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Community Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

Alison Brie

This is a transcript of an interview with Alison Brie (Annie) on May 3, 2011 about the NBC television series Community.

Question:
How different is a western-themed paintball than a die-hard-themed paintball?

Alison Brie:
It's different. The stunts were a bit different. First of all the costumes are extremely different, and I think also just because of the types of movies that we're spoofing, our whole attitude and demeanor is much different. When you watch a western things move a bit more slowly and there's that swagger that you kind of take on.

Annie, I, certainly was wearing a lot less clothing than I usually wear, but still sort of taking on that cowboy attitude, so that was really fun and interesting. A sort of different pace. There's a lot more, I think, moments of standstill where it's just the eyes and the fingers tickling your gun and things like that, as opposed to action, action, action. Even though there is a lot of action as well and chase scenes as well. It's a bit of a Tarantino-type western nod as well, so I think you have some of that cool badassery, mixed in with the old style western stuff.

Question:
I don't remember a lot of scantily clad girls in the Clint Eastwood movies, what is that about?

Alison Brie:
I think Annie starts out kind of dressed, but then she just loses her clothing and I guess that's where the Tarantino part kicks in. She's a girl who has been through a lot. When we catch up with Annie, pretty much at the beginning of the episode, she's already been through quite a bit and the clothes were just slowing her down. So she had to just let them go. Somehow I don't think the mail viewers are going to have a problem with the costume, if they're hardcore western fans.

Question:
Do you know what the thought process was here for Dan Harmon and everybody to kind of go at this again, and were you nervous at all, because the expectations are kind of so high?

Alison Brie:
I seldom, get nervous when things are in the hands of Dan Harmon and our amazing writing team. I sort of just trust them implicitly with whatever they come up with. I think the main feeling with everyone was excitement because our paintball episode had been so epic and so well-received, and I guess people consider it a turning point for our show or something like that, which sounds very epic. But, more than anything it was just like paintball, I think, signifies us really just going balls to the wall, all out, kind of above and beyond, and that's what we do again this time.

Hearing that it was going to be a two-parter already upped the ante for us, so we were like, "Oh, that's so great. We're going to have much more time to get in some of this - some better action and some interesting romance, and this and that." And I think it'll be really interesting for viewers to watch too, because the two parts are actually quite different.

In terms of the genre that they're sort of spoofing or taking off so we're just able to pack so much more in, and I think knowing what we had done before, coming from paintball before. I was especially excited about it because Annie got taken out pretty early when we did the original paintball episode, and this time I really have a lot more to do and we really just worked ourselves to the bone, I think, to really deliver something special again and kind of try to up it. So, I hope people enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.

Question:
What was it like working with Josh Holloway? And I know his character's very mysterious, but is there anything you can kind of tell us about him?

Alison Brie:
First of all, Josh Holloway is incredible to work with. He's very easy on the eyes, he's very nice, he's just such a positive guy. And we always have such fun on set, but when you're working these really long hours, it was even great to have this breath of fresh air kind of come into the cast and just be so excited about every scene that we were doing.

And also, he was a really good sport about talking about Lost with all of us because we're all big Lost fans, and it only took us about 20 minutes before we just jumped right into like, "So, what were you drinking when you were drinking those Dharma beer cans?" That was a Danny Pudi question, and you know, "What was it like being in the forest with," you know, I don't know. We just were Lost nerds, so that was really fun.

And he's just a hot guy. He's just hot. Everybody on set, guys and girls, I think were all on their best behavior. Everybody just kind of would blush when he came into the room. It was very exciting. You could feel the collective excitement about Josh Holloway when he was there, and I was lucky enough to get to do some great scenes with him.

