hope·ful [hohp-fuhl] adjective
promising advantage or success.
spin·ster [spin-ster] noun
a woman still unmarried beyond the usual age of marrying.
How it all began...
Being a single woman in my 30’s, I am definitely aware that I am beyond the average marrying age, which currently stands at 27 in the U.S. I’ve been in 6 weddings. I get it. However, I would NEVER consider myself to be a spinster. Spinsters are old, have 9 cats, wear muumuu’s, watch soaps all day, use butt paste and have resigned themselves to the fact that they will always be single. I am NOT a spinster. I am simply a confident woman that has not yet settled down to marry and procreate. That’s it. And then I went to an audition that changed it all...
It was for one of my FAVORITE new comedies- UP ALL NIGHT. I was thrilled! I initially read for the role of “pregnant woman.” After what I deemed to be a successful audition, I confidently walked out of the building and across the lot. “Heather! Heather!” I heard from a panting assistant. “They want you to come back and read another part.” “Wow! That doesn’t happen very often,” I thought. I excitedly followed the assistant back into the building. “So, which role do they want me to read for?” His reply: “Hopeful spinster.” Even at hearing this, I thought, “yeah, let’s do this!” I walked into the room and, as they were thanking me for coming back, the writer, a beautiful blonde in her 30’s, quickly chimed in: “I’m sorry for the title of the character. I wrote it with myself in mind, actually.” I chuckled and said, “well, I suppose I am a hopeful spinster, so no worries here.” And I meant it. I also knew that the role of “hopeful spinster” was mine. And 2 days later, it was.
I jokingly told everyone about my upcoming role. The knee-jerk reactions were all the same: “you’re not a spinster! You're too young!” Well, not quite. As I read the dictionary definition, I did fit the bill AND I am hopeful that I will meet someone. So, rather than fight my hopeful spinster-ness, I chose to embrace it. Of course, hopeful spinsters are not loners. They’re hopeful. They need to surround themselves with fellow hopeful spinsters. So I sought out to do just that. The day before I shot UP ALL NIGHT , I had coffee with my friend Dellany, a dear friend of similar age and optimism. As I comically told her my character’s name, she excitedly proclaimed, “Well, I’m a hopeful spinster too!!!” I knew I’d found my partner in crime. Thus, 2 Hopeful Spinsters was born.
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