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How many times has this happened to you? Your mom keeps dating losers. Her self-esteem is through the floor. You decide to help her out by inventing the perfect man: a romantic, sweet, charming guy. She falls for him. The only problem? He doesn't really exist. So, it's up to you to go out and find a real-life suitor who can step up, and step in. Sound familiar? OK, chances are pretty good that the scenario is outside your realm of experience. But for Holly Hamilton (Hilary Duff) and her mom Jean (Heather Locklear), it's a quandary that consumes most of their time in "The Perfect Man" — a comedy that tries to answer the burning question: What does it take to get your mom a date these days? MTV News' Brandee Tecson recently sat down with the two co-stars to talk about romance, Good Charlotte, when not to offer advice to a friend and how parents can sometimes act like real dorks.

MTV: First of all, is there such a thing as a "perfect man"? And where can a single young woman go about finding one?

Hilary Duff: [Laughs] I don't think there is a perfect man anywhere. That's kind of our conclusion.

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Heather Locklear: There are no perfect people. There's no perfect man. I mean, we all have an idea. We like funny men, sensitive men — not that we're looking for one! — but in the movie, it's really not about a perfect man. It's more about a relationship between a mother and a daughter.

MTV:In the movie, Hilary, your character tries to play matchmaker for her single mother. Have you tried being a matchmaker in real life, and how did that turn out?

Duff: I did once, for one of my friends, and it didn't go so well because I knew both of the people really well. They met, and one of them really liked the other person, but the other one wasn't so into it, so now it's just kind of awkward. I don't think I'll ever play matchmaker again.

MTV: And on the flip side of that, have either of you had a secret admirer who turned out to be a little too creepy?

Locklear: You know what? I think I have, now that I think about it. I have had someone give me flowers, and I thought it was, you know, someone you wish you thought it was, and it turned out to be a security guy who was taking care of the house.

Duff: Oh, that's scary.

Locklear: It's a little odd. The guy was being very nice, but if you're at your house and you get flowers ...

Duff: From the guy that works at your house ...

Locklear: Yeah, that was a little strange.

MTV: You both had great mother-daughter chemistry on screen. Did you find that you two instantly bonded when you finally came together for the film?

Locklear: Actually, poor Hilary was so tired. I think she was working on something — or just came directly from a project, because she works so much — but she had just flown in, and we met at a restaurant for the first time, and then working the next day I was like, "Hi, I'm your mother!"

Duff: But it was great. The bond was sort of instant.

MTV: Did you find yourself playing the "mom card" with Hilary at all? What kind of advice did you give her?

Locklear: Hilary doesn't need any advice. As you can see, she's done all of this on her own. I [was the one who] needed advice! You know, everyone can learn from everyone else, so it's nice to watch and learn. But she doesn't need my advice.

Duff: I feel like I learned a lot from Heather, though. We talked a lot on set and she would give me advice, telling me, "OK, this is how you do it." But her stories are really great, and we talked about guys a lot, and the business and relationships. And Heather's really normal. She's so beautiful, but she's also so normal, so it was really cool to talk to her.

MTV: And what did she tell you about boys?

Duff: Ah, it's all confidential! We just talked about it, and told each other stories and confided in each other, because we feel like we're both [in the public eye]. But we would never tell anybody.

Locklear: It's a big secret.

MTV: Hilary, your forthcoming album, Most Wanted, is coming out in August. Is it true that Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte will be working on that project with you?

"Hilary Duff talks about working with members of Good Charlotte on her upcoming album

Duff: Yeah, they actually wrote and produced three songs for the album, and it's awesome because they're three of my favorite songs I've ever done. It was really fun being in the studio with them.

MTV: Do you think you'll be tackling more mature content this time around than you have on your other records?

Duff: Yeah, definitely. It's a totally different sound. The first song we're going to release is very dance-y, kind of pop. Not '80s, but kind of with that sound in it. It's very fun. And then the next one is more techno. It sounds like DJ Sammy, almost. And the third one is a pop-punk song, more like [the Good Charlotte guys'] style of music.

MTV: In "The Perfect Man," Hilary, your character gets embarrassed quite a bit by her mother's desperation. Have either of you had any really embarrassing moments brought on by a parent?

Locklear: I remember when my mother would take us down to the bus to go to school and we'd always be embarrassed because she would always come down in a robe. She'd get us ready and when she'd close the car door, the robe would be hanging out of the car and we'd be like, "Oh, that's our mom." But the poor woman was just trying to get us to school.

Duff: You know, when you're 12 or 13, you start to go to the movies with a group of kids from school, and you have to have your parents drive you there or else there's no way to go? Well, my parents would always sing in the car — like, really loud, and on purpose. They would never do it when it was just [me and my sister], but when we had friends in the car, they would do it and that would just kill me. And at the first boy-girl dance party I had, my dad did the Chuck Berry scooter move with an air guitar in front of all my friends. I was like, "Dad, just go away!" I was so mortified.




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