Fat girls chat
, but his non-date date with Vanessa comes pretty darn close.
Played by terrific guest star Sarah Baker, Vanessa is a funny, super charming waitress who Louis likes but parks in the friendzone because, well, she doesn’t look like Yvonne Strahovski.
The speech was the last thing we shot on the second day. There are so many words that have to come out of my mouth. We have it once, so now if that’s all we did, if the cops came right now and the cops made us go away, that would be fine.
It sounds so trite, because as an actor a lot of times people will say, “Is it hard to memorize all the lines? Beautiful, important words, and I’m saying them to the person who wrote them, so I want to make sure I get it right. Once we got it all out once, the whole thing, I was like, Louie was so nice. We have it.” That made me feel like, OK, now we can sort of play with it. But in the end, he had to just pick his one favorite take out of all the takes we did and use the whole thing. All the characters I’ve ever played have really had nothing to do with looks.
” and then I felt myself tearing up and I was like, He had us do it a few different ways but when I essentially point in the camera and say, “If you were standing over there looking at us, what you’d see is that we’re a perfect match,” and he kind of stands there looking into the camera. As an actor, I knew I was just doing one episode, so I knew it wouldn’t come back.
That’s the crystallized truth to pull from that whole thing. Often times we see Louis on the show struggling to make those connections with people and here’s someone coming to him with such an open heart and he can’t quite accept it. Here’s this seemingly nice, friendly, fun, together girl and he can’t quite go there with her. But as a watcher, you think maybe they’ll start dating.
He takes her out as a gesture and it actually goes great until Vanessa refers to herself as fat, and Louis tries to stop her, which she finds utterly disappointing.
(What Vanessa tells him next is right up there with Gabourey Sidibe's amazing speech about confidence.) “Louis can’t even admit it because it’s like saying she’s so awful, like that it’s the worst thing a woman can be, overweight,” Baker told us. Louis is pretty guarded about his material so they didn’t send out a script or sides or anything.
Funny, friendly and comfortable in her own skin.” That was all I knew.
There’s a point in the speech at the end where she talks about hitting on hot guys and how they’re totally game because they’re not worried about about people thinking, Oh, what is he doing talking to that girl? Vanessa basically freaks out and says, “Holy shit, it’s Ed Burns. I love you,” and he’s just super sweet to her, like, “Aaa! ” and makes her sit on his lap and kisses her on the cheek.
He's very flirtatious with her and Louis is watching this whole scene.
There’s a lot of things that are a lot more interesting to me to play than that.
So it was hard to do something that was so specifically about weight. I think he’d seen how nervous I was that day, so I think he was trying to tell me, “Look, you’re good, and you’re going to get these challenges.