Backstage at the Teen Choice Awards 2007

Hilary Duff, Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens and Sophia Bush party and play with high-tech toys backstage.

Hilary Duff at Teen Choice Award 2007

On the red carpet and backstage at Teen Choice Awards 2007 there was the opportunity to see the celebrities who were enjoying all the excitement of the big Fox TV event.

Actually the red carpet was a runner of fake grass that tried to emphasize the green-theme of the show. Some stars showed up in Hybrid cars, but they were outnumbered by the usual hypocrites in limos and SUVs. Apparently the fuel efficient cars are no good if you have a big entourage like Snoop Dogg.

After stepping out of her eco-friendly Prius, teen queen Hilary Duff strolled the arrivals line talking with everyone about taking time out from her concert tour to co-host the awards with Nick Cannon. The smarty-pants kids from Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader also arrived in a Hybrid and worked the press line like rock stars. “I hope we’ve made it cool to be good in school,” beamed little Alana, who wore a pretty green dress, in keeping with the event’s theme.

Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four star who, to no one’s surprise, took home the Teen Choice “Hottie” award) and Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera) were among only 20 others who actually tried to practice what they preached, and motored into Universal’s Gibson Amphitheatre in a Prius Hybrid.

Backstage the most star traffic took place in and out of the Backstage Creations’ Tiger Electronics Celebrity Retreat. It was a showcase lounge where famous faces were looking for the latest must-haves in the high-tech field.

The cast of 5th Graders at Teen Choice Award 2007

Hilary Duff was psyched about her purple Mio Pup from Tiger, that bops to the music. Emmy Rossum was already a fan of Tamagotchi, the ultimate portable tech toy that you treat like a real dog, and said she’ll be taking her new “pet” on vacation.

Although Miley Cyrus already lives the life of a pop star as Hannah Montana on the ultra-popular Disney Channel series, she couldn’t keep her hands off of the “Guitar Hero– Rocks the 80s.” It’s an awesome music video game that lets you “play” tracks on the guitar karaoke-style, so you can let loose your inner rock star! Miley gushed, “My mom had to drag me away from it. I didn’t want to stop, it was so much fun with the old music. I want to take one on tour with me. Hope it doesn’t drive everyone crazy.” Miley was also crazy over a sneak peek at the new Hannah Montana game coming out from Mattel this fall.

HSM2 sweetheart Vanessa Hudgens got excited when she saw Mattel’s collection of games built around the High School Musical phenomenon. They included a DVD board game and the HSM Magic 8 Ball, which gives advice when you ask a question. Lots of reporters wanted to know if she’ll be asking it if she has found true love with costar Zac Efron? Vanessa just smiled sweetly and said she tries to keep her life private, so her answer will be between her and the Magic 8 Ball.

Sophia Bush at Teen Choice Award 2007
Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill) at Teen Choice Award 2007

Other high-tech items and toys getting a lot of attention included innovative webcams from Logitech and Jawbone’s Bluetooth headset. Hairspray’s Nikki Blonsky showed off her skills with Hasbro’s Operation Rescue game, operating with a steady hand on Cavity Sam. And the Beatmix Bumblebee transformer made Bow Wow go “wow.”

Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill) was a big winner at the Teen Choice Awards, taking home three surfboard-trophies for Choice Horror Movie Actress, for The Hitcher; Choice Comedy Movie Actress, for John Tucker Must Die; and an overall honor for Choice Female Breakout Movie Star. The stunning Sophia also took home a Rubik’s Revolution Cube, because she loves playing games when there’s down time backstage or on the set.







Frank Barron is the former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, having served twice in that capacity. In between, he was West Coast news director for Billboard Publications, supervising their five magazines. Barron also created the western TV series “The Man From Blackhawk” for the ABC network. For more than three decades he and writer-wife Margie Barron have covered Hollywood for Production Update magazine, and they currently contribute to numerous publications. Frank started in showbiz as publicity director for the KHJ radio and television station. Before moving to California, he was a sports editor in New Jersey.