He does play a bit of a mysterious character. I'm not sure what else I can say about his character exactly, but I got to do some action scenes with him. And also, I know they've teased a bit of a flirtatious scene that we had together, and that was really fun to shoot because we kind of started doing the scene and as we were doing it, our writer was there and our director was there and they were sort of like, "We've got to milk this chemistry." I guess it was going really well and they ended up adding some lines and adding some moments for Josh and I later in the episode or later in that scene, and that was exciting for me. I was like, "Yes, chemistry with Josh Holloway; nailed it."

Question:
It said in the press release that Anthony Michael Hall's in the episode too?

Alison Brie:
Yes, he does make an appearance. You'll see all of our regular sort of co-star people like Leonard and Fat Neil, and people like that sprinkled throughout the episode and in roles of varying sizes, and yes, Anthony Michael Hall came back as well. We really wanted to end with a bang, no pun intended, so it was really just a matter of kind of calling back everyone who had been on the show before; a lot of different people.

Trying to get a lot of different people involved that had been on the show before, which I love about our show, that we really have this community of students that all go there and take on roles big and small, and some of them quite interesting. And that they keep coming back because it really just makes up the fabric of this school and everybody that goes there.

Question:
You mentioned that Annie has less clothes on this time. Are you wearing chaps or daisy dukes, what can we expect?

Alison Brie:
I guess it would be bloomers, I think would be a more appropriate word for them, yeah. Bloomers and sort of corset vests are the main players in my outfit, and there's not much else to it.

Question:
Did you guys get to actually play paintball?

Alison Brie:
We always get to kind of do some practice shooting. We have a sharpshooter who comes in and does the stunt shooting, which is all of our reactions are totally real because it's a little terrifying when you'll rehearse it with nothing behind shot and you're like, "Okay, you run to the right and you just keep running as fast as you can, and don't stop because he's just going to be shooting right behind you."

So, we don't do any of that shooting, which might be scary, but every day when you're shooting the scenes the art department is like, "Oh, wait, can we get a little more paint on the back of this wall or over here," and we would all take turns with like the awesome sharpshooter machine paint gun shooting the walls. It was like our farewell to the school.

Since it was our final episode to shoot we really just trashed the school, but we didn't play with each other, which I would be so scared to do. Because I've been shot with them on set. Last year I got shot in the boob, and it hurt. It hurt. I had a bruise. Everyone was like, "This is not going to hurt, don't worry about it." I had a little welt on my chest for like a day. I'm being a baby about it, but it did hurt a little bit. I think it would scare me to actually play the game.

Question:
How much choreography or weapons training goes on for this?

Alison Brie:
Everybody wants to be safe, even though we had a joke on set. I think that last week, which was safety third, because we were in a crunch for time and we were shooting so many things, but that's actually not true. We do take time to do the rehearsals and work out things, especially because this was a western there was a lot of practice with gun play, sort of on the sidelines.

Joel, I can say is very good at kind of like that spinning his gun in his hand, and then putting it in the holster, so I would practice with him when we were in between takes. I had a stunt double on set who we did some moves, one of which I thought nicely titled for the episode that we were doing. One of our moves is the cowboy switch where she would like swing in and drop, and then hide, and then I would just pop up from the ground, which apparently was a move that was used in a lot of westerns back in the day. Stunt guys falling off horses, and then actors sort of popping up from a hidden place on the ground.

In addition to that, just choreography with our sharpshooter, in terms of which way we're running and how fast we're running. And Josh and I, remember us sort of doing a whole scene where he's kind of behind me and it became like a dance. We were really doing it like choreography, like you know a cha-cha, something. You know, some sort of thing, which was really fun for me. I didn't mind that at all. But at the end of the day, it's sort of like you run it, you walk it through slow a couple times, and then it's like, go for it. You just hope that you're hitting the mark and that you don't get hit with paint on your way.

Question:
I recently read that you were back in Ann Arbor filming another movie and I wondered how does it compare filming there, and do you find it kind of odd that you're from Los Angeles and going off to another place to film?

