Horror is a “high-intensity game”

However, one of his early films was in 2011. scream 4, it took a while Alison Brie To be ready to retreat from fear. After all once You are killed by ghostface, You have already completed a milestone for the genre. So did the first feature convince the director to dive back in with indie horror? Well, that director should be her husband, Dave franco. Written by Franco and Joe Swanberg, The rent Two couples flee on their weekends to a lavish, secluded home found through an Airbnb-esque service. Things begin to flare as the mystery bubble erupts on the surface between the four friends – and before they realize they can’t be alone in the house. Brie co-stars as Misri, a character with whom she has more than a few things, despite the fact that it was not given that she would be part of Franco’s directorial debut.

Before its July 24 VOD premiere, The AV Club Talked with Brie about falling in love with Franco “on the set” again, our strange comfort with being in total homes of strangers, and which makes such “high intensity games” scary. Brie also discusses the thrill of watching The rent In the drive-in, and still updated us on the delayed production GLOWThe fourth and final season. Excerpts from that video are in the video above, along with the full transcript below.

AV Club: The rent The first time feature writer / director Dave Franco has arrived – so, what’s the deal with this guy? Are we getting more from him?

Alison Brie: I hope so! Sincerely, Dave was so good; He was so incredibly good at directing. I knew it would be because as an actor he always wanted to see the whole picture with every project in a way that I didn’t. When I’m acting in something, I like, “Okay, here is my piece of what I need to do,” and I’m going to do the best job on this piece and everything else is up Those people. And Dave was always the kind of actor who was like, “I’m going to see if I can meet him in the writers room! I’m going to see if I can go into editing!” And I’d like to , “Why do you want to go into editing?” That’s my nightmare.

So, in fact he always had such a master vision. And I kind of got the clock to write it, came up with the idea — they wrote it with Joe Swanberg. He must be coming home from writing every day, feeling very inspired. And then being on the set with him was just, I can’t express what a wonderful experience it was for both of us – it was a new way for us to collaborate creatively.

And, you know, as an actor, if you don’t trust your director, it can be a really scary place, right? But obviously I trust anyone more, so I didn’t have much confidence in what he was going to do. And then seeing her on the set and seeing her flourish in this new way became a fun treat for me. And to see him interact with all the people in our crew and see what they were like falling in love with him. And then I fell in love with him. It was very romantic.

AVC: At what point did it become clear that you would play the role of Michelle, knowing that the project developed from beginning to end? Did Dave just visit you one day and ask if you wanted to do it?

AB: Well, when he was first writing, he was originally playing the role of Jeremy Allen White, the younger brother. And so I think when that idea was there, he didn’t bring me to play Michelle. But pretty much as soon as he decided he was going to direct, this was what you said where he just sat on the couch and turned to me and said, “I mean, you should just play Michelle . ” But then when we were shooting it, I put some moments where I would like, “I really feel like you wrote this part for me,” whether he knows it or not .

AVC: I was going to say, Michelle definitely has some “Alison Brie” qualities.

AB: This is what I really loved about the character. [Laughs.] For the first part of the film, you’re like, “Oh, he’s like a wet blanket, he’s up a little,” I’ve played characters like before. But, in the second half, before things derail, it’s like, “No, let’s party.” I want to do drugs – I just want to do it when I want to do them, “that’s what I feel [Laughs]. There is so much truth to my life.

AVC: And, on that note, you play quite confidently “under the influence”.

AB: You know, Dave and I had a lot of conversations about that. Because, for the entire film, Dave really had a grounded, realistic tone and a vision to get people invested in the characters. So, when it came down to Mitchell’s experience, he knew that it should just feel natural and normal – it’s not like this wild drug trip sequence. We must have done a little research as we were preparing to shoot the film. There are videos of myself that I was very much grounded in my performance [Laughs.]-So, I would not say that this is correct.

AVC: You think a horror film is natural, which is why I was surprised to learn that it was your first horror film scream 4.

AB: Yes i think so before this scream 4, I did some B-horror movies, but I think the Scream Very different from them all. Was so excited to be in scream 4-I’m a big fan The franchise, And I had been since high school, when the first film came out. They shot second the Scream In South Pasadena, where I am from. So that opportunity was very exciting, but obviously the film is a bit campier, and the meta quality is what makes those films so much fun. And [The Rental] It’s not, but it was really fun to go back to the genre – one that I honestly love, but I’m very agile about finding one to do because it’s a high intensity game.

