Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffmann was soaking up rays last week on a beach in Cape May Point, N.J., a quaint family shore town at the southernmost tip of the state, according to a fellow visitor.
Mr. Hoffman, who will star in the Public and LAByrinth theaters joint production of Othello in September, was first spotted on Friday, Aug. 7, with his longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children, 6-year-old Cooper Alexander, 3-year-old Tallulah and 1-year-old Willa.
The following evening, according to our source, the whole family showed up at a weekly children’s games competition—potato sack races, crab crawls, etc.—in the center of town. She said Mr. Hoffman was wearing a baseball cap and black Adidas shorts and was shooting the breeze with some fellow dads during the awards ceremony when young Tallulah, in a T-shirt with her name emblazoned on it, was called up to claim a winning ribbon. The little girl waved it around proudly as she pranced back to her father, who was clapping. (Cooper Alexander also claimed a victory during the games.)
“Everybody was very cool about it,” our tipster said. “It’s a place the locals like to keep out of the limelight because we don’t want lots of New Yorkers coming here.”
But Cape May has had its fair share of visits from notable New Yorkers, perhaps lured by its Victorian charm. Last summer, Anne Hathaway popped up at a local bar for some impromptu karaoke. Candace Bushnell and Jay McInerney have also been seen around town in recent years.