Interview: She's Out of My League star Alice Eve — "The movie is a combination of Jay-Z and Aretha Franklin…"
Sun, 07 Mar 2010 11:39:13
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The hottest girl in the room isn't always the nicest…in fact, that's rarely the case.
However, She's Out of My League may very well smash that notion. The film's main character Molly—played perfectly by the lovely, charming and brilliant Alice Eve—is equally gorgeous, smart, compassionate and caring. In essence, she has her proverbial "shit together." Undeniably a "10," the film shows how her falling for Jay Baruchel's nerdy and nervous Kirk throws all the rules out the window. In fact, it also makes for some hilarious and heartfelt moments. She's Out of My League is easily one of the funniest and smartest comedies this year—a "fucking 10" in its own right.
One of the big reasons it works is because Alice is so believable. She laughs, "I'm really proud of this movie, which is a nice feeling!"
Alice Eve sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino for this exclusive interview about She's Out of My League, making playlists for her characters and why Jay-Z and Aretha Franklin both could've scored the film…
Molly breaks away from the standard archetype of a "girl in a comedy." She's smart, nice and very warm. Do you feel like the character smashes that typical perception?
Totally! When I read the script, I thought, "This is such an exciting moment for the woman in the romantic comedy!" I'm a huge fan of the genre. I think that women are often given their voice, but in this film, Molly doesn't have an edge. She doesn't have anything that twists, turns or upsets your expectations. She's almost like that paradigmatic male lead is [Laughs]. She's got money, power, kindness and an open heart. Normally, that's a male role in these films [Laughs].
There's that role reversal, but Molly isn't overbearingly conceited or cocky either.
Yes, modesty is key.
Do you feel like you got really close to the character?
I did! I really enjoyed playing her as well. It's great to spend three months with someone who's nice! It really is [Laughs]. It makes such a difference! Spending your time investigating a nice soul for three months is a pleasure.
What initially resonated with you about Molly?
I think it was the honesty! I do believe in honesty. I think it's one of the most important qualities in a person and she had it in spades.
Is it more challenging to make people laugh when you're playing someone that nice?
No, I don't think so. I love being in comedies. With the help of a good group of people around you, it does come naturally. There was a very talented director and a bunch of comedians. It was a safe place to make fun.
Do you ever listen to music to get into character?
I do actually! I've got playlists on my iPod for different characters. I have what they would listen to. I think that Molly probably listened to a lot of Beyonce [Laughs]. I think she'd also listen to Joni Mitchell—those female soulful singers. Maybe some Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin…
No Lady GaGa?
She wasn't around when we made the movie [Laughs]. Who doesn't listen to Beyonce really? She's got all bases covered! I definitely have a pop aesthetic although I like my XX and other indie bands. Something in me is satisfied and fed by pop music.
If you were to compare the movie to a record or a combination of records what would you compare it to?
"I'm a hustler baby and I want you to know" [Laughs] and something a little bit more like Aretha Franklin's "Like a Rose." She's Out of My League is a combination of Jay-Z and Aretha Franklin [Laughs]. I guess the Jay-Z would be the voice of the boys around Jay Baruchel's character—that kind of cocky voice that they have. The more soulful side comes from Aretha [Laughs]. Maybe a bit of Weezer—"I'm Just a Teenage Dirtbag?"
Do you have a favorite scene from the film?
I like to watch the scene with Jay and I in the car having our first kiss. It seems like such a John Hughes-y moment. It's so sweet and innocent, but I do like watching that scene. It's a nice honest moment.
The movie's really about breaking down perceptions and boundaries, really…
That's absolutely right! It's such a complicated thing in our society with all of the information we're bombarded with on a daily basis. It's hard to see the wood for the trees. It's about what's in there. It occurred to me last night, that it's true! In that way, it's a lovely message. I felt the message of the film. I had a moment, where I was like, "Just be yourself" and that's me living that message, which is weird [Laughs].
During the more gross-out moments, was it hard to keep a straight face? Do you just want to burst out laughing?
You do on take one, by take ten you don't [Laughs]. It's like having a funny brother. At first he's funny. Then if he says it again, you're like, "It's not funny anymore."
What's next for you?
I've got Sex and the City 2 coming out in May which I'm very excited about! I'm just looking for the right thing.
Check out Rick Florino's new novel Dolor available now for FREE here…