In one rehearsal, I was working as Miss Piggy with Jim, who was doing Kermit, and the script called for her to slap him. Instead of a slap, I gave him a funny karate hit. Suddenly, that hit crystallized her character for me — the coyness hiding the aggression; the conflict of that love with her desire for a career; her hunger for a glamour image; her tremendous out-and-out ego — all those things are great fun to explore in a character.” — Frank Oz in The New York Times Magazine, June 10, 1979.
I have to admit I love all the Muppets, but one of my absolute favorites has to be Miss Piggy. Miss Piggy is a prima-donna pig who is absolutely convinced that she’s destined for stardom, and nothing is going to stand in her way. Her public face is the soul of feminine charm, but she can instantly fly into a violent rage whenever she thinks she’s insulted or thwarted. Kermit the Frog has learned this all too well; when she isn’t smothering him in kisses, she’s sending him flying through the air with a karate-chop. She’s pink and sparkly and can be as tough as nails.
I can’t show you my entire Muppet collection, because that might just make me seem crazy. Here are a few of my Miss Piggy things though.
And, since this is usually a book-related blog, I should add that she is also an author and has had several books published, including The Diva Code. I haven’t read it, but it looks fun.
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