Ask AfterEllen.com (September 1, 2009)


Question: I have been told that The L Word actress Erin Daniels is pregnant. Is it true?

Zachy,
Taipei City, Taiwan

Answer: Yes. Well, it was true. Daniels (who is married to Chris Uettwiller) gave birth to a son, Ely Dashiel Uettwiller, on August 1, 2009.

Erin Daniels

Now raise your hand if you were secretly hoping she’d name him Piddles Junior. Or Sounder III. 

Question:
I really enjoy Jennifer Tilly, especially in Bound. Has Afterellen ever interviewed Tilly? If not, why not? Is there anyway Afterellen can interview Tilly, especially regarding Bound. And what is she up to?

― Andrea 

Jennifer Tilly

Answer: Alas, AfterEllen.com has not yet had the pleasure of
interviewing Ms. Tilly. But what a fabulous idea! I think she’s the
perfect candidate for one of our "A Quickie With …" features by Dara Nai, so we’ll see what we can do.

Since heating up the screen with Gina Gershon in the lesbian classic, Bound back in 1996, the Oscar-nominated Tilly has acquired quite a few film, television and stage credits, including Liar Liar (1998), Bride of Chucky (1998) and Seed of Chucky (2004), and the short-lived CBS show Out of Practice (2005-2006), which featured Paula Marshall as a lesbian doctor.

Tilly is also an avid poker player. In 2005, she became the first
celebrity to win the Ladies No-Limit Texas Hold’em event at the World
Series of Poker, and since then she’s won over $450,000 in tournament
play.

In a December 2008 interview, however, Tilly told Bluff Magazine,
"I love poker but greatness in poker is an elusive dream. There are too
many variants. Trying to find validation in poker is like trying to
find a virgin in a whorehouse. I’m not giving up poker entirely —
gambling is an addiction after all. I’m just going to treat it more
like a hobby and less like a career."

The poker world’s loss is our gain, as it was just announced this
week that Tilly will appear in the upcoming feature 30 Beats, an
ensemble piece exploring a series of "amorous encounters" among 10
people in Manhattan. In it, Tilly will play "a psychic who engages in
weekly sexual encounters with a free-spirited Cuban messenger (Jason Day)."

Tilly also does a lot of voiceover work, including the films Monsters, Inc., and Stuart Little, and she’s a semi-regular on Family Guy as Joe’s wife, Bonnie Swanson. This fall, Tilly will appear in the pilot episode of Family Guy spinoff The Cleveland Show, which centers around the character Cleveland Brown (voiced by Mike Henry), who moves back to Stoolbend, VA to start a new life with childhood sweetheart Donna and her two children.

The show will also feature the voices of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and liberal author and columnist Arianna Huffington as a pair of religious talking bears. Yes, Huffington’s definitely going to have fun with that one.

But the best thing about The Cleveland Show is that the character of Donna will be voiced by the always fabulous (probably even in animated form) Sanaa Lathan (Something New, Love & Basketball).

Sanaa Lathan

In case you’re wondering what Lathan has been up to, she co-starred with Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, and Phylicia Rashad in an ABC television adaptation of lesbian playwright Lorraine Hansberry‘s play A Raisin in the Sun in 2008, and writer-director Ava Duvernay is reportedly pitching a romantic drama, The Middle of Nowhere, which would reunite Lathan and Rashad once again.

In 2008, Lathan appeared in Tyler Perry‘s The Family That Preys, followed by Powder Blue and Wonderful World in 2009.

She’s rumored to be part of the cast of Macbett (The Caribbean Macbeth), a modern re-telling of the Shakespeare play set in the West Indies to be written and directed by Aleta Chappelle.
IMDb.com is reporting that Lathan will play Lady Macbett, alongside
Terrence Howard (Macbett), Danny Glover, and Blair Underwood. For now,
the project is listed as "in development" and and producers are hoping
for a 2010 release.

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