I ran into Katie Holmes' former flame Friday night at Runway for Life at the Beverly Hilton. Chris, his new, fairly presentable g-friend, Ginnifer Goodwin, and other celebs like Anna Kournikova and Cindy Crawford hit the runway to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
One word for Mr. Klein during my Suri inquisition: Unflappable. After some obligatory career chitchat, I got to the million-dollar question on every gossip's minds and mouths. "Have you seen Vanity Fair?" I asked. "I have indeed, yes," Chris replied, politely yet succinctly.
"Any thoughts?" I pressed, as inquiring minds (like yours and mine, natch ) so want to know C.K.'s feelings regarding the new insta-nuclear fam that is Tom&Kate&Suri.
"I think they look so lovely and so happy, and I'm really, really happy for them," he said semisincerely, and rather repetitively, without batting an eyelash of irony regarding his ex, the former Katie Holmes. Jeez. Now, I was über-impressed Mr. K. hadn't bolted off the carpet or given me the hand yet, so I figured why not go there? You know: There.
"What do you think about the gossip that Suri looks like you?" I said, quasi-innocently, but really not. "Do people ever ask you about that?" I was fully prepared for the American Pie performer to throw an apple job in my face, or at least to walk away.
But Chris stayed and answered!
"I've never had anyone ask me that before," he replied, ever so thoughtfully. Could he actually have been telling the truth? Hmmm. "I haven't even heard people talking like that." (Obviously, the dude doesn't read the rags.) "It's definitely them, and they look so beautiful," he surmised.
"Are you and Katie still in contact?" I asked, for good horse-corpse-beating measure.
"We've been so busy that it's hard to keep in touch," he explained. Ding-ding-ding! That would be the sound of my way nosy questions coming to a close. Big snaps for Chris...He was a great sport the entire time. The almost beefy boy (with a nice bum) came off sincere and not the least bit bitter. So, either TomKat ain't even a blip on his radar, or he's a much better actor than I thought.
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"I think you know when you're healthy and when you're not," said Jenna Dewan, star of Step Up and current amour of one Channing Tatum. "I think you can tell when you have bones sticking out!"
So, what's the secret to Jenna's toned and bitchin' bod, besides all those hours of sweat-ay dancing, 'course? "Everything in moderation," she explained. "You can have that day where you splurge, and then you eat less for the next couple of days."
Hear that, Nicole Richie? I asked Jane Kaczmarek the same skinny Q.
"If you see really awkward angles and bones that look like they hurt, that's too skinny," Bradley Whitford's nicely shaped other half responded. (Kate Bosworth inference here, anyone?) "When you see lean, slender, proportioned and a little bit of voluptuousness," J.K. continued, "that's beautiful. Probably 10 years ago, Christy Turlington gained 10 pounds and she looked like a million bucks! I love that she did that."
Me too, girlfriend. Bring on the In-N-Out, pronto!
Lance Bass and Reichen Lehmkuhl, givin' Mance a run for their Miami club-hoppin' money. The newly hands-on duo hit South Beach last week and stopped by Skybar, Suite and Snatch, if you can believe it, all in one freakin' night! The formerly camera-shy couple happily mugged and canoodled for eager photogs. Oh, how quickly the times change! Just ask...
Rob Shuter, former flack to one Jessica Simpson. Rumor has it that Jess and daddio Joe parted ways after R.S. overexaggerated about Jess-babe and John Mayer's supposed romance to the rags. Anyhow, Rob was spotted brunchin' in New Yawk at Moonstruck, a local diner. Pinchin' pennies, hon? Also masticating in less than glam locales was...
Chris Kattan, grabbin' a snack in E!'s very own downstairs deli. Mid-Wilshire, natch. Eschewing the mango fruit he so fabulously plays on SNL, C.K. instead opted for low-fat Ruffles and a Diet Coke. Countin' calories, dude? Postpurchase, he met up with a mysterious blonde in dark aviator shades. (No, it wasn't Ryan Seacrest!)