THEATERMANIA: How did you get involved with the show?
CHRISTINE LAKIN: I was in New York doing workshops of The Break-Up Musical and had heard about the show and was so excited to see it -- and then I couldn't get tickets! But it turned out I knew the stage manager, so I called him and got him to sneak me into the show, and I fell in love with it. It was so hilarious and so spot-on, and I kept thinking this is my niche. So I told him if it was ever going to LA to let me know. And then I got a Facebook message from him about nine months later and he got me an appointment to audition with Christopher Gattelli. I thought I had a good audition, but after there was no word for four days, I thought I didn't get it.
TM: And now that you have it, what are your thoughts?
CL: I am over the moon, though I do have a little bit of trepidation. It is a large role to fill and I've been a huge Jodie Foster fan since I was a kid. Of course, I am doing a ridiculous version of Jodie in the movie, but I've been watching the movie to make sure I am mimicking her voice and getting the inflections right, especially Clarice's West Virginia accent.
TM: What Jodie Foster movies did you see as a kid?
CL: I know I saw Taxi Driver. I think I might have seen Silence of the Lambs when it came out, or at least on VHS. I was so scared, but I didn't really understand what was going on with Buffalo Bill. Now, I think it's really scary -- but in a different, far more psychological way.
TM: Have you enjoyed the rehearsal process?
CL: Yes, working with Chris has been a dream. He's so sweet and open. I've always created a role, so I've never gone into a production this way, and it's been interesting learning the bones of the show and finding my own way into these scenes. And I love the cast. I can't say enough good things about Davis Gaines (who plays Hannibal Lecter). We are having so much fun that I think it might be hard for me to be terrified of him on stage.
TM: You've done a lot of theater in L.A, especially with The Troubadours. Do you think this show will work here?
CL: LA will definitely get this show; it's so up their alley. People here are always looking for things that are unique and subversive, and I think the raunchy, ridiculous nature of the show will get a lot of buzz. Plus, it's such a movie culture that everyone here may have worked on the movie or know someone who did.
TM: Has your work with The Troubadours prepared you for this?
CL: Absolutely. Their process is unlike anything else I've ever done. It's really collaborative and creative, and it gives you confidence. If you're in a Troubadour show and you screw up a moment on stage, we not only deal with it -- we point it out to the audience.
TM: You also do a lot of voiceover work on TV, especially Joyce on Family Guy. How cool is that gig?
CL: It's so great to be even a small part of such a cool show. I just did Sarah Palin for them; it's part of the new season. Sometimes, they call me to do random stuff, usually a day or two before they shoot. But one thing I love is that they do table reads like a sitcom, and sometimes I get to fill in for Mila Kunis (who voices Meg). It is the most fun environment.
TM: Other than Jodie Foster, who would you like to see in the audience of Silence! The Musical?
I love Neil Patrick Harris. I've always been a big fan of his -- he was my first TV crush. And he's such a big theater supporter that I could see him coming. He wrote this thing for Entertainment Weekly about being a child actor and riding the waves of your career, and I totally agreed with it. And I would love it if Patrick Duffy, who played my dad on Step by Step, came by. I think he would get a huge kick out of it.
TM: And who don't you want to see out there? Maybe your parents?
CL: My parents are coming around Thanksgiving. At this point, they are so supportive of everything I do and I've done enough raunchy things that they're not shocked. It's true that my mom loved it when I played Joannie Cunningham in the musical Happy Days, but I think she finally realized I am never going to do Oklahoma!