Palm Springs Film Fest Celebs Dish on Local Experiences

Palm Springs is typically a place for fun and relaxation.

But for Sir Patrick Stewart, in town this past weekend for a screening of his film “Match,” that was not the case when the film and stage veteran visited some two decades ago.

“The last time I came here it was not that happy of an occasion,” he told The Desert Sun during a Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala red carpet interview Jan. 3.

When asked to elaborate, he jokingly fired back: “Oh yes. Wouldn’t you like to know? But, I don’t want to remember.”

On a positive note, he anticipated his film festival weekend would be “much pleasanter.”

Several of the celebrities that attended the awards gala and walked the red carpet shared their Coachella Valley experiences.

Julianne Moore, the female recipient of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, went for a drive around town with a friend prior to the gala and was enchanted by what she saw.

“I saw the Frey house this morning. It’s spectacular. I loved it. What a beautiful house. I love it here. I want to come back. The architecture is astonishing,” she said.

Moore should return for a visit during Modernism Week on Feb. 12-22 when tours will be offered of not only the Frey homes, but many others designed by iconic architects. She would surely get her fill of spectacular architecture then.

Eddie Redmayne, the male recipient of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, also toured the city the morning before receiving his honor.

“I love this part of the world. I went on a hike today, got to look at the city from up in the hills,” said the British actor.

While the weather this past weekend was warmer than in the United Kingdom, it was chillier than usual for this time of year and Redmayne definitely noticed.

“We had to blast up the heating in the hotel room. All the hotels are built for sunshine. Even the water wasn’t that hot,” he joked.

Four-time Olympian Greg Louganis, a frequent visitor of Palm Springs, was in town for the screening of “Back on Board: Greg Louganis” and talked dogs and food with The Desert Sun.

He said his “kids are retired” now but used to enroll his Russell Terrier and Border Collie in national dog shows and was very familiar with the Kennel Club Dog Show in Indio last weekend.

“I used to show. My friends are over at the (Indio) dog show. We ran our last AKC nationals in dog agility four years ago,” he said.

Louganis also gushed about FARM — a breakfast and brunch place at 6 La Plaza in Palm Springs.

 

“We found this cute little place ….we’ve been there every morning,” he said.

Source:  The Desert Sun