Rachel Bilson failed to shine in auditions as she struggled to cope with the pressure attached to her famous surname. The O.C. star's father, director/TV script writer Danny Bilson, and her grandfather, Bewitched director Bruce Bilson, are both well known within the industry, and the actress insists their fame made the audition process harder for her.
She tells Britain's Cosmopolitan magazine, "My father is in the same industry so I'd grow up on set. But when I went for auditions, they'd be like 'I know your dad' or, 'I know your grandpa'. I'd feel so pressured that I would totally choke. It's like they would suck something out of me and I would just crumble under pressure and do terribly."
October 09, 2001 10:28am EST
Government intelligence specialists have been secretly appealing to Hollywood filmmakers and writers for terrorist scenarios, Variety reports.
The U.S. Army ordered a special committee to gather at the University of Southern California last week to brainstorm possible terrorist targets and schemes in the U.S. and to offer possible solutions to those threats.
The ad hoc committee was formed in August 1999 after the Army awarded a five-year contract to USC to create the Institute for Creative Technologies. The ISC was to enlist the entertainment industry, video game makers and computer scientists to improve virtual reality and simulation training for soldiers.
Screenwriters Steven E. de Souza (Die Hard), Paul De Meo and Danny Bilson (The Rocketeer) are involved in the committee, as are directors David Fincher (Fight Club), Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich), Randal Kleiser (Grease) and Mary Lambert (The In Crowd).
One USC insider told Variety the group was focused on short-term threats against the country and had already met twice via telephone conference with the Pentagon.
James Korris, ITC creative director, confirmed that meetings with the Army were taking place but did not elaborate on any specific committee recommendations.