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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.

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.


I have added new pics of Lizzy attending the screening for her latest movie, Save The Date on Monday! The movie is officially released in theatres this Friday!

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December 10 2012: Save The Date Los Angeles Screening

I have added new pics of Lizzy attending the opening of Madewell at The Grove last week! Madewell and Nylon Magazine hosted this celebration!

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December 6 2012: Opening of Madewell at The Grove

Check out Lizzy in Masters Of Sex in this Showtime 2013 trailer for the new shows! Looks awesome!

Lizzy was recently on Whitney Cumming’s talk show, Love You, Mean It. Check out a clip below:

Lizzy is featured along with the rest of the cast in the Freaks and Geeks reunion for Vanity Fair in the January issue! Read the article here. Lizzy’s outtakes are below:

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Check out the clip of Lizzy in Save The Date!

I have added new pics of Lizzy attending the launch of her The Class co star and friend, Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s Tie The Knot with his partner, Justin Mikita. Lots of adorable pics! The Class Reunion at the event 🙂

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November 14 2012: Tie The Knot Launch

You and Lizzy Caplan have a Showtime series coming up called Masters of Sex, about sexual researchers Masters and Johnson. It sounds a bit like Kinsey, which was made by your Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon.
Kinsey was sort of around a few years previous to Masters and Johnson, and his work was really based on questionnaires, so the big difference was that the work the Masters did was with actual people, you know. It wasn’t just asking questions and compiling information. This was about actually looking at the effects on the body of sex, which obviously involves having bodies to research on, and since it’s on Showtime, you get total freedom really in terms of exploring it. It should be fascinating.

Lizzy Caplan has said that she’s agitating for you to go nude in the show, in the name of equal representation.
[Laughs.] Well, I think some things are best enjoyed in small doses.


Check out Lizzy and Alison’s interview with The A.V. Club to talk about Save The Date. Lizzy gives an update on Party Down movie again!

The A.V. Club: What attracted you to Save The Date?

Alison Brie: I really liked the script. I identified with it on many levels. The characters seemed like people I knew or people I had been. Also, I feel like I was fortunate to read it after [Caplan] was locked in. And they had Geoffrey [Arend] and Mark [Webber] and Martin [Starr] all in mind by the time I read it. So the cast was a really big part of why I wanted to do it.

AVC: Did you know each other beforehand?

Lizzy Caplan: I wanted her.

AB: We didn’t. I was just enjoying her from afar.

AVC: So there’s not some secret club of people from underwatched cult television shows?

LC: Eventually, we all meet each other. We hadn’t met, but I wanted it to be her, and luckily, she wanted to be in it, because let’s be honest, she’s perfect for the role. I made a decision—because I had done a few small-budget movies leading up to this—that I needed to take a little break from the under-$1-million budget for the next one or two. I read this script, and it was so well-written and such a beautiful story that I had to do it. It felt like there was no real choice in the matter. I just dug it so hard.

AVC: You felt like destiny was forcing you into this film?

LC: Destiny was like, “Girl, stop messin’ around.”

AVC: Why do you two have chemistry?

AB: I mean, we’re both just super-cool.

LC: Very cool people. I think there’s something in that we’re both from L.A., but that’s always just a pleasant surprise when that happens. The girls who are working in the same age range who are considered working comedic actresses, we all kind of know each other and love working with each other.

AB: There’s a kinship. You’re familiar with each other’s work, so before meeting, we were familiar with each other and everyone in the cast, I feel like there was just a really relaxed vibe among all of us. There were no divas, it was the five of us in this tiny trailer all together going rogue all over the streets of Los Angeles. And it was nice that everybody just gelled immediately, because everyone is so low-key.

LC: Totally, there was no room for that kind of behavior on the set. There was nowhere to go with it, so thank God we didn’t have to figure that out. Also, [we’ve] been doing this for enough time, we knew so many people in common. So all you need is three people who vouch for a person to know that they’re going to be fantastic and that you’re going to get along.
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