David E. Kelly is developing a habit for discovering breakout actresses. While Sarah Jones doesn't have the show named after her character, critics are already picking her out of The Wedding Bells. As Sammy, the youngest sister in the wedding business, she stands out as the sexpot, seducing groomsmen and creating complications for the plans.
Sarah Jones Picked for The Wedding Bells
This was all a discovery for Jones too. "Actually, I definitely went through that period a lot of the time where I actually was cast more in character roles," she said. "I had a couple of temptress roles but they were still kind of character. It was such a pleasant surprise that the people at Fox, like, 'That's our hot girl' or whatever because no one had really ever looked at me that way."
Sammy will provide a lot of comic relief too, which also concerned the actress. "I was used to doing dramatic roles and I actually think that was one of the first things I said to my agent and manager. Like, 'I'm not funny. I don't know how this is going to happen.' But the writing is so great that it's kind of hard to mess it up. I would like to think it's pretty hard to mess it up. Yeah, so the writing is just there and everyone around me is so funny so it kind of makes my job a lot easier."
While the older sisters are more in charge of the business, Sammy will provide a bit more pathos. "I think that it's her relationship with her sisters and with the people that she meets every episode. Whether it be the bride or the groom or the groomsman, I think Sammy definitely deals with a very emotional part of everyone that kind of comes in and out of the episodes, and pulls that out of them as well as them pulling that out of her."
Should the show become a long running hit, Jones hopes that Sammy will defy the sexpot typecast before too long. "I have a feeling but I don't know, because David is full of surprises, so I have no idea. I wouldn’t be surprised if Sammy got married on the show. I don't know, but then again, knowing David, he could do something crazy like one day Sammy just takes off and calls her sisters, like, 'Hey, come to Vegas' and there's this whole… I don't know what he'll do but I could see Sammy getting married, just to kind of have an ending to her search."
In the meantime, the show has provided Jones quite an education in the wedding business. "I think I've learned what not to do in the wedding business, more so how the wedding business is run. What not to do, I would say basically you just never say no to the bride. I would say that's the first thing and first and foremost. And making sure that everything is paid for in advance, there is a check on your desk before anything happens in case anything goes wrong, you have that money so you can keep on going with your business."
The Wedding Bells premieres March 7th on FOX.