Interview with Tabatha Coffey

 
 

AE: So your character is performing the ceremony. And you’ve been to a big gay wedding in the past – was that more traditional or more of a loose type of affair.

TC: I’ve been to more traditional where they’ve had more structure, and then others that have been a bit more laid back and more of just a ceremony about commitment and love.

AE: What kind of experience are you going to draw on for your role? Obviously, they chose you for a reason – your personality is so big and vibrant – they want you to inject your own Tabatha personality into the role of the officiant. How do you meld those together?

TC: I think there will be chances, especially with what I’ve read about how the family behaves while attending this wedding. There will be chance for Tabatha to be Tabatha. Honestly, the thing I think is so great about this play, and everybody laughs about it because of the title and everything, is that it’s highlighting gay marriage and what it’s all about.

Obviously, it’s something bringing the families together and not everybody is on board, but it’s really about the two people who want to spend the rest of their lives together and make it legal. I think that part of it is the serious part of it for me and the rest of it is all part of, really any wedding you’d go to.

AE: Have you already seen the show, or is being in it your first chance at getting to see it?

TC: Sadly enough, being in it is my first chance to see it.

AE: Oh boy!

TC: Yeah, wish me luck.

AE: I have absolute faith you’ll do fantastically. Have you ever done anything like this before?

TC: Well we’ve all done school plays when we were little but a play in an auditorium is really very different than an Off-Broadway play. So, no.

AE: If this goes well, can we assume you’d be up for doing more theatrical works in the future?

TC: Honestly I don’t look that far down the road. I’m a hairdresser and a business owner and I’ve got my show. It’s great to do something like this and it’s been a load of fun and I’m sure [acting] will be a lot of fun. But is there an acting career out there for me? [Laughs] Let’s see what my free nights are like first. Call me next week and I’ll tell you.

AE: Speaking of your show, the premiere of your third season is coming up soon. Can we expect any new territory for you?

TC: Oh God. Well, I actually spent the night at one of the salon owner’s homes, so you get to see me in my pajamas.

AE: Well some of us at AfterEllen.com will like that!
TC: It’s a family-owned business and they have a lot of drama at the salon, and then bring it home with them. So I sleep on their couch for the night.

AE: How was that? Was that comfortable for you?
TC: It was pretty crazy. You’ll also see, we go to Provincetown, [Massachusetts] which is a unique place within itself. But also from a business owner’s standpoint, it’s really interesting because they have such short seasons to try and make their money.

This salon has been in P-town for a very long time and they’re really into the shtick. It’s a really small salon, only about 450 square feet, and they have a stripper pole in the middle of the salon where you can dance and try to make money, to take off your bill. So, that’s pretty interesting.

AE: Did that end up getting ripped out?

TC: Um, yes, I took the stripper pole out and no, I didn’t do a twirl. The stripper pole came right down. But it was really interesting to be in P-town, It’s so great. They have a wonderful sense of community and the salon was interesting itself.
And we actually do a revisiting episode, so you get to see some of your favorites from Seasons 1 and 2.

AE: I was actually going to ask if you surprise some of your past Takeover clients with a return visit. I’m based out of Chicago, where I know at least one salon that could use a follow-up visit.

TC: Ha! I’m sure they could. We did come back to Chicago – I don’t know if it’s the same salon you’re thinking of. But yes, we do go back to revisit some of your faves.

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