Question: Who is tougher: Ms. Piggy or the sisters from The Fighter?
Adams: [laughs] Well, I’m going to see the sisters from The Fighter really soon, but I’m going to have to say the sisters from The Fighter on that one. I would like to give it to Piggy, but she is too refined. She likes to keep a ladylike air.
Question: Speaking of The Fighter, that was a challenge to get to the screen and it turned out incredibly well. What is your take on the fact of how it has been very accepted by critics and audiences?
Adams: It is amazing because you don’t know when you are working on any film that it is going to be a sure thing. So that is an amazing thing. I’m really happy for Mark [Walhberg] and for the rest of the cast. It feels really good to be a part of a film that people enjoy not only because it is entertaining but because it moves them and says something. It just doesn’t happen that often. So it is exciting to me. I’m enjoying it.
Question: You’ve reached a point where you have done so many great films. What is your criteria for what you are looking for in the future?
Adams: I start out with a list of what I am looking for. Sometimes something presents itself that is on that list and sometimes something surprises. I didn’t expect The Fighter to come along. I had been working straight for 4 years. I was like, “I’ve done too much. I need to take a break.” And then The Fighter came along and I couldn’t say no. I try to stay open. I have a list of things I am looking for. You know, I want a great director, or something fun, or some great material. All of that is there anyway for what I am hoping for. But I try to stay open so that I can be surprised like I was with The Fighter or The Muppets even. I didn’t know that I would return to family films. I love doing them, but after The Fighter I was like “I’ve played this tough girl” and now I’m like, “Oh, no. I am in ringlets again” But I couldn’t say no to the Muppets. I love the Muppets.
Question: Jason mentioned to us that he was thinking of you while writing the script. Did you know that?
Adams: I didn’t know the extent to which he had thought of me. I knew for him to send a personal invite to be a part of it and getting Kermit to be a part of it – I knew that he was serious about it. I didn’t know that he specifically had me in mind until I after I was on set. It’s a lot pressure and I didn’t know. We are having a great time.
Question: Had you seen Flight of the Conchords? Were you a fan of the show?
Adams: I hadn’t seen the show actually. I don’t have HBO so I had not seen it. As soon as I was offered The Muppets I caught up with it. I really loved what James [Bobin] was doing. He is such a competent, creative, and fearless director. He is really fearless and he really gets the Muppets.
Question: Did you have a moment where you got particularly starstruck when you met one of the Muppets?
Adams: Yeah. It’s a strange thing because I am an adult now so I understand that they are Muppets,. I think when it hit me was when like I was saying when Kermet talks and give a speech at one point. It was like I was a kid again and I believe everything he was saying. For a moment I was there. It was really, really cool. I’m glad that I’ve had this experience having just had a baby because I feel like I am going to be able to bring so much wonder and awe into my relationship with her when I get to introduce the world to her in that way.
Question: We were talking about the original films and show. While they were obviously made for kids they were also made for adults with adult humor. Is that the kind of tone for this film?
Adams: Yeah. It is a true family film meaning that I really do believe that adults will love it, teenagers will get something it, and we have a lot of cultural references. We have a lot of people that people will recognize. Of course, I think the kids are going to love the Muppets. There is still that childlike charm to the characters. But, yeah, it is successful.
Question: In between takes are you talking to the Muppets while they are in character?
Adams: Sometimes we do. Walter, especially. I definitely talk to Walter a lot. There are some times that Walter is on remote control and they like to pretend that he has a bad attitude then because he doesn’t talk back. It is a fun set. You can let your imagination run wild. I am exposing myself as the dork that I truly am.
Question: You obviously can’t take things home from set. Hypothetically speaking, can you talk about what you might’ve brought home or what you are planning to take home?
Adams: I don’t have that sort of like “I need to have everything.” Jason, I don’t know if you asked that question to Jason, because he wants anything. Seriously. He is like, “Look at that ‘o’ in that sign. I’m going to take it home. I have a great place for it.” There was this Kermit face and he is like, “Hey, is that props? Or is that something that was there? Or is that something that like…” Everyday he is wondering how he can acquire it. He is clearly a single man because his whole house is going to be…[laughs] If there is a woman involved she is like, “I’m sorry, but we are not going to have a big Muppets logo over our driveway. That is not going to happen!” [laughs]
Question: Seriously, though. Do you plan on taking anything home?
Adams: No. I haven’t. That would be stealing. They frown upon that in general. But I think Disney…
Question: I said hypothetically.
Adams: Hypothetically? No. I probably won’t. I might have gone home accidently with a pair of earrings that I have to tell props about so that I can return them. I think they are looking for them.
Question: Jason and the producers said how they had a number of friends who said, “Oh, I would love to do a cameo! Get me in!” Did you have any friends who told you that they wanted to do a cameo?
Adams: Yeah. I have a friend that is doing a cameo. I know a lot of people. Every time I tell people that I am doing it they are like, “Oh, I love the Muppets!” and I’m like, “You should be in the Muppets!” and they look at you strangely like, “…really?” So I keep trying talk everyone into doing it while we are doing the awards circuit. When they are like, “I love the Muppets!” I’m like, “You should be in the Muppets! We can find somewhere for you.” It’s a great thing. The Muppets have such a great tradition of bringing together all of genres of actors and all ages of actors. We are keeping with that tradition.