Landline is coming! Landline is coming!
Last summer I got a request from my manager to self tape a scene as a Tammy Faye Bakker impersonater for the new Gillian Robespierre film Landline. I was so excited because I loved her first film Obvious Child and...Tammy Faye?! C'mon. Amazing. It may sound strange to those of you who don't know me but this is the type of part that is really in my wheelhouse. I watched as much Tammy Faye footage as I could find, booked the gig and got to film a scene with Jenny Slate (!), Abby Quinn and Jay Duplass.
Everyone on both sides of the camera was as cool and as nice as you would want them to be. My lines got changed (I think in part because I was having trouble navigating the cobblestone streets in enormous red patent leather heels) and wound up being less Tammy Faye Bakker and more "very drunk mans first time in drag." Gillian threw me some new lines and let me ad lib some stuff. It sounds silly because ultimitely it's a very small part but I felt so trusted and supported. It can be a bit intense coming on to a film or TV show as a day player...somtimes it can feel like you just need to hit your mark and spit out your lines but this one made me feel like I was part of the team. I had the most magical night of filming and I remember standing on that street thinking to myself "I don't want this to end."
Honestly, I have no idea what takes or how much you'll actually see of me in Landline but I'm still so proud to have been a part of it. The script (written by Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm) reminded me of the kind of 90's indie films that made me want to (and think maybe I actually could) be a film actor.
Landline comes to select theaters Friday, July 21st!
(Me with the fabulous, talented and super cool makeup artist Erica Whelan. Erica really gave my mug a good beat down. By the end I think I wound up with about 6 pairs of fake eyelashes glued on? When I wrapped for the night she painlessly got all those lashes off and gave me the dopest Korres face mask to take home "for being a good sport" but I think we both knew I loved every second of it. Thanks Erica!)
(Keep an eye out for this drunken, handsome woman during the Halloween Parade scene!)
Also I have to shout out my friends MaryAnne Piccolo (that's her wig, and top and weird sparkly socks) and Ryan Watt (He found me that shoulder pad jacket and an amazing/terrible red leather purse) at Royal Curiosity for helping me get this wild look together!