Too Cool For Us
By Eddie Shapiro
Too Cool for Christmas, here! TV�s new holiday movie about a girl who would rather spend the holidays with her boyfriend than her gay dads, is the first family movie with a gay slant. We sat down with one of its stars, the former Abby Cunningham Fairgate Ewing Sumner, who steamed up Knots Landing for 10 years, Donna Mills:
So how do you fit into the movie?
I�m playing Mrs. Claus.
That�s quite a departure for you!
Well, my agent called and told me about it and I was like �I don�t know.� But he told me to read the script, and I really liked it. And because Chloe [Mills� 10-year-old daughter] likes those kind of movies now, the teenage movies, I see a lot of them. Most of them aren�t very good. I thought this script was way above average. And I thought it would be fun.
What do you think of the fact that this is a gay-themed family film?
I think it�s a reflection of what�s happening in society. In Chloe�s school, there are a number of kids who have two moms. It�s just normal, it just is. Nobody singles it out as being that different. I think that�s the way we�re headed and I think this movie will help.
Too Cool for Christmas is the first movie I�ve ever heard of that�s being shot in two versions, one gay and one straight.
I know. I had never heard of it either. In one version, the girl has a mother and father, and in the other she has two male parents.
So does that mean after shooting every scene, you re-shoot it changing the pronouns?
Changing the people!
You�re famous for your makeup. Do we get to see you in prosthetics in this?
Yeah, we did that for one scene. Big white wig. But we didn�t do fat clothes for me! And then, in my next scene, I�ve had a makeover and I�m�me!
Mrs. Claus gets a makeover?
Santa does too. And he turns out to be George Hamilton!
Abby�s eye makeup was legendary!
And the classic morning-after-marrying-Sumner [William Devane] scene.
What did I do?
He wants to catch you without makeup so he sneaks up on you in the shower and says, �Gotcha!� You turn to him, hair in a turban, fully made-up, batting your eyes, as if to say, �Can I help you?�
(Laughing) They did so many fun things like that on the show! I used to love to get the script just to see what I would be doing. It was really fun.
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