Actress helps convert enduring movie rom-com into a series
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.