Why Jennifer Coolidge Admits She ‘Feels Bad’ for Her Character in ‘The White Lotus’

The actress spoke with ‘W’ magazine about her flourishing career.
Jennifer Coolidge

Jennifer Coolidge.

Jennifer Coolidge continues to take Hollywood by storm. The Legally Blonde actress graces one of three covers of W magazine’s 2023 Directors Issue, out now.

The Emmy Award-winning actress participated in a superhero-themed photo shoot for the publication, which resulted in some seriously epic images. Coolidge also chatted about her thriving career in an accompanying cover story.

Coolidge got candid about the character she portrays in The White Lotus, Tanya McQuoid, for which she just won both Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Awards. 

“I feel bad for her, because she didn’t know what she was made of. She didn’t have that kind of faith in herself,” Coolidge told W. “Sometimes these scary things happen in life. And then you find out, in like two seconds, that you are a survivor and that you can really pull through for yourself, sometimes in a way that you never believed you could.”

While Coolidge expressed pity for her character she later quipped, “But then, of course, it didn’t quite end up going my way in the end, did it?”

The 61-year-old actress showed off the magazine cover and additional images from the photo shoot captured by Lenne Chai in a March 1 Instagram post.

“Inarticulately grateful for this embarrassment of riches,” she wrote in her caption. “When the extraordinary Daniels first called and presented their vision for this shoot — paying homage to the Japanese Tokusatsu film genre — I thought they had the wrong muse (or certainly not their first choice for this amazing honor!) How unbelievably cool are these photos?!”

Plenty of Coolidge’s 1.9 million followers on the platform chimed in to hype the actress up in the comments.

“Our queeennnnnnnnn ⚔️,” wrote Lotus costar Lukas Gage.

“incredible,” added singer-actress Sabrina Carpenter.

“Coolidge!!! 😍😍😍,” gushed Shotgun Wedding colleague D’Arcy Carden.

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