NEW YORK (AP) _ Meg Ryan is hung up on her ``Hanging Up'' co-star, Walter Matthau.

``I just love him,'' she said in the latest Redbook magazine. ``That face _ that face is so hard to wrap your brain around. It's so soft, and you'd never think his face was soft.''

The father-daughter tale is based on a novel by Delia Ephron, and has Ms. Ryan and Matthau teamed up for the second time, after the movie ``I.Q.''

``I asked him about his wife once, because they've been together for so long now,'' Ms. Ryan said. ``And he said, `Megsie, when the universe was created, Carol and I were in the same ball of steam.'''