Thursday, May 18, 2006

In praise of April Grace.

A couple of weeks ago, I happened upon Diane Sawyer's thoroughly puffy interview with Tom Cruise. (And by "happened upon," I mean I Tivo'd it so as not to miss it.) As Cruise unleashed his usual gamut of bizarro interview tics (that awful laugh, the serious "I'm really listening to you" stare, etc.), I wondered if he was at all self-conscious considering this was the exact shit he and P.T. Anderson deconstructed in that Magnolia scene. Of course, in that scene, Gwenovier the interviewer (played by April Grace) flips the shtick and uses it to hang Cruise/Frank TJ Mackey; Diane Sawyer seemed to gladly gobble everything up.

I also wondered just where the hell April Grace has been. She pops up in small TV roles every once and awhile and I am aware that parts for middle-aged women, especially middle-aged women of color, are not exactly plentiful. Still, I thought, it's a crime that someone hasn't found use for that empathy, that supreme confidence that April Grace radiates.

That's why I literally pumped my fist in the air when Grace's name showed up in the opening credits of last night's episode of Lost. I'm not going to spoil anything for anyone, as I'm sure some of you might not have gotten around to it yet. (Notice that I'm assuming that you all watch the damn show. I just do. Sorry.) I'll just say this: whoever had the idea of [A] casting her and giving her a substantial part and then [B] taking Miss Grace's strengths and using it for dark, sinister purposes... Thank you, you get a golden star.

Ms. Klugh? Shudder.

10 Comments:

At 2:10 PM, Blogger David Lowery said...

I share your sentiments entirely. A few years ago, I wrote a script (with full intentions of bringing it to frutition) with a lead character specifically written for April Grace.

By the time the script's second draft was nearing the 200 page mark, though, I decided to put the projet on the back burner. I'll cast her in something someday, though.

 
At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Bob said...

HA!

I was actually compelled to enter the cellar of the IMDB forums last week to express similar thoughts about April Grace. She made such good use of her time onscreen, I almost forgot what an interminable smoke-'n-mirrors circle jerk that show has become.

She was also terrific in a VERY tiny part in Safe.

Thanks for giving her some attention.

Wanna be soulmates?

 
At 4:41 PM, Anonymous Bob said...

HA!

I was actually compelled to enter the cellar of the IMDB forums last week to express similar thoughts about April Grace. She made such good use of her time onscreen, I almost forgot what an interminable smoke-'n-mirrors circle jerk that show has become.

She was also terrific in a VERY tiny part in Safe.

Thanks for giving her some attention.

Wanna be soulmates?

 
At 8:05 AM, Anonymous moderngreetings.com said...

April Grace, you're the best actress. Keep up the good work.

 
At 1:15 PM, Anonymous envelopes said...

I agree with David Lowery.

 
At 5:26 PM, Anonymous wedding essentials said...

April Grace is one of the actresses I love most. She is good with her role.

 
At 9:41 PM, Anonymous Christmas cards said...

April Grace deserved to be recognized in the episode, "lost." She is also a good actress.

 
At 6:29 PM, Anonymous holiday greeting cards said...

April Grace is one of the loveliest person on earth.

 
At 7:46 PM, Anonymous christmas party invitations said...

As far as April Grace is concerned, she did very well as an actress.

 
At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Christmas Photo Books said...

When is the next show of April Grace? Thanks for sharing this thought about her.

 

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