Jennifer Coolidge attends the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on January 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. Ariana Grande attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
If you thought Jennifer Coolidge’s recent comment about playing a dolphin was wild, her latest thoughts shared about her friend Ariana Grande will make you gasp in shock. The White Lotus star opened up Monday (January 16) about the pair’s relationship and the singer’s “rare” personality in an interview with ET Canada.
Coolidge, who starred in Grande’s “Thank U Next” music video, has been promoting her latest role in the rom-com Shotgun Wedding. The actress gushed about Grande, telling the publication, “I love that girl. She has so much cool. I mean, she’s at the beginning of her life and it’s like I… she is someone that is such an unusual story because she’s this very, very old person in a very young body. It’s really rare. I sometimes feel like I’m talking to someone ancient. Her take on things [and everything] is so advanced. I don’t really know how to explain her. I have never met anyone like her in my life.”
As for how Coolidge landed the cameo in Ariana’s music video, she saw the singer in a 2018 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon do an impression of her at the request of the host. After sharing that her favorite Coolidge films are Best in Show and Legally Blonde, Grande got right into character.
The Watcher actress shared last January during her appearance on the late-night show, “You should know, it was sort of the beginning of a lot of cool things that happened for me. I was going through a dead zone, not much was going on. Then Ariana did this imitation on your show and you encouraged her. And then this ball got rolling.”
She added, “My friend who is her age, Theresa, she was like, ‘You should DM Ariana.’ I thought it was such a good imitation and I was like, ‘No, she’s got like 260 million followers. Those are robots. The robots answer the DMs! And we will never ever get to her.’ And I did it anyway and then this response came back. Next thing you know, I was going to her house getting fit for wardrobe for ‘Thank U Next’. That was all because of Jimmy Fallon.”
Catch Jennifer Coolidge next in Shotgun Wedding, which premieres January 27 on Prime Video.
Jennifer Coolidge's 10 Best Movie and TV Roles Ranked
Jennifer Coolidge is one of Hollywood’s truly funny ladies, with a career spanning 30 years. Coolidge played supporting roles in several comedy movies and guest roles on television, making her first appearance on television in the Seinfeld episode “The Masseuse.” As a voice actress, she played Luanne’s beauty school teacher, Miss Kremzer, for a few episodes on King of the Hill. A few years later, she appeared on Nickelodeon’s As Told By Ginger as a con artist in the series finale episode and most recently, voiced an alien on Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty. At age 61, even if Coolidge isn’t on screen, we can pinpoint her voice by her airy and funny delivery.
In 1999, Coolidge got her big break playing Jeanine Stifler, or “Stifler’s mom” in American Pie, reprising the character in the subsequent sequels. A few years later, Coolidge played yet another iconic character, Paulette Bonafonté, Elle Woods’ manicurist in the Legally Blonde movies. Over the next two decades, Coolidge played other supporting characters in film and television including 2000’s Best In Show, 2004’s A Cinderella Story, 2006’s Date Movie, the 2 Broke Girls series and Netflix’s The Watcher.
Coolidge really made waves when she starred in the first two seasons of HBO’s The White Lotus as Tanya McQuoid. Her insanely rich, totally oblivious and troubled character earned her critical acclaim and recently won her a Golden Globe for the role. Though her character was ultimately killed off in the second season, we can’t wait to see what the future has to hold for Coolidge. Her latest work is in the Amazon Prime rom-com Shotgun Wedding alongside Jennifer Lopez, Josh Duhamel and Lenny Kravitz. Darcy (Lopez) and Tom (Duhamel) gather their families for a destination wedding, but the ceremony gets put on hold when the entire wedding party gets taken hostage. In the film, Coolidge plays Tom’s mother. Shotgun Wedding is available to stream on Prime on January 27.
Take a look at Jennifer Coolidge’s best movie and tv roles below: