Jennifer Coolidge says her memorable role in the steamy teen comedy “American Pie” had some upsides — and she’s not talking about her residual checks.
The actress, who played Jeanine Stifler (better known as Stifler’s mother) in the film, told Variety that she “had a lot of sex action with ‘American Pie’.”
In the film, Coolidge’s character has an affair with his son Steve Stifler’s (Seann William Scott) schoolmate, Paul Finch, played by Eddie Kaye Thomas.
“There were so many advantages to making this film”, Coolidge said. “I mean, there would be like 200 people I would never have slept with.”
Coolidge also opened up about her role as Tanya McQuoid on the HBO series “White Lotus,” and how the show’s creator, Mike White, thought she could play the part.
“I did one really good thing in my life,” she said. “I chose good friends. If Mike had never made it and we were doing White Lotus as a play in a small theater where everyone paid $10 to see it, it would still be one of the greatest things that ever happened to me. Because it was killer work that no one else thought I could do.
She almost turned down the role because she thought she wasn’t fit enough.
“I wanted to look a certain way when you’re on film…I wasn’t ready for that cool opportunity. It shows that you should always be at your best because you just don’t know,” she said, adding that a friend convinced her to take the role.
“It was a miracle that happened. What a stroke of luck, you know? she says. “I just can’t believe it.”
“White Lotus” returns for a second season in the fall.