Celia Weston and Rhea Perlman join the legendary cast of POMS, a film inspiring all ages to go for their dreams!
Vicki [Celia Weston], the head of the welcoming committee at Sun Springs Retirement Community tries to lay down the law and put an end to the new cheerleading squad of the neighborhood. Meanwhile, Alice [Rhea Perlman] finds a new strength within herself after her disapproving husband, coincidentally dies. Together the ladies and their new found pride battle the youth in one of the toughest competitions they’ve ever had! Check out what Weston and Perlman had to say about learning the dance routine, perks to getting older and much more!
The Knockturnal: Celia your character doesn’t get to join in on any of the cheerleading fun but off screen did you get to learn any of the dances?
Celia Weston: Heck no! My paycheck was not about that. I was so happy to not have to be slapping rash cream on my sensitive but sweaty skin. Thanks for asking.
The Knockturnal: Rhea they said that you guys went to a cheerleading boot camp so how was that?
Rhea Perlman: It was intense, it was really fun. No we did four days in L.A. and then we did another week in Atlanta of just hour after hour working with this choreographer and learning the combination of this dance and our formations and we were sent home with tapes, music tapes and told to practice and come back with those moves known because you’re going to move on to the next move. It was really fun! I gotta tell ya it was like challenging and so cool, so cool to be able to do it.
The Knockturnal: So, there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding aging in general. I just want to know, were there any surprises that you guys feel from the aging process?
Celia Weston: Oh God it’s frightening! I can’t fathom, I reflect on my aunt who was my idol who lived to ninety nine and a half independently and some things that happened to her and I thought, I would never be that impaired physically and now I go down and where is my knee? And could you pick up my meniscus over there please? It’s scary. It just comes and you learn to deal.
Rhea Perlman: Yeah for me it’s the names, people’s names and the words that you know but you kind of forget and then a minute later you know it. It’s just, that’s just so annoying. You know like how Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep has Tony Hale over her shoulder saying everything about the person in front of her that she’s talking to, I want one of those. I want a Tony Hale.
Celia Weston: It’s called menopause. When the estrogen goes, it’s scientifically proven, one of the first things that goes is a fast recall of proper names.
The Knockturnal: We know that there are perks to being young, we hear about them all the time but what are some perks to aging?
Celia Weston: Well there’s a peace to it. There’s a satisfaction hopefully when you look back on what you’ve managed to accomplish that you’ve wanted to. There’s a comfort in all that to just exhale and know your self worth in a way. And hopefully have the respect of your peers, that’s been important to me.
Rhea Perlman: Well to me, it’s feeling that, not holding every moment as the most important moment in the world and the end all be all and you’ve lived long enough to know that things change. Things will ebb and they’ll flow, and they’ll ebb, and they’ll flow, and you wake up the next day and it’s another day and that one’s gonna be great.
POMS will be in theaters on May 7.