Alison Brie on Her ‘Five-Year Engagement’ Accent and How She’s Handling Problems on the ‘Community’ Set

alison-brie-five-year-engagamentCommunity and Mad Men star Alison Brie has her most high-profile movie role so far in The Five-Year Engagement as the sister of lead actress Emily Blunt.  Of course, the American Brie had to work on her accent to sound like the English Blunt, and she talked to MovieFone about how she prepared for that and gave some insight into the problems on the set of Community.

As previously revealed, Brie worked with Emily Blunt on set in order to sound like she could be her sister.  However, almost prophetically Brie was working on her English accent before she was even cast in the role.  She reveals, “I just sort of on a whim thought it would be a good idea to brush up on a British accent, so I’d been [listening to] … these accent CDs on my way to work in the morning and on my way home. So it was like fate.”  She also admits working on other accents, too, but she tells the interviewer that she isn’t quite as proficient at them.  She says, “I had a couple other CDs — Irish and German — but I couldn’t just whip them out. I’d have to go back and brush up on the CDs.”

Brie also comments on the well-publicized feuds on the set of Community.  Though such animosity could distracting, Brie says she doesn’t focus on it, explaining, “We have so much fun on-set and we really are a tight-knit group and any of this stuff that’s been happening, it’s really all just been happening since we’ve been on hiatus and I’ve been out of town… It hasn’t really been at the forefront of my mind and honestly, when I think about the show, I’m trying to put my energy into praying for a fourth season. That’s kind of where my mind is at with the whole thing.”

The Five-Year Engagement opens on Friday, April 27.

Leave a Reply
Luke Evans on Being Cast in Beauty and the Beast and the “Huge Moment” He Had Early in His Career
"It's a validation that you are the right person for the job because they've chosen and they've seen you do something connected to that role." - Luke Evans on Auditioning
Parker Posey on Her Improv Skills: “I still don’t think I’m actually good at it”
"Every time I do something, I worry it’s my last job... I think that’s normal though." - Parker Posey
William H. Macy: “This may sound pretentious, but I am getting better at what I do every day”
"I love the fact that I work every day." - William H. Macy
Luke Hemsworth on ‘Westworld’: “It was a no-brainer to me. I was absolutely going to jump onboard”
"As an actor, if you're given very little information about what's going on, then you're forced to make it up." - Luke Hemsworth
Khary Payton on His ‘Walking Dead’ Audition: “It was one of the more substantial auditions I’ve ever done”
"I always say I’m in the hope business. You’ve got to stay hopeful. You’ve got to get up off your behind and try again..." - Khary Payton