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How the Stars Plan to Get Stuffed on Turkey Day

[IMG:L]How do the stars celebrate Thanksgiving? Hollywood.com asked–and found out they celebrate just like everyone else: Stuffing their homes with family and friends, stuffing the turkey, and stuffing themselves.

Jerry O’Connell can’t wait to dig into a dinner concocted by wife Rebecca Romijn‘s clan. “Her parents are very good cooks,” he explains. “Rebecca‘s family is Dutch so they make Dutch, very cheesy, fattening, mayonnaise-y but very good food.”

Jack Black will be enjoying family time, as he and wife Tanya open their home to the relatives for son Sam’s first Thanksgiving. “We’re having both families to our house for dinner,” he admits with more than a hint of holiday stress in his eyes. “It’s going to be one those things that I want to get over with. There will be some wine. There’ll be some wine. Some people will be drinking and some people won’t. I know I’ll have a glass.” 

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[IMG:R]Dancing with the Stars’ Helio Castroneves will find himself far from home, either his native Brazil or his adopted hometown in Florida. “I do live in Miami but because of the show, I will be here in LA.,” the NASCAR champ reveals.”I will probably be spending it with my partner [Julianne Hough] and her family.” And he’s very happy to be the guest and not the host. “I do cook, but very badly.”

British singer Natasha Bedingfield is also getting a taste of the holiday solely celebrated in the U.S. “I’ll probably be here in America,” she says. “I’ve got some friends here who are like family. I love the fact that you guys have a holiday that’s all about being thankful, although it’s about being thankful you left England!”

For Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, it’s all about opening up their home to their increasingly extended clan. “With four kids in their 20s all boyfriended and girlfriended up, just getting together as a group is our great joy,” says Danson.

Laura Linney admits she’s also all about the traditional food on the big day. “My family’s from the South, so there’s Senator Russell’s Sweet Potato Soufflé, which is always really good.”

[IMG:L]Paula Abdul is already fantasizing about the daylong dining. “I love Thanksgiving,” she says. “It lasts forever. I love what my mother comes up with for Thanksgiving. She makes the best stuffing in the world. But I cook a real mean turkey.”

Nip/Tuck star Dylan Walsh is squeezing in shooting one last episode of the show before taking some time off. “This year we are going to be working up until late the night before Thanksgiving so my sister is taking care of Thanksgiving this year,” he says. “I tell you what I love about Thanksgiving, and it sounds so boring, but it is the sameness of it. It is the reliability of it. Nobody is going to serve lasagna–or if they do I’m not interested. What I love about it is how it has stayed the same. I’m like anybody: I like some turkey and some sweet potatoes and that is what I like about it. 

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Heroes’ James Kyson Lee likes a dinner with a slightly non-traditional twist. “My cousin who makes the Thanksgiving dinner, she puts a little wasabi in the cranberry sauce so it always has a little kick.”

[IMG:R]Writer-director Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) promises a low-key, un-Hollywood holiday, “I’m just going to be hanging out with my wife [Leslie Mann] and my kids and my wife’s family. And it’s not going to be exciting at all,” he says. “I wish I could tell you that it was exciting and that I was going to be hanging out with Mariah Carey or something. It isn’t that exciting.” 

Apatow particularly enjoys “the haze I get into when I eat a lot of turkey. It’s almost like being high. Just sitting on the couch unable to speak I’ve eaten so much. Peas and mashed potatoes combined is my favorite part of Thanksgiving. I just think it works. It’s just one of those things that work.”

Philip Seymour Hoffman admits his holiday planning is coming down to the wire thanks to his hectic schedule. “We’re just trying to figure out what to do,” he explains. “It’s a weird thing because I’m pretty busy. We’ve been moving around so much and trying to find a way to make as less amount of hectic energy as possible. So I don’t know what we’re going to do. We’re trying to figure out what the hell to do that day.”

Jeff Bridges’ famous acting family will be convening, and he’ll be the host. “We’ll all gather at my house and do Thanksgiving,” he says, then muses about the rest of the holiday season. “Who’s got Christmas this year? We usually do it at Beau‘s house. We’ll probably do that. My mom is still feisty and kicking. She’s 92. I saw her last night.”

[IMG:L]High School Musical’s Ashley Tisdale is not taking the day off. “I will be in New York for the Thanksgiving Day parade,” she says, and while she’s there she’ll definitely be scoping out ideas for her Christmas wish list, which she said is topped by “Christian Louboutin shoes!” 

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Meredith Vieira is also on the clock on Turkey Day, hosting the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade with her Today Show cohort Matt Lauer. “I’m a big holiday person in general,” she proclaims. “Thanksgiving was always held at my house growing up. My dad’s side of the family would come and we always had the traditional football game. We weren’t exactly the Kennedys. We dropped most of the balls, the footballs. We didn’t catch most of them but that was just part of the day and we still do that in our family, no matter who is here for Thanksgiving so that’s a very strong memory for me.” 

Lauer’s holiday memories are already permanently entangled with the landmark parade, which he’s participated in for five years. “I think my favorite Thanksgiving during the parade was the first time with my son Jack,” Lauer recalls. “The first time he was old enough to actually have my wife bring him down, stand there right behind the broadcast booth and watch him and literally turn around while Katie [Couric] would be talking, I would be looking around just watching his face as these incredible floats and balloons were coming past him. I think I remember The Wiggles were on that year and all these other people that were huge to him. It was a chance for me to live through his eyes and witness the parade from a completely different perspective.”

–Additional reporting by Emily Christianson, Carlene Davis, Gerri Miller, Andrea Simpson and Fred Topel.

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