03:48 PM EDT 12/10/2013
Originally posted 12/09/2013 10:45AM
From gossip to literature.
Former Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester will make her Broadway debut next year as a beautiful temptress in the revival of Of Mice and Men.
Producers said Monday that Meester will join James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in the story about an unlikely friendship between two migrant field workers in California during the Great Depression.
The story by John Steinbeck centers on big-dreaming George and the mentally challenged Lennie. Meester, who starred in the film Country Strong, will play the wife of a ranch boss who fascinates Lennie – "she's purty," he tells his friend – and endangers their fates.
Originally posted 10/18/2013 11:15AM
Broadway could be getting a high-wattage dose of brotherly love next spring, as James Franco and Chris O'Dowd are likely to star together in Of Mice and Men.
It would mark the Broadway debut both for Franco, 35, and O'Dowd, 34, the Irish actor who shot to fame as Kristen Wiig's policeman love interest in Bridesmaids and as Thomas John on Girls.
Franco, an Oscar nominee for 127 Hours, has officially signed on to play George, while O'Dowd is still in negotiations to play his mentally limited brother Lennie, reports the New York Times.
Originally posted 09/06/2012 08:55AM
He won moviegoers' hearts as Kristen Wiig's love interest in Bridesmaids. And now, Chris O'Dowd has a beautiful bride of his own.
The Irish actor and current Girls guest star, 32, got married Aug. 26 to the British TV presenter Dawn Porter in a three-day party that culminated with a low-key backyard exchange of vows.
"Just married!!!!" O'Dowd Tweeted after the ceremony, along with a photo of himself and Porter, 33, sporting matching full-body sweatsuits.
Originally posted 12/30/2011 09:50AM
He played the sweet policeman who wooed Kristin Wiig in Bridesmaids, and now Chris O'Dowd is planning to tie the knot with his real-life girlfriend, British TV personality Dawn Porter.
The Irish actor, 32, proposed the day after Christmas, while the couple were on vacation in Guernsey, an island in the English Channel.
"I guess he liked it, coz he put a ring on it. #engaged," Porter, also 32, Tweeted Thursday.
"I'm so bored of all this happiness and sex. I'm getting married," O'Dowd quipped via Twitter the same day, later describing himself as a "very happy & lucky boy."
Originally posted 05/31/2011 10:30AM
Bridesmaids has won over audiences, as has its surprising leading man.
Chris O'Dowd plays Kristen Wiig's love interest, Officer Rhodes, in the hit comedy, which has turned the Irish actor into a breakout star – and reluctant sex symbol. While the 31-year-old is overjoyed by the success of the movie, he's still getting used to all his newfound female fans.
1. He's shocked by his sex symbol status
Audiences – particularly women – have been falling in love with O'Dowd. Many of his Twitter followers have been expressing their affection for the actor, even going so far as to Tweet marriage proposals. O'Dowd, who has a girlfriend, is baffled by all the attention. "I find it a little ridiculous … particularly women finding me attractive is a new sensation," he said recently on Conan.
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