August 12, 2010

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Anna attended the Blackberry Torch From AT&T U.S. Launch Party last night looking amazing, despite a whirlwind press week! The event was packed with young Hollywood stars including Nikki Reed, Christian Serratos, Lea Michele, Michelle Trachtenberg and more:

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Anna we love you, but please, get some sleep — there has been over 13 Versatile updates in just two days (a testament to how crazy Anna has been working lately :-o)!

‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ stars dish on the new movie

Anna Kendrick looked like she was resting in between interviews in a downtown Chicago hotel room on Monday, but the 25-year-old actress, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role in “Up in the Air,” insisted she was laid out on the couch for a different reason.
“My hero just texted me ‘happy birthday,’ ” said Kendrick, swooning.

Kendrick, who declined to name the texter, put her phone away and sat up for the interview. This left plenty of room on the couch for her “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” co-star Jason Schwartzman — not that he needed it.

Schwartzman opted to kneel on the floor and lean against a coffee table. It fit his quirky personality, as did his “Magnum, P.I.”-like mustache.

“I got to go to Lollapalooza (Sunday),” said Schwartzman, 30. “… I heard all the bands stay in one hotel and hang out in the lobby together and go to see each other’s shows. That makes me happy. It’s like the Care Bears movie where the Care Bears and the Care Bear Cousins join forces to take on the evil wizard at summer camp.”

Yes, this is the same guy who plays the main villain in “Scott Pilgrim,” the trippy comic book adaptation in theaters Friday. But Schwartzman’s character, music mogul Gideon Gordon Graves, isn’t a stereotypical movie bad guy. Graves comes off as nice and charming at times, even if he is probably faking it.

“I tried to find a balance between being someone who would be the final bad guy and at the same time not make him overtly predictable,” he said. “He’s passive aggressive as opposed to clearly threatening. He doesn’t see Scott (Michael Cera) as a true opponent. He sees him as a sweet young kid.”
In order to win the heart of Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Pilgrim must defeat her seven evil exes, including Graves. Along the way, he gets advice from his gossip-loving sister, Stacey, played by Kendrick. She was asked to read for the role after director Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz”) saw her in 2007’s “Rocket Science.”

Unlike some of her co-stars, Kendrick didn’t have to swing a sword or throw any flying punches for her role — and that was perfectly fine with the “Twilight” actress.

“They worked so hard in these uncomfortable contraptions (for the fight scenes),” Kendrick said of her co-stars. “I had nothing but respect for what they did. But I was very happy to be sitting in a comfortable chair rather than strapped to a harness flipping around.”

“There were so many harnesses around, it felt like we were in an episode of (HBO’s) ‘Real Sex,'” said Schwartzman.

The fight sequences were exhausting and potentially dangerous, according to Schwartzman, but he and Cera still managed to laugh between takes. Schwartzman, known for his roles in “Rushmore,” “Fantstic Mr. Fox,” and HBO’s “Bored to Death,” kept thinking that none of his high school friends would have believed he would end up in an elaborate battle scene one day.

He’s never been in a fight or even close to it, though he did get shoved recently at a Guitar Center in Los Angeles.

“I opened the door for someone and then bumped into a guy who was staring at the RockWalk memorabilia,” said Schwartzman, getting up to re-enact the incident. “I said ‘Sorry,’ and then the guy pushed me really hard with his elbow. He pushed me west. He must have had a drumstick up his …”

“Scott Pilgrim” takes place in Toronto and was filmed in the Canadian city last year. For Kendrick, it was one of four films she has shot in Canada, along with two “Twilight” films (“New Moon” and “Eclipse” were filmed in Vancouver) and the coming dramedy “Live with It” with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen.

She feels like an honorary Canadian at this point, except when she’s walking through customs.

“When you say you’re an actor, they ask you what you’ve done,” Kendrick said. “I always get the person that’s never heard of ‘Twilight.’ I told them what I was doing there and they said, ‘That’s not real — who would call a movie “Scott Pilgrim”?’

