Twin Peaks star Sherilyn Fenn discussed how Lara Flynn Boyle, who portrayed Donna on the cult series, interfered in the storyline between Special Agent Dale Cooper and Audrey Horne in a new interview with Twin Peaks Unwrapped. Alternative Nation transcribed her comments. Also remember to check out Twin Peaks Worldwide and Obnoxious and Anonymous for the latest Twin Peaks news.
“There was no plan, Dale Cooper ended up at the hotel, so put her with Audrey. We weren’t supposed to be together, but after we were together, something was on film that really worked, and instead of having his character go towards Joan Chen, which was their original plan, they had him start to come towards me. So his girlfriend, Lara Flynn Boyle, kiboshes an astonishing thing.”
She added, “I remember saying, ‘David [Lynch], is this how it goes? An actor complains, because she’s the girlfriend, and then you change?’ Then she started smoking in scenes, and doing strange things, I think she danced in a scene.”
“I was really upset they moved me away from Dale Cooper. The funniest thing, which you maybe heard me say before, is now Kyle [MacLachlan] will admit the truth, then he wouldn’t. At the time, he was saying, ‘No, her character is too young for me.’ Okay, meanwhile he is with a girlfriend, I’m 24-25, his girlfriend is 19, right, get it? Madchen [Amick] is 17, and then they bring in Heather, who is younger [too]. Whatever, silly.”
“On screen chemistry can be very different from off screen chemistry. Kyle and I were friends, we didn’t have what I’d call chemistry, but when Special Agent Dale Cooper and Audrey Horne came together, something happened. It just did, and at some point, David said, ‘Are you in love with Kyle?’ I said, ‘God no! No! Not even a little! Not at all, but Audrey thinks he’s the bees knees.”
She also discussed being unavailable to appear in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me due to her role in Of Mice and Men.
“David was mad. He was! It’s the first time he yelled at me. I said, ‘You’re yelling at me, and I screen tested for this, I had to work to get this job!’ He said, ‘Well we can’t replace you in the movie!’ I said, ‘Good! You’re right you can’t replace me!'”
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