Liking a man with a little chest hair then … that was all in the script?I’m a big fan of chest hair. I had Meredith’s same drive and ambition. Nancy hired me because I embodied her in a very particular way. They shut down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, and Army wrote about the movie and really singled me out and called me a young Carole Lombard. Because he was just such a guy. How do you … do you flip a coin? In rewatching it, I found myself thinking you could make the case that Dennis is actually the villain. It didn’t really make sense to keep in touch with a child. Although the actresses would later star together in Disney’s 1998 remake of The Parent Trap —with Hendrix playing the beautiful but conniving Meredith … I think, one of our first nights, we bonded over talking nonstop while eating a Marie Callender’s pie. We picked out these slips and then we did this whole photo shoot. We did try it in a couple of different ways where they had me just look up slowly. Was there a behind-the-scenes moment you remember laughing particularly hard during?The memories to me that stand out are kind of endless. “There was one moment that’s very near and dear to my heart because late Army Archerd, who wrote for Variety for decades, came to visit us when we were filming a scene where we were picking out Meredith’s engagement ring,” she said. Did her life feel unfamiliar compared to your own? Version and Disney Channel Broadcasts. The actual floating, I believe, was at Sony. Now we make it a joke. The perfect Meredith ParentTrap Elaine Animated GIF for your conversation. Nancy varied how many takes she did, but I didn’t do a crazy amount. You answered your own question right there. More than 20 years later Hendrix still gets recognized for the role. 1998’s The Parent Trap is something of a new Disney classic. That’s just a long-winded way of saying there’s a lot of people who asked me to ship them to Switzerland. She still has it on her wall. Under those pajamas, I have a wet suit on. Elaine Hendrix Answers Every Question About The Parent Trap But when you keep it in the context of this beautiful, fantastical movie, it does tug on your heartstrings. I’m so proud of the physicality work that I did. Actress Elaine Hendrix, who played scheming stepmother-to-be Meredith Blake in The Parent Trap, teamed up with evian to release a special-edition water bottle in … Take the one closest to you? Throw in some chili and that’s method acting. She is a San Francisco publicist hired to do some publicity for Nick's vineyard. I said, “Hey, Leese, let’s — let’s have a photo shoot.” We went and got the still photographer, we went to hair and makeup, and then we went to the wardrobe trailer. Report. After Meredith throws the ring at Nick’s head, do you think she hikes back alone, or is there a very long, painful car ride involved?The way I always envisioned it was that it was a very awkward car ride. She told me, “Oh, you play such a good bitch.” That was an ultimate compliment because I had studied her in Working Girl. I was like, D**n, that was a good fall,” she added. That year for Christmas, we all got each other presents, and I blew up one of those images and I had it framed for Lisa. That’s right — Meredith Blake (played by Elaine Hendrix) has become known as the real star of “The Parent Trap.” For those who don’t remember, Meredith was the … Is there anything that sticks out to you as being particularly far-fetched?Right off the bat, I keep picturing back … you’ve married someone or you’ve gotten together with someone. What was it like to work with the ultimate in ’90s-dad hunkiness, Dennis Quaid? More than 20 years later, The Parent Trap remains a popular Disney movie. “It was so good. ‘The Parent Trap’: The 1 Deleted Scene Meredith Blake Actor Elaine Hendrix Wishes Fans Got To See 1998’s The Parent Trap is something of a new Disney classic. Play Video 'The Parent Trap' star Elaine Hendrix. She is first seen when Nick's twin girls, Annie and Hallie switch places. Version and Disney Channel Broadcasts. Meredith uses a bell to summon Chessy for help around the house. I do a pratfall out of screen. Elaine Hendrix still wants her evian — even long after her role as the villainous Meredith Blake in The Parent Trap. He’s exactly the kind of man I always planned on marrying. RELATED: Lindsay Lohan’s Best Movies, Ranked, Queen Elizabeth Could’ve Made a Cameo in ‘The Parent