It takes talent and dedication to succeed in the sports nutrition industry. Kris Murrell has worked in the fitness industry since she was 18 years old. For the last five years, it has been our pleasure to work with Kris at Europa Sports Products. Kris was named our Field Consultant of the Year in 2010. Today, she remains one of Europa’s top Outside Regional Managers for Southern California. She’s also an IFBB Pro and NPC Judge. Most recently in July, she added another highlight to her impressive resume: supporting actress in the Adam Sandler sequel and hit comedy Grown Ups 2. Read on to learn how Kris outmuscled the competition to score the role as we go behind the scenes in our interview with “Beefcake Kitty.”
Q: How would you describe the role of Beefcake Kitty?
Beefcake Kitty is David Spade’s (Marcus Higgins) girlfriend. David’s character is the only single guy in the group, and he has a habit of dating socially inept women, hence his bodybuilding girlfriend. Beefcake Kitty also works as a mechanic in Kevin James’ (Eric Lamonsoff) auto body shop.
Q: How did you hear about the role?
When you live in Los Angeles, there are always casting calls happening around the city. A new founding management company called with interest of representation based on my reputation within the bodybuilding community and suggested that I tryout for the role. So, I went for it. After the initial audition, they kept calling me back. I had five callbacks.
Q: Did your experience in bodybuilding competitions help with the audition?
This was my very first audition and they were looking for a specific type. In the final audition, the entire cast was brought in to read the script-from beginning to end. What’s ironic is that while competing in bodybuilding for the last 12 years, I always tried to present myself with a feminine, classy demeanor. Everything that I’ve tried to avoid is wrapped up and on full display with Beefcake Kitty. It was a very eye-opening experience. My new motto: “If you can’t laugh at yourself, someone else will!”
Q: What’s it like to work with so many stars?
For the most part, I don’t get star struck. However, I was working with an abundance of celebrities in this cast, and at times it was a bit overwhelming to think about. What I learned on the set is that actors/actresses are genuine people just like you and me. Everyone was incredibly nice and welcoming. The interesting thing to note is that during the casting process, at the final audition, the experienced professionals seemed just as nervous as me! I was able to build lasting friendships while on set and shooting my scenes and plan to keep in touch.
Q: How long did it take you to film your role? What was the process like?
Originally, I filmed three scenes for approximately 4.5 weeks. It was a lot of hurry up and wait. I wasn’t expecting these three scenes to turn into a reoccurring role throughout the entire movie. That’s the beauty of Happy Madison Productions. You never know what may happen.
Q: What’s it like to watch yourself on the big screen? How many times have you seen it?
It was extremely awkward! I saw it four times within the opening week. The first time, I didn’t know what to think. The film changes dramatically in the editing process. I analyzed a lot the first time. Then proceeded to enjoy it the second, third and fourth time.
Q: Any other movie roles in the works?
Europa is my top priority and I’m not actively pursuing an acting career. Kitty was a very specific role, but who knows what this film may bring to the table. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not an actor, but I did enjoy the stunt work.
Q: What’s your favorite memory from this experience?
I learned to have fun with myself and not be so judgmental. It was also very interesting to watch an actual film being made. The Red Carpet premier in New York City was crazy. The paparazzi were four deep. The film industry is so much different than the sports nutrition industry. It was a foreign experience yet refreshing at the same time.
On behalf of the entire Europa Sports family, we would like to congratulate Kris. It must been an adrenalin rush for her to see her name in the credits. How cool is that? While we agree with Kris that the film industry and sports nutrition industry are widely different, they’re both driven to get results.
With Kris’s help, Grownups 2 landed at No. 2 in its opening weekend. Here at Europa, we’ve always known that we work with superstar talent. Now we have the box office results to prove it.