” And then Riki texted that Shonda Rhimes said she wished she’d thought of the idea! AVC: You mentioned how you weren’t able to do Criminal Minds because of Grandfathered. The reason I was able to do Another Period and Community...
AVC: How did you end up in the ensemble of Another Period?
PB: I knew Natasha and Riki for years before that, and they asked me to do it. They asked me to play their mom, but I couldn’t do it. And then they shot a presentation reel, and then they took it to Comedy Central, and Comedy Central said, “We’re going to shoot the pilot with this other actress.” So she played Dodo in the pilot, but when the show was picked up, she was on a show and couldn’t do it, so they came back to me. I just went to the table read of a couple of the scripts, thinking it was going to be this other actress playing Dodo, but since she was shooting her show, I just did the table read as a favor, as a friend.
All 10 episodes were shot concurrently, so on any day we would shoot scenes from episode six, episode two, episode nine…
It was the only way to get all of that cast in to shoot their parts, because people couldn’t take a day off from their other shows. I think he started working on Wet Hot American Summer and we lost him.
So one day while we were shooting, they were, like, “Okay, we need to get David Wain in a hospital bed so that we can just shoot his reactions and use them throughout the season.” This is something they came up with when Peepers’ American Indian family comes to visit him.
They threw an ax into David Wain’s chest, so that he’d end up in the hospital. The through-lines were constantly changing depending on who was available for what, and they’re writing on the fly to get all of the characters into all the scenes, because all of a sudden it’d be, like, “Oh, today we lost Brian Huskey: He can’t make it back, he’s shooting Selfie.” They were incredibly improvisational.
The actor: Paget Brewster is an actress who has, to her credit, proven very difficult to pigeonhole, having started out in sitcoms (Love & Money, Andy Richter Controls The Universe) before transitioning into more dramatic material (Huff) and ultimately scoring a long-term gig on a prime-time procedural (Criminal Minds).
Although she’s proven adept at both comedy and drama, Brewster has recently been focusing predominantly on the former, and now that the first season of Another Period has concluded, she’s moving on to her latest full-time endeavor: playing against John Stamos in the new Fox comedy Grandfathered.
That’s heaven, because normally on a single-camera show you’re shooting 14 or 15 hours. We shared a couch in the carriage house that was the makeup room. It was the opposite of any network show that anyone had ever done. Anyone who was available the whole time, we could cover the people who had to jump in or jump out. But the comparisons between shooting this pilot, where they’re, like, “We need to lighten her hair, we need to put her in heels... And I ended up feeling like, “Ugh, Hollywood is bullshit! AVC: So did you actually do any research into morphine addiction before tackling your role?
It really felt like what we all were trying to do in high school: making short films with friends. I did shoot a pilot, but I got permission to keep shooting Another Period as long as it didn’t interfere, and I think I ended up missing four days to shoot this pilot. I’d rather play an old lady in a Victorian outfit up on the hilltop with no trailers! It was just such a weird comparison between the two, you know? If you heard me laughing, it’s because I’m pretty sure that’s the second time you’ve uttered the phrase “Hollywood is bullshit” in this interview. But if I was still bartending, I’d feel the same way about bartending: That job had some bullshit, too. But the bullshit is what makes the good stuff so good! He lives in Connecticut and was on The Jim Gaffigan Show, and he got permission to do it, too, so they got him an Airbnb apartment in Los Angeles and he was there for the whole thing. ” So he was embarrassed, but throughout the day I would walk to him and say things, like, “And the part about your dad? PB: I’ll be honest with you: I just looked it up on, like, Ask [Laughs.] Because obviously I’ve never done morphine.
Everybody else was sort of doing other shows and, uh, hiding the fact that we were also shooting Another Period.