Judy Greer finally made her directorial debut in ‘A Happening of Monumental Proportion’, where she directed her friend Jennifer Garner! Now, she’s telling HollywoodLife.com all about it! But did her new role turn her away from acting for good?
Judy Greer‘s Hollywood resume is a long one, to say the least. With roles in films such as The Wedding Planner , 13 Going On 30 , Jurassic World  and many more, she’s done it all; comedy, romance, and everything in between! However, she’s never been able to add director to her name — until now! The seasoned actress made her directorial debut in A Happening of Monumental Proportions, which premiered at the Bentonville Film Festival Friday in Arkansas in May 2017. And, in case you haven’t seen the film yet, we suggest you do so! Why? Judy not only took control of the film, but, she led the direction of veteran actors and actresses such as, Golden Globe winner, Jennifer Garner, 45, Primetime Emmy winner Allison Janney, 57, Academy Award winner, Common, 45, and many more.
A Happening of Monumental Proportions follows a group of students in Los Angeles, who find themselves in the midst of messy situations involving sex, lies and ultimately, dead bodies; all in the matter of one day at school! HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY chatted with Judy, who dove deep into the topics of directing for the first time, working with her longtime friend and 13 Going On 30 co-star, Garner, the reprisal of her War of the Planet of the Apes role and so much more! And, Judy filled us in on her new partnership with LACTAID. Check out the complete interview, below!
How was it to direct Jennifer Garner, Allison Janney, Common and Bradley Whitford in A Happening Of Monumental Proportions? — I didn’t need to direct them because they are all so incredible. I really just tried to stay out of their way and let the camera roll. The hardest part was during the editing process when I had to choose what to cut because everything was so spot-on funny.
What made you want to direct? — I just really love being on set. And when you direct a movie you get to be on set all the time – and you don’t have to go through hair and makeup! I honestly just wanted to see what it was like and was excited for the opportunity.
Would you act in a movie you directed? — I would if it was a small roll. But honestly, there are so many great people that I want to work with that I wouldn’t want to take a role away from an awesome female actress that I could potentially work with on a project.
Would you ever do a 13 Going On 30 remake or another film with Jennifer? — I would do anything with Jennifer Garner! I don’t know about a remake, but anything else. She’s the most fun person. She makes you want to have a 5am call time.
Did anyone give you advice before or during your directing? —Everyone — because I asked everyone for advice. Paul Wietz, who produced my movie, gave me invaluable advice throughout the whole process. Jason Reitman let me take him to lunch and I filled in half a notebook full of tips. I met Adam McKay at a party and picked his brain. I basically asked anyone I met for advice.
Did directing sway you away from acting? — Do you prefer either or? — I think I like both for different reasons. The process definitely made me want to direct again though! It certainly wasn’t a one shot thing. But it didn’t make want to chose one over the other. I think that being on set as an actor is so easy now! I’m like, “This is great! I just have to sit here until they want me to talk!”
Now that you’ve been in countless movies and directed, is there something else you want to do that you haven’t done before? — I guess taking a month off would be nice. But I know I would lose my mind!
You reprised your role of Cornelia in ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’. How is she different in this film? — The stakes are higher in this movie, so the stakes are higher for her. That’s about all I can say until the movie comes out.
What else do you have in the works? What can we expect to see? — This summer, I’ve partnered with LACTAID® for their No More #DairyEnvy campaign. I’ve been drinking and eating LACTAID® Milk and Ice Cream for the better part of the last decade because I’m dairy sensitive. Since it’s 100% real dairy just without the lactose, it tastes great but it’s easier for me to digest, so I love that I don’t have to give up my favorite foods like ice cream, lattes and creamy soups.
HollywoodLife.com Editor-In-Chief, Bonnie Fuller sat down with Judy in April 2017 to discuss her film, Wilson. Check out the EXCLUSIVE interview, below!
HollywoodLifers, which of Judy’s movies is your favorite?