Sunday, April 14, 2024

“Bachelorette” Star Makes Acting Debut in Woody Allen Film


It’s hard to believe, I know. But Woody Allen may secretly watch “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette.” He’s cast Ali Fedotowsky in her acting debut in “Blue Jasmine.” I know: the movie already has one curve ball with Andrew Dice Clay turning in an excellent performance as a smarter-than-you think blue collar guy married to Sally Hawkins.

But a contestant from reality TV who’s never acted before? Ali, who was on both ABC shows, even has a speaking role– she has lines. She plays Melanie, a trainer in the New York gym where Cate Blanchett’s Jasmine and Alec Baldwin’s Hal work out. Hal asks Jasmine, after she declines, if he should invite the trainer to a Yankee game. You can surmise what happens next. She’s only in one scene, but the audience will remember her late when Hal is caught doing a lot of different things.

Over the years, casting director Juliet Taylor has found a lot of unusual people for Woody’s movies. But this one is certainly very offbeat!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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