Sophie Monk reflects on Hollywood career and Amy Poehler film role
Looking at Sophie Monk’s expansive two-decade-long career in the media industry, you’d probably wonder: ‘What can’t she do?’.
Since rising to fame as a member of the iconic girl group Bardot in 2000, Sophie has released a string of hit singles, co-hosted her own radio show and starred in countless popular Australian reality TV series - including her current hosting gig on Love Island Australia.
Perhaps one of the most extraordinary aspects of her life, however, is when she moved to the US and appeared in several comedy films in the 2000s.
Chatting with Yahoo Lifestyle, Sophie reflected on her Hollywood career and what it was like working on a number of major productions, including the 2006 Adam Sandler film Click.
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“I’d say Adam Sandler’s the most amazing person I’ve met in the industry,” she said. “He was amazing to work with.
“Jennifer Coolidge was so nice as well, so complimentary. We did a table read where we all sat around and she was like, ‘Who are you? You’re very funny!’ and she was so kind to me. Lovely lady.”
After Click, Sophie starred alongside Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch and Jane Lynch in the comedy film Spring Breakdown, which underwent a long post-production period and wasn’t released until three years after filming was completed.
“It was meant to go to cinemas and last minute they put it on DVD. They said women don’t do comedy,” she recalled. “We were all hanging on that going ‘This is going to be the movie’.”
The film follows a group of women going on spring break undercover, and Sophie says it had a very similar vibe to the 2011 box office smash Bridesmaids.
“There weren’t a lot of females that were doing comedy until Bridesmaids, which came out just after. It’s just a bummer it wasn’t our movie, but Bridesmaids paved the way in Hollywood that women can run a comedy themselves.”
Looking back at her Hollywood adventures, Sophie admits that she often forgets about that part of her life and doesn’t really care.
“It’s like everything, you kind of just move on and do something else,” she said.
“And my career has gone up and down and up and down like, all the time. I just love entertaining in general. I prefer what I'm doing now, being able to be me.”
After spearheading the very successful revamped season of Beauty and The Geek earlier this year, Sophie is currently hosting Love Island Australia.
“It won’t disappoint, that’s for sure,” she said about the new season.
“I think it's the perfect climate for the show at the moment as well. And everyone's been watching the UK version, I think more people than last time, so they're already addicted to the format.
“I know this is pretty ballsy to say, but I think this season is going to be better than the UK one.”
Love Island Australia airs Monday to Thursday at 8.45pm on Channel Nine and 9Now.
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