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‘Salem’ star has Florida memories, Courteney Cox hits the Caribbean

 
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Actor Seth Gabel happens to love family time. He’s married to Bryce Dallas Howard, whose dad is Ron Howard. Just as you’d think, having the Oscar-winning director as a father in law is pretty darn cool.

“He’s a really great guy,” says Gabel, who stars in WGN America’s scripted series Salem and is best known for roles in TV’s Fringe and Dirty Sexy Money. “He and his family are a constant reminder that you can be a good person and still be able to do well in the Hollywood business.”

Gabel, born Seth Cosentino, is from a different Hollywood himself, the Florida kind. He still makes it back to visit family here.

“There are great things for kids to do,” says Gabel, who attended University School at Nova Southeastern University. “I like to bring them [Theo, 7, and Beatrice, 2] to the Everglades. There are so many different versions of nature there.”

He’ll make sure the little ones stay in the boat if they ever take an airboat ride.

“When I was younger we used to have a fishing boat, which was so much fun until I fell in the water,” the 32-year-old recounts. “I’ve never jumped out so quickly in my life. I was scared an alligator would get me.”

These days, the Left Coast is where he and Howard, 33, reside. The Lady in the Water star is currently filming Jurassic World, and little Theo has a cameo in the dinosaur franchise.

“As a parent you assume your child can do absolutely anything, but he definitely has the artistic bug,” says Gabel. “It’s pretty heartwarming to see your son doing that.”

As for Gabel, his career is also in a good place.

“My fan base has been really amazing. Social media helps. People follow you from one show to another.”

He also relishes playing his Salem character, witch hunt leader and reverend Cotton Mather, described as an anti-villain.

“He starts out seeming like a bad guy trying to stop the devils and witches from taking over Salem, but we gradually realize his heart is in the right place,” Gabel explains. “Then he starts falling in love with a prostitute and is tortured as a result.”

Yep, we’re not talking Happy Days or The Andy Griffith Show here.

“The work can be fun, but occasionally I go home a bit shaken up from doing intense stuff and seeing these extreme images,” he says of the satellite TV show. “I love playing pretend. And the crew does an incredible job of creating the world of the 1690s and colonial Massachusetts. I go in there fully believing what I’m doing, and I think that shows on screen.”

Bird is the word

What is Chris “Birdman” Andersen up to now that the season is over? Hanging with fans, that’s what. The tatted-out basketball player will be at Madison’s in Boca Raton 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Mingle with the NBA champ (well, not this year) and register to win an autographed basketball and jersey. If you come dressed in all white you can partake in extended happy hour specials. For more information, call 561-994-0808; dinner reservations highly recommended.

Spotted

Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel, who was seen at Lucky Strike in Miami Beach Monday, started his week off right. Manuel, who has a house in the Miami area, is a frequent visitor to the bowling alley and didn’t seem to have a care in the world. Spies say he took a moment out from his game to sign a pin and pose for a picture. Must be nice not to have to wear a bulky helmet.

Caribbean queen

Courteney Cox didn’t wallow in the fact that she turned 50 earlier this month (the 15th). The Cougar Town star brought her fine self to Turks and Caicos for a bikini-filled vacation to celebrate with her man, Snow Patrol rocker Johnny McDaid, 37.

Emmy cred

A shout-out to Judge Marilyn Milian, who lives in Coral Gables. Her show, The People's Court, won its first Daytime Emmy Award on Sunday for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program.

Live from New York

“Arianators,” this one’s for you: MTV is bringing back its legendary music series TRL with Ariana Grande, who will take over the network’s Times Square studio for Total Ariana Live at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Hosted by MTV News’ Sway Calloway, the 30-minute special will give fans what they want: a whole lotta Ariana, who will perform her hit Problem and debut the single Break Free.

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