“One time a guy looked up the movie on imdb.com and didn’t believe me until he saw Michael Cera’s name. ‘Oh, it’s the kid from “Superbad.”‘ And then he let me in.” {chicagotribune.com}


Q&A: Anna Kendrick, Brandon Routh, and Jason Schwartzman

A week into the promotional tour for Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, director Edgar Wright may be as energetic and animated as ever, but the travel is taking its toll on the movie’s cast.

The morning after the gala cast-and-crew screening in Toronto, co-stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kieran Culkin are too sick to participate in Universal’s press day, so I end up sequestered in a private room in the Hazleton Hotel’s restaurant with Anna Kendrick, Brandon Routh and Jason Schwartzman, who play Scott’s sister Stacey and Ramona’s evil exes Todd Ingram and Gideon Graves respectively. There are worse ways to spend a morning.

So how’d you all get involved with the project?

SCHWARTZMAN: I had met Edgar personally a year before I was involved in the movie. He had mentioned that he was working on these things, so I went and got ’em because I respect him – anything he’s interested in, I’m interested in.

He’s great that way. He’s like a collector of enthusiasms.


KENDRICK:
I do feel collected.

ROUTH: He’s a collector. He’s gonna serial-kill us. [laughs]

SCHWARTZMAN: He loves people. Edgar is hands-down one of the most enthusiastic humans I’ve ever met in my life, and he loves to spread the word. He’s like… you know how websites have links? He has them built into his body, and he will turn you on to so many things. He’s like, “Oh, you’ve got to see this movie!” Or “Hear this record!” Or “See this show!” He’s got so many things he wants to share with you.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World has a lot of digital effects. Does the finished film resemble what you had in your minds on the set?

ROUTH: Well, I can only speak for the part that I filmed, because I had no idea how everything else would turn out. It was pretty close to what I expected. It was cut even tighter, which made it better. I didn’t really realize how glowy my eyes were going to be, so that was shocking when I saw that in the trailer the first time. But overall, I’m extremely happy with my portion of the thing, and the movie as a whole. I already had really high expectations, and it met and exceeded them. It was just awesome.

SCHWARZMAN: I’m not gonna name names, but I’ve read articles about where actors are doing big CG movies and they have no idea what’s gonna happen, but I feel like we were as informed as we could possibly be. We had Edgar speaking to us, and we had panels of reference, and I know, at least for my fight scene, two stuntmen dressed like Michael and me had done the fight, and it was filmed on a DV camera. And Edgar showed it to us before we even started the fight. He actually had an on-set editor shooting the stuff, and then taking those moments with Michael and me and plugging them into the more crude version, so we would see ourselves fight, and then it would cut to the stunt guys and back to Michael and me, and he’d say, “Okay, now we need to plug this in….” It was a great way to work.

Anna, you’re associated with the Twilight films….

KENDRICK: I have been associated with Twilight. Sorry. Sorry. For some reason I am associated with those films.

ROUTH: You were in those, right?

KENDRICK:
I’m associated with them. No. Yes, I’m sorry, I’m just totally punch-drunk right now.

SCHWARZMAN: Who hit you? Who fuckin’ hit you, Anna? [laughter]

KENDRICK: It’s just funny that people phrase it in that way. And it’s like, “Yes, I am associated with those films.”

Well, those movies have a fairly intense fan base, and the Scott Pilgrim books have their own cult. And then there’s your Oscar nomination for Up In The Air last year. So you’re navigating three different sets of fans. That’s got to be… interesting.

KENDRICK: Yeah. I think the nice thing about Scott Pilgrim is people seem more interested in the source material than anything else. The people that I interacted with at Comic-Con had really specific questions or comments about scenes from the movie or the books, asking, like, “Oh, was this a reference to this thing in Volume 3?” That was really cool. Whereas some other people just ask what it’s like to work with Rob [Pattinson] or George [Clooney]. That’s not always the case in those things, but this is nice because people don’t just ask me what it’s like to work with Michael Cera in this.

