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updated 10/13/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/13/2003 01:00AM

Rules of Engagement
He may be Hollywood's most eligible bachelor, but George Clooney has some clear opinions about the state of holy matrimony. "I think [prenuptial agreements] are very important," says Clooney, 42, who plays a womanizing divorce lawyer in the new comedy Intolerable Cruelty. "I have one with anyone that I go to dinner with." In addition to promoting Cruelty, the actor is busy these days executive producing K Street, the new politically themed HBO drama. Could this be a precursor to an entry into politics? "No, I'm not going to be running for office," says the star. "If people asked me, 'Did you ever take [drugs]?' I'd say yes. 'Did you go out with her?' I'd say yes. That would be my bumper sticker: 'Yes, I did it.'"

Home Is Where Hart Is
"I'm just a housewife right now," says Melissa Joan Hart, who wed rocker Mark Wilkerson in July, three months after ending her seven-year run as TV's Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. "For the first time in my life, I'm not working." These days Hart's focus is less on witchcraft and more on arts and crafts. "We bought a house; it's really fabulous. I love picking paint colors and finding furniture," says the 27-year-old actress. But Hart admits the charm of the domestic life is beginning to wear somewhat thin: "I told my agent the other day, 'I'm bored. Let's go. I'm ready to go back to work now.'"

Child's Play
So how is it that Jane Kaczmarek can play a frazzled mom on Malcolm in the Middle so convincingly? Well for one thing, the actress is familiar with the trials of juggling familial responsibilities. Over the summer Kaczmarek and her husband, The West Wing's Bradley Whitford, took their kids Frances, 5, George, 3, and Mary Louisa, 10 months, on a trip to Hawaii. "We went to a luau, and suddenly we started being recognized," says Kaczmarek, 47. "I had a smock over me, and I was nursing, and all of these people came up to me and said, 'Can we have our picture taken with you?'" Privacy issues are nothing new for the actress. "When I go to the bathroom, I leave the door open to watch the kids. There have been a couple of times where I've left the door open at Bloomingdale's and people have come walking in and seen the mom from Malcolm in the Middle sitting on a toilet. They get really intimidated."

Practice Swings
After six years of playing a buttoned-down attorney on ABC's The Practice, Dylan McDermott is embracing a host of racier roles. He recently played a drugged-out club owner in Party Monster and a motorcycle thug in Wonderland. Next up is a guest spot as Eric McCormack's love interest on Will & Grace. McDermott's wife, actress Shiva Rose, has had to adjust to the actor's edgy new looks. "She loved the guy I play in Wonderland, because I came home with tattoos and a beard. But now that I'm this gay Will & Grace guy, she's getting less action. She's not too happy about that."

Sword Fishing
Michelle Rodriguez has played a boxer (Girlfight), a gang member (The Fast and the Furious) and an elite cop (S.W.A.T.). To go along with her tough onscreen image, Rodriguez even has a rough-and-tumble avocation. "I love guns and swords," says the actress, 25. "I go to those giant flea markets in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and get my collections there. I have about 30 swords." Her best find? "A samurai sword from Japan," she says. "This guy didn't know he had an authentic one, and I only paid $100 for it. It's worth $2,000. I was psyched."

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