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When celebrities get starstruck

One question I keep getting asked is how do I manage to talk to so many celebrities without getting starstruck. I’ll let you in on a little secret. There have been some actors over the years who have made me a little nervous before the interview started. But, the moment it’s time to go to work, any nerves have to be pushed aside or there would be no way to get the job done.

Here’s another secret. Celebrities get starstruck. Jane Lynch talked about her own reaction to other celebrities during an interview for her new animated film “Wreck-It Ralph.” Lynch is the voice of character in a military video game who takes no prisoners. You’ll be able to spot her easily once the movie opens on Friday because the character looks just like her.

One of the fun parts for Lynch of having some celebrity clout is getting to go to fancy events where she gets to be with celebrities she wouldn’t normally see on a daily basis.

“There’s kind of a mutual admiration society but I’m caught off guard every time someone like Glenn Close asks me to come over and talk to her,” Lynch says. “I get a little starstruck but I believe I can hold my own because one of the things I’ve learned, being a celebrity now, when people come up to you and they are so taken by you they can barely talk, I try not to roll my eyes because they just want to have a human conversation with you.”

Lynch has been a working actor on TV and in films for more almost 25 years but her star status made a major leap when she signed on to play the unforgettable Sue Sylvester on “Glee.” Before the series, there was a point where Lynch felt like she was just doing the same characters. Then Christopher Guest came along to cast her in movies like “Best In Show” and “A Mighty Wind.” Guest’s style of allowing actors to improvise a lot of their material was an acting blessing for Lynch. And now, “Glee” has become the exclamation point on making her a true celebrity.

Talking about her rise on the star meter, Lynch jokes, “At first, I loved it. Now, it’s ‘What am I going to wear?’”

Felicity Huffman blends into the crowd

116220_D_1798C_fulWIVES4.JPGDuring a visit to Wisteria Lane, the home for all of those weird events on “Desperate Housewives,” I ask Felicity Huffman if all her years on the show have made it difficult to go out.

“Not at all,” she says. “In fact, my husband I were at a very crowded movie the other day and no one noticed me. They do recognize my husband.”

Just in case you aren’t up on all of Hollywood’s relationship news, she ‘s married to William H. Macy, who has appeared on everything from “ER” to “Wild Hogs.”

The lack of attention doesn’t bother Huffman. She loves going unnoticed — unless she’s at the airport. The only time she tries to bank on her fame is when she is standing in a long line.

“I will take off my hat and look around hoping someone will notice me and let me go to the front of the line. If that doesn’t work, then I will say loudly ‘I wish Eva would call me’,” she says about her “Desperate Housewives” co-star.

Some song ideas are worse that others

NICKELODEON ICARLY.JPGMiranda Cosgrove and I’ve decided she should write a song about a Chihuahua.

Actually, she’s just being kind to me because of the way I phrase a question about where the “iCarly” star gets inspiration for the songs she writes. I ask if coming up with ideas is as simple as going “look, there’s a Chihuahua” and then writing a song.

“I should write a Chihuahua song,” Cosgrove says with a giggle.

Cosgrove loves to write tunes and co-wrote several of the songs on her “Sparks Fly” CD. But I’m pretty sure there won’t be any canine ballads anytime soon.

“I have been playing guitar since I was 8 and written little songs in my room,” Cosgrove says during a break from filming her hit Nickelodeon series. “But, I would only play them for family and friends. It was different for me to actually go into a room and be with writers and telling them my ideas.”

The hardest part for the teen was getting past being embarrassed about throwing out ideas. Hey, a song about a small dog is an idea. It’s not a good idea, but it’s an idea.

There are perks to being a celebrity

simmons.jpgI’ve always wanted to know if a celebrity get tons of merchandise after they make a commercial for a company. Does Pam Anderson get a puppy from PETA after she poses nude in one of their ads? Has Tiger Woods had to buy a razor in the last 10 years?

Gene Simmons, a member of the legendary band KISS, appeared in a television commercial to promote the new cherry flavored Dr. Pepper.

I took the opening during an interview with Simmons’ son Nick for the 100th episode of the A&E cable series “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” to ask if the family fridge was stocked to the top with the soda.

Nick says there’s not a can to be found but that could change.

“I think all my dad has to do is call and they will send him some,” Nick says.

A little fashion knowledge is good

REASER.JPGMost interviews for new movies take place in Los Angeles hotels. So it’s never a surprise to end up in an elevator with a celebrity and a gaggle of publicists. Is it gaggle? Maybe a group of publicists should be called a pack.

I was joined on an elevator at the Four Seasons by Elizabeth Reaser, who plays Esme Cullen in the “Twilight” movies. She was wearing a dress I first thought had been painted on but then realized it was far tighter than that.

There were so many publicists – all female – with her that eventually Reaser was pushed so close to me, I was dangerously close to an exclusive.

The Four Seasons elevators move slow enough for Stephen King to write four novels by the time they reach the top floor. An uncomfortable silence set in because publicists don’t like to talk in front of reporters in fear they will say something tabloid worthy.

I’d noticed Reaser was wearing what I was pretty certain were a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes. I leaned over and said to her, “Nice shoes.”

“Thank you,” she gleefully said over her shoulder.

“My wife told me to always notice the shoes,” I offered back.

“She’s taught you well,” Reaser said over a chorus of “yeahs,” “that’s rights” and “so smarts” from the publicists.