ROUTH: They want to make sure Hollywood doesn’t screw it up. And they didn’t.

Is there anything you guys are looking forward to doing next?

SCHWARTZMAN: We’re all writing various things.

ROUTH: I’ve got something in my head. I’d love to do more comedy. That’s the truth, and that’s what I was happy about – excited to be doing this movie, because it’ll put that out there, that maybe I can do it.

SCHWARTZMAN: I would like to meet Leonardo DiCaprio. That’s a hard-working actor, I think. I saw Inception, and the whole time I was just thinking, “This is a lot of work.” I think he really works hard, that guy. But then you always see him at basketball games and stuff, or on the beach, he’s got his hat on, he’s throwing a football around – I’m like, when is he doing these movies? He’s so relaxed in his normal life, and so intense in his movies… it seems like he’s got a good thing going.

KENDRICK: I’m nursing my heartache that I didn’t replace Shia LaBeouf in Transformers.

SCHWARTZMAN: Is he out? [laughs] {nowtoronto.com}

Sun Times: Schwartzman’s acting different

‘I’m always amused when someone says, ‘This certainly is so different than any character you’ve ever played!’ ” said actor Jason Schwartzman.

”I mean, I understand about Hollywood typecasting and pigeonholing actors, but I think, ‘Isn’t playing new people in new projects the whole point of being an actor?’ ”

Yet even Schwartzman admits his Gideon Graves in the new film ”Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” (opening Friday) is ”a lot different than any character I’ve even thought about playing.”

In the film, based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s “Scott Pilgrim” graphic novels, Michael Cera plays the title character, who is forced to vanquish mysterious Ramona Flowers’ seven evil ex-beaus before can win her.

Gideon is the final — and most diabolical — of the exes, and Schwarztman and director Edgar Wright spent a lot of time conceiving his onscreen persona.

The actor, in Chicago earlier this week to chat up the film, explained that he and Wright agreed that Gideon needed to be ”something of a surprise by the time you get to him in the film. We didn’t want him to be outwardly evil. … It was more of: Let’s kill ‘em with kindness. We were thinking what would be the ultimate evil, and we came up with this idea of a passive-aggressive personality. That’s why you see me initially smiling a lot, patronizing Scott a lot and touching him a lot.”

Something like Christoph Waltz’s chilling, Oscar-winning performance as the Nazi officer in ”Inglourious Basterds” last year?

”Yes! Exactly. That’s what we were going for,” Schwartzman said.

All of those nuances to passive-aggressive nastiness led Wright and Schwartzman to develop a “shorthand” while filming ”Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”

They came up with a scale of one to 10, ”with 10 being overt, big jerk, total evil and aggressive, and one being almost untraceably evil — if not kind and sincere,” said Schwartzman.

”So when we’d shoot a scene, Edgar would go, ‘Let’s do seven,’ or ‘Let’s do five’ or ‘Give me a six.’

”It did make for an interesting way to reveal a character’s personality,” said the actor, whose HBO series “Bored to Death” begins its second season Sept. 26.

Schwartzman was joined in Chicago by co-star Anna Kendrick, who has found fame due both to her ”Twilight” films and her Oscar-nominated role as the uptight associate of George Clooney in ”Up in the Air.”

Though Kendrick’s Stacey Pilgrim is Scott’s younger sister, her whole persona is to act as the more mature sibling.

”Given that I have an older brother, and we have the exact same relationship as Stacey and Scott’s,” Kendrick said, “I had no problem falling into that aspect of the character.”

Anna Kendrick on Clooney: ‘I Don’t Ever Want To Talk About George Again’

Add another actor the list of people who are tired of being asked questions about George Clooney. Director Jason Reitman’s famed journalist pie chart illustrated just how often he was asked about his “Up in the Air” star during the film’s press tour. Melanie Lynsky, who played the sister of Clooney’s character in the film, is equally besieged with George questions. Apparently, so is Anna Kendrick.

