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Glamour Magazine “Save The Date” interview

Check out Lizzy’s interview with Glamour Magazine to discuss Save The Date.

Bachelorette, New Girl, Masters of Sex got picked up, and now Save the Date–this has been a big year for you.

Lizzy: It feels different mainly because I’ve spent the majority of this year promoting the films [not making them]. I do tend to want to be working, but when Masters of Sex got picked up and I knew I was going to have this steady gig waiting for me, I decided to take some time off. I turned 30 this year, so I’ve gotten more thoughtful.

How did you celebrate 3-0?

Lizzy: I throw big parties every year, obnoxiously fancy parties, with one of my best friends whose birthday is close to mine. This year, I did a weekend in Palm Springs, with sixty people. My birthday’s right at the beginning of the summer, so it was the first trip of summer for most of us.

You and Alison play sisters in the film, and the vibe is startlingly realistic. How’d you get there with each other?

Lizzy: We went out for drinks and dinner and had a very fun time. When I meet an actor I’m going to be opposite in an intimate relationship, I know right away if it’s going to require a lot of effort. Within five seconds with Alison, it was very clear that it would be easy. We both have sisters, too, so we know how that relationship feels in our real lives. You really are mean to your sister like you’re not mean to anyone else.

The main tension between your two characters is different attitudes towards marriage. Alison’s can’t wait to get hitched–your character has no intentions of doing so. Do you feel like at this age that starts to become a divisive thing among friends?

Lizzy: I feel lucky because most of my friends aren’t married. So I don’t feel that, ‘oh, step on it, you’re thirty.’ Thirty is not the same thirty it was ten years ago or twenty years ago.

I think your love interest, Mark Webber, might be our new biggest crush. He seems to be everywhere all of a sudden.

Lizzy: Which is a really great thing because he’s one of those guys everybody likes. He’s not phony. He has this instant soulful vibe.

You’ve become somewhat of a go-to for the smart, edgy roles–but with this movie, in particular, I felt like your character could have been our beloved Janis Ian of Mean Girls grown up. Like she’s grown into herself, but this is the girl who wore a purple tux to prom–she’s not buying the whole bride thing so easily.

Lizzy: I think that quite a few of the characters I’ve played as a grownup could have been Janis Ian as kids. I was kind of like that in high school. I’ve been very lucky to have so much practice in this type of role, in which the tough character is usually actually the most vulnerable.

Outside of Michael Mohan, who wrote and directed Save the Date, you’ve largely worked with female creators and strong actresses of late. How is it different than working with men?

Lizzy: I will say Michael Mohan writes women better than most women. But yeah–[New Girl creator] Liz Meriwether works her ass off and has an amazing, clear voice. Girls writing for girls is kind of a dream for me. It adds an element. Funny girls are the thing right now, and it wasn’t that way for me the vast majority of my career. If you were the funny one, they tried to make you look busted. You weren’t the star, you were the best friend.

What are some of the female-relationship movies that kept you inspired even when funny, smart, real women weren’t exactly “the thing?”

Lizzy: Postcards from the Edge. Death Becomes Her. And… Thelma and Louise.

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Documentary Film Program Reading Of “Life Partners” (pics)

I have added new pics of Lizzy participating in the documentary film program reading Of “Life Partners” which was hosted by the The Sundance Institute on Wednesday. Kristen Bell, Portia Doubleday, Mark Duplass and Mary Kay Place and more were among those who participated as well!


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December 12 2012: The Sundance Institute Hosts Documentary Film Program Reading Of “Life Partners”

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Save The Date officially in theatres now

Save the Date opens in theatres today on a limited release! Make sure to check out Lizzy in the movie! You can also still watch the movie on Itunes, VOD, Amazon and more!

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Bust Magazine’s “Save The Date” interview

Check out Bust Magazine’s interview with Lizzy where they talked about Save The Date, marriage and Freaks and Geeks.

The words “save the date” immediately bring forth images of white gowns, floral arrangements, and choosing between chicken or fish. But the film Save the Date, directed by Michael Mohan (who co-wrote the film with Jeffrey Brown), doesn’t focus on those clichés. Instead, it centers on Sarah (played by Lizzy Caplan), who’s trying to figure out what she wants in life. Instead of saying yes to her boyfriend Kevin’s public proposal, made soon after they move in together, Sarah breaks up with him. We spoke with Caplan about her new flick, getting hitched, and the concept of “forever.”

Caplan’s character in the film, Sarah, is the kind that the actress consistently nails: a sweetly sardonic, down-to-earth lady you’d love to hang out with. Mohan describes her as “a rare actress who not only has an amazing mixture of strength and vulnerability, she’s also just very down to earth and I think many women can completely relate to her.” Caplan says that when she took the role, “I was nervous that people were going to think that it was a movie about weddings—I don’t think it’s about that at all. I thought it would potentially be a little misleading, but that’s okay.”

Most viewers can probably relate to Sarah, who clearly loves Kevin but can’t commit to a lifetime in the relationship. She has to make the decision to end things, though she can’t quite put her finger on what’s wrong. As Caplan describes Sarah, “She’s just a little slow in terms of relationships, the normal progression of a relationship.” So why does Sarah decide to move in with Kevin in the first place? Caplan theorizes, “I always imagined she was getting pressure from a lot of people saying that it was the next step: you move in.” There clearly isn’t a lack of love between them—the film shows an especially sweet scene of the couple slow-dancing in the apartment they share, him shirtless, her in underwear. But Caplan says, “I always saw her as a character who was so attached to her freedom that anything that compromised that made the hairs on the back of her neck stand up, and she needed to leave as quickly as possible.”

