Emilia Fox took famous guests for granted
Emilia Fox wishes she'd made the most of having famous guests round for Christmas when she was younger. The 42-year-old actress - who is the daughter of actors Edward Fox and Joanna David - always "took for granted" the people her parents invited over to join their family for the festive season, and though she thinks their lives influenced her chosen career path, she admits she regrets not quizzing them more. She said: "Christmas always sticks in my mind as my mum would always do big Christmases with such a variety of people. "Amazing actors like Lindsay Anderson or Fred Zinnemann, who directed my father in 'The Day of the Jackal'. "As a child you just take them for granted as your mum's friends, but now I wish I could sit down with them and ask them all these questions because I'm fascinated by their lives. "When people say to me, 'Do you think acting is in your blood?' I always said no but I definitely feel the people I met and the stories they had to tell has given me a better understanding of the highs and lows of acting. That's what acting is telling stories." The 'Silent Witness' actress has a six-yearold daughter, Rose, with ex-boyfriend Jeremy Gilley, and despite her own background, admits it would be her "worst nightmare" if the youngster grew up wanting to be an actress. She said: "I always think it is a parent's worst nightmare when their child says they want to be an actor. It is such a precarious profession to choose... "I feel that I want to give Rose as wide of a spectrum to give her the chance to do what she wants to do. She might want to do something completely different."
Taylor Swift has surprised a 96-year-old World War II veteran with a visit to his home. The 27year-old singer-songwriter travelled to Missouri on Monday to pay a special visit to the home of Cyrus Porter, who had previously attracted attention for watching Taylor in concert and claiming that her music had brought him closer to his grandchildren. In a clip posted online, the chart-topping star is seen walking into a house jam-packed with people and greeting her elderly fan with gifts. Taylor posed for photographs and even performed a few tunes for Cyrus, who previously claimed that the 'Bad Blood' hitmaker stages shows that no other entertainer can match. He said: "I've been to two concerts. Memphis and St Louis. Look what she does ... she puts on a show no one else puts on. I just enjoyed going to see 'em and her. I would as soon go see her right now as anybody!" Earlier this month, Jaime King hailed Taylor as an "amazing" godmother to her and husband Kyle Newman's 17-month-old son Leo Thames, saying she couldn't have picked anyone better for the role. Asked how Taylor is with Leo, Jaime explained: "She's amazing. She's great! As she is with everybody around her." Meanwhile, actress Jessica Alba is the godmother of Jamie's three-year-old son James - and she previously explained the logic behind her decisions, insisting it had "nothing to do" with their celebrity status. She said: "It really has nothing to do with the fact they're Taylor Swift or Jessica Alba. "It's a collective way of raising your children that has to do with the fact that you're choosing people who will help spiritually guide them and be there."