BELLO WATCH – Jennifer Holland

Best known for being a part of one of the world’s most well known comedy franchises, American Pie, Jennifer Holland is doing a 180 with her role on the new CMT series “Sun Records,” which premieres on February 23rd.  Destined to work in this industry, Holland originally thought she would be a professional gymnast and competed professionally until she was 12. After realizing it ultimately was not her dream she used the skills she learned, impeccable work ethic and appreciation for performing in front of an audience to name a few, and channeled them towards the drama program she enrolled in and the rest is history.
1. Tell our readers about your new show?
 
Sun Records is a scripted drama that takes place during the civil rights era in 1950s Memphis and is based on the true story of famed music producer Sam Phillips who discovered and recorded many artists like Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis; icons of rock and roll.  I play Sam’s wife, Becky Phillips.
 
2. What is the difference for you as an actor playing a fictional character vs. a real person.
 
The main difference for me has been that, when playing a real person in history, you could actually effect the way that person is perceived or remembered after you portray them. It’s a huge weight to carry and I hope I’ve done their family justice.
 
3. Can you share a behind the scenes fact about “Becky” that we won’t learn watching the first season.
 
Becky started working in radio when she was in her teens. That’s how she and Sam first met. With Sam, Becky went on to start the first all-female radio station in the country, WHER (W ‘her’), where she was also a disc jockey. It was very progressive for the 1950s, especially in the male dominated field of on air radio personalities.
 
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4. Make a 5 song playlist from your favorite songs from the artists portrayed on the show.
 
Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins
That’s All Right by Elvis Presley 
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On by Jerry Lee Lewis
I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash
Jackson by Johnny Cash
5. Going back in your filmography, what was it like working on American Horror Story? 
 
Great experience. I worked mostly with Sarah Paulson, who was very gracious. I got to meet Jessica Lange on set though. She was asking me if I knew how to block someone on her iPhone. I did not know, so I wasn’t very much help, but she was so warm and friendly to me. It was humbling to have met her. Plus the set design was so amazing.
 
6. What is your dream project, cast, director, story.
Any story written and directed by Mike Mills.  If I got to work with Greta Gerwig somehow too, that would be lovely. She’s just… perfect. 
 
7. We know what your favorite show is, let our readers know what book, song and movie they should be sure to check out!
 
All the Light We Cannot See, novel by Anthony Doerr
 
I’m really into any song by artists Daughter or Wet right now. The Middle by Wet has been on repeat in my playlist for longer than I’d like to admit.
 
I’m still reeling over last year’s feature film Green Room. It’s brilliantly horrifying.
 
8. One fast fact about you that readers won’t find anywhere else.
 
Despite it’s many health benefits, I find that avocado tastes like soap… but I’m trying really hard to like it.
 
Photos by Marc Cartwright
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