In case you haven’t gathered from our Jason Segel gushing earlier this week, The Five-Year Engagement has landed pretty high on our list of all-time great romantic comedies. It’s funny, believable and moving without ever feeling too, well, rom-com-ish. Also, it’s really great to look at. Which is why we were thrilled that the movie’s costume designer, Leesa Evans, who was the mastermind behind Bridesmaids’ great looks last year, got on the phone with VH1 Celebrity to chat about her work. She’s a longtime collaborator with director/writer Nick Stoller and writer/star Segel, which means her job is a whole lot more than putting actors in pretty dresses and hip T-shirts.
“During the design process and the fitting process you come up with things that feel right for the characters that weren’t written but add to the development of the character absolutely,” Leesa explained. Things like, the fact that at the “Dress as Your Favorite Superhero” New Year’s Eve party where Violet (Emily Blunt) and Tom (Jason Segel) first meet, Violet is dressed as Princess Diana and Tom is wearing a giant pink bunny suit. “I said, ‘We’ve got to put him in the most adorable ridiculous thing that a big guy could ever wear. … How about a pink bunny?’ And we all laughed so hard that that was it. There was never a discussion of anything else because seeing Jason in a bunny suit would just make us all laugh so much.”
Peruse this gallery are more of Leesa’s stories behind the looks from The Five-Year Engagement:
Maybe you fell in love with Jason Segel when he was Nick on Freaks and Geeks. Maybe you found him as Alyson Hannigan’s other half on How I Met Your Mother. Perhaps it took his perfect bromance with our other true love Paul Rudd in I Love You, Man. The Muppets might have been your thing, or his side-clutching “Kemper-pedic” mattress ad on SNL. Seriously, if none of those won you over, you have a cold, dead heart — and you are probably the studio head who told him to lose 35 lbs for The Five-Year Engagement.
We have our own theories about why we love the 32-year-old actor/writer/producer/composer/puppeteer. What we really wanted to do was get a second opinion on whether Jason Segel the man is as dreamy as all of his characters. And since Michelle Williams was busy, we spoke to Leesa Evans, his personal stylist as well as the costume designer for The Five-Year Engagement, Sarah Marshall and I Love You, Man (in addition to Bridesmaids, American Pie and many more impressive movies).
“I’ve known him since he was 19, and it’s nice to see him remain this humble, kind and good person,” Evans told VH1 Celebrity, explaining that she met him in his Freaks and Geeks days (she didn’t work on that show, but she’s part of the whole Judd Apatow crew). “Jason is a very kind and good human being. He cares about the people he works with a great deal. He takes a vested interest in the family filmmaking environment that we have … with this whole group of people that we work with so often.”
First off, I have seen The Five-Year Engagement, and I can tell you that it absolutely cements my opinion that Jason Segel is the best romantic lead of our time. He is just so believable and endearing and frustrating and lovable. Anyway, /gush off. At the New York premiere of the film last night, VH1 News’ Janell Snowden played coy about the fact that he is fully, openly dating Michelle Williams now, and instead got him to speak hypothetically about whether he would ever consider a super long engagement like the one in the movie.
“My plan is to get her to marry me as quickly as possible, so that she doesn’t find out who I really am,” he said. “I’ll do it romantic, but I’ll do it over a three-day weekend. We’ll meet on a Friday, have our first date on Saturday, get engaged by Sunday and get married on Monday.”
While that does sound romantic in its own way, I am rather enjoying what we’ve seen of his slightly more extended courtship of Williams. She was at the premiere (though she didn’t walk the carpet), and the Daily News reported that they were holding hands during the afterparty at the Museum of Modern Art, where Segel gave an impromptu dance performance to “Don’t Stop Believing.” Yep, that would definitely sweep me off my feet.
When you put Jason Segel and Emily Blunt together in a movie, there’s no way we’re not going to watch. Besides, with Jason being such an awesome boyfriend to Michelle Williams, we like him even more. Their movie, The Five-Year Engagement, premiered last night at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York, and Emily knocked it out of the park in a black-and-green belted Jason Wu dress. Extra marks for the parrot green pumps and that amazing makeup.
Other stand-outs on the carpet included Alison Brie who was perfect in a white, form-fitting Victoria Beckham dress, and Olivia Wilde in a long printed Yigal Azrouel maxi. Camilla Belle also wore a Chinese silk cheongsam by Jason Wu and nailed it. Amy Poehler looked like a very sexy dream in a white lace blouson with black trousers and came with dream date, Aubrey Plaza. But we’d like to give first prize to little Zoe Niemkiewicz who was an adorable little tyke in her tulle frock. And out way past her bedtime, we might add!
We kind of suspected Jason Segel would be an awesome boyfriend to have, what with the taping photos of his new girlfriend to his phone and the being obsessed with the Muppets and all. Now that The 5 Year Engagement actor is opening up about his budding relationship with Michelle Williams, we are patting ourselves on the back for being right. “I think we would just very much like to be happy. That’s all I’m going to say about it,” Segel told Extra when asked about dating the My Week With Marilyn actress. We would just very much like to be happy. How sweet is that? And they’ve only been going out for, what, three weeks? We’re going to try our best not to be jealous of Michelle Williams, but first she can pull off a pixie cut and now this… It is going to be a struggle.
Not that Jason is completely without baggage; his naked junk has appeared on a few tens of thousands of movie screens in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. But that’s not who he is! Clearly he’s evolving! “He’s a man-boy! He used to be a boy-boy and now he’s a man-boy,” joked Emily Blunt, Jason’s costar in the upcoming rom-com. “I think I might even be becoming a man-man… potentially!” Jason claimed. We can’t even imagine how awesome Jason Segel will be as a man-man. Will you let us know, Michelle? What’s that? You can’t hear us because we’re talking to ourselves? Alright then.
