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Paris Hilton Plays 'Hottie'

13 Feb, 2008 By: Chris Tribbey

Christine Lakin and Paris Hilton in The Hottie and the Nottie

Two gorgeous actresses were in the lead roles for The Hottie and The Nottie, and the story called for one of them to become a disgusting, horrifically ugly woman.

That sure wasn't going to be Paris Hilton.

“I definitely give her props for that,” the socialite said of co-star Christine Lakin, before their movie opened in theaters nationwide this month.

“If the roles were reversed, I would've said yes,” Lakin said.

Lakin plays “the nottie” to Hilton's “hottie” in the film, where a man pining for Hilton's character must find some poor, poor soul to date her foul friend. The film comes from Liberation Entertainment and Genius Products, and the DVD streets May 6, including a commentary with Hilton and co-stars Lakin and Joel David Moore, a making-of featurette, a blooper reel, a photo gallery and a mockumentary.

“This is one of those high-profile Paris Hilton titles along the lines of Pledge This! that will do exceptionally well for our retail partners on DVD,” said Liberation CEO Jay Boberg. “The Hottie and The Nottie has a good romantic message that will most certainly resonate, especially with teenagers during the summer.”

“I got the script and I was shooting ‘The Simple Life' at the time,” Hilton said. “Reading it, I was laughing out loud.”

Lakin said the script reminded her of her favorite romantic comedies.

“I shot way too many '80s films,” she said. “As an actor, I like a diversity of stuff. I wouldn't want to do dramas all the time. It would be too depressing.”

Best known for her tomboy character Alicia ‘Al' Lambert in the TV series “Step by Step,” she was cast for The Hottie and The Nottie for her “tomboyish vulnerability,” according to the movie's production notes.

“I always grew up as a tomboy. I'm a very down-to-earth girl, not self-conscience at all,” she said. “Maybe that's what helps me get the tomboy roles. I'm gonna stick with it.”

The movie received a limited theatrical opening and earned some harsh reviews. But Hilton couldn't care less. She's happy with her work.

“I don't really pay attention to what people say about me,” she said. “I think I did a good job, and I'm really proud of that.”

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