Rose Byrne shows off her funny side in 'I Give It a Year'
Rose Byrne is a gifted comedic performer.
That seems like a natural conclusion in the wake of “Get Him to the Greek” and “Bridesmaids,” but because the 34-year-old Australia native was once best known for starring opposite Glenn Close on the mega-serious “Damages” and for films like “28 Weeks Later,” it’s apparent that wasn’t always the case.
“I Give It a Year,” a sort of anti-romantic comedy out Friday, explores the short, difficult marriage of Byrne’s Nat to Rafe Spall’s Josh. It sounds like a painful portrait of domestic strife, but then you realize that the film’s written and directed by Dan Mazer, who scripted “Borat” and “Brüno.”
amNY spoke with Byrne.
What did you think of the broad humor here?
Coming from working with Nick Stoller [“Get Him to the Greek” director], Judd Apatow, Paul Feig, you know with comedy, anything’s going to happen.... And I knew working with Dan Mazer … there was going to be some broadness to it.
Where does Nat fit in, compared to your characters in those movies?
I guess my character in this is a little straighter, too, so she was reacting to a lot of this stuff and the humor coming from that and her being uncomfortable. We shot some stuff that didn’t make the film which was even bawdier.
How do you feel going into a project with bawdy, raunchy material?
I absolutely have nerves about doing things that are raunchy or out of my comfort zone, but it’s strange what takes over when you want to get a laugh.
What have you picked up from the comic actors you’ve worked with?
It’s a tricky thing. Someone like Rafe or Kristen Wiig or Russell Brand, it’s really effortless. And I don’t think I’m like that in that sense. It’s still very much a learning process.