HAMPTON HABITUÉSGOOD NEWS GOSSIP ABOUT OUR NOTABLE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS.
East Enders are blessed with many bounties.
We’ve got natural beauty practically everywhere we look, tight-knit communities at every turn and a plethora of talent. Of course we all know that when it comes to knowable names, there’s no scarcity of resources.
Believe it or not, the Marvel comics movie star universe is one particularly top-heavy category. The North- and South Forks can claim top-billers from the very beginnings of this industry, even including original comic book creator Stan Lee.
Off the top of our heads, here are a few of the Marvel makers. One of our newest neighbors is “Iron Man” franchise star Robert Downey Jr. as series lead Tony Stark, who appears in a staggering number of cross-promotable films; plus Gwyneth Paltrow as his onetime love interest Pepper Pots; and Scarlett Johansson, who also pops up in numerous Marvel vehicles. Then there’s Hugh Jackman, who starred in “Wolverine,” “Logan” and others, and Liev Schreiber, who is in the “Wolverine,” the “X-Men” series and an upcoming untitled “Spider Man” animated project. Visiting co-stars include: Jessica Alba from “Fantastic Four,” James Franco from “Spider Man” 1, 2 and 3, Jennifer Garner from “Daredevil” and “Electra,” Edward Norton from “The Incredible Hulk,” Paul Rudd from “Ant Man,” Dane DeHaan from “Spider Man 2,” Chiwetel Ejiofor from “Doctor Strange,” and Elizabeth Olsen from “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” who also worked with “Revenge” star Emily VanCamp in “Captain America: Civil War.”
Now the Hamptons can officially claim “Thor: Ragnarok” title actor Chris Hemsworth, who visited us in November with his family in tow. He and his wife, Elsa Pataky, and their three kids were spotted in Sag Harbor just before his newest blockbuster opened in multiplexes across the country.
Out east, we’ve also got our fair share of bold-faced besties. This past month “Will & Grace” lead Debra Messing, seen out and about in Southampton from time to time, celebrated getting her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with East Hampton-based gal pal Mariska Hargitay. The close friends are frequently spotted together—on vacays, red carpets, themes parks, and even on Mariska’s long-running show, “Law & Order: SVU.”
And then there’s former Quiogue-based journalist Anderson Cooper and Sag Harbor-based television personality and producer Andy Cohen, who like each other so much that they’ve taken their friendship show on the road. The samesies initialed “Anderson Cooper 360” and “Watch What Happens Live” and “Love Connection” hosts are starring in a fittingly titled live touring production called “AC²: Deep Talk and Shallow Tales.” Word on the street, and in media circles, is that Cohen has replaced Kathy Griffin as Cooper’s “New Year’s Eve Live” co-host as well.
Music icon and Sag Harbor village resident Billy Joel and his wife, Alexis, just added to the Hamptons population by one more. In October, the pair welcomed their second daughter, Remy Anne, to the world. Joel was previously married to supermodel Christie Brinkley who has homes in North Haven and Bridgehampton.
And lastly, model, actress and author Molly Sims is doing her part to be productive. Her “Everyday Chic: My Secrets for Entertaining, Organizing, and Decorating at Home” has hit bookshelves just in time for the holidays. It’s the second “Everyday” book for the Wainscott-based lifestyle-advice giver. Her first, “The Everyday Supermodel: My Beauty, Fashion, and Wellness Secrets Made Simple” came out in 2015. Her new follow-up shares personal how-tos about going from supermodel to supermom.