Villepique says her current gig, NBC’s A.P. “I think the hardest element of the job is when we have a party scene,” she deadpans. I’ve never had this kind of situation before.” Still, it’s not all guffaws and fun gossip. Then we shoot the scene.”
She adds: “We are legitimately friends outside of work. “The first week or two that I was there, I was like, ‘This can’t be this easy,’” she says, laughing. Villepique says the actresses’ friendship extends beyond the show. We get ready at the same time in hair and makeup and just clown around in there. “Like, ‘Some drama is going to find its way in, or some weirdness.’ But it was truly the best.”
Her character, Michelle, is a party girl/high school teacher who spends what seems like the majority of her workday in the break room with her co-worker besties Mary and Stef, played by Mary Sohn and Lyric Lewis, respectively. “We’re just a trio. Then we go to set, and we make fun of each other or take weird selfies or make dumb Boomerangs. Bio (Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c), fits her established pattern, as well. Click on the gallery above (or visit it directly here) to hear what she had to say. “We have to wear heels for a long time.”
At TVLine’s request, Villepique — who’ll soon appear in HBO’s Sharp Objects — reminisced about some of her past TV roles, including Tracy Jordan’s therapist on 30 Rock, David Wallace’s wife on The Office and Mike McLintock’s adversary in Veep.
Nobody spoke with me.’ It’s so weird where that can happen, where you can show up, nobody will even make eye contact with you. “I’ve heard friends who are like, ‘I went on the set that day. Then it’s over, and they walk away. So I’m really grateful for that,” she says. A.P. And you stand on your mark and suddenly start the scene, and they’re completely engaged. (Editor’s note: As someone who’s done a lot of interviews for this type of story, I feel qualified to say that Villepique’s experience is not the norm.)
Memories From the Set: Jean Villepique
“I really like the shows I’ve been on, and that’s not always the case for some actors. Bio‘s Jean Villepique just might be a showbiz unicorn: Though she’s been acting for more than a decade, the comedic actress has yet to encounter even a slightly nightmarish situation on set. Like, what are we doing here?”