Jennifer Coolidge: ‘White Lotus’ Helped Break the Spell of Being Typecast for ‘Gold Digger’ Roles

Jennifer Coolidge: ‘White Lotus’ Helped Break the Spell of Being Typecast for ‘Gold Digger’ Roles
Before “The White Lotus,” Jennifer Coolidge was on an island of her own.

After playing the iconic “Milf” persona from the “American Pie” movies, a bemused gold digger in “Best in Show,” and beautician Paulette in “Legally Blonde,” Coolidge felt she was locked into being typecast in certain kinds of roles.

“I did these jobs that I felt like locked me into a certain perception,” Coolidge told Vanity Fair while in conversation with fellow “American Pie” alum Natasha Lyonne. “I was in this weird bubble for a really long time. And it just goes to show that you should really hold out and not just keep repeating yourself, but I was always desperate for the job. A lot of the time I was like, ‘I don’t know if I’ll ever have an offer again.'”

The Emmy contender continued, “There was a period where, except for an occasional Christopher Guest movie,
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