I fly to Albuquerque today to “do press.” Tonight I will have dinner with a lot of entertainment journalists – of course the cast will be there also, and by far the greater attraction -- because, well, they’re attractive.
Then tomorrow, I will be doing some interviews in tandem with Monica Owusu-Breen, the scriptwriter of MIDNIGHT, TEXAS, and Parisa Fitz-Henley, who is playing Fiji, my full-figured witch. Of course, this being Hollywood, Fiji is not full-figured any longer, but she is body-conscious and dresses eccentrically. Since Fiji has a cat, and Parisa is violently allergic to cats, she is also brave personally.
These are perilous waters indeed.
My first rule for such events is Don’t Drink. You need to be vigilant and to think before you speak. Think TWICE before you speak. My second rule is Never be Negative. I love the writing, I love the actors, I’m delighted with how the filming is going. (This is very close to the truth.) I have seen examples of writers who trashed the film version of their works, and I can’t do that. It’s ungracious. I’m old-school that way.
I have a third rule; Don’t be an Attention Hog. You may be snorting with laughter and thinking, “She sure missed the target on that!” But I try very hard to let other people have time to talk, even harder not to interrupt (one of my besetting sins), and most difficult of all, to be honest without being offensive.
So wish me luck as once again I brave the beaches of the press.