There are a lot of actors who continue to roll up impressive acting credits but never seem to get the attention they deserve. This usually happens to journeymen (and journeywomen) actors who have never had that one massively big acting part to push them into the upper tier.
And, those actors are often more talented than those who have found that one role to make them a superstar.
Such is the case with Erinn Hayes. The San Francisco native is only 39 years old but her résumé reads like someone who has been working in show business for twice as long as her 16 years in front of TV and film cameras.
The problem is that Hayes has appeared chiefly in independent movies and TV shows that didn’t last. The most recent was “Guys With Kids.”
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The biggest success for Hayes has come through the cable channel series “Childrens Hospital” that has just wrapped its seventh season. But it’s the kind of show that has a loyal – but small – following.
You should check out her new work as she’s one of the stars of Hulu’s “The Hotwives of Las Vegas.” The new season starts Aug. 18.
The series pokes fun at all of the “Real Housewives” reality shows. Hayes plays Callie Silversan, a woman who writes “Charmed” fan fiction and has a VERY close relationship with her brother.
Hayes was willing to take on the absurdity of the show because the genre they are spoofing is already a parody of itself.
“There wasn’t anything I was not willing to do,” Hayes tells me during a Hulu party at the Television Critics Association summer tour. “The only concern was how to find my character.”
It took some time because she didn’t have a lot of lines the first days of filming. That’s because the series is loaded with top-notch comedy actors playing other twisted versions of reality stars.
Tymberlee Hill, Angela Kinsey, Andrea Savage, Casey Wilson, Danielle Schneider and Dannah Feinglass Phirman also star.
“Then I had a scene with Casey where we went to her book editor. And that’s where I found out just how dark I could be and how weird and gross,” Hayes says. “She really wants her brother back in her own bed.”
Hayes makes the character – a person that most would normally run away from – funny enough that you just want to see what insanity she will do next.
Part of that insanity is climbing into a bubble bath with her brother and his wife.
Hayes loves being able to work with such a solid group and get to play such a weird character.
“They are a very fun group,” Hayes says. “There are so few things out there where you have seven strong female leads in a comedy.”
Hayes has been doing strong work for years. She just needs that one big role to get her more attention.
Distinct change for DC
Television producers often talk about being blind to color when casting, but when their casts are finally put together, they make those same producers appear to remain color blind. Producers of the new CBS series “Supergirl” can say they truly didn’t worry about color when casting their show.
The part of Jimmy Olsen – the red-headed geek from the Superman family in the DC Comic world – is being played by Mehcad Brooks. Not only is he black but Brooks looks strong enough to be a super hero and not the usual casting of Jimmy always looking like he needs to be rescued.
“I am so happy DC and Warner Bros. wanted to take a chance. I kept coming in for auditions and that was truly astounding. I was like, ‘You guys know this is Jimmy Olsen’ and they were like, ‘Yeah, yeah, we know.’ It’s a testament to our society and an example our country is headed in the right direction,” Brooks says.
The actor declines to comment on why others might still have a problem with his being cast. He says that’s a problem the individual has and it’s not for him to comment on another’s problems.
Brooks prefers to talk about acting. He brings a load of credits to the latest comic book drama having appeared on “True Blood,” “The Game,” “Necessary Roughness” and “Desperate Housewives.”
The Texas native grew up a comic book fan. He always wanted to play Batman but the dream super hero role for him now would be to play Green Lantern.
As far as super heroes go, Brooks says his mother is his hero. He now appreciates the work and sacrifices she made when raising him while being a single mother And, she did it without having to wear a cape.
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