Mackenzie Phillips Scores Plum Role

Even though actress Mackenzie Phillips filmed Peach, Plum, Pear prior to the release of her scathing fall 2009 memoir High on Arrival, the indie drama is seeing the light of day as her first post-book acting effort. Made and financed by three local women, the road movie recently debuted at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, where it won Best Feature and Best Actress (Alana Masterson).

Phillips plays a kindhearted Nebraska bartender who takes in the two male leads, Jesse and Will, stranded by car trouble on their way from LA to Chicago. The film’s director (Alana Morshead) and screenwriter (Samantha Genovese) connected at Los Angeles Film School, while producer Annelise Dekker, a USC grad, has guided music videos for Anya Marina and The Submarines.

Morshead tells the Santa Clarita Valley Signal Phillips was anything but a diva:

“Oh my gosh, she’s so down to earth. The first time we had a meeting, Mackenzie told me, ‘I’m totally cool with whatever. I don’t need a trailer, I can get changed in the bathroom. I just want to be on set and shooting,’” Morshead recalled. “She had call times as early as 4 a.m., but she never complained. She was like a mom to us.”

The former One Day at a Time star is a friend of the movie’s lead actress, and quickly agreed to the role of Sharon after Masterson sent her the script.