The actor also discusses the latest on the rom-com she wrote with husband Dave Franco during quarantine, her directorial ambitions, and the excitement and fear of looking for her next TV series commitment.
Between her four well-received feature films and the end of her two hit Netflix series, 2020 has been quite a year for Alison Brie. Just a few days prior to the release of BoJack Horseman’s concluding episodes on Jan. 31, Brie’s latest film, Promising Young Woman, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. Emerald Fennell’s unique revenge tale follows Carey Mulligan’s Cassie Thomas as she seeks vengeance against her medical school classmates who traumatized her to the point of having to drop out. Brie’s character, Madison, is one of multiple stops on Cassie’s revenge tour, and as soon as she read the script, Brie knew she had to be involved.
“The script was incredible. Every scene popped off the page, and I think it’s why [writer-director] Emerald [Fennell] attracted so many talented actors to come in for just a scene or two,” Brie tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It was such a page-turner and so unexpected. Even just reading it, I was like, ‘I’m not sure what this is, but I’m excited about the idea of it.’ It’s totally unique and it’s very different than anything we’ve seen before.”
In early February, Brie co-wrote and starred in Netflix’s Horse Girl, and the film’s generally positive reviews consistently highlighted Brie’s standout performance. This past July, Brie also starred in The Rental, her husband Dave Franco’s directorial debut, and while the film’s release plans were heavily altered by Covid, the horror-thriller topped drive-in and digital charts for weeks on end. Last month, Brie had a prominent role in Clea DuVall’s holiday rom-com, Happiest Season, which quickly became Hulu’s most-watched original film to date.
Despite all these silver linings in an otherwise difficult year, the scales unfortunately tipped in the other direction this past October when Brie’s hit Netflix show GLOW was un-renewed for its fourth and final season. The women’s wrestling show had already shot two episodes prior to the industry-wide shutdown in mid-March, but Brie knew the show was in trouble when the relaunch date kept shifting due to COVID.
“It’s something that was not really made public, but what we all knew behind the scenes was that the date at which we might go back to shoot kept pushing and pushing and pushing. So something like that is never a good sign,” Brie shares. “So I had some time to mentally prepare, and this year, as a whole, has also been a major perspective shifter for me. So, at the end of the day, I feel mostly just grateful that we made a really great show for three seasons. We had a great run.”
In a recent conversation with THR, Brie also discusses the latest on the rom-com she wrote with Franco during quarantine, her directorial ambitions, and the excitement and fear of looking for her next TV series commitment.
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