Alison Brie still has no idea where they are She-Hulk rumors came from. Or if they were even remotely legal. But they were diffuse, to say the least.
“It was definitely weird. I went to get a sandwich at a sandwich shop and there was a guy there who was like, ‘I just read you were cast as She-Hulk,’” Brie tells us in a new interview. “I said, ‘Well, you’re the first one to tell me. Maybe I should contact my agents.”
This was in early 2020, as unconfirmed reports surfaced online that Marvel Studios was looking for an “Alison Brie-type” to play Jen Walters, Bruce Banner’s cousin who also transforms into a giant green superhero, in the upcoming Disney+ . series. (Emmy Award Orphan black Star Tatiana Maslany was eventually cast. Brie said she was never approached about the part, casting serious doubt on the validity of the report.)
“There’s a lot of misinformation out there,” he says. “But Tatiana Maslany is such a talented actress. I really can’t wait to see what she does with it… She’s incredible. I loved Orphan black. I watched every episode of that.”
Maslany would probably say the same thing about Brie, the 39-year-old actress who rose to fame with a supporting role on AMC’s hit period drama Angry men and as a “The Gang” on NBC’s cult following Community before hitting the wrestling mats in more recent years starring in the Netflix series Shine.
In between this steady stream of 175+ episodes of hit TV shows, Brie appeared in movies like The Lego Movie (2014), The publication (2017) and Promising young woman (2020). Her credits show her versatility, but if she’s trying to decipher what “Alison Brie-type” means in Hollywood, the actress has certainly mastered the art of playing seemingly tightly wound women who are ultimately far more complex — and bold — than they are. we thought.
In her latest, the comedy directed by Jeff Baena Spin Me Round (coincidentally it opens a day later She-HulkThe Disney+ premiere, Brie travels to Italy as the manager of a Bakersfield, Calif., Olive Garden-like restaurant chain who is selected to attend a study abroad program. While the exotic-sounding program turns out to be much more ordinary as Amber (Brie) and her cohorts are upset to find themselves confined to a boardroom, Amber’s journey becomes much more interesting when the company’s wealthy and enigmatic owner (Alessandro Nivola) acquires luster. to her.
“Jeff read an article about a very similar program that exists in real life, in which an Italian restaurant chain, which shall remain anonymous, sends managers to Italy to experience the best in food and culture,” Bree says. “But ultimately this experience, according to this article, is a little innocent and very Americanized. After all they’re just in these dorms, they don’t really see much of the city. So that’s where Jeff originally got the idea and brought it to me. And I agreed that it just has so much potential for comedy… And then we really calculated it to appeal to the craziest degree.”
Brie co-wrote the film with Baena, which is something she’s been doing a lot lately. After working together on the 2017 medieval comedy The Small HoursBrie and Baena also wrote the 2020 psychological thriller Horse girl. He also recently wrote the rom-com Someone I used to know with her husband Dave Franco directing while Brie stars with Haley Joel Osment.
The actress-turned-writer’s new moniker allows her to have more creative input into the characters she plays from the get-go.
“As an actor, there’s so much out of my control when I go to work on a job,” he laughs. “So it’s been really fun to cultivate writing more, just as a means of artistic expression, and then use that to create roles that are exciting to me and interesting, or just unique stories that I think would be fun.”
Brie clearly had fun Communitythe irreverent sitcom that teamed her up with co-stars Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Chevy Chase and Ken Jeong.
He says the cast communicates regularly via group text messages.
“The text chain keeps going away. We’ve already texted seven times today because Danny and Ken saw each other at an event last night. They sent pictures. We text each other all the time. It is so cute. I love these guys. I hope we can get together.”
This may even involve a long-rumored one Community film.
“There’s been some talk, but I really have no idea what’s going on with it. I have no updates. There are discussions, but no concrete details.”
At least we know it’s more legit than that She-Hulk rumours.
Spin Me Round it’s now in theaters and on VOD and streaming.
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