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MADEFEATURE MADEXXX Native Americans and other people of color to stay in. He was accustomed to seeing independent women learn how to do things. He taught all his granddaugh- ters how to be self-sufficient. Allison Kugel: What are some of the most notable things your grandfather taught you? Pam Grier: He taught all of us to hunt, fish, shoot, drive the tractor, bring the boat in, change tires and spark plugs… you name it. That way you could always sur- vive, without waiting for someone to take care of you. Since I've been in film, since the seventies, this is something that's pre- pared me. When you're working in film, and then you're not working and you are home, how can you maximize taking care of your home and taking care of yourself, your family, your animals? I've had that and I bring that energy and information to my character, Constance, on this show. And my character wears a lot of hats. Allison Kugel: You're not known for com- edy. Did they think you could be funny? Pam Grier: Yes, but Lake was talking about how she was afraid of cows. I said, "Cows won't hurt you, but if you come at a cow with a knife and a fork, you might have a problem (laughs). I would tell stories about things I would do if there's a mountain lion outside attacking my chicken coop and stuff like that. I would tell people not to go for long country walks in the night if there is no light. This is Jurassic Park for real. But what they real- ly wanted to know about was the concept of inclusion, which is what this show is really about. My character is a sheriff, she owns the vehicle lumber yard, the hard- ware store; she's the theatre director, she sings, she knows everyone's business, she's the referee. Sometimes she has to pull people out of a ditch with her truck. Allison Kugel: How do you feel Bless This Mess handles inclusion, as far as steering clear of urban stereotypes of middle America? Pam Grier: I mentioned to Lake [Bell], when they didn't have a script and they had no idea what they might do or write. I said to her, "There is one thing I must im- plore you, and that is not to make fun of the heartland." People go to the heartland to find their hearts. I believe that the farm- er is the hero or heroine of the day. They should be in every magazine, all the time. I'm a member of the Farmland Trust, and we try to keep people aware that farming should be organic, across the board. In Canada they know how to successfully do that. Here in the U.S., they have kept the subsidies and the information for the farmers away from them. Allison Kugel: Ed Begley Jr. plays your love interest. How's the chemistry between you too when you are working together? Pam Grier: He can sing, he can dance… he's got a bag of tricks! He and his wife | 56