April 20, 2011
A beautiful actress just on the right side of the legal drinking age, Ali C. is not going to be single for long. For her to be as cute as she is, while still managing to not upset my wife when we hang out, takes a girl who is either so nice that no girlfriend or wife would ever worry about her being with their significant other, or so wacky that no girlfriend or wife would ever fathom that their significant other would actually screw things up by being with her.
I bet you want to know which category she falls into, don’t you?
But, let’s face some cold, hard truths — it doesn’t matter. I could tell you that Ali was the most irksome person on the planet, and you’d still write her and ask her out. Because she’s hot.
When my daughter was born, Ali went shopping for a basket full of interesting snacks, which she brought over to my house. She’s even offered to baby-sit — a nice gesture, but I’m not sure I trust her to remember to feed my dog. When I had to put myself on tape for an audition, she stayed up late with me, working on the lines, and filmed me repeatedly until she felt I had gotten it right. She’s very helpful that way.
I have also helped her plenty. I’ve talked her through crying bouts — one of which took place in the middle of a gym, after a breakup. When she lay across the floor, covered in snot and tears, people quickly cleared the room as I gave her a pep talk. Of course, I’ll find almost any excuse to quit working out, so maybe I’m not as nice as I thought.
She’s still developing as a human being, but I suppose most of us are. I guess with her it’s more pronounced, as you feel you’re watching a girl find her footing as she climbs the precipice into adulthood. She wants very much to succeed as an actress, and she’s well on her way, but sometimes this desire trumps the more important things in life. And with a lot of her friends away in college, and with not having a car because of way too many accidents, it’s hard for her to venture too far out of her neighborhood to meet people. The girl’s currently starring on a TV series but still takes the bus to get around L.A.
Coincidentally, she called me this morning, asking me to give her some driving lessons. Maybe things are looking up for Ali, as she’s planning to get back on the road. Of course, for the other drivers, their level of safety has dropped significantly.
The reality is, many of Ali’s issues aren’t really issues. She’s 21. She’s supposed to be finding her footing. She’s supposed to make mistakes. She’s supposed to forget to feed my dog. But, for a girl who came out by herself to L.A. when she was only 17, with only minimal family support, she’s done an amazing job. She has a great sense of humor, a lot of talent and is a caring friend. Also, she’s pretty damn hot.
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