My phone conversation with Parker Posey began as she walked a New York City street on a breezy June afternoon. A “proper June day,” she called it.
The 43-year-old actress, best known for her string of ’90s indie hits such as “Party Girl,” “Clockwatchers” and “The House of Yes,” began our interview discussing her earlier trip to the salon and a run-in with an aspiring young actress who “had it all together.”
“I love living in New York, having random connections,” she said cheerfully.
Posey is currently promoting her latest indie release “The Love Guide,” which world premiered on XFINITY On Demand this week. The comedy follows a free-range chicken farmer (Christy Scott Cashman) as she attempts to save her floundering flock by inviting a reality TV guru named Angelica Lovecraft (Posey) to film on their property. However, Angelica’s eccentric ways begin to put a strain on the farmer’s marriage.
On this particular (and proper) June day, I caught up with Parker to talk about the film. And much like connections in New York, the conversation was quite random.
David Onda: Tell me a little bit about your character, Angelica Lovecraft.
Parker Posey: Angelica started out as a fitness expert, but then I decided to make her into kind of a yogi with her own reality show, but a yogi that has gone off the edge. Like, a wealthy yogi who thinks that she can time travel, as well as do a handstand with no hands.
Onda: Do you buy into the whole “self-help” fad or gurus?
Posey: I’m cosmic, man. I don’t buy into anything. I believe in awareness. I think more and more people are searching for that as times get tough.
Onda: You don’t strike me as someone who would be into reality TV.
Posey: Why, because I don’t have my own show? There have been offers. It’s funny to me that people will come up to me and tell me I should have my own reality show.
Onda: So why don’t you do it?
Posey: It would be the opposite of what I would feel comfortable doing. Although, I have thought about doing silly things, like having a cooking show, but just making it really, really easy recipes. I mean, making fun of it? Yeah. Like, parodying it? Yeah. I’ve thought about making a workout video, which is probably something you’d never thought I would do. That strikes me as fun – coming up with my own dance moves and creating a new workout, fitness, branding movement. [laughs]
Onda: Did you learn anything particularly interesting about chickens with making this movie?
Posey: Oh, my god. Well, they have little personalities. There are lots of different kinds, lots of different breeds and sizes. There’s some that remain very small and there are some that are big, poufy, golden birds. And then when you hold them and pick them up, their bodies are so small underneath all those feathers. I have to say, I don’t eat a lot of chicken. I don’t eat a lot of meat – about once a month. Sometimes I can’t resist really good chicken fingers. I know that’s gross. And I don’t know why I’m telling you that. I was just doing a play up at Yale and they had good chicken fingers.
Onda: There’s something about chicken fingers that just bring you back to your childhood.
Posey: It also depends on what the crust is. I mean, these in particular, it was almost like a mix of panko bread crumbs and Progresso bread crumbs and sugar cereal. I don’t know what they were doing.
Onda: On a recent episode of the HBO series “Girls,” the main character Hannah visits her childhood home and there is a “Party Girl” poster on her wall.
Posey: Yes, I heard about that. Well, you know, that movie was made in the spirit of young people who wanna move to New York and have the best of both worlds – be a librarian and be a party girl. And be an individual. It’s kind of really sweet. It had a lot of style and a lot of spirit and I remember thinking – because, you know, it’s a cult movie now – but you do those movies and think there will be more fun, cute movies with good music. That’s a great fun movie you can just put on. It’s not gonna scare you. It’s gonna be kind of fun. It’s gonna have really good music, and you can put it on before you go out dancing. And it’s crazy that that feels so retro.
Onda: We have some of your movies available to order on XFINITY On Demand. Which films would you recommend on the playlist of your career?
Posey: I think, for the women out there, and the young ladies, “Broken English” is a really great movie to watch. Along with “Personal Velocity,” a Rebecca Miller film. And for the smart, arty kids – any film by Hal Hartley [“Fay Grim”]. And “Best in Show” and “Waiting for Guffman” and the Christopher Guest movies are always funny. And fun for the whole family.
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