The Filming Secret Wendi McLendon-Covey Learned on the Set of 'Bridesmaids'

By Jordi Lippe-McGraw | May 30, 2018 | People

Wendi McLendon-Covey is famous for her starring role in Bridesmaids and as the hilarious matriarch on the ABC series The Goldbergs. New York Magazine’s Vulture even called her “The Greatest TV Mom of 2015.” So, it seemed fitting that she would partner with Cascade to talk about washing dishes and life in the kitchen.

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And while the comedian admits that she actually enjoys doing household chores, we wanted to know what life was like in a movie set kitchen. The Los Angeles native sat down with us in New York as part of the dishwasher detergent’s “Helicopter Cleaner” presentation to tell us all the movie magic secrets and her NYC bucket list items.

I have to know is there a secret about TV set or movie set kitchens that people would find shocking to know?
WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY: Well, nothing works in the Goldberg’s house. If I am going to “cook” something, a whole team of people has to come in and light up the stove or rig up the faucet. If we shoot something where I am cooking, there is a whole lab kitchen off to the side that just keeps making food. So, we have got like 10 lasagnas that are not edible, but camera ready to keep continuity.

If you do have a scene where you eat, what do you do?
WMC: I fake it. I pretend I am chewing. Or, if they need to see me eating, I’ll have a plate full of whatever they need for the shot and hide some watermelon actually to eat.

In Bridesmaids you all had that famous scene at the meat restaurant…
WMC: Oh, well that is where I learned to stop eating food on camera! After five days of eating that stuff, I was like no, no, no, no. I just want to graze in the grass from now on! No more meats! That was where I learned that trick.

I know you’re LA based, but I’m sure you travel to New York a lot. What are your favorite spots when you come here?
WMC: Well, I know it sounds cliché, but Central Park is a really special place. If there were fairies in Central Park, or wood nymphs or whatever, garden gnomes, I wouldn’t be surprised. It’s so beautiful there, and in the fall, it’s the most magical place to be, so that is one of my places. This is another cliché, but I love Bergdorf’s. It’s like Mecca or the Vatican. Also, the Cloisters and New York Public Library. I can see why people come here and never leave. You could spend 10 years here and still not see everything.

Do you have any bucket list items of things you still want to do in New York?
WMC: I have never been to Madison Square Garden! I would love to see a concert there. And I have never taken the ferry. Any ferry! I have never ferried. I need to ferry to another island. And I have never been to the Hamptons. I know, I have a lot to do.



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