Patti Pelton was
born and raised in Flint Michigan and Studied with Uta Hagan, Kyle
Donnelly, Roy London and at The American Conservatory Theater under
under Anna Devera Smith.
She did Theater in Chicago and was cast in the Film
A League Of Their Own as Marbleanne and it was partially her
baseball skills that got her a part as a Rockford Peach. Thank
goodness for brothers who make you start playing at age four.
She followed it up with the short lived television series by the
same name. Patti was very interested in her Irish roots and
Produced Never In My Lifetime and played Maire a troubled woman in
the IRA. It won three Drama-logue Awards and Pick of The Week
in The L.A. Weekly. Later she performed and won a Drama-logue
in "Under Milk Wood" and has continued to do television and
She found a love for stunts doing mostly fight
choreography and sword work in television shows like She
Spies. She met David Leitch and the stunt guys (The Matrix)
and she played the nutty Script Coordinator and Theater student in
his film Sledge: A Documentary that went to Slamdance with cameos by
Anjelina Jolie and Carrie Ann Moss. Her most recent project to
date is a short film called "Women With Beards". It is a very
National Lampoon look at the trials and tribulations of women with
COMIC BOOK BIN (through Christopher
Moshier): Let me just throw out some titles of movie and
television where you were involved and I'll let you comment.
"A League of Their Own"! How cool is that? My intention
is not to turn this interview into Patti Pelton's experience on the
filming of A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, but how was working with the likes
of Penny Marshall, Tom Hanks and Geena Davis?
PELTON: Doing A League Of Their Own was amazing we
still all see each other and it was my first professional
experience. Not bad for someone who crashed the
audition. We, that is the cast, never underestimate the power
of that film. We had a reunion recently with 100 of the
original players and this year they will unveil a woman
baseball player at Baseball Hall of Fame. We will be
there. Of course, working with Penny, Geena and Tom was
CBB: The Pretender, a great show
that probably died before its time.
Pretender was another great experience. Michael T Weiss and
Andrea Parker are very sweet and so were the entire cast and
crew. I worked in the production end of it and I was also able
to work on the show as an actress playing a nurse and a police
officer that pulls a gun on Michael. We all thought it was
very funny. We also all had an opportunity to go to Paris
together, the cast and the producer's assistant for The Pretender
Convention. We had a blast. We all miss the Producers
and the show. You're right, the axe came as a surprise and
they never were able to replace a more popular show in it's
CBB: CSI: NY.
do Product Placement on CSI NY which means I find all the forensics
tools that come up weekly in the script and get the technicians here
so the actors know how to use the equipment. I also do
research with the shows Forensic Technician occasionally. I
also work with Nikon, Apple etc to get things on loan for the
show. I work with props, wardrobe, set dressing, technicians
and Art Department and post. So I meet a lot of people.
CBB: What is your short film
"Women With Beards" about and where would someone download it to
Women With Beards is a parody on an old newsreel
that shows the history of women with facial hair and how far
they have come. It's crazy, but I never laughed so hard in my
life. Seeing your actress friends in beards you can't help but
laugh. We had great people working on it. The IPOD
festival it got into is still being developed, but stay
CBB: Could you also elaborate on
your coffee table book of your father's photographs? Are there
any online so we can take a look at? What is the subject
matter and what brought you in the decision to put together this
father was killed when I was a kid and his pictures are all from the
1940's-50's in California etc. He went to the Art Center that
is now in Pasadena, but use to be in Santa Monica. They are
Pictures of the Last Whaling Station in the United States, Griffith
Observatory, some buildings that no longer exist in
California. I will have a website soon and I am currently
getting them in a display format some have been used on CSI:NY for
set dressing and I will be approaching other television shows.
It was a way for me to help my fathers work get seen since he never
got a chance to show his work or promote it. Kind of carrying
on his work. My Mom is very excited.
CBB: How did you hook up with
Robert Chapin and "The
took classes from Bob Chapan sword fighting and thought hey why not
gives me a chance to write and do some stunt work.
CBB: You play Wren on the series,
someone maybe who hasn't made the best of love interest
choices. How would you best explain the character and where do
you see the character going in further episodes?
Wren is angry. Passionate and very sarcastic,
but like a lot of women likes a bad boy. She shows up in a lot
of episodes just being a bit of a pain in the ass. She's very
opinionated. In "That's Showbiz" her ego gets the best of
her. That is my favorite episode because I get to do a fight
scene with Ming Liu one of the best stunt woman in the business and
Lucy Lui's double. I don't think Wren will be returning.
CBB: You worked on the Bold and
the Beautiful where a "soap" is a lot of improve as I imagine much
of The Hunted is made up on the spot with a basic outline. Do
you prefer that type atmosphere, TV, or film the best?
actually didn't do any improvising in Bold and the Beautiful I did
do a stunt that was tricky because the actress kept almost really
hitting me in the face. I love to improvise though. I
did it for years at Upfront Comedy where a lot of great improvisers
performed Lisa Kudrow, Molly Shannon, Andy Dick, Ryan Styles
etc. The movie Sledge my scenes were improvised as were a lot
of the actors and I had such an awesome time. Everyone was
very funny and we did it for a live audience also.
CBB: Do you prefer the acting or
the stunt work?
prefer acting. I grew up watching Judy Dench, Helen Mirren and
Juliet Stevenson a lot of the British actors on TV. Stunt work
is awesome. It is so exciting to do a good fight scene.
It's like dance.
CBB: Where can we find your work
Sledge: A Documentary and A league can be ordered by
CBB: What work should we expect from you in the
future? You have the last word.
hope I can get back to my creative stuff. Maybe some producing
with friends who have high def cameras and editing ability
and/if they want to shoot and pitch more ideas to
television. Acting on occasion and who knows I am writing my
own stuff currently and performing it so we'll see....
One never knows in this business.
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