Interviewing Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner

Interviewing Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner

*Disclosure: I received an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles for the coverage of several press events for Disney. All opinions are 100% my own.

 Interviewing Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner was nothing short of epic!! From before they got into the room, the jokes were on and the laughter was in full force. Jennifer commented as she walked in, “These are my people! I brought him (Steve) along but let’s chat.”  Being called her people is nothing short of amazing because we are all mom’s it seems to resonate deeply that we all do the same thing. I can honestly say that Steve and Jennifer are both equally funny and the entire interview was like talking to your best friend.

One of the first questions that we asked them was How did you both get involved with the project? Steve’s response was “I was asked to be in it, and I said yes. I just, I liked the script, I thought it was funny,  inventive, and different. I feel like I hadn’t really seen this kind of family movie in a while. 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 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  the nicest person. She is. She’s the nicest person ever. They had the perfect personalities and literally bounced off of one another with ease. 

Jennifer’s response was, 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.” 


Toughest Day on Set

It was more than apparent that they had a great time on their jobs, but even the really bad days they still had fun. They both agreed that the the worst day on set was the scene where we were outside, around the car, talking after the big accident and after the driving test. And it must have been 105 or something. And so that was probably the most arduous day, physically. Jennifer added, that it was also tough that day because the baby got upset — it — 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. So she can totally relate to being a mom from even the simplest things. 


Tokyo Wako Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar

One of the scenes was shot at the Tokyo Wako Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar and in that scene Steve actually caught shrimp in his mouth. Steve admitted that it was a secret talent that even he didn’t know he had until that moment and now fondly calls it eye-shrimp coordination. Check out the preview of handy work in this video below. 

Also filmed at the Tokyo Wako Japanese Steak House was the fire scene that Steve did himself. There wasn’t a stunt double involved and he told us that it wasn’t really “scary” but it looks scarier than it really is. But Jennifer let us in on the secret that he was “unfunny” that day and he reminded her that he had to be focused because he didn’t want to be lit on fire 25 times. Believe it or not it only took two tries to make that scene perfect but Jen admitted she was petrified and nervous during the entire scene. But they worked like a well oiled machine and it was one of my favorite scenes in the movie. 


Dick van Dyke

Dick van Dyke even had a role in Alexander, and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Day! We asked Steve and Jennifer what it was like to work with him! Jennifer said it was exciting, because he was funny, warm, lovely and accepts his role as being somebody that we’ve all grown up with and an icon in entertainment and he does it with grace. It was a great day and between take they performed “Chim Chim Cheree”



The parenting in this film is very relate-able because sometimes we as parents just have bad days. In filming this movie were there any cases of  déjà vu ’cause this has happened? 

Steve Carell replied that his wife and him do more of a co-parent situation meaning they divide and conquer to be their for their kids. But he understood it and related to it on that level. But parenting is crazy, fun and 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. That’s the joy of it. I think we both definitely related and brought our own experiences to the movie. And if things in the script or things that we were doing didn’t feel genuine, we would speak up and we would offer our own personal experiences. 

Jennifer Garner agreed with him completely by saying, “For Sure.”  I would have to agree that they both have an excellent grip on parenting and I couldn’t agree more with them. 



Favorite Scenes 

Their favorite scenes to film for both Steve and Jennifer was when they were all together and luckily they were together most of the movie. The dancing at the end and the fun stuff but one of Jennifer’s cherished memories of the set is this.

There was a day between scenes where we had lots of down time while they were setting up the cameras and so on. It  was warm out, and it was the kind of day where you would typically go back to your trailers, and do whatever you needed to do. 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, and that, to me, is kind of the crux of this whole movie, was just that feeling in that room, and that nobody came in and bugged us. Nobody else was there. It was just us as a group. And it was something that we chose to do.

 This was one of my all time favorite interviews, because Steve and Jennifer made you feel like friends. It was seriously one of the best interviews I have ever been a part of and these two individuals are amazing people both on the screen and off!! 

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Interviewing Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner

*Disclosure: I received an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles for the coverage of several press events for Disney. All opinions are 100% my own.