'Bandslam' star Lisa Kudrow: The EW Pop Culture Personality Test
In the new movie Bandslam, in theaters today, Lisa Kudrow, plays the loving mother of a teen outcast (newcomer Gaelan Connell) with a passion for music. He writes frequently to David Bowie (whose cameo will leave you smiling); he finds himself managing a band fronted by a former cheerleader (Phil of the Future‘s Alyson Michalka) and breaking into CBGB with a fellow misfit (High School Musical‘s Vanessa Hudgens). We recently sat down with Kudrow, 46, and keeping with the spirit of the film, administered an EW Pop Culture Personality Test. We uncovered a phobia, a workout routine that we can totally get behind, and a one-night only karaoke performance we wish had been taped.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The person you wrote a fan letter to when you were young?
LISA KUDROW: When I was really young, I may have sent a fan letter to [The Monkees’] Davy Jones.
I got an email to Sarah Jessica Parker because I thought she was so great in Sex and the City: The Movie.
The person or band you’ve seen most often in concert?
Oh, not anyone more than once. I don’t go to concerts. I don’t like a lot of people in one place, getting all lathered up by the music.
The person or band you would brave a crowd for?
Elvis Costello. I met him recently. He’ll be at the Greek [in Los Angeles] on the 18th, and I will be in town, so I should try. I’m a little scared.
So it’s a real phobia then?
It makes me very nervous.
Your guilty pleasure dance song?
[Laughs] No, no dancing. Sometimes I’ll go “Oh!” and get up. I can’t remember the last time that happened….I remember doing it with something on TV and my son [11-year-old Julian] said, “Please, stop.”
And did you?
No, I didn’t.
The movie you have watch every time you spot it on cable?
There’s a lot of those. Terms of Endearment, that just happened to me. Tootsie happens to me. Ordinary People. Out of Africa. Recently, The Devil Wears Prada. The Philadelphia Story — I’ve seen it a million times, and I couldn’t turn it off. Boy, I have a lot of time, it sounds like. [Laughs] But I’ll be working out and watching something, and then it’s like a two-hour workout: Now, I’ll just walk for an hour…I’m gonna sit down here, maybe lift that while I’m watching…Now, I’m just gonna watch. And no one will know. I’m in the gym, and no one will know that I’m not actually doing anything but watching this movie.
What is your position on karaoke?
I did it once, many, many years ago, and I was done. I don’t care for it. Sub-par performances are not appealing to me.
Do you remember the song you sang?
“Hava Nagila.” That’s the song I did.
Something from your childhood you wish you still had?
Interesting…There was one thing, and now I don’t even know if I dreamt it up. There was this sort of modern Plexiglas dollhouse that was split-level and all these layers and it was different colors. I’ve never seen it again. I lost it at some point when I was a kid, and I wanted to find it again, and it was gone. Later on, I remember thinking about it, and no one knew what I was talking about. But to me, that was the coolest thing in the world, this modern dollhouse in different colors…
What’s your geekiest possession today?
I know on my iPod I have certain songs that are probably not cool. Like “I Remember It Well” from Gigi. That makes me laugh, so I listen to that. I don’t seek it out, but when I shuffle and it comes up, I’m like [giggles], He doesn’t remember it well at all. It gets me every time.
Last question: Name something in pop culture you think is overrated.
Only one thing? [Laughs] Celebrity. That’s my answer. ‘Cause it’s not just for actors anymore, it’s absolutely everybody.
So if I were to say pick one: Jon or Kate?
I’ve never seen the show. I didn’t avoid it. I mean, I didn’t want to see how people have eight kids. That’s their problem. I could watch the news to watch human misery.
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