Just When You Think Jennifer Coolidge Can't Get More Delightful, She Tells The Story About Her Connection To Billie Eilish And Finneas

Jennifer Coolidge in The White Lotus and Billie Eilish in Live at the O2 movie
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After Jennifer Coolidge previously found fame for early ‘00s movies like Best In Show and Legally Blonde, the actress finds herself being one of the most viral actresses at the moment, between lots of amazing Golden Globes moments, wanting to play a dolphin and recently joining TikTok. Coolidge is such a fun presence that we could hear her answer questions and tell stories all day. In one recent story of hers, she revealed a longstanding connection she’s had with Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas. 

While promoting her latest movie, Shotgun Wedding, streaming now with an Amazon Prime subscription, Jennifer Coolidge was asked about the best wedding she’s ever been to. Check out what she said: 

I think the best wedding I ever went to was, I got this invite when I was in this comedy group at the Groundlings and all of us got it. It was this potluck wedding where you brought a dish in this beautiful Malibu canyon and we all went and there was square dancing and everything. It was the most fun I’ve ever had at a wedding and I’ve gone to all these fancy weddings where people spend millions of dollars and things like that, and it was equivalent to this very sort of. It was just the most unique, natural wedding and this is the cool part of the story: it was two people who’d known each other a really long time, they knew each other for twelve years and they gave birth to two children after the wedding and it ended up that their daughter is Billie Eilish and their son is Finneas. But, I’ll never forget that wedding. A family of deers showed up while they were doing the nuptials, a family of deer stood in the background. It was the most romantic thing I’ve ever been to.

Both Billie Eilish and Finneas' parents have backgrounds in acting, so somehow they ended up in the same circles as Jennifer Coolidge back in the day. Coolidge shared that she was invited to their wedding, but it doesn’t sound like she knew them too well when she attended it. While speaking to Hits Radio, The White Lotus actress called the O’Connell’s wedding the “most fun” she’d ever had at a wedding, and it wasn’t this extravagant event either. 

Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell's parents are Maggie Baird and Patrick O’Connell. Baird has roots in performing on Broadway and acted in several movie and TV shows. The couple reportedly got married in 1995 and have been living in Los Angeles, California throughout their now-famous children’s upbringing. 

Billie Eilish and Finneas have been major names in the music industry in the past few years with their sister-brother duo songwriting, along with Eilish being a young fashion icon. The pair won Oscars for their James Bond theme “No Time To Die” last year and have been touring the world with her second studio album, Happier Than Ever, as of late. Coolidge, on the other hand, is part of wild gunfights in her latest role in Shotgun Wedding, streaming now. 

I do have to wonder if the O’Connells remember that Jennifer Coolidge was part of their wedding. I can just imagine Coolidge stopping Billie Eilish on a red carpet to share her memories of her parent’s wedding, and I really hope it happens. Either way, Coolidge’s description of the wedding sounds amazing and we’re just generally happy for The White Lotus star. 

Sarah El-Mahmoud
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Sarah El-Mahmoud has been with CinemaBlend since 2018 after graduating from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in Journalism. In college, she was the Managing Editor of the award-winning college paper, The Daily Titan, where she specialized in writing/editing long-form features, profiles and arts & entertainment coverage, including her first run-in with movie reporting, with a phone interview with Guillermo del Toro for Best Picture winner, The Shape of Water. Now she's into covering YA television and movies, and plenty of horror. Word webslinger. All her writing should be read in Sarah Connor’s Terminator 2 voice over.