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Robin Wright: I Didn’t Want to Get a Face-Lift to Play Claire Underwood

05/15/2014 at 06:40 PM EDT

Robin Wright isn’t afraid to stick a knife in someone’s back while portraying ruthless political spouse Claire Underwood on House of Cards.

Yet Wright, 48, says her aversion to going under the knife potentially prevented her from accepting the role on the hit Netflix series when executive producer David Fincher pitched the plum part to her several years ago.

“I was sitting there going, ‘You’re 45, and you’re not gonna get a face-lift,’ ” she tells Town & Country for its June/July cover story. “I was really considering that stuff, because in Hollywood the pressure’s there. You better lift that face and pump those lips and hike those boobs! And I was like, ‘I don’t want to do that. I’m going to get older. I’m going to have wrinkles!’ “

(In the end, it appears the actress settled on a compromise, telling UK’s The Telegraph in February that she does “the tiniest sprinkle of Botox twice a year.”)

Wright’s decision to tackle the role put her back in the spotlight after a long absence, which she attributes to her refusal to take on “wife and arm candy” roles that often came her way.

“Hollywood is difficult to navigate if you have integrity, so I opted not to work if there wasn’t enough to do in a role, which doesn’t have to do with the role’s size,” she says. “If there’s nothing for me to do as an actress, that’s frustrating … I’d rather go work at a menial labor job, where I can actually get my hands dirty.”

Yet Wright, who spent much of that off-screen time raising now-grown daughter Dylan, 23, and son Hopper, 20, with ex-husband Sean Penn, now realizes her choices came with consequences.

“In a sense it hurts, because you’re like, ‘I want to play too! I just don’t want to play that way,’ ” she explains. “I’m not up there with Kate Winslet and Julia Roberts. I don’t sell tickets. I’ve known that for a long time.”

Despite that, the actress, now engaged to Ben Foster, does seem able to laugh about the craziness of her 30-year career – including her breakout role as Princess Buttercup in The Princess Bride.

“It was my first film experience, and so you might say that I fully immersed myself in the role,” she says. “I did not act. It was mostly telling myself, ‘Don’t be an idiot in front of Mandy Patinkin and Christopher Guest.’ “

Robin Wright: I Didnt Want to Get a Face Lift to Play Claire Underwood
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Helena Bonham Carter Once Drunkenly Asked Prince William to ‘Be a Godparent’

05/15/2014 at 01:15 PM EDT

Helena Bonham Carter Once Drunkenly Asked Prince William to Be a Godparent

Helena Bonham Carter and Prince William

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Helena Bonham Carter, emboldened by a few drinks, once asked Prince William to be a godfather.

“I got very drunk at one point, and I was determined to ask him to be a godfather to my daughter,” the actress, 47, recalled this week at a glamorous Windsor Castle charity dinner to benefit the Royal Marsden cancer hospital, of which William, 31, is president. “He quite wisely said ‘no.’ “

Bonham Carter said she cheekily popped the question when she met William and his then-girlfriend Kate Middleton while they were vacationing on the Caribbean island of Mustique.

Bonham Carter added, “I admire him. He has got the same grace as both his parents.”

At the Windsor Castle gala, fashion titan Ralph Lauren announced he is funding a new breast cancer research facility at the hospital. Besides Bonham Carter, celebrity attendees included Emma Watson, Cate Blanchett and Kate Moss, who wore Ralph Lauren.

The 200 guests enjoyed an elegant dinner of seared hot-smoked salmon, green beans and sugar snaps, roasted fillet of beef with caramelized shallot and tarragon butter, and steamed English asparagus, followed by a chocolate and salted caramel tart.

Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch said of meeting the Prince: “He is just a stand-up guy. I completely forgot to ask him how he got over his jet lag from his trip to Australia, because I was there at the same time and I saw all the commotion when he went to Sydney Opera House.”

At the dinner in the castle’s Great Hall, William sat between Ralph Lauren’s wife, Ricky, and Royal Marsden chairman Ian Molson, while the designer sat across from the Prince and next to Blanchett.

Also seated near William were David and Julia Koch, the American billionaire philanthropists.

Earlier, William told Lauren, “It’s a wonderful thing you’re backing. It will be another great addition to the hospital.”

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Selena Gomez Blocks Justin Bieber’s Number!


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Selena Gomez Blocks Justin Bieber’s Number!

SELENA Gomez has blocked Justin Bieber from her life!

According to Hollywood Life, the actress is “really trying to forget” her bad boy ex-boyfriend and is cutting off all communication with him.

“Selena has blocked Justin’s number,” a source said.

“She’s not talking to him or looking at his social media — she is really trying to forget him, since he’s not willing to be committed. She’s done with letting him get away with cheating on her.

“She’s not going to be his shoulder to cry on, or support him in his latest crisis. Unless he really proves he can step up to the plate —  like an engagement ring might do it — but otherwise she’s done and she just wants to let it go.

“She doesn’t even want to hold a grudge, she just wants to close that chapter of her life. She’s angry now but that’s helping her get through the pain so it’s a good thing.”


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Cheryl Hines at War With Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Kids!


Thursday, May 15, 2014

CHERYL Hines isn’t popular with her fiance’s kids!

The actress recently announced her engagement to her boyfriend Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

But sources say Kennedy’s four children with tragic second wife Mary are considering boycotting the wedding, while his 86-year-old mom Ethel Kennedy is desperately trying to make peace, according to the National Enquirer.

“Bobby’s kids can’t stand Cheryl,” a source said. “Whenever she’s at a family function, they call her ‘Buzzkill’ behind her back.

“Even though their parents were estranged when Cheryl entered the picture, the children feel that her presence may have contributed to pushing their mom to take her life.”

Kennedy, 60, is the son of slain former U.S. attorney general Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of late President John F. Kennedy. He began dating Cheryl, 48, best known for her role in Curb Your Enthusiasm, in late 2010.

In May 2012, his estranged wife Mary, then 52, hanged herself on the grounds of the family’s home in Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

The couple’s children — Conor, 19, Kyra, 18, Finn, 17, and Aidan, 12 — were “shattered” by their mother’s death and wanted nothing to do with Cheryl, despite her repeated attempts to woo them.

Meanwhile, Kennedy has enlisted his elderly mother to help turn the tide of ill will.

“Ethel has tried to convince her grandchildren that this marriage will be good for them and their dad,” said the pal.

“She pointed out that even though Cheryl can never replace Mary in their hearts, they should be willing to at least give her a chance. After all, she’s going to be their stepmother whether they like it or not.

“Ethel realizes that the three oldest children can’t be expected to take much parenting advice from Cheryl. But she told the kids that it would be nice to have Cheryl’s support in other ways, such as attending milestones like their graduations, marriages and the like.

“Besides that, Ethel reminded the kids that Cheryl appears to make their father happy, and they should want him to have a relationship based on mutual love and respect.

“If the children boycott the wedding, it would be an absolute disaster. But right now, Cheryl and Bobby can only hope that the kids will show up for their big day.”


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