FEBRUARY 2011


February 20, 2011

It's been an interesting year so far. In general, things have been slow the last few months with the exception of a feature film I've been shooting the past month or so. More on that in a bit...!

The pilot I spoke about in one of my previous posts never materialized. It was the strangest thing. I'm not exactly sure what happened but having been in Los Angeles for what will be five years in May, nothing surprises me anymore in this business. There is a strange mentality out here, and contrary to the way I was raised and the midwestern values I grew up around, the majority of people in this business will say anything, promise everything, and deliver nothing. It used to affect me quite a bit, but I've learned to take it with a grain of salt. It's just the way it is.

In December, I performed as Blitzen for one night in "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues" at the Alliance Repertory Company. It was initially going to be performed as a staged reading for a fundraiser. But as we started rehearsing, nearly all of us were off-book just a couple weeks in. We ended up selling out (even oversold!), and everyone did a fantastic job. I had a great time with the material, and was proud of myself for not only memorizing a four page monologue, but being present and fully in my character and story the entire time. It's easy to get in your head at any moment, especially when you are alone on stage for a really long chunk of time.

In December, I was contacted by Michael King, the writer and one of the producers of The Missing Link that we filmed two years ago. He asked me to play a role in the new film he was doing, titled The Adventures of McGruder. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity, as I have great respect for Michael and Markus (who would be directing and was the director of TML). The Adventures of McGruder is a children's film, so cleverly written, very cute, and starring an adorable Scottish Terrier named McGruder.
  The Adventures of McGruder

The crew had already filmed the first portion of the movie in Scotland, and the rest of the film was to take place here. I play the role of Professor Barbara Watt. There were quite a few familiar faces during the shoot, and I had a great time. In case I've not made this clear, I love working. I love acting! I love being on set. Love. It. Even on days where I sat around for hours on end, waiting to be called to set for a very short scene that lasted 15 minutes or in which I had one or two words of dialogue! It's all part of the game, and I love it.

We shot a number of our "mansion" scenes at a beautiful home in Encino. This place was incredible. Two koi ponds, waterfalls, and the owners had a number of pet chinchillas. Can't say I've seen that before, but I even got to hold one, and never touched anything softer in my life.

A beautiful place to spend some down time.
Tons of Koi! The pics don't do it justice.


The best part of shooting this film was a scene that called for the classic PIE FIGHT! Who can say they've had the opportunity to just fire pies at people?! Ahhh..what a blast! We shot that scene a couple weeks ago; we just have a few more small scenes to shoot. Here are various stills from the set:

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