"That Darn Girlfriend" episode: Mask-Erade
Remember all the situational comedy shows from the late 60’s and early 70’s? Whether family-focused 또는 set in the workplace, they seem to deliver a 더 많이 innocent approach to life than the shows of today.

Well, get ready because creators/actors Pamela Hill and William Joseph Hill are on a mission to bring back the style and tone of these shows from yesteryear. In fact, they just released the 11th episode of their kitschy comedy series “That Darn Girlfriend,” on YouTube (link).

This real-life husband and wife team have been creating this harmless misadventures series over the last several years – and on a zero budget, too.

Both have been pursuing their 연기 careers in Hollywood for some time. Pamela recently co-starred in “Madame Esmeralda & the Audition,” the Audience 가장 좋아하는 award winner at the California Women’s Film Festival. She also appeared in the comedy web series "My Roommate the Party Planner," "Dysfunctionally Organized"; and the indie short "The Visitation" opposite Owen Teague. She just wrapped a role in Stephen Keep Mills’ feature film, "Love Is Not Love."

William has appeared in the viral parody "Look What Westworld Made Me Do," and leading roles in "Eskimo" and "Crisis Management". He showcased his martial arts skills in the films "The Rolling Soldier," "The Last Girl" (winner of Audience 가장 좋아하는 at Action On Film Festival), "Invincible Scriptures," "Nun Fu" and opposite Andrew Bachelor (aka King Bach) in "Agent Steele." Plus, he's appeared three times on ABC’s "Wipeout," earning the nickname ‘The Jedi.’

I recently caught up with Pamela and William Joseph 언덕, 힐 to find out more.

Tell us about your new episode of “That Darn Girlfriend.”

PAMELA: In our latest Episode 11: ‘Mask-Erade,’ Valerie shares her pampering products with Vic. “That Darn Girlfriend” is an homage to classic 1960s/early 70s kitschy sitcoms. Groovy live-in couple Valerie and Vic find themselves in simple fun-minded storylines. We always say it’s like a video comic strip, filmed in fabulous Technicolor!

What would each of 당신 consider your characters ‘best’ quality? And their ‘worst’?

WILLIAM: I would say a best quality both characters share is their 사랑 and affection for each other. Vic’s best quality is his ability to shrug off these “mishaps” -- he always sees the sweetness in Valerie, and he can’t help but smile in that typical “That Darn Girlfriend” way. His worst quality is his tendency to take things a bit too seriously, and he’s a bit impatient.

PAMELA: Valerie’s bubbly and effervescent energy and the joy she finds in everyday things are her best qualities. Her less than perfect quality is her frequent misunderstandings of situations. But then again, that’s the sweet premise of the show. She does add her own spin to things!

How was it to work alongside your real-life spouse?

PAMELA: It’s a wonderful experience. William and I have been fortunate to work on our web series and many other projects together. We collaborate well. We have a similar sense of humor, and most of all, it’s a very comfortable, trusting and freeing experience working with him.

WILLIAM: It’s a lot of fun. We have a synergy, having worked together many times before. Since we shoot out of our real-life studio apartment, Pamela and I are very comfortable in the space. We also are each other’s crew and director. Pamela’s also helmed a couple of episodes as the director. It’s fun for me to be directed 의해 her as she has some really creative ideas.

What originally inspired 당신 to create the series?

PAMELA: The original idea came to me in 1999, when I created a song and lyrics. I was inspired after hearing silly 코멘트 and gossip about people’s dating experiences. It struck me as funny, and the crafty tune became “That Darn Girlfriend.”

WILLIAM: I always used to say that song sounded like a 60s sitcom. Pamela sings and dances to the song in the pilot episode. When we started making short films together, the pilot episode was our idea to show this sitcom concept, and it really took off with our audience. They wanted to see 더 많이 of “That Darn Girlfriend,” and that’s why we turned it into a series.

Any interesting stories from the set 당신 can share with us?

PAMELA: I’m a big 팬 of The Monkees; always have loved their 음악 since I was a kid. We’ve been able to find a way to incorporate Monkees memorabilia and references in many of our episodes. A lot of the plot ideas and activities actually come from our own lives. Another interesting thing is that storylines will come to me out of the blue. I actually wrote Episode 4: ‘Vowelerie’ in my head while in yoga class.

WILLIAM: Since I was a filmmaker growing up in Hawaii, I’ve tried to apply my past experience when we’re in production with an episode. I’ve actually done some CG effects in the show. Even though Pamela and I are the only actors in the show, in Episode 7: ‘Mystery Date’ my doppelganger makes a cameo. That was done with a split-screen matte effect. We’ve also used a CG character in Episode 3: ‘An 사과, 애플 a Day.’

