It’s more grown-up than anything Russell has done — adulterous sex in the doctor’s office is a long way from boy crushes in the dorm — and critics at Sundance even wondered if heralded the arrival of a movie star.
”I’m not that sentimental a person,” says Cheryl Hines, who plays a fellow diner worker in the film.
In the late 90s and early 00s, when I was actually in the demo these dramas were aimed at, they were my whole sh-t.
If you’ve been reading my writing on this site, you know my love of teen dramas runs deep.
I still remember the J-14 poster of Scott Speedman that hung on my bedroom wall.
I remember being obsessed with the fact that Keri and Scott were dating in real life.
(”He asked if he could buy me a cup of coffee, and I said sure.”) Russell cleans her own house.
But anyone who’s been around pregnant women knows that it’s not all cutesy and sweet. Thanks to Waitress, she’s enjoying a sweet little career boost.
You spaz out and you’re angry and you have tantrums.” She laughs. In the years following her Golden Globe-winning turn as a lovelorn college coed on The WB’s ‘s Nathan Fillion) — all while whipping up desserts with names like ”Pregnant Miserable Self-Pitying Loser Pie” at the local diner.
”But every time I watch this movie, I get choked up. ” Her curly locks are straightened and pulled into a low side ponytail.
Keri finds the beauty and the vulnerability of this woman in a very clear way.” However exciting a time it is for Russell, the joy comes with an undercurrent of tragedy: Last November, director Shelly was found murdered in her Manhattan office (see sidebar). ”I keep thinking she’ll come back from vacation and be like, ‘Can you believe it? ”’ Without Shelly, who also costars in the film, Russell now finds herself in the peculiar position of being the movie’s de facto spokesperson. I’m so pregnant, and we’re lacking our ringleader,” she says. And I feel so sad that no one’s getting to hear what Adrienne’s inspiration was.” Sipping an impossibly healthy concoction of freshly squeezed celery, chard, and apple juice, Russell kicks back on the grass and jokes about needing to unbutton her faded Wranglers to let her round tummy breathe. She looks as fresh as if she were on her way to a Cover Girl shoot — she’s been a spokesmodel since last year — but there’s not a hint of Hollywood glamour about her. Her husband is not an actor, director, or producer.