“I’m wearing stuff out of the bottom of my suitcase,” a modest Hilary Duff, sporting a black camisole and short white skirt, told reporters outside the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 23.
“This is Yigal Azrouël,” she said, pointing to her skirt, “and the rest is just my stuff I found.”
Standing arms-folded, the bare-shouldered Ms. Duff braced against the evening’s whipping winds.
She had arrived alongside her pro hockey player beau, Mike Comrie, for the premiere of Stay Cool, writer-director Michael Polish‘s new film, in which the former Lizzie McGuire star portrays a sexy high-school senior who flirts with a visting author.
“You know what? We’re very compatible, luckily,” she said of her relationship with the boyishly handsome Ottawa Senators forward, “and it never seems like a big pressure of, like, what I have to do to make him happy, or vice versa. You know, it’s just kind of natural for us, which is great, and I think that we both have busy jobs and we’re both very public people, and that helps, too, you know, since we are apart so much. It’s not like one person is sitting at home waiting for the other. And we’re both just really supportive of each other.”
Ms. Duff offered scant details of her reported new sitcom. “You know, it’s a development deal at NBC, so it came out in the press, you know, that I was doing this show called Barely Legal and it was just a pitch that I had gotten,” she said. “So, it’s tough with media, when everything that happens is like written about right away, and you’re like, ‘Wait a minute, but that’s not even what I’m doing!’ So, yeah, we’re developing a show together, but it’s not anywhere near ready.”
Ms. Duff’s co-star in the film, Chevy Chase, arrived later. The 65-year-old comedian posed for photos and, in what is becoming somewhat of a trend for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, marched right in without speaking to reporters.
Perhaps he was afraid of the accidential aggression of an NY1 cameraman, who almost decapitated a couple of red carpet reporters with one of his unruly camera cords. “We’re gonna crack everybody in the head before we do this,” joked big-browed NY1 reporter George Whipple.
Fellow Stay Cool actor (and former hobbit) Sean Astin spoke on behalf of the elusive comic. “What’s the funniest thing about Chevy? Chevy. Everything he says is funny,” Mr. Astin lamely stroked his elder statesman’s ego. “He can basically say, ‘Can you pass the, you know, the salt?’ And you’re like, ‘Oh my God, that’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard!’”