“To be fair, I don’t ever want to talk about George again,” the actress said when we interviewed her about her role “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” Other things journalists should scratch off their list? “The question I’m really going to stop answering is when people ask me who’s hotter, this guy or this guy?” Kendrick said. “I try to give a funny answer but at a certain point, I don’t want to play that game anymore.”

Interview with Anna Kendrick and Jason Schwartzman, stars of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

MovieRetriever: I asked Michael and Edgar to give me a question for each of you that would provide a unique, interesting answer. Anna, you’re first courtesy of Edgar – “How does your talking speed sometimes get you in trouble?”

ANNA KENDRICK: Because when we rehearsed our phone calls, they were split screens, and I recorded my dialogue with pauses so that Michael could just listen to me. And when I was recording my side of it, I was like, “No, he’s talking way too fast. I can’t fit my dialogue in the gaps that he’s left.” And they were like, “Well, we were playing him a recording of you.” So, um, you just need to top your personal best.

MovieRetriever: [To Jason] Michael said to ask you what you were wearing under your pants?

JASON SCHWARTZMAN: (Laughs. Pauses.) I’ve never been formally trained as an actor. For that reason, I don’t really have one technique that’s the exact same every time. So, I just kind of do the best I can. It’s sort of like learning a new city.

KENDRICK: You’re avoiding.

SCHWARTZMAN: No, no. Every time it’s just different. So, I got to the set of Scott Pilgrim about three-quarters of the way through the shooting of the movie. They were almost done and Edgar showed me some crudely-edited “other evil exes” and I was like “Wow, Chris, Satya, Brandon.…” I had a lot of insecurity. Very quickly, I saw the movie that I could destroy. Edgar had basically shown me the destroyable film and I was very nervous because I didn’t want to let him down; I wanted to do a good job. I was the last villain. So, I came up with this idea, mostly out of fear, that my character, Gideon Graves … by the time we meet him, he has Ramona Flowers back. I had this idea that my character flew from New York to Toronto with like just a carry-on bag and he didn’t wear any underwear because he rarely wears underwear. They spent the night together and the next morning because she’s his again and he wants ownership – he thinks in that way – he would have worn her underwear; to own her; to have her underwear on him. And I also wore her perfume every day. I asked the costume department to go find me some red silk panties. I came into my dressing room and there were 20 different pairs – silk, mesh, silk-mesh. (Anna shakes her head.) Which doesn’t exist, she says. But I’m almost positive. Every day while I was working and while you watch Gideon Graves, he’s wearing Ramona Flowers’ panties….

MovieRetriever: How’s Edgar different from other directors?

KENDRICK: I feel like working on this film was like being a part of live-action animation. So much of the film is composed in a really specific visual language. You do feel like you are doing choreography even with just your dialogue. It was really challenging. You always felt like you understood the end product but you were, in some cases, a little blind, and you just had to trust that it doesn’t look goofy. You really did feel like you were being puppeteered. That was like nothing I had ever done before. At times, it was really challenging, but it definitely exercised a muscle that you wouldn’t get to normally. You just felt like you really had to be focused and on-the-ball all the time because you had to get it right, the camera had to be right, a light didn’t fall … you felt like you really had to deliver. But I like being challenged like that.

MovieRetriever: A lot of actors might find something so precise like that restrictive. How does he make it feel comfortable?

KENDRICK: I would say it was challenging. I think you felt an absolute trust in what was going to happen because pretty much everybody got to see the footage. So, you knew it looked f**king cool. I can’t say that .…

MovieRetriever: Say whatever you want.

SCHWARTZMAN: Say it girl!

KENDRICK: F**king cool. You knew it would be amazing but it was definitely not without its obstacles.

MovieRetriever: So they showed you guys a lot of effects on-set to make the final product clear?

