“That’d be great, I would love to do that” – Alan Cumming on a Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion sequel

While talking with The Queer Review about his latest film—Jono McLeod’s fascinating documentary My Old School in which he gives a captivating lip-sync performance—actor Alan Cumming reflected back on one of his most beloved roles, Sandy Frink in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. Twenty five years after that film’s release, stars Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino delighted fans with a nod to their iconic characters while presenting at the Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony in February 2022. Since then, both actresses have hinted in recent interviews that a highly-anticipated sequel could happen one day.

Alan Cumming, Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997). Touchstone Pictures.
Janeane Garofalo and Alan Cumming behind the scenes on the set of Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997). Touchstone Pictures.

“It’s one of those films I’m aware that people are obsessed with”, Cumming told The Queer Review’s James Kleinmann. “My friend Rod Thomas, who is Bright Light Bright Light, does an event at my bar Club Cumming every Saturday called ‘Romy and Michele’s High School Tea Dance’ which he DJs at and, in a nod to the movie, when you do a request you write it on a Post-it note! It really struck a chord with people. For me, it was a huge thing because it was the first movie I ever did in America. It was the first time I played an American. I don’t know why they cast me, but it was a great thing in my life and in my career, being a big part in a studio picture.”

Alan Cumming, Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow in the iconic, MTV Award-nominated Time After Time dance sequence in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997). Touchstone Pictures.

While many movie lovers continue to rewatch Romy and Michele time after time, Cumming revealed that he’s less familiar with it than some of his friends. “I’ve maybe seen it two or three times in my life. I always see clips, but I don’t really watch things I’ve been in more than once. I sometimes feel bad when I’ve been at a party and people have put Romy and Michele on and looked at me when it’s my bit and I kind of just go, ‘Oh, I don’t really know that bit!’ I feel a bit like I’m a bad high school icon! It was a great film and there have been a lot of rumblings about a sequel and I think that’d be great. I would love to do that. Obviously it so resonated with people, and I always think if something is beloved, to go back to it a long time afterwards is much better. There are always these little little easter eggs you can draw on, fun little references. So maybe it’ll happen, who knows. And I of course now look much younger with my new black hair than ever did!”

Watch our full interview with Alan Cumming and My Old School director Jono McLeod:

Alan Cumming & Jono McLeod on telling “the perfect high school movie story” with My Old School

Magnolia Pictures will release MY OLD SCHOOL in theaters on Friday, July 22nd in New York (Film Forum) and July 29th in Los Angeles (Laemmle Monica Film Center), plus other select theaters.

This August, Alan Cumming will star in Burn at the Edinburgh International Festival, a piece of dance theatre exploring the true character of Scotland’s national bard Robert Burns. A co-production between the National Theatre of Scotland, New York City’s The Joyce Theater and EIF.

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