Luenell is so cool she, like several other celebrities, can go by
only her first name.
The comedienne, best known for her raunchy standup routines, is
also a bonafide actress who has credits that include: Borat, Katt Williams American Hustle, I Hate You
with Adam Sandler, Think Like A Man, The
Middle, Always Sunny In Philadelphia and more.
On Sept. 28, the hilarious comedienne’s voice can be heard in the 3D
animated comedy, Hotel Transylvania,
starring Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, CeeLo Green and Selena Gomez. In the
movie, she plays a shrunken head. Yeah, that’s right, a shrunken head. The
movie is rated PG.
movie is targeted to anyone gearing up for Halloween. Here’s the story: The storyline is
that Dracula owns a lavish resort where monsters go to relax without human
interference, on one special weekend, he invites some of his best friends
(Frankenstein & his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family
and more) to come celebrate his daughter Mavis's 118th birthday. But the fly in
the ointment is when a human guy wanders into Hotel Transylvania and has a crush on Mavis, which is not something
that Dracula favors.
I caught up Luenell to talk about the film and her career.
DD: Given your
comedy which is not PG, how did you come to do the voice of a shrunken head for
a children’s film?
L: Because I don’t have Tourette’s syndrome and I’m not crazy.
That doesn’t mean I can’t do the job that is set before me. People are so
short-sighted and they pigeonhole you and stereotype you and think that’s all
that you can do. That’s not all I can do. I’m glad that Adam Sandler has given
me a chance to showcase that.
DD: Tell us about your character – the shrunken head.
L: I don’t want to give up too much of the storyline. I’m just one
of many fantastic characters in this film. I know people say it abou their
films all the time, but this film is truly amazing. It took eight years to draw
it. It’s also in 3D. How fantastic
is that? It’s a romantic comedy in
animated 3D. It’s all for the family. There is something for everyone.
Characters from Hotel Transylvania
DD: Have you seen the final product yet?
L: Actually, I have not. There have been screenings, but I’ve been
on the road doing my standup. But, I’ll see it with my boyfriend this upcoming
week. I gotta pay to go see my own
movie. They didn’t have a premiere for the movie, they had a screening, but I
was on the road.
DD: You voice a shrunken head. How many voices did you go through
before you found the right one to use.
L: Well, you know the director is there and he knows what he wants
to hear and what he wants. It’s good to be able to take direction. I can take
direction. You know he can just tell me what he wants. I give them what they
DD: Did you change
your voice at all?
L: I had to alter my voice a bit. But, even when I do that my fans
know it’s my voice. I got an ok on it so I guess I must have done OK.
DD: When are you going to do a set in LA?
L: I have a show coming up in LA at the Hollywood Park Casino with
Denise LaSalle. I’m hosting. It’s part of the Hollywood Park Jazz Series. It’s
on October 6.
DD: Anything else?
L: I have a project out next month on Oct. 5. It’s the sequel to
the Liam Neeson movie, Taken II.
They’ve done a sequel and I’m blessed to be a part of it. Taken was a big
action film. I’m also doing a
movie directed and written by my good friend Nick Cannon. It’s called School
Dance. It’s going to be a blockbuster. It has Kevin Hart, Katt Williams and Mike
Epps. It’s so funny!