Just as everyone has an opinion, a favorite meal and a nose — albeit a fake one at times — so too does everyone have a birthday... even celebrities. Here at Birthday Bash, it's our mission to salute the fine actors, filmmakers and other Hollywood heroes that are celebrating their special day this week. After all, it's cheaper than mailing a cake!
Leonardo DiCaprio (November 11): We've sure come a long way from the days of "Titanic" and "Romeo + Juliet," haven't we? Since those movies, former teenage heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio has gone on to star in Oscar-winning fare such as "The Departed," even earning an Oscar nomination himself for his role as a South African mercenary in "Blood Diamond."
Despite these accomplishments — which include a recent on-screen reunion with "Titanic" co-star Kate Winslet in "Revolutionary Road" — Leo isn't likely to shake off his teenage appeal anytime soon. He is hitting 35 this week, but the actor's youthful appearance should keep his romantic prospects in place for several years to come.
Ellen Pompeo (November 10): If you're in desperate need of a doctor, Ellen Pompeo might not be the first person you'd want to call despite her starring role on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy." Ellen plays the titular Meredith Grey, a physician at Seattle Grace Hospital, though it's not her medical exploits that have captivated viewers since the show's debut in 2005 — it's Meredith's romance with Dr. Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd, played by actor Patrick Dempsey.
Doctors are notoriously busy with incredibly hectic schedules, and it's not much different for a television doctor such as Ekkeb. Despite starring in the hit series, she has stayed away from the big screen since 2005 with no apparent return in sight. Hopefully the actress will find some time away from Seattle Grace to make a film comeback before much longer.
Ryan Gosling (November 12): If Leonardo DiCaprio's turn as Jack Dawson in "Titanic" was the romantic role to beat in the 1990s, then Ryan Gosling's role as Noah Calhoun in "The Notebook" is the romantic benchmark for the 2000s. His on-screen chemistry with actress Rachel McAdams turned "The Notebook" into an overnight sensation that continues to have a strong audience several years later.
Recently, Ryan has opted for roles in smaller films such as the critically acclaimed "Half Nelson" and "Lars and the Real Girl." But if you're craving more romantic fare from the actor, never fear: his role in next year's "All Good Things" promises a solid blend of love and drama surrounding an enigmatic murder mystery.
Check back next Monday for an all-new edition of Birthday Bash!