View from the Red Carpet: What Stars Do in Their Cars

by Jeffrey Slonim

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During awards season, we repeatedly see celebrities work the quarter mile of red carpet in flowing gowns, with not a hair out of place. But what do they do in the limo during those last few moments before facing hundreds of cameras? We found out at the SAG Awards and the Producer's Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

Nick Cannon (with Mariah Cary): "We were listening to music...hers!"

Pharrell Williams: "Text."

Natalie Dormer (Rush, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay): "Swear at the traffic. I'm in L.A., it happened."

Sandra Bullock: "I rode?"

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Kristin Chenoweth and Dana Brunetti
(producer, Captain Phillips):
KC: "Held hands."
DB: "Our driver is an opera singer."
KC: "He did 'Nessun Dorma' [from Puccini's Turanot]. Ten for effort, for sure."

David O. Russell (director, American Hustle): "I had a peanut-butter sandwich."

Grizz Chapman (30 Rock): "Made sure my tie was straight, took the sweat off my face."

Patricia Arquette (Boardwalk Empire): "I was just talking girl talk with my friend Stacy."

Keisha Whitaker (with husband Forrest): "We called our kids and said, 'Make sure you don't do anything horrible to my mother. Make sure you listen.' And then I told my mother, 'Don't give them too much junk food!'"

Kathy Griffin: "I had on flats and then switched to the Jimmy Choos. And I worried about the dress a lot, because this thing is called a peplum, and I was worried it wouldn't be fluffy enough."

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Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones): "I tried to make Vines with my phone--a little clip of cheering people, what happened in the car."

Chris Chalk (12 Years a Slave): "I talked to my driver. He was in London for 30 years and now he's here for 20. I said, 'You must know everything by now,' and he does."

Anna Chlumsky (Veep): "I spoke to my father. He said he was taping this, so that was cool."

Barkad Abdi (Muse, Captain Phillips): "I live in Minnesota. I drive a limousine. Tonight, I came in a limousine. I love Hollywood."

Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones): "Me and Maisie [Williams, Game of Thrones] took a lot of selfies. And I jammed out to some music."

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