This is a re-post of an article from six years ago. But it also has a GREAT payoff. And it's a pretty funny story. So it's worth sharing again. Enjoy.
Anyway, on the way to lunch I need to stop at the bank. I probably
bounced a check. I go to the back of a long line and notice that the
person directly in front of me is Jessica Harper. Ms. Harper is a fine
actress and at the time was very hot. She had appeared in LOVE AND
DEATH for Woody Allen and had starred in the cult feature PHANTOM OF THE
PARADISE among other credits.
Oh, did I mention I had a HUGE crush on her?
I ask her out. Right there in the bank.
She very graciously declines. A teller is free, she dashes off, and that was that.
I get back in the car and relate the story to David. He of course,
gives me shit for fifteen minutes. “You did WHAT?!” Finally, I say,
“Someday we’re going to be big producers casting a pilot and Jessica
Harper is going to walk into our office and read for us. And then
she’ll be sorry.” We laugh, go back to my apartment, and continue
working on a spec that will soon be rejected all over town. Jessica
goes off and stars in another Woody Allen movie and one with Steve
Flash forward to 1993. David and I have a pilot for CBS, BIG WAVE DAVE’S and we’re casting. Who walks into our office?
Jessica has no idea why we both seem to be beaming the minute she enters
the room. Her audition goes well. She’s a terrific actress. She
wasn’t totally right for the part but she still gave a great reading.
I’m on the fence about telling her the story. On the one hand, she
might be a great sport and find it amusing. On the other, if we don’t
hire her maybe she’ll think it’s because of the bank and we’re the most
unprofessional spiteful assholes in Hollywood. So we say nothing.
I’m sure if Jessica reads this or someone points her to this post it
will be the first she’s heard of it. And I guarantee you she has no
recollection of the bank encounter. Ten minutes of her life with some
schmuck in a line.
But it’s still one of those delicious career moments. And for the
record, I still have a crush on Jessica Harper and would be thrilled to
work with her. She’s now a blogger and an author as well as an actress
and the least I can do is plug her books, which you can find here.
Okay, that's part one of the story. Here's part two: SHE RESPONDED.
That is one fabulous story!
I would be lying if I said I remember the bank part (I DO remember the
script) but I'm sure you were a perfect gentleman or I would have cut
that conversation short!...and you were very gracious about the
audition...these qualities make you a rare and compelling person in
Thanks for your kind words, and for sharing my link with the world.
Hmmmm....wonder where we'd be today if I HAD gone out with you...? Food
All the best Ken!
Thanks, Jessica. You are a sweetheart.