For those of you eagerly awaiting Tuesday night's (April 19) "Glee" return, MTV News has a special treat to tide you over. Think of it as an appetizer, if you will, featuring the one and only Heather Morris (a.k.a. Brittany S. Pierce) and her roommate/ fellow actress/ filmmaking partner Ashley Lendzion.
In their spare time, the two ladies have been hard at work on their own film projects, including the most excellent "Nuthin' but a 'Glee' Thang" video for Funny or Die (which they wrote themselves), as well as two short films, "The Elevator," and the upcoming "Andy Made a Friend."
MTV News was lucky enough to catch up with Morris and Lendzion recently to find out more about their cinematic endeavors and, as you'll see in the accompanying video, the results of our chat were both informative and hilarious.
"We met in acting school, at Playhouse West in North Hollywood," Lendzion revealed.
"We met in class together, and we were both excited about writing and doing things," Morris added.
The ladies explained that they were particularly inspired by Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi's movie "Paper Heart" and decided the night after seeing it that they should be making their own films, too, the first of which was Morris' directorial debut, "The Elevator."
" 'The Elevator' is a short film about this guy Nate. He is scared of elevators, and he sees this girl one day [played by Morris] and he keeps seeing her on the elevator, and he can't seem to find her anywhere else," Lendzion said. "His attention is shifted towards her because her cell phone ringtone is his go-to karaoke song. He doesn't know what to do, and he recruits the help of his crazy roommate, Louise, played by me, she tries to coax him through and get him on an elevator."
In describing their writing process, the ladies joked that their ideas come from the same place.
"She's the brains," Morris said of Lendzion, adding, "We share a brain. It works out."
Morris and Lendzion then playfully demonstrated their brainstorming "process" for us, which included drawing pictures and yelling out random ideas back and forth.
"With writing, we were just bouncing [ideas off each other]," Morris said.
"We knew exactly the story we wanted to go with, so that was really easy to write," Lendzion said of "The Elevator." "Which is awesome, because that can be hard, writing with someone else."
What do you think of Heather and Ashley's creative collabos? Let us know in the comments!
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