You would think that after reprising his role as Jurassic Park's resourceful paleontologist, Sam Neill could handle just about anything. But the star of Jurassic Park III knows his limits when it comes to survivor skills. "I wouldn't survive for a second in the wild," says Neill, 53, who manages to outwit, outlast and outplay prehistoric creatures on the big screen. Even indoor adventures can make him run for cover. For instance, he'd attempt changing a lightbulb only "if three guys hold me up and turn me while I screw it in," says Neill. "I am not very handy. It's probably better if I don't attempt anything. It's definitely better for the house."
Despite some steamy love scenes with Antonio Banderas in the thriller Original Sin, Angelina Jolie managed to keep a few things covered up in front of the camera: her tattoos. "There is a makeup artist who has really had it with me," says Jolie, 26, who has at least nine tattoos, some of which refer to husband Billy Bob Thornton. Dad Jon Voight is wary of her growing body-art collection. "I don't call [him] much," Jolie says, so she made sure to put Voight's mind at ease when she phoned last year to ask him to costar with her in this summer's blockbuster Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. "I called him, got a machine and said, 'It's Angie. This is not a bad call. No more tattoos. I'm not pregnant.' "
Being a ditz "has nothing to do with hair color and everything to do with needing a nap," says Legally Blonde's Reese Witherspoon, who stars in the comedy as a flighty Harvard Law School-bound airhead. The actress stays pretty well-grounded these days. "It's good to go to a premiere and then come home and change diapers," says Witherspoon, 25, who gets plenty of home schooling from her husband, actor Ryan Phillippe, and their year-old daughter Ava. "I was a neophyte as far as babies are concerned. Ryan's mom ran a daycare center when he was a kid, so he can diaper in nine seconds flat."
Julie Andrews felt right at home making the upcoming comedy The Princess Diaries, which was filmed in the same studio space where she made Mary Poppins. Life on the set of the 1964 musical wasn't always supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, however, especially when she was shooting her flying scenes. "On the last day, something went wrong and I fell like a ton of bricks," says Andrews, 65. "I almost went through the floor. I said some great Anglo-Saxon four-letter words that have never before or since been heard in a Disney studio." She's still flying high with fans, many of whom have aged right along with her.
"I used to hear, 'My daughter just loves you,' " says Andrews. "Now it's the young women who come up and say, 'My mother just adores you.' When I hear, 'My great-grandmother loves you,' then I'll be in real trouble."
"I've known a little secret for years. The biggest part isn't necessarily the best part," says Julia Roberts, explaining why she opted for a supporting role as Catherine Zeta-Jones's sister and personal assistant in the romantic comedy America's Sweethearts. She recently split with Benjamin Bratt, but the actress still has a man at home in the form of her newly acquired Oscar. "No, it doesn't affirm that you're a better actress," says Roberts, 33, of the acting prize. "That fear that you're not good enough never really goes away. Yes, I have progressed as an actress. I don't think my hair trembles quite as much anymore onscreen. At least I got that under control. I can style it now in a way that the trembling doesn't show."