Bridget, in your cabaret act, "Gynecological Wonder," you have a number about how wonderful a mother you would be if you ever carried a pregnancy to term. Between Patti Cake$ and Fun Mom Dinner, was it easy tapping into your maternal side?
BE: Yeah, but because it was Danielle. I don't know that I could just do it, you know what I mean? I'm not skilled enough to do that. It really had to be that I cared about her, and you meet Danielle and you just immediately love her.
For everybody else, you would just visualize Poppy.
BE: That's true! I did that on Fun Mom Dinner. And there's a scene in the movie where Cathy [Moriarty, who plays Patti's Nana] dies or whatever, and they're just like, Action! You just have to start thinking about something to sort of get you over the self-consciousness of whatever the thing is, and I thought of some Poppy sh*t that [snaps fingers] got me f**king right there. And then you have to, you know, live in the moment, but it helps you--
DM: Get into that headspace. Oh my god, I totally thought of my dog. I'm not kidding.
Danielle, you are formally trained in acting, right? You studied in Australia?
DM: When you say "formally," it's like, there's Mamoudou [Athie, who plays Patti's love interest, Basterd the Antichrist] who's a Yale graduate. [Laughs.] Like, no. He's formally trained. I'm trained, but differently. I did afterschool classes and I did an hour of improv every week and I did onscreen camera classes and I did workshops. I took any kind of class and every class I could, and I took what worked for me from each of these classes. But I didn't go to school-school for it.
Bridget, had you taken any acting classes before?
BE: No, I've never taken an acting class. I'm more, like, street trained. Just in the clubs, you know? And karaoke bars, honestly, just as a way to access rage and joy and things like that. But I've never taken an acting class. I'd love to! I want to.
What is the learning curve like, then, when you arrive on a set?
BE: Like, I still don't really know how to read a call sheet. I don't know, like, what a grip is. And I ask every single time! But really, just asking questions and letting people know that I rely on the actors around me to help me and guide me. I do this show called Lady Dynamite now and I'm like, Am I too big? Too small? I'm trying to be me... And to have people tell you, "Just get the eff-- Get out of your head and just do it! You're fine!"
DM: A lot of the time, you're your own worst enemy. It's just getting out of your head, honestly, and that goes for everyone. And also, I did take a lot of classes and I didn't know how to be on a set. It's a whole other thing. Acting class is nothing like being on a set. And auditioning is nothing like being on a set. It's a completely different ball game. I remember my first film, I didn't know anything. Luckily, I was with actors who had done a lot of work and they would be like, "That was action. You speak." That genuinely happened once, because [the director] was far away and I couldn't hear, so I didn't know to go! You feel embarrassed when you're doing that, but everyone has to learn somewhere!
DM: And I still don't know necessarily what everyone's jobs are either! [Laughs.] I'm like, I see these words and I know what they kind of do, but I don't know what they do at the same time.
BE: Danielle's the kind of person that's going around like, "Hey Steve, how's your mom? Oh, Renée, your birthday! I sent you some cookies! John, can you believe it? Oh my god! Anyway, I'm going to go back over here with Ralph and-- It's tacos! Yeah, we're doing tacos! Anyway, you guys have a great day!"
DM: OK, calm down.
BE: She knows everybody's name, whereas I'm like, I'm gonna go take a nap and Facetime Poppy.
DM: No, you're the person that, like, gets your P.A. and sits on his face.
BE: Oh...there's that.
DM: That happened! It was one of my favorite moments ever, in history. Let's put it that way.