Emmy Rossum: I Was Definitely a ‘Creative Geek’ in School

Emmy Rossum has sung with the Phantom of the Opera, gone down with the ship in Poseidon and faced the end of the world in The Day After Tomorrow. Now, she’s exploring new territory in the very low-budget Dare.

In the film, Rossum gets her first sex scene playing a high school student who loses her virginity to the class bad boy. And that’s only the beginning. Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out why Rossum is downplaying her first foray into big screen passion.

“I think the sexuality in this movie is used to show kids discovering themselves. There’s no real nudity. It’s not like explicitly focusing on boobs and other body parts. It’s very awkward. I mean, there are moments of awkward funniness in life and sex when you’re young…”

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Blake Lively on Celebrity: ‘People Look at You Like a Zoo Animal’

Blake Lively is hotter than hot thanks to Gossip Girl. Playing Serena on the hugely popular CW series has made her a TV star, and her role in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films has made her a hit with movie audiences.

Now, Lively is exploring her dark side in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, as the tortured teenage version of title character. Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf discovered why Lively didn’t mind being a little naughty for the role.

“Pippa does get very dark. Like, that was me on a dog leash being led around for a photo shoot by Julianne Moore, who plays a lesbian photographer. It sounds bizarre, but it was exciting for me because I never really went through that dark and wild stage…”

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Tim McGraw: I Would Be a Mess Without Faith Hill

Tim McGraw isn’t letting his huge success as one of country music’s biggest stars stand in the way of his acting career. He’s co-starring with Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side, the moving true story of the Tuohys, a white Memphis family who take in a virtually homeless black teenager. Michael Oher, the burly kid without a future, went on to become a football prodigy, now playing for the Baltimore Ravens.

Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out why McGraw felt at home as a husband whose take-charge wife, played by Bullock, led the fight to give Oher a new lease on life.

“In our family, my wife Faith Hill is very much in control of our life. She works out everybody’s schedule. I wouldn’t be able to function without her. So I can totally relate to a wife like that, and I feel that it is a blessing for me because…”

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Taylor Lautner: ‘I’m Having the Time of My Life’

Taylor Lautner fought to hold on to the role of Jacob Black, Bella’s guy pal in New Moon. The 17-year-old needed to increase his body size to fit the role of the teenager turned werewolf in the second installment of the Twilight Saga. The first time you see him wearing nothing more than a pair of shorts, you’ll know he was up to the task.

Lautner told Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf that as tough as it was to get ripped, competing with Edward for Bella’s affection was the real challenge.

“Bella is pulled between these two guys who are completely opposite and mortal enemies. How do you choose? I honestly think it just depends on what kind of girl you are. I personally love Jacob and Bella’s relationship — how they begin as best friends and it starts to grow into something more. But both guys are always going to be there for Bella…”

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