In January, I had the awesome opportunity to visit the set of The Muppets. Over the course of the week, I’ll be posting some of the round table interviews we conducted on set with the cast and crew. Yesterday we posted an interview with Jason Segel, and today we bring you co-star Amy Adams. Here is a short excerpted quote:
I have been lucky to be a part of a lot of family films that have a great linage with Enchanted, Night at the Museum, and now to be a part of this. This is something I grew up with and was in love with. When I heard they were doing a new one I was really excited. Jason sent me a DVD where he and Kermit were inviting me to be part of The Muppets. It was really cool. Once Kermit asks you to do something it is really hard to look at him and say, “No.” So I was hooked.
After the jump you can read the entire interview. Enjoy!
Question: Did you enjoy sitting in that car for multiple takes?
Amy Adams: There have been more comfortable situations, but everybody is really nice. So that is good.
Question: What can tell you us about your character? We know about Jason Segel and Walter’s connection. How do you fit into that story?
Adams: I am Mary, who is Gary’s somewhat neglected girlfriend due to his close relationship with Walter. So I am kind of along for the ride desperately trying to get him to be more romantic. Well, in a Disney way. You know?[laughs]
Question: What does it mean for you to be a part of something that has this much linage?
Adams: It is awesome. I have been lucky to be a part of a lot of family films that have a great linage with Enchanted, Night at the Museum, and now to be a part of this. This is something I grew up with and was in love with. When I heard they were doing a new one I was really excited. Jason sent me a DVD where he and Kermit were inviting me to be part of The Muppets. It was really cool. Once Kermit asks you to do something it is really hard to look at him and say, “No.” So I was hooked.
Question: Has it been an adjustment for you as an actor working with The Muppets? Do act with them as Muppets or with the puppeteers? How does that all work?
Adams: You know, it wasn’t. It’s amazing when you are doing a scene and you just so accept them as the other actor. I don’t know if it’s because I grew up with The Muppets. I don’t know. It’s actually great because a lot of the times when you are doing films that involve special effects you are acting with nothing. So in reality they are actually very giving scene partners for being inanimate objects.
Question: Was it weird getting used to talking to them while seeing the puppeteering?
Adams: Yeah. That took awhile to get used to or when you see them mounted on the tables by themselves. I did not enjoy that. But you get used to it and they come to life. You oddly develop different relationships with different Muppets.
Question:Who are you the friendliest with?
Adams: Walter just because I’m in most of the scenes with Walter. Then it is probably Fozzy because he was my favorite as a kid. So I am always interacting with Fozzy when I get a chance.
Question: Is there one Muppet that just makes you want to laugh?
Adams: The Moopets are pretty funny. They make me laugh. It is different ones at different times. It just depends on what the scene is. 80s Robot, who guys will meet, makes me laugh. He is the one driving the car. He is very funny.
Question: You’ve done a lot of movies, but have you noticed that you have more friends that want to visit you while you are on this set?
Adams: Yes. I have a lot of friends. Not just for The Muppets, but for Jason. I have a lot of girls who really like Jason. There have been a lot of visitors. I have visitors today. It’s exciting because a lot of people grew up loving The Muppets and it’s nice for them to get to see it.
Question: Jason talked about the challenges of working with The Muppets and the puppeteers with the strings. He talked about how he was watching himself on occasion. Did you have any of that to overcome?
Adams: Sure. Not once the scene started, but during the set up. You become very self aware and you can see yourself. It’s helpful for continuity, but it does take a second to get used to.
Question: Jason said that there was a surprising amount of improvisation. Are you comfortable with that?
Adams: Yeah. I am. I’ve been luckily enough to work with a lot of people who are great at improv. Jason is wonderful at it. All of the puppeteers are amazing at improv. I am comfortable with it, but I usually don’t do a ton of it. I don’t know if it’s the way it is written, or if my character is more submissive, or if it’s just my fear of keeping up with the improv artists.
Question: Will any of The Muppets throw out a line? Will they improvise with you in scenes?
Adams: They do. My character is very reactive. So I just go with the flow.
Question: Jason said that he was able to become a puppeteer with some of the Muppets. Did you get to do any?
Adams: I have. Just for simple stuff.
Question: Can you say for which one?
Adams: For different ones. Just when they need somebody, you know? Today, we did it and it was funny because Jason and I both accomplished what we needed to with our Muppet, and then we forgot to act. We forgot that we were in the scene. It has its challenges.