Jennifer Coolidge says she slept with 200 people after American Pie

Actor Jennifer Coolidge on the red carpet for American Pie.
Jennifer Coolidge says American Pie got her a lot of sexual action. Photo credit: Getty Images

American Pie actor Jennifer Coolidge has revealed she slept with 200 people after her breakout role in the 1999 comedy film.

In the movie, Coolidge portrayed Stifler's mum, who enjoyed a fling with 18-year-old Finch, played by Eddie Kaye Thomas.

The now 60-year-old actor, who recently starred and received accolades for her role in Neon's The White Lotus, told Variety magazine, "There were so many benefits to doing that movie. I mean, there would be like 200 people that I would never have slept with."

The movie made US$235 million worldwide, and Coolidge returned for the various sequels.

Coolidge also revealed she took the role because nothing else had come up, despite her auditioning for a number of films.

"Ten years of my life of auditioning," she told the magazine, "none of it added up to a job. The fear is gone when you're so used to losing. There's some freedom in that."

Jennifer Coolidge in a scene from the 1999 film American Pie.
Jennifer Coolidge in a scene from the 1999 film American Pie. Photo credit: Getty Images

Coolidge said she'd almost turned down the role of Tanya in popular drama The White Lotus, even though the show's creator Mike White had written the role specifically for her.

"I feel like the coach asked the other actors to let me dribble the ball more. Give the ball to Jennifer once in a while. I get to shoot now.

"I have done one thing really right in my life," she said. "I've picked great friends. If Mike [White] was never successful, and we just did White Lotus as a play in a little theatre where everyone paid 10 bucks to see it, it would still be one of the greatest things that ever happened to me. Because it was a killer job that no one else thought I could do.

"Whatever Mike White did for me, I would wish that for every actor," Coolidge added. 

"Even if they fail. We all want a challenge - something really scary that we might not be able to succeed at. I think we all want that opportunity."

Coolidge will reprise her role as Tanya on the second season of The White Lotus. There's no date yet for its broadcast.