Glamorous blondes are part of the scenery at Santa Monica's Huntley Hotel. So when Jessica Simpson
and friends grabbed drinks in a lounge there on Oct. 28, patrons hardly batted an eye. That is, until another fair-haired star—Owen Wilson
—showed up to visit a friend and hung out with the Simpson party. "They were having a good time," says a hotel source. "It was a group thing, [not] a romantic evening." A week earlier Simpson, 27, and Wilson, 38, filmed a Willie Nelson video together in their home state of Texas and "kept in touch," says a pal of Simpson's, who also costars with Wilson's brother Luke in Blonde Ambition
. After avoiding the nightlife in the wake of an apparent suicide attempt in August, Wilson is clearly getting his groove back, hitting a Halloween bash and a Louis Vuitton gala at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art, "where he mingled and laughed," says a guest. Is a certain actress helping him smile again? Don't jump to conclusions, says a Simpson source: "They're just friends."