I attended this event as a guest, with all expenses paid. As always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.
Yesterday I shared some of the highlights from the interview we had with director Ken Scott while visiting the set of the movie Delivery Man this past December.In case you missed that post, here’s a little information on the movie Delivery Man.
Delivery Man is the story of affable underachiever David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn), whose mundane life gets twisted in a knot when he finds out that he fathered 533 children via sperm donations he made twenty years earlier. In debt to the mob, rejected by his pregnant girlfriend, things couldn’t look worse for David when he’s hit with a lawsuit from 142 of the 533 twentysomethings who want to know the identity of the donor. As David struggles to decide whether or not he should reveal his true identity, he embarks on a journey that leads him to discover not only his true self but the father he could become as well.
After meeting with Director Ken Scott, we also had the opportunity to interview Cobie Smulders, the leading lady of the movie. There’s me, up in the front row.
We began by asking Cobie about her character. Here’s the background information she was able to give us. I found it very interesting that they were able to see what worked for her character during filming, and adjust the character on the fly to best suit the role.
COBIE SMULDERS : I think that we’ve settled that we’ve dated for awhile and then we broke up and then we got back together. And I think we’ve been dating exclusively for about six months to a year.
Q : Do you have any other children?
COBIE SMULDERS : No. Single lady.
Q : Is your character a police officer?
COBIE SMULDERS : Yeah.
Q : So did you do any research?
COBIE SMULDERS : I did actually. I met this guy when I was doing press for another movie and he works at the 34th Street Precinct. Said you know what, just come in and look around and talk to some people. He was super sweet. Took me around and then I also met a woman who was a single mom. And that was really interesting because it’s possibly like the hardest job to be a single mom.
Because your hours are, you never know when you’re coming home really. They do like twelve hour shifts and she worked from like twelve to twelve, or, she had a shift where she was able to sometime pick her kid up from school. But if she booked somebody she’d have to stay and file all that paperwork, and that takes like hours. So that was really interesting and kind of having that in the back of my head going I don’t have a partner in this, then I’m screwed. So I have to kind of make it work.
Q : As a mother yourself, have you taken your personal life into the character? Finding out you’re pregnant?
COBIE SMULDERS : Yeah, of course. It definitely helped. I think that, you know, you worry you don’t have kids, you think you understand what it’s like to be a mom, you know. But being a mom is a totally different thing. Um, there’s that, and it’s also, they really found that they were a working mom. That helped a lot, too.
Next we asked Cobie about filming the movie in New York City.
COBIE SMULDERS : It’s great. I love shooting in New York. I shot another movie here over the summer and it just, it’s very realistic. I mean people like walking by and try to get their jobs and … New York’s a character unto itself. It always provides such a beautiful backdrop and it also gives energy to the movie as well.
Q : Has there been a favorite scene you’ve shot?
COBIE SMULDERS : Yeah. We did a great scene in a park. We’ve been shooting a lot in Brooklyn, actually. A lot of the locations are, I think all of our locations are, at least the ones I’ve been involved in, have been in Brooklyn. And, we shot in this park surrounded by these old brownstones and there’s this great scene with the movie for Emma where she’s got all this anxiety and he’s helping her. Helping make her feel better.
We also talked with Cobie how she felt about the difference in the amount of work she does for filming TV verses filming for a movie. She explained why it’s faster to film TV then it is to film a movie.
COBIE SMULDERS : Yeah, absolutely. I mean I’m lucky enough to work on a sitcom which is a job unto itself where it’s the best schedule you could ask for. It’s really like as normal a job as you can. It’s a nine to five kind of a job. Because you have a multi-cam. You have four cameras, so there’s not a lot of coverage, not a lot of down time where you do lighting, which is what’s happening right now. Uh, so we’re really fast.
The thing that I like about films, though is, you have a set amount of time that you get to play this part and be part of a story, and then it’s over and you get to move onto a different story. But it’s different. The days are longer than a movie.
Q : Is it hard to go from Avengers to a movie like this?
COBIE SMULDERS : Well I do get to play a cop in this movie, so that is sort of a nice halfway point. I am going to be in uniform for the next scene. You know, they’re both very strong women. Very strong, independent women so that’s a similarity. Avengers is, I feel like Avengers is different because so much of it was not real.
So much of it was like, okay you look over here and then this thing is going over here and… you just feel much more tangible, and it’s also just fun to play, you know. You’re able to sort of try things a little bit more in this. It’s also more relationship based, where the Avengers was one way.
Q : Had any blooper-worthy experiences on this set?
COBIE SMULDERS : No. I mean, it’s hard to tell. I mean there hasn’t been big pratfalls or anything – yet. Um, because this is so funny.
Q : Your blogger song…
Q : Feel free to use that.
To explain that last remark, Cobie was referring to a little song that she and Vince Vaughn sang while they were between takes. Basically they took the song “Let’s Give Them Something To Talk About” and changed the words to “Let’s Give Them Something To Blog About”. You’ll hear more about that in my post containing the highlights of the Vince Vaughn interview.
Here’s the trailer for the movie Delivery Man.
I enjoyed our interview with Cobie Smulders. She seemed very down to earth and approachable. She even took the time to take a picture with us, check it out.
Be sure to check back, as I’ll also be sharing stories from our interview with Vince Vaughn.
Delivery Man opens in theaters on November 22.