Brooke Elliott Talks About What’s in Store on ‘Drop Dead Diva’

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“Drop Dead Diva” star Brooke Elliott reports that the just-launched second season of her Lifetime series is at least as star-studded as the first season was, or more.  Viewers can expect to see Lee Lee Sobieski, Robin Givens, Jasmine Guy, Rosie O’Donnell back in her judge character, plus Sharon Lawrence and Kurt Fuller as Elliott’s parents,  plus Cybill Shepherd.  “She was a riot and so much fun,” says Elliott.  “She plays a character that’s sort of like Meryl Streep’s in ‘The Devil Wears Prada.’

“They’re all so great.  We’re so humbled by the fact they want to come play with us,” she adds.

Elliott’s ability to make her insanely complex role work is crucial — as viewers of the series, and critics, are well aware.  How many actresses could convince us they’re a ditzy model who came back from heaven and is inhabiting the body of a zaftig crusading attorney who has left residual personality traits behind?   But the Broadway-bred actress remains quite modest-sounding about the impact she’s made.  The network’s website and other “Diva”-related comment areas are full of grateful remarks from fans who love the series’ approach to body image.  “It’s wonderful to hear.  When people talk to me about the show, they’re so polite and kind,” Elliott says.

Playing Deb the model/Jane the attorney “does take a tremendous amount of focus, to be sure,” she allows.  “There are always questions to figure out about when Jane is influencing Deb’s behavior.  I’m always making sure everything is seen from Deb’s perspective.  It’s one of the tricky parts of the job and the most fun.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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