Ester Dean Plays a Lesbian in Perfect Harmony for Pitch Perfect
BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
October 05 2012 11:43 AM ET
What was the most surprising part about doing Pitch Perfect for you?
The most surprising part was actually them taking me on, because I had no acting experience. I never had been on stage or on set, or in a movie. I had done a couple of voice overs but the fact that they went on and let me do, be raw with it and learn as I went, that was so surprising. And I’m so surprised how good the reviews are because honestly without being funny, I thought that, you know, it totally [would go straight to] DVD. But it was so good. Once you got to see the whole movie, you’re like, Wow, this movie’s good. Because we didn’t get to see any of the other parts, we just knew our part.
Right, that’s always hard when you haven’t seen the final product until the end.
So are you hoping to do more acting after this? Is this a stepping stone?
I’m hoping to get a date after this, and I’m hoping to get another acting part after this. Hopefully, I get both, you know. But at the end of the day I’m really excited. It really made me happy to be on set, and I think now I understand why people like to do movies because I see that you get to take away friends. And that’s what I got to do. I got to take away some great, great people and I didn’t know that that’s what was going to be the real reward from it. I really got some good friends.
Yeah, it's a insular moment where it’s all of you just bonding over doing this film.
Exactly. And we really had to bond. There was no time to not bond because we all had to get those parts and we had to do our best and it was all of us reflecting on each and every one of us if we didn’t do it well. We all had to work together. [My costars] taught me some stuff. I really think they taught me how to act, just knowing that you go and have a back story and learn who your character is. So, I learned a lot from them girls. I’ve just seen [costar] Anna [Kendrick] two seconds ago. I love running into them. I love them.
I expect that your fan base will probably be expanding because of the film.
It is and I feel like, you know, hallelujah, because, goodness, I really need some fans so. I’m so happy about being able to be Ester Dean from Pitch Perfect, and have a little more depth as to being an actor, because when you’re Esher Dean the songwriter, that’s cool you did it but the spotlight goes to somebody else. And you respect that — you just know that that’s not really your identity, that’s you helping someone else’s identity.
So it’s a big transition, becoming, yourself?
I don’t know how big it was. I get bored fast so I was just like, OK, somebody give me something to do. I’m sitting here still, I’m going to lose my mind if I sit here and don’t do anything.
That’s great. Do you have any projects lined up already?
Well, I just did an audition and I hope they say yes. And then of course, I’m lined up for my own song coming out with Missy Elliott. And then I just want somebody…I have an agent but I’m like, Am I doing enough? Am I showing myself enough? So it’s still very new to me about this whole process. I just really want to be able to know that I am doing everything that I’m supposed to do. I don’t think that I’m some girl who needs to be the lead role or something. I’ll do a walk-in-the-store scene, you know what I’m saying?
Yeah. You’re ready to be a background player if you have to.
Yeah, I’ll work for it, tell them come on.
Your collaborations with Rihanna, Katy Perry, Robin Thicke all went to number 1 on the Billboard charts, and you’ve worked with a slew of top musicians. Who haven’t you collaborated with, that you’d like to work with?
I would love to work with that damn Pink, she is so sexy and awesome to me. She just gives it, and I’m like, God, I want to work with Pink. And of course, a lifelong dream has always been to work with Celine Dion, and if she ever does another album, I’m going to be like, stalking her at her house. Where ever it is that she’s going to be, I’m stalking her. And then it would be nice to do Mariah Carey. I’ll put it on my board, I’ll do a vision board and put those girls on there.
Have you heard Pink’s new album?
Oh, it’s already out! No.
It’s just come out. It’s fantastic.
I bet it is. She’s so damn good. She’s so good.
But you might be the rare person who loves both Pink and Celine Dion. We usually don’t hear those two together.
Oh, because you know what? I come from a "There She Go" Pink, the one where she was just singing, singing, singing. I just love music. I love people who sing from the heart. A lot of people think that they know music now with people growing up, but you don’t know, you haven’t heard anything until you hear somebody cry out their heart and sing on that album. Even if they didn’t write it, they are singing that thing like they went through that [heartbreak] two days ago. I just love it. I love real, real singers and real, real people who are free to open up and show their emotions. And that’s Celine and Pink. Those two girls, they don’t apologize for nothing.