I was really lucky to get a chance for a one-on-one interview with the gorgeous and vivacious Brooke Elliott, the star of the Lifetime dramedy, Drop Dead Diva. Brooke was gracious open with her answers, and I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did doing it!
In Drop Dead Diva, beautiful aspiring model, Deb, found herself in front of Heaven’s gatekeeper,Fred following a car crash involving a truck full of grapefruit. Angered by the sudden death, she attempted convince Fred to sent her back to her shallow existence but is accidentally relegated to the body of the recently deceased Jane Bingum. Bingum is a smart, thoughtful and chubby lawyer. Jane has always lived in the shadow of her colleagues whereas Deb has always relied on her striking good looks. By a twist of fate and a bolt of divine intervention, Deb must come to terms with living in Jane’s curvier body and learn to reconcile her beauty queen ways with her brilliant new mind.
Drop Dead Diva returns for it’s second season on June 6th at 9 pm on Lifetime, and you’d be a fool to miss it. Jump with me to read the rest of the interview.
What drew you to this role?
Brooke – The opportunity to show that beauty is everywhere, because we’re so conditioned to see beauty one way. I loved that a character had to re-learn who she was and figure out who she really is. To watch her growth and everything in between.
[Note from Me: Brooke is an extremely gorgeous woman and gives the role of Jane a wonderful champion.]
The show does a great job of empowering women, and showing people how sexy curvy really is, Why do you feel that it’s important to society for shows like this to be on television?
Brooke – I think it’s important because I feel we’re told all the time that we’re just not good enough. It’s enough, we’re not pretty enough, thin enough, or not a good enough wife. etc. It’s so important to get ride of the myth, and see that the best they can is great. Of course, there’s always room for improvement but we need to get off our own backs.
[Note from Me: It really is unfortunate that society still paints pictures of the ideal perfections, when diversity is really what makes us so special.]
Are you on Twitter?
Brooke – I’m not on Twitter, maybe soon but not yet.
When you’re not on TV what do you like to watch?
Brooke – I watch Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, 30 Rock, The Office. The Bachelor/The Bachelorette, Private Practice and Friends reruns.
[Note from Me: She seemed shy to admit to the Bachelor, but it’s her along with millions of other people watching that. I love that she watches so many shows.]
Any upcoming projects you’d like to discuss?
Brooke – Not yet, looking for projects to do on hiatus.
You were fabulous in the first episode of season 2. I loved the singing and dancing in the food court , Will we get to see you sing more this season?
Brooke – You’ll see me sing again in episode 5, and possibly the finale. I love the singing part because I was a broadway actor first.
Who’s been your favorite guest star?
Brooke – Each one has been amazing, and has offered so much. I’ve enjoyed everything they bring to the show.
[Note from Me: It’s hard to choose just one when they’re all so good. Rosie O’Donnell, Paula Abdul, and soon Natasha Henstridge.]
What details can you give us about this season? Particularly about love stories, are Grayson and Jane going to be one of those will they/ won’t they stories that goes on forever driving us fans nuts?
Brooke – Grayson and Jane will always have a connection, a lot of stories this season will walk that line. There’s also the relationship with Tony that started last season and you’ll get some of that . She’ll also spend sometime single this season.
[Note from Me: I really hope that they don’t drag it on too long because I think there are more stories to be told if they put them together.]
What would you tell people as to why they should tune in?
Brooke – Tune in because there’s no other show like it on TV, it’s so relatable to everyone. Everyone out there has to attempt to know themselves better. To figure out where they’re going, and the shows someone doing that.
That’s all for the interview, but let me just say that I love this show. It’s amazing. I’ve laughed and cried numerous times in one episode. If you haven’t seen the first season you still have time to catch up before the second season premieres on June 6th, because season 1 is coming out on DVD on June 1st! Hurry go buy a copy, you’ll thank me later!