SCHWARTZMAN: It was pretty amazing how quickly they were turning it around. Even like Michael and I’s fight had been shot with a little HD camera with two stuntmen dressed like us with sound effects and music, just as a guide for Michael and I. She said a great metaphor recently. She said it was like painting over a painting. I LOVE knowing … as specific as you can get, I LOVE. But the thing I really loved was that it felt like Edgar loved the actors and the scenes – he was cracking up so much. You could just feel his enthusiasm. He was excited to have everybody and he really wanted us to feel that way. It was so much fun.

KENDRICK: Nothing is worse for me than not knowing where the camera is, when it’s moving, when it’s on you – it’s truly the most frustrating thing in the world. So, this is the complete other end of the spectrum. Which, as I say, is not without its challenges but totally worth it.

MovieRetriever: And we’ve all seen movies where that’s clear to the audience. “Director-for-hire” jobs. This clearly was not a “director-for-hire” job.

SCHWARTZMAN: Yeah. I feel like it’s his biggest budget film and I think it’s mine but it feels so handmade. It feels like everything you see in the movie is Edgar’s choice. It doesn’t feel like it was made by committee. It feels like it’s one guy’s vision.

KENDRICK: And he’s the only person, even with all the super-fans, no one was more excited to see this film than him. So there was never a moment where it was like “Oh, that’ll do.” So, it had to make him explode with laughter or it wouldn’t make it in the movie.

SCHWARTZMAN: I also think that Michael Cera is contagious in that way. He has an ability … I remember when we did the rehearsals. It was me and Michael and Mary and we were sitting around and I was looking at the lines on the page and they were coming out of Michael’s mouth and he makes it sound like it’s not written. He makes it sound like he’s just thinking of it. It’s amazing.

KENDRICK: And I think that’s why people tend to think that he’s just playing himself.

SCHWARTZMAN: He’s not.

KENDRICK: That’s a testament to how talented he is.

SCHWARTZMAN: Most people don’t know he’s English. (Laughs.) I ask him, “Why did you do this? What were you thinking about?” And the thing I get is that he doesn’t … he thinks about these things but ultimately he relies on some sort of God-given talent.

MovieRetriever: Can you speak a little about the Comic-Con experience?

KENDRICK: It was nerve-wracking. It could have been disastrous. It’s always a risk but I think it’s a risk that paid off for us. You’ve got people coming to the theater dressed as Scott, Knives, and Ramona. If those people don’t like it, you’re really in trouble. And we were just so thrilled at the reaction. It sounds like a phone answer but the reaction was great.

SCHWARTZMAN: And those are the people that really care about it. You know, ultimately, I want people to see the movie pretty badly and there are all these other movies coming out and it’s hard to have success but I really just feel like this is a wonderful piece of material and I’m glad we got to be a part of it. That night at Comic-Con, no matter what, will never be taken away. That was a sincere moment between the people who know this a lot and they say they like it and that means the most.

KENDRICK: And seeing them clap for Brian Lee O’Malley was cool. He’s such a stoic presence that pleasing him is like the ultimate thing. Edgar’s SO enthusiastic and Brian’s so stoic that I was like, “Is that okay, Brian?! Was that good?”

SCHWARTZMAN: Every time Brian talks to me, I always feel so happy. “He chose to come talk to me?!?! There’s like ten other people here!”

MovieRetriever: What do you think it is about the source material that makes it so beloved?

KENDRICK: I think Brian stays one step ahead of you and never underestimates you and people really value that. I felt like when I read the comic that I had the sensation of meeting someone for the first time and having that feeling like the first couple of times that they tell jokes you don’t laugh because you’re not really sure if they’re kidding or not. And then you realize that they’re always a step ahead of you and they’re SO smart and so funny.

SCHWARTZMAN: To me it’s like … when Pinkerton came out, this Weezer album. When Rivers [Cuomo] is up there singing, I remember thinking “F**k, he’s singing FOR me. He’s telling the girls that I can’t talk to how WE feel.” And I kind of feel like people who like Brian’s material relate to this guy who’s struggling that can also then fly through the air and punch people without having a special explanation for why. He speaks to the person who’s frustrated and walks in a normal world but has extreme fantasies.

