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N.M. braces for Britain's answer to Paris Hilton

By Dan Mayfield
Journal Staff Writer
    The British tabloid media will likely descend on Albuquerque in two weeks when England's answer to Paris Hilton, Lady Victoria Hervey, makes her movie debut.
    Hervey will have a bit part in the film "RX Sin Receta," a low-budget drug-drama, which is scheduled to begin shooting in Albuquerque on Monday, said the film's writer and director Ariel Vromen.
    "She's (Hervey) a personal friend of mine. She moved to L.A. a couple of months ago. She said she's going into acting," Vromen said.
    She tried out for the part, and, "She was pretty good," Vromen said.
Victoria Hervey
    Acting is just the latest gig for Hervey.
    In Vogue magazine, the 27-year-old aristocrat was called "L.A.'s new it-girl," when she moved to the City of Angels. She's been linked to Formula 1 racing driver David Coulthard, members of British royalty and pop-music singer Shane Lynch.
    Apparently, like Hilton, "Lady V" as she's known in the British press, is famous for being famous. And, like her friend Hilton, plenty of risque photos of Hervey have been published.
    The 6-foot-tall blond has dabbled in modeling, appearing on covers of several British men's magazines— including Maxim— and once owned a fashion boutique, which failed, according to Hello! Magazine.
    You have to feel sorry for the rest of the stars of "RX Sin Receta," a drama in which the down-and-out main characters try to smuggle pharmaceuticals across the Mexican border.
    Most of the stars will likely be overshadowed by Lady V's presence.
    The film stars 27-year-old Eric Balfour, who was in the recent remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" but may be best known as Gabe Dimas, Claire Fisher's ex-boyfriend in HBO's "Six Feet Under."
    Also in the film is Tom Hanks' son, Colin Hanks, who was in the miniseries "Band of Brothers" and played Alex Whitman in "Roswell" for two years.
    The film is expected to be shooting for about two weeks in Albuquerque, then move to El Paso and Las Cruces. It is to be completed by the end of May.
    Susie Gaines of the El Paso Film Commission, said the filmmakers will be shooting on one of the international border crossings in late May.
    "We're shooting New Mexico for Mexico. We're faking the whole thing," Vromen said. "It was based on some true stories, unfortunately."