Kimberly Gould’s Picture Choice: Both
“We aren’t in Kansas anymore,” Ford joked as he pulled up to the outdoor set.
“Ha, ha,” Lisa replied in a deadpan. They were, in fact, just entering Kansas. The abandoned track was practically on the state line. She was already in costume with makeup on. She noticed the waving grass and worried about her hair. It was going to be one of those days.
“Ford, tell them I’m ready, but I’ll stay in here until they are.”
“You got it.” He opened the door and closed it again behind him. Lisa looked up at the beautiful farmhouse that wasn’t being included in the shots, but made a perfect ‘on location’ prep area. She would retire there after the first takes to have hair and makeup retouched. She was surprised they hadn’t managed to fit it into any of the scenes. It seemed unchanged from when it was built.
The door to the back seat opened and she looked over her shoulder, surprised. The man quickly closed the door and moved to the driver’s seat. “There you are. You’re all set?”
She recognized him now, the man playing her first husband in this film. They’d only had three scenes together so far.
“Yeah,” she said with a smile. “No point in ruining the hair if they aren’t ready.”
“No kidding. Oddly, I don’t have that problem.” He slicked back his silver hair. It must have an entire jar of pomade holding it in place.
“I guess not!” she agreed, laughing. At least someone got a perk from filming a period piece. She loved getting to play a starlet. It seemed, appropriate. Her life was so different from Diana Dors’ that it was hard to believe they had anything in common. And yet, each was listed among the most famous women of the cinema in her time. When her agent had pitched the biopic to her, she’d balked, thinking she didn’t need more exposure as a pinup girl. After reading the script, however, she realized how savvy Diana had been, how intelligent she was portrayed.
A knock on the window was followed by it opening. “Ready when you are,” the aide said. Brad, playing Dennis, exited first. Once she saw him in position, she got out, her dress immediately swirling around her legs. She tried to hold it in place.
The director yelled out. “No! That’s working perfectly, Lisa. Action!”
Lisa walked toward the car parked on the tracks, wondering if maybe it was time for a career change.
Kimberly Gould is the author of Cargon: Honour and Privilege and the upcoming Thickness of Blood. She can be found most places as Kimmydonn, including Kimmydonn.com