Lindsay Hollister Loves Ya!
Flipping through Lindsay Hollister's expansive resume is almost like reading
an issue of TV Guide, as she's one of the most prolific actresses working in
television today. Among the many shows she's made appearances in over the years,
which include hits CSI, My Name Is Earl, Nip/Tuck, Scrubs, and even Desperate
Housewives, and that's just for starters.† But it's her recent work in film
that's brought her to our attention today, as she's managed to snag a starring
role in the upcoming superhero action/comedy spoofy, Blubberella, which reteams
her with Postal director and scourge of the internet, the infamous Uwe Boll.
While the film may tease the character will "kick major ass with her major
ass" while spoofing several of Boll's most favorite subjects, including Nazis,
guns, and even his own Bloodrayne franchise, it's clear there's more to Lindsay
than just serving as the butt - no pun intended - of Boll's shameless schlock,
and she was kind enough to sit down with us to help set the record straight.†
We talk about working with the world's worst director, kicking ass and looking
sexy, and even what it's like to be one of the most famous overweight actresses
working in an industry that usually shames them to second-class roles and
First a role in Postal, and now Blubberella, openly mocking
Bloodrayne - are you a fan of director Uwe Boll or the games that inspired these
movies at all? Speaking of which, do you consider yourself a gamer?
I am not a gamer and had only seen House of the Dead before I met Uwe on
Postal. I knew he had quite a reputation, but they had made a nice offer so I
took it. I had little interaction with Uwe before he mentioned his desire to do
a BloodRayne movie with me as Rayne. I thought it was a fantastic idea that
hadnít been done before. What character woman wouldnít want the opportunity to
play an action hero like that?
Isn't it refreshing to be able to put a more comical slant on a
character archetype that is almost always viewed as "sexy" and all about
appealing to men? Or did you find the fact that being placed in a "funny" role
is a step backward for overweight actresses in lead roles?
Iím not sure how overweight actresses could even take a step backward. For a
woman of my size, we are at the bottom of the barrel. The roles are not out
there and when they are, they are going to ďcurvyĒ actresses who are only
slightly overweight and considered acceptable for film/tv. This was an
opportunity to play a lead and have free reign to make a spoof movie. We set out
to mock everything and everyone. And I think I got to look sexy. I do get to
kick some ass and get it on with the leading man.
You've had considerable success portraying light-hearted characters
and even darker personalities. Which do you really prefer playing?
Comedy. Itís been in my bones since I was a kid. I love to make people laugh.
Playing a deep, dark character can also be fun and cathartic. If I had to pick,
Iíd do comedy for the rest of my career.
The margins for what is acceptable for larger women in prominent
roles in television and films are constantly becoming thinner, with shows like
ABC Family's "Huge" being yanked before it could explore some truly poignant
issues, and sitcom Mike and Molly a disaster that relies on sex alone to "sell"
its overweight, titular characters. How do you view the future for actors and
actresses who do not conform to one particular body type?
Iíd have to be honest and say the future is not bright. Iíve been doing this
for ten years. While Iíve been extremely lucky to play some amazing characters,
Iíve watched the roles dry up. And Iíve been shut out of even auditioning for
many character roles because Iím too large. I donít get it. Why canít there just
be one supporting series regular or film character that happens to be overweight
and their size isnít discussed? It canít be that difficult, but
producers/directors/writers just refuse to do it. Mike & Molly is one fat joke
Thatís why I hope people understand why this movie had to have fat jokes.
Itís the only way this stuff can get done right now with a large lead character.
Blubberella does little, from what I've seen, to combat negative
stereotypes that are attached to larger women, such as constantly eating or
placing a desire for food before anything else. This seems more like typical "ha
ha, fat person" humor rather than empowering to overweight moviegoers or even
Is that fair to say from one viewing of the trailer? "I brought
snacks!" really doesn't drive the point home that Blubberella is anything more
than a glutton in a corset.
Itís fair to say that from viewing the trailer. I told Uwe itís none of the
funny stuff and just all of the food stuff. Listen, I fought tooth and nail to
keep the super offensive stuff out of the movie. But I had signed on to do a
spoof of BloodRayne. As an overweight woman. I knew there would be fat jokes. I
wrote some of them. I felt like I was empowered in a sense if it came from me,
not from some skinny writer guy.
Most of all, I thought our job was to make fun of BloodRayne 3. The
characters, the script, the genre in general. This movie would have been done
with or without me. It would have been a lot more offensive if I hadnít done it.
But I didnít win the war about the title. I hate the title.
Does Blubberella have any supernatural powers, or does she simply let
blades and guns do the talking?
Blades and guns. Did I mention we filmed along side BR 3, almost scene for
scene? I maybe got one take, two if I was lucky, to shoot my movie. One effects
driven film is difficult to make in 30 days, let alone two. There wasnít enough
time or resources to do anything effects wise.
The general consensus that I've gleaned from reviewers around the net seem to
find that you are placed in a "comically small" corset, which I couldn't find
further from the truth. Upon viewing the trailer for Blubberella, I thought your
costume was rather tasteful in comparison to the actual outfits used in
Bloodrayne, and that it fit you quite well.
While I do see fat joke after fat joke on the horizon, the
fact that youíre not stuffed like a sausage into a too-small costume does speak
for Boll and the larger implications of this movie. Was this a move on your part
or were there any ideas floating around to get you to shimmy into a revealing
costume usually reserved for the "skinny women?"
That corset was made to my measurements and fit me like a glove. You donít
see any fat hanging out, how is too small?
You've worked alongside some very influential names in the biz and on
an impressive number of popular programs - what were some of your favorite
moments over the years?
Boston Public will always be special because it was my first job in
Hollywood. Nip/Tuck was just an incredible dramatic character to play and most
people recognize me from that one episode. Shooting Get Smart was incredible. I
couldnít ask for more dancing along side Steve Carell and Annie Hathaway. Nicest
I can understand the challenges and implications of being an
overweight female in any business, even one where appearances should not matter.
What kind of hurdles have you had to overcome? Lost roles? Being passed over?
And have you ever contemplated "conforming", i.e. attempting to lose weight in
order to be more successful in a world that demands physical perfection that
simply doesn't exist?
I could spend all day telling you what Iíve lost out on. I used to think I
was working enough and I wanted to be that person on TV who didnít conform. Iíve
received emails from around the world thanking me for being on tv because people
could relate to me. But at the end of the day, Iím an actor. Right now I just
have such little opportunity to make a living. Iíd like to change that.
Thanks for taking the time, Lindsay, and best of luck in the future.
On that note, what's next after Blubberella?
Probably lots of hate mail.
Blubberella, directed by Uwe Boll and starring Lindsay
Hollister and Michael Parť, is scheduled to be released sometime in 2011. For
more info on Lindsay don't forget to check out her official website right