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Rebecca and Jerry's Family Visit


Rebecca Romijn is taking fiance Jerry O'Connell to Holland this week for "a huge family reunion. I haven't been back in a couple of years," reports the gorgeous blond actress currently riding high at the box office with "X-Men: The Last Stand."

The Romijn gathering has been in the works for months. Afterward, the couple is planning a Euro vacation. "I'm taking a break. I've been kind of busy," notes Rebecca.

That's certainly true. Besides "X-Men" and her recently canceled "Pepper Dennis" WB series, Romijn has two movies premiering at the June 9-16 (2006, RRF) CineVegas festival — both of which are festive indeed. In "Lies & Alibis," she's the right-hand gal to Steve Coogan, who gets into serious trouble running a tryst-hiding service. James Marsden, Selma Blair, Sam Elliott, Henry Rollins, John Leguizamo, Deborah Kara Unger and Jaime King also star.

And then there's Rebecca's own "Wet Dreams," which she cooked up with her buddy, writer-director Steve Willis. It's the documentation of their quest to choreograph the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Yes, really.

"You know those times when you're sitting with friends, and say, Wouldn't it be great to blah-blah-blah?' But you never really do it. "This was a cockamamie idea that we loved so much, we couldn't let it go away," she enthuses. However, "We had trouble getting people to take us seriously — I wonder why."

Worth seeing: Jerry in a half-shirt, running the boom microphone on the "Wet" project. "That's how we met!" Rebecca lets us know. "Steve and I were at a party, and we were about to go scout locations for the movie, and Jerry came up and said, What is this that you're talking about?' When we told him, he said, You guys are crazy.' Then he asked if we needed a boom operator. I said, Will you wear wardrobe? A half-shirt that says FOUNTAIN TEAM'? He didn't even hesitate."

Original article: Daily News

People Magazine October 2006

How do Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell – who first started seeing each other in August 2004 and then became engaged a year later – keep their relationship hot? "I can't believe I'm saying this publicly," Crossing Jordan star O'Connell, 32, tells PEOPLE in its new issue. "We play a lot of badminton." How much? "An entire weekend," says his fiancée. "We'll play for four hours a day straight."

The couple's next love match will be their upcoming wedding, which, O'Connell says, will be "something very small, with just our siblings. Rebecca has a sister and I have a brother." The X-Men franchise actress, 33, was previously married to ER star John Stamos for 5 1/2 years. They split up in April 2004, and their divorce was finalized in March 2005.

Besides planning for the wedding, O'Connell says, "Rebecca and I are really into Dancing with the Stars. … We've been taking ballroom dance lessons as a result of watching the show." Not that they plan to step before the TV cameras. "No way," he says of the prospect of being on the show. "First of all, I can't get the time off from work, but I would be too nervous." How nervous? "They would be like, 'Here comes Jerry O'Connell,' and then I would pass out," he says. "And you can't get scored if you pass out. But we just love this show. We're reality TV crazy."

As for Christmas, "I think Rebecca's mom is going to cook for the holidays this year, which is interesting because my family usually buys a pre-made turkey at the supermarket or Koo-Koo-Roo," says O'Connell, adding, "I'm certainly not cooking the turkey because, if I did, there would be salmonella everywhere. It would be bad. We don't need any food poisoning going down." More seriously, he says, "In terms of the holidays, we are just very festive. Rebecca and I really get into it. And we've already started on it. We've started purchasing lights, we've started untangling lights. I think I'm going to do some fake snow on the roof since we're here in Los Angeles."

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