Trap’, Here Are the 5 Lindsay Lohan Movies You Can Watch on Disney+ Right Now, ‘The Parent Trap’: Why the Ear Piercing Scene Got Cut From Movie’s U.K. Meredith Blake (Elaine Hendrix) is the main antagonist of the 1998 remake of "The Parent Trap". Was any part of your portrayal ad-libbed? That moment when the camera is isolated and it’s just me, that was one of those moments she could say, Okay, let’s film this a couple of different ways and then I’ll decide. Lindsay was actually 11 when I was 26. There’s a moment in Nancy Meyers’s The Parent Trap when Lindsay Lohan jumps into a fabulous pool outside her house in Napa — that’s Northern California — and produces a small splash. If I’m going camping, there’s no way I’m in capri leggings and a crop top. Many fans of The Parent Trap have come to idolize the character. Lisa and I were always there particularly long hours because we were waiting as they shot different scenes two times, and they would have to reset Lindsay and each character. I got to really let go, be loose, and go for it. He never left lunch without like half of it on his T-shirt. They actually launched me into the lake. I’m very snappy in nature. You actually were 26, Meredith’s age in the film, when you shot it. You can save $ booking from Cameo’s website vs the app! The Duke and new Duchess of Hastings are enthusiastically banging all over Clyvedon Castle, but are soon yanked from their happy marriage bed. RELATED: Queen Elizabeth Could’ve Made a Cameo in ‘The Parent Trap’. One said I was like Barbara Stanwyck. And then, the next thing I know, I’ve booked it. Elaine Hendrix. But I went in and out of that water a lot. Jamie Dornan’s Children Hate His Singing More Than You Hate Anything, All You Wanted for Christmas Is to Stream Mariah. And there’s still one scene of Meredith’s she wishes would’ve made the final cut of the movie. That was pure acting. Do you consider Meredith Blake to be a villain? The Parent Trap's Meredith Blake wants justice for evil movie stepmothers everywhere See actress Elaine Hendrix’s brilliant-beyond-brilliant PSA She is. That’s how she landed on that outfit. They see her as an aspiration. There’s no way that woman is giving up one of her kids. Now I’m like, What?! 'The Parent Trap' star Elaine Hendrix says her character Meredith Blake is now a 'feminist icon' Kaitlin Peek and Jenny Ky . Let’s talk about that very first scene with the hat. Natasha was lovely. Was there anyone in particular who was in your mind informing your portrayal of Meredith?Another publication said that I was a young Goldie Hawn. I didn’t have a whole lot of time to prepare and think about it. Hate to break it to you, angel, but you are no longer the only girl in Nick Parker’s life.”, The scene continues: “Okay, puss. But yes, I knew I was going to be the heavy. I just went to the dentist, and I walked in the office, and they’re like, “Oh my God, my favorite movie is The Parent Trap.”. She says the biggest difference between herself and Meredith is the way they dress. It’s endeared itself to multiple generations. Log in or link your magazine subscription. That moment as a mother, much less the father, you’re going to give up one of your kids? The Morning Show. That sort of stuff. I wish … I guess Disney probably has some costume warehouse. What scene is it? “I didn’t dress as fabulously as Meredith did,” Hendrix added. I think I have those negatives in storage. LA-based actress Elaine Hendrix, 48, who is best known for playing Meredith Blake in the 1998 hit film Parent Trap, said the decade began with a vegan diet and animal activism. I’m still the same size. I’m a consummate pro. 2020 Showbiz Cheat Sheet, All Rights Reserved. You’ve mentioned before that the lizard scene is a combination of an actual lizard and CGI and that we could watch it and decide for ourselves. Yes, I’m Meredith Blake, Alexis Carrington & a whole host of other characters. ... Parent Trap. All of these, I was like, Yes! This is, after all, … “There’s also a moment where I got to do physicality with the clicking of the sticks to keep the mountain lions away,” she told Vulture. Oh yes. Which is to say you would notice if somebody was loading your tiny backpack with rocks.Oh yes, but let’s go back a step further. Daphne and Simon’s pained love struggles to wiggle through the walls around their hearts. She would always invite people to her trailer, especially after work, to have a glass of