Jennifer Coolidge is featured in the March 2022 issue of InStyle magazine photographed by Beau Grealy for Pippa Mockridge and styled by Sam Broekema. Jennifer Coolidge has always been a queen of idiosyncratic comedy, but with the success of The White Lotus, she has cemented her status. Long may she reign.
- On the early days of covid: “We had stacks of pizzas in the freezer,” recalls Jennifer Coolidge, who spent the first several months of quarantine at her house in New Orleans with an assistant, genuinely convinced that the world was ending. The pizzas, she notes, were vegan. “But every time we were trying to make a decision about what to eat, starting at 8 a.m., we’d say, ‘Should we just do the pizza?’”
- On the NY Party scene: “”Palladium, Limelight, Area, Save the Robots, all those clubs,” she remembers. “I was going nowhere fast.” Why was cocaine her drug of choice? “Well, I was born low-energy,” Coolidge says. “So there was this drug that was invented for people like me. It made me very alive, you know? Unfortunately, it’s a terrible drug.” After she ended up in emergency rooms a few too many times, Coolidge checked into a rehab facility in Minnesota and got sober at age 27.”
- On roles post White Lotus: “The floodgates have opened,” she says. “It’s a completely different realm now — a lot of really interesting stuff.” Already in the can are Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series The Watcher and this summer’s action thriller Shotgun Wedding, co-starring Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel; Coolidge is also set to reteam with White Lotus director Mike White for a second season and with Reese Witherspoon for Legally Blonde 3. Meanwhile, Coolidge is eager for a meaty role as a villainess. “I would love to play someone really horrible,” she says. “What a gift that would be. Someone who is just rotten to the core.”
The interview will be featured in InStyle’s March issue hitting newsstands on February 11th
[Photo Credit: Beau Grealy for Pippa Mockridge/InStyle Magazine]
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