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'Entertainment Weekly' Outtakes

Includes: Rosario Dawson, Eva Longoria, Wentworth Miller, Jessica Alba, Jay-Z, Jessica Biel, George Clooney, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Aniston & Vince Vaughn, Steve Carell, Kanye West, Pink, Aaron Eckhart, John C. Reilly, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Laurie, and Samuel L. Jackson.



ROSARIO DAWSON
Photograph by Guy Aroch
June 20, 2006
New York City


''[Dawson] is comfortable with herself,'' says Aroch. ''She doesn't need a second opinion to know that she looks good. We were able to riff and try different things. It made for a fun day. She was great in front of the camera. She really loves it.'' Originally, the baked goods were intended as a snack, not a prop. ''We gave her a cupcake. She just walked onto the set and that was one of the first couple frames I snapped. It feels real. That's my favorite kind of picture — when you have a beautiful girl just being cute.''




EVA LONGORIA
Photograph by James White
Aug. 30, 2006
Los Angeles


''For photo shoots, normally you agonize for weeks over ideas,'' says White. ''But because I was confirmed for this [job] the day before, everything was very quick.'' And ridiculously early: The Desperate Housewives star was only available between the red-eyed hours of 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. as a result of her strict television schedule. But White wasn't thrown by the brutal call time. ''We all get up early anyway, and Eva was just a joy to work with. Being around her spirit is infectious.''



WENTWORTH MILLER
Photograph by Brian Bowen Smith
July 23, 2006
Los Angeles


''He wanted to do a shot in a tux,'' says Smith, who praised the Prison Break star for his unusually laid-back attitude in front of the camera. ''It was basically an idea of his and mine together. I thought it would be kind of cool to do it old-school, Hollywood-style. He's so perfect that you don't have to do much.'' After starting the session with Miller's tuxedo buttoned and the tie knotted, Smith ultimately got him to loosen up. ''I said, 'Just f--- it up. Unbutton your shirt, lean back in the chair like you don't give a f---. Don't pose, just sit there.'''



JESSICA ALBA
Photograph by Sheryl Nields
May 31, 2006
Los Angeles


The pairing of cute white sundress and giant black boots? Alba totally went for it. ''She did this great line-dancing, hoofing play on the whole thing, like [she was in] Deliverance or something,'' says Nields, who then simply plopped the actress down and grabbed this informal shot, an unexpected departure from Alba's usual polished veneer. ''She definitely doesn't sell herself as a bombshell. I think she's more barefoot on her days off.''



JAY-Z
Photograph by Jeff Riedel
Aug. 17, 2006
New York City


Riedel shot the rapper on a rooftop near the Brooklyn housing projects where he grew up. ''We really wanted to depart from the casual sportswear look,'' says Riedel. ''He just picked things that he liked and put them all together, coming up with a sort of polished blue-collar look. He's charismatic enough to pull just about anything off.'' But don't mistake the relaxed attitude for apathy. ''There were some funny moments, like him refusing to be photographed touching a ladder. He speaks his mind directly. I can only respect that.''



JESSICA BIEL
Photograph by James Dimmock
June 3, 2006
Los Angeles


It's a little odd (and, we must admit, pleasantly surprising) to see this soft, romantic image of Biel, the former TV teenlet and Illusionist star who, ever since her role in Blade: Trinity, has been looking so... ''Buff, yeah,'' laughs Dimmock, who took this image in a photo studio. ''She's in incredible shape. She does yoga like every day or something silly.'' Dimmock says he intended for Biel to look ''feminine, rather than with a crossbow and leaping off flaming buildings.'' As for that impressive set of sultry, pillowy lips? ''That's all her own work.''



GEORGE CLOONEY
Photograph by James White
Jan. 5, 2006
Los Angeles


''Because George is such a versatile actor and has that Old Hollywood appeal, we set the shoot up to look like he's backstage at a studio,'' says White of Clooney, who he describes as a ''completely charming and incredibly intelligent'' subject. An old pro at having his picture taken, the actor managed to get in and out of the studio in approximately two hours (shoots often run much longer). He was cracking jokes the entire time. ''We shot in both color and black and white, and [Clooney] was a great sport. He doesn't take himself too seriously.''



CHARLIZE THERON
Photograph by James White
Sept. 12, 2005
Chicago


''You would think it'd be easy to find a locale in Chicago, but it wasn't,'' says White, who ultimately decided to shoot the Oscar-winning actress Theron inside a half-demolished loft. ''We just used the base of the building as our studio, and it had really beautiful light.'' At the beginning of the session, the photographer asked her to adjust her outfit's strap. The effect, it turned out, was stunning. ''There was this moment where it looked like she was bare-shouldered,'' he says. ''I thought it looked really sweet and sensual at the same time.''



