Brie also assigns the “Scream” films and discusses the shocking “GLOW” cancellation.
I’m really excited about every single episode of Collider Ladies Night that I’m lucky enough to see, but Alison Brie needs to get some kind of bonus point for the downright adorable cat cameos and rate the Scream movies with me. And to think that only covered a small part of our chat!
Brie has achieved quite a lot since her TV debut in Hannah Montana in 2006. She has spent many seasons with Community and Mad Men and received two Screen Actors Guild nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Netflix’s GLOW. and seen in a number of standout films, personal favorites include Scream 4, The Kings of Summer, and now Hulus Happiest Season, to name a few. She really has never slowed down since she started and that was by design. Here’s how Brie described her plan of attack in the earlier years of her career:
“We shot Mad Men and Community at the same time and I still had a real need to book my breaks full of movies. I feel like we had a two-film rule with my old manager. And the breaks weren’t very long. For the community it would be like this: “If we could fit into two films, it doesn’t matter what they are!” What would inevitably happen every time would be I would try to be picky and limit myself to things and pass the audition for certain things and be picky and then I would feel the clock ticking and whatever the next When I read I would say, “Yes, I’ll take care of it!” It wasn’t completely free, and it’s not to say that I’m not proud of a lot of the work I’ve done during that time. I think I just had a different priority. I just wanted to build a career, get as much experience as possible. And as you say, because I like to work so much, I think [I] I could always say, “I mean, the script isn’t great, but these actors are so funny that it would be good. I think I could bring something to this character [that] would be fun, ‘any little nugget I think I could find.’
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When did this mentality change a little? Brie gives GLOW this honor:
“And then there was a definite turning point that I think because GLOW was a great show for me and I really came to myself as an actress and I felt that GLOW on its own was really raising the bar. And then I had to make some films like The Disaster Artist and The Little Hours that I’m really proud of. It was probably a season in GLOW where I said, “Okay, let me slow down a little. I don’t want to have things on my résumé that I’m no longer proud of. ‘And again, there’s nothing to be ashamed of, but at some point you say, “Okay, I’ve done a lot of this type of film” and, “Let me try to do something different.” and try to grow as an actor and just change it a little. ‘“
As we always point out on Collider Ladies Night, every path is different, but in Brie’s case she seems to have picked the best one for herself. While there is certainly a lot to love from the earlier part of her career, it was pretty exciting to see how she took all of the experiences she already had and applied them to new opportunities like writing, directing, producing, and headlining a show . If the past few years are any sign of it, I have absolutely no doubt that Brie will continue to do so, and that kind of creative growth could signal limitless potential.
If you want to find out more about their journey from theater school to the happiest time of year, you can check out our full Ladies Night chat at the top of this article! Also, be sure to check out The Happiest Season, which is a huge charmer and is now available to streamed on Hulu.
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00:30 – Brie meets Deputy Dewey and reveals her scream movie rankings.
2:00 AM – The actors who impressed Brie growing up.
03:50 – At first, Brie never thought she would make television.
06:09 – How and why did that change when she finished CalArts?
7:35 am – Why Hannah Montana was the perfect gig to get right out of theater school; Brie walks us through the audition.
10:07 – Brie describes GLOW as a major turning point in her career; While filming Mad Men and Community, she packed her breaks with films.
1:22 PM – What was it like balancing such a hectic schedule for Mad Men and community at the same time?
15:43 – Brie breaks down learning her lines.
6:10 PM – Brie highlights what makes Community’s Dan Harmon, Mad Men ‘s Matt Weiner and GLOW’ s Matt Weiner and GLOW ‘s Carly Mensch unique showrunners.
23:25 – Brie discusses her GLOW co-stars’ open letter of representation.
26:48 – Why Brie is confident that she can move on from Ruth Wilder even though she has not come into contact with the character.
30:28 – About the formula of the Christmas comedy in the happiest season; why Brie was especially excited to work with director Clea DuVall.
33:15 – Why it is increasingly important to Brie to have a positive experience on set.
35:41 – Brie learned how to ice skate for the happiest time of year.
37:33 – The sibling rivalry between Sloane and Harper (Mackenzie Davis) gets pretty intense. the importance of empathy for Sloane.
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Perri Nemiroff has been part of the Collider team since 2012. She is the co-host of Collider FYC, The Witching Hour, and host of the Collider Ladies Night interview series. Perri is a proud graduate of Columbia University’s Film MFA program and a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Perri divides her time between Los Angeles and New York, but devotes every waking hour to her cat, Deputy Dewey.
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