Description: In the article which centers on progressive insurance login, the author talks about an actress named Stephanie Courtney. Over the past decade, perky Progressive Insurance saleswoman Flo has become a television mainstay, appearing in dozens of commercials.
Over the past decade perky progressive insurance saleswoman Flo has become a television mainstay, appearing in dozens of commercials, but while everyone knows Flo, chances are you’ve never even heard of Stephanie Courtney, the woman who plays the character.
Let’s change that with a look at some things you didn’t know about the woman behind Flo, Mommy Dearest, in a 2016 interview Courtney gave the inside scoop on how she landed a lifetime role, the Flo, she had a secret weapon when she went to the audition her mother Jane Courtney.
What they are looking for is a friendly neighborhood waitress, she is friendly and nice, almost to the point of madness, I can do that, I go straight to my mother and I credit her with Flo’s personality, I can become Jane Courtney.
In her original audition Courtney had one line but during her second audition, the director invited her to play with the role as a member of the famous Groundlings improv comedy group, that was all the opening Courtney needed.
Progressive chief marketing officer Jeff Kearney told Advertising Age that Flo was an accident, the character was supposed to be a friendly cashier in the superstore, but Courtney brought the character to life when she ad-lib the line Wow.
Company execs realize the concept gave them the chance to surround Flo with characters to play off and offered other opportunities to expand Flo’s story, since that fateful audition Courtney has continued to be an integral voice on how the character of progressive Flo has progressed.
All thanks to one little Wow, it shows what can happen if you say the right word, she helps write the commercials, in 2009 Courtney told cleveland.com about the backstory she envisioned for Flo, saying when I picture Flo in life she drives her little Mini Cooper around town, it seems that when Bob Hoskins drove into Toontown in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. All the buildings and the birds are singing in her mind.
Courtney explained that over the years she’s worked with writers to shape the arc of her character, the writers are very open to what I think, there may be some improv here now and then, that is encouraged, all of us were working so hard to find out who this person was and what the boundaries were.
With Flo, she was originally this perfect little number-one employee, but the power has gotten to her, it seems that Jamie might want to sleep with one eye open, Jamie don’t forget to clean the fridge, she seems nice, she’s nice.
She lived in France, when Courtney was a child, her family spent a year in France, though she later forgot how to speak the language, the experience came in handy during her college years when she spent a semester abroad with a host family in Avignon.
She told The Nerdist JV club podcast that the culture shock of returning to France was difficult, I ate olympic amounts of bread and cheese, then I outgrew all of my clothes, I remember I was so sad, I looked like Gerard Depardieu. I couldn’t afford a haircut like no makeup, I’d mope around France because I felt so bad about myself.
She’s a playwright, before landing the life changing role of Flo Courtney plans to play those Courtney girls, based on exaggerated versions of herself and her sister Jennifer and their lives as broke actors, those Courtney girls ran at the 2000 Aspen Comedy Festival.
It didn’t make a big splash, it helped her make more contacts in the comedy business, networking is clearly paid off, way to go Flo, thanks for reading, click the looper icon to subscribe to our channel, let’s check out all this cool stuff.