But what is, perhaps, most surprising is that the lovely Miss Richardson is in Los Angeles at all.
For a mere ten months ago she announced she was quitting her lucrative job to look after her sick daughter, Daisy, back in Britain.
This is not easily achieved given that during the last series Miss Richardson's character, surgeon's wife Julia Mc Namara, was - in one explicit scene - caught with a midget and, in another, indulging in an act so carnal that Caligula would have been forgiven for reaching for the remote.
So steamy are her scenes with the blonde real-life lesbian Miss de Rossi that even the crew - who are no strangers to unadorned flesh - have been left, at least according to one excitable report stateside last week, 'in a state of shock'.
On Tuesday, May 9 sixty seven seniors were honored by Pleasant Hill High School Activities Director, Jim Oliver at a Senior Athlete luncheon."This obsession with the Stepford Wives' look is frightening." Which makes her latest role as the wife of a Hollywood plastic surgeon in the adult TV drama, Nip/Tuck, deliciously ironic casting.Significantly, she agreed to do Nip/Tuck not just because of the satirical strength of the scripts, but because she saw the show as a drama "about flawed human beings who are desperately searching for something.Maybe it was that gold dress or her messy love life, but Joely Richardson was seen as the frivolous member of the Redgrave clan.But, now the actress is an international star, it's time people started taking her seriously, she tells Liz Hoggard Joely Richardson is frowning. In the flesh she looks amazing: so tanned and blonde that everyone else in the photographer's studio seems washed out.She was the niece of the late Lynn Redgrave and the late Corin Redgrave and cousin of actress Jemma Redgrave, who is just five days younger than Richardson.Joely Richardson appeared as an extra at the age of three in the 1968 version of The Charge of the Light Brigade, directed by her father.Meanwhile, Hollywood is buzzing with rumours that Miss de Rossi's long-term girlfriend, chat show host Ellen De Generes, is 'mad with jealousy'.It is, of course, all knockabout, postwatershed nonsense, although hardly what one might expect from the scion of British theatrical royalty (Joely's mother is Vanessa Redgrave and her late father was the director Tony Richardson), let alone the 42-year-old mother of a teenage daughter.She vowed to quit Hollywood to look after her sick daughter.But now, Joely Richardson is filming again and worried friends say she's pushing herself too hard As her chauffeur-driven limo glides through the gates of Hollywood's Paramount Studios, there have been occasions in recent weeks, one suspects, when Joely Richardson has blanched at the thought of what the day's filming holds in store.