One of the biggest highlights of my Disney Press junket was getting to meet Steve Carell & Jennifer Garner. To be in the same room with these two was so amazing. I have been a LONG LONG LONG time fan of them both. Steve Carell is such a fantastic comedic actor. How he can keep a straight face sometimes I will never know. As for Jennifer Garner, I loved her in Alias and really loved her in DareDevil and Electra. I think she makes an excellent superhero. In the movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day these two create a very down to earth and real couple. Check out what they had to say about it.
Chatting with Steve Carell & Jennifer Garner
When they entered the room I seriously fell in love with Jennifer Garner. Here is why when she was told that we were “mommy bloggers” here was her response:
“These are my people! I brought him (Steve) along but let’s chat.” ~ Jennifer Garner
The fan girl in me wanted to jump up, hug her, and talk her ear off BUT being the professional I didn’t. 🙂
Question: How did you get involved with this project?
Steve Carell: Um, I was asked to be in it, and I said yes. I just, I liked the script, I thought it was funny, and, uh, and inventive, and different. I feel like I hadn’t really seen this kind of family movie in a while. Um, and, uh, and the fact that Jen was going to do it was a — a huge draw for me, because I’d been a huge fan of hers for a long time. It’s true. I — and we — we met — we met a few times over the years, but just sort of in passing, and I — you know when someone not only lives up to, but exceeds expectations, of everything you’ve heard about them? That was her. She’s just — she was —
Jennifer Garner: Steve Carell!! (Said in a sweet OMGosh way)
Steve Carell: – the nicest person. She is. She’s the nicest person ever.
Jennifer Garner: Um, well, he’s fibbing a little bit, because he was actually on it, on this movie first, so I was the one who knew he was doing it and said “Oh, yeah, — I’ve been dying to work with him forever.”
Question: Was there a day on set that was a very bad day?
Steve Carell : Um. There was one that we kind of point to. There we scene where we were outside, around the car, talking after the big accident and after the driving test. And it must have been — well, like it’s been the last week here. Like, 105 or
something. And so that was probably the most arduous day, physically.
Jennifer Garner : You know, I think it was tough because the baby got upset. That just — you know what that does, I mean, that practically made me lactate. It’s like, “Whaa –!” And there’s nothing you can do.
Question: How many shrimp did you have to catch?
Jennifer Garner : He did that! He caught the shrimp. I mean, they were saying “We’ll CG It” and Steve said, “I’ll give it a go.” He did it. We were very excited.
Jennifer Garner : Did you know you had that talent?
Steve Carell: SC : I didn’t know that I had that — that eye-shrimp coordination.
Question: Any experiences where you were like, oh my gosh, I’m filming this and it’s déjà vu ’cause this has happened?
Steve Carell: No, I think I related in the broad strokes of being a parent, and — and my wife and I really co-parent. We — you know. We — we divide and conquer in terms of everything that we need to do with our kids. So, so I think I understood it and related to it on that level. But it’s — it’s crazy. It’s fun. It’s ridiculous.It’s never what you think it’s going to be. And, at the end of it all, you can’t really take yourself too seriously, as a parent.
Question : So, how was it, working with Dick van Dyke?
Jennifer Garner: So exciting. So exciting, I mean, Mary Poppins at my house, is like, one of the top three films of all happiness. Times. And, uh, so, the fact that I was there with him, was — and I got him to do “Chim Chim Cheree” with me between takes. All so great. He was just funny and warm and lovely, and so accepts his role as being somebody that we’ve all grown up with and an icon in entertainment, with such grace. He was really — it was really a great day.
Question : Doing such a fun movie, how many takes did you go through without laughing?
Jennifer Garner: There were times where I just couldn’t. I could not not laugh with him. I don’t know how anyone — I defy you to be in a scene with him and not laugh.
Steve Carell: The scene where she’s screaming at the car in front of us. I mean, that’s a side of her I had never seen before, and it was crushing me.
Jennifer Garner: The scene where we were in the car, making the weird sound, and I look at him and he’s going, “Arararara!” I can’t even think about it. I can’t watch it. (laughing).
Question : What was your favorite scene to film?
Jennifer Garner : I liked when we were all together.
Steve Carell : That’s what I was gonna say. Like, any — well, we were all together for most of the movie.
Here is what they both said about working with the kids:
Jennifer Garner: They were setting up the cameras, and it’s the kind of thing, it was warm out, and it was the kind of thing where you would typically go back to your trailers, and do whatever you needed to do. And I would do an interview with one of you guys about something. But, instead, they just put us in a little room in the house, and we all had our phones with us. And we sat with those kids, and nobody ever looked at their phones, and nobody ever — we just talked. We just, you wouldn’t think that you would have that much to talk about with teenagers, you know, because it seems like they’re from another planet. But these are the coolest group of the smartest, most interesting, engaging kids. And the five of us just hung out together, and had the best time.
Steve Carell: On my last day, uh, Dylan and Kerris did a song for me that they had written. And Ed Yeah. The three of them sang this song. But I think the two of them wrote it and the three of them performed it, and I — I broke down. I really didn’t see it coming.
Question: Since you guys gelled so well and everything, did you ever play pranks on each other to make things fun or kind of loosen things up on the first day?
Steve Carell: I didn’t play pranks. But someone at this table played pranks —
Jennifer Garner: I didn’t play any pranks. I don’t know about pranks. (laughing) We don’t need to tell the whole story.
Steve Carell: SC : We went to the same college at different times,Denison University.
Jennifer Garner:JG : I called Nancy, his wife, and I said — believe I’m not psycho — “Can I stash a Denison chair, like, with Denison kind of engraved in the back, in your house?” It was his last day. And see how long it takes him to find it. How long did it take you to find it Steve?
Steve Carell: Like, two weeks. And I — and she could hear me from downstairs. I started laughing, ’cause it was upstairs, like, in a corner, and I — I had been passing this chair for weeks, and it just registered that it was a Denison University chair, and I — I think I immediately texted you my thanks and “well done.” Kudos on a trick well played.
So you can see they are very down to earth and have good and bad days too. I loved them both to pieces.
What is your funniest #VeryBadDay?