Julie Bowen Nabs Two New Movie Roles

Since starring as one of Adam Sander's earliest love interests in Happy Gilmore, it wouldn't have been surprising if her career took off. Instead, the actress stuck largely to television work, with a starring role on the Tom Cavanagh show Ed, and repeat parts on shows like ER, Lost, Weeds and Boston Legal. Now, however, the actress has earned an Emmy nomination for her work on the ABC comedy Modern Family. So with the show currently on hiatus Bowen is doing what most TV actors have been doing these days: movies.

Variety reports that Bowen has taken separate roles in two upcoming films. Coming first will be the comedy Horrible Bosses, which co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, Jason Sudeikis, Jamie Foxx and Charlie Day. In the film, Bowen will play the wife to Kevin Spacey character, Bateman's boss who is described as "a master manipulator with an attractive wife." The next project will be Jumping the Broom, in which the actress will play a stressed wedding planner in a film about two African-American families begrudgingly come together on Martha's Vinyard.

While her character is typically relegated to the "straight man" to Ty Burrell on Modern Family, Bowen has always been a funny actress and it's nice to see her getting some much deserved attention. With a stacked cast, Horrible Bosses is set to be a major comedy comedy and it's nice to see Bowen as a part of that, regardless of how minor her character may end up being.

Eric Eisenberg
Assistant Managing Editor

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