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SINCE YOU ASKED [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

July 8, 2013


"Wow, my body did not react well to that! It was like putting gasoline in a purified system. ... That just made my stomach turn and made me feel terrible.

Jennifer Aniston, telling New York magazine about when she ate a Big Mac while traveling with fiance Justin Theroux,Singer: Janis was a force,It takes Mary Bridget Davies about an hour to physically become Janis Joplin.

As for the mental and vocal preparation, "it happens throughout the day with me," says Mary Bridget, 34, sitting in her dressing room at Arena Stage in Washington. The star of the blockbuster hit "One Night With Janis Joplin," at Arena for the second summer in a row ("Back by popular demand!") and heading to Broadway in the fall, is wearing black leggings, a gray T-shirt, and neon pink studded flip-flops. Her long brown hair -- which she is contractually obligated not to alter -- is wavy and still damp from the shower. "As soon as you wake up and open your eyes, you test your voice to see where you are," she says.

Mary Bridget has been at this for a while. "I was a fan my whole life," she says. "Screaming along to 'Piece of My Heart.' ... I think every kid who goes through their misfit phase finds Janis."

When Mary Bridget was growing up in Cleveland, she dressed like Janis for Halloween. This was in the '80s; her friends thought she was Elton John.

Now Mary Bridget has access to the good stuff: costume pieces based on Janis's real clothing from Made for Pearl, a clothing and accessories company based in Los Angeles run by Malyn Joplin, the singer's niece. Pearl was Janis' nickname.

"The costumes really help," Mary Bridget says. Slipping into Joplin's attire, with its bohemian-meets-every-item-in-your- grandma's-closet-piled-on-at-once look gives you "that force-of- nature feeling. You feel like a sheriff. This unstoppable force. She was so free that anything you have going on in your life, you can bring it to your performance."

Janis died of a heroin overdose in 1970 at age 27, about two weeks after Jimi Hendrix died at the same age. But Janis, Mary Bridget insists, "wasn't this loudmouth junkie who came onstage and screamed. She was so intelligent. The funniest girl around."

"She was a raw, visceral nerve. You could feel it in your heart and your fingertips when she sang."

-- The Washington Post,Rebecca still faces name game

Rebecca Romijn has a full house but it's not with John Stamos.

The actress, who is the mother of 4-year-old twin girls with husband of nearly six years Jerry O'Connell, can't seem to shake her former moniker.

"Oh my God, it happened to me last night!!" she says in the August issue of Redbook about being referred to by her former married name.

During her six-year union with the "Full House" actor, she went by Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. Although the star of TNT's "King & Maxwell" divorced John in March 2005, the name has stuck until today.

But life for the 40-year-old has come far from her days as a Stamos. She's happily married to Jerry, and they have blossomed in their careers and parenthood through the support of one another.

"We're each other's assistants," she says of their decision not to hire a full-time nanny. "We pick up each other's slack. Whoever is less busy helps the busier one."

By having each other's back, Rebecca and Jerry find a balance between their hectic work demands and with their lives as hands-on parents.

"'Can you go pick this up for?' or 'Can you book my flight?'" she continues to explain about their sense of teamwork. "That's what real life is. Once you start paying somebody else to do the grunt work, who are you?"

Seemingly up for any challenge, Rebecca adapted to gaining weight during her pregnancy like a champ.

"I wasn't worried -- you've gotta feather that nest!" she says. "Afterward, I was nursing for six months. When you're a new mother, your body doesn't belong to you for a while. You have to check your vanity at the door."

It's hard to believe the mother, wife, actress and former model, who has been in the spotlight since the early '90s, turned 40 in November. But for Rebecca, aging is the least of her concerns.

"Aging has never been scary to me," she admits. "I've always admired my mom's lines -- she has a beautiful, laughter-filled face. I've always thought that was attractive." -- New York Daily News,I hope Megan Hilty gets more work. She was the best thing on "Smash." Does she have anything else planned? -- G.K.

She does. The actress, who has a long resume in the theater as well as movies and TV, voices a role, along with Lea Michele and Dan Aykroyd, in the animated musical "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return," due out next May. And she returns to NBC in a new series, "Sean Saves the World," starring Sean Hayes, this fall.

Is it true that singers Katy Perry and John Mayer got back together? -- H.P.

Apparently, yes. That could change overnight, but the two recently were spotted out in New York together, acting very affectionate ... so they seem to have reunited.

Whatever happened to actor John Stamos? I always thought he was cute. -- P.G.

John, who co-stars in the TV series "Necessary Roughness" and recently in "The New Normal," stars in the upcoming comedy "My Man is a Loser" and the NBC drama pilot "I Am Victor," playing a divorce attorney. If all goes well, it could be on the network's midseason schedule.

-- Robin Adams Sloan, King Features Syndicate,'SNL' star engaged to lawyer

"Saturday Night Live" star Seth Meyers, 39, is engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Alexi Ashe.

The "Weekend Update" host recently popped the question to his lawyer love, a rep confirmed to Us Weekly.

Seth and Alexi met at a wedding several years ago and live together in New York.

In 2012, Seth talked to Elle magazine about his fiancee-to-be.

"She works for the Brooklyn district attorney fighting sex trafficking," he said. "It really takes away my ability to say I had a hard day at work."

"When my girlfriend and I talk about being happy, I'll get choked up," Seth continued.

Seth has another big change in his future. The comedian is set to take over Jimmy Fallon's seat as host of "Late Night" in 2014. -- NYDN

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