OF ‘ADRIANA TRIGIANI’S VERY VALENTINE’ ON LIFETIME
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.