Los Angeles, CA, April 23, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- "La Cucina" wrapped principal photography on April 5. It was produced independently by Chianti Pictures, Starlotte Smith, Jackie Olson, Zachary Kahn, Crystal Santos, and writer/producer A.W. Gryphon, and was directed by newcomers Allison Hebble & Zed Starkovich.
La Cucina. The Kitchen. The Heart of The House.
On one warm summer evening, four very important meals are being made.
Thirty year old Lily Ireland (Christina Hendrix, "Mad Men") is making a Insalata Caprese for the new and much older man in her life; a photo journalist, born and raised in Spain named Michael (Joaquim de Almeida, "24"), who she couldn't be more excited about.
In the apartment just across the courtyard, a very pregnant Shelly Hynd (Leisha Hailey, "The 'L' Word") is making her best attempt at Lasagna, while her husband Chris (Oz Perkins, "Legally Blonde") looks on, knowing he is moments away from ordering a Pizza… and when he does the highly hormonal Shelly is out the door and straight up the stairs to her friend Jude's (Rachel Hunter) house for some comfort.
Shelly finds Jude lost in her passion, and just beginning an elaborate Italian meal for she and her lover, Celia (Clare Carey, "Jericho"), whom they both know won't make it home in time.
And finally, there is the culinary extravaganza being prepared in front of Celia, who works on a movie set, where on that particular day, they are shooting a couple cooking, while the crew devours pizza on the side-line.
Over the course of the evening, all of the cooks and the guests of the kitchen, truly experience why it is called "The heart of the house." The discussions organically flow to a place where they are all about relationships, and they are all about truth, and desire, and no one is allowed off the hook about all that they are not saying amidst their words.
Rachel's character, Jude is a lesbian, whose favorite pastime is cooking. She is in a long term relationship and is most concerned with enjoying her life, but because of her life experiences of abandonment and discrimination she has adopted the idea that there are many things in life to appreciate and many that must just be accepted because at a certain point one must accept that this is as good as it gets. The irony is that Jude is the character, in this little story, that everyone goes to for advice… and screenwriter A.W. Gryphon wouldn't have it any other way.
"I was thrilled to have Rachel on board" says Gryphon, "She's talented, beautiful and a pleasure to work with." When Gryphon finished the script Rachel was her first call. She loved the idea of her bringing the character of "Jude" to life and when Leisha Hailey signed on as the pregnant girl in the midst of a melt down, to play opposite Hunter, Gryphon was, "over the moon…and the irony of Rachel playing a lesbian giving advice to a pregnant girl, when Rachel is actually straight and Leisha is a lesbian makes it even more fun!"