Blood and Yuks
She plays a steel-nerved forensics investigator on CSI
, but Jorja Fox
still gets squeamish recalling her anatomy class at Melbourne (Fla.) High School. "It required dissecting. When the cats arrived, I asked for a pregnant one," says Fox, 34. "I thought I was really rugged, but by week's end, I could barely stay in class." Fortunately for Fox, the atmosphere on the CSI
set isn't particularly grim. "We shot a scene with an actress who was strapped on a gurney and couldn't move," says Fox. "[William Petersen] and I started tickling her. The victims really have to watch out for us."
For an actor, delivering lines is one thing, doing them is another, as Jason Schwartzman
discovered playing a speed freak in the black comedy Spun
. "The stuff we snorted was [powdered milk] mixed with vitamin B-12," says Schwartzman, 22. "You could feel it in your throat. It was disgusting. My nose really hurt from snorting 500 times a day, and the [powder] upset my stomach." There were some fringe benefits. Says Schwartzman: "I learned how to roll a dollar bill in under five seconds. And because of the B-12, I was superhealthy. I couldn't get sick if I wanted to."
THE STARS SOUND OFF: MY FIRST KISS
Spring is here, and so are those gauzy, restless feelings of romance. We asked stars to tell us about one of the most sentimental rites of passage
): "It was after a football game at my junior high. She made the move. I was a deer in headlights."
: "For days, I asked a girl named Lilliana for a kiss. She said yes when I wasn't ready. I kissed her lightly and got very dizzy. I had to sit back down."
: "I was 9. This boy I had a crush on said, 'If I give you a dollar, will you kiss me?' I said, 'I don't know.' Then he asked, 'What if I give you 50 cents?' I finally kissed him for free."
: "I was 8, and it was with my sister's 11-year-old friend. I like older women."
(Curb Your Enthusiasm
): "It was at a spin-the-bottle party. We both were 13. The guy did a weird spiraling tongue thing. It was horrible."
: "Old Amy had braces, and my lip got caught. I almost threw up, but it was all right."
: "We were 7 and listening to AC/DC's Back in Black
in my basement. I just remember being so nervous."
: "My first kiss was in seventh grade, and it was terrible. I'm trying to forget it."
: "I was 7, he was 10. It tasted milky and gross."
: "It was to 'Secret Lovers' by Atlantic Starr. I got warm all over my body."