These are the actors and actresses I would pick to bring some of my fave books, the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series, to the big screen!
“ She is my first choice to play Steph. She has the look and that special quirkiness that makes the books Plum fabulous. ” - bailey-wegner
“ Hello Lula! OK, maybe she's still a bit young, but she can pull the tude! ” - bailey-wegner
Joe Manganiello is an American actor. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Susan (Brachanow) and Charles John Manganiello, and has a younger brother, Nicholas. His father is of Italian descent and his mother has German/Austrian/Croatian and Armenian ancestry. Joe was raised in Mount Lebanon and attended Mount Lebanon high school...
“ Seriously? Who could be a better Morelli? Tall, dark, handsome. Great body, Italian. Yum. The second I saw him on True Blood, I knew he was perfect to be Joe Morelli. ” - bailey-wegner
Adrian Bellani is a Salvadoran actor, born in Miami and raised in San Salvador. There, Bellani not only competed in international horse jumping competitions, but he won and was invited to compete in the Central America Games representing his country. Bellani also became a very accomplished volleyball player and the team that he played for won the Central American tournament...
“ Meet Ranger. Nuf said. ” - bailey-wegner
Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York to mother Patricia "Addie" Tomei, an English teacher and father Gary Tomei, a lawyer. Marisa also has a brother, actor Adam Tomei
. As a child, Marisa's mother frequently corrected her speech as to eliminate her heavy Brooklyn accent...
“ Here's Connie! She's so Jersey. ” - bailey-wegner
“ She totally embodies Grandma Mazur. Sassy, cute, funny. She's got it all. ” - bailey-wegner
Sacha Baron Cohen
British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was born in Hammersmith, London. He is the son of Daniella (Weiser), a movement instructor, and Gerald Baron Cohen, a clothing store owner. His father, born in England and raised in Wales, was of Eastern European Jewish descent, while his mother was born in Israel...
“ Is he Sally Sweet or what? This pic probably doesn't show it....but imagine him with longer hair, lipstick and eyeline, a tight, shiny skirt, and platform pumps. He would rock that roll. ” - bailey-wegner
James Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey, to Santa (Penna), a high school lunchlady, and James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr., a bricklayer and head school janitor. His parents were both of Italian origin. Gandolfini began acting in the New York theater. His Broadway debut was in the 1992 revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire" with Jessica Lange
and Alec Baldwin
“ Here's my pick for Dad. ” - bailey-wegner
Shelley Lee Long was born at 7:15 am on Tuesday, August 23, 1949 in Indian Village, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, the only child of Ivadine (Williams), a schoolteacher, and Leland Long, a teacher who had previously worked in the rubber industry. Shelley attended school at Kekionga Junior High for grades 6-9 and at South Side High School for grades 10-12...
“ Introducing Steph's mom....This is the pick I am the least sure of. ” - bailey-wegner
Kristin Bauer van Straten
Kristin grew up in Wisconsin playing sports, riding horses, and shooting guns. Her father was an avid horseman and gun collector and her mother a housewife involved in charities. Kristin moved to Los Angeles and began acting in 1994 after studying fine arts in St. Louis, Boston and New York. She still studies drawing and painting...
“ Here is Joyce! She'd have to dye her hair red, but she would kick a** in this part. ” - bailey-wegner
Multi-talented Jason Jordan Segel was born in Los Angeles, California, where he was raised by his parents, Jillian (Jordan), a homemaker, and Alvin Segel, a lawyer. His mother is of English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry, and his father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. He was educated at St. Matthew's Parish School in Pacific Palisades...
“ Mooner....or Dougie. ” - bailey-wegner
Jeremy Davies attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California. He made his film debut starring in David O. Russell's acclaimed first film, the Indy classic, "Spanking the Monkey", which became a surprise Sundance Film Festival winner, earning Jeremy an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance...
“ Mooner....or Dougie. ” - bailey-wegner
“ Here's my pick for Vinnie. ” - bailey-wegner
Katy Mixon was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. She was one of seven children. She graduated from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Mixon's first acting job came in 2001, playing "Calpurnia" in the Utah Shakespearean Festival's presentation of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar". Mixon moved to Los Angeles...
“ She's my back-up Connie ” - bailey-wegner
Jennifer Garner, who catapulted into stardom with her lead role on the television series Alias
, has come a long way from her birthplace of Houston, Texas. Raised in Charleston, West Virginia by her mother, Patricia Ann (née English), a retired teacher of English, and her father, William John Garner...
“ A back-up Stephanie. Maybe too old, but she does quirky well and could kill the action scenes. ” - bailey-wegner
Ellen Philpotts-Page was born on February 21, 1987, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Martha Philpotts, a teacher, and Dennis Page, a graphic designer. Page wanted to start acting at an early age and attended the Neptune Theater School. She began her career at the age of 10 on the award-winning television series Pit Pony
“ Another back-up Stephanie ” - bailey-wegner
Emily Jean "Emma" Stone was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, to Krista (Yeager), a homemaker, and Jeffrey Charles Stone, a contracting company founder and CEO. She is of Swedish (from her paternal grandfather), English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent. Stone began acting as a child as a member of the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix...
“ Also could play Stephanie ” - bailey-wegner
Amazingly, newcomer Cobie Smulders never gave much thought to acting. She was born on April 3, 1982, in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a Dutch father and an English mother. As a girl, Cobie had set her sights on becoming a doctor or a marine biologist. In fact, it wasn't until high school that Cobie started to explore acting after appearing in several school productions...
“ And my final possible Stephanie...probably would be my second choice. ” - bailey-wegner
Jennifer Hudson is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author. Bright and booming talent Hudson is a perfect example of how NOT winning the title of American Idol
can actually be a boon to your career and not necessarily the end of a childhood dream...
“ Here's another choice for Lula. Although now that she's lost all of that weight, she probably wouldn't want to gain it all back! ” - bailey-wegner
Debra Jo Rupp
Debra Jo Rupp always wanted to be an actress, but her parents were firmly opposed to the idea. They sent her to the University of Rochester at least in part because it offered no theater classes. But the school added a Drama department in Rupp's freshman year, and after graduation, she moved to New York to begin her acting career...
“ I also think she could play Steph's mom. ” - bailey-wegner