SHARP WOMAN

Has stars in her eyes

Sharp - - CONTENTS - By Peter Salts­man

Cleopa­tra Cole­man is star­ring in two TV come­dies si­mul­ta­ne­ously, with­out miss­ing a beat.

EAR­LIER THIS SUM­MER, Cleopa­tra Cole­man watched the so­lar eclipse from her set in Van­cou­ver and was awestruck. Not by the ce­les­tial bur­lesque — though that was cool too — but by the un­usual hu­man­ity of the event. “I went down to the wa­ter to watch it, and some­one let me bor­row their glasses so I was able to see it,” she says. “I like mo­ments like that. I think they unify us.” Cole­man knows a thing or two about ap­pre­ci­at­ing great mo­ments. The Aus­tralian ac­tress is cur­rently star­ring in two TV shows: Last Man on Earth and, as of this month, White Fa­mous, the lat­est by Cal­i­for­ni­ca­tion cre­ator Tom Kapinos. Be­tween the two she plays very dif­fer­ent — but equally af­fect­ing — char­ac­ters, de­liv­er­ing per­for­mances with such ease that you think she must see the world dif­fer­ently than ev­ery­body else. “There’s this thing called the over­view ef­fect that some as­tro­nauts have felt when they went up to space,” she says as she con­tin­ues to re­count the eclipse. “They look at the earth all small and vul­ner­a­ble, sit­ting in a to­tally dif­fer­ent time. It’s so crazy.” Maybe that’s it; maybe she re­ally is just work­ing on an­other plane, some­where be­hind the sun.

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