Alison Brie On Writing Her Own Roles, The ‘She-Hulk’ Rumors And A ‘Community’ Movie

Alison Brie On Writing Her Own Roles, The ‘She-Hulk’ Rumors And A ‘Community’ Movie

Alison Brie in 'Spin Me Round' (IFC Films)

Alison Brie in Spin Me Round. (Photo: IFC Films)

Alison Brie still has no idea where those She-Hulk rumors came. Or if they were remotely legitimate. But they were penetrating, to say the least.

“It was definitely weird. I went to get a sandwich at a diner and there was a man there who was like, ‘I just read that you were cast as She-Hulk,’ Brie tells us in a new interview. “I was like, ‘Well, you’re the first one who told me about this. Maybe I should check with my agents.’”

This was in early 2020 when unverified reports surfaced on the internet that Marvel Studios was looking for an “Alison Brie type” to play Jen Walters, Bruce Banner’s cousin who also transforms into a huge green superhero, on your next Disney+. Series. (Emmy winner black orphan star Tatiana Maslany was eventually cast; Brie said she was never approached about the paper, casting serious doubt on the report’s validity.)

“There’s a lot of misinformation going on,” she says. “But Tatiana Maslany is such a talented actress. I’m really looking forward to seeing what she does with it… She’s amazing. I loved it black orphan. I watched every episode of it.”

Maslany would likely say the same thing about Brie, the 39-year-old actress who rose to fame with a supporting role in the AMC period drama. Mad Men and as a “The Gang” on NBC cultly followed Community before hitting the wrestling mats in more recent years as the lead in the Netflix series Shine.

Among this steady stream of 175+ episodes of popular TV shows, Brie has appeared in movies like the LEGO movie (2014), Opposite (2017) and promising young woman (2020). Her credits showcase her versatility, but if you try to decode what an “Alison Brie type” means in Hollywood, the actress has certainly mastered the art of playing seemingly well-wounded women who are far more complex — and adventurous — than we thought.

In his latest, the comedy directed by Jeff Baena turn me around (coincidentally opening the day after She-Hulk‘s Disney+ premiere), Brie ventures to Italy as the manager of an Olive Garden-style Bakersfield, California restaurant chosen to participate in an overseas training program. While the exotic sound show proves to be much more mundane when Amber (Brie) and her companions are saddened to find themselves confined to a conference room, Amber’s trip gets a lot more interesting after the wealthy and enigmatic owner of the company (Alessandro Nivola) falls in love with her.

“Jeff read an article about a very similar program that exists in real life, in which a chain of Italian restaurants, which will remain unnamed, send managers to Italy to experience the best of food and culture,” says Brie. “But ultimately that experience, according to this article, is a little lackluster and very Americanized. Ultimately they’re just in these dorms, they’re not seeing much of the city. So that’s when Jeff originally came up with the idea and brought it to me. And I agreed that it has so much potential for comedy… And so we really extrapolated that to the wildest extent.”

Brie co-wrote the film with Baena, and it’s something she’s been doing a lot recently. After working together on the 2017 medieval comedy the little hoursBrie and Baena also co-wrote the 2020 psychological thriller horse girl. She also recently co-wrote the rom-com Someone I knew with her husband Dave Franco, who directs while Brie co-stars with Haley Joel Osment.

The actress-turned-writer’s new hyphenate is allowing her to make a more creative contribution to the characters she’s played from the start.

“As an actress, there’s a lot out of my control when I start working on a job,” she laughs. “So it’s been a lot of fun to cultivate writing more, just as a means of artistic expression, and then using it 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 comedy that teamed her with co-stars Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Chevy Chase and Ken Jeong.

She says the cast regularly communicates via group text messages.

“The text string is coming out constantly. We’ve texted seven times today because Danny and Ken saw each other at an event last night. They sent pictures. We exchange messages constantly. It’s very cute. I love these guys. I hope we can be together.”

This may even imply a long-standing rumor. Community movie.

“There have been some conversations, but I really have no idea what’s going on with this. I don’t have updates. There are talks, but no concrete details.”

At least we know it’s more legit than those She-Hulk rumors.

turn me around is now in theaters and on VOD and streaming.

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