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Fran Drescher was happy to go cruis­ing vi­car­i­ously through her Ho­tel

Tran­syl­va­nia char­ac­ter in the mon­ster fran­chise’s lat­est se­quel Sum­mer Va­ca­tion.

The ac­tor, best known as the star of the ’90s sit­com The Nanny, ad­mits she’s more of a land lover.

“We did a cruise many years ago and at the time I felt like it’s not re­ally for me,” Drescher says.

“I’m more of a land lover. I like look­ing at the ocean. I don’t re­ally need to be on it in the mid­dle of nowhere.

“When my par­ents were younger they did it and en­joyed it; many peo­ple do. The ho­tel es­sen­tially goes from place to place with­out you hav­ing to move. There’s some­thing ap­peal­ing about it to some peo­ple ... and it’s a great foun­da­tion for com­edy. We did it on The Nanny.” In Ho­tel Tran­syl­va­nia 3, Mavis sur­prises her dad Drac­ula with a fam­ily voy­age on a lux­ury Mon­ster Cruise Ship so he can take a va­ca­tion from pro­vid­ing ev­ery­one else’s va­ca­tion at his ho­tel.

The rest of Drac’s friends can­not re­sist go­ing along. But once they leave port, ro­mance arises when Drac­ula meets the mys­te­ri­ous ship cap­tain, Ericka.

Drescher voices Eu­nice, the well-dressed wife of Franken­stein and god­mother to Mavis.

“I see Eu­nice as the ma­tri­arch of the mon­ster fam­ily,” she says. “Her heart and con­cerns are al­ways for every­body’s best in­ter­ests. Drac is like a brother to her and even though Frank drives her crazy, she loves him – and he’s not an easy man. She loves the chil­dren and she’s very pro­tec­tive. She wants every­body to have a good time.

“She al­ways has her hair done just right and she’s al­ways dressed to the nines. She loves wear­ing short skirts and she has th­ese petite lit­tle feet. I think she’s re­ally funny and cute.”

Eu­nice is one of only a few an­i­mated char­ac­ters Drescher, whose nasal New York ac­cent is un­mis­tak­able, has ever lent her voice to.

“I’m al­ways there by my­self with the direc­tor and the tech­ni­cians, which is weird for me but it’s a unique ex­pe­ri­ence and I’ve come to re­ally en­joy the process,” she says.

“I love this par­tic­u­lar movie fran­chise be­cause it al­ways has a pos­i­tive mes­sage. It’s very, very hu­mor­ous and the whole fam­ily can en­joy it. I’m re­ally pleased with the whole tone of it, which is right up my al­ley.”

Adam San­dler voices Drac­ula and served as an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on the first two films.

“I love him as a per­son and I love him as an ac­tor, both se­ri­ous and comedic,” Drescher says. “He’s a very cre­ative and in­clu­sive writer, pro­ducer and star. I feel very grate­ful to have the op­por­tu­nity to work with him.”

When the ac­tor and co­me­dian isn’t per­form­ing, she’s work­ing on the Cancer Sch­mancer Move­ment she started af­ter bat­tling uter­ine cancer.

“We re­cently cel­e­brated our 10th an­niver­sary and I’m go­ing to be 18 years well,” she says. “We have our an­nual cabaret din­ner cruise in New York Har­bour next week and in Oc­to­ber we’re live-stream­ing our an­nual health sum­mit.

“I feel very con­fi­dent we’re on a path that all peo­ple should em­brace – be­ing a more mind­ful con­sumer, detox­ing your home, ques­tion­ing what you put in your mouth and on your skin, and what you clean and gar­den with to dra­mat­i­cally re­duce your risk of cancer.” Ho­tel Tran­syl­va­nia 3: Sum­mer Va­ca­tion opens on Thurs­day.

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