Amanda Peet Wants to Prove that she is a ComedianBy: Heather Campobello - March 22, 2012
The bodacious Amanda Peet will be on television more often. She returned to primetime last night with “Bent,” a romantic comedy penned by Tad Quill.
She plays the role of Alex Meyers, a recently divorced lawyer and mom who is feeling a little jaded and depressed. The show is about her relationships with her fellow cast members and how they mold her perspectives on life.
The cast includes Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”), JB Smoove (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Jesse Plemons (“Friday Night Lights), and her enlightening surfer carpenter played by David Walton.
Only 2.6 million viewers tuned in for the series premiere and one person said that the show was doomed, “lt’s all building to something no one expected”?? I think it’s building to something EVERYONE will expect. Looks predictable, unoriginal and pretty much awful. Pass!” on the trailer that was posted on YouTube.
In an interview with CNN the 40-year-old actress said that it has been difficult for her to find interesting roles due to her age.
Peet had starred in another series, “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” but it was cancelled after one season. The star thinks the show failed because, “it was too expensive and there was too much anticipation. I guess all together we seemed like this arrogant monolith, but individually, none of us felt very arrogant. So it’s kind of curious. Including Aaron [Sorkin]. The backlash, the vitriol. If it had been some 30- or 35-year-old new discovery instead of Aaron Sorkin, things might have been different.”
The actress feels like she can be uptight like her new character is but says she isn’t completely anal retentive: “I don’t clean, I don’t make the bed. I spend my salary. I worry a lot. I just don’t worry about socks on the floor.”
At one point she was asked if she thinks audiences view her as a comedic actress? She said she hoped so.
I have to say that I believe she is hilarious. I enjoyed her role as a mouthy straight-shooting New Yorker in Please Give. Her obsession with an ex-beau and tanning was easy to relate to and her performance pinned her for high profile roles in comedy.