Alison Brie:
Yes, but always Ann Arbor. It's like I'm "what will I do in Ann Arbor next year?" I'm hoping to buy a summer house here. Yeah, it's kind of strange. It's nice to shoot something out of town, I think, because it sort of gives you more time to focus.

You're real isolated and you're just sort of with the people that you're working with, so you really get time to bond with them and time to focus on the work, which I think is really important, so that's nice. I have had some interesting downtime here, but it's been helpful because I'm working on a British accent for the movie. I'm playing Emily Blunt's sister, so it's nice to just get time to spend with her and bond as sisters and listen to how she talks, and things like that. And it's pretty peaceful out here in Ann Arbor. I like this town a lot. I'm getting used to it.

Question:
How's that going with the dialect coach?

Alison Brie:
The dialect coach actually is already gone and I'm really just focusing more on working with Emily and listening to Emily's accent in particular, because you know it's not as much about mastering a standard British accent as much as it is just sounding like her, sounding like sisters kind of being together. So, Emily has been amazingly helpful with me, you know letting me record her voice and mimic here and doing exercises with her, and it's a lot of fun. It's going really well.

Question:
What do you think Annie's greatest strength is when it comes to playing paintball?

Alison Brie:
Wow. You know, determination. I think Annie has always been a very ambitious character and she just throws herself into whatever she's doing. It's like she's practiced since she got taken out so early last year. She doesn't like to lose. She likes to be the best at whatever she does. So, this year she's really determined to stick it out to the end and her downfall, I guess, is that she is sort of easily distracted by boys. But, she stay's pretty on point most of the time and, yeah, just her determination, I think.

Question:
You mentioned these interesting romances going on and is this something that will directly affect Annie?

Alison Brie:
Yeah. Yeah, I think there are some interesting romantic twists and turns in the paintball episodes. I, which I'm not going to reveal, but that's tease I will give you, and they do involve Annie. When we read the script I was quite shocked at the direction that it went, but I think it turned out really good, so we'll see. I have fingers crossed.

Question:
his whole season has focused a lot on some strain within the group in several episodes. Do you think the Finale leaves them in a different place than where the season began?

Alison Brie:
Absolutely. The Finale definitely addresses that idea about maybe certain people in the group sort of having trouble with other people, and those feuds really come to a head in a major way in these last two episodes. And at the same time, I think you also see other people in the group really connecting in ways that they hadn't been throughout the season.

So, there is a lot of stuff going on within the group. It's not just all flashy paintball action stuff. There is really a lot of emotional stuff going on in these last couple episodes, and there's a bit of a cliffhanger at the end. I'm not sure people will know which way it's going to go. I may not know which way it's going to go.

Question:
Specifically to Annie, what do you think her emotional journey has been this season?

Alison Brie:
Well, I think that Annie is just on a constant journey towards maturity and figuring out who she is. And I don't know that she's really quite there yet. Last season ended with that big kiss with Jeff. And I think a lot of this season she's sort of still been struggling with her feelings for Jeff and kind of trying to get out from under that flame of love.

That stuff sort of came to a head in the clip episode when it was revealed that Jeff and Britta had been sleeping together for a while, which would be sort of a blow to Annie. I think she's just trying to find her thing. And paintball is just another example of that, of her kind of trying to find something - her strength and pursuit it and see if that's the way she wants to go. But, she doesn't really quite figure it out.

Question:
You know, just for a while this season, it seems like she's been almost, in the back of her mind, convinced that it's always going to be Jeff. And whenever it seems like it's not going to be, it sort of breaks her inside a little bit.

Alison Brie:
Yeah, I think she definitely still has a thing for Jeff. I just think she's young and impressionable, they shared a very romantic kiss, an exchange. I think that she looks up to him in a lot of ways and I think a lot of her journey is her trying to be her own leader, as opposed to always kind of everybody following Jeff and looking up to Jeff, because I would imagine that's hard for her since she has a crush on him. Maybe she'll always have a crush on him.

