The pay may be low, but Olivia Wilde has at least one good reason for actors to work on independent films like Joe Swanberg’s “Drinking Buddies” — getting “hammered” on set with everyone’s imaginary BFF, Anna Kendrick, as Wilde discusses in a short excerpt from an interview from “Off Camera with Sam Jones.”
In the film, Wilde and Jake Johnson play a pair of super-tight coworkers and pals who work in a Midwestern brewery, and according to Wilde, the film shot on location. And a tiny indie budget means that sometimes, when shooting in a brewery, saving money means drinking the easily available beer instead of paying to bring in water and make it look like beer.
The only problem about this arrangement is that no one bothered to tell co-star Anna Kendrick before she arrived a few weeks into the film. In Wilde’s words, she “took a huge gulp” of the beer and was “instantly hammered.”
Sounds like Wilde, Kendrick, and Johnson (along with Ron Livingston, who fills out the main cast) had a pleasantly buzzed shoot.
Wilde goes on to describe how her acting journey got started when her mother encouraged her to pursue her dream of performing on “Saturday Night Live,” and how odd it is that she’s now engaged to “SNL” alum Jason Sudeikis and performing in largely improvised comedic roles like “Drinking Buddies,” bringing her comedy dream to life.
The rest of the interview can be seen on “Off Camera with Sam Jones” on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on DirecTV.