Six seasons and a movie. What once was just thought to be the marker of sitcom success from Community‘s Abed Nadir has become a rallying cry that diehard viewers want to see come to fruition. As the NBC comedy recently wrapped its fifth season, fan support is stronger than ever. And with multiple films slated for release this year, Gillian Jacobs is poised for a complete pop culture takeover in 2014.
After five seasons as Greendale Community College’s resident activist turned wannabe therapist Britta Perry, Gillian is branching out in Walk of Shame (out today) as Rose, the fiery, aggressive BFF to local L.A. newscaster Meghan Miles (Elizabeth Banks). When the night she planned for her friend ends in serious mystery, it’s up to Rose, Denise (Sarah Wright) and the guy they think their friend went home with (James Marsden) to set things straight. VH1 spoke with Gillian about the release of the film and what qualities she uses to evaluate douches from non-douches in her everyday life. Read on for more, below.
Rose is a little bit of a tough girl who doesn’t take no for an answer. What was it like to play that kind of fiesty best friend?
I did think it was a different dynamic for and that’s probably why I was drawn to the movie — that and getting to work with Elizabeth Banks. It was fun to be a sort of aggressor.
Are you like that in real life with your own friends?
No, no, no [laughs]. I’m much more like Elizabeth’s character.
So you’re not going out to clubs, you’re staying home…
Yes, [I like to] put on sweatpants and not go out.
During the big night out at the club, Megan, Rose and Denise meet some guys, do a lot of shots, and have what seems like a pretty eventful night. How long did it take to shoot that sequence and what did you guys do to create the party feeling? I felt drunk for you.
[Laughs] Well it’s funny shooting movies because you get to see clubs during daylight hours, which no one should ever see — it’s not pretty; there’s a reason the lighting is dim in there. It was fun because Sarah [Wright] and Elizabeth [Banks] are so awesome, you just have fun shooting with them, but that’s all artificial. When you’re shooting at 9 am at a club you have to use all of your acting skills.
You’re also very suspicious of the charming bartender Meghan goes home with (played by James Marsden). Are you also the protector of your friends?
I definitely feel protective of people I love, but I don’t know if I’m as overtly aggressive as Rose is. She’s more of a badass than me.
The ladies have a way of determining whether or not a guy is a douche with their four-point douche scale, which is pretty on point. What are some questions you’d include in your own douche scale?
Probably [if he is] condescending in how he talks to you, right? Hmm… Is not nice to waiters — that’s a good tell, usually, correct?
Mean to animals. That’s a definite no.
I walked away from the film realizing that I don’t know anyone’s phone number by heart.
I know, I can only call my mom!
Did Meghan’s situation cause you to reevaluate anything in your life, or maybe address a dependency on certain technology?
I haven’t made any changes so I can still only call my mom [laughs].