Question: I have been wondering ever since Mariska Hargitay first appeared on Law & Order: SVU if she is the daughter of Mickey Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield? I can't seem to find an answer. Can you tell me if she is? Thank you. Patricia S.
Televisionary: She is indeed, Patricia. Born in 1964 to the title-winning weightlifter (Mr. Universe, Mr. World, Mr. America) and the legendary blonde bombshell, the actress was in the car with her mom and her two siblings when a tragic accident near New Orleans took Mansfield's life in 1967. In fact, early in Hargitay's career, her mom's image helped influence her acting choices in the other direction. "I played lots of tomboys, wearing flannel shirts, jeans and boots," she told The Los Angeles Times last year. "On some unconscious level, I was shying away from those sexual roles because of my mother. But as I got older, I changed my mind. I now lo
Jessica Alba may play a genetically enhanced supervixen on Dark Angel, but she feels a little more vulnerable than that in real life. As the rising starlet has learned, giving up her privacy is a lot tougher than taking on TV baddies especially when it comes to her romance with fiancé and Dark Angel co-star Michael Weatherly.
"I just won't talk about us," Alba says firmly. "I know the media will dive into your personal life as much as you allow them to." Feeling she's damned if she does or doesn't dish, the actress simply throws up her hands. "If celebrities don't want to talk about something," she points out, "then the made-up stories are everywhere. In the end, you just have to say to yourself, 'It's not brain surgery, it's just entertainment. Nobody's dying here.'"
By all accounts, Weatherly (who has a five-year-old son with ex-wife and former Loving co-star Amelia Hei
When Boston Public begins its sophomore year this September, Winslow High's male pupils won't be the only ones ogling former Star Trek: Voyager bombshell Jeri Ryan who's enrolling as curvaceous corporate-lawyer-turned-teacher Ronnie Brooks. Shall we count honcho Scott Guber who puts the vice in vice principal among the grown-ups in line to salivate over her, too?
"She is obviously somebody that would interest Guber," actor Anthony Heald grins to TV Guide Online. "My character is male and he is heterosexual. Of course he's going to be interested!"
Indeed, although rather uptight and socially maladroit, Guber has demonstrated a very frisky side. And what does Heald himself think about creator David E. Kelley's splashy stunt casting? "We all are con
In his 26-year career, Curtis Armstrong has played all kinds of characters. But, as he was raised to pop-culture prominence by his portrayals of oddballs and outcasts most notably, Booger in 1984's B-movie classic, Revenge of the Nerds he wasn't the least bit insulted when the Sci Fi Channel offered him the role of Pig Boy, a half-human/half-Porky tabloid staffer on the wacky new series The Chronicle.
"Absolutely, this is the logical career progression for me," the classically trained graduate of Michigan's Academy of Dramatic Arts tells TV Guide Online. "What can I say? I'd certainly auditioned for more disgusting parts.
"The great thing about Pig Boy," he continues, "is that I don't have to play [his porcine side] at all. It doesn't manifest itself I'm not snorting or whirling around in mud. And I think he only squeals in
Celebrating a landmark birthday helped self-proclaimed hermit and former Profiler Jamie Luner come to a few conclusions about life. "When you're 22 or 23, you think the world revolves around you, and I felt that way for a long time," she confesses to TV Guide Online. "But I just turned 30, and I love it! You realize, 'Whoa, baby, you ain't all that.' And you're not! You're just a woman out there doing something she loves."
After heating things up on such sudsy ensemble fare as Melrose Place and Savannah, the actress found that taking the lead wasn't all it was cracked up to be. "Don't get me wrong, Profiler was a great experience, but it was more work than anyone could imagine," she sighs. "Once I finished that show, I said, 'I can do anything!'"
Instead, Luner opted to do nothing. "I really needed to separate myself from the business, and now I'm ready to get back in."
But rather than make a big TV commitment, she opted
Like many guys in young Hollywood these days, Freaks & Geeks alum James Franco appears offbeat, rather broody and terribly concerned with being taken seriously as an actor. Ah, youth. Fortunately, those qualities came in handy for playing the original sexy brooder, James Dean, in TNT's James Dean biopic (airing Sunday at 8pm/ET).
Asked why he prefers portraying edgy boys, the 23-year-old sighs impatiently to TV Guide Online: "Easily, they're more interesting. You always want to deviate from the norm." He certainly does that in Dean, which doesn't whitewash the hungry thesp's rep for opening doors in Tinseltown by cozying up to gay male producers.
"I didn't have a problem with playing it," says Franco, "and I thought it was nice how we [included] Rogers Brackett" as played by
An opening weekend gross of $69 million can buy a lot of bananas. Yet anyone familiar with Planet of the Apes director Tim Burton knows that the preferred fruit of his labor is the satisfaction in presenting an unmistakably unique vision to moviegoers.
"That whole thing about 'successful movies,' 'personal versus studio movies'... It's all the same to me," he attests. "I feel close to every film I make, though there may be a few that feel slightly more personal."
In terms of critical and audience acceptance, "every movie that ever came out from me could have gone either way, as far as my mind was concerned," the auteur behind Sleepy Hollow, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice and two Batman films adds. "But
As the captain of UPN's upcoming Star Trek prequel series, Enterprise which is set a century before the Kirk administration (or 150 years from today) Scott Bakula has the distinction of being the franchise's first commander-in-chief. Still, the former Quantum Leap hero concedes that he'll never truly be No. 1 that honor belongs to William Shatner.
"In my mind, he's the first and the last really," Bakula tells TV Guide Online. "He's the ultimate guy... You'll always live in the shadow of Shatner. But if we can achieve a little of what [his original 1966-69 series] achieved, we'll be doing a good job."
Alas, if the seasoned time traveler was hoping to avoid comparisons between his Capt. Jonathan Archer and Shatner's Capt. James T. Kirk, he's out of luck. Although in a recent TV Guide story, Enterprise co-creator and executive producer Rick Berm
This spring, Three's Company fans everywhere enjoyed a titter when a Nick at Nite rerun viewer complained he'd seen far more of John Ritter than anyone ever needs to. "Yes, his scrotum falls out of his [boxer] shorts," a network rep sighed of one saucy episode from which the blooper was excised (ouch!) for future airings. Now, Company co-star Richard Kline is having his say on the matter!
"They saw John's testicles," he laughs to TV Guide Online. "I spoke to John about that in New York. He couldn't believe it! It's a little scary to be anatomically incorrect on television."
Asked if SAG guarantees Ritter any special royalties for his, uhm, extra screen time, Kline grins: "You'd have to ask him. But cable residuals being what they are, I don't think we get much of anything."
Kline who played open-shirted, medallion-wearing lothario Larry on the '70s series is surprised (however relieved) that somethin
In Planet of the Apes's most self-referential moment, ape army leader General Thade visits his father's bedside, where the withering patriarch, with his last breaths, unveils a symbol of humankind's inventiveness: a firearm. Yet, since the ailing elder is played by original Apes star Charlton Heston the president of the National Rifle Association, natch it's a scene that Thade's portrayer, Tim Roth, almost was not a part of.
"It was difficult for me, because of the whole NRA thing," admits the actor. "I'm aware of [Heston's] reputation, but I've got two kids. In fact, it has taken away from his reputation as an actor, to be honest.
"Everyone is welcome to their politics, I completely agree with that," Roth adds. "But [th