Wendi McLendon-Covey Talks ‘Bridesmaids 2’ Prospects, ‘Rules of Engagement’


Wendi McLendon-Covey, David Spade CBS photo by Ron P. Jaffe

Since the female raunchfest “Bridesmaids” became a runaway hit, can “Bridesmaids 2” be far behind?  “I know there’s talk of it, and I know people would like to see that,” says funny lady Wendi McLendon-Covey.  “But I think Kristin (Wiig) and Annie (Mumalo), the writers, don’t want to do it just to do it.  They don’t want to grab the money and run.  If they do it, they want it to be amazing.”

As far as imitators now in the works?  “I’m sure there’s a rush to put out all kinds of things,” she says of the coming onslaught of female gross-out humor.  “But something ‘Bridesmaids’ had going for it was the casting.  People have called it the female ‘Hangover,’ but I see it more like the female ‘Swingers,'” she says of the 1996 film with real-life friends Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Ron Livingston and Patrick Van Horn.  “Putting them all together was like a dream situation.  And that’s how I feel ‘Bridesmaids’ was.  It wasn’t all about the disgusting bridal show scene.  It was the cast, that was lightning in a bottle.  Something clicked,” she says.  The “Bridesmaids” company was full of former members of the Groundlings improv troupe who were friends — including McLendon-Covey, Wiig, Mumalo, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy.

McLendon-Covey is at the forefront of “Rules of Engagement” viewers’ minds right now, with her Liz character having wound up as the unwanted wife of Russell (David Spade).  “Their being together is just so wrong, it’s right,” opines the actress, who is doing the first five “Rules” episodes of the season, then heading to Canada to film “White Trash Christmas” with Jennifer Love Hewitt.  After that, she will likely return to “Rules.”  The schedule is being worked out now, she says. 

As for what will happen to Russell and Liz, “I only know a little bit of it.  He is just begging for an annulment and I want nothing to do with it.  Then a situation arises where it really is for the best that we do part — but I don’t know if we do it.  Maybe it will end up like, okay, we’re divorced but we can’t stop seeing each other.  I don’t know.”  She does know, “I just had the best time working with him, and I’m so proud of this.  It’s laugh-out-loud, disgustingly funny.”

She also knows that she wants to keep the painting, seen in last week’s episode, in which Liz is naked except for strategically-placed cats.  But, surely such a gem should go to the Smithsonian?  “It’s too good for the Smithsonian,” she replies.  “It belongs on my bathroom wall, or maybe in my closet.”