Teen queen Hilary Duff may
be a star, but that doesn't mean she wants to be pampered like one. "Everyone's like, 'I want to go get a massage or a facial,' and I'm not into that kind of stuff," says Duff, 17, who plays a small town girl trying to fit in at an L.A. performing arts school in the drama Raise Your Voice. "If I'm not working, I want to drive my car, go shopping or hang out with my friends. Facials are not relaxing to me. I'm checking my watch, saying, 'What time is it? When can I go see my friends?' "
Special Nicknames Unit
Law & Order: SVU star Christopher Meloni reports that his 3-year-old daughter Sophia loves playing big sis to her 9-month-old brother Dante, especially since she's free to call him names. "She likes to call him Pot Roast, because he's big and round. She'll say, The pot roast is squawking,' " says Meloni, 43, adding that he and wife Sherman only have themselves to blame. "Of course, he's fair game because we used to call her Stinky Pants. She calls me Shmack 'n' Booty."
"I'd rather pass a kidney stone than write another book," says Wanda Sykes, 40, who spent two years on her debut, a collection of jokes entitled Yeah, I Said It. "I'd sit staring at the blank screen. So I told Simon & Schuster, 'Let's do a series of pamphlets. You can put them in the doctor's office or the free clinic. People need to laugh in the free clinic' " Her comedy series Wanda Does It, where she tackles regular jobs, is sometimes as harrowing. Take her stint as a repo woman. "I was scared. I had to wear a bulletproof vest," says Sykes. "I saw a nice Escalade and thought, I'm not touching that. I might take a bullet for HBO—but Comedy Central? No, no, no."
A Jolly Goodfella
Despite his cooler-than-thou image onscreen, even Samuel L. Jackson gets starstruck. "I'm really anxious to meet [certain] people sometimes, just so I can say I've had a conversation with them," says Jackson, 55, who voices the buddy of a washed-up superhero in the upcoming animated comedy The Incredibles. So who really impressed him? "I had a great conversation about acting with Marlon Brando one night. He just walked up on me and started doing lines from Jackie Brown. I turned around thinking it was some fan—but it was [Brando]. It was great to know he watched the film and liked it so much that he remembered my dialogue."