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Interview with Elaine Hendrix of "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" on
It's always great to speak with a veteran performer, and
Elaine has a lot to say. She's very energetic and answered
our questions really well. I enjoyed this chat so much! It's
a great show, too.
FX NETWORK: SDRR
August 17, 2015/10:00 a.m. PDT
Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, weíd like to thank you for
standing by, and welcome to the Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll
teleconference call. At this time all participants are in a
listen-only mode. Later, weíll conduct a question and answer
session, with instructions being given at that time.
(Operator instructions.) As a reminder, todayís call will be
I would now like to turn the conference over to our hostess
and facilitator for todayís call, Miss Pam Beer. Please go
Pam: Hi, everyone, and welcome to the Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll
conference call with our series star, Elaine Hendrix, who
plays ďAvaĒ, Johnny Rockís lover. Iíd like to thank everyone
for joining us today, and remind you that this call is for
print purposes only, so no audio may be used.
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll airs Thursday nights at 10 p.m. Eastern
and Pacific Time only on FX. And as always, we respectfully
request that you do not post any spoilers pre-air to help
protect the viewing experience for our audience.
With that said, letís go ahead and take our first question.
Moderator: Our first question will come from the line of
Nancy Harrington of Pop Culture Passionistas. Please go
Nancy: Hi, Elaine. Thanks so much for talking to us today.
Elaine: Hi, Nancy. Iím really happy to be here with you all.
Nancy: Excellent. Letís start at the beginning. Can you tell
us a little bit about how you got the part on the show?
Elaine Sure. It was a little bit of good old-fashioned
auditioning. But it was also very different in that they
were not seeing people in Los Angeles for my role, and I
live in Los Angeles. So, I put myself on tape, and normally
even if you put yourself on tape eventually you have to go
into a room with some decision maker. That just didnít
happen in this process.
So, my tape got passed around, and then the next thing I
know I booked the job, was shooting the pilot, and then the
next thing I know weíre on the series, and then the next
thing I know here I am talking to you all. So, it was a
little old-fashioned and a little modern at the same time.
Nancy: Excellent. So, talk to us a little bit about working
with Denis Leary and Avaís relationship with Johnny.
Elaine Itís aó
Nancy: Itís a loaded question.
Elaine: ócomplicated one. Well, first of all, Denis is a
dream. I cannot stop raving about him enough. I keep saying
I donít know who Iím going to work with after him, because
between him and FX it makes the perfect combination for an
artist, for the actor side because we have a lot of freedom
on this show to really bring ideas, and creativity, and our
own unique stamp to the roles, and that just doesnít always
Denis also really starts to write towards us and towards our
strengths, and as a woman who does comedy that is the
ultimate dream, because, first of all, not everybody, itís
not that they donít allow it. It just doesnít really happen
that much, and especially from a male perspective. Males
donít always write strong, funny women roles. But Denis
does, and he champions strong, funny women. So, itís really
ideal for me.
And then their relationship, the Ava/Johnny relationship, I
think is a very complex one because anything goes with them,
and they love that. They thrive on that. Itís whatís kept
them together so many years that they just completely accept
one another. They could be screaming bloody murder at each
other and then in the next second be making out. And so they
just are who they are, they accept each other and love each
other unconditionally. And as crazy as that can seem in
particularly a rock and roll world, I donít know, itís kind
of neat. Itís kind of special.
Nancy: Excellent. Well, thank you so much, and best of luck
with the show, weíre really loving it.
Elaine: Oh, thanks, Nancy.
Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of
Rebecca Murray of Showbiz Junkies. Please go ahead.
Rebecca: Good morning, and thank you for doing the call.
Elaine: Hi, Rebecca.
Rebecca: Is there anyone in particular that you modeled her
after, or did Denis tell you anyone to look at or
investigate when you were trying to get ready for it?
Elaine: Not really. For the show, the general idea, he had
guys he had gone to school with and modeled the rockers who
didnít make it. That was modeled after people. And I think
for Ava it might have been a compilation of people. But
there wasnít any one particular person we pointed to. I did
a lot of research on rock and roll, I did a lot of research
on backup singers, I did a lot of research on drugs
actually, and then just brought my own imagination to her,
and certainly my own spin to her. I also knew Denisí style
of comedy. I knew she had to have some pace and pep to her.
Yes, so thatís the long answer to say no, there wasnít one
person in particular. It really was a building process.
Rebecca: Great. Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Mr.
Greg Staffa of Your Entertainment Corner. Please go ahead.
Greg: Good morning, Elaine. Thanks for taking our questions
Elaine: Yes. Hey, Greg.
Greg: Hi. Often in Hollywood people are defined by one word
or one role. For you, any time your name is mentioned Parent
Trap is also pegged to it, and itís often at the top of the
list despite being an actress in countless numbers of roles,
a producer, a singer, a dancer, not to mention the activist
work you do with the Pet Matchmaker. So, my question is, not
to get too deep is, who is Elaine Hendrix [indiscernible]?
