Jessica Lowe cherishing role in 'Blended'

Jessica Lowe in town at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Ont. to promote upcoming film...

Jessica Lowe in town at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Ont. to promote upcoming film BLENDED with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore on Thursday May 8, 2014.

Liz Braun, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:33 PM ET

In the course of an interview with Jessica Lowe we meet various little old ladies and children, a stoner, some cartoons, and a Mike Myers SNL character from the 1990s.

The helium-voiced Lowe is a brilliant mimic and now makes her screen debut in Blended, the new Adam Sandler/ Drew Barrymore comedy opening Friday.

The leads in Blended meet on a terrible blind date but warm to each other on a holiday trip to South Africa. Lowe plays a good-hearted bimbo they encounter on that holiday. She's part of a support cast that includes such talent as Terry Crews and Kevin Nealon, all three of them apparently directed to shamelessly steal every scene they're in.

The twentysomething Lowe is from Albuquerque, N.M., and while she's not the first hysterically funny beauty to pick acting as her career, she's the first we've ever met to choose it over the operating room.

Her parents were not thrilled with her career at first, says Lowe, "Because I was being positioned to be a surgeon like my dad. He's a vascular surgeon, smartest guy I know, and when I was really into math and science, he was like, 'Yes!'

“So they enrolled me in piano lessons, to make sure I had agile fingers."

But, adds the actress, "I was just too much of a goof ball. I've had a million jobs, but this is the only one I can do and see myself doing forever."

Lowe was a math major when she started at Northwestern University in Chicago, but soon switched into psych and communications.

"I just fell in love with improv," she says.

In high school, the actress was part of the National Forensic League, a speech and debate honour society that took her to competitions all over the U. S. Her speciality was Humorous Interpretation, which she describes as condensing a whole play into 10 minutes — and playing every character.

"I went to the Harvard tournament three times. It's very intense! Like, 500 people in a lecture hall are watching you act like a weirdo," says Lowe, switching between the voices of a little-old-lady and a child — all in the same sentence — to illustrate.

After graduating from Northwestern, she moved to L.A. and worked with The Groundlings, Westside Comedy Theatre and Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. She then headed to Amsterdam five years ago after being hired by Boom Chicago, "And I rode a bike all over the city and did six shows a week with a group of American expats. That was good training — it's like comedy boot camp."

Performing actually started in childhood, says Lowe. "I began at a very young age, imitating characters and sketches I loved on Saturday Night Live. I think the first thing I forced my family to watch me do was Coffee Talk. I think I was maybe five," says Lowe, suddenly being vocally transformed into Mike Myers as super yenta Linda Richman of Coffee Talk.

Tawk amongst yourselves!

"I was like, 'The Prince of Wales: neither a prince nor a whale - discuss.' My parents couldn't believe I was memorizing these things."

Lowe uses her own voice to say that her film debut in Blended has been an amazing experience. "Everything about it still blows my mind. Everything about it still feels like a dream," she says, happily.

"Being cast in a movie like this is like proving a mathematical proof — it takes infinite yeses," she continues, "and just one 'no' — one producer, one studio executive, one person to say, 'Naw, we can get someone hotter. Or someone with more experience,' and it wouldn't happen.

"They just took a chance on me and I'm so thankful for that."

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