Zooey Deschanel: Love ‘Is Absolutely Worth It’

Zooey Deschanel’s uniquely quirky appeal is a perfect match for Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 500 Days of Summer — a “turn around” romantic comedy in which (pay attention here) the guy is head over heels in love with a woman who doesn’t believe in commitment.

Deschanel understands why their love story is getting lots of great buzz, as is her own love story with fiance and Death Cab for Cutie frontman Benjamin Gibbard. She revealed to Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf that the relationship rings true because it’s like real life.

“Tom and Summer are like the flip sides of my generation. They represent different sides of what love means — total commitment versus ambivalence. The twist is that I play a woman who doesn’t believe true love exists while Joe is head over heels and much more idealistic about romance. Usually it’s the other way around. I can relate to…”

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Heartbreak Made Me A ‘Better Man’

Joseph Gordon-Levitt thinks it’s time to acknowledge that stories of broken hearts are not exclusive to females. 500 Days of Summer is his answer to the chick flick.

Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf discovered that his new film whimsically flings us back and forth through the silly days, the sexy days and the sad days in the saga of a romance.

“I’ve had my heart broken. Yeah. I know what it feels like and I wanted this movie to take it seriously because I think the truth is actually funnier than a pack of lies. When I look back at me in my
broken-hearted phase…”

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John Leguizamo: Judge Sotomayor Is ‘Going To Steam Roll Them’

John Leguizamo isn’t known for PG comedy, but he’s a hit for the third time around in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, adding a lispy voice to Sid, a sloth struggling with his new role as an adoptive parent.

Leguizamo gets back to his trademark high-energy, no-holds-barred humor this month when he takes his new stand-up show John Leguizamo Live! on a summer tour in selected cities. Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out that John is just as funny up close and personal.

“I studied with Strasberg. I’m a method guy. So I went to the zoo and I looked at the giant three-toed sloth and the smaller ones. OK, there wasn’t really much to see until there was a little sloth romance. They don’t move much except when they mate. They mate really quickly, which is very bizarre…”

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Maggie Gyllenhaal: All Moms Do ‘The Best They Can’

Maggie Gyllenhaal co-starred last year in one of the biggest comic-book blockbusters ever, The Dark Knight. But now the actress is venturing from the big-budget Batman franchise to Away We Go, an indie film directed by Sam Mendes.

In the film, Gyllenhaal gets a wildly comic turn as a hippie mom obsessed with going back to basics to raise her kids. And as Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out, Maggie was glad she was a mom herself (raising a three-year-old daughter with Peter Saarsgard, whom she recently married) before taking the part.

“Shortly before my daughter was born, I had a fantasy that everything was going to be organic and cloth diapers. I think a lot of people are that way. And then, of course, you actually have a child you have to manage in the real world…”

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Hayden Panettiere: ‘I Still Have My Insecurities’

Hayden Panettiere won fans as a cheerleader helping to save the world in NBC’s popular Heroes. Now, she’s a cheerleader on the big screen in I Love You, Beth Cooper, which is getting additional buzz for her nude scene.

As Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf discovered, Panettiere was very mellow about taking it all off.

“I don’t think it takes much thought, and I don’t think it takes much preparation as an actor. My dad has always said I was…”

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