Jennifer Hudson Shocks Chelsea Handler; Meg Ryan Starts Her Comeback
Oct. 12, 2013
By ABC NEWS
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Jennifer Hudson 'I've Never Had a Drink in My Life'
Sure, avoiding alcohol and other intoxicating substances might be better for your health. But what if you're an actress playing a drug addict? Kind of a tough one, right?
In fact, Hudson told Handler she had been nervous about taking on her latest role as a heroin addicted mother in the new film, "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete." She researched it by meeting with women in rehab before shooting to learn more about addiction.
"I've never done anything, so that was hard to play this role. I've never had a drink in my life. I'm sober," Hudson said. "I'm like, 'OK, this is new to me.' Normally, as an actor, you have things to pull from. I was like, 'I don't know what it's like to feel any of that."
The Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon to Reopen During Shutdown
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Hey, not even the government can keep a good woman down -- especially when she's 305 feet tall and a New Yorker. And green.
The Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon have been sealed off from visitors during the federal government shutdown, leaving tourists to gape at the sites from afar.
But now, kids with field trips on the calendar can rejoice.
Lady Liberty and the Grand Canyon will be reopening with state money. There may not be a federal government, but once again there will be tourists taking selfies on Liberty Island.
Meg Ryan Hopes to Charm New Generation on TV
America's sweetheart is stepping back into the limelight.
A week after a People magazine story highlighted Meg Ryan's quiet life in New York, the 51-year-old actress announced she will return to the limelight as star of a new television series.
Ryan said she'll play a New York editor and single mom who returns to the workforce to work for her former intern during a sitcom on another network.
So far there's no word if her "You've Got Mail" and "Sleepless In Seattle" co-star Tom Hanks could make a guest appearance, maybe with a nice bouquet of pencils.