This is a very different role in a very different movie for you. Was Zombieland part of an intentional effort to change up your career a little, or do you just take whatever role you like best that’s out there at the moment?
You know, I really liked the script and the story. My character Little Rock is really cool; she’s a con artist and she’s really tough and really smart. I really wanted to play her, and I’m glad the first three weeks of filming were at an amusement park. How can you go wrong with that?
Was the park actually up and running? Like, you could go on rides between takes?
Yeah, we could. The last day of filming, we went on a bunch of rides that weren’t even in the movie. But it was off-season, it was like, February, so…
You’ve worked with a lot of big actors and that’s almost become the norm for you. Is there anyone left in the industry who would be intimidating for you to meet?
Hmm, let me think. Well, I would love to work with Meryl Streep. She’s, like, my favorite actress. That would be very intense. I met her briefly once — I was walking past her on a press line, so you can’t really stop and talk there. It was unfortunate.
Do you approach acting in a different way now than you did when you were, say, eight years old?
I guess I sort of put myself in the character’s shoes, and every character is sort of different. I treat each one differently because you have to do different things in different movies.
But do you ever go back and look at earlier performances and think, “Oh, if I knew then what I know about acting now…”
Yeah, I mean…yeah. I learned how to do different things and there’s always certain things you see and you’re like, “Oh, I wish I’d done that differently.”