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Interview with Zooey Deschanel

From the Movie "Eulogy"


Zooey Deschanel stars in Eulogy

Piper Laurie, Glenne Headly, and Zooey Deschanel in "Eulogy"

©Lions Gate Films
A lot of the films you’ve made deal with dysfunctional families. Is that a subject that appeals to you?
It’s character by character. But “Mumford” and ”Almost Famous” were like my first two movies, so I was just like excited to be in a movie. I mean, I’ve just been lucky. Yeah, I’m definitely attracted to that because I’m attracted to character-driven pieces, you know, which is why I haven’t done a lot of big budget movies. I like sort of small movies about, you know, people and their relationships.

What about this project in particular appealed to you?
It was a really funny script, and the cast was amazing. I really liked Michael Clancy, so I just thought it would be fun.

How many takes did they do of the casket blowing up?
I was there. I think you only with that sort of thing, explosives, you only have one or two takes because it takes forever to set it up again. I remember Debra Winger brought her 3-year old son and he got scared when the boat blew up. He was so cute.

What did you like about the character of ‘Kate’?
I was interested to play someone who was sort of normal because I hadn’t done that before. I thought it would be fun to play the non-dysfunctional one because I’ve played a lot of dysfunctional people, so I thought it would be just fun to try that, to challenge myself a little bit.

How did you like it?
I like it. It was fun. I mean, I like playing crazy characters too, so yeah, it was interesting. I’m always trying to do stuff I haven’t done before or challenge myself so I’m not resting on my laurels all of the time because if I just found my little niche and never left it, I’d be pretty boring, I think.

What was it like working with Debra Winger?
It was great. I love Debra Winger. Yeah, well, she has two kids and she raises them and she’s a really good mom and she’s such a smart lady. She produces films herself and her husband’s an actor and director and I think she just works when she wants to work and she’s totally brilliant.

Are you still singing?
Yes. I just had a show last week, a cabaret show, and I have another one on [October] 27th. And I’m doing a musical right now, actually, up in Vancouver with Carol Burnett and Tracey Ullman.

How is it working with them? Is it tough to balance the music with acting?
Great. It’s so fun. I mean, I do both. I’ll do a movie, and movies are like you go away for a couple of months and it’s like over a period of time and you have some time off. So whenever I have time off, I schedule shows.

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