Randee St. Nicholas
Can you tell us any fun stories from the 'Bridesmaids' set?
WW: We didn't really know which way to stand. We were kind of confused, but we were just doing our thing and trying not to be too corny.
CW: It's funny that through this movie the song ['Hold On'] got a resurgence of its special meaning because it really meant a lot to people 20 years ago and it still has throughout the years, but when you think about the song and the meaning it's totally awesome in terms of the movie. To me it was so appropriately placed. We're so excited about that. It's really wonderful. But, we thought we were being so corny up there! When you do it like 20 times, you're trying to be as excited as you were on the 15th take. We were just like, "Oh my god, we're being so corny right now!" but it was so fun. And I got to hang with Melissa McCarthy and Kristen [Wiig] and Maya [Rudolph] before we went out. I actually run into Maya at the supermarket all the time and Kristen was just a doll and so sweet and funny. And Melissa, just spending five minutes with her in that trailer, I was so in love with her I couldn't even deal with it. Her facial expressions had me roaring in that trailer!
WW: Oh yeah they're great.
CW: She is just absolutely hysterical! You just look at her and you're laughing!
Why do you think 'Hold On' still resonates with people 20-plus years later?
WW: I think that the lyrics are timeless and a lot of people can relate to it and it's inspirational. And I think its always going to be like that because people are always going to have hard times and need some push and inspiration in their lives. It's the lyrics.
CW: I have to agree. The melody is pretty catchy, but Wendy's right, it's definitely a message of hope and strength. If you look at the chorus, it's that things can change and they can happen for you if you just be patient and hold on for another day. Chynna really wrote that lyric about her own sobriety and taking care of yourself and the miracles will come, you just have to wait. And in terms of the movie I thought it was really cool that they had the song during the goodbye scene between Kristen and Maya. If you notice they put the camera on Kristen's face because the character Meagan said to her "You got yourself into this mess and you can get yourself out of it!" And when it happened that they put that lyric from the song "you've got no one to blame for your unhappiness" and put it right when they were suppose to, on her face, I said "Wow! That is so cool that they put it right where they're supposed to!"
How do you think the movie turned out?
CW: We went [to see the movie] together, actually. Actually, I went first 'cause I couldn't contain myself and peed my pants in the seat and it wasn't pretty and then we met my mom and Wendle [Wendy] and our aunts and our friend and we all went during the day. I just can't remember laughing that hard in a movie theater ever in my whole life.
WW: I was practically choking.
CP: I have some very bad news for you guys ... I still have not seen the movie!
CW: Hanging up the phone!
WW: You're kidding me.
CP: It's a shame. I haven't had a chance to go see it, but I'm seeing it on Saturday night with my husband! You have to forgive me.
CW: You'll love it.
WW: You'll love it.
All three of you are married. Do you have any crazy wedding stories of your own?
CW: With my bridesmaids, they hated me on the day of my wedding. I thought I had bought them nice shoes to wear, but apparently they named them "cutters," 'cause they f---ing cut into their feet! So what happened as a joke is that when I got back to my hotel suite, they were all in the fire! Threw their shoes in the fireplace! And I have video of them going "Cutters! Cutters!" the whole time and they walked down with a smirk down the aisle.
WW: [Laughs] they hated those shoes. I know that my bridesmaids were all drunk [laughs], so that made for an interesting wedding.
CP: My wedding -- OK -- I took a 45-minute nap during the reception. I went to the guest house and I took my shoes off and I got into bed with my wedding dress on and I fell asleep for a while everyone danced and ate and talked, and they didn't even notice I was gone.
Randee St. Nicholas
WW: I can kind of identify with Kristen Wiig's character Annie, only because sometimes my emotions get the best of me. You might say something you regret saying after [laughs], oh my god.
CW: It's funny because as funny and odd as her character was, I think I relate to Megan. I know that sounds really strange. Not just in the physical sense that we're both overweight, but more like her intensity and control issues -- it's very me.
WW: But also that she'll say what everyone else doesn't say.
CW: Yes, and also shock value. Like really off the wall. Like when she was at the end with that weird sandwich thing with the flap! It's so wrong and it's so fantastic [laughs].
How would you describe your own group dynamic?
WW: It's weird, we all have different facets to our personalities. I don't know, what do you think?
CW: I think me and Chynna can be more diva-esque and Wendy I would not say diva at all. Wendy is more sweet and a little more quiet. Not shy, just more reserved than Chynna and I. Drama queens are me and Chynna for sure, right Wendy?
WW: Oh yeah, definitely.
CW: Listen, drama is everywhere when it comes to this group! It never ends.
CP: Wendy and I are pretty much the blind leading the blind. Like, if we're in a hotel and we need to be in room 1359, it'll take Carnie two minutes to get there and it'll take Wendy and I probably 45 minutes to figure out how to get there. Wendy is the most sensitive, most humble, the peacemaker. I am a little bit confrontational and a little outlandish. I'm the one who's going to be pulling her dress up when she's singing just to get the note. I'm zany and running around and being coo coo. Carnie always has us in stitches, she's hysterical. Hands-down one of the greatest senses of humor I've ever known. Obviously, extremely talented with the vocals. I call her my "Russian voice coach" 'cause she's always so hard on me if I don't get a note right, "Its flat.", "It's not!", "It's flat." We each have our roles but we balance each other out really, really nicely. And Carnie tells it like it is. She's not going to sugarcoat anything, whether you like it or not. I'm also the Bible person. I always have my Bible out and I'm saying "Praise God" every second. I think it drives them a little nuts.
WW: Ya think?
Who are your favorite girl groups?
WW: The Ronettes were great.
CW: I like En Vogue.
WW: The Go-Go's
CW: Yeah, the Go-Go's! And Dixie Chicks.
WW: Dixie Chicks for sure.
CW: Also, the Bangles. And the Judds. I think they're f---ing great!
What are you working on now?
CW: We're starting a record and a new TV show. It's exciting.
WW: The show will be about our friendship and the music, and 20 years later the reunion, plus nine kids.
CW: We're not quite allowed to talk about it, but we can say that it's very exciting.
How are things different now that the group is reunited after everyone getting married and having kids?
CW: It was really random and surprising how we got back together. Chynna was in the hospital and gave birth to her first child and called me and said "OK, I'm ready to go back!" I said, "You just gave birth." She said, "I know, I'm ready!" So then we started writing songs. That was in 2002 and we made a record in 2004 and we've been doing sporadic touring dates and then fast-forward to the last year, we did a Christmas record and now we're working on the next project. So we've been reunited for the past few years, but it somehow feels that it's more explosive right now. It's nice.
WW: We're all in a place where we're done having children and their growing up, so we're getting more involved with our own lives again, doing our own thing.
Watch Wilson Phillips' 'Hold On' video.