It was easy for me to forget that I had no business being anywhere near all the cool kids because.... They were ready to start filming! We got to sit in an adjoining room in director’s chairs and wear headphones and watch the proceedings on some large monitors. The nice PR lady whispered to us that this actress was working from a script and would only be using improv a little bit. The actress was really funny and sweet and it was a great monologue. Then she did it again about 300 times.
But here’s the thing. A joke might be super funny - but it’s not that funny the 30th time you’ve heard it. Somehow, this actress (Wendy Mateo) brought something a little different to each take – even though she had to say the same words again and again and again. But I won’t lie – after two hours I got bored and started foraging for food.
When Wendy was finally done, she sat down with me for an interview and we totally knocked it out of the park. For someone who wasn't a mom, she totally answered those questions like a breeder. She called Chuck E Cheese by a name that made me proud to be sitting next to her. It was all super funny and I got her to say a curse word in Spanish and everyone seemed really happy with it. Then Kate made a growly noise and informed us that the camera had only recorded 37 seconds.
|Wendy is awesome &|
Lydia is an idiot.
*Technically what we got was a cameraman. His name was Ryan and he was so awesome that he may in fact not even be real.
Next up was an actor named Christy Bonstell. She was all sweet and pretty and showed us pictures of her kiddo on her phone. And let me just say that kid is practically edible – that cute, y’all. And we were chatting and making small talk and admiring her costume and her hair and remarking that it sort of made her look like a banker or something. Then she started filming.
We were blown away. First, because she was so funny. Her video was unscripted. She had just created this character and was going from there. Her character was supposed to a VERY BAD MOMMY. She morphed from this very sweet person into a total flaming nightmare and it was completely awesome. But the second, and most magical part of the whole thing – was this VERY BAD MOMMY character started saying things. Things I had heard before. The exact same things that I have heard Kate say a million times.
There was even a woman (Aidy Bryant) playing a production assistant and by mid-afternoon I forgot she was an actor and thought she really was a production assistant. I mentioned that to Kate and she was all:
“Yes. It’s called acting, dumbass.”
Part four, the conclusion - runs tomorrow.
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