FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: “Three Men and a Bride” starring Ted Danson, Tom Selleck and Steve Guttenberg and HOPEFULLY Introducing Jessica Radloff as Mary
(read more below)
If you are a producer/Disney exec/Touchstone exec/or in any way affiliated with “Three Men and a Bride” and would like to help get me in front of the right people, please e-mail Jessica’s representation at Jessica@JessicaRadloff.com, where all inquiries will be directed to her manager and/or agent. Thank you!
LET THE CAMPAIGNING BEGIN!
“Don’t wait for life to throw you a break; make your own.”
How many of us tell ourselves that life is too short and we need to live life to the fullest?
And how many of us really understand that concept?
How many say it out loud to others, hoping that it makes us sound more grateful, more appreciative, and more aware of life?
And how many actually do it?
Welcome to my campaign website for “Three Men and a Bride,” or rather, a lesson in living life to the fullest.
I’ll admit, when I first came up with the idea to put together a campaign for the role of “Mary,” I thought I had finally lost it. Granted, it’s not like crashing a White House state dinner or anything, but campaigning for a role? Who did I think I was? Natalie Portman? I could have easily just told my manager (which I did), ‘please let me know when the breakdown for “Three Men. . . ” comes out. I’d love to go out for it.’ I could have stopped right there and left it in his hands to worry about. But I knew, in some strange way, that if I didn’t really go after this role that I wanted so badly, then the only one to blame is myself.
“Success is ladder that cannot be climbed with your hands in your pockets.”—American Proverb
I’ve done some ballsy things in life (there’s a reason they call me ‘Spunki’), but I’ve never outright gone after a role that meant this much to me. But you’re probably thinking, ‘these movies meant that much to you? You sure you’re feeling alright?’ I mean, let’s face it, “Three Men and a Baby” and “Three Men and a Little Lady” were great movies, but I doubt Danson, Selleck and Guttenberg expected to walk away with a little golden man statue.
On the other hand, being able to play “Mary” in this movie would be my Oscar moment. Here’s why:
Growing up, I was constantly told by kids in school that I would never amount to much of anything. I was this lovable and hard-working kid, but I just did not fit in (among teenagers that is; grandparents on the other hand loved me). Maybe it was the over-sized glasses, the bowl haircut, or the perception that I was all work and no fun (in fairness, all I did was homework, thanks to three learning disabilities), but growing up was hell. I often ate in a bathroom stall to avoid being made fun of for eating alone. My parents were incredibly supportive (and only years later did I tell them about eating in the bathroom), but they also told me, ‘never let them see you sweat. Never let those kids know how bad they are upsetting you.’ So I put on a brave face, held back the tears, and somehow propelled the sadness stirring inside me into this Popeye-like determination to never give up.
But through it all, the one thing that helped me get thru a rather rough (to put it mildly) childhood was the TV. It was my escape in every possible way. So when I think back to movies like “Three Men and a Baby” or “Three Men and a Little Lady,” I fondly remember how they got me through some pretty rough times, and also inspired me to go into acting. Sappy as it may sound, I wanted to provide some of that same entertainment to cheer up others.
Of course, there was something more to those “Three Men. . .” movies. Maybe it was the fact that Robin Weisman (Mary as a Little Lady) and I looked so much alike. Or maybe it was the fact that I wanted three handsome guys to have my back. Whatever it was, those movies more than anything helped get me through a pretty tough adolescence. And irony aside, I remember being 10 years old and saying to my parents, ‘If they ever make a third movie when she’s all grown up, I want to do it.’ Yeah, very likely for the kid that was so shy she didn’t even have a bat-mitzvah.
So fast-forward fifteen years, and Steve Guttenberg announces that a script for “Three Men and a Bride” is in the works. And whatdya know, I’m the same age Mary would be. What else? I just so happened to become an actress. (How? Just think the real-life version of the Ugly Duckling). And more importantly? I’m still as determined as ever, knowing that nothing worth fighting for comes without putting yourself out there and taking a chance.
I want this role.
And so, here I am. Living life to the fullest, going after my dreams, and taking a page from Ellen DeGeneres’ book. If she can get on the cover of Oprah’s magazine, then my god, I can try my hardest to do this. Granted, I’m not starting out with Ellen DeGeneres’ huge audience, but hey, if you don’t buy a lottery ticket, you’ll never have a chance at winning.
“Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ballpark.” –David Ogilvy
So there you go. You can read and be inspired by quotes all you want, but unless you go out there and do it, it doesn’t mean anything. I hope you’ll come along for this crazy ride and help make my dream a reality. Disney/Touchstone: Are you listening?