It’s a lot of emotional energy for films that frankly, often don’t get the credit they deserve, you know? But I love this film and how Dave wrote that it really is a character-driven film; It is an “actor’s film”. It starts as a really intimate character drama before things start to get really terrible. Nothing to spoil but a sequence with my character [where she’s] Followed by a voice through the house. There is tension, of course, but where that scene lands is not a typical horror film beat – it’s too much about the emotional impact, which is terrible in this context.

AVC: Apart from personal dynamics, this film is definitely tapping into things that I think we might have been disappointed for: It’s surprising that we’ve been in a stranger’s house for a few days How comfortable they have become with living.

AB: Oh yes. I mean, that was the inspiration for the whole project — Dave was like, “It’s so weird that we do that, isn’t it?” Especially right now, in our country at the moment, it seems that no one trusts anyone, but then we’re also like, “Oh, I’ll be in that stranger’s house, sure!” Just because he probably received positive reviews? I mean, you can say the same thing about ride-sharing apps. When I was a kid, you weren’t really going to get into cars with strangers. Now we do it all the time.

And while we were shooting this film, there were actually new articles coming out every day about home-sharing apartments and cameras found in homes — but still we do it! We all stayed in Airbnbs during the shooting of this film. I have been the longest in Airbnb so far. So, yes, Dave is trying to indicate that disconnect, even within our own home and the way we treat home-sharing. When we live in places, we are aware of all those dangers and yet, you are like, “Oh, this is cheap?” Yes, let’s have one!

AVC: Do you have any Airbnb or home-sharing horror stories?

AB: No, I really don’t. I would say, the house where we stayed while shooting this film was in a city called Bandon, Oregon. It is on the coast and we are in this house, which was sorted on the beach, a hundred small steps like a small wooden cabin, leading to the bottom. It was really amazing during the day, but sometimes at night, when I would come back from shooting at 4 in the morning… there are no lights and I like to walk these rare stairs in the dark, I think , ” is this the end?”

AVC: right. Working on this film can make you particularly crazy about the whole experience.

AB: In a way. But it is also a good way to face your fears. This is a little Katherine, because, well, the film is a type of worst case scenario. But now I know that the guy behind the mask is Anthony, our stunt man, and it does such a small job. I think it even speaks to the idea of ​​why people prefer horror films in the first place – to allay these fears. Like, “Give me the worst and let it play out in the most horrific way;” Maybe then you can experience it and just let it go.

AVC: This is one of the many films of this year that is missing a traditional theatrical release due to the epidemic, but IFC Films is pushing it into drive-in theaters as well – hosted by you and Dave and the cast Initial preview of a drive-in here in Los Angeles. How was that? Do you think The rent Is that experience compatible?

AB: Oh man, was really awesome. I realized that I had never been a drive-in before – at least not that I remember. At first, it was quiet just because we have all been so isolated during quarantine. It was a really big thing to be surrounded by so many people. At a safe distance, of course. But, like, there was a clear energy that I didn’t feel in a minute. Even just waiting in line for the ladies room!

You know, there is a certain kind of group of people who gather together that you can’t virtually repeat. And, I think that even with horror films, there is so much fun about the communal experience, of being scared together. But then the drive-in setting is also an element to the experience, because, again, you’re in your car – a place that kind of gives us the illusion of safety. You’re like, “I can see everything, I’m in my little pod, I’m good.” But you are also just parked outside. You are exposed It is dark. There is something to feel scary and safe at the same time.

AVC: And speaking of quarantine, before our time was up, I wondered if there was an update GLOWThe fourth and final season is anticipated. I know that production was delayed indefinitely until it was safe to do the film again.

AB: We don’t really know anything concrete yet, and sadly I think it will take a little time. I think we’re probably going to be one of – I don’t want to say one of the last, but definitely not one of the first – shows back into production because of wrestling. There a very Of physical contact on the show. So this is not something I think any of us want to sacrifice, especially since this is our final season. I mean, how do you do the final season of a wrestling show without wrestling? So, I think we are going to wait for it now. Which, you know, will make it more special when we return to filming, and when the season premieres. But hopefully they’ll be going that fast test!

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