Clea DuVall & Vincent Piazza
Since “The Intervention” opens in theaters and On Demand today (August 26, 2016), the Critic and the Referee got a chance to interview Clea DuVall, who is its writer, director, executive-producer, and star, along with Vincent Piazza who also stars in the film. You won’t be disappointed!
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About “The Intervention”
In Theaters and On Demand Friday, August 26th.
From Samuel Goldwyn Films: When four couples meet for a weekend away together, an attempt to run a “marriage intervention” goes hilariously wrong as everyone is forced to confront the secrets and fears that seem to be holding them back from finding happiness with each other.
**Official Selection of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival**
**Official Selection of the 2016 Outfest Film Festival**
**Winner, Special Jury Award for Acting (Melanie Lynskey), Sundance Film Festival**
Clea DuVall (But I’m A Cheerleader, Argo, FX’s American Horror Story)
Melanie Lynskey (HBO’s Togetherness, CBS’s Two and Half Men)
Natasha Lyonne (Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, American Pie)
Vincent Piazza (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Jersey Boys)
Ben Schwartz (NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Showtime’s House of Lies)
Alia Shawkat (Fox’s Arrested Development, Green Room)
Jason Ritter (NBC’s Parenthood, Disney’s Gravity Falls)
Cobie Smulders (CBS’s How I Met Your Mother)
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Run Time: 90 Minutes
- THE INTERVENTION is about the beautiful dynamics of relationships in its many forms, but it also explores its not-so-beautiful complications. Clea, walk us through your inspiration and process in writing the script.
- Clea, you casted some of your friends in this film, a few whom you’ve previously worked with, others for the first time. Tell us how you rounded up the principal actors AND whether having a previous relationship made things easier or more challenging on set.
- Vincent, you play the ever-complicated Peter, whose relationship with his wife, played by Cobie Smulders, is contentious at best. That relationship really anchors most of the film. How did you approach the role and did you have any input in creating the character? (FOLLOW UP: Did Cobie Smulders’ broken leg and cast add tension to the scenes and between your characters?)
- Clea, you have a lot of experience acting in TV and film working with amazing casts and directors, namely ARGO, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, VEEP, etc. What was it like to be on the other side of the camera as the writer, director, executive producer, and then flip to be the star of “The Intervention”? (FOLLOW UP: Has this experience changed the way you approach future projects?)
- So, Vincent, Clea has given her view on being the writer/director/star on set. What was that like, in turn, for you, as her actor, knowing she was juggling many hats? And, had you been in that type of situation before?
- Vincent, we also know that you started your acting career onstage. Then, you moved to film and TV, starring, most notably, in “Boardwalk Empire” and “Jersey Boys.” How did you adjust your acting style to suit film and TV?
- Clea, you recently finished ZEN DOG, which was directed, written, and executive-produced by Rick Darge, who essentially wore the same hats you did for THE INTERVENTION. However, you one-upped him with the acting hat. Were you able to offer him any advice or words of wisdom? Were you extra-sympathetic on set?
- We, here on Why Watch That, always close our interviews asking what movies or TV shows our guests are currently watching. So, Clea and Vincent … What are you watching right now?