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People around the world, and the younger generation in particular, have used social media in recent years to allow those they’re connected with unrestricted access into their everyday, personal lives. But even the seemingly most unhindered insight into a person’s daily routine doesn’t always offer the most in-depth vision into their true feelings and motivations. That intimate exploration of how well friends really know each other, particularly with the public persona people often create on social media, is explored in first-time feature film writer-director Jesse Zwick’s new drama, About Alex.
About Alex, which recently had its world premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, follows a group of estranged college friends as they gather in a country home in the wake of the title character’s (Ritter) attempted suicide. The group sought out to help their friend after he alerted them of his intentions by posting a suicide note on Twitter. Even though Alex has been experiencing severe emotional distress, his friends still have trouble pushing their own problems to focus on his dilemma.
The tension between the friends grows even further as many of the characters have had romantic relationships together in the past. Josh (Greenfield) and Sarah (Aubrey Plaza) are entangled in a destructive sexual relationship, even though he also secretly pines for Ben’s (Nate Parker) long-time girlfriend, Siri (Maggie Grace). Siri has secrets of her own though, as she and Alex may be secretly in love with each other. Making things even more complicated is the fact that Isaac (Max Minghella) and Kate (Jane Levy) are set to start a potentially serious relationship, even though he and Sarah may be concealing a long-dormant affection for each other.
Jason Ritter and Max Greenfield recently took some time to sit down with us in New York City for a roundtable interview to talk about filming About Alex. Among other things, the actors discussed how having friends in similar emotional distress like Alex made the story seem even more authentic, how social media has its advantages but also makes people ponder how much of their lives should be made public, how the writer-director aimed to make the drama completely unique from the similarly-themed The Big Chill, and much more.
In person, Max Greenfield is engaging, chatty and often hilarious. Here, in New York, we’d say that he likes to schmooze. The 33-year-old actor has shot to fame over the last three years by playing Schmidt on the Fox series “New Girl,” and he’s the kind of person fans hope all their favorite actors are in real life: appreciative, but good-humored about success.
Thus far, Greenfield has spent the bulk of his career on television. Before “New Girl,” there were roles on “Ugly Betty,” “Veronica Mars,” “Greek,” that reboot of “Melrose Place” and even “The O.C.” This year, though, he’s becoming a movie star: In addition to a cameo appearance in the “Veronica Mars” movie, Greenfield has featured roles in David Wain’s new comedy, “They Came Together” (out this summer), and the Tribeca Film Festival debut, “About Alex.” Directed by Jesse Zwick, that film is a spin on ’80s ensemble dramas such as “The Big Chill”: Following a suicide attempt by the title character (Jason Ritter), a group of college friends (Greenfield, Aubrey Plaza, Nate Parker, Max Minghella, Maggie Grace) reunite after years apart for a weekend of memories, drinking and drama. Greenfield plays Josh, the cantankerous malcontent of the group, who thinks society is headed to hell on an express train (don’t even think about getting him started on social media). As Josh jokes during one of the film’s group scenes, he hates nostalgia, can’t stand the present and thinks the future looks even worse.
HuffPost Entertainment spoke to Greenfield following the Tribeca premiere of “About Alex.” An edited transcript of our conversation is below.
Max Greenfield: I follow the HuffPost on Twitter.
That’s good. You’re very funny on Twitter.
I try to not dive into anything that I’m unqualified to talk about. As many seem to do. I mean, what the fuck? Some people comment on shit and it’s like … there’s something that takes away from the importance of the issue and whatever point you’re trying to make by putting it in 140 characters on Twitter. Cut it out.
Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. just can’t seem to get away from each other!
In addition to sharing the small screen on New Girl, the duo star in the new buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops. So it only makes sense that for the film’s big premiere, they were joined by several of their co-stars, including Lamorne Morris, who got to play red carpet reporter for an evening and grill his cast mates.
In the exclusive video below, however, Hannah Simone turns the tables on Morris when the focus turns to season premiere guest star Jessica Biel. “I will say this: Justin Timberlake is a very lucky man,” Morris says.
Want to get a first look at Biel’s appearance? Check out the exclusive video HERE for that and more interviews with the cast.
“There are a lot of really good ones.”
We feel the exact same way, Zooey Deschanel, which means we are basically best friends now! Oh, sorry, you guys aren’t part of our inside joke, but Deschanel, of course, was referring to the fact that there are “a lot of really good” episodes of New Girl, which makes it pretty darn hard to pick a favorite.
But that’s exactly what the Fox hit sitcom’s cast and creator, Liz Meriwether, do in the exclusive video below, and some of the their answers may surprise you!
While we thought Max Greenfield might choose a crazy Schmidt episode (or maybe an ep that featured everyone’s favorite Schmidt: Fat Schmidt!), he actually picked an episode all about containing the Schmidt. “‘Longest Night Ever’ because Zooey and I had a good time on it,” he revealed. “The idea that she had to contain Schmidt in the loft and not let him out and all the different ways she tried to entertain him or keep him from moving was really fun.”