In movies, you always hear about actors' boot camps or other such processes whereby Hollywood pretty boys get just enough training to play someone with a much harder life on screen. TV doesn't usually do that because there's just no time. Of all the shows though, The Wedding Bells had a grueling rehearsal process, to ensure that the three lead actresses could play sisters. KaDee Strickland recalled.
Kadee Strickland Rehearses for The Wedding Bells
"It's pretty amazing," she said. "We had a two week process that you just don't get as actors. The creative process for this was pretty extraordinary because they brought all of us together. [Director] Jon [Amiel] allowed us to improvise things from our rearing, from experiences that we might have had that led us to where we are on the very day this thing starts."
Now when you watch the Bell sisters handle daily wedding disasters as they try to sort out their own relationships, you'll believe them. "It's something that was very invaluable because the chemistry between us all as a result of that is pretty great. I mean, I adore these guys. I adore the process that we were able to experience. It's invaluable because it is instant chemistry and history that you bring to the very first day of work and then the cameras roll and then you're off. You can't buy that."
Strickland's character may be defined as the middle child, but there are many more issues for her to deal with than sibling competition. "The good fortune of this script is it allows each of us to be very individual and yet the simpatico is absolutely there. I have history of having gone to Princeton and sort of breaking away from the family and coming back to it. This one is the married one, the responsible one that we go to inherently. Families are families. There are extreme dynamics in each individual that separates them and we've gotten to come together in a really good, fun way."