Interview with Judy Greer on the Set of Ant-Man
Spending almost a full day outside in a small white tent bundled from head to toe in almost freezing temperatures is not how I imagined I would spend my day on the set of Ant-Man last November. In the moment, it was hard to think about anything other than the frost bite I thought I was experiencing in my toes. But as I’m looking back, and trying to recall all the different experiences of being on the set of Ant-Man, my then freezing toes don’t seem like that big of a deal. I mean, I was on the set of Ant-Man, y’all!
Unlike other media events I’ve attended in the past, I was banned from all kinds of social media. I was unable to take pictures, unable to share my location, and worst of all, I couldn’t update Facebook. For two days it was as if I had disappeared from social media completely. It wasn’t really that serious, but my gosh, it sure did feel like it. We had to be so secretive that the location services on our phones had to be disabled so that we wouldn’t accidentally disclose our location.
It was serious business, folks.
I’ve already shared my interview with Paul Rudd where he shared his thoughts on being a Marvel Superhero, and my interview with Peyton Reed where he shared about being Ant-Man in a punk rock band in the 80’s, and today I get to share my interview with Judy Greer!
Interview with Judy Greer
How did you get involved with the project?
Old-fashioned. They just auditioned. But I did get the part within less than 24 hours, which for a movie audition is very rare. Usually TV happens really fast. But for films, and especially a film like this scale. There’s so many producers and studio executives that it usually has a lot of people it has to go through. But, yeah, I found out like the next morning. And that was my first audition in a really long time because I’d been working a lot. So I was feeling pretty good about myself. I’m not gonna lie.
Did you know what you were auditioning for?
Yeah, I just wasn’t allowed to read the script ahead of time. But I knew the movie and like Paul. So…
Why did you want to audition for it?
I love Peyton Reed. There was another director attached to it before whose name I totally forget, which is bad. But, I was really excited to work with Peyton because he’s really funny. And I think what some of these super hero movies lack is like a genuine sense of comedy in them. And I think that the serious like super hero movies are great for like the super fans. But it’s the comedy that’s gonna keep us interested in them when we’re watching them over and over with our kids or whatever. Like Guardians of the Galaxy was so funny. And so I would watch that a bunch if it was on television. And you know kids they watch the same thing over and over and over. I’m like we have seen this episode of Good Luck Charlie so many times. But, yeah, so I was excited about the comedy. And with Paul being Ant-Man I knew it was gonna be funny.
Were you familiar with Ant-Man at all? Did you like comic books before?
I think comic books are great. I love the idea of them. I’m not a big comic book person. My agent, as a start gift, bought me a giant, really beautiful, hard cover coffee table book about Marvel comic book heroes. He was like brush up. It’s not my genre of choice. I’m a Rom-Com girl. But, I think that this one’s gonna be good. And I think super hero movies are great because they do teach a really good lesson to all of us.
Can you tell us a bit about your role and the character you play?
So I play Scott Lang who is Paul Rudd’s character, I play his ex-wife. So basically we were married when we were really young. Scott Lang’s character is extremely intelligent and able to do kind of like, I don’t know, like cyber law breaking.
And when I got pregnant I asked him to stop. And he didn’t. He ended up getting arrested and going to jail. So we got a divorce. And I met Jim Paxton, Bobby Cannavale’s character. And we’re engaged. So our relationship is good. It’s just, we’re not married anymore. But we had a really amicable divorce.
So we’re friendly. And I want him to see his daughter. And I want him to have custody. And I want that stuff most for my daughter. But he can’t put her in danger anymore, which is what I felt he was doing by breaking the law when she was a baby. So that’s my role. I’m like you have to get a job and be responsible. And he’s like, ugh!
Do you see a lot of similarities in yourself when you put yourself into the character?
Yeah, I always do. I don’t know, it’s just easier if I just kind of play a version of myself. And, even like the scene that we shot yesterday, which was a really cool scene where I confront Scott about having to shape up in order to see his daughter Cassie. I feel like I wanted her to be like cool and strong and compassionate.
It’s not like this guy is the devil. He’s just messed up. So I felt like that was definitely coming from me because I don’t know that the text was supporting someone who was more emotional. And I wanted her to be a strong person and in her own way like a positive influence on her ex-husband.
What has it been like working with Abby?
What is next for you?
Well, I’m doing an independent movie called Geezer. It is starring Billy Joe Armstrong from Green Day. And he sings me a song in the movie, and I’m really excited. Then I’m going to start Season 2 of my TV show called Married for FX, which we just found out got picked up like a month ago. And so the writers are writing episodes. And I keep texting ideas. And they laugh at them.
I’m really looking forward to seeing the film once it arrives in theaters on July 17th. I’m incredibly excited about the comedy aspect of the film because both Paul Rudd and Judy Greer have such a knack for comedy. And I can’t wait to see the scene we watched being filmed. I think that’s going to be a pretty cool moment.
Are you excited for Ant-Man?