It may be every other woman’s dream to date a movie actor, but it isn’t the dream of programmer Claire Horton. She is stunned to realize that the amusing man she has just bedded isn’t merely a geek-like-her, but is action star Al Cartani. Claire remains ever-cautious as Al falls for her.
Al invites Claire to icy Manhattan for a press junket, then to warmer California for a frenetic Oscar weekend. Claire becomes fast friends with his mentor, Nell Beecher, who directed Al to his first Oscar nomination. Despite scuffling with Al’s actress ex-wife Carolynn Holland, Claire finds she doesn’t hate California. But she resists falling for Al, fearing her career would fail if she leaves Pittsburgh.
Al’s life becomes the frequent headline of a national tabloid. Could their growing relationship be sabotaged by headlines like “Cartani Lover’s Killer Past” and “Adult Video Star Ranger Wed Cartani?” When Al reluctantly admits that some of the stories are true, they have a huge fight. While Claire is somewhat distrustful, she realizes she needs him and follows him to California.
Al’s career goes into a tabloid-fueled tailspin. But the relationship of tabloids to real life is often tenuous. And, in real life, one day can change everything in ways the tabloids can’t touch.
IRL looks at the ups and downs of sex, wine, mutants, matters of size, family, movie-making and tales of one-foot-tall fairies by the ultimate non-Hollywood woman.
The problem here is that you've got utter cliche characters: sexy actor beset by tabloids; geeky girl who really didn't know he was a movie star (yea right. cause geeks and movie stars are often confused with each other). Switch the genders and you have one of my shameful Saturday night chick flick pleasures.
You can write; you're just not writing about anything I want to read. Get over being usual.