MovieRetriever: How much of your character is from you? Do you have a brother?

KENDRICK: I have an older brother and when I told him about the movie he said, “Oh, so you’ve been preparing for this movie for 24 years. Ha ha ha.” Yeah, I’m just being me. I was SO lazy. I had source material and the REAL Stacy Pilgrim and I’m still just playing me. (Laughs.)

MovieRetriever: What’s next? More Bored to Death?

SCHWARTZMAN: Mored to Death . Yes. That comes on in September and hopefully we won’t lose anyone.

MovieRetriever: I doubt it. It did pretty well, right?

SCHWARTZMAN: Yeah. To me, it’s just awesome that that guy gets to have a show. I mean, you meet a lot of people and then you meet Jonathan Ames.

MovieRetriever: And are you done shooting Twilight movies?

KENDRICK: I honestly don’t know. Honestly.

MovieRetriever: Do you have anything after that?

KENDRICK: I shot a movie with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt but it’s untitled and I don’t know when it’s coming out, so that’s a very boring answer.

Anna Kendrick on Scott Pilgrim, Meeting Edgar Wright, and Surviving the Oscar Gauntlet

After earning a supporting actress nomination at the Oscars last year for her work in Up in the Air, Anna Kendrick again provides valuable support as part of the ensemble cast of Edgar Wright’s hyper-caffeinated comic book adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs the World. So how does the 25-year-old actress feel about shooting her role as Scott’s sister Stacey, her part in the upcoming cancer comedy Live With It, and the rigors of an Oscar season she’s finally put to bed? She told Movieline.

I’ve heard that Edgar was a big fan of your work in Rocket Science. Did he get in touch with you based on that?
Yeah, I think so. We had a meeting — God, it was a couple years ago, now — and it was actually at 6:30 in the morning before my flight to go shoot the first Twilight film. [Much later], I went in to read for Stacey and got hired. Standard stuff, really.

A 6:30am meeting sounds less than ideal.
Yeah, I was basically falling asleep. It was so early, and food sounded so gross to me, that I thought I was going to throw up at the breakfast table. It went good, though. It was a good enough impression, I guess.

What is Edgar’s shooting process like? There are all these brief setups and half-second shots…was it a hectic filming experience?
It was not without its new challenges. [Laughs] It was definitely a way that I’d never worked before, so it was kind of like a trial by fire. You’re doing a crash-zoom and by the time that it’s, like, the twenty-fifth take, you’re getting embarrassed in front of all the other cast members. At one point, Mary Elizabeth Winstead turned to me and said, “Don’t even worry about it. This is like a rite of passage. You’re not really a Scott Pilgrim cast member until you’ve done thirty takes of a crash-zoom.”

Now, a lot of the actors in the movie spent over seven months training and shooting, but you have a smaller role where you breeze in and out and don’t have to do any fighting. Was your shoot more of an “I’ll come in for a few days and eat whatever I want at craft services, la la la” experience?
[Laughs] I came in late and I was definitely nervous about the prospect of feeling like I wouldn’t be part of the Scott Pilgrim family. But I was just overwhelmed by how friendly everyone was. It’s such a young cast, but I think it’s a cast of professionals, so there was no clique atmosphere by any means. These are hard-working actors and actresses, and they were just happy to have some fresh blood.

It’s a young cast, and a movie that’s perfectly executed for young people who grew up with all these videogame and comic book influences. Do you think older audiences will have any problems with it, though?
Not at all, actually. My mom saw it and she thought it was amazing. I think when people hear “It’s a videogame-inspired movie,” they kind of bristle, but I don’t think that any of the references in the film leave anyone out. Actually, I think people think the movie is more reference-heavy than it actually is, because it’s so smart and fast and funny. I’m surprised by how many times people will say, “That part with that thing was so funny, what was that a reference to?” And I’m like, “It wasn’t a reference to anything. More importantly, you thought it was funny in the first place, so it doesn’t really matter.”

