‘The Campaign’s’ Dylan McDermott Reveals How He Broke the Ice His First Day on Set

The “American Horror Story” actor talks to THR about holding his own opposite Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell in Jay Roach’s comedy.

By Rebecca Ford, The Hollywood Reporter

Dylan McDermott, known for his dramatic work on TV shows like American Horror Story and The Practice, takes a serious turn for the comedic in The Campaign, playing an intense political operative named Tim Wattley.

While McDermott, 50, was the new kid in the comedy world, he tells The Hollywood Reporter that he broke the ice quickly while working opposite Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell.

How? By getting naked.

“I was totally nude in front of Will and Zach for 12 hours,” McDermott tells THR about his very first day of shooting for the Warner Bros. comedy. In the scene, which was cut from the final version of the movie, his character walks out of the bathroom naked and complains about the lack of hot water.

Read more here.


Comic-Con Video Interviews

I got to attend my very first Comic-Con this year. I hosted The Hollywood Reporter‘s video lounge at the Hilton Hotel. I interviewed more than three dozen stars of film and TV about their upcoming projects. My interviews included: Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, Sam Raimi, Michelle Rodriguez, Milla Jovovich, Jackie Chan, Guillermo del Toro, True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello and Kristin Bauer (video above), William Shatner, The Big Bang Theory cast, Teen Wolf cast, Anna Kendrick, Andy Serkis, the stars of Twilight and Christoph Waltz (video below).

Watch all my Comic-Con interviews here.



‘True Blood’: Christopher Meloni on Playing a 500-Year-Old, ‘Big Old Baby’ Vampire

By Rebecca Ford, The Hollywood Reporter

After playing detective Elliot Stabler on Law and Order: SVU for more than a decade, Christopher Meloni has hung up his detective badge and replaced it with a set of vampire fangs.

The Emmy-nominated actor joins HBO’s True Blood this season as Roman, a powerful, 500-year-old vampire who sits at the head of the table of the Vampire Authority. Roman’s main mission is to get his blood-drinking brethren to cohabitate peacefully with humans.

Meloni, who will make his first appearance on the show in season 5’s second episode (airing June 17), tells The Hollywood Reporter that Roman’s driving force is “the rightness of his cause.”

“His unbending drive to get what he wants,” says Meloni, who spoke to THR from the set of the upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic, 42, in which he plays Brooklyn Dodger manager Leo Durocher. “I think on the outside if you’re with him, you agree and you want to follow someone like that. If you disagree, then you think he’s a fanatic.”

Although Roman may be one of the older vampires in town, Meloni says his character isn’t as wise as his years.

“You know who acts like that? A child,” he says. “And I thought that was what kind of funny about it. Here you have this very impressive entity, yet underneath it all, he’s a big old baby.”
“But don’t tell him that to his face,” he adds.

Meloni, who in May 2011 announced that he would not return to NBC’s Law and Order: SVU for its 13th season, tells THR that he has always been a fan of True Blood showrunner Alan Ball, and enjoyed being the guest, rather than the host, of a show.

“I was now the guest after having a decade of witnessing people being guests on my show,” he said. “I got a kick out of that. It was a lot of fun to see how another set was run.”

Roman and the Vampire Authority introduce a complication to the already-complicated HBO drama. When vampire Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) kill Nan Flanagan (Jessica Tuck), a member of the vampire authority, they are hunted down by the vampire government. This results in Roman holding the fates of Bill and Eric in his already-bloodstained hands.

Meloni’s first scene was one of the tougher for him to shoot, he says, because he was “trying on this new person, this new thing.”

“You can do all the preparation you want, but at least I kind of find my character along the way,” he said.

True Blood is known for his supernatural drama, and it’s heavy-dose of sex scenes, which can range from slightly strange to extremely twisted. Fans of Meloni have been wondering if his character will get to do any bed hopping this season.

Meloni, who will also appear in Zack Snyder’s Super Man reboot Man of Steel, tells THR he wasn’t sure if he could reveal that particular piece of information, but did hint, “I am in bed. With my lover.”

As always with the HBO vampire drama, hints about what could be coming up in the show were few and far between. However, Meloni, did say a scene involving a possible traitor in the Authority was some of his favorite work on the show.

“That was a lot of fun. It’s what I signed on to do,” he said.


Recent Interviews: Rock of Ages,’ ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting,’ ‘The Five-Year Engagement’

I’ve been a terrible friend to my website. It’s the curse of being so busy! But that also means I have a ton of new work to show. Here are links to some of my recent video interviews for The Hollywood Reporter.

