Heather Graham – Judy Moody Movie

When Heather Graham skated onscreen in the movie Boogie Nights, I knew she would become a big star. She just has that “It” factor. Later she appeared in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Swingers, Bowfinger, Six Degrees of Separation and the smash hit, Hangover. I met with Graham in Beverly Hills to find out more about the beautiful, blue-eyed actress.

 JW: What is your favorite thing to do on weekends when you are not filming?

 HG: Saturday mornings I love to hang out in Venice and attend a Yoga class. My favorite class to take is Vinnie Marino’s at Yoga Works on Main St. Marino is one of the most popular Vinyasa flow teachers in Los Angeles. He uses a blend of music and alignment and leads workshops and retreats throughout the world.

After yoga, I grab a bite at a nearby restaurant in Venice.

 JW: Aunt Opal in the movie Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer is a bit like an off-beat Mary Poppins. What was your favorite part of the role?

 HG: Opal is very childlike, artistic and a free spirit. She lives in the moment and likes to have fun. I loved the wardrobe she wore and wanted to take many of the pieces home with me. The dancing sequence with Jordana (Judy Moody) was a lot of fun. We had a good time dancing on the table.

 JW: What a difference it was for you finishing Hangover and then working on a movie with children. What was it like working with kids?

HG: It was a lot of fun. I adore my friend’s kids and wanted to do something that they could see me in. Jordana and I did yoga together in our trailers to get acquainted. I also decorated her trailer for Halloween. Since she is from Australia, they don’t celebrate Halloween. I also took her to Toluca Lake to go trick-or-treating. They decorate the houses there to look like movie sets.

JW: I understand you are an avid traveler. Where are some of your favorite places to visit?

HG: Tibet is very spiritual. Mexico is fun for some rest and relaxation. I love the sights in Italy and really enjoyed Morocco.  Also, I love going to Cambodia. I do charity work in Cambodia as an ambassador to Children International and sponsor kids. It’s a non profit humanitarian organization dedicated to bettering the lives of impoverished children, their families and communities. 

JW: Are you reading any good books right now?

HG: I just finished Freedom by Jonathan Franzen and I adore the Hunger Games Trilogy.

JW: What projects are you working on next?

HG: I recently finished three films: The Flying Machine, Cherry with James Franco and Fortune with Kim Basinger, Catherine O’Hara.

My prediction was right.  She is a gorgeous actress with a beautiful future.

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Jaleel White from the movie Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

 The minute I saw Jaleel White up on the screen of Judy Moody, I had a big smile on my face.  This guy is adorable.  I remembered him in the mega-hit television show “Family Matters” as Steve Urkel.  Now he is all grown up and plays Mr. Todd, Judy’s third grade teacher.

I had the opportunity to sit down with White at the Beverly Hills Hotel and learn a little about his past, present and future.  Surprisingly this was his first press junket in his 31 year acting career.

Born in Pasadena, his preschool teacher discovered his comedic talent and urged his parents to get him into showbiz.  ‘Nowadays, to get a role, you have to be famous, not just good,” shared White. When he was a child actor auditioning for television and movies, one had to have talent.  Today is different with all of the reality stars and their shows.

“I walked onto the 12th episode of a failing television show and left after the 215th episode,” boasted White. It was a great training ground for him, however he played the super-nerd Urkel so well, that everyone identified him with the character.  Fortunately, at UCLA it changed when he enrolled in the Film and Television program and began writing screenplays.

Hopefully at the end of the summer, his writing will come to the big screen and they will shoot his movie in Canada. “If I’m cast in the movie, great.  If not, it doesn’t matter. I just hope it gets made.  You never know in showbiz,” declared White.

He is handsome, funny and grounded without a big celebrity ego.  During the weekend, he and his foodie friends like to grab some sushi and hang out at the SoHo House.  His favorite movies to watch are Ghostbusters, The Breakfast Club and Beverly Hills Cop 1 and 2.

White has my vote as an actor who has paid his dues and deserves a chance to win a Golden Globe or Oscar.  It won’t be with his role in Judy Moody, but hopefully something soon in the future that is meatier and displays his wide range of appealing talent.