Alison Brie may play a "Little Miss Sunshine" type-- perky, if somewhat naive-- community college student Annie on Dan Harmon and NBC's quirky Thursday night comedy, Community, but this summer she also filmed a spot in the newest installment of the Scream franchise. Being a huge Scream dork myself, when I had the chance to sit down with Brie at a press day on the Paramount lot last week, I was more than thrilled to hear that she, too, was just as excited about the movie.
"I’m a huge Scream fan so I was really excited to go," Brie gushed during the reporter roundtable. "And I didn’t even relate to them there on set how much of a Scream nerd I am. I kind of tried to keep it under wraps. And then it would come out once in awhile. Like, they’d be like ‘Which movie is it where this happens?’ And I’d be like ‘It was two. It was Scream 2. I mean ‘cause it happened right after you said this and then right after in the next scene…’ And David Arquette would be like ‘Oh yeah. Yeah, yeah, that is how it happened.’ And I would just take a step away."
Brie said that during her high school days her friends took their mutual love of the movie a step farther than my own habits of marathoning, though.
"We spoofed it," she smiled. "We made this movie called Yell-- like this home movie with this murderer that walked slowly after people."
Brie also got to visit the set long before booking a role, though: "I grew up in LA-- in South Pasadena-- and they shot part of the second movie there at the old Rialto theater, and when they shot that I was one of those people who was outside watching. And then it was just sort of surreal to be up there shooting in Michigan and have the crowds come out. It was my first experience, too, on that sort of movie where crowds come out to watch and you know the next day there’s a photo of you online taken from across the street from someone’s car."
One of the things that has so greatly endeared fans to Community is its ability to pay homage to (and sometimes throw jabs at) other elements of pop culture. Since Community is taking on another Halloween episode in season two-- one in which is "very, very bloody" according to series star Danny Pudi-- wouldn't it be perfect if Abed (Pudi) creates a horror project for one of his student films?
"One of the things that I've been hoping for is that Annie would get to be in one of Abed's movies, so that would really make my day!" Brie exclaimed.
But in the meantime, you might be able to hear Harmon poke fun at the gig in another medium. Brie shared that she booked the job while they were taping their DVD commentary for season one (out on September 21st), and of course Harmon couldn't help himself. "I don't know if it will make it in there," Brie admitted. But it's definitely worth a look!