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Hey yíall, LMD just had the pleasure of a chat with that up-and-coming girl on the scene, Miss Lucy Punch.  The British funny lady is surely looking at time in the nick for stealing every picture she can get her hands on, including Ella Enchanted, Being Julia and her raveworthy turn in Woody Allenís You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.  Iím thrilled to say that Miss Punch is up to her scene-thieving ways once more in Bad Teacher.

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Bad Teacher

Lucy Punch


The Lady Miz Diva:  We met during the release of You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.  How has that film changed things for you?

Lucy Punch:  It changed everything for me.  I hadnít been working for a year and I got that job and in the year after that Tall Dark Stranger hadnít come out at the time, so I still had to go into the rooms and fight for those parts, but I was being brought in because people were like, ĎOh, sheís been in this Woody Allen movie.í  And personally for me, it also gave a lot more confidence, which had been waning.  Suddenly I had been, ĎAm I doing the right thing?  Am I good?í  And doing that movieÖYes, Iím so grateful.  Iíll probably be getting a Woody Allen tattoo.


LMD:  When did you first know you were funny?

LP:  I get told sometimes, ďYou know, youíre so funny,Ē and Iím not telling a funny story.  Or Iíve been in auditions when I was younger and being very dramatic and crying, and suddenly Iíd hear snickering and theyíre going, ďThat was hilarious.  Youíre not right for this, but Lucy that was really, really funny.Ē  So, I think unfortunately, Iím unwittingly funny in trying to act serious, but I donít have a lightbulb moment.


LMD:  When you started in England, you worked around some very funny people like Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.  Who are some of the funny people whoíve inspired you?

LP:  You mentioned French and Saunders and I have all those videos and I absolutely worshipped them.  They really inspire me and I donít really remember actresses that I loved growing up, it was really those two.  I did have the opportunity when I was at university; I got this job on a show with them {Let Them Eat Cake} and it was their only show that didnít work because they hadnít written it.  But I was practically mute the entire time we were working; I was in such awe.  I was also terrified to say something that wasnít cool or funny.  I didnít want to try and be funny in front of them.  I still do admire them so much and yeah, thereís no one else like them, so those two.


LMD:  Lucy, youíre lovely and could easily play romantic leads.  Are you more comfortable playing comedic roles?

LP:  I would like to play everything.  I would like to do it all; I like playing different characters.  I like reinventing myself or trying to and looking different.  One of the things I always think when I look at actresses whoíve had long and interesting careers, to me those actresses are character actresses.  Funny doesnít get old.  And you can have a longer career if you are not the beauty.  I was never gonna get cast in those parts anyway when I was younger, but Iíd rather be one of the ugly stepsisters than Cinderella.  Or Iíd rather be the nurse than Juliet.  Itís more interesting to me, but I hope I get the opportunity to try everything.


LMD:  When you mentioned not having a lightbulb moment about when you realised you were funny, I wondered how hard you work on your facial expressions.  In every film Iíve seen you in, including Bad Teacher everyone comes away talking about how you have the most expressive face.  You quirk your lip in a scene and the whole audience is in stitches.  Does your face just register what you read or do you actually practise those expressions?

LP:  Thatís funny you said that cos I was remembering this story.  Iíve never told this story before:  It was with one of my best friends and we were 18 and we were in Paris and Romeo and Juliet had just come out and we were madly, madly in love with Leonardo DiCaprio, and we were in a club in Paris and he walked in.  We didnít know. What was he doing in Paris?  This friend of mine, sheís practically a supermodel and we sort of positioned ourselves and he sort of comes over and Iím sure he was coming over to talk to her, but weíre chatting away and Iím yapping on and heís looking at me like this, *stares intently* and Iím like, ĎWhy isnít he looking at my friend?í and heís sort of just intoxicated.  And Iím like, ĎOh my God, is this my moment?í  And he leans in really close and he goes, ďYou know what? Youíve gotÖ Ē And heís getting really close and Iím waiting for him to go ĎÖ the most beautiful whatever.í  He goes, ďYouíve got the funniest facial expressions.Ē So that was who first ever said that to me.

Itís not something I work on, I think I have an elastic face and it just happens.


LMD:  You have such a fearlessness; whether itís what your face does or what the rest of you does in Bad Teacher, covered in God knows what, or sitting in a urinal.  Where does that courage to be silly and throw it all out there come from?

LP:  I donít know.  I find as myself I can be rather nervous; but once Iíve got the part and Iím there, I have a very high embarrassment threshold.  I donít get embarrassed, I donít care.  And I find if Iím doing something as someone else, itís such a release: Itís not me, itís that other person, and Iím being totally outrageous and as that character I could do absolutely anything.  And I find thereís maybe an anarchic side to me that I could smash everything up; I could really behave terribly, or be awful, or be ridiculous, where in my own life Iím like, ĎWell, I ought to be a nice person and I want to be kind and well-mannered.í  So perhaps it gives me the opportunity to unleash it all.


LMD:  Itís therapy.

LP:  Yes! {Laughs}


LMD:  Well, speaking of things being in a whole other reality, what was it like for your character to battle Cameron Diaz for Justin Timberlakeís affections?

LP:  Ludicrous.  I think thatís probably why Justin was made to be as geeky as he was, because otherwise it was totally unbelievable that he would be interested in me over Cameron, and it remains a constant source of amusement.


LMD:  Well, your Amy was the inspiration for the love song, "Sympatico".

LP:  Yes, yes.  I love that song!  Of course in movies, everything gets edited; that song was a lot longer and it was just genius.  It was wonderful.


LMD:  I understand Justin wrote Sympatico, as well.  Is there anything the man canít do?

LP:  I know.  Nauseating.


LMD:  Can you tell us about your upcoming film?

LP:  Yes, this film, Yellow.  Nick Cassavetes has written and directed it.  Itís quite a dark film.  Gena Rowlands is playing my grandmother, which is incredible.


LMD:  So is this the dramatic part youíve been waiting for?

LP:  Yes, itís a really little, teeny-weeny bit.  Iím just popping in and out.  Itís a pretty out-there character, itís dramatic, still.  Iím really excited about that.



~ The Lady Miz Diva

June 20th, 2011



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