Rebecca Rittenhouse attends Hulu’s ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’

Actress helps convert enduring movie rom-com into a series

Rebecca Rittenhouse of ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ streaming on Hulu

Q: Mindy Kaling co-developed “Four Weddings and a Funeral” as a series, and you had worked with her on “The Mindy Project.” Was that a big consideration in your doing the show?

A: Huge. Mindy and I spoke about this project in its very early stages, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Having worked on “The Mindy Project” for two seasons, I knew that she was the type of person I would want to collaborate with again and again.  We all know this, but she is whip-smart … and has the most unbelievable work ethic, and treats people with respect. What more can you ask for?

Q: How do you assess your “Four Weddings and a Funeral” character, Ainsley?

A: What I love most about her is that she finds the courage to be vulnerable and to choose love over anger. I think she really grows up in the best way over the course of this series — in the way we all hope to. She doesn’t just grow up, she gets bigger.

Q: Do you have a close group of friends like the one in the series?

A: I am fortunate to have so many diverse groups of friends like the group in this show … between high school, college, post-grad life in New York City, and the people I have met over the course of my career so far. I think anyone who has even one friend with whom they have a relationship like the characters in this show is very lucky.

Q: You’ve also done drama series such as “Red Band Society” and “Blood & Oil.” Do you have a preference between that genre and comedy?

A: I absolutely love doing comedy, but one form does not appeal to me over the other. I find the material that appeals to me most usually has an element of both. After all, life itself is both deeply tragic and wildly funny.

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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