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Why They Won’t Reveal Their Identity – The Hollywood Reporter



Whereas the trade will undoubtedly debate the winners and losers from the writers strike, there may be one indeniable victor in the course of the 146-day-long work stoppage: the “Fake Carol” Lombardini Twitter/X account.

The self-professed parody account grew to become a viral sensation throughout strike, taking photographs on the president of the Alliance of Movement Image and Tv Producers, Drew Barrymore and, naturally, the Cheesecake Manufacturing facility that anchors the Sherman Oaks Galleria, the shopping center the place the group that represents Hollywood’s studios and streamers is predicated.

Now, the person who runs the so-called Pretend Carol account is talking for the primary time about why they don’t have any plans to disclose their id, what occurs to the account now that there’s a tentative WGA deal and the streaming exec who was an early follower. (And no, even this reporter, who slid into “Fake Carol’s” DMs to safe this e-mail interview, does’t know their id).

Who’re you?

I’m an extremely common working-class mid-level author dwelling in L.A. Principally comedy. 

Do you propose on revealing your id at any level? Maybe taking over David Simon on his provide to “drink on the Blown Deadline Productions credit card until we cannot stand”?

No, I don’t plan on publicly revealing my id, as a result of I don’t assume it might be that thrilling of a reveal, and it’s not likely about me. “Fake Carol” got here from all of us, from WGA management, from associates I talked to on the road, from writers whose tales I learn on social media — she is all of our collective outrage in opposition to the recklessness and cruelty of the AMPTP forcing us into this example. (But in addition if the man who did The Wire desires to slip into Carol’s DMs and go get hammered, who am I to say no?)

How onerous has it been retaining the key?

Extra bizarre than onerous, however I’ve a number of shut associates who know, so it’s been nice to a minimum of have a small group of parents I can speak to about it. 

Is there a part of you that feels that revealing your id might additional your profession? On the flip aspect, do you might have issues that revealing your id could possibly be damaging in your profession?

The trustworthy reality is these previous few years have been actually sluggish for me, career-wise, principally for all the explanations the writers went on strike to avoid wasting our whole career. After establishing myself and having some success, the impacts of the shift to streaming have simply steadily eroded the power for me to take care of a secure profession. So it’s been form of a mindf— to learn all these folks I love saying such good and beneficiant issues about “Fake Carol” when in actuality I’ve been feeling form of invisible and nugatory for some time. I do know loads of the reward is simply social media hype, and I’m undecided if something actual will ever come from it, but when nothing else it was good to really feel seen and appreciated in a second the place I feel I actually wanted the encouragement to maintain going. 

Has anybody appropriately guessed who you’re?

Two associates appropriately found out it was me, however that was it.  

How did this start for you? What made you wish to do it?

I simply thought it was humorous that somebody who had a lot energy over my life and livelihood was this random girl engaged on behalf of billionaires from a Sherman Oaks shopping center. What a wierd factor to be.

Do you might have background in character immersion that made you properly suited to do that?

No particular background or abilities, I feel I’m simply too on-line. 

Have you ever ever finished something alongside the strains of “Fake Carol” earlier than?

One time in highschool I wrote an nameless parody factor a couple of trainer and nearly received expelled however they in the end couldn’t show it was me. 

How did you get into character?

I dunno, I suppose I simply thought, “What would an increasingly desperate studio negotiator in a losing battle do?” and went from there. 

Have you ever heard from any administration or studio-side executives about your parody? What did they are saying?

[Amazon’s] Jennifer Salke has been a “Fake Carol” follower from nearly the start, which I’ve all the time form of beloved, however she’s by no means interacted with the account. Very curious what she thinks. 

Has anybody fed you details about Carol?

No, not that I can consider. 

Have you ever acquired any authorized letters or any authorized recommendation concerning the parody?

No, again when “Fake Carol” first began getting seen, Twitter briefly banned the account, however I responded that it was clearly marked as parody within the bio they usually put it again up after an hour or so. Even a damaged clock is correct twice a day, I suppose. 

Have been there any strains you didn’t really feel comfy crossing?

A random individual DM’d me some private images of Carol — nothing scandalous, similar to her on trip and stuff — that appeared like possibly they had been taken from a member of the family’s social media, however I by no means posted them as a result of it felt fallacious to me. I did my finest to maintain the jokes targeted on the problems at hand and tried to steer clear of something private (exterior of the few character quirks I simply made up for her), nevertheless it wasn’t all the time the best needle to string.  

When the WGA strike formally ends, do you propose on persevering with the account in the course of the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike?

I imply, if the AMPTP additionally tries to interrupt their union by doing ham-handed worry mongering and disaster PR strikes that make jokes pop into my head, then most likely? But in addition, I don’t know as a lot concerning the particular frustrations the actors have proper now, so I most likely gained’t really feel as comfy chiming in fairly so typically.  

What about when the SAG-AFTRA strike ends?

Then I think about Carol and “Fake Carol” are each going to desire a good lengthy break. Possibly I’ll simply sometimes put up the odd random life replace or Yelp check-in or her ideas on the way it’s going with IATSE. 

How a lot time did you dedicate to operating this account on the day by day?

I don’t know, not a lot actually for a lot of the strike, however a bit extra this final week because the talks had been wrapping up and all of it received extra intense. 

What has shocked you concerning the account?

That I might nonetheless discover any enjoyment in posting on Elon Musk’s Twitter. 

What’s subsequent for you, professionally? Do you might have a job to return to/lined up?

Nothing actual lined up in the meanwhile. Like everybody, I’m simply hoping to get again to work doing what I like. 

Lastly, what would you say to the true Carol should you met her?

Babe, you don’t must hold doing this. 

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