When the stars
need to chill out
It's a tough life being a movie star, what with the parties,
premieres and red-hot romances. So the stars all have their own
ways of chilling out... like knitting a woolly jumper.
on their heads, get the needle or get on their bikes. Then there
is the big star who loves to birdwatch and then strut his stuff
with the occasional tango.
Among the glitterati
who get busy with the knitting needles and balls of wool are Julia
Roberts, Hilary Swank, Uma Thurman, Daryl Hannah, Winona Ryder,
Cameron Diaz and Sarah Jessica Parker.
And tough Aussie
Gladiator Russell Crowe isn't ashamed to fight stress by doing some
'knit one purl one' in the privacy of his own home.
woman star Julia also likes to relax by having needles plunged into
her by Suk Woon Hahm, a popular Hollywood acupuncturist. He then
turns Penelope Cruz, Mena Suvari and Dan Aykroyd into human pin
Suk Woon explains:
"Stars are stressed because of work and relationships, or from
working at relationships. Their lives are not their own. It is often
very hard to get them to relax."
Girl Geri Halliwell loves nothing better than to feel her cares
melt away as she stands on her head by the pool in the skimpiest
of bikinis. She is just one of the stars who use yoga as a stress-buster.
find relief by practising the ancient art are Madonna, Cameron Diaz,
Gwyneth Paltrow, Meg Ryan, Spider-Man Tobey Maguire and Nicolas
Among the calmer
methods of relaxing is the ancient Chinese art of 'cupping' - as
practised by Patricia Arquette. Small cups of heated air are applied
to the skin, exerting a mild and soothing vacuum pressure.
insists on having French aromatherapy candles on her list of dressing-room
necessities. Sex and the City's Kristin David has a simple, down-home
method of relaxing. She retreats into the kitchen and bakes her
Robert Duvall chills out by 'twitching' - going bird-watching. He
also loves to tango, and has installed a dance floor in his barn.
When the pressures
of stardom get on top of Hollywood's hottest couple - Brad Pitt
and Jennifer Aniston - they take a hike. Right into the Hollywood
a star likes to get away from it all on the golf course, actor Hugh
Grant has his own special way of playing the game. When he is on
the road, Hugh takes along an indoor putting green.
darkness falls, he unrolls it and plays away until he is relaxed
enough to climb into bed and fall asleep.
But golf is
never going to do for the macho men of Hollywood. They love nothing
better than tooling down the Pacific Coast Highway and into the
mountain canyons on big, powerful motorcycles. Harley-Davidson 'hogs'
are a favourite means of getting away from it all.
Among the ton-up
boys are George Clooney, talk show host Jay Leno, Harrison Ford,
Patrick Swayze and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
As well as
a $30,000 Harley Davidson, Arnie has lots of other toys to play
with, including a tank. He bought the M-47 tank he drove as an Austrian
Army conscript in 1965, and shipped it to his Pacific Palisades
He also has
a $80,000 military Hummer, an overblown jeep as wide as a Tinsel
Town agent's smile, and 'his' and 'hers' brand-new Mercedes G-wagen
people carriers at $90,000 each.
star's garages also house a $150,000 grey turbocharged Porsche 911
and a retro-chic Excalibur roadster sports car, which retails at
It's just as
well Arnie, now 55, is pulling in $30 million for his forthcoming
movie, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.