Something Borrowed, Something New, and Something Filmed in Santa Clarita?
With this issue of élite shining the spotlight on weddings and soon-to-be wives, the role of Santa Clarita in the world of film and television cannot be left out. Where Santa Clarita is concerned, wives, weddings and bridesmaids have a special place on the big and small screens. Let’s take a closer look at some of the recent and not so recent examples.
Bridesmaids, starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, grossed over $280 million world-wide and was one of the top comedies of 2011. But did you know Santa Clarita played a part in the movie? Bridesmaids filmed in residential areas of Newhall and at one business location specifically. The main character Annie, played by Wiig, tries to get her life on track and part of that is taking care of her car. She gets pulled over by a police officer for a broken tail light and is referred to “Bill Cozbi’s Auto Body Shop” where she takes her car to get repaired. That auto shop is none other than Ricardo’s Auto Upholstery in Old Town Newhall. In the scene, the auto shop looks just like it does today except for the sign.
And what’s a wedding without music? In 2012, the short-lived TBS series The Wedding Band also filmed in Santa Clarita. The show focuses on four bandmates who play weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and class reunions while figuring out their lives. The Wedding Band featured Brian Austin Green, whose previous Santa Clarita connection included starring in Melrose Place, which was also based here. The Wedding Band was based locally at sound stages in Santa Clarita and filmed at other locations including the Valencia Country Club and Hyatt Regency Valencia.
Speaking of weddings and class reunions, if you’re a child of 90’s pop-culture then your royal wedding may very well have been Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas. In this television movie comedy, hijinks ensue when the characters get together one last time for Zach and Kelly’s wedding. Slater is chased by mobsters, Zach loses the wedding money, and Screech is, well, Screech. Scenes depicting a game of paintball were filmed in Saugus, several driving scenes were filmed in Santa Clarita “on the road to Vegas,” and filming also occurred at Valencia Country Club where Slater, Screech and Zach were trying to earn money as caddies and lose their jobs when they drive their golf carts into a water hazard. Aside from filming multiple scenes in town, there are some other Santa Clarita connections. The biggest connection to Santa Clarita starts with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, aka Zach Morris. Gosselaar is a former Santa Clarita resident who also co-starred in the television show Franklin & Bash, which was based in sound stages in Santa Clarita.
Santa Clarita is also host to all genres of filming including reality television. In 2014, former Baywatch actress Kelly Packard and her ER doctor husband Darrin were featured on an episode of Celebrity Wife Swap. Residing in the “sleepy town of Newhall,” Packard swaps lives with Tichina Arnold, who has acted in several films and television shows including Martin and Everybody Hates Chris. Arnold must deal with a conservative family life, a large family mixed with farm animals and a husband who works long hours at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. Packard swaps the tranquil Newhall suburban life for big city tempo in New York City with Tachina’s stage-kid daughter. Both struggle with adapting and in the end, grow stronger for the experience. The reality show narrative strikes again.
You can’t have reality shows without reality show parody and that’s exactly what you get with the Hulu original series The Hot Wives of Orlando. The show, whose cast includes Casey Wilson and Kristen Schaal, takes aim at the over-the-top reality franchise Real Housewives and, you’ve guessed it, also has a connection to Santa Clarita. The comedy series filmed on Main Street in Old Town Newhall, area residences and Mountasia Family Fun Center.
We’ve looked at examples varying in genre, so let’s look at a wedding thriller that was recently filmed in Santa Clarita. What happens when you mix a woman scorned with a psychopathic Bridezilla? You just might end up with the feature: A Bride’s Revenge. Set to be released in 2019, the film shot at several locations in Santa Clarita, both at businesses and residences. In the mode of Fatal Attraction, an ex-girlfriend can’t let go of her former boyfriend and a wedding dress clad killer is born. She’s not dying to get married, she’s killing to get married (not an official tagline, but should be). The trailer is out now, and keep an eye out for A Bride’s Revenge in 2019. She does not make veiled threats. Again not an official tagline, but…
The City of Santa Clarita’s Film Office was started in 2002 and currently processes over 500 permits per year, leading to over 1,300 film days! Filming is a great benefit to the community, adding over $30 million of positive economic impact per year to the local economy. For a list of what has filmed in Santa Clarita, go to www.FilmSantaClarita.com and follow the City’s film office at Instagram.com/FilmSantaClarita.
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