Question:
What do you see in terms of Annie's character for next season?

Alison Brie:
Honestly, that's a tough question because I really don't know. I don't even thing they've started writing the third season yet. So the truth is, I think Annie is like two steps forward and one step back with everything she does. You know, so even in the paintball episode it's like she makes these strides, in terms of having moments of great strength and in terms of having like interesting romantic moments. And then by the end of the episode it's sort of like, well, maybe she's not that different than she was at the beginning of the episode. You know, what I mean, or even like halfway through the season. It's like she makes these leaps ahead, and then she kind of settles back in, and that's sort of, I think, the story of the group too. It's like they're all trying to grow individually and collectively. And they do sometimes, but they also kind of fall back into their ways.

Question:
Is there anything that you particularly want to see happen to her character?

Alison Brie:
A lot. There's a lot. Gosh underwater episode. I think mermaid episode, like The Little Mermaid. That would be the best. That would be kind of awesome. Like a splash episode where Annie just shows up like naked on a beach, and then you're like, "Oh, my God, she's a mermaid." I'm going to pitch it. I'm going to pitch this to Dan Harmon.

Question:
Who's the best paintball player in the cast?

Alison Brie:
I feel like I have to say Joel, so I don't get in trouble. Although, I have to say that Danny Pudi is very agile, it's like he can kind of just spring off of things. Like even last in the original paintball episode, I think everybody thought that he had a stunt double or he had liked jumped off of something when he did that - he kind of did a jump and jumped off of the wall and kicked off the wall. It's all Danny. Danny's a runner and a jumper. He's like a jungle cat, so he's a good stealth man, but Joel is he's all muscle.

Question:
Is there a lot of Annie in Alison and a lot Alison in Annie, or when you go to work are you like slipping on an Annie costume?

Alison Brie:
I think there is a lot of overlap. Moreso now than there was at the beginning of Season 1, just because our writers just pay attention. Just - they kind of just put little things that we do in the scripts all the time, and I think all of our characters collectively are obviously characters and nobody on the show is exactly like their character. But, I think all the characters and actors are slowly morphing closer together with each episode that we do. So, it's not a huge stretch for me. I have so much fun. But there are like Annieisms that are not totally me that are now just habit and fun.

Question:
After those paintball scenes, do you find that paint gets into the strangest places?

Alison Brie:
Well, my ears. I think like deep in the caverns in my ears, and I clean my ears. I'm not a dirty bird. I swear, I'll clean them every time I shower, every day, and I still had paint coming out of my ears like - I mean like a week later. I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe. It grossed me out.

Question:
The things that you all do for your art.

Alison Brie:
It's true.

Question:
Are you a fan of westerns?

Alison Brie:
Oh, absolutely not. I'm actually not a huge westerns girl, so the ironic part is it's like my biggest episode of the season, and of course it's something that I know the littlest about. So, there was a lot of Googling and Netflixing and sort of watching different clips from movies and other movies. But no, it was a stretch for me, this one.

Question:
Okay. So, this show has totally been an education for you?

Alison Brie:
Yeah, definitely.

Question:
I know that Troy and Abed are faithful Firefly fans, and Nathan Fillion Tweeted about visiting the Community set around the time that these two episodes were being filmed. What was that like, and does that mean that we might see a Browncoat cameo for the Finale?

Alison Brie:
I do not know if you will see a cameo, but Nathan's great. I met him first because I've done this sort of live action old timey radio show at a theater in L.A. that he was part of as well, and a lot of people from TV doing it. It's like a radio show and you sing and you act out little stories and whatnot. And it was really funny to meet him because my mom, who came to see the show, was so excited. That was like her big deal for the evening and he was super gracious. He's such a nice guy. So, yeah, any nods to any shows that he's been on are done with great joy because he's a good guy.

Question:
You've talked about how similar you are to Annie, and I know they're both very quirky characters in their own way, but between Trudy from Mad Men and Annie, which character are you more like?

