Five Minutes with….Denise Richards
When actress Denise Richards came by on May 1 to sing conduct the seventh-inning stretch and sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” she looked intent on getting it right. Before the stretch, she tuned up with Lowry organist Gary Pressy and then reviewed her sheet music, humming quietly to herself. Richards is from Downers Grove, which is about an hour west of Chicago.
The star of such films as “Goldeneye” Starship Troopers” and “Wild Things”, Denise Richards was in town filming season two of her reality show, “It’s Complicated.”
While her rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” has been criticized, it’s probably not because of the singing, but rather that she read off her sheet music. But to her credit, he admitted it was tough.
Vine Line: So how was your experience conducting the seventh-inning stretch?
Denise Richards: Horrifying. A singer I am not. [laughs] But I guess I can sing at a baseball game for fun.
DR: Hey, it’s up there! But really, it’s an honor to be up there.
VL: Is it more nervewracking to sing than be in front of the camera?
DR: Oh yeah, definitely. It really is. It’s something I don’t do on a normal basis, especially in front of all those people.
VL:: Now, have you been a Cubs fan all your life, being from the Chicago area?
DR: My mom was. She was a huge Ryne Sandberg fan. That’s why I’m wearing her number.
VL: I know you’re in town to film, but to also promote kidney cancer awareness, too?
DR: Yeah, we lost my mom (Joanie) to kidney cancer a little over a year ago and the Kidney Cancer Foundation is based in Chicago. I got in touch with them and wanted to do something in honor of my mom to help create awareness of kidney cancer. There’s no cure for it.
VL: How does filming for a reality show differ than a motion picture?
DR: It’s hard to do a reality show. I mean you still have to have it make sense. You’re not given lines or anything of course, but you still have to make it entertaining. But it’s actually very conducive to my lifestyle with the kids, being a single mom, and I get to hang out with my friends while filming it, so it’s a lot of fun.