In the indie comedy Life Partners, Community’s Gillian Jacobs plays one half of a long-term female friendship, opposite Gossip Girl alum Leighton Meester, who finds that their relationship starts to change after she gets engaged to Adam Brody’s character.
It was a role that Jacobs said she related to, even some of its embarrassing parts, as she admitted to The Hollywood Reporter at the film’s Tribeca Film Festival premiere Friday.
“I wasn’t necessarily proud of the fact that I related to the movie, but…I thought it said something really real and specific about female friendships,” Jacobs told THR, mentioning that she had similar arguments to the ones in the movie with people in her life.
Jacobs, along with co-stars Gabourey Sidibe and Abby Elliott, said the fact that it was a rare female-driven comedy appealed to them as well. The movie was written and directed by Susanna Fogel in her feature-film debut.
“As a woman, you’re always looking for opportunities to work with female writer-directors, and how often do you get a movie where the two leads are both women and the men are really secondary? Adam [Brody]‘s got the supporting part, which is normally the girl part,” Jacobs said.
The film’s female-centric nature was also something that interested executive producer Ann O’Shea when she first heard about the project when it was in the script phase.
After she and her Minerva Productions partner Brian Quattrini read the script, they were convinced they should sign on.
“Brian read [the script] before I did and he was like, ‘Oh my God, you gotta read this script right now! Drop everything and read this script!’ So I did, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, we have to do this,’” O’Shea said.
The film, which was also produced by Red Crown Productions, is still looking for a distributor but O’Shea said they’re probably going to push for a multi-platform release, which she thinks will be most effective for the movie.
Jacobs, who has the comedy Walk of Shame coming out on May 2 as a dual theatrical and VOD release, told THR that she’s a fan of that strategy.
“That seems to be the way a lot of releases are going,” she said. “And you feel like you can spread word fast with on-demand now, and a lot of films have done really well.”
Gillian Jacobs will be a guest on “HuffPost Live” on Tuesday, April 22nd and you can submit your questions online! Stop by huffingtonpost.com and ask your questions in the “comments” section!
You’d do anything to help a friend get over a loss, but not everything, right? The trailer for the new offbeat ensemble comedy “The Big Ask” explores that question, and the limits of friendship in the most bizarre sort of way.
Starring alongside Gillian Jacobs, Jason Ritter, Melanie Lynskey, Zachary Knighton and Ahna O’Reilly, David Krumholtz plays a loveable sadsack reeling from the death of his mother, who just died from cancer. In an attempt to boost his spirits, he rounds up all his close friends and invites them for a weeklong vacation in the California desert, but he kicks things off by asking them to grant him one outrageous request: “to have sex with everyone here.”
The film, which marks the writing and directorial debut of husband-and-wife team Thomas Beatty and Rebecca Fishman, co-stars Ned Beatty, Dale Dickey and French Stewart. It hits theaters next month, May 30th.
Gillian Jacobs will be making the rounds on various talk shows next week to promote the season 5 finale episode of “Community”! Check your local TV listings for exact air times in your area.
Monday, April 21st: Watch What Happens Live
Tuesday, April 22nd: Live with Kelly & Michael
Gillian Jacobs will be a guest on “The Pete Holmes Show” on Thursday, April 3rd. Check your local TV listings for exact air times in your area!
Gillian Jacobs is featured on the cover and inside the February 20, 2014 issue of “Backstage” magazine!
Gillian Jacobs on Her Busy Year
Fans of Gillian Jacobs will have a lot to celebrate in 2014, with six feature films coming up. Jacobs breaks down what we can expect from her in all of them.
“Walk of Shame” (out April 25)
“Elizabeth [Banks] is an L.A. reporter who gets stranded. I’m her best friend, and James [Marsden] is a guy who’s had a one-night stand with her and is helping me look for her as she’s going on her misadventures. I admire Elizabeth hugely. She’s a wonderful actress; believable in any genre you throw her into.”
“Hot Tub Time Machine 2” (out Dec. 25)
“I play Adam Scott’s fiancée. He’s a new addition to the cast. I knew it was going to be an awesome group. They did not disappoint.”
“Black and White”
“I play the idiot girlfriend of Kevin Costner’s best friend and law partner [Bill Burr]. I had such a wonderful time shooting this film and was so happy to work with Bill Burr again. Everyone else had to be really serious with lots of crying scenes, and I got to be a total idiot.”
“I’m one of two best friends; one straight—that’s me—and one lesbian—that’s Leighton [Meester]. We’d never met before, but I really think we have that best friend chemistry. This film has such a great supporting cast, and it was so refreshing to do a movie written and directed by women.”
“No Way Jose”
“This one’s basically a cameo. The amazingly talented Adam Goldberg wrote, directed, and starred in it. I’m his crazy ex-girlfriend, so I basically have one fun, drunk, crawling-on-the-floor-and-trying-to-get-him-back scene.”
“This is a drama but was almost like a soap opera for me, because I play two parts. One character isn’t in the movie very long, and then I’m the look-alike for myself. I don’t know if I pulled it off. We’ll have to see!”
We translated famous lines into emoji, and Gillian Jacobs (“Community”) did her best to translate them back to plain English.
Gillian Jacobs will be a part of the 2014 “Community” PaleyFest panel!
Wednesday, March 26, 7 p.m.: “Community,” moderator TBA, featuring Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, Jim Rash, Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna.
More casting news has come in for another one of the myriad of projects Jason Blum has cooking under his Blumhouse Productions banner. Read on for all the latest concerning Kevin Greutert’s Visions.
According to Deadline, “Hell on Wheels” star Anson Mount (pictured) has been cast opposite Isla Fisher in Blumhouse thriller Visions.
The story revolves around expectant mother Julia (Fisher), who is plagued by strange and terrifying visions of a sinister hooded figure only she can see when she and her husband (Mount) move to the countryside. To protect her unborn child, she sets out to uncover the truth about what is haunting her as her husband becomes increasingly concerned for her well-being.
Greutert (Saw 3D) is directing from a script by Lucas Sussman. Also joining Fisher, Mount, and Jim Parsons in the cast is Gillian Jacobs, who’ll be stretching her genre muscles for the microbudgeted thriller playing a woman who befriends Julia.
Visions is exec produced by Matt Kaplan. Universal’s Anikah McLaren will oversee for the studio, which is distributing the film as part of its first-look deal with Blumhouse. Blumhouse International will be selling international at Berlin.
The first trailer for the upcoming film “Walk of Shame” has just been released!
The movie will be released on April 25th.
An news reporter (Elizabeth Banks) has to do a walk of shame across inner city Los Angeles in time for an important inverview in this comedy from writer/director Steven Brill.