Amy Ryan Mum on 'Office' Gossip, But Plenty of Love for Paul Giamatti
By Nicki Gostin Posted Mar 16th 2011 12:24PM
So Paul Giamatti, overrated right?
(Laughs) Oh my God no, he's top shelf. I was so excited to be working with him. He is truly one of our best out there right now. I didn't know what to expect at first, but then other friends were so effusive when they heard we'd be working together, "Oh you're going to love him!"
Are you part of a cool New York downtown acting posse?
When I think of it, it does feel like the group of us that have stayed in New York all seem now to be working with each other. Maybe it's by default; we're the only ones left! Certainly there is a nice community that keeps repeating. For me I stay in New York because I absolutely love it here. I always get a lot of work out here, so I never got to the point where I got frustrated that nothing was going on so I might as well go out to LA. You may work less if you stay in New York, but chances are the projects are going to be more interesting overall.
So back to 'Win Win.' Are you an expert on wrestling now?
No, I actually love that about being an actor; you get to drop in on some part of life and become an expert in it for the two months you're shooting it and then it's gone. I don't know that much about wrestling right now, but I certainly did when we were shooting it.
On 'The Office,' are we going to see Holly and Michael marry?
Um, I'm not allowed to say. Doesn't that suck? But it truly is a blast to work on the show. It's one of the happiest places to show up to. I have to kind of remind myself that it's a job. It's hard to keep that in mind because it's so easy going and they're such an incredible bunch of people.
Steve Carell's final episode is reportedly set for April 28.
Is it getting easier for you to get work?
Yes and that's something I'm so grateful for. 'Gone Baby Gone' just changed the caliber of work, the people I get to work with, the scripts.
Was that a hard part for you to get?
I had just started working with a new agent, and I'd gone to LA during pilot season, and the first script my agent sent me was 'Gone Baby Gone.' My agent wouldn't take no for an answer. I think they already had somebody in mind and then when I met Ben Affleck, he offered me that part right there in the room.
Wow, amazing, did you name your kid after your agent?
He's a great agent, but I had a girl.
You're best friends with Patricia Clarkson. Ever gone up for the same part?
Not that I'm aware of. If we did, the friendship would be down the drain. (Laughs) No, we're very supportive of each other. She's like a big sister; I've always looked up to her career. She's an amazing friend.
So this movie is a real crowd pleaser.
I certainly think it's very accessible, and there's truly something in it for everyone. It's easy to like. It makes it easy to do a day of press for.
It must suck talking about a movie that you hate.
Fortunately, I haven't had that experience, and I hope I never will.
'Win Win' hits theaters March 25. Watch the Trailer:
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