Chardonnay with her. In a traditional sense, yes. I was like, Damn, that was a good fall. I forget what Lindsay gave me and Dennis … I think he gave me a shawl. The pictures just came out flawless. Did that take a lot of takes? While we were filming, Charles Shyer said, “Elaine, now when you start to do press for this movie, you cannot tell anyone the secrets behind this.” Twenty-three years later, I have not told anyone the secrets behind it. © 2020 Vox Media, LLC. Elaine Hendrix. I love chest hair. Iggy Azalea Tweets That Playboi Carti Skipped Son’s Christmas for Album Drop, “Imagine not flying out your family on Christmas but you have the girl you cheated on my my entire pregnancy at your album party.”. I know how to navigate. Actress - The Parent Trap, Superstar, Dynasty. I just remember there was nothing about that script I even wanted to improvise on. With every character that an actor plays, we have to justify our behaviors. Hendrix. She talked about this recently at the reunion that we had, but films, by and large, are built in an editing room. Parent Trap Camping GIF SD GIF HD GIF MP4. Embed. The next thing I know, I’m in the office with Nancy and Charles [Shyer] and Dennis [Quaid] and Lindsay. The scene where Meredith attempts to scare off mountain lions. “It was just such a big, special day and to have that shout-out was very special.”, RELATED: ‘The Parent Trap’: Why the Ear Piercing Scene Got Cut From Movie’s U.K. I love kids. Everything else was custom and exquisite. “Meredith’s far more put together and — what’s the word? Meredith Blake. According to Hendrix, another version of the scene involved her falling. I couldn’t believe it. It was just such a big, special day and to have that shout-out was very special. Elaine Hendrix who played Meredith Blake in 1998's "The Parent Trap" shares memories and moments from her time making the Disney film. I’m so proud of the physicality work that I did. But there’s a problem: Nick is planning to marry Elaine Hendrix’s character, Meredith Blake. Oh, hey, Elaine says hi. She’s not as outdoorsy and natural and, you know … with lice and stuff like that, whereas I am all about animals. Of course, not everyone views Meredith as a villain. Do you keep in touch with Lindsay Lohan?No, just through social. I can’t remember if they were originally married, Nick and Elizabeth. See Hendrix’s performance in The Parent Trap on Disney+, which is currently streams both versions of the film. When it came to the physicality stuff, there was a certain amount of resetting that has to happen. Actress Elaine Hendrix, who played the character Meredith Blake in the 1998 remake of “The Parent Trap.” Hendrix talks to Los Angeles Times reporter Meredith … I did. Well, the audition, for me, the very first one, was very last minute. What I wouldn’t give for those outfits. I thought, This woman, the only thing she has to go camping in is her aerobics gear she keeps in her car. Walter plays Chessy, Nick’s housekeeper and Hallie’s nanny, who falls in love with Martin, the James family’s butler. We were at the hotel. Share to iMessage. Sounds like you probably had some camping experience prior to the movie?I grew up camping. That’s where, if we’re poking holes, to me, that’s the biggest hole. Truly what judge signed off on that?There clearly was no judge involved. We were fighting weather and winter, so by the time we actually got up to Arrowhead and Big Bear, it was starting to get really cold. Break out your historical romance bingo cards, this episode has it all. “We filmed it twice: once where I’m actually doing it and then I trip and fall. Elaine Hendrix (Meredith Blake in The Parent Trap): Nancy and [her ex-husband] Charles [Shyer] have this interesting dynamic in that they’re parents and they’re true artists, so … I do a pratfall out of screen.”