SNMag: Tell us about your role in She’s Out of My League...
Lindsay Sloane: I play Kirk's [played by Jay Baruchel] ex girlfriend, Marni. I break up with him at the beginning of the movie because I think I'm better than him and then when I see he is being pursued by this perfect/hot girl I realize I made a big mistake and try to get him back. Basically, I play a horrible person. I wanted her to look like a girl that always thought she was the "hot" one in her small town bubble but in reality she has terrible taste and is incredibly mediocre. I wouldn't say she's unattractive but her black soul makes her seem that way.
SNMag: Who did you primarily get to work with on the movie? Any old or new friends?
LS: It was great to work with Jay because we had done a TV show six years ago where we played brother and sister and we are very comfortable with each other which allowed us to try things that may have been embarrassing. I also worked a lot with Hayes MacArthur, Kyle Bornheimer and Jessica St. Clair who are three of the funniest people I have ever met. When I saw the final cut of the movie I was shocked by half of the things that were in it because they were things we did on set just to try and make each other laugh. One particular moment is a scene where we are by the pool and I make an entrance in my bathing suit and sing a song. That song was not in the script. I was just trying to break the other actors. Now, unfortunately, it exists for all the world to see.
SNMag: Have you ever had a dating experience similar to Kirk or Molly’s?
LS: I definitely feel like I've dated out of my league in the past. I will leave that vague for my ex-boyfriends to interpret on their own. I married up, that's for sure.
SNMag: What’s your best piece of dating advice?
LS: Be yourself and don't play games. Watch out Dr. Phil, there is more where that came from! I really do believe that though. If it seems like you have to over think and analyze every move, it's probably not a good match.
SNMag: We, of course, remember your awesomely bitchy turn as Big Red in Bring It On and snooty Valerie on Sabrina. Do you prefer playing the bitch or the sweet “girl next door” type?
LS: I really don't prefer one over the other but if I had to choose, I would say the bitch, only because it's nice to say the things out loud that in real life I only think in my head.
SNMag: You recently did an episode of How I Met Your Mother – how was that experience? Did it tempt you to get back into TV?
LS: I had a great time on How I Met Your Mother. It's a show that I actually watch and every time I see it I think, "Wow, they look like they are having so much fun." And, they are! Those actors are very lucky to get to go to work every day and laugh and have a good time. I am always looking for something to do on TV. I just want it to be something that I would look forward to doing for years and years because there is always that possibility. In truth, nothing would make me happier than being on a great show.
SNMag: Sounds like you have two more great comedies in the pipeline – The Other Guys and A Good Old Fashioned Orgy – what can you tell us about those?
LS: The Other Guys is a big action comedy with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg directed by Adam McKay. I play Mark's ex girlfriend Francine who breaks up with him because she doesn't want to date a cop and he spends the movie trying to win her back. I think it's going to be hysterical. Mark and Will as cop partners? Come on! So good. When we were on set everyone kept saying "How has this not been done before?!?" They were so good together and had amazing chemistry. I am really excited to see the finished product. A Good Old Fashioned Orgy is a movie about a bunch of friends who grew up together and they spend every summer in the Hamptons. The house they stay in is being sold so they try to decide how to commemorate their last summer together and the answer they come up with is.....an orgy. It's actually a really sweet funny movie about friendship and love and sex and what happens when you get older and are forced to move on in your life. We shot it last summer and the experience felt like grown up camp. I had such a great time. It's a crazy talented ensemble cast with Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte, Martin Starr and Lake Bell.
SNMag: What’s your Oscar prediction for Best Picture? And Best Actress?
LS: That's a hard question to answer because I haven't seen everything this year yet but I will say that Gabourey Sidibe blew my mind in Precious. I thought she was great and then after seeing her in interviews I realized she was amazing! She is a fun, bubbly woman in real life and there is absolutely no trace of that person in the movie. So good!
By Carla Thorpe