Elaine: Oh, wow. Wow. You know, I decided a long time ago I
was not going to try to compartmentalize my life. I really
think of myself as a creative person, and for me that
creativity, it depends on which medium I funnel that
creativity. So, for me itís the same with my acting work,
and then on the other spectrum with my advocacy work I use a
lot of creativity in the way I handle my advocacy work. So,
I guess Elaine Hendrix is a creative.
Greg: Thank you. A quick follow up from one of your Twitter
followers. What inspired you to become a vegan?
Elaine: Oh, yay. Iím always happy when people ask me about my
advocacy work. Thank you. Iíve loved animals my whole life,
and when I started getting invited to different charity
events as an actress and as someone who was starting to
become visible, I got invited to all these different charity
events and I felt like I wasnít really making an impact. I
was just showing up. But I couldnít really point to anything
that I really felt like I could measure where I was really
making a difference. And so I sat down literally at my
computer one day and I said, ďIím going to figure out what
my platform is so I can really focus on that.Ē
And in hindsight, it should have been obvious that it was
animals, because Iíve loved animals my whole life. But it
did take me finding an undercover fur video, and my reaction
to that, it completely traumatized me, totally changed my
life. And from that point forward Iíve done everything I
could to help animals. And so becoming vegan was a little
bit of a progression, as I kept learning about different
animal issues I keep, and still to this day I still learn
about things that are helping to animals and I try to weed
out everything that hurts them. I try to weed any of that
out of my life. So, itís been a journey, and itís a
Greg: Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of
Anushika Ganegoda of MiketheFanBoy.com. Please go ahead.
Anushika: Hi, Elaine. Thank you so much for your time today.
You look great on the show. My question is, you have such
great chemistry with all the cast members on the show, do
you have a favorite scene or a funny moment from this
Elaine: Sorry, did we have a funny, what was theó
Anushika: Do you have a favorite scene or a funny moment,
because you guys have such great chemistry onscreen with
Elaine: Yes, thank you. I think we do, too, and itís so funny
because youíve read about people who hate each other and
still have great chemistry onscreen. But we all actually
really love each other and like each other. We hang out when
weíre not working together. We remain friends. We text each
other all the time. We try to see each other whenever we
can. So, I think thatís what makes a lot for our great
And the favorite scenes, my favorite scenes are typically
when Iím with Dennis in the bedroom, just because thatís
where I feel like we really get to capture a lot of Ava and
Johnny history. And Denis and I, we really just let the
reins go and try to get it as real and raw as possible.
And then the other time, in the complete opposite way, when
weíre all together is also some of my favorite scenes
because of the chemistry we do have. And I love when weíre
all just sort of piling over each other, and it gets messy,
and weíre interrupting, and fighting, and loving, so itís
fun. It makes for a great adrenaline rush, really.
Anushika: Awesome. It definitely shows. You guys are doing a
great job. I love the show. Thank you so much.
Elaine: Thank you so much. Yes, thank you.
Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of
Suzanne Lanoue of The TV MegaSite. Please go ahead.
Suzanne: Good morning, Elaine.
Elaine: Good morning, Suzanne.
Suzanne: I was wondering, and I know youíve done a lot of
dancing and you did singing before and wrote some songs, but
I read an interview where you said you were more into
southern rock and rap. Has being a heavy metal backup singer
influenced you more now as far as liking more heavy rock and
Elaine: No, because I love rock. I think at heart Iím a rock
chick, and for me the country rock, even bluegrass, they all
generate from the blues. And so I do love it all. And Iíve
grown up listening to all kinds of music. I love Bach, as
much as I love Pink, as much as I love Dolly Parton. So, Iím
a big music fan.
And itís so funny, Iím taking this call right now from
Tennessee, Iím home visiting my family, and my dadís in the
other room, I donít even know if he can hear me, but two of
his favorite guys growing up, rockers, was Jerry Lee Lewis
and George Thorogood. So, I grew up listening to that. And
Iím just happy to be a part of a rock and roll show. Yes, my
roots run southern because I am Tennessee, but Iíll take any
Suzanne: And did you have any input into your look on the
show, rock chick, druggie type of thing?
Elaine: Our costumer, Jeriana San Juan, is a genius. And she
has dressed so many iconic people and worked on so many
iconic shows and tours and whatnot, so we really didnít have
to do a lot. She showed up with all kinds of pieces and
ideas, and then I certainly had input as we went along. And
itís funny, especially when you work on a series, you do get
the luxury of building and refining her as you go along, and
there would literally be moments I would try something on
and weíd go, ďNope, itís not Ava. Itís just not her.Ē And so
you start to get into a groove. You start to get into a
rhythm of what really works for the character and what
Suzanne: Alright, thanks a lot.
Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of
Sandra Perez of Hidden Remote. Please go ahead.
Sandra: Hi. Thank you for speaking with us today.
Elaine: Absolutely. Thank you, Sandra.
Sandra: In a recent interview I saw that you said that you
liked to take daring roles, like The Parent Trap and the one
you have right now, because theyíre so not like how you
would be in real life.
