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How This Is Spinal Tap Helped Lauren Tom Land The Role Of Futurama's Amy

How This Is Spinal Tap Helped Lauren Tom Land The Role Of Futurama's Amy

Firstly, the fact that Tom had an infectios laugh — a laugh that got her a job — outraged her co-star Phil LaMarr. Tom said: 

“I was so nervous meeting Matt [Groening]. I have kind of a crazy loud laugh anyway, but when I get nervous it gets even louder and crazier. So when I was in the room of course it came out, and he goes like, ‘Wow, that laugh. I don’t know. We gotta — we’ll just figure out somewhere to put you in the show. Alright, you’re in the show.’ So he told me that right in the room.”

To which LaMarr yelled, “You got the part just by laughing!?” His outrage was exaggerated, of course, and the room laughed at his reaction. Tom also added that her romantic entanglement with another comedic actor certainly didn’t hurt the issue. She added: 

“Also at the time I was going out with Michael McKean from ‘Spinal Tap,’ and I think that Matt thought he was super cool, so I got a lot of street cred just from that association.” 

It would have been in 1998 or 1999 when Tom was auditioning for “Futurama.” The pair must have split up shortly thereafter, however, as Tom married her current husband, actor Curt Kaplan in 1999, while McKean married his current wife, actress Annette O’Toole the same year. They initially met on the set of “Friends” in 1995 when they guest-starred in the same episode. 

Tom was, naturally, quite happy to land her role in “Futurama,” and noted that her performance and personality ended up shaping the character. Initially, Amy Wong was meant to be a tough tomboy character. Wong caused the showrunners to remake her a little bit. 

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