The comment I’ve been waiting for for three weeks came in the form of a tweet sent out last night by a St. Louis reporter.
“I didn’t realize you’d gone over to the dark side,” it read.
There it was. The “dark side.” The evil nemesis of all things fair and accurate and honest: PR. (insert “dun-dun-duuun” sound effect here.)
In reality, I brought my fairness, internal accuracy check and honesty with me to Stephens and no one is asking me to compromise any of it. Practically speaking, I’m still basically a reporter, only my beat is all things wonderful about Stephens. Dark side? More like bright side.
And it also turns out that I still use a lot of my reporter tricks, such as Googling my “beat” daily.
Today, a quick search for “Stephens College” turned up this gem from Howlin’ Wolf Records, a record label with an online entertainment magazine. It’s an interview with Stephens’ alumna and actress Leslie Easterbrook. Easterbrook has been in dozens of films; more recently, she’s had a role in “The Devil’s Rejects,” the 2007 version of “Halloween” and starred in “The Afflicted,” a 2010 horror flick about an explosively violent mother.
While she seems to be thriving in the horror genre these days, Easterbrook is, perhaps, best known for her role as the beautiful but overzealous drill sergeant in the Police Academy movies or Rhonda Lee on “Laverne and Shirley.”
I absolutely love the response she gave the interviewer when asked about her “amazing career as … a beautiful face to screen icon.”
Easterbrook replied that she never thought of herself as a “beautiful face” and said: “Young actresses are always trying to look beautiful, when as older Divas, we realize that most of the industry’s female ‘stars’ are far from conventional beauties. It’s just wasted energy to wish for beauty, and miss the whole picture.”
Then she went on to give this incredible insight: “In life we rarely see ourselves as others see us, anyway, so this is just another example.”