SO HOW DID YOU GET THIS ONE MADE?
After I did Knocked Up , Judd [Apatow] approached me to write a movie with myself as the lead, and he said, "You can write it with a friend. Pitch me some ideas." So I went to Annie Mumolo, who's one of my best friends, and who I wrote with a lot at the Groundlings [the LA improv group Wiig was a member of prior to SNL]. And she said, "Oh, I've been thinking of ideas," and this was one of her ideas. So it just kind of happened. We pitched it to Judd, and he was like, "Great, write it up."
HOW LONG AGO WAS THAT?
About four and a half years ago.
WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG?
My schedule was a little bit of a challenge. We really wanted to make sure that each character had their moment. Their story had to make sense, and why we were all in this group together without it seeming too random. You go through so many drafts, and you think you have something that works, and then maybe another movie comes out that has something similar, or you realize, you know what? This end kind of doesn't work now. Or, we never resolved this story. So we have to do it all under 130 pages.
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YOU MUST WINCE EVERY TIME SOMEONE MENTIONS THE HANGOVER, SINCE YOU WERE WORKING ON THIS LONG BEFORE THAT CAME OUT.
Well, I mean, I wouldn't want people to think that we wrote it in response to The Hangover. The comparison to the movie I totally understand. It's an ensemble cast, it's a comedy. It's about people who are in a wedding together. But the plots are very different.
WOMEN BEHAVING CRUDELY AND ENGAGING IN RAUNCHY HUMOR — DO YOU THINK AUDIENCES ARE READY FOR THIS?
Yeah, it's 2011. Women do that stuff. Women swear. Women get drunk. Women pass out in their own vomit. And it's not like we're the first women to do it. We should be able to see things how they really are. And it shouldn't be this huge new thing. But it is.