If you grew up in the ’80s, you’ll definitely remember this actress.
Kelli is best known for her roles in the movies Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Night of the Comet. She also had roles on television in the soap operas Ryan’s Hope and One Life to Live. She also appeared as a guest on the “Playboy TV” 2015 “So Sexy It’s Scary” Halloween episode with Jeffrey Reddick and Lisa Wilcox.
Kelli was gracious enough to do an interview with us:
1. You began your career on television with a role on Ryan’s Hope. When did you decide that acting was something you wanted to pursue?
KM: When I was little I watched all the old movies on TV with my mother. They made her happy and me happy, too, actually. Everything is so glamorous in the 30s-50s films, you know. I just went for it like a homing pigeon, and never seriously considered doing anything else.
2. In “Fast Times In Ridgemont High”, you were cast as the cheerleader Cindy. Can you tell us about your experience working with such a young cast?
KM: They weren’t a young cast to me, obviously, we were all in the same age group. Everyone on that set was a serious, professional actor with some nice credits behind them already. We were all extremely serious about our work and our careers.
3. In 1984 you appeared in the cult classic ‘Night Of The Comet.’ Looking back, what was your favorite memory about the film?
KM: Oh, there are so many, but here is one: the very first day of shooting, Catherine Mary Stewart and I were introduced to each other. We said hello and then proceeded to shoot all the scenes up to the radio station, all in one day. That monologue about pep squad practice and the whole scene panning through that house and street where she’s trying to tell me something happened. In other words—a lot of pages and tons of dialogue. We had just met each other, but it seemed like the most natural thing in the word.
4. You made guest appearances on television series such as Simon & Simon, Murder, She Wrote, and True Blood. Do you prefer roles on television or on films?
KM: I like them both equally, for different reasons. I got my start on TV and I still love it. Films feel more intimate, although you’re still shooting as fast as you can. I think it all depends on the role, more than the medium. If you’re playing a main character on TV you have a chance to settle in, but coming in for a week or so, whether it’s TV or film, it flies by and is over too quickly!
5. You starred in one of my favorite horror flicks, CHOPPING MALL. Are you a horror fan and if so what are your favorite horror flicks?
KM: I’m definitely a horror fan. We watch horror flicks most evenings in my house. Some of my favorites are HALLOWEEN, THE OMEN, THE EXORCIST, and more recently, GET OUT, etc. I’m a huge fan of what is coming out of the horror community these days. There are lots of creative, original, moving stories being told. I’m excited to be part of it.
6. You appeared on the cover of People magazine. Do you think your family and friends see a different side of you than the public?
KM: No. I’m always just me.
7. You are unique in the fact that you respond to your fans on social media. What do you like most about interacting with all of your fans?
KM:The whole reason for being an actor is to connect with others on an intimate level, to entertain, and let all of us know that we aren’t alone, that others feel the same things we do. I really appreciate the fans and the people who write me who have gotten something out of my work. It means I connected!
8. You are now co-hosting a podcast called “Rick’s Martini Bar.” Please tell us a little more about the show.
KM: Well, I was a guest on the podcast originally, and was very impressed with the way Jerry McCarty, the host, handled his show. He is a class act all the way, and he treats his guests like royalty, so it’s something I am proud to invite others to do. So, when he suggested that I co-host I said, “Love to!” We interview actors, directors, producers, and just generally people in the business who’s work Jerry admires and who he thinks would be interesting. We have a lot of guests who were in iconic TV shows. I do make suggestions, but it’s very much his show. I often go out and book the guests, and Jerry chooses the topics.
9. We noticed on Instagram that your cat is quite popular. How does it feel to have a celebrity cat in the family?
KM: She takes it all in stride. If it’s one of those overwhelming days where I just want to talk about pets on social media she is willing to take over for a post or two. She’s not much of a ham, though and doesn’t want her own Facebook or Twitter or Instagram account, which is kind of odd for a Hollywood feline, but she’s a rescue kitty and they tend to be very wise and mature for their age.
10. What’s on your radar screen for the near future?
KM: I’m shooting a movie right now that I’m very excited about, but can’t say anything about it yet. I will as soon as they give us the go-ahead. I also have a few other scripts that I’m interested in, and they are in various stages of development. As you said earlier in this interview, I will be sharing on social media, so it will be hard to miss! It was lovely “speaking” with you, and thank you for giving me your time. Take good care! xo
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