Interview with Crazy Stupid Love Star Steve Carell

Funny man, Steve Carell stars in Crazy Sexy Love is along Ryan Gosling (Mr. Abs to you,) Emma Stone and Julianne Moore.  Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Steve Carell along with a group of mom bloggers.

Crazy Sexy Love Synopsis: At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream—good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart.  But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his “perfect” life quickly unravels.

In today’s single world, Cal, who hasn’t dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth.  Spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protégé to handsome lothario Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling).  In an effort to help Cal get over his wife and start living his life, Jacob opens Cal’s eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style that can’t be found at Supercuts or The Gap.

Cal and Emily aren’t the only ones looking for love in what might be all the wrong places: Cal’s 13-year-old son, Robbie (Jonah Bobo), is in love with his 17-year-old babysitter, Jessica (Analeigh Tipton), who harbors a major crush of her own…on Cal.  And even Jacob’s new-woman-every-night modus operandi is challenged when he tries his best lines on Hannah (Emma Stone), a girl he just can’t seem to get out of his mind—maybe because she’s the first woman he’s ever met who doesn’t think this professional player has any game.

Steve Carell is a completely grounded actor and prides himself on being a Dad to his kids not “friends,” is completely supportive of his wife Nancy and thinks his kids are funnier than him.

Question and Answer with Steve Carell:

How do you keep your kids grounded and do they think you are funny? I think my kids are much funnier than I am. Sometimes I don’t want them to know how funny they are. They think of me just as a dad. Not a performer. I just want to be a fun dad. I don’t want to be their buddy, I want to be their dad and really define their relationship with them. They have their school buddies and I want to have a different relationship with them than that. The toughest part of being grounded is driving past a billboard with my face on it and they don’t understand why that is there – I don’t want that to interfere with my relationship with them. What I do is a job and I don’t want it to define me or define them. It doesn’t make me special and it doesn’t make them special.

What is your own personal fashion? Are you more like Cal (the character in the movie) at the beginning of the movie or after he’s been transformed? I’m sort of in between. Right now I’m wearing Asiscs running shoes, Banana Republic jeans and a plaid J Crew shirt. As soon as I can I get into T shirt and sweats. My wife and I change as soon as we get home.

What traits do you see in your kids that you worry about or think is great? They both have a great sense of irony. Not only do they understand it, they know how to employ it. Not cynicism but irony. They understand irony as a concept and that is very funny to both my wife and me. They are both funny but they don’t strike me as little show kids.

 

My girls are 6 and 9 and loved you in Despicable Me.Do you have plans for more animated films? There will be a second Despicable Me. They’ve already set a date for the release – July 4th, 2013.

I’d love to hear your first acting job. My first paying job was in Chicago, Second City touring company, 1988. It was how I viewed my success as an actor. I was able to quit my job as a waiter. All I wanted to do was be able to make a living. All of this other stuff was a complete surprise. I never thought I’d become an actor. I had a goal through high school and college to become a lawyer. I was stumped by the essay question, Why do you want to be a lawyer? I couldn’t answer that. My parents encouraged me to move to Chicago and become an actor.

If your kids wanted to act, is that something you would encourage? When the time is right. I want them to be kids. I don’t want them to have a career. I want them to be kids and to go to college and experience life. My parents encouraged me to experience life and to have interests. I’m hoping to offer my kids opportunities. I learned a great lesson from my parents – it is my kids life, all I can do is give them the best foundation I can.

What was your favorite scene to shoot? There’s a scene at the end that turns into all out chaos and a knock down drag out fight. There’s a shot of Julieanne (Moore) watching the fight and you see little bits and pieces of arms and legs in the fight and we were laughing so hard. It was a bunch of adults acting like 12 year olds. it was the most ridiculous looking thing. We look like were were about 7 – we felt like a bunch of puppies. (I agree – this was one of the best parts!)

When is your wife Nancy going to be in a movie with you? She’s got a small part in a movie that I’m filming right now with Kiera Knightley. I’m encouraging her to write and she doesn’t give herself enough credit. She’s one of the funniest people I’ve ever met and I just really want her to get out there.

 

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