Judy Greer on her directorial debut, casting her A-list friends

September 18, 2018 - 3:41 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Judy Greer has taken quite a liking to directing, having been in front of the camera for most of her career, but now making her directorial debut in “A Happening of Monumental Proportions.”

The comedy, opening Friday, stars an A-list roster, including Katie Holmes, Jennifer Garner, Common, Allison Janney, and John Cho. The plot revolves around a hodgepodge of characters all having a really bad day in Los Angeles.

The Detroit native – whose credits include the TV shows “Kidding” and “Two And A Half Men” and the films “Ant-Man,” “Jurassic World” and “Halloween – said she enjoyed being behind the camera and having a say in casting.

“It felt really good,” Greer told 1010 WINS’ “The Trend With Rebecca Granet.” “It was nice to be able to [cast].”

But, she said, she mainly reached out to her acting friends, so she didn’t have to cast too wide of a net.

“I didn’t really hold a ton of auditions,” she said. “So I just kept trying to reach out to people I knew and people kept saying yes … I called in all my favors in Hollywood, I’m out of favors!”

She continued, “And the people who did audition, that was the hard part, because everyone seemed so good. I know what it’s like to be in those rooms and put yourself on tape for that stuff. It was strange to be on the other end of it.”

Greer said it was never uncomfortable or awkward working with friends. “It was really fun,” she said. “What was really fun was I’ve known most of these people through work and the most fun part was watching them meet each other.”

She added, “I’m not just saying this. I didn’t have to direct them that much … I felt everyone was well cast. I didn’t cast anyone that would need a ton of direction.”

Although Greer has worked with her share of directors, she said there was no one in the industry that she specifically didn’t want to emulate.

“I haven’t worked with any jerks,” she said. “So there wasn’t anyone that I was specifically like I don’t want to be like that. I knew I didn’t want to scream because I don’t like when people scream a lot … I’d rather someone get up and come over and tell me rather than tell me from far away. So I was careful not to do that. “