Wendi Mclendon-Covey

Wendi Mclendon-Covey

this Article Was Originally Part Of "riot Girls" From V77 The Americana Issue, Featuring Anna Faris, Rashida Jones, Lizzy Caplan, Ana Gasteyer, Ari Graynor, Judy Greer, Wendi Mclendon-covey

this Article Was Originally Part Of "riot Girls" From V77 The Americana Issue, Featuring Anna Faris, Rashida Jones, Lizzy Caplan, Ana Gasteyer, Ari Graynor, Judy Greer, Wendi Mclendon-covey

Photography: Benjamin Alexander Huseby

Styling: Jodie Barnes

A natural scene-stealer (look no further than Bridesmaids for crass cousin Rita with the semen-starched children’s blankets), Wendi McLendon-Covey is rightfully enjoying her time in the spotlight. The Groundlings alumna has been beloved for years for the exaggerated blondes she plays without vanity—like Deputy Clementine Johnson on Reno 911!, for whom “muffin-topping” is a vital character aspect. “Jess Oppenheimer was a producer on I Love Lucy, and his theory was that if you set the table very logically in the beginning, your audience will follow you anywhere,” says the master improviser (her Bridesmaids outtakes in the DVD extras are wild). McLendon-Covey’s slate of upcoming features includes What To Expect When You’re Expecting, in which she fires Jennifer Lopez (who plays an aquarium photographer adopting an Ethiopian infant) and then throws a baby shower for her; A White Trash Christmas, co-starring Beverly D’Angelo and Meat Loaf; and the sex comedy Sleeping Around, in which she appears as a prudish J. K. Rowling type. She also appears as a Miami cougar in Steven Soderbergh’s male-stripper opus Magic Mike. “All I really got to see were those big green Channing Tatum eyes and his whole vibe,” she says of the film’s star, who charms her character. “And I saw another stripper get fitted for his mullet.” Translation: more hair-raising antics coming soon to a theater near you.

Credits: Makeup Maki Ryoke (TIm Howard Management)  Hair Holli Smith (Community.NYC)  Manicure Nettie Davis For Chanel Beaute (AIM Artists)  Prop Stylist Juliet Jernigan (CLM)  Photo assistant Jimmy Fikes  Digital technician Johnathan Ellis (DV8 Digital)  Stylist assistant Ashley Christopher  Makeup assistant Kirstin Simitzi  On-set production  Azzurro Mallin and Bret Lemke  Equipment rental Smashbox Studios, Los Angeles  Retouching Provision  Location Boxeight Studios, Los Angeles  Catering Austin Bogart  Videographers Chad Wilson and Madeline Eberhard

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