Woman has a dog's life in quirky take on love and loss
Age:“I’ll say youngish thirtysomething because I’m also an actress.”
Birthplace:Long Island, N.Y.
Repped by:Scott Howard (literary), Stone Manners (theatrical)
The film that changed my life:“My Life as a Dog”
Worst advice/studio note ever received:“Too dark, too weird, no one will ever make it.”
Heather Morgan’s not afraid to say she’s proud to be a bitch. Of course, she’s talking about “Bark,” a dark comedy she wrote for First Look/Overseas in which she also stars as a pet sitter who to the chagrin of her loving husband, Peter (Lee Tergesen), starts believing that she’s a dog.
“It came out of a one-woman show I did at the Aspen comedy festival,” says Morgan. “I did this short video where I looked right at the camera and growled and barked. And so many people came up to me after and said, ‘That’s so powerful. There’s so much behind it.'”
Among those who bit were Hank Azaria; Vincent D’Onofrio; and Lisa Kudrow, an old friend of Morgan’s from their days as members of the Los Angeles improv comedy troupe the Groundlings. Currently, Morgan teaches writing classes there.
“I’m always telling my students that you can make anything believable as long as you ground it in reality,” notes the actress-scribe. “With ‘Bark,’ I wanted it to play like a ‘Welcome to the Dollhouse’- type of comedy where there’s sadness because it also rings so true.”
In addition to a famous supporting cast, Bark features two new up-and-comers starring as themselves: “My two dogs, Betty and George. There’s a great shot of them where Peter walks them to some grass and he says, ‘Come on, poop.’ And there’s a close-up of my dogs. So it’s all in the family.”