Ari Graynor: 'I Love Playing Bad People'
Ari Graynor shot to fame taking shots in movies like Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and Holy Rollers. But after a brief booze-break with Conviction, Lucky and What's Your Number, the bubbly blonde is back at the bottle in The Sitter.
As Marisa, the self-centered girlfriend of Jonah Hill's Noah, Ari steals every frame of yet another movie, further proving she's one of the most promising stars in Hollywood. I caught up with Ari to talk all about The Sitter's shocking opening scene, her experience with baby-sitting and found her to be just as deliciously intoxicating as her big screen creations.
TheInsider.com: The movie opens with Jonah Hill performing oral sex on your very vocal character -- what was your thought upon reading the script?
Ari Graynor: "This is the greatest opening of a movie ever." [laughs] That's what went through my mind. It's definitely outrageous. The hilarious thing is that I was doing a play called Trust when I auditioned for The Sitter, and ironically, my first scene in the play has me coming out on a bed with Zach Braff performing oral sex on me. So it was crazy that two jobs in a row had that opening. I don't know what that says about me, but I'm going to go with it being positive [laughs].
Insider: That scene sort of establishes your character Marisa as a pretty terrible person. I have to imagine that's a fun archetype to play.
Ari: I loved playing Marisa. She's the worst person of all-time and I loved that sayings like "cool beans" or "you da man" fell out of my mouth while filming. I enjoy playing likeable warm-hearted people too, but she was just so delicious. Although I do think she's kind on some level, she does that thing we're all guilty of in relationships: power plays. She's definitely using Noah as an emotional crutch but he's using her in his own way too – he's just less open about it.
Insider: You had taken a brief break from playing alcoholics on the big screen, so I was excited to see you fake drunk again.
Ari: Aaaand we're back [laughs]. I couldn't stay away. At least her problem was cocaine this time, so I added a new drug to my arsenal. The next time I do anything where I'm inebriated, it'll be my serious and dramatic heroin piece. But maybe in the credits, there can be the comedy version.
Insider: Everyone loves Requiem for a Dream bloopers.
Ari: [laughs] That's right. Exactly.
Insider: Were you a babysitter growing up?
Ari: I did a little bit of babysitting when I was younger. I loved babies, so I was a mother's helper. I was also the little kid that carried around a lifelike baby doll and would fake breast feed on the beach and push around in a baby carriage. So I was excited when I got to babysitting age, but I got over it fast.
Insider: Jonah's character starts off as a pretty heinous babysitter -- who was your worst sitter, ever?
Ari: I had one babysitter who taught me about "the bases" when I was six-years-old, so obviously I was the kid in first grade who kept telling everyone about first base, second base and so on thanks to my babysitter Jill.
Insider: Who I'm guessing didn't snag a second gig once your parents found out about her lessons.
Ari: Well I didn’t tell my parents because I wanted to see what other good info I could get out of her! She taught me a lot.
The Sitter is now playing.