. She was portrayed by Elaine Hendrix. They soon are engaged. We filmed it twice: once where I’m actually doing it and then I trip and fall. Were there any scenes you loved that didn’t make the final cut?There was one moment that’s very near and dear to my heart because late Army Archerd, who wrote for Variety for decades, came to visit us when we were filming a scene where we were picking out Meredith’s engagement ring. Lizard. We recently spoke about her character’s redemption arc, her experience shooting with two Lindsay Lohans, her memories of Natasha Richardson, the cut scene she wishes made it into the final film, and the secrets she still keeps about that lizard scene. Elaine Hendrix, who played the villainous Meredith Blake in 'The Parent Trap' opposite Dennis Quaid, had the best reaction to his engagement to a woman the same age as her character. Photo-Illustration: Vulture and Buena Vista Pictures, I can’t remember if they were originally married, Miffy Englefield Answers Every Question We Have About, Eva Green Answers Every Question We Have About, Brooke Smith Answers Every Question We Have About, Following an earlier exchange with Lohan’s character, in which she condescendingly explains to Blake what “411” means, Blake delivers the following line: “Being young and beautiful is not a crime, you know. In the original movie, there was a right-hand man there who drove her back. There’s barely a drop on her, which is about all you need to know about Meredith Blake. You and Lisa Ann Walter are real-life friends, which is something the internet loses its mind over collectively whenever it is reminded of that fact. You actually have babies. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” reportedly broke Spotify’s single-day streaming record. I’m all about camping. I actually can’t remember if it was a test or we were doing a rehearsal. This devoted dad of 11 years meets one hot woman and decides, Uh, I’m just going to blow up my kid’s life. I will ship every one of you brats off to Switzerland. Role Call is a series in which Vulture talks to actors about performances they've probably forgotten by now, but we definitely haven't. Much to Hallie and Annie’s disappointment Meredith joins them on a camping trip with their dad. I understand, like, once you see it, the movie didn’t need it, but I was bummed. Can’t wait to make your day. You\'ll receive the next newsletter in your inbox. “I’m all about camping. Now that we’re older, it’s like with everyone else in the business: Lindsay says hi. Lorey Sebastian was our still photographer and, man, is she a good photographer. “I had Meredith’s same drive and ambition,” Hendrix said. The remake of the original 1961 film stars Lindsay Lohan in her first-ever movie role as long-lost twins Hallie Parker and Annie James. Now aware of the backstory driving Simon’s behavior, Daphne takes steps to defrost the marital thaw. Hendrix discusses what it's like to be on the Dynasty reboot and why Meredith Blake still resonates with movie fans so many years after The Parent Trap. Whatever is needed for the shot. I love kids.”. You listen, and you listen good. I think it’s Natasha who says, “He was rather dishy.” Total hot hunk, chest hair and all. We were in Napa for — I was there for a month and a half or so. How familiar were you with the original Parent Trap when you read for the remake?I knew about it because my mom was a huge fan of the original. We got to really meet up in Napa. Mixologist Stanley Tucci Returns to Your Home With a Christmas Cosmo Recipe, “No pomegranates were harmed in the making of this cocktail.”, The five-track project is a follow-up to 2019’s, Let Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Zazz Up Your Holidays With an Original Song, Baby Yoda Loves Robert Rodriguez’s Acoustic Freestyle, Dixie D’Amelio D’rops Music Video for New Song ‘Roommates’, “merry Christmas, happy holidays and i sure as fuck hope 2021 is better than 2020”. Hendrix continued, saying it involved the famed Rodeo Drive and a comparison to a classic Hollywood actor. She had talked about Hayley Mills and how growing up she wanted to be Hayley Mills. Then they had a take where they filmed it in slow motion. But whenever it was, she was coming out of the office, I was going into the office, so we very briefly met. The logistics? Embed. She had to choose the take and match it a lot of times. I stay with her all the time, and I’ll make bell noises, and she’ll be like, “You rang?”