D’Angelo, accomplished singer, mother, and oh yeah, a frickin' big-time
Best known for her portrayal of the bewildered mother in the National
Lampoons Vacation films with Chevy Chase and a supporting role as Patsy
Cline in Coal Miner’s Daughter, Beverly D'Angelo continues to balance
her schedule between being a mother and an actress with performances
showcasing her talents as a vocalist. She performs every Tuesday at the
Lucky Seven Club in Hollywood.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, D'Angelo spent her teens in Florence, Italy,
where she studied visual arts at the American School. Returning to the
United States, she accepted an animator position with Hanna Barbera in
Los Angeles. The fast pace, however, left her yearning for smaller
pastures. She turned to folk music, theatre, and eventually film. And
the long and winding road of her career led her to our door. Read on to
discover how she became involved with the indie film Gamers.
1. What was it like working with John
Perfect as usual. This was the third time we've worked together. To
give an example of the amount of professional respect we have for each
other, we tried to make sure that "our characters" didn't look fat
when we were lying on the couch. And we mutually decided that the word
"cigarette" was code for " I want to fuck". See , this is what you get
when you put two pros like us together:, rich character interplay, and
deeply meaningful subtext. We also split a bottle of water to cut down
on the budget. Now THAT'S genius.
2. What, in the name of God, were you
thinking when you signed on to be in the film Gamers?
3. You have worked with directors such as
Milos Foreman, Woody Allen, Harold Ramis, Amy Heckerling and now the guy
from Gamers. Any comparison? He paid us to ask you this question.
didn't pay me to answer it.
4. You play Gordon's mother in the film. What kind of character is she?
woman who secretly wonders who this kid is that keeps calling her mom,
but loves him anyway.
5. You have done it all…solo singer, rock
band, Broadway, theater, and movies. If you could only do one of these
for the rest of your life which one would it be and why?
Everything else involves a cast of thousands. I bet John says Theater.
6. How do you compare the comedy in the Vacation films to Gamers?
watching both films back to back and thinking about it.
7. What's the strangest movie role you
were ever offered? Did you take it?
films I've chosen are much less strange than the life I've chosen to
8. What is your best advice to indie
filmmakers attempting to make a movie?
Be certain you are utterly, inescapably and obsessively passionate about
the film you are going to make, because its going to be impossible. And
then, relax and just do it.
9. If you weren't an actress or a singer
what other field do you think you would have gotten into? Animation?
That's like asking if I weren't a human being, what species would I be.
But I have always been writing books that I never finish.
10. If you could have dinner with anyone,
living or dead (no relatives or religious figures), who would it be and
Rosemary Clooney. I miss her.