JENNIFER ANISTON & VINCE VAUGHN
Photograph by Gavin Bond
May 5, 2006
Los Angeles


Charged with shooting Vaughniston together for the first time, Bond found inspiration in old photos of dance duo Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. ''I was looking for that kind of energy,'' he says. Bond hoped Vaughn's huge personality would shine through and that the actor would ''bring it on.'' But what really pumped the big guy up, oddly enough, was Whitney Houston's high-energy ''I'm Every Woman.'' ''That track came on, and that's when he let it rip.''



STEVE CARELL
Photograph by Jeff Minton
Dec. 3, 2005
Los Angeles


Carell never misses a chance to ham it up, as Minton quickly discovered. ''He would literally start at the front door and say, 'Hey, how are you doing?' and actually act it out out loud,'' says the photographer of Carell's pants-free brick-path jaunt for this shot. ''I can see why every director would want to work with him, because he's so open-minded and he has no attitude. He was up for everything.'' Well, almost everything: ''I wanted him to put briefs on — like, tighty-whities — but he was like, 'No, no. I'll wear the boxers.''' Good call, Steve.



KANYE WEST
Photograph by Martin Schoeller
Jan. 23, 2006
Los Angeles


''It wasn't my easiest shoot,'' says Schoeller of his session with the hip-hop maestro at L.A.'s 5th and Sunset studio, which had been hastily rescheduled after West previously canceled at the very last minute. ''When he arrived, the first thing [he said] was that he was bigger than Elvis, and during the scheduled four hours, three were spent just talking to him about his clothes and how he should be posed. He wanted the very best, and a very classic photo, and kept asking us about how we would have shot the Beatles.''



PINK
Photograph by James Dimmock
March 3, 2006
Paris


Dimmock used a drizzly day in Paris to capture the singer's softer side (along with another series of shots that saw Pink standing on an eight-inch ledge in the rain). ''It's quite nice to have the quiet moment as well as the screamy, shouty animal that we all see on MTV,'' he says of this close-up. ''Everyone knows Pink as this sort of energetic, wild tomboy. I wanted to prove that there is a soft little girl inside.'' Albeit a soft little girl with some serious ink. ''Her tattoos take on a whole new context when you actually calm the girl down.''



AARON ECKHART
Photograph by Jeff Riedel
Feb. 25, 2006
New York City


''We were in an old gentlemen's club in downtown Manhattan, and even the bathroom was posh,'' says Riedel, who shot the Thank You for Smoking star while Eckhart was wielding a rather appropriate prop. ''He wanted to get something that was lighthearted but not too campy, so he didn't flinch when I asked if we could shoot him in a urinal stall. Once he got it, he really turned it on for me, which I always appreciate.'' And what conclusions can we now draw about Riedel's work? ''I guess I just always end up in the bathroom at some point.''



JOHN C. REILLY
Photograph by Jeff Minton
July 15, 2006
Chicago


Scheduled to shoot a quick face portrait, Minton found a few minutes in the studio's back garden with Reilly and a mirror ball. ''He started looking at himself and making faces,'' says Minton. ''It reminded me of his character in Boogie Nights.'' The photographer was amazed by Reilly's ability to effortlessly control his facial expressions on the shoot. ''He could freeze a moment that would look 'caught,''' he says. ''That was pretty remarkable.''



ANNE HATHAWAY
Photographs by Guy Aroch
May 25, 2006
New York City


Even before Aroch pulled out a throwback bobbed wig and big sunglasses for Hathaway, the set of this shoot had a vintage air. The Devil Wears Prada star provided the '60s surf-rock soundtrack herself. ''I thought she would just look great in the '60s vibe,'' Aroch says, noting that Hathaway's big eyes and lips complete the Audrey Hepburnesque look. ''You almost can't take a bad picture of her. When you're able to combine a little bit of acting in there and convey a little bit of emotion, it just takes the picture and amplifies it.''



HUGH LAURIE
Photograph by Justin Stephens
Aug. 6, 2006
Los Angeles


After shooting a glove-snapping cover shot, Stephens presented Laurie with a tray of over-the-top medical props. ''That syringe was one that he actually chose,'' Stephens remembers. ''He was having a good time shooting this.'' Stephens noticed that the House star doesn't love having his photo taken, but he adds, ''The thing with Hugh Laurie, for me, is that he's like my ideal subject. He's not a smiley subject and he gives a lot of attitude.''



SAMUEL L. JACKSON
Photograph by Jeff Riedel
July 19, 2006
Los Angeles


In the San Fernando Valley on a sweltering summer day (earlier, photographer Riedel actually set up his equipment in his underwear), the ''irascible'' Snakes on a Plane star endured this bathroom shot. ''We had a few solid ideas, but this one was last-minute,'' says Riedel. ''I had not seen the film — still haven't — but thought the idea of sitting on the toilet was the most vulnerable position in the event of danger. I considered he might find it clever. I think it's safe to say that he did not. By comparison, I found the snakes to be most delightful and cooperative.''

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