One of the first things Chrissie Fit does when she gets back home to Hialeah is go to Di Piazza Italian restaurant.
“That’s one of the biggest things I miss about home,” says the actress. “It’s a hole a wall in this huge shopping center, but man, is the food good.”
Fit is in town doing promotion for her part in Pitch Perfect 2, out Friday. She plays exchange student Flo Fuentes, the newest member of the Barden (University) Bellas a capella all-female singing group. She says her costars like Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow — who were in the original 2012 film — welcomed her with open arms, though she admits it was “nerveracking” coming on board.
“Of course, with me being the new girl I wasn’t sure if they would include me, but they’re the best,” says Fit, who graduated from Barbara Goleman Senior High. “Rebel gave me great advice and would write extra jokes for us in her trailer. We did a lot of improv. Brittany is just so funny and talented.”
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As for Kendrick: “She is literally pitch perfect like the title,” explains Fit. “Well, she is basically just perfect all around.”
Being directed by a fellow actress, Elizabeth Banks, who had “amazing attention to detail” was a “cool” experience, reports the FIU grad.
“Overall, there was just so much female power!”
For her next trick, Fit will reprise her role as Chee Chee in Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie 2, alongside Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell. It premieres June 26.
“Musical movies are rare, but I’ve been lucky to have found two of the good ones,” says Fit. “I’m the sequel queen!”
PLAYING AGAINST TYPE
Adrian Grenier will play host on Tuesday night for Modern Luxury MIAMI Magazine’s VIP cover party at 1 Hotel and Homes in Miami Beach. The actor fronts the May/June issue and talks about how different he is from superstar Vincent Chase, the character he will take from the HBO series to the big screen this summer in Entourage, the movie.
“Few people really understand how much this has been a challenging acting role in many ways. When I first read the script, I had a really hard time getting into it because it didn’t reflect my values,” he tells the publication. “It was just a pilot, so you don’t know what it’s going to become, but I thought it was this indulgent, superficial, misogynistic show about these jerks hanging out, whereas that’s not in my nature. I’m an environmentalist. I’m a very deep person. So it was a little bit of a stretch for me.”
The 38-year-old also reveals he’s single — and not exactly looking.
“I don’t have a girlfriend right now, but I am open to a partnership that would yield children,” Grenier says. “I’m also not actively needing it. I’m pretty content doing the work that I’m doing. I get the need to care for another satisfied by the work that I do — the environmental work, caring for animals… there are a lot of children that need support and help, and I don’t necessarily have the ego thing that it has to be my child.”
Though the movie doesn’t open until June 3, a lucky few were able to get a sneak peek Wednesday night at a private screening thrown in Miami by Tequila Avion, the official booze of the movie. Entourage creator Doug Ellin posted a pic on Instagram of fellow guests, model Nina Agdal and Italian actor Rhys Coiro, who plays director Billy Walsh.
Hmm, this could get interesting. Chris Brown is celebrating his belated birthday in Miami Beach Sunday night at LIV. The singer turned 26 on May 5. Um, sometimes when Brown goes places, trouble follows. Just sayin’. Let’s cut him some slack, though. Brown is a dad now (daughter Royalty is 10 months old) so perhaps it’s time to set a good example. Table reservations for the adventurous: 305-674-4680.