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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

[Episode 140] Interview with Jenna Elfman

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Something that probably should've happened a long time ago has finally arrived: our sit-down Jenna Elfman. We mainly discuss her process, which takes us on a journey through her acting life. As she guides us through the twists and turns throughout her career, while answering some fun(ny) questions along the way, we actually walk away with some fairly essential life lessons and go much deeper into her past than I ever thought we would. We're grateful that she was able to give us so much of herself and hope to do this again, soon!
Since our interview was recorded so recently after FearTWD S6, while FearTWD S7 was filming, we decided not to make the complete, unedited interview recordings available; however, we *will* be uploading the test recording (we wanted to see how viable Riverside.fm would be as a recording solution, prior to our recording date). For all that and more, please consider (at the very least) following us here: https://Ko-fi.com/SQUAWKINGDEAD
Jenna Elfman:
Sherrandy Swift:
AKA @BlazyGardener
Rachael Burt:
David Cameo:

  • Thanking Jenna Elfman & Sherrandy Swift for all that they do for the fans.
  • Who inspires Jenna?
  • Not judging the characters you portray (or the people you watch/listen to).
  • How much of Jenna goes into a character? When she mentions "connective tissue", she's referring to the following clip, which she loved on Instagram:
  • Imaginary Mary and putting herself into a selfish mindset to play the part.
  • Thomas O'Mara (@celtictso: Twitter/Instagram) asks which characters would survive the Zombie Outbreak from Dharma & Greg?

  • Crying scene secrets: the practical, methodological (damn you Edward Norton), and emotional.
  • Back to basics: (re)building both Jenna up as an actor & June Dorie up as a character, within the framework of a Zombie Apocalypse narrative. 
  • Is future romance for June even possible?
  • How much control does Jenna have over June’s aesthetic?

  • The many pairs of identical ripped jeans.
  • The role of June Dorie was the long-awaited role she had always wanted to play.

  • Preparing to play the role: walking a mile in their shoes.
  • Looking the part and, down to dietary restrictions.



  • Camera operators are your real co-stars.
  • Most fun scene to shoot.
  • If you could change anything about June...? And would you play a villain?
  • Who Jenna wants June to team up with most.

  • Charlotte (@UnderTheFeather) asks what songs would be on June’s soundtrack?
  • What have you taken away from playing June? Did you ever think, 25 years ago, your career would turn out this way?
  • Other actors Jenna would like to see appear on FearTWD.
  • How a project changes - from conception to finished product - when there are too many "cooks".
  • Parting words of wisdom: Treat others they way you'd like to be treated.

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