Ke­len Cole­man


The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - The Comics - BY JAY BOB­BIN

What was your first thought about em­body­ing best-sell­ing au­thor Adri­ana Trigiani’s ti­tle hero­ine in “Very Valentine”? I can’t ex­plain it, but (Trigiani) and I have a cer­tain bond with­out hav­ing known each other. She’s so sim­i­lar to me, and I’m sim­i­lar to her. I saw from posts on Face­book the kind of spirit she has, and I think that comes through in her books. I read the script (which Trigiani adapted her­self) and I thought, “This com­pletely sounds like it’s me!” Here’s a girl who’s sup­posed to be funny, and she’s kind of curvy – she loves to eat, but she’s also cute – and she has a close re­la­tion­ship with her fam­ily, which is very close to me. And the way she spoke also rang true to me. Has it been a chal­lenge to find projects that suit all the things you want to evoke in a char­ac­ter? It’s nice to see prod­uct where women are al­lowed to be the funny ones, and not stereo­typ­i­cally funny. And then, there are projects where the woman is just slightly funny but also a “nor­mal girl” char­ac­ter. It’s great when you can take the two and put them to­gether, and have some­one who has both dra­matic mo­ments and can do a lit­tle Lu­cille Ball or Carol Bur­nett as well. It’s good to have lev­els where you can play both sides. You also reprise your role in the start­ing­soon sec­ond sea­son of HBO’s “Big Lit­tle Lies,” which adds Meryl Streep to the cast. How did the film­ing of that go for you? They didn’t do the same for­mat, so I’m used very lightly ... but I said, “I’m go­ing back for this.” Any­time they’re go­ing to pay you to hang around those bril­liant ac­tresses and learn from them, and just be friends with them and hang with them: “Yes, please! I will do that.” But I’ve told my friends not to blink, be­cause they might miss me.

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