Mariska Hargitay Is A Real Charmer...
...but who knew she was a SNAKE charmer!
On Saturday afternoon, I stumbled upon the lovely Mariska Hargitay and her family, husband Peter Hermann and 3-year-old son August, at the petting zoo at CMEE's 1st Annual Summer Family Fair. I almost didn't recognize the Law & Order: SVU star standing among all of the other Moms in her oversized sunglasses and striped tank top. The doting Mom was busy snapping away pictures of August holding a Guinea Pig, pointing out the pot bellied pig, and petting the goats. I had no problem with the hungry goats, even when they tried to snack on my camera strap, and I think I handled the pooping rooster pretty well, but when Mariska's husband Peter reached for the baby boa constrictor, well, then I had a little problem.
Peter, who was standing uncomfortably close to me, quickly draped the reptile around his shoulders and turned to his perfectly accessorized wife for a picture. I just knew that Mariska would have to fight the same urge to squeal in horror as I did, but instead, she gushed over the snake - even calling it CUTE! “Please tell me you're kidding me?” my crackling voice asked of Mariska. “Oh my gosh, snakes don’t scare me at all,” she replied. Not exactly the answer I was looking for, but I had calmed myself down enough to at least hear her out. “I had snakes around all the time growing up,” Mariska rationalized, “my brothers had snakes…they’re really amazing creatures.” Actually Mariska, what's amazing is that I was still standing upright!
Mariska was loving the whole moment, calling over August and taking pictures of Peter with the “cute” snake. Just when it had wrapped itself around Peter's neck and was slithering up to the top of his head, Mariska turned to me and said, “Look, there's your picture! See him on top of his head?” Oh, I see it alright!! And that's when the photographer in me had to slap the girl in me and make me get back to work. Without a long lens, and closer than I've ever wanted to be to a boa constrictor, baby or otherwise, I took those darn pictures - and I lived to tell the tale. Granted, I then wandered off wondering if the Family Fair was serving anything stronger than fruit juice, but I was proud of myself none the less!
My sincere thanks to Mariska, Peter and August for a photo-op I won't soon forget!
Mark Snow was a special guest and gave a concert with a symphonic variation of his famous X-Files-Theme.
Here's a small videoclip:
Lorenzo Lamas' icky family therapy
Mike Fleiss' new E! docusoap reality show "The La
mas Life" is on the TCA stage and critics waste no time swooping into the big tabloid question: What's going on in this family after Star magazine reported that Lorenzo Lamas' son slept with his ex-wife? Both Lamas and AJ were onstage and looking slightly uncomfortable ... though perhaps not as uncomfortable as they should be. H
ere's the exchange:
Critic to Lamas: "What's the relationship like?"
Critics: "What's that like [doing the show]?"
Lamas: "It's unusual."
Critic: "So why do it?"
Lamas: "There's a chance we can make things better."
Critic: "Through a TV show?"
Lamas: "Through the circumstance of a TV show."
Critic: "Is that the healthiest way [to do this]?"
Lamas: "The fact is I've seen more of AJ the past two weeks than for the past four years."
Critic: "It's a good line ... but kind of scary, that a TV show is the catalyst."
Lamas: "It's a reflection of the society that we're living in ... I'm just looking at it as an opportunity to get closer to my kids."
AJ: "I felt the same way, man. A f--king TV show? Honestly, if it takes a TV show to come back together, so be it. I have my issues with him from when i was younger but ... watch the show."
Mike Fleiss chimes in: "There's only one way to get a family back together and that’s on televison."
Here's the article:
DUELING LAMAS FAMILY SORTS OUT ISSUES ON E!
By SEAN DALY
July 31, 2009
Lorenzo Lamas hadn't spoken to son A.J. since 2003 -- about the same time published reports say the young soap star was bedding his dad's fourth ex-wife, stripper Shauna Sands.
Luckily, their touching "reconciliation" is being documented by the cable channel for this season's reality-wreck "The Lamas Life."
"There is a chance we can make things better -- through the circumstances of a television show," the one-time "Renegade" hunk says.
"The Lamas Life," which began filming in LA just three weeks ago, also peeks into the private lives of ex-wife Michelle Smith and daughters Dakota (an aspiring-but-awful singer) and Shayne (who recently "won" ABC's "The Bachelor").
But all eyes will be on the "strained" relationship Lamas admits to having with his 25-year-old son.
"Nothing else was going to [bring us back together]," the actor, 51, tells The Post. "There was a lot of water under the bridge and there was really no reason. My life had gone on without him in it.
"I am busy raising three little girls, 8, 10 and 11. The relationship between my son and I was basically fractured severely years ago and there wasn't a reason to reach out. I was done -- like, finished."
At the center of their ongoing drama: Sands.
While both men insist A.J. never had any inappropriate relations with his stepmom, Lamas does admit, "There are certain things that he did, certain actions that he undertook that had severe consequences. I just didn't want to be his friend," he said.
"Me and my father have always been best friends, or worst enemies, since I was a kid," AJ says. "He has always been Superman, I have always been Lex Luther."
Their relationship began to deteriorate when AJ turned 11, Lamas conceded.
"That was the same summer that I met my last wife, Shauna. There was a big fracture in the relationship, I think, because of the timing of when I brought her into my life.
"I tried for several years to still be a father, to still patch things up, to get him to understand that I am a man and a man has needs and if you really loved your dad, you would want him to be happy."
"He broke my heart," AJ says. "I will always love that guy. I can't say I love him right now, but we are getting there."