Interview With “Dante’s Cove” Actress Erin Cummings


Erin Cummings and Nadine Heimann

AE: [Laughs.] That was a hot scene; it was great.
EC: Yeah, I really am excited about it. I’m so proud of how it turned out. And I said, “If we’re going to do this, I want to do it right. I don’t care if a man gets turned on by this. I want women, lesbians in the audience to be watching going, ‘Yes, that is hot, that is sexy, that’s what I want to see.’ And I said, “All I care about are the lesbians. If they [the men] don’t like it, they can suck it.” [Laughs.]

AE: That’s so great. You and Nadine have really great chemistry on the show, so I thought it was interesting to show this other side, because your dynamic with Michelle was totally different.
EC: Right. I think that Nadine and I have a wonderful chemistry of just being girlfriends.

AE: You seem more like an in-love type of thing. They haven’t really shown the passionate side so far.
EC: Right, and I think that is important, and that’s one of the things that drew me to Dante’s Cove. I didn’t have any trepidation about doing the show because it was a gay and lesbian show. However, I live with a gay couple, my agent is gay, my friends are gay, I live in West Hollywood — it’s very important for me that the gay and lesbian community that I care about is portrayed in the correct light.

So when I saw that Michelle and Van … go through the same struggles as every relationship does — Michelle wants a relationship, Van kind of wants to be a little more single and do her thing — they still love each other, they still care about each other, which in the end … love is the most important thing on the show.

AE: What are your views about the supernatural aspect of the show?
EC: I love it. First of all, I don’t think that you can discount anything. I was raised and grew up Catholic and people talk about how it’s so ridiculous to believe in astrology, and I’m like, “Really, and it’s not ridiculous to believe that at some point the world’s going to end and some guy who died thousands of years ago is going to come back and take us all to some white place above the clouds?”

AE: I like that argument; that’s hysterical.
EC: What you choose to believe is in the realm of possibilities. … I am open to believing in past lives. I’ve had experiences where this is so trippy I guarantee I’ve been here before. … I’m into astrology; there’s too many “coincidences.”

AE: Do you say how old you are because of the acting biz?
EC: Of course I do. I’m 29 years old, and I don’t care because I look fantastic.

AE: You do!
EC: And you know what? Honestly I really feel like — I never believed this when I was in my early 20s, but that whole idea of when you get into your 30s you have a better idea of who you are. … I am so reaching for the finish line of 30. I feel like life is going to begin for me at 30; I really do. And I see these girls who are 19 and 21 and running around Hollywood and I just think, nothing could make me go back to that age.

AE: I saw on your bio that you were a Rangerette; is that some kind of cheerleader?
EC: In 1940 there was a small college called Kilgore College, and it’s in East Texas. It’s a two-year school; they developed the first college precision dance team. So it was sort of a cross between the Radio City Rockettes and, I guess now, the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. So I was a member of that — the world’s first college dance team.

There’s 70 girls on the team and we wear white cowboy hats and white cowboy boots and red, white and blue [uniforms] — it’s totally Americana. It’s just a really fantastic organization. … And as a Kilgore Rangerette there’s a lot of discipline — it’s a very strict environment — and you need that, especially when you’re young. You need discipline, and you need to be part of a controlled environment to understand a work ethic in order to get to a place of perfection, or at least close to perfection.

I think that’s good for people. Some people totally disagree with me, and that’s fine. But that was my experience, and I really embraced it and I thrived in that environment. People have commented on my work ethic, and part of it is because of my experience with the Rangerettes.

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