You know this funny lady mostly from her big screen roles in Bridesmaids, Think Like a Man, Blended, and What to Expect When You're Expecting. But when ABC's The Goldbergs premiered last year, we saw Wendi McLendon-Covey like we've never seen her before. As matriarch and mom Beverly Goldberg, McLendon-Covey brought big hair, bright-colored 80's jumpsuits, and helicopter-parenting her kids to a whole new level. Beverly literally puts the "mother" in "smother," based on creator Adam T. Goldberg's own mother. McLendon-Covey has made the role her own and is so good as Bev that she received a Critics Choice TV Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. The Goldbergs returns for Season 2 Wednesday, but where does McLendon-Covey end and Beverly begin? Let's find out.
Beverly Goldberg on Fashion
Beverly is a woman of the era. It really doesn’t get more 1980s than her wardrobe. As she says on the show, “I know style. I am style.” Bev’s all about prints and patterns — the bolder the better. Not to mention that hair, but we’ll get to that in a second.
Wendi McLendon-Covey on Fashion
McLendon-Covey has a fun sense of humor and a great sense of style on the red carpet — her dresses are always gorgeous and flawless. Seriously. I don’t think she’s ever not looked amazing at an event.
Beverly Goldberg With That Hair
Size matters a lot to Beverly when it comes to hair. She says in one episode that she “needs to command respect with her giant hair.” And boy does she. Youngest son Adam Goldberg describes her as ”a shoulder pad and crunchy-haired mother warrior” — that sounds about right.
Wendi McLendon-Covey With That Hair
She wears it straight, curly, wavy — you name it and it always looks pretty fabulous. In fact, McLendon-Covey’s almost unrecognizable with straight hair, especially after you get used to seeing her large locks on The Goldbergs.
Beverly Goldberg on Her Loving Husband
Beverly and husband Murray aren’t the most romantic, but they do love each other a lot. “I think what you’re going to learn about love from Bev and Murray is love is about showing up,” McLendon-Covey told OK Magazine about The Goldbergs’ parents. “Love means quietly being there and just taking it.”
Wendi McLendon-Covey on Her Loving Husband
Since 1996, McLendon-Covey has been happily married to Greg Covey, a web app developer who she has called "the perfect man." Aww. Eighteen years of marriage and still going strong.
Beverly Goldberg with Her Colleagues
Well, Beverly is a stay-at-home mom, so naturally she’s the boss of her three kids: Hormonal Erica, hapless Barry, and the camcorder-wielding Adam (who is based on the show’s creator). As far as she’s concerned, she is the authority in the house and there’s no going too far when it comes to the love of her kids.
Wendi McLendon-Covey with Her Colleagues
McLendon-Covey is a veteran of The Groundlings improv theater in Los Angeles, where she was a member from 2002 until 2009 along with Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. It’s no wonder that she starred with them in the 2011 hit comedy film Bridesmaids. McLendon-Covey has also worked with Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, and the late Robin Williams.
Beverly Goldberg on Her Future
In the second season, we’ll meet Murray’s father Pop-Pop (played by Paul Sorvino), two new middle school teachers (Ana Gasteyer and Veep’s Dan Bakkedahl), and a very shady man who makes fake IDs for the kids at a photo shop (David Spade). Surely, Beverly will bust the kids if they do come home with fakes.
Wendi McLendon-Covey on Her Future
In addition to Season 2 of The Goldbergs, McLendon-Covey can be seen in the film holiday movie A Merry Friggin Christmas — one of Robin Williams’ last films — opening this November. She also stars in Pretty in Green, a film also starring Casey Wilson (Marry Me) and Natasha Leggero (Garfunkel and Oates) due out later this year.