Actress, comedian, Sweetie: Meet “Shameless” Rakefet

21 Actress, comedian, Sweetie: Meet Shameless RakefetEver wonder what it’s like to work on a film with Adam Sandler, Jennifer Anniston or Sasha Baron Cohen? Sweetie, actress and comedian Rakefet Abergel knows. With dozens of film, television and commercial credits, she’s making headway in Hollywood from “Shameless” to “iCarly.”

When did you start acting?
I’ve wanted to be an actress for as long as I (or anyone else) can remember. I must have come out of the womb singing show tunes. I always loved losing myself in a character or feeling the gaze of an audience on me. I lived for the excitement I felt backstage while doing a play or while performing self-choreographed dances and skits with my siblings.

What’s your favorite role so far?
I’m not sure I can say I absolutely have a favorite role, but my role on “Shameless” sticks out because it was the first time I got to do something a little less over the top. Most of my roles are in broad comedy or kids shows, so my performances have to be big. But in “Shameless,” I felt like I got to be myself. And I’m still getting a lot of compliments on that performance, so it’s special to me.

How often do you audition? What’s it like for you to face rejection regularly?
There are months when I audition 40 times and others without ONE. It’s a super roller coaster and when it rains it pours and when it’s dry, it’s the damn desert.

Facing rejection is a daily reality in my life. I don’t really take rejection well, so it’s kind of ironic that this is my chosen profession. It’s hard to go out there, every day, dressed up like someone else, memorize lines and then never hear from the casting director. But as Mary always reminds me, it just wasn’t my role. I’m learning that all it takes is to show up, be on time, pay attention and have no stake in the outcome.

You played Adam Sandler’s proboscis challenged sister in “Just Go With It,” what was he like to work with? Did you get to meet Jennifer Aniston?
Adam is SO cool and very fun to work with. I was a little overwhelmed by the whole experience, but it was one of my favorites. He is actually quite serious on set and takes the whole movie making process very seriously as well. But the set was always fun and relaxed. The NCAA championships were on the day we shot my last scene and he had a HUGE flat screen set up with the game on and in between takes the whole cast and crew were watching and cheering. It was surreal. When I met Jennifer, she thought my nose was real. She was really sweet and hugged me and told me she loved my dress. She was always smiling and really nice to have around on set.

Is it more fun to work on “iCarly” or “Superbad”? Why?
I can’t really say one was more fun than the other. I worked on both projects for a full week. On “iCarly,” I was the main guest star and it was the first time I had a whole episode dedicated to my character’s storyline. In “Superbad,” I only had a couple lines and the rest of the time I was mostly a glorified extra, but “Superbad” was the first big movie I worked on and hanging around Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill and Michael Cera was pretty amazing. I’ve even been invited to a couple of Seth’s parties!

How many Sweet vacations have you taken? What’s your favorite thing about them?
I’ve only taken one Sweet vacation SO FAR, but we are also signed up to be at Cozumel this year. I met the most amazing people on our trip to Isla Mujeres. Most of whom I consider to be friends for life. Both debauchery and do-goodery on ONE vacation? It really doesn’t get any better than that.

How long have you and Mary been together? What’s the secret to your longevity?
Mary and I have been together for 10 years. We were married under the Chupah on July 7, 2007, then legally married on June 18, 2008, the day it was legalized in California. I think our biggest “secret” is honesty. We are always honest with each other. We allow each other to be ourselves and always love each other, faults and all. There is a respect we share for each other and a friendship closer than any other I’ve ever had in my life. Plus she’s hot.

Pitch me a movie about Sweet starring Rakefet Abergel.
Fade In on a gorgeous beach in Mexico. The air is humid and wet. Thousands of lesbians are sprinkled and sprawled around a giant pool. Some playing pool volleyball, some drinking at the pool bar and some making out on lounge chairs. Enter SHANNON WENTWORTH (played by Rakefet Abergel in a career defining performance), the CEO of Sweet. She is the grand pooh-ba of lesbians. On her arm is the beautiful ANNE MARTIN EVANS (played, not surprisingly, by Angelina Jolie). Together, with the help of their friends, they lead a resort full of women into debauchery and do-goodery. Will CANDY’s (played by Kirstie Alley) injured head heal? Will RAKEFET (played by Melissa McCarthy) offend people with her standup? Will MARY (played by Pink) keep her woman in check? Will CRYSTAL’s (played by Queen Latifah) dress ever be found? Will SHERESE (played by Denzel Washington) ever be let back into her room? Will DARCIE (played by Lucy Liu) ever be able to get that tool shed built? Will BABS (played by Helen Mirren) ever find her cougar? All these questions (and more!) will be answered in the fall of 2020 when we release “SWEETIES: THE MOVIE”

Rakefet’s credits:
TV
“Bad Girls”
“Shameless”
“The New Girl”
“iCarly”
“Zeke & Luther”
“Gigantic”
“I’m in the Band”
“ER”
“Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh”
“My Name is Earl”
“The Tyra Banks Show”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”

FILM
“Just Go With It”
“Superbad”
“Drillbit Taylor”
“A Thousand Words”
“Borat”
“My Best Friend’s Girl”
“Shrink”
“Kids in America”
“Hollywoo…” – French film
“Love in Bulk” – Award-winning short
“Cessation”
“Daddy’s Big Girl” – Short that played at over 30 Film Festivals winning two audience awards

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3 Comments

 

LOL! I love Rakefet! P.S. I love Denzel Washington!

 

This is hilarious; fabulous interview!

 

Thanks for having me! :)

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