Rose Byrne: 'Guys still get better roles'
Rose Byrne learnt to be aggressive in Hollywood from working with Glenn Close, who she dubs the "hardest worker ever".
Rose Byrne would rather play the guy characters in the majority of scripts she reads.
The Australian funnywoman, 36, started her career as a serious actress, but when Hollywood started placing her in films like Bridesmaids and I Give It a Year, Rose carved a name for herself in comedy.
She’ll soon be back as Kelly Radner in Bad Neighbours 2, reuniting with Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and director Nicholas Stoller.
“Seth and Nick are really championing getting rid of those stereotypes,” Rose told New York Magazine of the roles on offer for women. “Most things I read, I still would much rather play the guy. There have been some changes, but I wish there was more.”
In 2014’s Bad Neighbours Rose made sure she didn’t play the nagging wife life first indented, and Seth even offered to trade his lines with her when she was unhappy. But together with Nicholas they came up with a story that fitted all.
New-mother Rose, who has son Rocco with partner Bobby Cannavale, isn't afraid to push for what she wants, something Nicholas learnt when they first worked together on 2010’s Get Him to the Greek.
“When I saw her at the audition I was like, ‘Why is she here? Because, you know, very good actress, but very serious,'” the filmmaker recalled.
However she blew him and the film’s main star Russell Brand away with her crass comedy.
“She just destroyed,” he smiled. “Like, destroyed in the way that someone from Saturday Night Live would. And that was that.”
“You have to be aggressive in this business,” Rose explained. “You have always got to push for what you want. Working with Glenn (Close, on Damages), she was the hardest worker ever. She was constantly pushing.”
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