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BAD GIRL RISING
A LOVE SCENE IS REALLY JUST LIKE ANY other scene," says actress Jennifer Connelly—that is, "besides the physical involvement and the awkwardness and wondering where you should put a certain body part." Connelly ought to know after her sizzling interlude with Billy Crudup in the current film Inventing the Abbotts. And though she also played what she calls "an object of lust" in 1996's Mulholland Falls, the actress, 26, says that in real life she's "definitely not as uninhibited" as her characters. That may explain her allure. Says Abbotts coproducer Ron Howard: "There are a lot of people who would play the bad-girl role as someone who's sexy and fun, but at the end of the day just basically the bad girl. Jennifer managed to escape that. She really made your heart go out to her."
Connelly gets to make nice in her next big role: motherhood. The Brooklyn native—who made her movie bow at age 12 in Once Upon a Time in America and graduated to lead roles in Labyrinth and The Rocketeer—is now six months pregnant with a boy fathered by boyfriend David Dougan, a photographer. Connelly went to work as a model at 10—although, she says, "I was so shy and I didn't like getting my picture taken." She graduated from Brooklyn's St. Ann's School, then attended Yale and Stanford ("I'm on the 10-year plan," she laughs) in between films. After a broken engagement to Rocketeer costar Bill Campbell, she met Dougan while rock climbing. Steamy roles are on the back burner for now. "My current project," she says, "is my pregnancy."
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