There was a time when actress Melissa Fumero had little experience in comedy. She cried a lot in ABC’s hit soap opera One Life to Live, guest-starred in her very first comedy gig Important Things with Demetri Martin and played a recurring role in The CW’s Gossip Girl. But one lone winter evening in 2012, while her husband was out on a run, she sat in her small Los Angeles apartment when her manager called. He told her she was screen testing for a pilot, known at the time as the Untitled Michael Schur Project.
In less than 20 minutes, however, her phone rang again. Her agents were now on the line. “In acting, when your entire team calls it can mean only one of two things: really good news, or horrifically bad news,” Fumero says, meticulously recalling this moment. It was the very moment she was offered a co-starring role in what would come to be known as Brooklyn Nine-Nine: FOX’s Golden Globe Award-winning action sitcom. “I was hysterically crying, but it was the ugly kind of crying. I could barely get my words out,” she adds, with a sincerity that tells me her soap opera days have ended and the tears were real.
For the Spring 2015 “Comedy Issue” of Resource Magazine, Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz of Brooklyn Nine-Nine show us how to be funny on camera. Photographed by Natalie Brasington and shot at Root Studios, this cover story explores what it takes to be a successful comedy actress, from preparing for the role to the physicality that brings everything together on set.
Also in this issue, you’ll explore the dark side of comedy with Desmin Borges of FXX’s You’re the Worst, find out if the future of photography lies in the hands of robotics, read the rants, advice and reviews in our brand new Short Form section, and much, much more.
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