Newsmakers: Mandy Moore, Britney Spears

In "American Dreamz," Mandy Moore plays a conniving contestant in a talent show that's a lot like "American Idol." She chatted with NEWSWEEK's Nicki Gostin.

If you weren't famous now, would you have auditioned for "American Idol"?

MANDY MOORE: I probably would have and been more obsessed with the show than I am now, which is kind of scary. I don't think I would have made it very far.

Why?

I don't know if I could perform under that pressure. I think I would get knocked out in the first round. Simon would say something mean to me, and I'd start crying.

You were discovered by a FedEx guy?

Isn't that weird? A FedEx guy heard me sing at a recording studio, and he knew the head of A&R at Epic Records, and he sent my totally unfinished demo off to him. Thank God for FedEx.

If I were you, I would never use UPS.

I do have loyalty to FedEx. Eternally.

You dated Wilmer Valderrama. Who hasn't dated him?

But I was the first! I was 16; he was my first boyfriend. I started quite the trend, didn't I? Ladies love them some Wilmer. He's a good guy. I actually still keep in touch with him. I think people make him out to be this crazy ladies' man, but he's such a gentleman. My parents loved him.

And now you're dating Zach Braff. Was it weird working on "Scrubs"?

I'm there all the time. I just love to watch and hang out and laugh, so to be on the show was so much fun.

Are you like the Yoko Ono of "Scrubs"?

I hope not!

Mom in Hot Seat, Pt. 2

Eager as people are to sniff out trashiness whenever Britney Spears makes the news--doesn't this hoyden know her place?--the latest story may not fit the master narrative. In early April, her 7-month-old son, Sean Preston Federline, was examined in an L.A. hospital for a head injury. Alarm bell--especially since she'd been stopped two months earlier for driving her SUV (of course) with the child on her lap. The L.A. Department of Children and Family Services visited her Malibu home over that, and came back when the hospital reported the head injury. (All this is standard procedure.)

A statement by Spears's lawyer said the DCFS found "no reason to open a formal investigation" and that "the parents were not involved in any injury." Sean P. was back home and "doing fine." The usual "sources close to" claimed Mom and Dad were in another room when a nanny started taking Baby out of a highchair and something in the chair broke. What did the DCFS say? No comment. So that's what we know. It's probably all we will know, and maybe more than we had any business knowing. And there might not have been much to know in the first place.

David Gates

Elton Sells Off a Few Old Rags

WE'VE SEEN CELEBRITIES COME OUT OF THE CLOSET BEFORE, BUT A CELEBRITY'S ENTIRE WARDROBE? LAST WEEK ELTON JOHN SOLD 10,000 OF HIS MOST PRIZED GARMENTS FOR AN AIDS CHARITY. SOME PRICE TAGS:

$4,000 Brown cashmere overcoat with mink lining

$1,500 Tuxedo stitched with Elton's song titles

$1,500 Yellow and pink suit worn in 'Got Milk' ad

$1,000 Gucci jacket made of woven watch springs

$300 Silk print shirts by Versace (each)

$50 Turquoise boxer briefs--never worn