Rosie, Trey, Tim, Nigel, Jess. ... Its OK if we call you by your first names, right?
Capitol Hill is so overrun with celebrities at the moment that our eyes are practically aching from the collective starriness. Blame it on the upcoming White House Correspondents Dinner, or the lure of Washingtons spring (well, given the dreary weather, you can scratch that one) whatever the reason, famous faces are easier to find around the Capitol than inappropriately dressed interns.
That was comedian Rosie ODonnell, chatting on Wednesday with new best pal Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.). And in other scenes from Capitol Hill star-gazing on Wednesday: look, its Nigel Barker, the hunky photographer from hit show Americas Next Top Model! Oh, and theres fashion expert Tim Gunn, and Phish frontman Trey Anastasio ... and this just in we hear Jessica Alba was slated to show at a film screening Wednesday night at the Capitol Visitor Center (dont worry if you missed her, shes expected at an event on the Hill today, too).
Well get to the other famous visitors in a bit, but first the rundown on Rosie, who stayed in the limelight nearly all day with Landrieu. The pair (well call them RoMa) were joined at the hip, promoting legislation introduced by the Louisiana Democrat that encourages college graduates to mentor foster children.
RoMa first appeared together at a morning press conference, then made a joint afternoon appearance on MSNBC and even screened ODonnells film about foster care, America, at the CVC in the evening.
At the press conference, Landrieu called ODonnell the star of this program, the real star whos here. But ODonnell admitted she had butterflies about visiting Capitol Hill.
I feel a little nervous, like there should be a scandal attached, ODonnell said. But I swear I didnt do anything.
Americas Next Top (Congressional) Model. Who knew Rep. Nita Lowey was such a fashion horse?
The New York Democrats wardrobe has the approval of Americas Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker, who interviewed Lowey on Wednesday for a documentary hes filming with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
Barker recalled to HOH that before the interview, Lowey asked the crew not to film her tennis shoes, which she feared werent especially fashion-forward.
But Barker disagreed, telling Lowey that they look like Prada.
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