By Judy Kurtz - 07/20/11 10:11 PM EDT
It was a star-filled night as AT&T and The Hill teamed up to host a dinner for a group of Hollywood fixtures who were in town representing the Creative Coalition.
Some of the guests at Bobby Van’s on Tuesday night included Minnie Driver, Tim Daly, Omar Epps, Tammy Haddad, Patricia Arquette, Rachel Leigh Cook, Debbie Dingell, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.).
The meal was filled with a mix of political chatter and chuckles. As the guests of honor went around the table introducing themselves, Driver got a laugh from the diners when she said, simply, “I’m Minnie Driver. I’m British.”
Meanwhile, Epps was treated to an impromptu rendition of “Happy Birthday” from the crowd. The actor celebrated his 38th on Wednesday. With no cake in sight, Epps blew out a makeshift one, in the form of a tea candle that was sitting on the dining table.
Cook kept the table entertained with her one-liners. When a tablemate mentioned children, the actress (who has yet to have any little ones with her husband, actor Daniel Gillies) deadpanned, “Kids? They’re like a 10-year commitment.”
Cook, 31, also talked of when she first moved to L.A. and had a tough time fitting in with the car-centric California crowd. One of the reasons? She failed the driving test — twice. When asked which part of the test tripped her up, she replied, “All of it.”
The actress, who will start shooting a new show for TNT next month, also revealed the worst free swag she received while at an event. Cook said she once opened up a promotional umbrella she was given and used it during an L.A. downpour. It was only later that she noticed that on the bright, yellow umbrella was writing that read, “You can live with HPV.”
While one can certainly live with a sexually transmitted disease, Cook promptly learned to live without her new umbrella.