DADDY-O'S DRIVE-IN DIRT
SCI FI ARCHIVES
She also gets paid to do any odd thing that's needed. Beez recalls that when BBI was shooting the footage of Pearl inside the "Widowmaker" for the show's opening sequence, the crew found that the blinkers on the VW bus didn't work--but they wanted them too. The next thing Beez knew, she was "lying on the floor inside the VW, hidden under a blanket and pushing a button that would make the blinkers go on and off," she recalls. In her costume-making duties, she has tried her best to make the silly seem comfortable. During the "Roman Times" story arc in season eight, several of BBI's males were forced to wear rather drafty leather mini-skirts, but Beez did her best to make things tolerable.
"I tried to be sensitive," she says sympathetically, "and we did what we could in the way of masking the--um--area, so it was a bit less revealing."
And every once in a while, she gets approached to go in front of the camera. The first time it was in episode 704- THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN, when she, Espinosa, Barb Tebben, Jim Mallon, Paul Chaplin and interns Ben Mooers and Kelly Schrandt as the "preview audience" for Crow's movie "Earth vs. Soup." That's Beez as "Cindy," in the front row.
"I had two lines," she recalls. "'I don't like soup' and 'I like Mike.'" It was only the beginning.
In season eight, she popped up as one of the singing mutants in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS, was asked to "screech like a maniac" as The Terror in episode 807- TERROR FROM THE YEAR 5000, was among the "Roman Day Players" for episodes 818- DEVIL DOLL and 819- INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN and provided the voice of the "Overdrawn at the Memory Bank Technical Support" operator in episode 822- OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK.
In season nine, hers was among the voices of the villagers outside Castle Forrester in episode 902- THE PHANTOM PLANET, she dropped by to hang out with Observer as "Staci" in episode 903- THE PUMA MAN, and was the peasant Pearl tried to turn into a werewolf in episode 904- WEREWOLF before her breakout role as babysitter Steffi.
As Steffi, McKeever was a natural, creating a role with all the inherent evil we expect from an inhabitant of Castle Forrester ("no chew! no chew!"), but with a groundedness and simple sanity ("Your movie is 'The Touch of Satan'? Yewchh!") we seldom see from Castle Forrester dwellers.
Her acting technique? It's pretty basic, she says: "I watch Mary Jo and try to pick up pointers from her."
Her next gig is in episode 911- DEVIL FISH, when she plays "Ann Bates." In her off hours, she describes herself as "kind of a junior club kid" and a devotee of local-boy-made-good "The Artist," formerly "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince."
"I'm a very big fan of the little guy," she says admiringly. She's also very close to her family and is proud to say that her parents, Tom and Edna McKeever, are among some 22 actors who will be featured in a host segment during the season nine finale, episode 913- QUEST OF THE DELTA KNIGHTS.
As for her social life, well, Beez seemed amused when we informed her that many male MSTies had expressed considerable admiration for her online, and Mike Nelson, in a recent Sci-Fi Channel IRC chat, was compelled to jokingly tell a questioner who asked about her: "She's taken, so back off!"
"I do have kind of a boyfriend," she admitted with a giggle, "but you know how *those* things go..."
As they say on ratmm....*Thud.*
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