Disclosure: I was provided with an all expense paid trip to cover specific Disney events. Including this interview with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. #VeryBadDayEvent
Have you ever had a bad day? A really bad day? How about a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day? I sure have. It’s the kind of day where you just want to go to bed hoping that the next day will be better.
We were able to sit down and chat with some of the cast from Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. First up was Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. It’s always so fun to get an insiders look from these great actors.
Steve Carell plays Ben and Jennifer Garner plays Kelly. A married couple and parents of Alexander. They are hilarious together both on screen and off. I was laughing from the moment they came into the room and Jennifer announced, “These are my people! I brought him (Steve) along but let’s chat.”
Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner
Jennifer is so outgoing. Her kind, good hearted nature truly shines through. She’s very sweet.
I have been a huge fan of Steve Carell and the different roles he has played. We were big big fans of the office and most all of his movies. Meeting him was great. He seemed a little reserved in the interview but that could be because 25 women (bloggers) were surrounding him. He still was very funny.
Here’s just one of the funny moments during the interview.
One of the bloggers asked if there were any days on set that were really bad days, just like in the film.
Jennifer : Go ahead, Steve.
Steve : There was one that we kind of point to. There was a scene where we were outside, around the car, talking after the big accident and after the driving test. And it must have been 105 (degrees) or something. And so that was probably the most arduous day, physically.
Jennifer : You know, I think it was tough because the baby got upset.
Steve : [LAUGHTER] Well, yeah.
Jennifer: You know. Like, you know what that does, I mean, that practically made me lactate. It’s like, “Whaa –!” And there’s nothing you can do.
Steve : You know what? We can set her off just by going “Wahh!”
Jennifer: You could.
I also loved to hear Jennifer talking about the kid actors. She actually does try to keep in “loose touch” with them. She’s now playing more “mom” roles and is “racking up the kids.”
Speaking of kids. Here’s another great section of the Q&A talking about being a parent. The question was about their experiences in parenting and if they could relate to the film. Steve had a great response.
Steve: I think I related in the broad strokes of being a parent, and my wife and I really co-parent. We divide and conquer in terms of everything that we need to do with our kids. So, I think I understood it and related to it on that level. But it’s crazy. It’s fun. It’s ridiculous.
It’s never what you think it’s going to be. And, at the end of it all, you can’t really take yourself too seriously, as a parent. And that’s the joy of it. I mean, but I relate. I think we both definitely related and brought our own experiences to the movie. And if things in the script or things that we were doing didn’t feel genuine, we would speak up and we would offer our own personal experiences.
It was such a great interview with plenty of funny quotes. Even Steve and Jennifer say that they had a lot of fun filming and it wasn’t always easy to hold back the laughter. There was a question asked to them how hard it was to get through without laughing:
Jennifer : … there were times where I just couldn’t. I could not not laugh with him. I don’t know how anyone — I defy you to be in a scene with him and not laugh.
Steve : Well, the same. The same from my perspective. The scene. [LAUGHTER] The scene where she’s screaming at the car in front of us. I mean, that’s a side of her I had never seen before, and it was crushing me. It was so, so good.
Jennifer : The scene where we were in the car, making the weird sound, and I look at him and he’s going, “Arararara!” I can’t even think about it. I can’t watch it. Oh.
Steve : But that, I think, was part of just the joy of doing it. And the kids laughed too. Like it wasn’t — it was work, and we tried to get it right, and we tried to do it well, but it also had to be fun. And buoyant. And we had to feel like, you know, what’s the point of doing anything unless you’re enjoying it, and I think we really a good time doing it.
Isn’t this the truth – “what’s the point of doing anything unless you’re enjoying it…” – Steve Carell
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Images courtesy of Louise Bishop.