Alexander Says WENN
Seinfeld's Jason Alexander, that is he's guest starring on Remember WENN
from TV Guide, September 1, 1997
It's amazing what the right dress can do.
It was a dress of her own design that actress Melinda Mullins of Remember WENN wore to this year's Screen Actors Guild awards that helped lure Jason Alexander into a guest-starring role on AMC's nostalgic comedy-drama series next month.
Of course, it helped that the actor who plays Jerry's pal George on Seinfeld also happens to be a longtime pal of WENN creator Rupert Holmes (singer-songwriter of the 1979 hit "The Piña Colada Song"), as well as a fan of the show. "Jason is friends with Rupert, so I used that as an excuse to say hi," Mullins explains. "At that point I shyly turned away, revealing some of the wonderful traits of this dress I had made or lack of dress."
Voilà: Not only is Alexander guest starring on WENN he even agreed to direct the episode.
The actor plays a mentalist with whom Mullins's married character, Hilary, has a bittersweet romantic interlude. "They're kindred spirits," Alexander says. "They would probably make a very good couple, but circumstances don't allow it."
What is it that draws stars like Alexander, Harry Hamlin (who was on last month), and Whoopi Goldberg (next season) to a quirky series set in a Pittsburgh radio station just before World War II?
"The show is like an Edwardian play emotional life gets stepped on for the sake of accepted manners, and that's terrific for actors to play in," Alexander explains. "It doesn't have a laugh track. It's scored like a movie. And the setting is a glamorous time; people went out of their way to look wonderful. That's what people enjoy watching.
"Besides," the actor adds, "Rupert is a genius."
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