Own Stars: What Are Your Favorite Texas Celebs Up To?

Drew Brees learns how to get to Sesame Street, Candy Spelling hoards Beanie Babies, and Sandra Bullock smuggles sausage. 
Thu December 22, 2011 1:56 am
Screenshot | Sesame Street

Famous Texans are always making headlines. For the latest scoop on Texas celebs, we bring you Own Stars, a TM Daily Post regular feature.  

Did Drew Brees Teach the Children Well? 
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees learned how to get to Sesame Street so he could teach Elmo how to measure. The Super Bowl winner used a ruler, of course, and then he got cute and used both a potato and a tube of toothpaste as measuring instruments, which might have muddied kids' perception of math and science. Bleacher Report used the spot to pick on some players that are Brees' own size. "Could you imagine if Tony Romo or another highly-scrutinized quarterback used some free time to chill with Elmo?" Bleacher Report  writes. "Every time they threw an interception, some smart aleck would take to Twitter and type, 'Maybe Elmo should have taught you how to throw.'" 

A War of Words Between Jenna Bush Hager and Chelsea Clinton  
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will never run against each other, but the American public can live out a version of the Clinton-Bush battle through the past presidents' daughters. To get the competitive juices flowing,  Jezebel compared two career snapshots of the budding journalists—Jenna Bush Hager's dancing on the Today Show  versus Chelsea Clinton's report on at-risk kids for Rock Center— and concluded that Clinton is "better than Jenna."  Omg! has a more thoughtful evaluation: "[Chelsea] doesn't seem to have her father, Bill Clinton's, charm and ease in public speaking," Omg! writes. "Jenna is obviously much more comfortable on television. She's bubbly, extroverted, and outgoing."

Tree of Life Director Terrence Malick's Sleights-of-hand Revealed 
Tree of Life, the confounding, phantasmagorical movie about the human condition, is racking up nominations and everyone wants to know the secrets of mysterious director Terrence Malick. Jessica Chastain told Interview Magazine  that Malick, a member of the Texas Film Hall of Fame, told her to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art for her role as a 1950's housewife. "Now when I watch the film, I see that in one of the very first shots of me, I'm sitting at the kitchen table and looking down to the right, and when I pause it, it looks like Raphael's Madonna," Chastain said. "It's like, 'Terrence Malick! You knew!'" Meanwhile, Jack Fisk, Malick's longtime production designer, told the Los Angeles Times  about his boss's unconventional filming and location-scouting tactics.

Candy Spelling is a Hoarder of Epic Proportions  
Candy Spelling's collection of Beanie Babies and Madame Alexander dolls caused viewers of the first episode of " Selling Spelling Manor " to widen their eyes in disbelief, the Daily Mail recaps. The two-episode reality show follows Candy as she empties out the 123-room, 56,600-sq.-ft. L.A. mansion she lived in with Aaron Spelling, the Dallas-born TV mogul. (Candy has since sold the manse to Petra Ecclestone, the 22-year-old daughter of Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One head honcho.) "[Candy] said that Tori didn't like those dolls," wrote a commenter on the Daily Mail 's story, "and felt that they were for her mother's enjoyment and not her own so Candy decided to collect them for herself remarking 'They have such beautiful faces and they don't talk back to you! Tori's main complaint was that her mother was never really there for her or thought she was pretty. Mother Dearest is what comes to mind." 

Sandra Bullock Steals Sausage, Sells Sausage
Jesse James probably thought Sandra Bullock was too prim and proper for his apparently bad self, but he clearly didn't understand the sophisticated mind of an international criminal. Sandra Bullock  confided to Jay Leno that she smuggles sausage from her German homeland back to the states. "They're these little sausages that you just have them shipped in and you fry them up with some sauerkraut and potato salad," Celebrity-Gossip.net summarized (complete with video), "but they have to be the right ones because they sell a lot that are imposters." Bullock knows her sausage. Bess Bistro, the restaurant in Austin that she owns, serves a duck sausage appetizer with Ziegenbock Ale braised chiles that counts Whole Lifestyle Magazine  as a big fan and has received generally positive reviews from local  Yelpers.

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