15 Jennifer Coolidge Now-You-Know Facts
Jennifer Coolidge is having a resurgence, and the world couldn’t be happier. Like Betty White, the nation has collectively decided to remember her amazing talent out of nowhere, with the added bonus of not yet being 90 years old. Here are 15 facts about one of the world's most uniquely funny comedians, Jennifer Coolidge.
She’s Pretty Tired Of Her Most Famous Line
Coolidge told Variety that the line she is most tired of hearing has to be “It makes me want a hot dog real bad,” from Legally Blonde 2. She joked, “All day long and all night, just, so many people like say it on the plane for f*cks sake. I just have to go with it and go ‘Oh my God! You sound just like me when you say that!’”
Legally Blonde 3 Is On The Way
Coolidge told Variety that she hasn’t seen a script yet, but that Reese Witherspoon will be returning in the role of Elle Woods and that the script is being written by Mindy Kaling. With Kaling at the helm and the two original stars added, could this be one of the few successful franchise reboots?
She Once Got An Applause For Not Saying Anything At All
Christopher Guest, the director of A Mighty Wind, told Variety about an instance while promoting the film, where Bob Balaban and Coolidge walked onto the stage and gazed at one another. Guest said, “It was the biggest applause I’ve ever heard. It was striking because Bob is quite small and Jennifer is a tall woman. They didn’t have to say a word — in that silence of him looking up at her, everything that they had done together was put into that moment where no one had to say anything. And it just kept building. It was extraordinary and incredibly fun to see that reaction based on the power of not saying something.”
She Once Dated Two Friends At The Same Time
Coolidge told US Magazine, “I went on vacation and dated two guys who knew each other. I told them I had an identical twin and went out with both of them.
She Was Cast In An Ariana Grande Music Video
Coolidge first discovered Ariana Grande was a fan after Grande did a pretty accurate impression of her on The Tonight Show. In response, Coolidge sent Grande a DM telling her she loved the impression which eventually led her to reprise her role from Legally Blonde in the “Thank You Next” music video.
She Almost Didn’t Accept Her Role On White Lotus
According to Coolidge, Mike White called her with the offer for the show, without even asking her if she wanted the part. She said, ”I’d been gorging and self-destructing at home for months, eating pizza all day. There was no way I wanted to be on film unless they shot me from the neck up. I’m sort of vain, so there was no f*cking way.” She said she was later convinced when White called her on her bluff and asked her if she was afraid. “It was like he could read my mind and sensed that I was trying to get out of it. Then a great friend of mine told me to own my mess and just do it. I can’t tell you how close I came to ruining this whole thing for myself. It’s such a great lesson in life. I’d never have forgiven myself. I would’ve sat down to watch The White Lotus and said: ‘What the hell was I thinking? I’m an insane person.’”
She Puked While Filming White Lotus… A Lot.
Director Mike White insisted the boat scenes be filmed on location with a real boat, despite Coolidge’s tendency for sea sickness. Coolidge said she threw up so many times while filming those scenes that, “none of the other cast members would look me in the eye anymore”
Her Favorite Projects Were Those With Christopher Guest At The Helm
Coolidge told The Guardian, “It doesn’t get any better. They’re some of the funniest people in the world, and it’s mind-blowing when everyone’s improvising. Becoming part of that group was life-changing for me.” Coolidge added, “What a group. I’m thrilled that Catherine and Eugene have had this incredible success with Schitt’s Creek. It’s so well-deserved. All that team are so normal and unpretentious. Everyone arrives in their beat-up cars. Eugene is so un-starry, I swear he thinks he’s the local dentist or something."
She Never Truly Became A MILF
Jennifer Coolidge told Buzzfeed that a lot of people refer to her as a MILF because of American Pie. But in actuality, she said, “I don’t really have any children, I was barren.”
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She Used To Pose As Earnest Hemingway’s Daughter To Get Into Clubs
Jennifer Coolidge expanded on this story by telling The Guardian, “Yeah, Muffin – the Hemingway daughter who wasn’t as well known as Mariel and Margaux. I had these thick black eyebrows and shoulder-length blond hair, so I looked the part. I’d turn up to New York clubs in high heels and a short dress and tell them I was Muffin Hemingway. You wouldn’t believe how well it worked. I got a lot of mileage out of that. Until I got kicked out of a few clubs, then it wasn’t so flattering for poor Muffin.”
She Has Always Looked Mature
Coolidge admitted, “I’ve always looked old for my age. I bought a case of beer when I was 11 with my neighbor’s wig.”
She Lives In A Haunted House
Coolidge brings up that many people assume, because of her on-screen personas that she would live like Malibu Barbie, with frilly pink accents all over her pristine estate, but instead Coolidge says, “They’re surprised I live in this very old, dark house with creepy oil portraits on the walls. It’s gloomy and cavernous. I have an antique automaton called Signor Blitz.” Actor Ben Feldman who attended one of Coolidge’s Halloween parties told Vulture, “You can’t use the downstairs bathroom because the ghost of a little girl is in there, and so you have to go upstairs to the bathroom next to the room for her kimonos.”
Her Fallback Career Plans
Jennifer informed US Magazine of her fallback job if acting didn’t work out. “If I wasn’t an actor, I would be a billionaire that gave away money to people and animals that deserved it.”
Her First Big Role Was On Seinfeld
You may remember seeing Coolidge’s face on the Seinfeld episode, “The Masseuse” where she played Jodi, the masseuse who didn’t like to work off the clock for Jerry. Sadly, while she was filming the episode, her mother was dying of pancreatic cancer. Coolidge says one of her mother’s last words were how proud she was that she had made it onto TV.
She Was A Member Of The Groundlings
At the time of her residency at The Groundlings in L.A., Coolidge was improvising and writing with the likes of Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri, Chris Kattan, and Chris Parnell.
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