Jennifer Coolidge has confessed she slept with 200 people thanks to her infamous role as Stifler’s Mom in American Pie over two decades ago.
The actress, 60, became the original MILF (mother I’d like to f**k) when the term was coined in the movie by her teen son’s classmate, much to his horror.
The Legally Blonde star became an overnight sensation, and has admitted she ‘got a lot of play at being a MILF’ and ‘a lot of sexual action from American Pie’ in 1999.
Jennifer said in a new interview with Variety: ‘I got a lot of play at being a MILF and I got a lot of sexual action from American Pie.
‘There were so many benefits to doing that movie. I mean, there would be like 200 people that I would never have slept with.’
MILF: Jennifer Coolidge, 60, said she would have slept with 200 fewer people if she had not landed her infamous role in the American Pie franchise two decades ago; seen in 2021 in NYC
The actress added that the ‘special attention’ she received extended beyond her bedroom antics and into the wider film industry.
She added: ‘Maybe I got this special attention because people saw me as Stifler’s Mom or the Legally Blonde woman.
‘So if they see something else… People that I could never get in the door – all of a sudden they’re asking me to be part of their things.’
While portraying the matriarch of the Stifler family, Jennifer’s character tried to seduce her teen son’s classmate, Paul Finch (played by Eddie Kaye Thomas), in every way.
During the film, she has sex with Finch, to her son’s horror, and the duo go on to have a few more flings, earning her the reputation of a ‘MILF’ [‘Mother I’d like to f**k.]’
Details: In the film, she played the role of Stifler’s Mom, who seduced one of her son’s classmates
Iconic: After becoming a nearly overnight sensation playing Stifler’s Mom, Coolidge (pictured in the film opposite Eddie Kaye Thomas) admitted that she ‘got a lot of play at being a MILF’ and ‘a lot of sexual action from American Pie’
‘There were so many benefits to doing that movie. I mean, there would be like 200 people that I would never have slept with,’ the Legally Blonde star told Variety
The hit comedy – which featured an ensemble cast featuring Jason Biggs, Shannon Elizabeth, Chris Klein, Alyson Hannigan and Eugene Levy – arrived in theaters in 1999 and made more than $235 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.
The performance led to her returning for sequels including American Pie 2, American Wedding and American Reunion; as well as The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy, Legally Blonde, A Cinderella Story and a small role on Friends.
During her latest interview, Coolidge shared that after so many decades of rejection she became fearless because she felt she had nothing to lose.
‘Ten years of my life of auditioning,’ she told the magazine, ‘none of it added up to a job. The fear is gone when you’re so used to losing. There’s some freedom in that.’
Cover girl: During her latest interview, Coolidge shared that after so many decades of rejection she became fearless because she felt she had nothing to lose
The star also shared that she almost said no to her role of Tanya in The White Lotus even though her friend, series creator, Mike White had written the part for her.
‘I didn’t like the way I looked,’ she said as she had put on weight during COVID-19, something she has been very honest about.
And she added she had no clue The White Lotus would become such a big hit when she was filming the first season.
‘The greatest thing was that no one knew if it was going to be anything!’ said the star.
But she as thrilled she got so much screen time: ‘I feel like the coach asked the other actors to let me dribble the ball more. Give the ball to Jennifer once in a while. I get to shoot now.’
And she has White Lotus creator White to thank for that.
‘Ten years of my life of auditioning,’ she told the magazine, ‘none of it added up to a job. The fear is gone when you’re so used to losing. There’s some freedom in that’ (seen in 2021)
‘I have done one thing really right in my life,’ she said. ‘I’ve picked great friends. If Mike [White] was never successful, and we just did White Lotus as a play in a little theater where everyone paid 10 bucks to see it, it would still be one of the greatest things that ever happened to me. Because it was a killer job that no one else thought I could do.
‘Whatever Mike White did for me, I would wish that for every actor,’ Coolidge added. ‘Even if they fail. We all want a challenge – something really scary that we might not be able to succeed at. I think we all want that opportunity.’
And now she has her confidence back after years of blaming herself for her choices.
‘The saddest thing about life is that you just make decisions about yourself,’ she noted. ‘If I’m not getting great roles, I come to the conclusion that people think I’m incapable of that.
‘And then I make the decision that I am incapable of that. You actually have to have a Mike White that comes in and says, ‘I think you can do this.’
Now she is being chased for projects.
‘People that I could never get in the door – all of a sudden they’re asking me to be part of their things,’ she shared.
Key role: Coolidge is seen opposite Murray Bartlett in a scene from The White Lotus