In an interview with The Advocate, Jennifer Coolidge wonders what kind of a lesbian she’d be
Jennifer Coolidge seems like such a cool woman in addition to being a brilliant comedy actress who we’ve loved in such films as Best in Show, For Your Consideration, Legally Blonde and the American Pie movies as well as several TV series including Joey and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
As part of the 20th anniversary of The Dinah, the annual lesbian party weekend in Palm Springs, Calif., the 48-year-old funny lady will headlined Girl Bar’s HRC fundraiser on Saturday night at Hotel Zoso.
Here are some excerpts from her recent interview with Brandon Voss for Advocate.com:
Q. You could discuss the phenomenon of women coming out late in life like Meredith Baxter.
A. Oh, yeah, I could. I like that she seemed so surprised in interviews. I feel bad for women sometimes because there’s so much pressure on us to be a certain way. I was clueless as to anything I really wanted to do with my life because so much energy went into being attractive to guys. I spent most of my life worrying about trying to snag a guy. Women are so busy taking care of all this other shit, how do they know what they really want? It’s like the comedy thing — I had no idea I wanted to do that. So I can understand when these women are like, “I was 55 when I realized I was a lesbian.”
Q. Have you ever been intimate with a woman?
A. Well, I was in New York in the ’80s, when there was a lot of ecstasy and stuff going on, so there were a lot of wild nights. Have I ever had a relationship with a woman? No. Then again, I’m always trying to figure out who I’d be with if I was with a woman. There are two different ways to go, and I feel like I could go both ways. I could be with a very sensual-looking woman like Angelina Jolie — a lipstick lesbian-type. But when I was in this rehab in my ’20s, there was a very butch girl in there who was like a really cute guy to me, and I remember thinking that I could’ve gone that way too.
Q. You’ll no doubt get hit on by girls at The Dinah. Will you welcome those advances?
A. Are you kidding? If anyone is attracted, I’m surprised and flattered. At this point in life, it’s a good thing if anyone asks me out.