BEN AND KATE, FOX, Interview
You've been talking a lot about doing comedic roles. Are you still looking to do dramatic roles? How do you decide what type of role you want to take on?
Well, I look at what I'm offered, obviously, and then I look at what's Out There and from time-to-time audition for various things. I have a movie. I did the American Doll/Girl movie, which I played a grandmother. That is certainly not comedic. That was just a beautiful little movie.
I'm really open to anything. I read a lot of material and I see what I think is the best of what I'm being offered. As you know, at a certain age, there's a lot less material to look at.
You said that after an actress reaches a certain age that the roles that you're offered change a little bit, or maybe dry up a bit. I was wondering if that's ever a source of frustration for you.
Well, I count myself as being one of the lucky ones that does get offered quite a lot of work. So, I'm not complaining at all. It's just the Nature of the beast. Obviously, you play the age that you are. I've been in the sort of in-between age for a while. But now, people are quite happy to hire me to play grandmothers as well as kind of mothers of 20-something year old, young adults.
Can you talk about the film that you did with [BEN & KATE's] Nat Faxon?
Yes. I have a movie that Nat stares in called Freeloaders and it's basically the story of how Adam Duritz from Counting Crows had a house in the Hollywood Hills, based on a true story and he was so busy on the road that his friends kind of freeloaded off of him. They were all living there and spending his money and enjoying his home, which he never saw for about seven years. They were up to no good. They were partying. It was the party house apparently in Hollywood. I've heard from people who actually went to it and they said it was just like in the movie. It was completely insane. It was a crazy place.
I played the character of a Beverly Hills real estate agent who Adam hires to come in and sell the house. Of course, the freeloaders are not happy to leave and they do everything in their power to stop the sale of the house. So, it's a comedy. The ... were involved with this particular movie and it's pretty funny. So, that's premiering tonight and then I think I'll be on Pay-Per-View and wherever, in a few theaters.
Then, I've got a movie coming out sometime in April. I don't have a date on it, but it's worth looking out for. It's called Lovestruck and it's a musical in which I sing and dance to a Lady Gaga number and play a choreographer. It's a terrific musical with Chelsea Kane and Sara Paxton. And then after that, the other show I did which I think will come out in July, I play a grandmother in the American Girl/Doll movie, the new one.
Do you have a dream role still, something that you'd love to be able to if you could?
I once answered that question and never got to play that role. So, I'm not playing that game again. But, I can think of lots of characters and lots of things I'd really love to do. I think-I really feel that I haven't even touched the surface of what I know I can do. I'm hoping that now that I'm a little bit older that maybe I'll get some of the really, really cool meaty roles.
Is there anybody that you want to work with that you haven't yet?
Again, I'm very superstitious about all of that, but I am enjoying working with a lot of the young comedy writers. I think that's very exciting for me. My daughter writes comedy and is an actress. My son watches everything there is on television, my oldest of two kids, and I'm excited that they get excited now by some of the people I'm working with and it's fun, especially since they're sort of contemporaries of my kids. So, that's pretty cool.