04/03/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT
CHANGING HER TUNE
Fans won't find lullabies on Sheena Easton's new album, My Cherie, but the pop singer has been crooning them at home since adopting son Jake, now 5 months. "I cannot imagine life without him," says Easton, 35, a single mom. "When he was first born, I was getting up every 2 hours to feed and change him. When you're a couple, there's two people to get up. But I wanted to be a mom, and I wasn't in a relationship with someone I wanted to marry. I don't have financial worries, and my job lets me schedule my hours. So I thought, it's crazy for me to wait when I've got the love here ready for a kid who's looking for a mom." Has Prince, Easton's former recording partner, babysat? "He's in Europe now," says Easton, "but he'll probably come by."
HIS DAY IS DAUNTING
Donald Sutherland isn't much of a morning guy. "Every day," he says, "I wake up worrying about turning 60." If working keeps one young, Sutherland, who will hit the big Six-O on July 17, doesn't have to worry about aging. The Canadian-born actor has, in the past year, played the slimy boss in Disclosure, a Russian colonel in HBO's Citizen X and now a U.S. Army general in Outbreak, the medical thriller with Dustin Hoffman. Sutherland is eager to work with his movie-star son, Kiefer Sutherland, 28. "Kiefer keeps saying we have a project, but I haven't seen it yet," he says. "He often becomes the father figure anyway, especially in business. He's very smart and together. I'm like a 20-year-old. I haven't caught up to where Kiefer was at two years ago."
BEAMING CHELSEA UP
Kate Mulgrew, who plays the captain on Star Trek: Voyager, recently met with Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House. "She told me Star Trek was the one program Chelsea won't miss and that she watched it with her," says Mulgrew, 39. "She knew everything about the show and asked if I knew how important I was as a role model, as a woman who could command and still own her sexuality. She said, 'It's wonderful to see someone at the helm who I would like my daughter to become.' " Mulgrew invited mother and daughter to visit the Trek set in Los Angeles. "I said, 'We'll put Chelsea on the bridge in a tactical position, and of course, Mrs. Clinton, you must be the captain.' "
CALLING GROUND CONTROL
With Forrest Gump and Philadelphia behind him, Tom Hanks is ready to shoot the moon. He has reteamed with Splash director Ron Howard for Apollo 13, the story of NASA's 1970 lunar expedition that nearly ended in disaster when an explosion crippled its spacecraft. To prepare for the movie, which is due in June, Hanks spent time simulating weightlessness aboard a KC-135 jet at NASA's Johnson Space Center, the home of Mission Control, in Houston. "It felt like weighing absolutely no pounds," says Hanks, 38, who plays astronaut James A. Lovell Jr. "I just sort of floated up and spun around and tried not to get too nauseous. I think I now know what giving birth is like. I was so sick one day that I could have sworn I was having a baby at 35,000 feet."