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The English Paper About Spain


So, I went to Spain this summer with my cousin, Maddie. We had a scrumtrulecent time and there's lots of stories and pictures, but for now, this is what I have.

I friend of mine is an English teacher and asked me to write a memoir for an example for his freshman class. This is what I came up with. 

I swear to God I didn't make ANY of this up! This all actually happened, although when I read it back, I barely beleive it myself! Imagine being there!? Craziness.


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I'm the take-out girl!


So here are some pictures from the Bob Evans shoot! It was really a lot of fun -- the director was actually NOT a diva and very funny, so that helped, of course. 

I ended up being the take out girl for the restaurant, and I PROMISE, as soon as I get a copy of the commercial I will upload it (if you'd like to see it).

Best. Day. Ever.


I found out today (after much waiting and wondering) that I booked a HUGE commercial!

Yeah, I'm playing the part of the...get this cliche...cute waitress. It's a Bob Evans commercial (for those of you who don't have them, Bob Evans is a big chain of family-style restaurants. I can be cute. I can do that. I guess the director/agency/producers thought so, too -- thank God!

I'm pretty much out of my mind excited... And it's so nice. I'm in love with this feeling. Like I've previously stated: I'd do my job for free. 

It doesn't hurt, however, that this time I stand to make up to $15,000+. 

Murphy's Law Hates Me


I figured it out: If I get booked on a shoot during the "Winter" (because you can use that term very loosely in FL), I only shoot on the "record cold" days. Outdoors. Oh, and in 'Spring/Summer' attire for 12+ hours. 

We shot a Pepsi commercial on Saturday. It was, by most people's standards, cold enough to don a parka. It was windy and got up to a toasty 47°. Of course, the director and producers and crew were all bundled up, but, no -- we were in short-sleeved shirts and jeans. 

I swear...I can be bought. 

~ In other news, my friend Julianne and I are going to Greece this summer! 

I could not be more excited!!!

Jan. 25th, 2007


SAG just sent me a copy of "The Departed" on DVD!!!

I've been dying to see it . . . I really hope it's as good as I expect it will be!

And the tiny naked statue goes to...

I don't usually discuss whom vote for. It's a social faux pas. My mom always said that, in any case.
People tend to get upset, offer you their opinion, and then your voices get louder and then you’re yelling, and then there’s swearing, followed by shoving, which is quickly followed by bloody noses, and eventually the cops are called, and then there’s the restraining orders…in my experience, anyway.
However, I’ll risk the possibility of a broken nose and tell you whom I’m planning to vote for this year. I just got my SAG awards ballot in and since there’s no debate, I had to vote based merely on merit and past performance.
I’m hoping you all have opinions about who should win the gold naked-and-incredibly-ripped guy (besides me, of course. They withheld my nomination on account that they wanted to give the other actors a chance. I understand.).
Here’s how I’m planning on voting:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Leonardo DiCaprio / BLOOD DIAMOND – Archer - Warner Bros. Pictures
Ryan Gosling / HALF NELSON – Dan Dunne - THINKFilm
Peter O’Toole / VENUS – Maurice - Miramax Films
Will Smith / THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS – Chris Gardner - Sony Pictures
Forest Whitaker / THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND – Idi Amin - Fox Searchlight Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Penelope Cruz / VOLVER – Raimunda - Sony Pictures Classics
Judi Dench / NOTES ON A SCANDAL – Barbara Covett - Fox Searchlight Pictures
Helen Mirren / THE QUEEN – The Queen - Miramax Films.
Meryl Streep / THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA – Miranda Priestly - 20th Century Fox
Kate Winslet / LITTLE CHILDREN – Sarah Pierce - New Line Cinema

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin / LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE – Grandpa Fox Searchlight Pictures
Leonardo DiCaprio / THE DEPARTED – Billy Warner Bros. Pictures
Jackie Earle Haley / LITTLE CHILDREN – Ronnie J. McGorvey New Line Cinema
Djimon Hounsou / BLOOD DIAMOND – Solomon Warner Bros. Pictures
Eddie Murphy / DREAMGIRLS – James “Thunder” Early Paramount Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Adriana Barraza / BABEL – Amelia - Paramount Vantage
Cate Blanchett / NOTES ON A SCANDAL – Sheba Hart - Fox Searchlight Pictures
Abigail Breslin / LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE – Olive - Fox Searchlight Pictures
Jennifer Hudson / DREAMGIRLS – Effie White - Paramount Pictures
Rinko Kikuchi / BABEL – Chieko - Paramount Vantage

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

BABEL - Paramount Vantage
BOBBY - The Weinstein Company
THE DEPARTED - Warner Bros. Pictures
DREAMGIRLS - Paramount Pictures
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE - Fox Searchlight Pictures


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Thomas Haden Church / BROKEN TRAIL – Tom Harte - AMC
Robert Duvall / BROKEN TRAIL – Print Ritter - AMC
Jeremy Irons / ELIZABETH I – Earl of Leicester - HBO
William H. Macy / NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES – Clyde Umney - TNT
Matthew Perry / THE RON CLARK STORY – Ron Clark - TNT

