“Frenemies?” No, sir. Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver sharpen their claws for Andy Fickman’s upcoming comedy, You Again, where they play childhood rivals – but off screen these two can’t get enough of each other and co-stars Betty White, Kristen Bell, and Odette Yustman. It’s an estrogen party!
We recently had an opportunity to sit down with Curtis and Weaver to hear their two cents on the picture, so check out the interview below…
Before any questions are posed, Jamie Lee struts directly to the beverage table and dives into an opening statement of sorts…
Jamie Lee Curtis: Here’s what you need to know about me. I’ve never met Sigourney Weaver. I’ve heard about her. She went to Yale, she’s very tall. We’ve been up for a lot of movies together – she’s always gotten them. I don’t hold any grudge. She speaks French. She was in the number one movie of all time, I was in the worst piece of shit I’ve ever seen called “Virus” – and yet, my action figure is still bigger than hers. Her action figure was 50% off, mine was a premium cost on Ebay. That’s all I’m saying. The rest of this is irrelevant.
What drew you both to the project?
Jamie Lee Curtis: It was shot in L.A., it was a comedy for Disney, and it was shot during the summer. When they first came to me I said “when’s it going?” They said September. I said, “can’t it be August?” – Because if it was August, I could do it. September is too far into the school year.
Sigourney Weaver: I felt there was a universal story here about people trying to move on as if high school didn’t happen, and you can’t do that. There were a lot of things that really touched me – I thought the script was really funny, I loved the idea of this cast, but also felt that it was really about something important.
Were your high school years turbulent? If so, were you able to pull from the experiences?
SW: I wasn’t worth being tormented, I was lucky in that sense. But there were a couple of girls who were mean to me. Most people were nice to me because they felt sorry for me! I was always homesick, I was at boarding school.
JLC: I think high school is difficult, mostly because people get betrayed. From my experiences it was about betrayal. Giving somebody some information that they don’t know what to do with, so they give it to somebody else…like, “I like him, he’s really cute” Next thing you know, you come up and say, “Jamie likes him!” I didn’t have a “Joanna” (note: The film’s villain).
Andy compiled an ensemble cast of seasoned female comedians to portray this group of crazy women…
SW: It’s so amazing – We had such a great time and it was just an ensemble made in heaven that Andy put together. I think what was so nice was that we didn’t have anything going on that was like movie. We all just loved each other. Jamie Lee and I had such a great time constantly worshiping Betty White. I sat next to Betty and every day she’d be in make up and she’d say “We need to hurry up because I don’t want to be late on set…” We would’ve waited for hours for her. It was like it was her first day of work, she was so humble, so professional.
How was it working with Jamie Lee specifically?
SW: She’s such an amazing woman. She’s so herself. And so unlike anyone I’ve ever met. She comes into the trailer in the morning and takes charge, fixes your hair, brings you a book. She is just a force of nature.
And with Sigourney?
JLC: She is a fantastic woman – I don’t throw my 5 million copies sold number at her at all! She has many more things than I ever will have! I wish her only well and fun.
Sigourney, people are obviously anxious to hear details on a potential Avatar 2. Can you disclose anything?
SW: There definitely will be an Avatar 2. Jim is already at work on it. I’m grateful to Jim for reinventing the 3D as something that has real emotional power. 3D sort of continues to be used in a not very intelligent way, as if it’s a novelty, as if that’s what the audience wants. But what the audience wants is for it to be immersed in an experience that’s really compelling.
So what are your general thoughts on this “3D movement” that’s occurring in Hollywood?
SW: I don’t follow all the stories but I think it should be up to the filmmakers and not dictated by the studio. Each story must invite a certain technology. I think Jim’s technology was so different – so actor oriented. On the DVD you see 40 minutes of us doing performance capture in our little black suits. You’re going to see Zoe Saldana pick up this HUGE kick ass bow and arrow and shoot it. And you’re going to see that the performance capture in Avatar is so inspired and off every nuance of the actors’ performance. Jim is so committed to actors – that’s why he calls it performance capture instead of motion capture.
Check back for interviews with the rest of the cast! The film hits theaters Friday, September 24th!