Here's who we have talked to about the series:
If you're a big fan of the TV series Twin Peaks you will have no trouble
recognizing Jennifer Aquino. Aquino, of course, played Eolani Jocoby, wife
of Dr Lawrence Jacoby (Russ Tamblyn) in the Lynch/Frost series. Besides
theatre work she has also appeared on various other series including
"City of Angels", "Jag", "Weird Science" and
the soapie "Port Charles. Now, Jennifer is starring in a couple of new
movies, one which is doing the festival route. I had the opportunity to talk
to Jennifer recently about her experience and future endeavours.
"Twin Peaks" is still my favorite TV show. How did you get the
role of Eolani Jacoby? It was actually my very first audition. My personal
manager at the time got me an appointment with director Lesli Linka Glatter,
who now directs various television shows, including ER. She directed me in
“Twin Peaks.” They were looking for a Hawaiian female actor for the role
of Dr. Jacoby’s wife and I was fortunate enough to be cast.
How was David Lynch? Unfortunately, I didn’t get to work with him.
Do you still see, or did you mix fondly with the cast of Twin Peaks? The
cast of Twin Peaks was great. I got to work with Russ Tamblyn, Michael
Ontkean, and Kyle MacLachlin. I had great conversations with Russ and
Michael.Everyone was very friendly, but I haven’t personally seen them
since working on the show.
Do you personally think there is any chance of "Twin Peaks"
returning in some way or another. Another film? I don’t know about that.
But I know that old episodes are currently re-airing and many fans are
enjoying the reruns.
What's something that happened on the "Twin Peaks" set that a
lot of people won't know? Well having had a dance background, I was honored
to be working with Russ Tamblyn, who was Riff in “West Side Story.” And
I didn’t know that director Lesli Linka Glatter used to be a dancer. So
during a conversation with us, she just plopped herself down into the
splits! She had great energy and was a lot of fun to work with! I look
forward to working with her again.
Tell me about your more recent television work? I recently appeared on
“City of Angels.” Some other shows I worked on were “JAG”, “Port
Charles,” “Caroline in the City” to name a few. I also worked on an
ABC pilot called “Honolulu CRU” with Lori Petty, Michael Rooker, and
Russell Wong. That was a great two weeks of work in Hawaii.
You recently formed your own production company, Story is the Thing, how
did that come about? Well, I’m interested in playing challenging roles in
well- written projects. And I didn’t want to wait around to see if there
was ever going to be a great role for me, so I decided to produce films
where I had control of the work. I want to produce films about strong
stories…where the story is the thing.
What is the first project you will do for the company? I am collaborating
with another production company called Shimmering Lake Productions. We are
now in pre-production for a feature film called “A Concerto for Claire”
in which I will be playing the lead role.
You participated and won an award for your martial arts skills in the
United Martial Arts world championships, do you see yourself doing a film
utilizing these skills? maybe an action film? I would love to work in an
action film. I think it would be so much fun.
Tell me about the independent movies you have coming out? “The Party
Crashers,” directed by Phil Leirness, is about how four men who are
out-of-work actors and embittered screenwriters, crash a Hollywood party to
kidnap the daughter of a millionnaire publisher, and end up taking the whole
party hostage. It stars John Saxon, Max Parrish, Peter Murnik, Burt Bulos,
and Shawnee Smith. I have a supporting role where I play the celebrity
figure skater at the party who gets taken hostage, but enjoys it. The film
screened in various film festivals: Cannes Directors' Fortnight, Temecula,
Valley International, Hawaii International, Cinequest in San Jose, to name a
few. U.S.Theatrical release begins in September with San Francisco and San
Jose. New York and Los Angeles to follow shortly thereafter. “Screenland
Drive,” directed by Tom Bradford, is about how a struggling writer is torn
between the girl he loves and the horror movie he is living. It stars Eddie
McClintock, Kellie Waymire, and Eric Matheny. I originally auditioned for a
much smaller role, but the director Tom enjoyed my work so much, that he
offered me a much larger role-- the love interest of one of the leads. The
film officially premiered in the ’99 Hollywood Film Festival, where it was
picked up by Prescription Films. They took it to the American Film Market in
Santa Monica earlier this year, then to Cannes, where they are in the
process of selling it. They will be working the US angle this year for a
Whats the best advice you could give to a budding actor? To always
continue honing your craft and be persistent. For fun, I created a website
with basic information about the acting industry. It’s pretty cool because
I get thank you emails from all over the world.
Her Picture HERE