Lucky Thirteen

LOS ANGELES — As a seven-year-old, Evan Rachel Wood may have lost a juicy role in "Interview with the Vampire" to Kirsten Dunst, but at the ripe old age of 15, it seems that Wood’s time has come. The actress, best known for playing Billy...

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"It is pretty easy to lose yourself in Hollywood," says Wood. "I try not to grow up too fast and I still do things I did when I was little." Those pastimes include singing, horseback riding and hip-hop dancing. She’s also a black belt in tae kwon do.

"I’m the biggest ‘Lord of the Rings’ fan ever," she adds, "and I’m a little obsessed with Nirvana at the moment."

But she’s not obsessed with fashion just yet. "I don’t really worry too much about clothes," says Wood, a typical jeans-and-tees kind of teen. "And does anyone really care about what kind of products I put in my hair?"

A PERUVIAN IN PARIS: Tenor Juan Diego Flórez hit all the high notes — and then hit some more — at a private concert last Saturday night at the Peruvian Embassy in Paris, hosted by Ambassador Javier Pérez de Cuéllar and his wife, Marcela.

After tossing off a string of bel canto favorites — including Donizetti’s perilous aria, "A Mes Amis" from "La Fille du Regiment" — Flórez offered some traditional Peruvian songs as an encore, honoring a shouted request for "Bella Enamorada."

Enamorada would, in fact, aptly describe many of the grandes señoras in the audience.

"He’s so good-looking you want to go up and hug him," whispered Met Opera doyenne Cécile Zilkha, who allowed that Flórez was also an exceptional singer.

Marcela Pérez de Cuéllar, as hostess, had full diplomatic immunity to do just as Zilkha suggested — and she did.

It’s just that she jumped her cue a bit.

"I was so excited I ran onstage," she said later, "and I forgot they were filming him." Flórez, who just sang "La Cenerentola" to rave reviews in London, is currently being filmed and recorded by Decca for an upcoming release.

After the performance, the 90 guests — a real slice of Le Gratin, or Paris’ golden upper crust, including Guy de Rothschild and the wife of the U.S. Ambassador, Gretchen Leach — mingled and sipped the house drink, a Pisco Sour.
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