In New York to promote his latest film “Friends With Kids,” Chris O’Dowd sat down with Vulture to chat about the the newly-released comedy.
In the latest flick, the Roscommon man plays a guy called Alex who is married to Leslie (his 'Bridesmaids' co-star Maya Rudolph). The film follows two best friends, played by Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt, who decide to have a child together while maintaining a platonic friendship. Their close friends however, including O’Dowd and Rudolph are not so convinced.
The all-star cast line up also includes Kristen Wigg, Megan Fox and Edward Burns.
To read the full Vulture interview with O’Dowd click here.
You play a guy in a nearly sexless marriage. But at least you’re a sweet couple?
Thanks! I love it because I buy it, and it feels very familiar to people I know. Also, it’s okay: You don’t have to fuck all the time to have a great relationship. [Laughs.]
I love that you’re promoting this movie right around the time you got engaged.
Oh, yeah. I’m really looking forward to having less and less sex. That’s really what I’m looking forward to. I don’t like to be too happy.
Because you’re a comedian.
Because I’m a Catholic.
Well, Irish-Catholics have a lot of sex, don't they? They have all those kids.
No, it’s just that on the few occasions that they have it, they’re completely out there on their own, sperm-wise.
For the table scene with the whole cast in it, you and Maya are sort of off at the end of the table. What were you really saying over there?
We were probably trying to make Kristen or Jon laugh. It was a lot of Charlie Chaplin-playing-with-bread-rolls stuff. Me being stupid and unprofessional. Probably had a half-glass of whiskey under the table.
I imagine there wasn’t as much improvising as you’re used to since you only had 24 days to shoot the movie?
There was a little. If we had time, maybe we’d have messed around with it a bit, but it was written really well. What I think improv is great for is making dialogue more natural. Maybe adding a joke or two along the way. With this one, the dialogue was very naturalistic already, so it didn’t need a lot, and I don’t believe in doing it just for the sake of doing it. I think it can be really helpful, but sometimes it can be an ego thing.
I’m glad the word cougar didn’t make it into the script in the scene where you and Maya talk about her being the older woman. I hate the word cougar.
I have a friend who is embroiled in this cougar thing at the moment. It’s bizarre. She’s going out with a guy in a boy band. But cougar wouldn’t be in my wheelhouse of words.
How do you feel being called an up-and-comer even though you did The IT Crowd and you’ve actually been working for a long time?
I don’t mind it. I guess it’s better than being a down-and-goner. Fuck it.
Has Hollywood surprised you at all?
It’s been a piece of piss. It’s been surprisingly inclusive.
Yes, you are in with the Judd Apatow crowd.
It’s funny, I was talking about this with my fiancée the other day: Two-and-a-half years ago we'd went to a party or a keg or something — actually, it was at a Louis CK show, we went and saw Louis CK. And afterwards, we went for drinks in the green room or something, and there were just a bunch of people there, and Judd Apatow walked in. I’d never met him. And I just had gone over to L.A. maybe five or six months previously for the first time, properly, and tried to make a go of it there. And I pointed him out and was like, “Oh my god, that’s Judd Apatow.” And Dawn [Porter, his fiancée] was like, “Who’s that?” And I realized in that moment, I said, “He’s kind of the reason I’m in L.A.” And then, you know, six months later I was doing a film with him. Now I’m doing another one ['This Is 40']. It’s been stupidly fortunate.
We don’t know too much about 'This Is 40' other than that it follows the characters played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in 'Knocked Up.' And it’s going to be a mix of comedy and drama?
I think so, yeah. My stuff is very comedic, hopefully. If it seems like parts of it aren’t dramatic, that’s just bad acting.
And you’ll be opposite Paul Rudd a lot, because your character works with Pete at his record label?
All my stuff will be opposite Paul, I think. I work for Paul’s record company. I’m the kind of naysayer who’s just going to say, “Yeah, all of your ideas are terrible.” I’m just a shithead. I’m an asshole.