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Annette Bening / MRS. HARRIS – Jean Harris - HBO
Shirley Jones / HIDDEN PLACES – Aunt Batty - Hallmark Channel
Cloris Leachman / MRS. HARRIS – Tarnower’s Sister - HBO
Helen Mirren / ELIZABETH I – Elizabeth I - HBO
Greta Scacchi / BROKEN TRAIL – Nola Johns - AMC

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
James Gandolfini / THE SOPRANOS – Tony Soprano - HBO
Michael C. Hall / DEXTER – Dexter Morgan - Showtime
Hugh Laurie / HOUSE – Dr. Gregory House - FOX
James Spader / BOSTON LEGAL – Alan Shore - ABC
Kiefer Sutherland / 24 – Jack Bauer - FOX

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Patricia Arquette / MEDIUM – Allison Dubois - NBC
Edie Falco / THE SOPRANOS – Carmela Soprano - HBO
Mariska Hargitay / LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT – Det. Olivia Benson - NBC
Kyra Sedgwick / THE CLOSER – Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson - TNT
Chandra Wilson / GREY’S ANATOMY – Dr. Miranda Bailey - ABC

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin / 30 ROCK – Jack Donaghy - NBC
Steve Carell / THE OFFICE – Michael Scott - NBC
Jason Lee / MY NAME IS EARL – Earl Hicke - NBC
Jeremy Piven / ENTOURAGE – Ari Gold - HBO
Tony Shalhoub / MONK – Adrian Monk - USA

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
America Ferrera / UGLY BETTY – Betty Suarez - ABC
Felicity Huffman / DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES – Lynette - ABC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus / THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE – Christine Campbell - CBS
Megan Mullally / WILL & GRACE – Karen Walker - NBC
Mary-Louise Parker / WEEDS – Nancy Botwin - Showtime
Jaime Pressly / MY NAME IS EARL – Joy - NBC

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

24 - FOX

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES - ABC    (I'm sorry, why is Desperate Housewives even on this list?!?!)

It’s hard this year because, firstly, three-quarters of the films and actors that I think should be patted lavishly on the back aren’t even up for anything. (i.e. The Fountain, Little Children, Hard Candy, Big Love, Christian Bale for Harsh Times, Patrick Wilson for Hard Candy, Hugh Jackman for The Fountain…I could go on and on…)
And I’m sick of Leonardo Dicaprio getting accolades out the wazoo. He’s extremely talented, yes, but there are more talented, more deserving actors giving better performances, in my opinion. Or at least a little range.  

Dec. 19th, 2006


I did this shoot last week down at Disney. It was about 40 degrees out and for four days we were scantily clad in bikinis and playing in water. If I wasn't being so overly compensated, I, as well as many of the other actors, would have walked because we literally were chilled to the bone for 16 hours a day.

I stayed. I got pneumonia. I've had a 104 fever for a week and I'm crying because I can't even get any Christmas shopping done because I feel like roadkill. 

I hate being sick.

God, I'm so refined.

Today I worked as a PA for an etiquette coach. She's also a wardrobe stylist that I knew from work, so that's how that came about. 

I learned a bunch of new things about how to dress like a lady (aka your grandma looks hip compared to how she'd have me dress), how to only say "hello" when being introduced (because "hi" and "wasssszzzzzzuuup" aren't proper forms of greeting), and how to not blow your nose at the dinner table ('re not supposed to blow snot out of your nose while people are eating? Huh.).

She showed us a table set for a 6-course meal. Then she rattled off five of the courses: appetizer, soup, salad, entree, dessert . . . and couldn't remember the sixth one since it's rarely used. 

And that's when I chimed in and showed off how classy and sophisticated and well-bred I was, and told her that she forgot the "amuse bouche". 

She was so proud and, I think, slightly shocked at how downright urbane I am. (Thank you. Thank you very much.)

I didn't bother to tell her that the only reason I knew that was because I watch "Top Chef" like it's my job.  

We come with a WARNING label.


Why craft service lets us have coffee, I have no idea...

Mary-Rachel, Lisa, and I doing our "Vogue" look at 2am. (We can be quite professional, I swear...)

We were shooting "The Mummy Ride" commercial that night. 

Which basically means we pretended to be scared for a few hours. This, my friends, is an art. There's a fine balance between really scared and scared and having fun. Fortunately, we're all professionally trained actors and have learned to evoke raw emotion on cue. I think that if there was an award show for commercial actors, we'd all rate right up there talent-wize with the Sprint guy. Or even Jared the Subway guy. I'd take something home, anyway. Probably an award for "Best Actress in an Emotionally Taxing Role".

Halloween II: The Ridiculous Part

Since Maddie and I wore cute costumes Saturday night, we decided to tap into our ridiculously fun and silly side and dress up as one of the most amazingly hilarious duos ever:

Mad TV's Stuart and his Mama:

If you have been culturally deprived and have somehow never heard of these fabulous characters, WATCH THIS VIDEO

Half of the people thought it was freakin' hilarious, the other half were culturally deprived. Click the link below to see our little slide show, and tell me what you think!

We had way too much fun! Enough said.

Maddie and Sarah as "Stuart" and "Mama"

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