Wednesday, April 25, 2001 PR. SRT. STD. U.S. Postage Rate Sallna, KS Permit No. 147 He likes it. he loves it Being a star sits easy with easy-going Tim McGraw By JIM PATTERSON The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It's no big production when country music star Tim McGraw heads to his favorite down-home restaurant for lunch. He arrives after the afternoon rush, dressed in a sweat shirt and baseball cap. His pants have grass stains on the knees. He signs an autograph or two, then gets on with the business at hand. "When I really want to disappear, it's simple," McGraw said. "All I've got to do is shave off this goatee, and I look like a college kid you wouldn't look at twice." McGraw, 33, isn't the sort of celebrity who kicks up a fuss. To promote his new album, "Set This Circus Down," he breezily fielded questions that would likely irritate other country stars. Asked about those hit love duets he sings with his wife. Faith HiU, he sticks his finger down his throat to jokingly indicate he knows how sappy some people believe they are: "As yucky as it sounds, that's the way we are," he said with a laugh. He doesn't blink an eye when asked about his arrest with friend and fellow singer Kenny Chesney last year after a backstage run-in with sheriff's deputies in New York state. "If (the police) want to admit to some things that were done wrong, then great. If they don't, then we go to court." He's amused when asked whether he feels a bit eclipsed by his wife's success during the past two years. "You kidding?" he chuckles. "That means I can retire early I got me a fishing boat picked out already on the coast of Florida." Then there's "Things Change," McGraw's hit single from "Set This Circus Down." Here, McGraw finally seems to get his dander up a little. The song is a statement to pundits who claim today's crop of Nashville stars is inferior to the great stars of the past. The song invokes Hank Williams, Elvis Presley and such "Outlaw" musicians as Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. "How many people who are considered traditional now were complete outcasts when they came to this town?" McGraw asked. "That's probably enough said, right there." In McGraw's hands, country music has added a strong dose of rock guitars, based on his love of 1970s rock. Otherwise, he's best known as a crowd-pleasing performer with a gift for finding hit songs. "There are people who can sing circles around me working at 7- 11s in this town," McGraw said. "You've got to have the song, and you've got to be able to find your way around it without overdoing it." Since becoming a star with "Indian Outlaw" in 1994, McGraw an,d producer Byron Gallimore have racked up 15 No. 1 hits, including "I Like It I Love It," "Please Remember Me" and "Just to See You Smile." McGraw was born in Delhi, La., and grew up as Tim Smith. At 12, he learned that his father was former Mets and Phillies relief pitcher Tug McGraw. The two es- The Associated Press While playing the role of country star, hushand — to Faith Hill—and dad keeps Tim McGraw hopping, he says he doesn't have a problem with work and family life: "Well, It's not hard to balance... The family comes first." tablished a relationship when he became an adult. He dropped out of Northeastern Louisiana University and moved to Nashville in 1989. "Me and (Kenny) Chesney and , Tracy Lawrence used to run around together," McGraw said. His big break was meeting Gallimore, who attended a showcase that netted McGraw a recording contract with Curb. His second album, "Not a Moment Too Soon," yielded four hits including "Indian Outlaw" and "Don't Take the Girl." McGraw and Hill were married in 1996. They've become a familiar sight at country music awards shows, each beaming while the other collects trophies. McGraw is up for two awards at the Acade my of Country Music Awards on May 9: best male vocalist and vocal event for "Let's Make Love," a duet with Hill. "We get asked a lot how we balance family and career," McGraw said. "Well, it's not hard to balance. ... The famUy comes first." Those grass stains on his pants happened earlier in the day when he helped buUd a playhouse for his daughters, Gracie, 3, and Maggie, 2. "I don't have to be Tim McGraw, county singer. It doesn't define who I am. It doesn't come close to defining who I am. I'm Gracie and Maggie's dad, and Faith's husband. I was comfortable with myself before I had a hit record, and I'll be comfortable with myself after I don't have any hit records." Girls don't whine No fashion icon she NEW YORK — Chloe Sevigny, a best-supporting actress Oscar nominee for 1999's "Boys Don't Cry," doesn't want to be known as a fashion icon. "I love acting and I love cinema more than anything. For some reason the public has embraced me as a fashion icon, and I feel like it has diminished me as an actress. Or 1 don't get as much recognition as an actress — and that upsets me," she told Harper's Bazaar magazine in its May issue. Sevigny, 26, is on the magazine's cover wearing a white pleated blouse, dark silk skirt, belt, gloves and hat by Chanel Haute Couture. Although she wore a designer dress to 2000's Oscars, Sevigny says she shops exclusively in thrift stores, as she has since seventh grade. "I knew that I had to choose my clothes carefully and work the image out myself, because at the Oscars and all the other events is where all the pictures would be taken. So I decided to dress very movie-star. Which is how I never look in my personal life." As for others who walk the red carpet, Sevigny says: "People are saying Kate Hudson is fashionable now — boring to me. And Charlize Theron — tacky to me." Dumb, lilte a Fox Aikman gets new job IRVING, Texas — Troy Aikman is moving from the backfield to the broadcast booth, and longtime teammate Daryl Johnston is going with him. The former Dallas Cowboys will be reunited this fall on Fox as NFL game analysts. They'll work alongside play-by-play announcer Dick Stockton. "If we can go out there and do a game as if we're in our living room, I think it gives us the opportunity to have something that's pretty exciting," Aikman said Monday "I think it has the makings of a team that can be successful and be entertaining for the audience." Aikman said the chance to begin his second career helped persuade him to retire as a quarterback after 12 seasons, three Super Bowl titles and 10 concussions. The Cowboys released him in March. 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