Alison Brie:
These days I think I'm probably more like Annie just because of her sort of nerdy sense of humor. It's closer to my sensibility, and I think that's easier just because it's a contemporary character and obviously, Trudy is a period character. With Trudy the underlying thing is her ambition and I'm very ambitious, so it's easy for me to kind of connect with that side of Trudy; her striving for perfection and things like that. It's just that what Trudy values are not the things that I value. And her interest in sort of having the perfect home life and dedicating herself to being a wife and a mother are not so close to my goals. But, I can understand having strong conviction towards her goals.

So that's always been my angle with Trudy, and really with Trudy it's mostly about her just loving Pete. I think Pete can be a very despicable character and people love to hate. him. And what's fun about playing Trudy is that she really doesn't bear witness to a lot of his horrible deeds. And she just loves him and wants to be an amazing wife to him, which in that alone makes her a quirky character because he's so odd. You think, "Who could love this guy," and it's like, "Oh, this woman." It kind of makes sense.

Question:
Community has gone in so many directions that you never know from one episode to the next what's going to happen. Is there any particular episode that you remember where you were just completely thrown by the direction it went in?

Alison Brie:
I would say the second part of the Finale. The first part of the Finale is very different and interesting. The second part of the Finale there just are twists and turns that I did not see coming at all. In fact, it's like there are moments when you'll read something and look at the writers and be like, "Really? Are you guys - is this going to make it into the final cut or are you - is this just a joke for the table read, because it's funny and I like it and I'll do it, but I just want to make sure you're serious about this," so that can be something to look forward to. I think my biggest shock of the season. I think this is two years in a row now that my biggest shock of the season has been the very last episode just going, "Oh, oh, that's how it's going to go." So that was exciting.

Question:
Are you constantly stopped on the street running into fans?

Alison Brie:
Never as much until I got to Ann Arbor. I have to tell you, being in a college town I'm really in the midst of our prime demographic, I think, because in L.A. I hardly ever get stopped. And being here in Ann Arbor I was like, "Whoa, everybody loves our show." It was very exciting for me. I just adore our fans. They're amazing. They're so dedicated to watching the show. They pick up on things right away. They're so intelligent and they just get so excited about the show. I really appreciate it. I mean, we obviously couldn't do what we do without them. And so, it's been really cool to be here in Ann Arbor and to kind of be able to witness them firsthand a little more than usual.

Question:
Given Community's passion for the meta, I'm wondering if there are any lost sort of references or jokes with Josh's character in the Finale?

Alison Brie:
I don't think we hit too hard on that. I really don't think we do. It's hard for me to remember because so much happens in the Finale. So, there may be a couple, but none that jump out at me right away. Although, there's going to be a line. There's going to be some Sawyer line because I remember, even Josh like giggling and - as much as like a masculine man can giggle, and sort of be like, "Oh, yeah, I should say this." I think we replaced one of his scripted lines to sort of do a Sawyer nod, so we'll see if the Lost fans pick up on it. I'm sure they will.

Question:
After two seasons, how much ownership of your character do you have when it comes to individual episodes? Do you get much say in how she would "really" do something?

Alison Brie:
Not really. We fall into our characters and I think we really know how they would say things and do things, but the writers know just as much as we know. I mean, like the writers are the parents of these characters. They've created them and then we've given them life and taken it to an even further extent. So really, I think we find a healthy groove between the two of us. Like, the writers will write a line that Annie would say and I'll just know the way they would want me to say it, because there's only one way Annie would say that line. You know what I mean? I think we fall into a group where it's both. It's the writers and the actors together going, "Oh, yeah, this is the pattern, this is the character, this is what she would do."

Question:
Is there something that you're kind of waiting for, hoping for, that you guys would really like to send up?

