For years Hollywood has seemed to have an obsession with the Food and Bev industry. Many a summer blockbuster begins with a view of our hero, working their job at a local restaurant or diner. This fascination is understandable, with over 2 million men and women in America making up the workforce of the profession.
Think of the 2007 comedy (aptly named) Waitress. It follows the story of a pregnant waitress from a small town who has dreams bigger than the pies she bakes every day. Stories like these are made frequently in Hollywood, and Waitress in particular gained even more popularity after being turned into a Broadway musical with a score written by singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles!
Many famous actors, writers, and directors often discuss in interviews that at the beginning of their careers they were waiters and waitresses. They usually describe the challenge of working evenings and nights in a restaurant while auditioning and trying to break into the entertainment industry with every second of their free time. This could explain why there are so many great portrayals of waiters and waitresses in movies, because oftentimes the actors playing them actually were wait staff at some point!
One could also argue Hollywood is so fascinated with seeing waiters on the big screen because it makes their characters seem more relatable and hard-working, as we can all agree the restaurant industry isn't exactly easy work. In seeing a character work diligently at a widely recognized profession, we as an audience can immediately connect with them on some level. And while not every movie gets the in-and-out's of the industry right, there's something exciting about seeing your job portrayed time and time again on the silver screen.
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