High Life : A WEEKLY FORUM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS : They’ve Got Stars in Their Eyes Over a Turtle, a Terminator and Ted

Responses gathered by Janet Bester at the Buena Park Mall

Who wouldn’t want to wake up in a movie star’s mansion and be able to call it home?

Whether they admit it, most teen-agers wouldn’t mind trading places with such on-screen personalities as Demi Moore or Arnold Schwarzenegger. Life on the silver screen might even beat the excitement of the first day of school or prom night.

Hot Topics wonders, “If you could be any movie character for a day, who would you be and why?”


“Arnold Schwarzenegger from ‘Terminator 2’ because everyone looks up to him. He’s big and no one would mess with him.” Patrick Castillo, 15, sophomore, Servite

“Richard Grieco because he’s a pretty good actor and he’s cool.” Sam Calisti, 15, sophomore, Savanna

“Meryl Streep because she’s a quality actress.” Michelle Skelton, 17, senior, Western

“Ted from ‘Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey’ because he’s rad.” Sarah Daugherty, 17, senior, Fullerton

“Julia Roberts because she’s a good actress and she’s pretty.” Jaime Dapra, 14, sophomore, Western

“Michelangelo from ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ because he’s neat-o.” Tiffany Anderson, 16, senior, Fullerton

“Patrick Swayze because he seems like a nice person.” Chad Lane, 17, junior, Savanna

“Madonna because I want her body and to wear those outfits. Her clothes, her boyfriends, her money and her voice are unique.” Jeni Meyers, 15, sophomore, Loara

“Cpl. Hicks in ‘Aliens’ because he kicks butt and gets things done.” Scott Hetrick, 16, junior, Cypress

“Steven Seagal in ‘Marked for Death’ because he’s bad. No one messes with him.” Deon Johnson, 16, junior, Kennedy

“Nora in ‘Pump Up the Volume’ because she’s with Christian Slater.” Marnie Dietl, 16, junior, Kennedy

“Jean-Claude Van Damme from ‘Bloodsport’ because he kicks everyone’s butt and he’s irresistible.” Joe Palmquist, 15, sophomore, Rancho Alamitos

“Winona Ryder because of her personality.” Heather Lynn, 14, freshman, Western

“Julia Roberts because she has a good outlook on her career.” Jessica Tiraco, 16, sophomore, Western

“Arnold Schwarzenegger because he’s huge and he gets all of the girls. His biceps are as big as my legs.” Clay Piechaiski, 15, sophomore, Bolsa Grande

“Demi Moore because of the movies she’s been in and she’s married to Bruce Willis.” Kelly Howell, 15, sophomore, Loara

“I’d be Van Damme because I like him. He’s cool and he’s big and buff.” Eric Cavalla, 15, sophomore, Cypress

“Jeff Spicolli from ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ because he’s cool.” Aaron Hernandez, 17, senior, Savanna

“Veronica in ‘Heathers’ because she got to be with Christian Slater.” Jennifer Cullen, 16, junior, Kennedy

“Demi Moore because she’s cool.” Tanya Denvila, 16, junior, Costa Mesa

“Julia Roberts because everything is going for her.” Lianne Mijares, 14, freshman, Western

“Spiderman because people respect him. He fights crime and does good things.” Jay Johnson, 15, sophomore, Servite

Next Week’s Hot Topic: If you could attend any other high school in Orange County, which would it be and why?