Alison Brie:
Last year I was really hoping after filming Scream 4 that we would do like a more traditional spoof of like a straight horror movie. We've zombies and our Halloween episodes always get a little crazy, but I just thought like a really good like Psycho episode or something, or like murder mystery episode I thought would be fun.

Question:
With this two-part episode how much of a cliffhanger are we going to be left with after the first part?

Alison Brie:
Cliffhanger-wise, the biggest cliffhanger is going to be at the end of the second episode, but in between it's a big cliffhanger. It's more like watching half of an episode. So, I feel like we leave you on the brink of something bigger is at hand. And to watch just the first half you'll feel fulfilled like you've seen stuff happening, but you're really just like, "Oh, I need to know the end of the story," more than I think being like, "What going to happen with this particular person?" It's like it's a little ambiguous like there's something greater at work. It's really just like a long episode. It's like a long episode cut in half. If you don't watch the second half you're going to kind of just be like, "What was that all about?"

Question:
Annie seems to have built a bit of a security system out of cans and whatnot for the episode. Could you talk about that?

Alison Brie:
Yeah, it's fantastic. When we catch up with Annie at the beginning of the episode, it's midway through the paintball wars. So like I said, she's been at it now for a little while and she's been surviving on her own, and she's set up in the Science Lab her own little secret area with Coke cans and strings. And she's got a whole setup there so that she'll know which direction people are coming from, and it's her little lair. So, that will give you an idea of what Annie's been up to in the however (line) of few hours that they've been playing paintball, and she's kind of hold up on her own and she's been trying to really do it by herself.

Question:
Would you say it's kind of something that she figured out how to do after learning what she did from the first paintball episode?

Alison Brie:
Yeah, absolutely. I think she was ready. I think maybe she trained a little bit before this next paintball extravaganza. She really wanted to be prepared.

Question:
What should we look for in the background of this episode, because I know that Community likes to really layer the action. What should we keep an eye out for?

Alison Brie:
There's a lot of cute nods to the peripheral characters. As I said before, there's kind of some really great moments with like Garrett and Vicki, and these people that you've kind of seen every so often on the show. There's things written on the walls. There's so many western references that I'm telling you I could not recap them. And also, we dip into another genre as well. There's a lot going on. There's always plenty to feast your tongues on.

Question:
From a practical point of view, Community College is two years and we're heading into Season 3, how is that going to be explained?

Alison Brie:
Everybody seems to think that Community College ends at two years, but the truth is you can take classes at a Community College for as long as you want. It's open-ended. You pay for a class and you can just go as long as you want. I mean, so usually students go for two years, they get their Associates Degree, and then they go to a regular college and get their Bachelors Degree.

Our gang is a little bit different. The majority of the characters in our study group, Pierce, Britta, Abed, Shirley, they're not even really so much looking to get a degree. Pierce just wants something to do. I think he wants to hang out with young people. Britta hasn't decided really what she wants to do. She's trying to figure it out. Abed wants to study film as long as he can. Shirley's just had a baby now, so she may need to lighten her class load. I think the more difficult thing will be characters like Annie and characters like Jeff who have a clear goal in mind and sort of how to keep them there. Luckily, that's not my job at all, so I'm not going to worry about it. I'll just let the guys handle it.

And we have seen, with Annie this year, there was an episode where we saw a bit of her home life, and that she doesn't let her parents support her anymore and she's going to get a part-time job, and then that's going to lighten up her class load. So, I think that's a reason that she would have to stay there a little bit longer because she has to work and pay her own way. I fully trust our team and Harmon and everybody. They're quite intelligent. I just know they'll be able to trap us there for as long as NBC will have us.

Question:
How fun is it for you guys when the scripts come down?

Alison Brie:
That's always the feeling. In fact prior to the table reads, we just do just about whatever we can to get little secrets and snippets out of the writers. So, while we're shooting an episode we're just always probing the writers, or if Dan Harmon comes down to set or if other writers who maybe didn't write that episode they'll take a break from the writers room and we'll be like, "What do you working on? Oh, so what," the best thing is many times we'll just ask, "What are you working on?"

