All About Steve-DJ Qualls, Katy Mixon, Beth Grant Interviews
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DJ Qualls: "I use your site a lot."
Do you? What do you use it for?
DJ Qualls: "Just anything. How to make guacamole. You can find anything on About.com."
You can find movie stuff on About.com, too.
DJ Qualls: "I stay away from entertainment, movies. You never know what you're going to read. Like, you're reading a perfectly nice article and all of a sudden somebody writes something terrible about you. You don't want hear that."
We would never do that.
DJ Qualls: "Okay, I'll go About.com myself when I get home."
I haven't seen the movie yet but I read the production notes and it says you sculpt apples to look like people.
DJ Qualls: "Yeah, that's my character's job. It's a quirky movie. My character's this guy who went to school for psychics, and he realized he didn't like it. He decided to become an apple sculpture. He wanted to be an artist."
Because that's a natural [progression] from psychics to apples.
DJ Qualls: "I was in law school before I became an actor."
That ties in just about as well.
DJ Qualls: "I went one semester and I got a movie and never went back. I did three movies before I told my parents I'd dropped out."
How'd they take it?
DJ Qualls: "They weren't happy. They movies hadn't come out yet so they didn't realize that you could actually make a living as an actor. But once I was on The Tonight Show... I mean their from the South, a small town, that was sort of a milestone of success. And they're like, 'Oh, he'll be fine.'"
So tell me about your role in this, besides sculpting apples.
DJ Qualls: "I play this guy named Howard who she meets at a protest rally. There's a baby born with a third leg in the movie and there's a protest over to cut the leg off or not - like a big controversy. She shows up there because Steve, Bradley Cooper's character, is covering it for the news show. He's a cameraman. And she meets me there and she sort of cons me, in a way, into driving her across country to be with Bradley - to find Bradley. And so we go from natural disaster to natural disaster."
Was it a fun thing to be shooting?
DJ Qualls: "It was really fun because it was something new every day. Like one day we're at a tornado, the next day we're in a storm drain with bugs being cannoned at us."
DJ Qualls: "Yeah, real bugs. They were soaked in formaldehyde, so they were real bugs. It was fun, though."
With all the comedies out there, why should people go see this one?
DJ Qualls: "Because we're in it. Sandra Bullock is comedy gold. What I love about her is that she's herself, and she's a nice person. And the movie is just a funny, feel-good movie. And it's not a romantic comedy. A lot of people think it's a romantic movie, it's really not. It's really sort of a straight down the middle comedy."
I hear you're playing someone who is kind of fashioned-challenged. Is that true?
Katy Mixon: "Yeah, she's really fashion-challenged. She thinks that she knows; she has no idea. She tends to like kind of...she wants to be cute, but goes about it kind of the wrong way a little bit. She matches a lot of different things that don't match, but she's trying real hard."
Are you playing Sandra Bullock's best friend?
Katy Mixon: "I befriend her in the middle of the movie, and we are the best of friends in the movie. I play Elizabeth, and I kind of meet her in her kind of middle of her journey of chasing the guy."
Why should audiences see this comedy?
Katy Mixon: "Because I believe it celebrates individuality and it celebrates you can not be scared of what you feel. You've got to go after it. I think that that's why. It's fun. It's just a fantastic job that you can laugh at and have some popcorn."
Tell me about playing Sandra Bullock's mom.
Beth Grant: "It was a dream come true for me. This is my fourth movie with Sandy and I love her so much. I've always loved her as a daughter so to get to actually play her mom and be quirky and be myself and be joking around with her... We had the best time on the set. Howard Hesseman played my husband - Johnny Fever from WKRP - and we had a little flirtation going, a little chemistry going. It was really fun. It was a fun set."
Did you stick to the script?
Beth Grant: "We did, but we added little zings here and there. We certainly added a sexual vibe. I'm a very sexy mom and she's a very sexy girl. And my real daughter's name, this is Mary Chieffo, she's my daughter who's named Mary. So I not only got to be Sandy's mom, but I felt like I was being my daughter's mom on screen too because I got to use all her little pet nicknames. [...]I tried to have a little different nickname for her every time."
What was the appeal of this? Was it being able to work with Sandra again?
Beth Grant: "Oh yes. I would work with her anytime, anywhere. I love her so much. She is one of the best human beings I've ever known. And she's funny, she's sweet, she's a hard worker. You would never know that she was the movie star and the producer that she is. She really is just like a friend, just like a person. She's down-to-earth and real."
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