The ever gorgeous and hilarious Loni Anderson stars as Frances, the boozy and inappropriately sexy mother of two middle age children, in the new LGBT themes series “My Sister is So Gay”.
Loni Anderson will always be remembered as Jennifer Marlowe from the hit sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, a role which garnered her 3 Golden Globe and 2 Prime Time Emmy Award nominations. Her films include A Night at the Roxbury and Stroker Ace with Burt Reynolds. Her high profile marriage to Burt made them the Brad & Angelina of the 1980s. She is now happily married to Bob Flick, from the folk group The Brothers Four. At age 70 Anderson makes her internet debut with “My Sister is So Gay.”
QLife caught up with Loni where she was beachside in Marina Del Ray to learn more about the making of the made-for-web series.
“I had not read anything that I really loved in awhile,” said Anderson. “When Terry Ray called me, I said I wanted to be a part of this. It was the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time.”
Frances’ gay son Seth is invaded by his uptight, homophobic sister, Amanda after she catches her husband with her best friend.
“What Amanda doesn’t realize about herself is that she’s also gay,” said Loni. “I get to play this perpetually tipsy mother. I carry my ice bucket with me wherever I go along with all the makings for my martinis. Frances is promiscuous, wears short mini skirts and plunging necklines, but end the end she’s a wonderful, loving mom—maybe too interfering, but she adores her children.” Anderson touts “if you want to look young next to your kids teen pregnancy is the way to go. People don’t talk about it, but I think it’s a selling point.”
Webisodes do not require the production costs of full production shows. In fact, “My Sister is So Gay” was filmed in Terry Ray’s apartment. These low budget, high-quality shows are becoming more popular. To contrast, production for each episode of WKRP in Cincinnati took a week and was filmed in front of a live studio audience.
“I have a son who is 28 and two granddaughters and everybody has the attention span of a gnat,” said Loni. “They all have gadgets; nobody watches anything in real time. They binge watch, or they watch in bits-and-pieces. The television that I started out in is just gone. You can catch up on a webisode at work while you’re on a break.”
My Sister is So Gay premiered January 22, 2017 on Tello Films. Season One features a total of six episodes.
Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/-m8_UHWy2Dc