I think the bottom line is we're always like, "What's Annie doing in the next episode?" You know, the underlying theme is, "What's up with my character in the next couple episodes?" So, it's good. I would assume just like with an audience watching the show, when they get little teases of what might happen in an upcoming episode, we're that way with what might happen in upcoming scripts.

So, they might come down and say, like you said "Oh, well, we're working on a Dungeons & Dragons episode," and then for a week the cast can all buzz and do your speculating, "Oh, Dungeons & Dragons. What are we going to be doing? Who's going to be leading Dungeons & Dragons?" And of course, by the time we read the scripts it's never what we think is going to happen. They're always full of surprises, so it's a lot of fun. The table reads are just full of excitement and energy. We have a lot of fun with them.

Question:
Do you, as a cast member, follow the Internet buzz?

Alison Brie:
I do a little. It's harder when I'm away, like right now, and sort of working on other projects. But, I try to stay in touch on Twitter and certainly fans on Twitter are so great about sending links to different interesting articles or fan art or things like that kind of tie it together. I do try to look up those things because it's always fun to see what people's interpretations are of the shows or what they're getting excited about, and then to think sort of what they're going to get excited about that we have coming up. The Cougar Town stuff, yeah, is certainly interesting. That's a good Easter egg, I think, in the Finale that may have something to do with Cougar Town.

Question:
Who would you want Annie to end up with, of any of the characters in the group?

Alison Brie:
I go back and forth between Troy and Jeff. I think a lot of the time Jeff and Annie make sense to me because Annie sort of has a way of being a voice of reasons for Jeff, and sort of tapping into his morality muscle and getting him to do the right thing, which I think is really sweet.

But, there was a great moment this season in the Mixology episode where we all went to the bar for Troy's birthday, and at the end of the episode it was Troy and Annie in the hall and they had this really sweet moment. And when we were shooting it and we were talking with Dan Harmon and he was like, "You know, you have to remember these two knew each other before they knew any of the other people." They went to school together, they grew up together, they're the same age, and there was really something in that, in terms of them sort of going through this whole college experience at the same time that was really sweet to me. So, the Troy and Annie thing I still find appealing. Annie, she could end up with anybody. You never know.

Question:
I was wondering, was action heroine a fantasy of yours from when you started getting into acting?

Alison Brie:
No, I don't think it really was, but I really got into it when we were doing it. I don't know if I always thought that I could really pull off the action thing, and now that I've had a taste of it I want more. I would totally love to do an action movie.

Question:
What do you think was going on in the Ghost Town episode?

Alison Brie:
I think they were just trying to have a nice field trip to the ghost town, but then Troy and Abed got up to some of their usual antics and were almost killed by a horribly racist man in his pajamas.

Question:
Is there any one episode out of all those little clips that you could actually film and see the entire episode, what would it be?

Alison Brie:
It would definitely be the St. Patrick's Day adventure. It's my favorite. We have two different flashbacks from it, and then they actually referenced it again in our last episode that aired where Shirley was giving birth and Vicki and Neal were sitting there and they were like, "Oh, remember when they left on St. Patrick's Day. That was so nice to have a break."

I just thought it was so funny that we shoot back and we see Abed kind of like popping into his room and he's been rafting and they're all in like St. Patrick's Day outfits. And then, you cut back to the group later and Troy has sank their raft. That was my favorite part. And especially it's Abed's line too, "Danny's such a pro," and just the way he delivered that line when he's putting together the dots of why Jeff and Britta slept together. And he's like, "The mysterious events that surrounded the exciting conclusion of our St. Patrick's Day adventure." I just thought, "Oh, I want to see the St. Patrick's Day adventure. That was my favorite. Either that or our trip to Mexico where Pierce almost gets shot.

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