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Wilmer Valderrama: That '70s Show Castmates Are 'So Proud of Me' | Wilmer Valderrama

Wilmer Valderrama: That '70s Show Castmates Are 'So Proud of Me'

Originally posted 03/07/2014 06:30PM

Sweet, shy Fez from That '70s Show and can-do, friendly children's hero Handy Manny are crossing over to the dark side.

Wilmer Valderrama is starring as the villainous crime lord Carlos in Robert Rodriguez's new television series From Dusk Till Dawn, showing on Saturday at SXSW in Austin.

"I stay in touch with everyone from my That '70s Show cast and they are so proud of me getting to do this," Valderrama, 34, tells PEOPLE from the Texas Film Awards hosted by the Austin Film Society. "They have known me since 1997, '98 and they know how obsessed I have been with everything that Robert [Rodriguez] has ever done."

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Alexa Vega in Machete Kills: 'Every Girl Wants to Be a Badass'

Alexa Vega in Machete Kills: 'Every Girl Wants to Be a Badass'

Originally posted 10/11/2013 07:30PM

Spy Kids fans are in for a big surprise – former child star Alexa Vega isn't a little girl anymore!

The 25-year-old, who's best known for playing Carmen Cortez in the family adventure series, says her latest role in Machete Kills is anything but wholesome.

"It's edgy, it's kickass," the newly engaged star tells PEOPLE of her provocative new role in the film, out Oct. 11. "I think every girl wants to be a badass."

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Rep: Rose McGowan & Robert Rodriguez Projects Still on Track | Robert Rodriguez, Rose McGowan

Couples

Rep: Rose McGowan & Robert Rodriguez Projects Still on Track

Originally posted 07/02/2008 06:55PM

Rose McGowan and Robert Rodriguez are still together – professionally and personally, sources tell PEOPLE.

The actress is starring in three of her fiancé's upcoming projects – Barbarella, Red Sonja and Woman in Chains! – despite reports to the contrary, according to her rep.

"The production of all three films is moving forward with Rose to star," the rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

As for claims that the couple have called off their engagement, a source close to McGowan says, "She and Robert are fine."

McGowan, 34, and Rodriguez, 40, announced their engagement in October 2007.

Best known for her bewitched role in Charmed, McGowan met her leading man in 2006, when he directed her in the Planet Terror portion of the Grindhouse double feature.

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Rose McGowan Engaged to Director Robert Rodriguez | Robert Rodriguez, Rose McGowan

Engagements

Rose McGowan Engaged to Director Robert Rodriguez

Originally posted 10/11/2007 08:00PM

Actress Rose McGowan is engaged to director Robert Rodridguez, a source close to the actress tells PEOPLE.

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Couples Watch: Rose & Robert, Courteney & David ... | Robert Rodriguez, Rose McGowan

Couples Watch: Rose & Robert, Courteney & David ...

Originally posted 06/25/2007 06:00AM

• New couple Rose McGowan and director Robert Rodriguez, milling about at the Beverly Hilton during the Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards. Inside, McGowan told us, "I'd be lucky" to work again with Rodriguez, who directed her in Planet Terror. And while she wouldn't 'fess up to finding love at first sight, McGowan did tell us, "He's my best friend," adding, "We instantly became really good friends."

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Jammin' with John Mayer | John Mayer

Jammin' with John Mayer

Originally posted 06/07/2004 06:00AM

John Mayer usually doesn't do duets ("It's usually, 'How would you like the opportunity to play with – drum roll – someone who sucks?' " he says), but he couldn't pass up a chance to play with one of his idols, Paul Simon, at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame recently. "Paul Simon for me is such a huge part of my music," Mayer tells us. "I don't reference it all the time. But it's really there. So it was brought to him, and lucky for me he agreed. It was a huge surprise. He wanted to do it, which to me was a huge compliment. I don't imagine that Paul obliges many artists." In the show (airing on VH1 June 15, as part of the Bailey's "In Tune" duets series to be hosted by American Idol's Randy Jackson), Mayer joins Simon on three of his mega-hits: "Boy in the Bubble," "Late in the Evening," and "Slip Sliding Away," and Simon joins Mayer on his song "Daughters." What was it like having Simon play on one of his tunes? "Scary," Mayer says. "I was like, 'He thinks this sucks.' Hearing him sing my stuff is like getting James Earl Jones to read your bills to you. He's overqualified. "

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