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Sarah Michelle Gellar - Stars toast Tribeca artists at Chanel fete

Sunday 29 April 2007, by Webmaster

NEW YORK - Sarah Michelle Gellar got a little bubbly Thursday night.

The actress sipped a glass of champagne as she walked into Chanel’s exclusive party, honoring artists at the Tribeca Film Festival, at the Bowery Hotel. It’s Gellar’s first time hitting the fest, which runs through May 6, and so far, so good.

"We live in Tribeca and every year we leave during the festival because it gets so crazy. This is the first year I’m actually here for it - I have two movies here," said Gellar, referring to Suburban Girl and The Air I Breathe. "Believe it or not, I haven’t seen either movie the whole way through."

So, has she talked to her Suburban Girl co-star Alec Baldwin, who’s been dogged by bad publicity since a nasty voicemail he left his daughter was leaked online?

"I should try to get used to that question, actually," sighed Gellar.

British actress Emily Mortimer hit the bash with her hubby, Alessandro Nivola. She’s co-starring in Paris, Je T’aime. But it’s her recent guest-stint on Baldwin’s NBC sitcom 30 Rock that finally got her noticed on her street in Brooklyn, where she and Nivola live.

"I had no idea what a big deal that was. I’ve never been recognized before until I did that show," said Mortimer. "All I know from spending time with him is that he completely adores his daughter and he goes over there every other weekend to see her."

Taking a break from being Tony’s better half on the Sopranos, the ever-gracious Edie Falco made the rounds. She’s looking forward to checking out some of the festival’s offerings, since they’re so close to home.

"It’s all kinds of great movies that I don’t get to see under normal circumstances - and I live in Tribeca, so it’s special," said Falco.

The Last King of Scotland’s Kerry Washington, meanwhile, rocked a black leather Chanel miniskirt and had her mind on her second job: a member of the Tribeca jury.

"I’m in the screenwriting competition, so I’m reading scripts," said Washington. "It’s very cool, actually. As a native New Yorker, I have a special pride in this festival. I think it’s cool it came out of the tragedy of 9/11. It comes from a neat place."

And while she might currently have an enviable clothing collection, Washington remembers her inaugural Chanel purchase.

"My favorite Chanel item would be the first pair of Chanel sunglasses I ever bought. That was the first thing from Chanel I could afford, so it has a special place in my heart," she said. "My closet probably is not as extravagant as you think it is. Most of it is lent. Most of it I have to give back."