When Mother’s Day opens tomorrow, the star-studded comedy should be a big box-office draw – and it’s a big step forward for Jessi Case, who is part of the film’s ensemble cast as Rachell. The movie is her first major motion picture credit and only the second film she’s ever appeared in, and LA Fan Cultures Examiner spoke to Jessi recently to ask her what it’s like to make a splash with a movie this big.
So what is it like to be part of a cast that also includes Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson? “The premiere was a few days ago and I got to see [the movie], which was really weird,” she laughed, “because I was watching myself and seeing what I was doing. It really hasn’t hit me yet, I don’t think.”
Though Jessi has to stay mum on the specifics of Rachell’s role in the movie, she did tell us some of what we can expect to see from her. “My character is really mature and responsible,” she explained. “She’s a co-parent and given the family situation which I don’t want to give away, she’s a good friend and really responsible. She’s like the glue of the family.”
What she could tell us is that the part meant she got to share screen time with a number of very big names, and enjoyed every moment of that experience. “I’m a huge fan of Saturday Night Live and Jason Sudeikis is my dad in the movie,” she enthused, “and he is hilarious. I love him so much.
“[Director] Garry Marshall, he’s unbelievable. He’s a legend. He’s a living legend,” Jessi continued. “Pretty Woman, that’s one of my favorite movies and The Other Sister was another one of my faves.
“I got to work with Jennifer Aniston as well, and she’s so sweet and she’s just as lovely as you would want her to be,” she added. “She’s so nice. She was great to work with. It didn’t hit me until after!”
Hopefully those won’t be the last big names that Jessi works with. She might be relatively new to the acting scene, but she carries herself with the poise and energy of a veteran actor. She’s someone that you can genuinely connect with and want to see what she does next, no matter what it is. You just want to be part of her journey, because she has so much enthusiasm for what she’s doing.
“I love nothing more than acting, since I was a little girl it’s all I’ve wanted to do,” Jessi said, and she already has an idea of her dream role: “I really want to play [something like] Jennifer Lawrence in Hunger Games. Like a super bad-ass character who can do kung fu and ninja stuff. I can’t do that stuff in real life – but to do a super action-packed film where I was a superhero or something would be really interesting!”
Mother’s Day is in theaters nationwide Friday, Apr. 29.