Michelle Prenez plays Bambie in It’s You, Not Me
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Cliché: Tell us about your character in a couple of sentences.
Michell Prenez: Bambi is your typical dumb girl with a heart of gold.
Have you ever played this role in your own personal dating life?
I met my boyfriend of almost 10 years while feigning this kind of ditzy, silly laugh every time he told a joke. Even though he knew I was doing it for show, he didn’t tell me I was a complete weirdo. He ended up taking me to Disneyland for our first date.
What do you like/dislike about your character?
I love that she’s completely unaware of Karen’s (played by Renee Kay) obvious judgement. Bambi just wants everyone to have a good time. And maybe tell them to get a boob job.
Tell us about your most memorable experience while shooting this series.
I mostly remember how much fun it was. I only shot for a day, but I wish that it could have been more! Every single person (cast and crew) was just so happy to be there. It’s a great feeling.
How did you come to be a part of this project?
Renee Kay and Lauren Patrice Nadler both thought of me for the Bambi character. I love doing sexy/silly comedy, and this was right up my alley! I cannot thank them enough for letting me be a part of this project.
What was it like working with your long time teacher wearing the director hat?
Lauren is an amazing director! I’ve worked with her on several projects, and it is always such a joy. Having had her as a teacher gave us a great shorthand on set to help us get the take. We weren’t timid around each other.
How collaborative or how much freedom did you have to “play” or improvise on the set?
We had a lot of freedom, which was great! I’ve trained at Second City and Groundlings, as well as at performing stand-up comedy, so my brain is always going a thousand miles an hour. It feels good to be trusted by your director.
What was the funnest part of shooting this episode?
I had the most fun goofing around with the cast between takes, or sometimes during takes! Everyone was so comfortable around one another. I think having had rehearsals beforehand helped a lot.
How has your character grown or evolved from the previous episode, if they did?
This was the only episode that Bambi was in, and she didn’t have any huge personal growth or emotional changes. Other than the fact that she was sleepy by the end of the episode.