From show makers Liz Flahive and carly human (GLOW), the eight-episode Apple TV+ anthology series Roar tells standalone stories that feature ordinary women in unexpected, unique and different circumstances, spanning a variety of genres. In The Woman Who Solved Her Own Murder, we learn about the murder victim herself (Alison Brie), which led to the end of her life.
During this 1-on-1 interview with Collider, Brie spoke about how strongly she responds to the unique voice in Flahive and Mensch’s work, why she was so excited about this project, the experience of playing a character who… couldn’t directly interact with everyone, wrap up in a 30 minute story, sort of a miniGLOW Reunion and the heartbreak of not being able to finish this story the way they had planned and hoped. She also spoke about her love for film a noticeand getting to work with some of the cast of the film community.
Collider: I really enjoyed the series. I particularly liked your episode. I thought it was such a fun episode to watch. I could have seen a whole season of what they all had in front of them.
ALISON BRIE: Thank you.
To start with a silly and funny question, your husband recently said that is one of your favorite movies a noticeand I’m also firmly in the die-hard a notice Association. If you were ever to star in a remake of Clue, which character would you most like to play?
BRIE: Oh god. I think I’ve dreamed of playing Miss Scarlet all my life. Mrs. White is an amazing character, but who better to do it than Madeline Kahn? It feels impossible. I actually worked with the actress who played Miss Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren) in the original. She played Gillian Jacobs’ mother in season 6 of community. And Colonel Mustard (Martin Mull) was in the episode too. Isn’t it awful that I only refer to her as hers a notice characters, those iconic actors? But on this day, on community In Season 6 I thought, “Colonel Mustard and Miss Scarlet are here? And these are Gillian’s parents?” It sure was a surreal moment.
That is amazing. Well, I guess when you’re doing something like this and you’re working again with people you’ve worked with so closely before, like Carly Mensch and Liz Flahive, you don’t have to audition. What excites you most about it when this came your way? Do you get nervous when they come up to you with something you’re going to hate?
BRIE: No, I’m definitely not getting nervous about it. I love Liz and Carly so much and I just had the most amazing time working with them GLOW and they never disappoint. I felt every episode of GLOWI was so overwhelmed by the unique voice they share when writing together and the diverse topics they wanted to explore further on their own GLOW, in relation to the female experience. And that takes all of that to the next level. So I get super excited when I get a call from Liz and Carly like, “Hey, we got something for you.” It’s that excited flutter. But this one was especially cool because there were so many other components that are great.
First, there’s the cast. Of course, when they called me, Nicole Kidman was already busy producing and starring in an episode, as was Cynthia Erivo and Issa Rae. It was just like, ‘Yeah, what great company. Are you kidding? You had me with Nicole Kidman.” And then to hear the concept, it’s a crazy one. It was great. When they called me about the project, they had already written the episode, so they sent it and the book. My episode is actually not in the book. It’s her own concept, inspired by the stories in the book. So it was fun reading it.
Another thing I love about working with them is how collaborative they are. Even when they called to discuss the project, they immediately said, “We’ll send it to you, read it, call us and give us your opinion.” That was really fun because I was able to take some notes and just some ideas could talk through. I thought, “Hey, what if we did this with the character? Could that be a cool thing to explore?” And they were all on board and they were like, “Yeah, let’s discuss that further.” That was really exciting. And the tone is so interesting and unique. It’s really unlike anything I’ve seen before, let alone played before.
Between her involvement and you and Chris Lowell in that episode, it just made me want more seasons of it GLOW.
BRIE: Me too.
It was heartbreaking for the fans how the show ended, so I can’t imagine what it must have been like for the cast and creative team. How hard was it, on the one hand, to have three seasons of this great show to be really proud of, but on the other hand not getting the opportunity to tell the story the way it was planned?
BRIE: It was really hard. It was especially hard because everything happened during COVID when everyone was quarantined from each other. The show was so physical. It was really about us all connecting on a physical level and really feeling like a sports team. We were in there together. So, going through the show’s cancellation separately and extremely separately just felt really weird. It’s part of what made working on it so great, because I got this degree that I couldn’t really get when we first found out about it GLOW‘s cancellation. I got to be back on set with Liz, Carly and Chris, and also a lot of people from our crew – the wardrobe department, hair and make-up and sound. Anya Adams, who directed the episode, directed an episode in Season 3 of GLOW. So there was a lot of joy and excitement just to be reunited with my buddies and family GLOW. It gave me some catharsis there.
And you also have a crazy costume to wear.
BRIE: I was on set in my dead body outfit and I turned to Liz and Carly and said, “It doesn’t get any weirder than that. I think that’s the weirdest costume I’ve ever worn.” And Liz says : “For real? What about Zoya as Scrooge?” And I said, “You’re right. GLOW was a lot stranger.”
What was it like playing a character who couldn’t fully interact with anyone around her? Does that ever lead to funny moments in scenes when you’re trying to get someone’s attention and they have to pretend you’re not there? What is it like to find that balance between being present and not being seen?
BRIE: It’s a real confidence test. Truly committing to an achievement when you’re not getting anything back from anyone is a tricky balancing act. If anything, it really connected me more to the character because I experienced it. When I tried to play this character, I went through what she’s going through as a character, which obviously isn’t seen or heard, and had to take matters into my own hands. It was very surreal being on set every day and acting in those scenes for people looking right through me. After we shot it, a friend asked me what my chemistry was with Hugh Dancy, and I said, “Well, we couldn’t really have chemistry because I’m a ghost and his character can’t see me, but he seemed a lot.” to be nice. He was a great guy.” It’s a testament to how great all the cast members are in this episode because everyone really had to do their job pretending I wasn’t there and I was yelling in their face.
I would be on board for the ghost crime fighting show for an entire season.
BRIE: Me too.
Have you ever been disappointed that you couldn’t spend more time with this character because she’s so interesting? If they ever come to you and we say, “We have this really cool idea, and we just want to continue with this character who solves crimes for people,” would you be up for that?
BRIE: I haven’t thought about it, but if it was Liz and Carly, yes I would. If it were someone else I don’t know if I would confide in them because it’s a pretty freaky idea. I loved impersonating this character, especially coming out of it GLOW. She’s the polar opposite of Ruth in a lot of ways, even physically, which was really fun. What’s cool about this show, and that the stories are all standalone episodes, is that you really get to experience the character’s entire arc in a 30-minute window. I didn’t leave the episode feeling, “Oh, I want to play that woman forever.” I really felt like we told her story and brought her to her natural conclusion. not how GLOWthere was a conclusion as we wrapped the episode.
Roar will be available to stream on Apple TV+ on April 15th.
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