. A 26-year-old playing a 26-year-old, Hendrix’s performance holds up over 20 years later, and she’s quite pleased to see the character being recast in a different light — less a conniving gold digger, more a savvy young woman who owns her sexuality and knows how to get what she wants in life. I was so familiar with Dennis Quaid, and here I was playing his love interest. Copy embed to clipboard. “He mentioned how only a group of pros would really be worthy of shutting down Rodeo Drive.”, “I understand, like, once you see it, the movie didn’t need it, but I was bummed,” she added. She’s got a few, but I think hands down it’s “for your 411.” The whole swing-set scene: “Is that clear?” Oh, also there’s the fight at the end: “What’s going on, buddy?” “The day we get married is the day I ship those brats off to Switzerland.” Without exaggeration, there’s not one day that goes by that I don’t get a fan letter; I don’t get stopped on the street; I don’t get something related to this movie. There is definitely a part of me that feels happy for Meredith Blake that she’s been vindicated. In that regard, you’ve just gotta let reality go and flow with that. Being called out by Sigourney Weaver was the cherry on top of the sundae. RELATED: Here Are the 5 Lindsay Lohan Movies You Can Watch on Disney+ Right Now, “They shut down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, and Army wrote about the movie and really singled me out and called me a young Carole Lombard,” she said. I can tell you about Dennis at lunch. Was it weird to turn around and ring a bell in her face?Lisa is a consummate pro. Two people miserably entering into a marriage based on half-truths and crushed dreams? Already a subscriber? We shot that in Arrowhead, and we also shot that on the Sony lot. I think really one of the biggest differences is that I didn’t dress as fabulously as Meredith did. It was so good. And for your 411, I adore your father. CAPTION. Published: Wednesday, 29 July 2020 10:28 AM. I modeled a lot of Meredith after Old Hollywood. Something else they had in common? At one point, she claps sticks together because of mountain lions Nick tells her aren’t in the area. You can do all the planning in the world, but it really comes together in the editing room. Especially someone as lovely and endearing as Natasha was in real life and in how she played Elizabeth. By Jenna Amatulli Elaine Hendrix, the actress well known for her role as evil stepmom-to-be Meredith Blake in the 1998 version of “The Parent Trap,” had the best response to her former co-star Dennis Quaid ’s recent engagement. The actress talks memories of Natasha Richardson, the cut scene she wishes made it into the final film, and the secrets she still keeps about that lizard scene. That way, Nancy would have options. Did you know you were going in for the villain? What would she wear? Elaine Hendrix was cast perfectly as Meredith in the 1998 rendition of The Parent Trap and she can’t escape the iconic role even 22 years later. But in our version, there wasn’t the right-hand man, so I definitely think there was a silent, tense, awkward, horrible car ride home. *Sorry, there was a problem signing you up. Let’s talk about the camping-trip scenes. Is that clear?”, The line is: “Wear your shirt like this … I like when I can see a little chest hair.”. All the wide shots and me going in … those were while we were in Arrowhead and on location. You are in way over your head. Gross. He mentioned how only a group of pros would really be worthy of shutting down Rodeo Drive. This is the real deal, honey, and nothing you do is going to come between us. Hendrix said she and Meredith were the “exact same age.”. We shot that sequence in two different locations. Discover and Share the best GIFs on Tenor. https://t.co/Gr1SSJmADJ, I wanted to ask if there was a point over the last two decades where people stopped recognizing you as Meredith Blake, but it seems the answer is no. Unlike her character, Hendrix likes camping and kids. Dennis Quaid ‘s former Parent Trap costar has a few words of advice for the actor after his engagement to Laura Savoie. I’m trained in certain aspects, and I’ve camped my whole life. It’s definitely one of those movies you can’t think too hard about because, when compared to reality, there’s a lot that’s wrong with it. Blake, played by Elaine Hendrix, leaps into the air for a towel and acts as though she’s about as wet as she’d have been riding the Maid of the Mist through Niagara Falls. Details I realize I put words in your mouth there. Is that you falling off the air mattress into the lake or a stunt double?I think some of it was for liability purposes, but I always try to do my own stunts as much as possible. The actor admitted to Vulture she’s different from Meredith but they still have some similarities. We can’t talk about Meredith Blake and not talk about her clothing — it’s true. But that’s where the similarities stop. “Watch out for those twins,” she quipped on