Between films like The Big Ask to 10 Things I Hate About You and television’s long-running series, Numb3rs, chances are you’ve seen a David Krumholtz joint. His latest project has him dressing in drag and talking about cumulus clouds, which is indeed a 180 from Bernard the elf.
Weather From is an online weather channel where daily outlooks are delivered by a delightfully frisky older woman named Gigi aka Krumholtz after four and a half hours of makeup. The comedy website is a new creation from Barry Sonders, Zach Golden and Ricky Mabe and features 35 pre-taped segments with forecasts from the National Weather Service. For Krumholtz, wearing prosthetics was a dream come true, and transforming into a fiesty retiree gave him a chance to pay tribute to his own grandmother. VH1 spoke to the actor about his latest gig, the sexual exploits of the AARP set and a long-awaited grudge match between Jake Johnson and Oscar Isaac.
Where did the inspiration for Gigi come from?
I had always done this impression of my grandmother that my friend Ricky Mabe really loved. He was doing this website where he created this old Jewish lady character, and he asked me if I wanted to do my impression and I said yes. And before you know it I’m in four and a half hours’ worth of prosthetic makeup and I looked like my grandma and I got to sort of make my homage to her. It was a lot, a lot of fun.
Had you ever done a project with that much makeup or prosthetics before?
No, that was a dream come true for me. I had also wanted to, and it really was mind-blowing because you’re shaped into a character like that once you’re in the make-up, you know? No one can see you. It’s kind of weird. It’s like, people look at you but they’re not looking at you. Even if they know you’re in there! So it was great, it was the most fun four and a half hours of my life and I really wish I could have stayed in that makeup. I’d much rather be her than be me.
Gigi obviously has a lot to say, with a lot of stories and opinions. If you could say that she’s an expert in anything else other than weather, what would it be?
Probably sex. She’s a very sexual, promiscuous woman. As she says, she’s been there and done that. She’s even had sex in a child’s urinal. She’s done it all, seen it all and lived to tell the tale and she’s happy to brag about her sexual exploits.
Was your grandmother that much of a sharer?
My grandmother was a very frisky lady who had a lot to say about a lot of things and was always touting her own accomplishments. She wasn’t overtly sexual — I was her grandson. So maybe she was — not with me — but I bet back in the day she had fun.
Do you have any plans for the future of the series? Maybe taking her to different locations, interacting with different people?
The idea is to create more characters that would give you the weather and, yeah, who knows? It’s so new and we’re all just trying to figure out what it is right now. I think we’re all focused on expanding the website with more characters as our next step. Gigi is like my Madea and it would be fun to expand the idea by doing a TV show or something like that.
What celebrities would Gigi want to co-host with?
She would like to do a lot of nasty things to Jeff Goldblum. Gigi loves her Goldblum.
Do you have any dream guests that you would like to bring in?
Well, Gigi is married — her husband is an old man named Harold. So, it would be fun to have like Alan Arkin play Harold. That would be a lot of fun.
Do you have any personal connection weather or any interest in weather?
Not more than anyone else. It is important to know the weather every week. But no, I’m not a meteorologist. I’m not a weather nerd — is that even a thing?
I think there are some weather nerds out there.
That’s so weird.
Did you ever have a favorite TV meteorologist?
We loved some Al Roker when I was a kid. I remember Storm Field. And there was that guy John Mountain out here. So ludicrous, the names. But those can’t be their real names, there’s no way.
You’ve said that you are always a big hit with moms and grandmas. Why do you think that is?
I guess maybe I have an old soul. I’m a classic, if you will. And I hearken back to a day — I don’t know, I like to think of myself as a character actor and back in the early days of film, character actors were really highly respected like Andrew Robinson, so maybe I remind them of that?
You recently did a Reddit AMA where someone asked you who would win out in a grudge match between you, Jake Johnson and Oscar Isaac. I have to admit I’m curious about this. It can’t be the first time you’ve been compared to either of those two?
Yeah, I get it all the time now. It’s always fun when you’re trying to cultivate a successful acting career — in a cutthroat business — and all of a sudden there are doppelgängers that are very, very talented. And it’s like, “Sh-t!” There are actual look-a-likes that are taking jobs. But hopefully there is room for all of us. I know Jake — he and I played brothers in a NYU short film. This was 10 years ago. And Oscar, I really like his work. But who would win in a grudge match? Me. And who would die first? I think Jake and I would probably team up against Oscar and knock him out.
The Big Ask is in theaters now and available to rent on VOD and digital platforms.
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