There’s a starlet in my car. She pulled open the pollen-dusted door and slid into the dog-hair-covered front seat, her delicate, sandaled feet resting in the mess of caramel crème wrappers, lipstick-blotted napkins, and newspaper delivery bags on the floor mat. Said detritus was not removed from my car prior to serving as actress chariot. That’s not because said actress is unimpressive, though the fact that she had second billing under Paris Hilton—and wore prosthetic brown teeth, a fake mole, and rotting toenails—in a 2008 film called The Hottie and the Nottie
might lead you to think otherwise. Christine Lakin is on the cusp.
The thirty-two-year-old Roswell native has been a supporting cast member in several major film releases, including 2010’s Valentine’s Day
with Julia Roberts and Jamie Foxx and You Again
with Jamie Lee Curtis, Betty White, Kristen Bell, and Sigourney Weaver. She’s playing a young stepmom-to-be on the CW’s Hellcats
and did an episode of Melissa & Joey
for ABC Family. She was chosen to voice news anchor Joyce Kinney, a new and recurring character on Family Guy
, after a mutual friend brought creator Seth MacFarlane to one of her plays. She’s part of a pilot for MTV from Bert Royal, who wrote the 2010 Emma Stone film Easy A
. And she’s in the staged musical version of the 1988 cult favorite film Heathers
—as Heather Duke, originally played by Shannen Doherty—which has performed to sold-out crowds at New York’s famed Joe’s Pub.
So really, she’s poised to show you big things. Limousine-worthy things, perhaps. But for now, my beat-up Honda Civic—in this state because I ran out of time to clean it—is serving as humble transport as I tag along on Lakin’s recent visit home.