‘Rock of Ages’ Star Malin Akerman on Tom Cruise: ‘He Transformed Himself Into a Rock Star’ (Video)

‘Rock of Ages’ Stars Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta Train Their Voices for ’80s Rock (Video)

‘Rock of Ages’ Director: ‘I Was Like a 15-Year-Old Girl’ Hearing Tom Cruise Sing (Video)

‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ Stars Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison on Their Sexy Dance Scene (Video)

‘What to Expect’ Stars Anna Kendrick, Chace Crawford Talk ‘Excruciating’ Facial Hair and Chemistry 

‘Five-Year Engagement’s’ Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller Explain Their Ongoing Food Fight, What Makes a Romantic Comedy Work (Video)

‘Five-Year Engagement’s’ Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller Explain Cutting Full-Frontal Nudity, Reveal Other Deleted Scenes (Video)

How Alison Brie Perfected Her British Accent for ‘Five-Year Engagement’ (Video)


Adam Scott Talks ‘Friends With Kids’ and the Scene that Made Him Feel Like ‘a Horrible Person for Seven Minutes’


The “Parks and Recreation” actor stars in Jennifer Westfeldt’s star-studded indie due out March 9.

By Rebecca Ford, The Hollywood Reporter

Adam Scott’s initial reaction when he read the script for Friends With Kids, the dark comedy byJennifer Westfeldt:

“Oh, shit, sorry guys.”

Scott, who has been friends with Westfeldt and her longtime partner Mad Men star Jon Hamm for 15 years, realized that the script, about two single friends whose married friends disappear from their lives once they have kids, could easily be a reflection of his own friendship with Westfeldt and Hamm. Scott is a parent of two with wife Naomi Sablan.

“I was one of those people in Jon and Jen’s life who sort of went off the grid once we had our son,” Scott tells The Holllywood Reporter. “He was colicky so he was never asleep so we were zombies for six months and completely dropped out.”

Many people know Scott as Leslie Knope’s (Amy Poehler)boyfriend/campaign manager Ben Wyatt on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, or as the actor-turned-caterer Henry Pollard on Starz’s short-lived Party Down.

The actor will hit the big screen this month in Westfeldt’s directorial debut about two friends (played by Scott and Westfeldt) who decide to have a baby together without being romantically involved. They believe they can remain platonic friends and pursue relationships with other people, therefore avoiding the same fate as their married friends who’ve changed from happy lovers to stressed-out parents.

It turns out that Scott, 38, was involved with the project from the very beginning. Westfeldt asked Scott to participate in a table reading when she was still working on the script in February 2010.

“Her development process is just to do readings and see how it plays and also ask lots of questions of the people who do see the readings to try and make sure everything makes sense to everybody,” he says. “It’s actually a really fascinating process that she goes through.”

Westfeldt, who wrote and starred in the 2001 hit independent film Kissing Jessica Stein, had Scott pegged for the role after that initial reading in 2010. “Adam read Jason and of course he was fantastic and from that moment forward I couldn’t imagine anyone but him playing the role,” she tells THR.

Premiering in the U.S. on March 9, Friends With Kids also stars a standout cast including Hamm,Kristen Wiig, Chris O’Dowd and Maya Rudolph, who play two married couples whose relationships are struggling under the burden of being parents.

“Not having kids herself, she was able to harness that thing that sort of happens, that shifts inside of you. I found it so lovely and moving,” Scott says of Westfeldt, who has been dating Hamm for more than a decade but is not married.

Even though he has done plenty of memorable work (including roles in The Vicious Kind, Step Brothers, Party Down and his current gig on Parks and Recreation), Scott says working with such a star-studded cast was intimidating for him at times.

On their final day of shooting, the main castwas involved in a tense dinner scene in which Scott’s character and Hamm’s character get into a shouting match.

“I just remember sitting at that table and I just couldn’t believe I was sitting there with all those people,” says Scott. “I just remember being a little nervous because I had this big speech to give and I just really didn’t want to suck. You know, Kristen Wiig was sitting next to me so I was just hoping that I would remember my lines.”

Of course, shooting a film about couples with kids meant that there would be children on set. Both toddlers and babies are in the film, and Scott says that while the toddlers were relatively cooperative, the babies “don’t know what’s going on and they don’t want to be there.”

In one particularly memorable scene in the film, which never shies away from the ugly down-and-dirty truths of parenting, Scott has to clean up a diarrhea-covered baby, which was not a fun shoot for anyone. “His mom was right there kind of being very helpful and everything, but I felt like a horrible person for like seven minutes,” says Scott.

With a consistent gig on Parks and Recreation and several film projects coming up, including a role inBen Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which Scott says he’s most excited about, one would expect that he’s comfortable with his status as a successful actor.

However, Scott admits that he is sometimes still operating from the “guest star on CSI: Miamiperspective,” meaning that he’s just excited to have another job lined up.

“For so many years, I would work four days every six months and just had no idea what was coming next and if I would even be doing this anymore in a couple of years,” says Scott. “The fact that now I have a job and I have another job starting when that job ends is just mind blowing to me.”

Friends With Kids opens in theaters on March 9.