MAKES HER DATES
by Brad Balfour
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February 12, 2006.
Though 29 year-old
actress Alyson Hannigan made her rep as Willow Rosenberg, the dorky
lesbian sorceress pal of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she has really
established herself as a new comic talent through her work in films like
those in the American Pie series of films and her new TV show
How I Met Your Mother. Now she handles the lead in the ultimate parody
of romantic comedies, Date Movie, playing Julia Jones, a searcher
for love in a cruel world. From huge to svelte, she finally meets the man
of her dreams, the very British Grant Fonckyerdoder, but before they wed
they reprise scenes from everything from My Big Fat Greek Wedding
to Meet the Parents to The Wedding Planner and many more.
You've joined an auspicious group of fat suit alumni such as
Gwyneth Paltrow and Martin Lawrence.
I had always heard stories of people going insane about wearing prosthetic
makeup, and I was always like "yeah, yeah quit you're whining." But now I
understand. There's a weird thing about having something glued to your
face for so many hours during the day and I can see how someone can go
How long did it take to put on the make up?
It took two hours for
the hands and the face and it took about a half an hour to get into the
suit and to get dressed. So it took two and half hours. We got it down
pretty quickly. It took more in the beginning but then we got it down to a
How was it wearing a fat suit?
It’s quite warm. There
was a lot of material. It was very, very hot. Much hotter than I thought
it would be. It was interesting how it affected me. I definitely became
much more lethargic. The things I take for granted being my size, I really
learned how much easier it is for me. Especially on the set where there
are a lot of light stands and small places where you can just squeeze
through to get on set. And in that suit I couldn't. I had to find
alternate way to get on set. It sounds so minor but it gave me a lot more
compassion of the struggles that big people have to go through.
Did any of your Buffy crew go through any of that?
Well the demons had to
go through way more than I did. I can't complain about my hours. Some of
the demons on our show would take four or five hours.
Are you inherently funny?
Oh, I don't know, I've
always loved making people laugh. I've always loved funny people. I
remember with my dad, he was quite funny, when ever I'd see him Id be
like, dad be funny be funny. I thought I was a switch he could turn on. I
was always egging him on to make me laugh. I was always enchanted by
people that could make me laugh. Also by a young age I learned that if I
could make my mom, laugh when I was in trouble, I would get in less
trouble if she was laughing about it. So that came in handy a lot too.
Is that what you use on your directors?
I guess my whole life I
had a sense of humor but I think that Buffy was really the first
time I got to work it.
you go back and look at the old episodes of
No I haven't. There are
actually a few episodes I haven't even seen. It's a little like looking
into an old year book. You know, oh what was I thinking wearing that? Look
at my hair! It's so weird! But perhaps I can get over the vanity stuff and
But in this movie you get to enjoy your beauty.
Yeah they cleaned me up
You must have had some pretty interesting souvenirs from your movies?
Yeah. I guess I should
be better at keeping props and stuff. With Buffy, once we knew it
was going to end, we definitely got our hands on stuff. But I don't know.
I really should be paying more attention. With eBay these years, I could
be making a mint.
I'm not going to ask you about your acting method with this movie.
Probably not. I'm pretty
sure you won't be saying, “For your consideration” for this movie. But I
did prepare. Since it was a spoof comedy and I hadn't done that before, I
thought I better rent some spoof movies and I watched a couple minutes of
a few different ones and I was like, ok I'm going to rent some romantic
movies, not the spoof movies. The straighter you play it the funnier it's
going to be. So I did a little research.
What did you rent?
The romantic movies, I
went through the script and made a list of all the movies we were
spoofing. The ones I hadn't seen I watched. The ones we spoofed a lot like
My Best Friend's Wedding and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The
list goes on for days.
So go on.
Ok well there is
Wedding Crashers, My Best Friends Wedding, Pretty Woman. Say Anything…, My
Big Fat Greek Wedding, Napoleon Dynamite. There's The Runaway
Bride, The Wedding Planner, Legally Blonde, Shallow Hal. I really
should bring the list out.
Loved that scene with the woman and her big rear end.
That was from The
Wedding Planner, because that's J.Lo. There's also Lord of the
Rings, Star Wars and King Kong.
What moment made you laugh?
It was definitely hard
to keep a straight face – but the scene that made me laugh the most while
we were shooting it, and it seems so ridiculous, but the scene is just in
the montage. It’s a spoof from Jerry Maguire when we're in the
elevator and the couple is making out and I'm holding the goldfish. And
for some reason we couldn't keep a straight face. They were really going
for it. I'm sure on the DVD you'll see it. The guy would lick my neck and
put his hand on Adam [Campbell's]
head and massage his head. He was hilarious. I was just crying to hold
this poor little goldfish straight and not get him smooshed. I was crying
I was laughing so hard.
The goldfish survived?
The goldfish survived.
He now resides in our prop man's daughter's room.
Are you an improvisational actor?
Because the directors were off with the writers they were very good about
saying if you want to do something of your own and everything. We would.
I’m always a big fan of getting a few as written and then have fun with
it. It's the writer's words, so I don't want to be the one to change them.
We would always do one take at the end for fun or something.
Which movie was the hardest to work on?
I had so much fun doing
this movie. Everyday it was like Christmas to go and play and get to do
the things we got to do. It was just such a blast to work with Jennifer
[Coolidge] and Fred [Willard] again and Eddie [Griffin].
I was in heaven. It was a phenomenally great experience.
You seem to do movies with people you've worked with over and over
I know! But in this
movie I actually had scenes with Jennifer. Technically I've done four
movies with her but this is one where I had scenes with her. I'm just
going to work my way through all of [director/actor/writer] Christopher
So are you going to do a Christopher Guest movie
[Spinal Tap, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind]?
I would love that. But
he has his little group. I would love to get into that. Maybe if I just
show up even if I wasn't on the call sheet.
What movie has been an inspiration to you?
I love comedy. One of my
favorite comedies was Parenthood, with Steve Martin. I loved that
movie so much because it was different type of families struggling with
different types of issues and so realistic and so genuinely funny. I loved
Who is the funniest person you've ever met?
Oh gosh, that's a very,
very tough question. It doesn't really count because I've met her on her
show but Ellen DeGeneres I think could be the
funniest person I've ever met.
you did Buffy,
did you think of it as a comedy?
No we could never put it
into a category. I think the tragic thing about it is that we were always
put up for a nomination for drama and the show never got nominated. But
had we put a Desperate Housewives and put in comedy, I think it
would have got a nod. Back then you just didn't do that if it was an hour
long. It was kind of everything. We got to do drama. We got to do comedy.
We got to do horror. We got to do action.
Do you miss everyone?
I do. Luckily I talk to
my favorites at least weekly.
Were you ever tempted to do standup?
No. I have a fear of
reading things that I write in public. Maybe one day but I don't think I
have the guts to do it.
What do you think is the best thing to do on Valentines Day?
I love candy. So he can
do no wrong, if he gives me candy, I'm a happy girl.
Any favorite flavors?
Sweet Tarts make this
red little heart shaped candy for Valentines Day and they're really good.
I don't know their exact name but they're really yummy.
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