It’s been a long time since Alyson Hannigan captured our hearts as the chic geek, Willow, in Buffy The Vampire Slayer. But, since leaving that iconic show, Alyson has won herself a whole new fan base playing Lily Aldrin in the acclaimed sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and Michelle Flaherty in hit gross-out comedy franchise – American Pie. As Michelle and the crew return for another slice of dubiously flavoured pie, FilmJuice chatted to Alyson about the appeal of a good old school reunion.
It’s been a long time since Alyson
Hannigan captured our hearts as the chic geek, Willow, in Buffy The Vampire
Slayer. But, since leaving that iconic show, Alyson has won herself a whole new
fan base playing Lily Aldrin
in the acclaimed sitcom How I Met
Your Mother, and Michelle Flaherty in hit
gross-out comedy franchise – American Pie. As Michelle and the crew return for
another slice of dubiously flavoured pie, FilmJuice chatted to Alyson about the
appeal of a good old school reunion.
you feel when you first heard of the possibility of a reunion with all the
characters from the American Pie franchise?
Initially, I wasn’t sure and wanted to wait
and see the script, even though I liked the notion of a reunion.
it when you met up with screenwriters and directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden
That got me more excited because they were
such big fans and so enthusiastic about making this movie. Jon and Hayden
wanted to recreate what the original American Pie movie was about.
you think when you finally read the script?
I was very happy. I thought they nailed it. They got the main set pieces and
the gross-out humour right but they didn’t lose the heart of the movie, so you
really cared about the characters and rooted for them. I just kept turning
pages, getting involved and wanting to see what happened with the next
your character when we meet her again in this movie?
Michelle and Jim have a two-year-old son now
and that has definitely changed the dynamic of their relationship. They are
fully engulfed in parenthood but the problem is that they have sort of lost
themselves as a couple. They are trying to navigate the waters of staying happy
together while being new parents, which I think is a real situation that people
you like about your character, Michelle?
I like that she is true to herself and very
non-judgmental. Michelle is positive and I love that she can find the good in
all situations. That is a very endearing quality.
Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle see this reunion weekend?
They see it as an opportunity to recapture
their spark. And of course, because it’s Jim, nothing ever goes smoothly.
it like to work with Jason Biggs again?
Jason is so lovely. I might be a little
biased, but I think he should always be Jim Levenstein. He is just great in
this character. He’s so charming, loveable and funny. I adore working with
of situations should we expect to see in American Pie: Reunion?
We have these crazy, amazing gross-out set
pieces but also scenes that are so touching and sweet where you don’t even
realize you are acting. I walked away thinking it was such a gift as an actress
to be a part of that. It’s unusual to have those moments in a raunchy comedy.
Levy returns to the role of Jim’s father. What can you say about him?
Eugene Levy is brilliant. I just want to kidnap him and keep him
in my basement so I can learn everything he knows about comedy. He is a genius.
I could just watch him all day long.
about Seann William Scott?
Sean is probably the one who is furthest away
from his character. He is so sweet and such a gentleman in real life. But then
he plays Stifler who is completely opposite so brilliantly. You wonder how he does that.
it to work again with Chris Klein, returning as Oz?
Chris is such a gregarious life-of-the-party
kind of guy. He and Jason together are trouble. It’s hard to get things done
when the two of them are together. Eddie Kaye Thomas is hilarious, too!
improvise during the shoot?
We did our fair share of improvising. The
directors were really open to it.
filmmakers Jon and Hayden work together?
They were great. We would try, as a joke, to confuse them but they saw our
game. They worked really well
together, much like the Weitz brothers in the first American Pie movie. They
are a great team and never seem to disagree about anything.
Pie: Reunion was shot on location. How was it working in Atlanta?
For me, it was great because I grew up there.
It was fun to go back as an adult. My daughter had never been there and it was
fun to show my family around. I was used to the heat and the humidity so I
acclimated pretty well.
you believe made the original movie so successful?
I think that, even in those crazy situations,
it was so real. You believed everything.
should we expect from American Pie: Reunion?
It is just as good as the first American Pie.
The original movie was my favourite and I think they have captured the magic
think audiences that haven’t seen the previous films will enjoy American Pie:
I think they are going to love this movie
because it is funny and has heart. It’s just a lot of fun.
Pie: Reunion is out on Blu-Ray/DVD on 10th September.