***Disclosure: I’m attended The #DeliveryManEvent . My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney and myself. All opinions are 100% mine. Pictures by Disney and MomStart.***
Chris was running a little late for our interview (you know how LA traffic can be) so we started off with the beautiful and talented Cobie Smulders. This is my second time interviewing her. Make sure to go read my previous interview here and now on to the questions!
Cobie: I’m excited to be here right now. Excited to meet all of you, yes. Do let loose in LA? Who wants to know about Delivery Man, guys? You’re gonna see it tonight.
Q: How did you first become involved?
Cobie: I’m sure all of you know this, but I’ll repeat it anyway. It’s based on the original film (which) is a French Canadian film by the name of Starbuck. I saw that a couple of months before I even read the script or anything and I really loved the film. I was really moved by the story. I really loved the characters. I really loved that it was Canadian because I’m Canadian as well and then I heard it was being redone and was kind of surprised ‘cause I thought it was such a great film. Obviously, it’s nice for it to come to America and I was also excited that Kevin Scott who wrote and directed the original was gonna do our version as well and I just thought he had such a strong vision and he had such great storytelling ability that I was really — I just knew it was gonna be a good movie. And then I heard Vince was attached and so I started just auditioning. I just went in and auditioned and met with all the guys and convinced them to give me the role.
Q: How did being a mom affect your role?
Cobie: Well very much. I mean this movie is really all about parenting. It’s all about what it takes to be a parent so I I automatically connected with that at the same time, you know, here he is. Look how handsome he is.
CHRIS PRATT ENTERS ROOM
Cobie: I was just asking how being a mom helped with this film. I was pregnant in this film, not in life but I had the fake belly on and I remember just crazy emotions that come into play when you’re pregnant and I think that one of the things that I know I crave and I think that pregnant women do crave is stability. You know, you’re in this situation where especially if it’s your first child a lot of things are unknown and in terms of this movie, the character of Emma, she has a very unreliable partner so she’s just sort of trying to figure all that out.
Chris: Well for me, my son was had just been born when I was doing this movie. I think he was maybe two months old. So for me I wasn’t necessarily able to relate to my character’s journey as a father in this movie ‘cause he’s like so overwhelmed with the idea of being a father. I was still finding every little tiny thing endlessly fascinating about my own son. I did miss him a lot and so like they were moments in the performance where I needed to just stare off into space and think about something that bummed me out. The fact that I was away from him was something that I could go to if I needed to so that was, that was my way out.
Q: How did you gain weight for the film?
Chris: Well, I really applied all of the principles of losing weight and just reversed them. I had just come off from a movie where I had gotten in good shape. I did this movie, Zero Dark Thirty and I got in good shape for that. In a way like how a lot of people lose weight I just crash dieted and worked out and starved myself until I was skinny. So by the time I was done with that movie my body was really ready to gain weight, rapidly. My wife was in the last third of her pregnancy and so a good 20 pounds of that was probably just sympathy weight and gaining weight alongside her as we indulged in things that we don’t normally eat.
Then I had a meeting with the director and I saw the original movie. The actor who played my role in the original, really brilliant actor, and part of the charm was that he was a bit of a bigger guy and I thought that would (be) really great. It’s a role where I can gain a lot of weight and I’ve always wanted to do that. I’ve done it before once and I really wanted to do it again and see if I could really push it this time and so I did it. Everything you think, you know, minus any guilt. It was really great.
Q: Did you lose it?
Chris: Yeah, I lost it. I wish it could have been immediate but it took a long time. It took about seven months or eight months to lose it.
Q: How long did it take to gain it?
Chris: It took about probably about the same time. I think I was rapped on Zero Dark Thirty in June and so by November I had gained about 70 pounds.
Q: What was it like working with Vince?
Cobie: I loved working with Vince. I think he’s everything that you would kind of expect him to be. Super funny, super quick. Going into this movie I was very intimidated because, you know, he’s sort of known for his amazing improv and I was very rusty and so when I came to this film and met him and he was so supportive and he was also very considerate and very charming. Like he really goes out of his way to put everyone at ease on set and set the tone for everybody so it was pretty great.
Chris: I feel the same thing. I mean, really I mean he’s beloved by people, his fans and people because he just seems real. He seems like a regular guy and I think that he’s everything you would really hope that he would if you’re a fan of his. He’s not like some Hollywood A hole. He’s no nonsense when it comes down to doing work. He does work and makes sure everyone around him does good work and that’s important as the captain of the ship, but at the same time, charming, caring and polite. He’s polite to everyone from the people who are his wait staff, restaurants to fans and strangers on the street who approach him, who like him. he always gives a little bit of himself to people so he’s really everything you’d hope he would be.
Chris Pratt is a rising star himself! Remember he’s staring in the Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy! However, he’s SUCH a sweetheart. At the after part I saw him with his wife Anna Faris and they were so sweet together. You could feel the love and they were super happy connecting with fans and just having a good time.
Both Cobie and Chris bring heart, soul, and laughter to Delivery Man. Which is in theaters NOW! So make sure you go see it this holiday weekend!
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