Hold the frickin’ phone, guys! Couples like these come once in a blue moon, in the manner of The Notebook-esque romance of Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling (Ryachel, for-evah!) You would think that Michelle Williams and Jason Segel in the photograph, in the middle, would be shooting a scene for a movie. That would explain their handsy, canoodling proximity? It turns out that it’s not for a film, so bring on the squees! Michelle and Jason are dating, report US Weekly. They are united in coupledom, so to speak. Could this be any cuter?
Of their relationship, a source has revealed, “They are smitten and very serious.” We wouldn’t want it any other way. Apparently, the two have been pals through Williams bestie Busy Philipps for a couple of years now, but it only recently just went the romance route. They’re on different coasts too — Williams is in Brooklyn and Segel is in L.A — but as the source added, they’re “trying to make it work. She hasn’t been this happy in a long time.” Awww, we’re rooting for them. The photograph of them arm-in-arm was taken just a couple of days ago in Brooklyn, FYI. Segel was also seen helping Williams 6-year-old daughter Matilda on her scooter the very next day. Très adorable! It was on to the West Coast then with dates at the Chateau Marmont and Comme Ca.
Not to put any pressure or anything but … MAKE. IT. WORK. GAIIZZZ! With divorces and break ups happening at an alarming rate, we need to gush over couples like you. McAdams and Gosling left a hole in our hearts that we never thought would heal again until you two decided to take it to the next level. Cupid just got a promotion so let’s make sure he stays there a while!
In his new filmJeff Who Lives At Home, Jason Segel plays a thirtysomething named Jeff who lives at home (shocker!). He resides in his mother’s basement to be precise, where he exists as an emotionally stunted “man-child” who lounges his life away staring off into space. But if you think that this is pretty much a documentary on Jason’s day-to-day life, think again. The dude’s got too much stuff to do!
“I think those character are more of a reflection of who I was in my early twenties,” the surprisingly serious funny man admitted to VH1 News. “I work too hard to really indulge in that anymore. I think I did four movies last year, and I wrote two of them. I don’t really have time to screw around anymore.” That’s right, he’s busting his hump to bring us hilariously heartwarming comedies…with a dose of nudity thrown in for good measure. “[A] present for the ladies,” he says.
Co-star Judy Greer, on the other hand, isn’t above the odd childish trait every now and then. Just don’t try and get her to talk about it!
Jason Segel knows how win us over: with a stream of constant, squirm-inducing self-deprecation! Oh, and a wardrobe malfunction here or there wouldn’t hurt either. While stopping by Ellen today, the Five Year Engagementstar explained how his couture suit inexplicably disintegrated at the Oscars. “My tuxedo self-destructed,” he claims. “It was perfectly fitted and then slowly, I’m sitting there and just buttons start falling off my tux until my shirt is held together by my bowtie and that it’s tucked in. That’s it.” As if that wasn’t as adorably humiliating enough, the seat of Jason’s pants blew out. “So then I stood up and applauded for somebody like Morgan Freeman or somebody great, with gravitas,” Segel admits. “And then I sat back down and, I’m not joking, my pants ripped from my butt to like the bottom of my leg.” You mean we could have had him on our Most Embarrassing Oscar Moments list? What a (good-looking, hilarious) waste!
Jason’s tux-plosion is only the latest in a string of hilariously embarrassing stories he’s happily shared with the world. Remember the tragic Taco Bell-littered “Before” picture of himself he revealed on Letterman? Or his claim that his date with Chelsea Gill, his YouTube fan “was more awkward for them than it was for me”? Or the seven-year-old who said the worst part of the Muppets movie was Jason Segel’s face? Swoon! Fortunately for him, Jason took his writing parter as his Oscars date, rather than a love interest who would have witnessed the whole embarrassing thing. “It would have been perfect,” Segel laughed. Yes, it would have been, Jason. Yes, it would have.
Fans of NBC’s The Office were cautiously optimistic when star Steve Carell departed the series last spring. Although quite clearly the heart and soul of the show, many hoped that the incredibly strong ensemble cast would carry the series through at least a few more successful seasons without the hapless Michael Scott at thte helm. But sadly, it already looks as though the remaining Dunder Mifflin crew is starting to splinter. James Spader has announced his exit after a year on the show as office jedi Robert California. Show writer and actor Mindy Kaling has an uncertain future on the show, depending on whether her her pilot is picked up over at Fox, and head-writer Daniel Chun has signed a deal with rival network ABC.
VH1 News caught up with current Dunder Mifflin boss Ed Helms while he was promoting Jeff Who Lives At Home last weekend. In addition to talking about his new film, Helms opened up about how he’d like the see The Office wrapped up when the time finally comes. “I hope whatever it is — I hope it’s after a nice long run and has a real celebration of the amazing cast.” We have to admit, even as the cast starts to pursue other opportunities, we’ll still be sad to say farewell to the prime-time mainstay that’s been bringing laughter to homes (and offices!) for nearly seven years. Even without Carell, The Office has always left us smiling and satisfied.
The Muppets took Manhattan, sorry, the world, by storm again last year, thanks in part to Jason Segel’s tireless efforts to bring them back to the big screen. The movie even garnered an Oscar — Best Original Song for Bret McKenzie’s “Man or Muppet.” So why are we hearing that he won’t be involved in a sequel?
“My goal was to bring the Muppets back, and I think we’ve achieved that,” Segel told VH1 News over the weekend, while promoting his upcoming comedy, Jeff, Who Lives at Home. “So, I’m really confident that they’re in good hands now, and I’m very happy to let them walk on their own two legs.”
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