What was it like to be mobbed by admirers? "It can be sort of overwhelming, but I am a New Yorker – I have a pretty good sense about me," he told us at a recent DVD signing for The Best & Worst of American Idol at the Opus theater in West Nyack, N.Y. "Some girls are more enthusiastic than others, but I'm just flattered."
It was a moment of mistaken identity: When Renée Zellweger recently whipped out a credit card – bearing only the name "Zellweger" – at London's Dulwich Picture Gallery, the gift shop cashier asked her, "Are you Renee's sister? You look just like her." With a cheeky smile, the Oscar winner, who bought almost $350 worth of Beatrix Potter books, mugs and a calendar, responded, "Actually, I'm a closer relation than that."
The sales clerk's confusion was understandable: Zellweger – set to play the Peter Rabbit author and illustrator in the movie Miss Potter – "looked not at all like a film star," says a source about the actress, who wore glasses, little makeup and her hair swept into a ponytail.
Caught in the Act
Lindsay Lohan, Wilmer Valderrama, Jesse Metcalfe and Tara Reid, partying at a soiree thrown by private traveling members-only club Xenii at Ren-Mar Studios in Hollywood. Everyone mingled and hung out in the same area except for Reid, who had her own table. Earlier in the evening, the celebs hung out separately at L.A. club Privilege.
Jeremy Piven, dining at Japanese eatery Sushi Roku in Las Vegas. Along with a group of eight friends, the Entourage star ate from a special multi-course menu.
By DIANE HERBST, COURTNEY RUBIN, KIM LANSING and MARISA LAUDADIO