She plays a spoiled, sexy Desperate Housewife on TV, but in real life Eva Longoria feels like one of the boys. So she jumped at the chance to play a Secret Service agent in The Sentinel, costarring Kiefer Sutherland and Michael Douglas. "A girl with guns—that's closer to who I am," says the actress, 31. "I'm from Texas, so I grew up with guns. We'd shoot beer and coffee cans—anything that exploded." Longoria was glad for the chance to talk sports too. "It was fun going from an estrogen to a testosterone set," she says. "Michael is a huge Miami Heat fan, and I'm obviously a Spurs fan, so I decorated his trailer with Spurs shirts, teddy bears, bumper stickers and trash cans. The Desperate Housewives set is comforting, but we're boring and settled. The boys are more fun."
PAXTON: NOT NAKED FOR NOTHING
Baring his bottom on HBO's new drama Big Love is actually just Bill Paxton's form of feminism, says the actor. "For too long, women in film and TV have been expected to show all, while men are always covered up," says Paxton, 50, who also directed the drama The Greatest Game Ever Played, now out on DVD. "I'm not trying to burden the American public with my butt, but you've got to be equal opportunity with showing the skin." Plus, his nudity could have some sway with his wife of 19 years, Louise. Jokes Paxton: "I'll have to call and tell her, 'Honey, you better be good to me—now the whole country loves my butt.'"
DAFOE: DISSED BY DENNIS
When Willem Dafoe shaved his head and donned a hairpiece and a prosthetic belly to play the White House Chief of Staff in American Dreamz, he became unrecognizable—even to Dennis Quaid, who portrays the President. "After I got into wardrobe and makeup for the first time, I ran into Dennis and I hadn't met him yet," says Dafoe, 50. "I shook his hand and said, 'Hey, Dennis, how are you doing?' He dismissed me, saying, 'Good, doing good,' and walked on. I thought, 'This guy is going to be a drag to work with.'" But Quaid soon caught on. Says Dafoe: "He ran back minutes later and said, 'I didn't know it was you!'"
PARIS'S NOT-SO-SIMPLE LIFE
Paris Hilton shares stories about filming the fourth season of The Simple Life
Wedding planning: I put together a huge lesbian wedding. I had them in tuxes with corsets under them, coming down the aisle on white horses. I was awesome.
Childbirthing: They wanted me to cut the umbilical cord, but I'd throw up. But when I heard the baby come out, I started crying. It was cool to see the miracle of life.
Breast-feeding: I wore this bra with milk—a bottle/nipple thing. The baby wouldn't do it. I thought, "This better be funny on TV."
Stavros: I wouldn't want him on the show—he doesn't like cameras at all. He's not a model, he's a professional kiteboarder.
Nicole Richie: It wasn't a competition. She may have seen it like that, but I didn't.