When it comes to legacy holders of the Hollywood industry, people cannot help but reference Jennifer Coolidge in high regard. Making her name through mostly comedic shows and films from the late 80s and the early 90s till the present, she has consistently provided some of the best performances in the entertainment scene. But along the way, her career seemed to go off-rails, and she was forgotten for her remarkable skills by most.
But as we know, the comeback always hits the hardest, and Coolidge’s return into the industry was unexpected, to say the least. With her role in the hit HBO drama series The White Lotus, everyone who didn’t know about her, and even the ones who did, were pleasantly surprised with her performance. In an interview with The Guardian, she revealed that during these difficult times, pop sensation Ariana Grande was one of the biggest helping hands that she could’ve asked for.
Jennifer Coolidge Reveals That Ariana Grande Was The Reason She Took Her Role In The White Lotus
When it comes to delivering exceptional performances in the projects she’s cast in, Jennifer Coolidge always delivers and then some. But just like most people, she too was affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic, which had brought her career to a standstill. It was reported that during the quarantine phase of the breakout, she was doing nothing but eating pizzas all-day and just lying around her house with little to no motivation whatsoever.
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But all of that came to an end when she made a surprise appearance alongside pop sensation Ariana Grande in her music video Thank U, Next! Coolidge’s appearance in the video was 2 years before the first season of The White Lotus aired on HBO, and she revealed that at first, she was reluctant to take the role up. But with Grande’s gesture of putting Coolidge in her video, along with the help of many others, she was all set on taking the role. And this decision couldn’t have been a better one as her performance is now being regarded as one of the best. During an interview with The Guardian, she said:
“I’ve been very lucky. I don’t want to analyse it too much in case they dry up. I think certain things helped: Ariana Grande putting me in her video [for thank u, next] and Emerald Fennell casting me in Promising Young Woman. People assumed I could only do certain kinds of role – that lady who comes in, opens a door, says something funny, then closes it. You get put in a box as comic relief, but those things helped get me back in the game and I’m so glad”
What Is The White Lotus?
The White Lotus is a 2021 HBO original comedy-drama series created by writer Mike White. The show follows instances of experiences that the employees as well as the guests of the fictional White Lotus Resort face every day as they try to work/relax in this part of brick-and-mortar paradise. Considered one of the best performances of Jennifer Coolidge, this show is a must-watch for enthusiasts of the comedy genre.
The White Lotus airs on HBO and is available on Hulu
Source: The Guardian