However, the Golden Globe-nominated actress admitted that she initially tried to think of a creative way to turn it down.
“I tried to figure out these ways to get out of it with like, medical excuses,” she said. “I was just trying to think of something that sounded believable, like I had partial hip problems where I couldn’t turn. I came up with all these weird things but then [show creator Mike White] just said in [a] text, ‘Are you afraid?’ I was like, ‘Oh, Jesus, he’s onto me!'”
These days, Coolidge is grateful for the little push that she needed to sign onto the show. “You know when you’re actors, this big moment can happen sometimes and then you just blow it,” she said. “Mike White is brilliant. He wrote a great show.”
As for returning for season two? Well, she coyly deflected the question. “There’s a rumor I’m coming back. There’s a rumor that Legally Blonde 3‘s happening. There’s a lot of rumors out there,” she said. “I don’t know!”
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