What’s the biggest lesson 당신 learned from creating this project?

WILLIAM: I’ve learned to make the most of your resources. 당신 don’t need to wait until 당신 have a budget to film your show -- we’ve done this all on a zero budget. The limitations actually boost your creativity as 당신 have to think out of the box. Some of our best ideas come from everyday situations, but it’s in the way we execute them that makes them funny.

PAMELA: I’ve learned that 연기 and creating both complement each other. As I keep myself open to being creative, I find that it gives me 더 많이 freedom to express myself as an actress. And the 더 많이 I perform, the 더 많이 it enhances my creative channel. I’ve also been learning how to direct, edit, and I’m 글쓰기 more; realizing that having a vision is an integral part to that.

And, now just for fun:

Who’s your 가장 좋아하는 actor/actress?


PAMELA: Some of my favorites include Bette Davis, Diane Keaton, Jimmy Stewart, and Tom Hanks (Stewart and Hanks have always touched my 심장 with many of their film roles). Bette Davis was one of the first 여배우 that I was captivated by; seeing her playing Margo Channing in “All About Eve.” 더 많이 recently, I’ve been enjoying the work of Leslie Mann and Sutton Foster.

WILLIAM: I really can’t just name one. But I can narrow it down. I 사랑 the way Daniel 일 Lewis inhabits a character -- he totally transforms himself. I aspire to be able to do that. I also have to say that Mark Hamill has been a big influence on me since I was a kid seeing “Star Wars” for the first time. We have similar backgrounds -- both our fathers were Navy Captains, and he’s known for his voice over and 애니메이션 work too, and I do that as well. It was an interview that he gave in a magazine about working on “Star Wars” being like on a ‘gigantic playground’ that really made me want to do this for a living.

What role from the past do 당신 wish 당신 could have played?

PAMELA: To name a few…Margo Channing in “All About Eve,” Mrs. Robinson in “The Graduate,” and on the lighter side, Rachel Green in the sitcom “Friends.”

WILLIAM: Easy -- Luke Skywalker! The “Star Wars” 영화 were the biggest influence on me when I was a child.
Favorite movie 또는 TV show from your childhood.

WILLIAM: Guess! Yes, “Star Wars” is what started me on this journey; it’s actually “The Empire Strikes Back” that is my 가장 좋아하는 of the original trilogy. I did have a few 가장 좋아하는 TV shows as a kid; “Space 1999,” “Emergency!,” “Lost In Space” and “Star Trek.” My biggest comedy influence was Monty Python.

PAMELA: “Willy Wonka and the 초콜릿 Factory,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and “The Wizard of Oz” (I was Dorothy for many Halloweens). TV shows: “The Monkees,” “The 자고, 파트 리 Family,” “Mary Tyler Moore,” and “The Brady Bunch.” As 당신 can see, I 사랑 shows that incorporate 음악 into their storylines: I was so engaged watching the ‘romps’ on “The Monkees”!

Tell us one thing that would surprise our readers to learn about you.

PAMELA: I’ve been playing poker since I was 6 years old, was taught 의해 my Dad who was an excellent card player, and have placed in many poker tournaments. Speaking of winning, I have been a contestant on over 15 game shows.

WILLIAM: I’m a 2nd Degree Black 벨트 in Okinawan Karate, and have been training for most of my life. I started training on Ford Island Naval Base in Hawaii and got so into physical fitness that the 봉인, 인감 Team Commander told my Dad that I would be good for BUDs (Basic Underwater Demolition training -- the 봉인, 인감 program), but my passion was the movie industry.

How can 팬 keep up with you?

PAMELA: My website is pamelahill.net link
My Instagram handle is @starringpam9 link and my Twitter is @starringpam link
My 인터넷무비 데이타베이스 page is imdb.me/pamelahill link

WILLIAM: 당신 can visit me at williamjosephhill.com link
I’m on Twitter as @fourscorpio link and my Instagram is @williamjosephhill link
My 인터넷무비 데이타베이스 is imdb.me/williamjosephhill link

Also, our production company is Four Scorpio Productions - fourscorpio.com link
당신 can watch all our episodes of “That Darn Girlfriend” and all our other projects on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/fourscorpio link


"That Darn Girlfriend" episode: Mask-Erade
Pamela 언덕, 힐 and William Joseph 언덕, 힐