She’s probably gonna cry. I figured that.
Yeah, you’re right.
The first time I met Lisa was
at the Abbot Elementary pilot table read.
I remember her from iconic roles, such as Chessy.
And, one that’s not mentioned enough,
which is the sister on Bruce Almighty,
which was one of my favorite movies.
I was a little bit in awe,
just that I had gotten someone so talented and iconic,
as part of my guest.
So I met Quinta over Zoom for the callback,
and she was just incredibly complimentary,
and made me feel really wanted,
and made me feel really sure about what I had done
in the audition process, which is really important.
She was real specific, which actors love.
This made me feel really good.
The first time I met Sheryl,
I was already sort of like buzzing,
and nervous because we were on location shooting the pilot.
And I had had this experience of like,
when you see somebody that you look up to
and that you’ve seen on screen a bunch,
suddenly, in your face, it can be very jarring.
And I was walking back to my trailer and I rounded a corner.
And as if by magic, wind blowing through her hair
like sun bursting through a cloud.
Sheryl was right in front of me.
And she is just a very positive, generous, gorgeous
And I was so excited to meet her,
but I didn’t know it would go that well.
The very first time I met Chris,
we were shooting the pilot at the exterior school.
It was almost like he couldn’t look at me.
You know how somebody looks right beside you,
or across from you, when they’re trying to look at you,
but they don’t really wanna look at you.
And I was like this.
Hello? Hello. Hi! Hi Chris! I’m Shirley.
And then finally he was like, Hi.
First time I met Quinta, I knew she was a boss.
She just always made me feel very welcome.
You know, just made me feel as much a part.
You know, I was a recur, but I never felt like a recur.
And that had to do with her.
I just try to make sure that Stan is taken care of.
He’s very kind and sweet to me, always encouraging.
Sometimes he just gives me a little pat,
and will tell me something like,
You did this! This is your show!
Like, he just says stuff like that, which is so sweet.
Kind of like a grandfather would.
He tells me that I’m doing a good job,
which is very important to me.
I met Stan on the first day when we shot the pilot.
I did not meet him, before I heard him say,
from in the back of the library,
She got some really big feet.
And I was like, Who is that?
‘Cause it was just the funniest voice.
You know, he had a very storied past.
And we just had a lot in common.
He’s the man, Stan is the man.
It’s his nickname, and it’s also the truth.
Lisa, very friendly. She has a good foul mouth.
And I love that, ’cause that means that
I can do the same thing around her.
She speaks her mind.
She has very little filter.
So some of the things that jump outta her mouth sometimes,
I’m like, What did you just say?
We hit it off from the get-go, from the gate.
Stan is incredibly present and grateful
for this opportunity.
There are many people in our profession who,
as they move along, they’re not necessarily looking at
Oh, now’s the time in my life when I’m gonna land
the biggest TV show I’ve ever been on.
And he is as aware as I am of the blessing that is.
Lisa is such a present actress.
Being in scenes with her makes me more present.
She is so grounded in her performances,
and so much so that it can go unnoticed,
how vital she is to this team.
She just does stuff when I’m in a scene with her,
that is so minute, but on camera is so big.
And I find that to be really inspiring.
I think a lot of people look up to Sheryl.
She just has a sort of mother
and like, guru quality about her.
You know something, I’m always open to new people,
different people, all kinds of people.
And he was a wonderful new person
for me to meet and get to know a little bit better.
I guess I never really imagined
that I would be able to be as close
with somebody like Sheryl as I am.
And so it feels a bit like a miracle.
What? Oh wait, can we guess people who aren’t here?
Tyler, you’re here in spirit, my man.
You guys know that I get there a half hour early.
You do, but you know that I’m there ’cause I never leave.
[laughs] That’s so –
It’s very easy.
I don’t like this one.
Me neither, but we know who it is.
We all know who it is.
Oh, Stan said, Me.
Stan, I’ve never seen you late in my life!
I was late one day last week.
That’s one day! One day!
Sheryl was late to this!
Look at her face!
You said Chris? But wait –
Chris can’t spell.
She put it, Me.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!
What do you mean, I can’t spell?
What’d they say?
I never break character.
You call us by our real names all the time.
Oh! That’s true. That’s true.
If you count that as breaking.
I put me, too.
I put Stan. We all put Me.
You all put Me? I put Stan.
She put Chris.
I put Chris.
Why? What did he do?
That’s two votes Chris, two votes Stan.
Should we have a vote off?
I voted for you, Chris.
Stan, what’d you write?
Aww! Thanks, Quinta!
What’d you say, Chris?
I feel like you two would run against each other.
Ha ha ha!
Yeah. She runs. I’m just her campaign manager.
Oh, thanks guys!
Oh, wow! Wait, I’m not so sure. Thank you.
I did run for prom queen.
I didn’t run, but I won.
Let me just say, we try to give our actors
really well done scripts, so we don’t have to improvise,
here at Abbott Elementary.
But there is an answer.
She had a like a boots or a garbanzo.
Yeah, I was just throw in a word here or there.
I don’t have to make stuff up.
I like Chris, and he’s a very giving person.
See, I wrote it down.
You are very kind.
Just straight up?
Lisa is an outstandingly grounded comedic actress
who deserves more credit.
I was like, she’s probably gonna cry. I figured that.
Yeah, you’re right.
Sheryl is one of the most positive, generous,
gracious people on the planet, because you are.
You’re just infectious and so good to people.
Plus, you know what? I really like myself.
So the better I am – You can feel that.
Yeah, yeah. Is the better I can be to everybody else.
You look at who people are, and what they want,
and what they wanna give the world.
And you not only celebrate it,
but you speak it out loud and say,
I want everybody to know this about you.
I want more people to be aware of this thing
that is so important to you.
And I’ve seen you do that to every person
that’s close to us and –
And it inspires more people to be good to each other.
Some people can give you things,
and some people can give you things from themself
and he’s like, giving you things from himself.
Like he has coined the phrase,
Look at the Sheryl!
And it’s just such a big compliment.
Speaking of Look at the Sheryl,
one of mine is I wrote, You redefine beautiful.
Feel like Sheryl is one of those people
who just turns a corner and you are like stunned by them.
And I feel that when you look at me.
Stan is the flyest dresser in all the land. He really is.
Stan will be in the most fly Adidas tracksuit.
The most fly sneakers.
Just always presents as if it is a brand new day,
and a new day to be fresh for.
And I think it encourages us to show up.
Her generosity just overwhelms me.
She’s just, from the day that I first met her on the set.
She was just very generous and very complimentary of me.
And I just always feel like I want to make her proud
and happy, ’cause I revere her so much.
I just think the world of you.
I wish I had a daughter, or a granddaughter.
I would want her to be like Quinta.
I feel proud of her too.
And I’m like, I have nothing to do with her.
I did not make her, but I feel proud.
That’s not, I disagree.
Some of your roles, very defining for me.
And another part of this, I brought up Bruce Almighty,
which people don’t give you enough credit for it.
Oh, thank you!
Very defining for me.
I feel like I’m blushing. I’m like getting hot up here.
I didn’t know we were gonna have to read these!
We should be able to do that with each other,
’cause I love you, man!
You’re very good. You’re very good.
Yes. You’re good people.
We come to work to have a good time.
We leave work having had a good time.
Looking forward to doing it all over again.
We are very blessed and very fortunate.
Thank you so much, Glamour, for testing our friendship,
and we will see you all on the next one.
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