Jennifer Coolidge has said she feels she “didn’t get many opportunities” in Hollywood as she looks back on three decades in show business.
The actress, 61, cryptically said there are “a lot of people who can actually rain on your parade” as she struggled to be taken seriously in the acting world.
Jennifer made the revelations during a candid conversation with DuJour magazine as she charted her success, from fearing she would just be cast as an extra – to getting her first Emmy for The White Lotus.
Candid: Jennifer Coolidge has said she feels she “didn’t get many opportunities” in Hollywood as she reflected on three decades in show business while stunning in a shoot for DuJour
While in Hollywood for the past three decades, she told the publication, “I had big thoughts. solid. I thought I could get out of my small town and star in something like Pretty Woman.
‘I remember seeing that movie and thinking, ‘I want that for myself. I really believe that you have to have such insane thoughts to do well in this business.
“But I worked with a lot of people and those beliefs were crushed, and I didn’t try anything bigger. There are a lot of people who can actually rain on your parade sometimes, and I didn’t get many opportunities.”
Reflective: The 61-year-old actress cryptically said there are “a lot of people who can actually rain on your parade” as she struggled to be taken seriously in the acting world
She added: “I started to think, I’m really not going to be more than the third prostitute rejected by the hideous cowboy in the brothel, that was one of my [early] components. And I had to buy the plane ticket [to fly to set] myself in San Francisco.”
For the accompanying shoot, she impressed in a busty black dress while donning an animated expression before donning a chic white dress for the cover photo.
In another image, she put on a busty display in a white and black fitted midi dress as she lay on a couch.
Honest: Jennifer made the revelations in a candid conversation with DuJour magazine, as she charted her success from fearing she would only be cast as an extra – to getting her first Emmy for The White Lotus
In September, Jennifer won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her role in The White Lotus.
About how she felt afterwards, she told the publication: “I was in a state of shock, I couldn’t remember my own name. I felt like I was having a full-blown anxiety attack.
“It was embarrassing that I didn’t get everyone’s name out, but I didn’t expect to be there. I swelled up in this dress, and I think I had an allergic reaction.
Hurrah! In September, Jennifer won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her role in The White Lotus
“All those years when I didn’t think something like this would ever come, it was all one big unspoken moment.”
“I’ve been here a long time, and I think my chances for this moment were pretty slim.”
“I didn’t think I was going to win the Emmy in any way, not even a second before it was announced… I wasn’t expecting it at all. Maybe that’s why I have it.’
When she was cast in The White Lotus as heiress Tanya McQuaid, she joked, “It’s not like I asked Mike White for a big fat part that would change my life.”
Funny: When she was cast in The White Lotus, she joked, ‘It’s not like I asked Mike White for a fat role that would change my life’
The first season of The White Lotus featured a standout cast that included Murray Bartlett, Natasha Rothwell, Connie Britton, Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Lacy, Brittany O’Grady and Sydney Sweeney.
Steve Zahn, Lukas Gage, Fred Hechinger and Kekoa Kekumano and Molly Shannon also appeared.
The show was the big winner of this year’s Emmy Awards, taking home a whopping 10 gongs, including Outstanding Limited of Anthology Series.
Jennifer is best known for her roles as Jeanine ‘Stifler’s Mom’ Stifler in the American Pie film series and as Paulette Bonafonté Parcelle in the Legally Blonde film series.
Amazing: Speaking about how she felt after winning the Emmy, she told the publication, “I was in a state of shock, I couldn’t remember my own name. I felt like I was having a full-blown anxiety attack’