The cast of "Windfall" (sans Sophia)
In the past, I’ve mentioned that Sophia frequently works as a Russian dialect coach for movies and TV, as well as doing her regular job as a court interpreter. A few weeks ago, thanks to a a very unexpected recommendation by her friend, Richard, Sophia got called in to audition for a guest shot on a new NBC show called "Windfall," playing, of all things, a Russian court interpreter. Sophia nailed the audition and got the job.
"Windfall" is a drama about a group of people who share a large lottery winning. It will premiere in January. The show stars Luke Perry. Yes, that Luke Perry.
Even though the scene was short, Sophia must have made a great impression, because now she’s been called back to play the same character in a second episode filming this Friday!
Sophia thinks this might be the final scene with the Russian interpreter — or is it? I sat down today to quickly write a new "Windfall" script, hoping to convince the producers to expand Sophia’s role.
Here’s one of the scenes from my teleplay:
INT. PETER’S BEDROOM – NIGHT
Peter (Luke Perry) and Natasha (Sophia Lansky) are in bed together, post lovemaking.
Peter: "Natasha, I’ve never done this before. But hearing you simulataneously interpret for that Russian killer was one of the most erotic experiences of my life."
Natasha: "Do you really want me to move in here with you? After all, we just met this afternoon."
Peter: "Yes, Natasha. We are soulmates, I know it. I’ve already broken it off with my girlfriend."
Natasha: "But doesn’t she already have thirteen episodes in her contract… I mean a baby with you?"
Peter: I’m Luke Perry… I mean Peter, one of the winners of the lottery. I can choose my own destiny and I choose YOU."
Natasha: I love you… Peter…
Peter: I love you, Natasha…
They kiss, passionately. It is clear that Peter is the best kisser Natasha has ever kissed, surpassed only by the passion and skill of her separated husband, Nikolai.
Natasha: "You know what I really want to do now…?"
Peter: "I do know… because I want to do it, too…"
Natasha: "…go online together and see if there’s a new post from "Citizen of the Month.""
Peter: "That’s my favorite blog also. We have so much in common!"
They go hand-in-hand to the computer.
END OF SCENE
Good, huh? They are definitely going to keep Sophia for more episodes now!
Break a leg, Sophia!