Alison Brie couldn't be happier that her tightly wound character, Annie Edison, gets to cut loose in the two-part season finale of "Community," which concludes Thursday, May 12, on NBC. The actress admits, though, that the epic campus paintball war that's the centerpiece was sometimes a little nerve-racking.
"Here's the thing about paintball: It terrifies me," Brie says. "We have a professional who comes on the set and does a lot of the actual off-camera shooting of the paintballs, because they don't want the actors to actually shoot at anyone. There are scenes where we are running away from paintball spray, and he shoots so fast and with so much force that the terrified looks on our faces are totally real."
Looking terrified also was crucial to "Scream 4," now in theaters, in which Brie plays Neve Campbell's ruthlessly ambitious assistant.
"It was awesome, because I was always a big fan of the 'Scream' movies," she says. "When I was in high school, my friends and I did a spoof movie called 'Yell.' They even shot a scene in the second movie outside the Rialto Theater in South Pasadena, where I lived. It's so cool to remember being 16 and watching those movies and thinking, 'I want to do that,' and now it's come full circle, and I'm doing exactly that, with the same people I was watching."
The movie's story line was kept under tight wraps, but that's nothing new to Brie, who plays Trudy Campbell in AMC's critically acclaimed "Mad Men." Many fans are shocked to discover the same actress plays both Annie and Trudy.
"I get a lot of messages on Twitter where people go, 'What? How did I not realize that this is the same person?' " Brie says. "That's just fantastic because these two women are very different characters."