Monday, sending fans of the film into a frenzy. When Elaine Hendrix answers the phone and delivers a crisp, immediately recognizable “hello,” my body jolts with something like fear. She’s not as outdoorsy and natural and, you know … with lice and stuff like that, whereas I am all about animals,” she explained. Parent Trap. So, you know, Elaine Hendrix, the actress, knew that Meredith Blake was the villain, but as far as Meredith Blake goes … she just was doing what she needed to get what she wanted in life. That being said, I absolutely am shocked but love that present day there’s scores of gals, a whole generation now, that don’t see Meredith as a villain. Nancy was really good about letting me bring what I call my little buttons to things — a lot of the physicality, my facial expressions. After meeting at summer camp, the girls devise a plan to reunite their parents Nick Parker (Dennis Quaid) and Elizabeth James (Natasha Richardson). What did people give you that Christmas?Natasha gave me a beautiful tea set with all these glorious teas. Make way for Simon Bassett, Duke of Hastings, and his metric ton of daddy issues. The girls exchange a “gotcha!” look and the scene continues. “That was not by design; it just so happened to be that way,” she said, adding that she was 26 playing a 26-year-old. Was that a friendship that was formed on set?When we first met, she was testing with Dennis and Lindsay the same day I was. Meredith’s far more put together and — what’s the word? Elaine Hendrix Answers Every Question About, Sorry to This Man Who Is Not Chris Pine in, A Beat-by-Beat Explanation of What Happens in, Guy Branum Found the Magic of Hanukkah and Shared It With Bananamore’s, Soho House Billionaire Buys Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. How much of your face was a real lizard crawling around on?I don’t really know how trainable lizards are, but there was the animal wrangler who took care of the lizard. She saw nothing wrong with any of this. Precious. Elaine. Engagement ring shopping isn’t the only deleted scene Hendrix called out. Yes, but I’m not interesting. Sitting beside the pool in a flawless white dress is her would-be stepmommy dearest, Meredith Blake. What was the direction like for that moment?That’s a great question. She gives birth to them. Penny Rose and I discussed wardrobe. I haven’t even crossed paths with her. We worked a lot with the real one, we had a toy one, and then there was the CGI. That was one of those pinch-me moments. Then you have a fight, and one of you takes one [baby], and the other one takes the other one. We were the exact same age. Nancy and Charles were always giving us presents, books, pictures, memorabilia. That was not by design; it just so happened to be that way. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Fairly soon after, I got to meet Sigourney Weaver. She wishes a particular moment of physical comedy on her part would’ve made it in the final cut of The Parent Trap. All of my outfits, except for the Stafford Hotel [scene], that’s the only outfit that wasn’t custom made for me. Asked if there were any scenes she enjoyed that didn’t make the final cut of The Parent Trap, Hendrix recalled one scene in which Meredith picks out her engagement ring. Anytime you book a gig, much less starring role, in a big studio movie — I was 26 years old; that felt like such an accomplishment. What’s Meredith’s best line? I did a lot of it, but now I can’t remember. I am marrying your father in two weeks, whether you like it or not. Honestly, a lot of her looks would be on trend now.Penny Rose was our costume designer, and she’s absolutely fabulous. Share URL. Elaine Hendrix had a hilarious reaction after her Parent Trap costar Dennis Quaid got engaged to Laura Savoie. Details Incredible humblebrag. Absolutely. Meredith Blake is the main antagonist of the 1998 live action remake film The Parent Trap. Sometimes I take my clothes or even buy them from different productions, but that one I didn’t even ask because that’s just not how I typically dress. Though I will say, here at vulture.com, we are big fans of poking holes in things.Then The Parent Trap is the good vegan Swiss cheese. There’s also a moment where I got to do physicality with the clicking of the sticks to keep the mountain lions away. The Parent Trap (1998) - Elaine Hendrix as Meredith Blake - IMDb. Share URL. 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