The actress, who is currently promoting the second season of the HBO anthology series The White Lotus, said that she received "a lot of sexual attention" for her obscene portrayal of Stifler's mother.
Coolidge joked, "I got a lot of play being a MILF, and I got a lot of sexual action from American Pie," in a recent interview with Variety. “There were so many benefits to doing that movie." There would have been 200 people, maybe more, that I would never have slept with.
In American Pie, Coolidge starred as a seductive mother who courted the attention of her teenage son's friends. Later, she played the same character again in the 2001 follow-up to American Pie and its two spin-offs, American Wedding and American Reunion.
In other parts of the interview, Coolidge says that her roles in American Pie and Legally Blonde as a nail technician helped her break a long career dry spell and gave her a fresh perspective on auditioning and Hollywood in general.
She claimed, "I've gone on auditions for ten years of my life, and none of them have resulted in a job. "When you're so used to losing, the fear vanishes. That gives you some freedom.
Coolidge is currently experiencing somewhat of a career renaissance following her much-lauded portrayal of an emotional heiress in The White Lotus. Last month, Coolidge’s role in the ensemble social satire — created by School of Rock screenwriter Mike White — earned the actress her first-ever Emmy nomination, alongside nods for fellow cast members Murray Bartlett and Sydney Sweeney, among others.
In a five-star review of the show’s first season, which premiered in July 2021, NME’s Ralph Jones deemed Coolidge’s performance “brilliant” and said “we are lucky to have shows like The White Lotus."
“There is so much there, all the time, bubbling to the surface, and it would take an impatient viewer not to be seduced by it all." "White manages to balance it all without the whole thing feeling false or like the worst parts of a soap opera,” Jones wrote.
Coolidge’s remarks come amid a flurry of developments around The White Lotus’ second season. Today (August 5), an official release date was revealed for October of this year, following previous announcements of Coolidge’s return to the series, and the addition of new cast members Aubrey Plaza, Theo Jones, and Michael Imperioli.