Ecollywood: Odds & ends
Jaime Pressly, Salma Hayek, Megan Mullally and 'The Lorax.'
Thu, Mar 01, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Photo: Joe Viles/Fox
On the set of "I Hate My Teenage Daughter," "We recycle all paper and plastic products," reports Jaime Pressly, who does the same at home, where she uses energy-saving light bulbs and teaches her son Dezi, who turns five in May, about recycling. "He knows what goes in the bin and what doesn't," she says.
Her sitcom, which returns to Fox with new episodes March 6, "is the best job ever," she raves. "Everybody on it is down to earth, they are individually brilliant at what they do, the comic timing and physical comedy is incredible and it's really great to go to work with people who want to be there," she elaborates, singling out co-star Katie Finneran for special praise. "I adore her. I feel like we've known each other our whole lives." Pressly also loves the multi-camera, half-hour format that allows for a relatively sane work schedule. "I get to take my son to school in the morning and pick him up at night," she says. "You get to have a life."
Actress Salma Hayek is the face of a new multimedia, bilingual campaign encouraging people to eat breakfast for better health. Hayek and chef Ellie Krieger have joined forces with National Milk Mustache "Got Milk?" campaign for The Breakfast Project — a multimedia, bilingual initiative involving print and TV ads in English and Spanish. "My days are always super busy, always very hectic, and I have to juggle so many things at the same time, but I wouldn't dream of skipping breakfast," says Hayek. "I recognize how valuable it is to begin the day with a healthy breakfast that includes milk. It's a special time that I can share with my family, and I feel good that my daughter is getting the best start possible to her day.
"I make sure that my family has a nutritious breakfast every day," Hayek adds. "We often keep it simple with cereal and milk at breakfast, or sometimes we have some fun and make smoothies with milk and fruit. As long as my daughter has that glass of milk, I know that she's getting calcium, protein and other nutrients to help her be strong, focused and ready for the day. Plus, I make sure she sees me make healthy choices in the morning, too. I'm trying to be a positive breakfast role model." Visitors to TheBreakfastProject.com can find recipes, facts and figures, and Hayek's tips for tackling morning chaos.
"Right now we're just trying to keep the lights off and the usual stuff," says Megan Mullally about her green efforts. The actress, who has popped up all over TV of late with guest and recurring roes in "Happy Endings," "Up All Night," the animated "Bob's Burgers," and opposite husband Nick Offerman in "Parks & Recreation," is joining the cast of Fox's "Breaking In" for its second season, which premieres March 6. As the head of a larger company that takes over the security firm run by Christian Slater, "My character comes in and upsets the apple cart, so it does create a conflict," she says.
While being as sought-after for guest roles as she is "is an embarrassment of riches," Mullally "thought it would be nice to have a regular gig," But she's not neglecting other creative mediums. She and Offerman made a drama called "Smashed" about a couple whose marriage "is based on the consumption of alcohol. I play the school principal and Nick is the vice principal but we don't have scenes together. I had a really good time doing that and would love to do more dramatic stuff," she says, though her other current projects are comedies: she has a cameo in and produced Offerman's "offbeat comedy" "Someone Up There Likes Me," and will be in a film based on her series "Party Down," "which I'm very excited about."
Dr. Seuss' 1971 book "The Lorax" was written as the environmental movement was just beginning to gain steam, and its conservation message is more important than ever four decades later as the story hits theaters in animated form this week. Set in a world where all the trees have been destroyed, the movie features the voices of Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, who credits "The Lorax" with "planting the seed of an environmentalist" in him when his parents read it to him as a child, Danny DeVito in the title role, Ed Helms as the villainous Once-ler, and Betty White as Grammy Norma, a character not in the book. "I'm a fan of Dr. Seuss and particularly 'The Lorax' because it celebrates the environment, which is my top of the line love, so when I was asked to do the voiceover I was thrilled," says White. "The Lorax" opens in theaters March 2.