Are you the sort of person who catches those references? If there’s a Legend of Zelda music cue, will you pick up on that?
No, actually. People talk about these music cues from Sonic the Hedgehog and Legend of Zelda, and I’m in the movie, and I have no idea what song cues they’re talking about. It doesn’t affect the way I enjoy the film, obviously.

Now, Comic-Con this year…was that your first time going?

It was my first time going and getting to have the full experience. I’d been with New Moon, but that was more of a Twilight-centric thing and we were sort of sequestered in Twilight world. This was the first time I got to go on the convention center floor, which was amazing.

The fans of Twilight and Scott Pilgrim are both very specific about what they want to see adapted onscreen.
Honestly, I think that in both cases, we’re lucky to have fans who are happy to get a full twenty minutes in the film to just be kind of referenced. There are certain lines in Scott Pilgrim that don’t come from the same scene or even the same character [as in the comic books], but they make sense in the story and I think the fans are the kind of people who will be glad that line or moment got into the movie. They won’t be nitpicking, like, “Well actually, that line was in Volume 3, and Envy Adams said it.”

You’re in the upcoming cancer comedy Live With It, with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Tell me a little bit how you got involved, because I know there was a director shakeup early on. Were you attached before Nicole Holofcener left the movie?
No, I’d met with [producer] Nathan Kahane before Up in the Air came out, and I thought that was a pretty good meeting, but I wasn’t officially attached at all until Jonathan Levine came on board. He’d seen Rocket Science and Up in the Air, and I really wanted to be a part of this film. My meeting with Nathan had been months and months before, and I was sort of disappointed that I hadn’t heard anything over time, but over Christmas, they offered it to me and I was so excited.

Now, I wouldn’t usually think of Nicole and Jonathan having much in common as directors. What has he brought to the table?
I don’t know Nicole personally, so I can’t really speak to that, but I think Jonathan is one of those amazing souls who’s smart and sensitivity and funny, and the film has to be all of those things. It’s great to have a director who strikes that balance between having really strong, amazing ideas, but also has an openness toward contribution. Having Seth and Joe and [producer] Evan Goldberg and our incredible screenwriter Will Reiser on set…it’s a really good creative collaboration.

And who do you play in that?
I play a sort of well-meaning but inexperienced — and maybe not very talented — social worker to Joe’s character, who has cancer. She’s definitely supposed to be helping him, but she ends up being more of an obstacle than a helping hand at certain points. She’s very enthusiastic, but she’s maybe not the help that he’s looking for.

Now, I had thought that you’re done with the Twilight films, but IMDb lists you as being part of Breaking Dawn. Is that an error?
IMDb never lies, so… [Laughs] I honestly don’t know. The honest-to-God truth is that I have not talked to [screenwriter] Melissa Rosenberg about it.

How does it feel to be done with that franchise?
I feel like I got to go in and do my little silliness and try to be funny in the time that I was given. It was cool to be a part of something from the beginning when we had no idea what it was going to become, but it’s not really my movie, it’s not my experience. I’m just happy to have been along for the ride.

“I did press for, like, six months, and it started to feel like my job was to talk about Up in the Air and not to be an actress.”

For that matter, how does it feel to be done with the ride that was the Oscar gauntlet? I interviewed you before Up in the Air came out, and you said you were worried that you’d have to do so much press that you’d have to fight your answers from becoming mechanical. How did you fight that? Was it draining?
Yeah, it was really draining. I did press for, like, six months, and it started to feel like my job was to talk about Up in the Air and not to be an actress. [Laughs]

Six months…that’s probably double the amount of time it took to shoot the actual movie.
It absolutely was, yeah. It was definitely a weird time. I’m sort of glad that it all happened — I mean, obviously I’m glad it happened — but I sort of got thrown in the deep end, and now I feel confident about press and events. I feel like I should have a T-shirt that says, “I survived Up in the Air press.” [Laughs]

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