Thus is the premise of Weather Girl, a delightful comedy that stars O'Kelley as Sylvia, the titular Seattle newswoman. Mark Harmon plays her love interest with It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia's Kaitlin Olson as the third end of our love triangle.
In what may be one of the more funny meltdowns of recent cinematic memory, O'Kelley showcases her impeccable dramatic comic talent.
The actress had an enormous part in the production of Weather Girl, a project she is proud of on numerous levels. O'Kelley called SheKnows from her home in Hollywood to discuss her life as the Weather Girl.
SheKnows: Watched the film last night and, although your character goes through a lot emotionally, it was really fun.
Tricia O'Kelley: (Laughs) If it's fun for the audience, that's OK.
SheKnows: That's exactly it. In many ways it seems like it was fun to make, was it?
Tricia O'Kelley: Oh, my God. It was just the best work experience I've ever had. I'm still enjoying it. From start to finish, this has been an amazing process and I don't want it to be over. Not only because I love the script and because I love our cast and crew, the people we worked with are friends and we have so much fun whenever we have to get together for Weather Girl event. It's just such a blast. I want it to keep going forever (laughs). We did have a blast shooting it.
SheKnows: Mark Harmon's so great.
Tricia O'Kelley: He's a big star!
SheKnows: He's a great guy. I wondered what it was like to share time with him especially with him not having much time because of his hit NCIS?
Tricia O'Kelley: We were thrilled that we got it. Our casting director gave us a wish list of actors. We wanted somebody big. Mark was on that wish list. We zeroed in him right away – he's incredibly dreamy (laughs). We met him for coffee. He loved the script and was just unsure if he could fit it in or not. He liked the script so much that he said if he couldn't do the part of Dale, he's want to do a cameo. We thought that was the coolest thing ever. Luckily, it all worked out. He worked for one week. He only had a week off of the show. We squeezed it all into one week. (Laughs) It was like the Mark Harmon story hour every day. We're all sitting cross-legged on the floor listening to these stories! He's such a gentleman. One of the nicest people you will ever worked with and set the tone of the entire shoot.
SheKnows: Your character goes through quite a journey of self-discover and then some…what was it at first that appealed to you about this character?
Tricia O'Kelley: I understand what's it like to hit a certain age and you're forced to look at your life. Is this where I thought I was going to be? Is there where I wanted to be? Is this where I need to be? I think it's always good to reevaluate. What interested me is that she's forced to reevaluate. She is forced to start over at that age when you're supposed to -- according to society -- have it all together. Secondly, I happen to fall in love with a man who was nine years younger than me and I fought it and fought it. Four years later he's my husband and we have a baby (laughs). That was interesting too. It appealed to me on many, many levels. Also, these people in news are so on when the camera's on them. I thought it was fascinating about this woman that this one time, she just couldn't smile. It's too big and lets it go on the air.
SheKnows: What about Kaitlin Olsen, she is kind of the bad girl in this rom-com?
Tricia O'Kelley: Kaitlin is a comedic genius. I fought to get her into the movie. I love her on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I think I actually told her I love her (laughs). About two minutes after she walked in! She has turned out to be one of my best friends.
SheKnows: Of all the careers, that your character could have been assigned, there's something unique that she is a Weather Girl. What about that was appealing for you tackle the challenge of being the Weather Girl?
Tricia O'Kelley: the fact that she's called Weather Girl is interesting -- at 35 especially so. Wait a minute, not that there's anything wrong with being a weather girl, but I think they're meteorologists...right (laughs)? There's something about that title -- my character says at the end: weather girl..really? I'm a woman! I deserve some respect.
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