Sandra: But is there anything from Elaine that you relate to,
Elaine: Oh, for sure. And youíre being very kind with the
daring roles. I think very specifically weíre talking about
b**ch roles. So, I donít know, as an actress I think you
have to bring some of you to each role that you do. You just
canít. Otherwise, I donít know, you would be, I donít know,
you have to, on me I can only create to a certain extent,
and thatís also part of what makes, I think, for good acting
is that you do bring something thatís truly authentic that
you can relate to on some level.
So, yes, I think these women, certainly from The Parent
Trap, played out an alter ego of mine where I do get to be
the hoity-toity unlikeable one and not care. And with Ava I
get to be the fun chick who doesnít care. And sure, thereís
definitely parts of me who can identify with that. In taking
these two examples, in The Parent Trap I donít go around
typically being as mean and sort of conniving as she was,
and with Ava I donít tend to be quite as wild as she is, and
maybe as free as she is.
Elaine: So, thereís limitations.
Sandra: And just as a follow up question, the casting, you
guys have awesome chemistry. Have you guys worked together,
like separately before?
Elaine: No. We figured out Denis and I had done a movie years
ago together that I think got renamed. It started out Dog,
and then we think it became Bad Boy. And we had a few scenes
together where I played an ex-girlfriend, but that was so
long ago. That was like oh, wow, and we figured that out
after the fact. But, no, I had met John Corbett through our
mutual friend, Robin Tunney, and everybody else, yes, I had
not known until I walked into the table reading when we
first started with the pilot.
Sandra: You guys seem to have so much fun itís like youíve
known each other forever.
Elaine: I think so, yes. It certainly feels that way. And I
feel lucky, because we work hard. We work long, hard hours,
and itís not only while weíre shooting, but itís recording
the music as well, so sometimes weíre working on the
weekends, and then doing all the press for it, and traveling
together. So, if we didnít like each other that would really
Sandra: Yes, it really helps the show.
Elaine: Yes. Thank you so much.
Sandra: Thank you.
Moderator: (Operator instructions.) Our next question will
come from the line of Bruce Eisen of Here is TV. Please go
Bruce: Thank you. Hi. Good morning.
Elaine: Good morning, Bruce, was it?
Bruce: Yes, it is. Thanks. Hey, lots of great TV on nowadays,
and Iím wondering if thereís any that you particularly like
Elaine: Yes. Well, let me tell you something, I not too long
ago finally finished watching all of the episodes of Sons of
Anarchy. I watched every single frame of every single
episode of every single season of that show. I was obsessed,
so obsessed. So, to be on the same network is just an
absolute thrill, because I love Sons of Anarchy.
Also, people were bagging on the second season of True
Detective, but I liked it. By the third episode it got me.
So, I liked that. Iím really hot for The Brink right now.
The Americans, I think is genius. I was lucky enough to do
an episode of Transparent, which I think has really
revolutionized not just viewing but cultures, ideas, so
being a part of that was really special. So, I agree, itís
another Golden Age of television right now.
Bruce: Oh, thank you. I appreciate it.
Moderator: Due to time constraints our last question will be
a follow-up from the line of Greg Staffa of Your
Entertainment Corner. Please go ahead.
Greg: Thanks again for taking the time for our questions.
Greg: Youíve had many roles through the years, is there a
particular role that youíre proud of that maybe never fully
got a chance by the audience, or critics, or even fans that
you wish now that youíre more in the spotlight again they
could go back and check out?
Elaine: Oh, gosh the first thing that came to mind was a
little movie that I did called Good Intentions. And I say
little just because it was independent. It didnít have any
big studio backing or anything. And I was a co-producer on
that. It was myself, Leeann Rimes, Luke Perry, and a whole
bunch of other really tremendous actors. And itís just a
sweet, fun, feel-good, Southern movie. It was I think maybe
one of the only times that I really got to play Southern.
And so that was a lot of fun. Iím very, very proud of that
Greg: And a quick follow up from your Twitter followers. Any
news of a second season for Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll?
Elaine: I donít know. I donít know yet. Weíre all hoping for
it. We all keep talking, weíll do this for the rest of our
lives. Weíre good with that. But itís not in our hands. So,
weíre waiting as the fans are.
Greg: Cool. Thank you for your time.
Elaine: Yes. And hey, is Lisa from Starry Constellation, did
she come on the call? Hi, Lisa. I donít know if youíre here.
I donít know if Iím allowed to do that, but hey.
Pam: I donít know if Lisa actually ended up making it on the
Elaine: Oh, okay.
Moderator: I would now like to turn the conference back over
to Miss Pam Beer for any closing remarks.
Pam: Thank you. Elaine, we will definitely send Lisa the
transcript, if that is the case.
Elaine: Oh, okay. I just know Lisa, so I was giving her a
Pam: Oh yes.
Elaine: But a shout out to everyone, thanks, everyone for
joining this. Thank you.
Pam: Yes, thank you so much, everyone, and especially to you,
Elaine. We really appreciate your time. And as a reminder,
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll airs Thursday nights at 10:00 p.m.
Eastern and Pacific Time only on FX.
Moderator: One moment, speakers.
Elaine: Thanks, Pam. Thanks, everyone.
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