment and had an ear-piece in, and suddenly I hear a breaking news interruption about the breakup. Then they're asking me about The Bachelorette (for the interview), and I couldn't focus, I was too devastated! It's so sad. But I'm sure Brad will find someone who wants to give him a baby, and Jen will be fine."
Caught in the Act
Orlando Bloom, hiking with his dog at L.A.'s Runyon Canyon.
British singer Robbie Williams, dining with friends at L.A. eatery Il Sole.
Diane Keaton, driving a blue Mercedes loaner from Beverly Hills Mercedes. "She was talking on her cell phone and wearing her trademark black hat," says a spy.
Bill Maher, celebrating his 49th birthday at Hollywood's Spider Club.
By DANA MELTZER, BRIANA HAAS, SARAH PRESTON and KWALA MANDEL