Alison Brie Talks Accents, Karaoke & Improv
In August, I caught up with Community star Alison Brie at NBC's Television Critics Association party at The SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills -- and while part of our chat was dedicated to her role on the beyond brilliant comedy (seriously people, why aren't you watching?), the other half was spent talking about her role in the new movie, The Five-Year Engagement.
And since the trailer for the Jason Segel/Emily Blunt co-starring movie went live yesterday and Community's final episode of 2011 (I'm praying that doesn't turn into "final episode ever") airing tonight, I thought it time to pull back the curtain on the chat!
TheInsider.com: How was the experience of making The Five-Year Engagement?
Alison Brie: It was incredible. It was so fun. Nick Stoller directed it and the group of us hit it off immediately, it felt like a vacation – except we were in Ann Arbor.
Insider: Hitting up lots of karaoke bars, as YouTube has revealed.
Alison: [laughs] That's a testament to how much fun we were having. We were on a long streak of not getting caught, but then we got busted. Total Eclipse of the Heart is our jam. Although when I'm not with Emily, I'm a Lady Marmalade girl – but I don't do the Christina Aguilera version, I get old school.
Insider: In the movie, you play Emily's sister and adopt a British accent. How was that for you?
Alison: I think it went well, I'm nervous to see it. I had a great vocal coach here in LA for a few weeks but when I got out there, Emily became my unofficial vocal coach. It was more important that we sound alike than me studying a super proper British accent. The hardest part was that there was so much improv in the movie that the biggest challenge became thinking of an idea and process it through the accent quickly.
Insider: How much improv is in the movie?
Alison: We did a lot on set. Jason is incredible, Chris Pratt is a savant. Emily is so funny. I don't think people realize how funny she is. It was a little intimidating, but because I felt so comfortable with everybody on set, it gave me more confidence. I had good days and bad days, overall, I think I did well.
Insider: You also star in Save The Date, where you play Lizzy Caplan's sister.
Alison: I know, this was my summer of playing sisters to amazing brunette actresses. I kinda want to play Zooey Deschanel's sister next.
Insider: Do a lot of people confuse you two?
Alison: No, I just really like her [laughs].
The Five-Year Engagement hits theaters on April 27, 2012 -- click here to watch the trailer.