‘GCB’ Star Jennifer Aspen Talks New Show & Her ‘Glee’ Connection! (EXCLUSIVE)
Celebuzz had the pleasure of talking with Jennifer Aspen, of one the GCB ladies, to get an exclusive inside look at the new show and her connection Glee connection!
The new show created by Robert Harling, who wrote and created Steel Magnolias and The First Wives Club, follows the lives of a group of southern beauties who are reconnecting with each other years after the drama and antics of their high school days.
Everyone is so excited for GCB! Can you tell me a little bit about the show and how you became a part of it?
Thank you! I’m hearing that so much and it’s so exciting! I wanna tell you that I love it so much. I love this project.
I was looking for a really great show with great writing, I wanted to play a southern woman, and I wanted something that was both comedic and dramatic. I saw this project and it’s original title and I saw that Darren Starr was doing it and Bobby (Robert Harling) and I was like, “Oh my god! That’s it!” I said that was the one, we went after it and I was the first one cast! It was so exciting!
Speaking of creator Robert Harling, I see that he was also the writer of Steel Magnolias, The First Wives Club, and Soapdish. What is it like working with someone who has given southern women and women in general such a strong voice?
Well you feel like the luckiest girl in the world, seriously. He is such a gentleman and so humble. He really is a southern gentleman. He has like a pecan farm in the south! (Laughs) You would get these scripts and they were so good and the table reads would just be so killer each time. You know the talent on the show is extraordinary. I filmed my favorite episode of television i’ve ever done. I got a script, I read it at about 10 o’clock at night. Couldn’t fall asleep until 6 in the morning. It was that good.
How is it working with such a strong cast of women around you?
Extraordinary. You don’t sleep on your job. I can tell you that much. Everyone shows up to play, big time. These are all accomplish comediennes for the most part and can also do drama really well. We all can do that tone. It was extraordinary. The amazing thing is that Kristen Chenoweth and Annie Potts, they are big time right? They are so humble. They are doing great work and they are just there with the rest of us. No frills, except that everyone cared so much about making it great. It truly was a great experience. I know it sounds all happy honey-pot, but it’s true!
Speaking of Kristen, you two both had recurring roles on Glee. Was that the first time you had worked together and gotten to know each other?
No, we actually missed eachother by a day! We were aware of eachother, but the first place we actually met was in Dallas the day before the table read for this show. We were both really excited to meet eachother. We had respected eachothers work from Glee. I wanted to know how she always had such a great looking tan. I would be in the makeup chair at Glee and I would see pictures of her from like the day before. I would look at her and say wow she has such a great tan. I know that’s crazy, but that’s what I remember.
What was it like to be on Glee?
You know I will say this, Glee had a similar feeling to me. We shot that in that first season of Glee, the very first 9 or 10 episodes. You could tell, you know I was looking for really great writing. Glee had that same feeling. It wasn’t on the air yet. No one had seen it. We were just in this pocket, making great television, and you could feel it. It was a similar feeling.
Yeah, there is a vibe happening with GCB that is definitely similar where you know something great is coming on.
Well you know, Ryan (Murphy) wrote that part for me. I showed up the first day and he was like, “how are you feeling?” and said “um….LUCKY!” I could tell I was a part of something special and I was really lucky to be there for that.
Are any of the characters on the show, or your character in particular, similar to anyone that you have encountered in real life?
Well you know, the way I work, the character just comes to me inexplicably. I dove into Dallas when we were there. I went to church there. I hung out at Highland Park. I went to Neiman Marcus and out of observing all these women and these places, this girl came. It’s not specific thing, it’s like an immursion and all at once this character is coming out. Then I decided that this is who this character should be. I’m not following one particular person. It’s hard to explain. It’s just arrived from some place and you’re grateful that it’s there.
Can you reveal any guest stars that might be on GCB this season?
Well, Sandra Berhardt! That was really exciting. She’s in our finale. She was so great and it’s such a hilarious part that she plays. I would say that is the thing that got me the most excited. One of the women from Knotts Landing is a guest star on the show. Bobby Harling was very excited about that. But I want to tell you. The men on this show, when you get a full gander at them, they are all over 6 feet tall and they will take your breathe away!