Published On: Sun, Dec 13th, 2015

ET: See Melissa Rivers As Her Late Mother Joan Rivers in ‘Joy’

Melissa Rivers As Her Late Mother Joan Rivers in 'Joy'


In the upcoming film Joy, which stars Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano, American entrepreneur and inventor of the Miracle Mop, Melissa appears as her late mother comedian Joan Rivers in a scene where Joy runs into Joan at the QVC studios in the early 90s.

While you watch the video you will find that the voice is a little off. Why? The television host, producer explained to Entertainment Tonight in an exclusive interview, “I worked hard on her speech pattern, but not so much the accent because I didn’t want it to be an imitation or a caricature.”

The actress also revealed how the casting came about “My agent received a phone call, saying, ‘David O. Russell wants to meet Melissa.’ It was all very hush hush and top secret, and I went, ‘Okay.’”

Melissa shared that the role gives room to her emotions more than she had wanted: “I can’t watch myself, and especially like that. I think I was so focused on the details and trying to do a good job that it never hit me that I took this crazy emotional risk until I got home and went, ‘What did I just do?’”


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