Rose Byrne talks 'Internship,' Owen Wilson chemistry: 5 highlights
Rose Byrne is the lucky lady who gets to star alongside funny men Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in their new comedy "The Internship."
In the film, Vaughn and Wilson play as Billy and Nick, two salesmen whose careers have been ruined by the rise of the tech industry. The two try to prove they're not obsolete by landing a coveted internship at Google. The salesmen then have to compete with a bevy of tech-savvy college students for a job at the corporation.
Byrne plays a Google executive in the movie who is also a potential love interest for Wilson's character in the film. The actress talked to George Pennacchio of KABC Television, OTRC.com's parent company, recently about her chemistry with Wilson, how she studied for the character and doing more comedic roles.
Check out the five highlights from our interview with Byrne below.
1. She and Owen Wilson had "nice chemistry."
When asked if she has an easy time doing romantic scenes in movies, Byrne said, "I think it's more about the chemistry with the person. So I think Owen and I have a nice chemistry on screen, which is really ... I feel like that's ... that's what sells any kind of ... anything romantic in film."
Wilson previously told Pennacchio that he felt at ease with Byrne when it came time to shoot the romantic scenes.
"I always feel a little self-conscious when you have to do the romantic scenes like where you have to do kind of, you know, we're moving in for a kiss and that's always slightly awkward," Wilson said. "But the great thing with Rose, I think like she's from Australia and Australians have a good sense of humor and kind of don't take things too seriously and so with her I was very comfortable doing that stuff."
Byrne also spoke highly of her comedic co-stars at the premiere of the movie. She told OTRC.com, "They're so sweet. Owen's just so charming and easy and we had fun. You know, my character is uptight and tense and very preppy and conservative and takes herself very seriously. So it was fun to try to get him to lighten her up."
Check out Wilson and Byrne's chemistry in "The Internship" in a clip from the movie here.
2. She recently joined Instagram.
Although she plays a very tech-savvy executive at one of the most technologically advanced companies in the world, Byrne said that while she's not great with technology, she has gotten better.
"I'm not bad. I've gotten better. I've recently joined Instagram," she said. "I'm not on Twitter or Facebook or anything but I'm getting better but I'm very intimidated too by most of it."
3. Byrne consulted with a female Google executive for her role.
At the premiere, Byrne told OTRC.com that she had some help getting into character.
"I spoke to a fantastic woman called Lorraine who is of Irish descent and she is one of the executives of Google and she ... they immediately put us in touch and she was a consultant in the film," Byrne said. "So it was fascinating talking to her and she's a young, you know, executive with a family and a female, obviously. So she was very heavily a great resource of information for me in terms of what's required, what they do and all that stuff."
4. She's always wanted to do comedy.
Although many moviegoers will know Byrne from her role in "Bridesmaids," the actress had her breakout role on the TV drama "Damages," where she co-starred with Glenn Close for five seasons. However, the actress revealed that she's always wanted to get into more comedic roles.
"I had always wanted to do comedy and I had mostly done serious stuff up until really 'Get Him To the Greek' and then 'Bridesmaids,'" she told Pennacchio. "So I was super lucky to have done -- to have gotten a chance to do comedy but I think for every actor like diversity is so key. And I think being Australian is also ... people aren't quite sure where you're from and so I feel really lucky."
5. Byrne gets to use her Australian accent in the film.
If you couldn't tell by now, Byrne hails from Australia and was born in a suburb of Sydney. While she was on "Damages," Byrne used an American accent. She also used an American accent in "Bridesmaids," but in "The Internship," she gets to use her natural speaking voice.
"I've been lucky with the [American] accent. I've found it always has come fairly easily to me and I've worked on it consistently over the years," she said. "Really doing 'Damages' was like a great learning curve in terms of doing it every day and very hard dialogue."
She added, "I've been lucky, knock on wood in having... it's [her Australian accent] never been an issue."
"The Internship" hit theaters on Friday, June 7.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).