While enjoying her post-breakup happiness, Sarah takes up with an admirer, Jonathan (Mark Webber), and experiences that wonderfully awkward newness of a budding relationship. At the same time, Sarah’s sister, Beth (Community’s Alison Brie) is consumed with planning a wedding to her fiancé, Andrew (Freaks and Geeks’ Martin Starr). Says Caplan, “What we tried to do with the movie was juxtapose the excitement of something new and the mundane aspects of the long-term relationship. There are pros and cons to both—excitement or comfort.”

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EW: Lizzy Caplan on Save The Date, S.H.I.E.L.D, ‘Sex’, and that ‘Party Down’ movie

Check out Lizzy’s interview with Entertainment Weekly where she talks about Save The Date, Masters Of Sex, Party Down movie and more!

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When I saw Save the Date at Sundance earlier this year, it made me think of Reality Bites and Before Sunrise. Were there similar films in the back of your mind as you read this script?
LIZZY CAPLAN: If we’re anything like Reality Bites to anybody, then I’m a fan of that because that movie definitely was one that I was raised on. I was really excited to read a script that reminded me of that type of movie — like Singles, too — because they’re not really making so many of these kind of quiet, character-driven, relationship dramas. I miss seeing movies like that.

I hesitate to use the term, but so many of what we know as romantic-comedies revel in the idea of true love and the quest for our soul mates. Part of what I liked about your movie is its more sober approach to romance.
Obviously, there are endless movies made about the complications of relationships, but what really drew me to this movie was this examination of a breakup that occurs when nobody’s done anything really horrible to the other person. What I find in reality is that relationships that end because of circumstance or timing — where you still care about or love the person, but you just can’t be together anymore — are by far the most difficult breakups to go through.

I would say the film is unusual in the sense that, although your character, Sarah, is the spine of the story, the audience gets a real sense and appreciation for all five characters’ point of view.
Yes, I totally agree. [Normally] there’s always somebody who has to be kind of the bad guy, and I was really in to the idea that we didn’t have one of those. In fact, I break up with one guy who seems to be one of the nicest guys in the world, only to start shacking up with a guy who’s potentially even nicer. And I thought that was really interesting. How do we raise the stakes, how do we make a movie watchable without there being a true villain in it?

Sarah actually breaks both guys’ hearts in the movie, in various excruciating ways. Are those days you dread as an actress, or are those scenes fun in a way.
[Laughs] Any emotional stuff that I have to shoot, those are the days that I’m more nervous about. I don’t relish breaking their hearts, but at the end of the take, you can just go and laugh and go to craft services and be buddies again. So I rarely take that part of the job past the word, “Cut.”

I read somewhere that you identified with Sarah more than any other character you’ve ever played. In what sense?
I connected to the idea that everybody around you is pushing you in a direction that feels wrong to you, even if on paper it seems completely fine. That just really struck a huge chord in me because I’ve made some decisions in my life that have gone against what everybody who’s close to me has told me to do or has done themselves. I didn’t go to college, and everybody I’ve ever met in my life and everybody in my family for multiple generations all went away to college. And I didn’t do that. I tried to be an actor instead. That’s not a romantic example, but stuff like that where you just want to live your life slightly differently and dealing with the reactions of other people, which used to be something that was very difficult for me. I guess that would be the main thing.

Alison Brie plays your older sister in the movie, and you both seemed really comfortable with that relationship.
Alison and I both have sisters and I think that made our job so much easier because there’s a way that you behave with your sister that you would not behave with anybody else in your life ever. You can be a little crueler or harsher to your sister than you can to any other woman in your life, and I think there’s some loveliness to the safety of that unconditional love. The drawback to that is that fighting with your sister is so particularly frustrating. You can argue with your sister and not apologize right afterwards, even though you probably should.

You’ve known Martin Starr since you were a kid, and you both were on Party Down. Are there still plans to make a Party Down movie?
Yeah, definitely. I just ran into John Enbom, who’s one of the creators of the show, and I was grilling him about it because I have been asked this question so often.

Sorry.
No, not at all. I mean, listen, I want this movie to happen so badly. We all do. It’s just scheduling and making all the pieces fit together that is going to be a bit of challenge. But the good news is, with every passing month, more people discover Party Down, so we may actually have a substantial audience by the time we get to make the movie.

Is there a script? Or just a concept?
I don’t think I’m allowed to say that. [Laughs]

That answer actually gives me real hope. You also appeared in that Marvel superhero short, Item 47. Are you hopeful that you might get to explore the Marvel universe some more?
I suppose that’s always an option. I know they’re making that S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show. I think that would be the natural trajectory for where my character ends up. But I’m doing another television show so I can’t be on that one. But I like all those guys at Marvel quite a bit, and I’d love to work with them again. But as of now, I can’t do their show and I think that’s the next thing they seem to be focusing on.

The other show is Master of Sex for Showtime, yes? Based on Masters and Johnson, the married couple who did groundbreaking sex research in the late 1950s.
It’s just gearing up to start production. I can’t wait. We’ve all read the book that our show is based upon, and they’re story is so fascinating. Michael Sheen plays Masters, and I’m actually on the fence on what is more fascinating to me at this point: the strides they made in sex research — especially for women, especially for the feminist movement — or their own personal relationship, which was totally twisted and sordid and very very odd. I think it’s going to be pree-tay explosive.

So Save the Date opens tomorrow in just a couple theaters, opposite some movie about hobbits. Fair fight?
I’m pretty sure we’re going to beat them in the box office. Watch you back, Hobbit.

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