Monday, June 14, 2010

On set with Margy Kidder


I spent the day on set at my husband's studio. I brought one of my writing buddies (Writers Cubed), Reana of Write to the Edge.


I love being on set. The talented people, the lights and cables, the sets and green screens. I like the lingo, the sounds, the synergy. Creative air. Work and play.
They are currently shooting a Sci-Fi with a debut director and a producer who is the real deal-- a veteran who was once, as a young man, an assistant to Orson Wells.
Margot Kidder plays the only human in the show, I believe. Although I didn't read the script, just got a synopsis from my hubby.
Anyway, Margot, who introduced herself to me as Margy (which is her actual name--Margot was a screen name she picked to sound cool), is truly a fun person. She was jovial, talkative and un celeb-like with the crew. I enjoyed talking with her about Hollywood politics, the oil spill,  her grandkids and the story behind getting her role as Lois Lane, etc. She took the role in defiance of her first husband (a writer living in Montana) who treated her like the "little lady" who should stay home. She told him, "Get your own f---in' coffee" and ended up in Christopher Reeve's arms--for pay! Fascinating.
A seasoned performer who has been a part of cinema history, the way that she has, is like a well of info. And me, being a writer, a Sagitarius and a nosy so and so, get sooooo stoked to "tap that". You know what I mean!
 I absolutely love movies, especially anything pre 1980s. The original Superman movies were favorites when I was a kid. And I loved her in Trenchcoat-- a comedy/ mystery. She has been there and knows "them". Her passion for acting added something to my life. An iconic, spunky woman in the screenplay of my own life.
So glad I met her and spent time with her today. I touched the hand that touched Superman. Oh, yes. Almost as good.
My man, Clark, has met a lot of cool people in his line of work. But this was really special to me.


She got a little snuggly with my man, but I forgive her. (;

19 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is cool!
My Margot has changed over the years...

Charmaine Clancy said...

Wow all those Superman flashbacks - thanks for stirring up some happy memories!

Candyland said...

Awww so cool!

Mark and Kiss said...

So fun!

Write Chick said...

How fun! She seems like a genuinely nice person...who is snarky. Which I love! Looks like you guys had a great day. :-)

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

That is really neat! Your husband has a very awesome job!

Lydia Kang said...

that is super cool! I loved Margot in Superman! She'll always be a heroine to me from those movies!

Reana said...

Awesome day with great memories:)
thanks Jo and Clark and of course Margo! for making me feel like a kid again ;)

Jennifer Jenkins said...

How cool! Wouldn't it be neat to go to a studio like that!? Maybe some day. (sigh) tee hee hee

Heidi said...

Cute girl! The adventures never end. Love to see Clark having so much fun!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

What a fun day, bet you enjoyed yourself very much.

Have a great day.
Yvonne.

loislane said...

You live life, girl.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Margot's true achievment is to have remained an authentic and kind person despite her Hollywood struggles. I envy you your travels and encounters, Jo.

I thought you would have an entry for the character interview blogfest being hosted by Sangu. Rats. I was looking forward to reading it.

Come read mine if you have the time, Roland

The Urban Cowboy said...

Looks and sounds like an awesome time! I also like the way your styling old school converse.

Jo Schaffer said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone. I love sharing my stuff with ya'll. (=

Cascia said...

That is really cool! I bet you had a lot of fun.

Phoenix said...

Margot Kidder sounds like such a bad-ass :) "Get your own f--in' coffee" = RAD. Lucky Clark!

I love it when I hear about celebs that are cool!

Tammy said...

This is cute, Jo. She sounds awesome, and it looks like Clark is enjoying his job! I wish I could hang with my man at work, but it's not allowed. Boo.

angie said...

Clark's work is so cool. I love hearing about the behind the scenes stuff. I'd love to have a backstage pass like you have. :)