The director and writer/star of ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ re-team for the irreverent comedy ‘The Five-Year Engagement.’ Beginning where most romantic comedies end, the new film from director Nicholas Stoller, producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Rodney Rothman (Get Him to the Greek) looks at what happens when an engaged couple, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ co-stars Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Rhys Ifans, David Paymer, Mimi Kennedy, Jacki Weaver, Brian Posehn, and Mindy Kaling. Look out for the film in cinemas April 27th in the US and June 22nd in the UK.
How did you get involved with ‘The Five-Year Engagement’? You got to showcase your British accent.
Alison Brie: Oh yeah! They called me up and asked me if I wanted to do a table read for the project. Then I got a frantic call a day later from my agent saying, “Wait a minute! Can you do a British accent? Because they need you to do one for the read.” Luckily, the amazing thing was that for some reason, two months prior to getting this phone call to get this table read, I had bought a British accent CD and had been working on it in my car on the way to ‘Community’ everyday.…randomly! I was sort of like, “A British accent would be a good thing to have up my sleeve?” It was totally random (laughs)! So when they called me I was like, “As a matter of fact….I can.”
I can imagine Suzie being a whole lot of fun to play? She’s a bit all over the place.
Alison Brie: Suzie is an amazing character, as soon as I read the script I was really excited because usually I play much more buttoned-up characters, very anal and retentive types, type A personalities. Suzie is totally the opposite. She’s scatterbrained, she’s all over the place, she’s a bit of a f*ck up (laughs). She wears interesting clothing, she’s got an amazing fashion sense about her. She’s just spunky, I was immediately like, “Oh, I like this girl, I would hang out with her.” (Laughs) Which was cool because it’s nice playing the character who doesn’t have it all together, and actually doesn’t really care if they do or they don’t.
Your Suzie character and Chris Pratt’s Alex have some great scenes together, they’re quite a contrast to Violet and Tom?
Alison Brie: You see Tom and Violet striving for perfection constantly, so in their heads they’re always trying to plan it out, be a step ahead of it, it’s not good enough, over analysing it. Then you see these other people who could not care less if it’s perfect or not, life is a series of mistakes and it’s just gonna happen, to them. You either go with them or you kind of fall behind. They end up continuing to go with them and it works out for them in a good way….also because they have really positive attitudes, they’re just like, “Well whoops, I guess I’m gonna have to deal with that now.” And that’s probably the reaction to them having kids (laughs).
Suzie and Violet’s sisterly relationship develops through the movie….
Alison Brie: Suzie really looks up to Violet, at the beginning of the movie too, in her tearful speech at their first engagement party, she’s super supportive of their wedding. She’s like, “You guys are such an amazing couple.” You feel that everyone’s fully onboard for this wedding. Two great people, it makes a whole lot of sense. And then it just drags on and on. Once Suzie has matured and is kind of now, at the end of the movie, looking at it through the eyes of an adult who has two kids, has been married for five years….she’s really able to give her sister some advice and be like, “Just do it!”