‘Bridesmaids’ Cast Reunites To Promote I Am A Voter’s Register A Friend Day
When ‘Bridesmaids’ first hit screens in 2011, it brought with it big laughs, lovable characters, and a thinly veiled critique of the absurdities of hosting a lavish wedding. But more than that, the hit film demonstrated the importance of friendship—be it lifelong or brand new. Now, a decade later, the ladies of ‘Bridesmaids’ are reuniting for the first time ever to promote I am a voter’s Register a Friend Day and once again remind us of how powerful friendship can be.
In the four-minute Zoom call, Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, and Annie Mumolo gather to discuss everything they want to accomplish over the next year—mammograms, passport renewals, and never bathing again, to name just a few. And after a few melodic interruptions from Rudolph’s barking dogs, a more established musical trio, Wilson Phillips, joins in to share their own goals.
“I think something we all should do this year is register a friend to vote,” Wendy Wilson says, as the other women agree and share their own familiarity with Register a Friend Day. The bit ends with the ‘Bridesmaids’ cast’s asking the pop group if they should “hold on for one more day” to register a friend, in a not-so-subtle nod to their famous lyrics. And although Wilson Phillips humors the question with a quick rendition of the song, they urge the women not to wait. They say their goodbyes and get ready to sign off, as Wiig shares a few final words of wisdom: “Everyone remember to vote and not only remember to vote but remember to register a friend to vote.”
The ‘Bridesmaids’ reunion comes as part of a larger initiative from I am a voter to encourage voter registration. Register a Friend Day, which the non-partisan organization conceptualized last year, is built upon the fact that a reminder from a friend can make someone up to two times more likely to vote. “Register a Friend Day is a day we created to celebrate community, to ensure that not just ourselves, but all of those whom we love are registered too,” I am a voter co-founder Mandana Dayani explains. “It is meant to be uplifting, inspiring, and uniting.”
On the inaugural Register a Friend Day last September, the organization saw more registration confirmations on its platform than ever before, and it hopes that the trend only continues, even in a year without any major elections, like this one. “It is essential that we participate in our democracy every year,” adds co-founder Tiffany Bensley. “Whether it’s checking your registration, reminding your friends and family to get registered, or casting your ballot in local, state, and national elections.”