Judy Greer Wants a 13 Going on 30 Sequel—or to Just Do Another Rom Com With Jennifer Garner
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air. Those dreams of being swept off your feet and hit by Cupid’s arrow are often fueled by romantic comedies—and no one knows them better than Judy Greer.
For almost two decades, Judy has helped friends through will-they-won’t-they situations in movies like 13 Going on 30, The Wedding Planner, 27 Dresses, and Love Happens, so much so that she already feels like one of our best friends. And when we chatted with her for Rom Com Week, she was already in a romantic state of mind, launching Lactaid’s No More Dairy Envy Campaign so that everyone can enjoy a sweet treat this V-Day. Read on to see what other sweet tidbits she spilled, including her dream plot for a 13 Going on 30 sequel—or just any chance to play Jennifer Garner’s best friend, whom she still texts frequently—and her dream cast for her own starring role. We’ll let her take it from here.
Glamour: What is your ideal Valentine’s Day date night?
Judy Greer: My perfect Valentine’s Day would be coming home to a giant box waiting for me, and it has a gorgeous dress and high-heeled shoes and a handbag. And someone’s waiting to do my hair and makeup. You can tell I’ve been in too many romantic comedies. [Laughs] And then the man sends a car to pick me up—my husband, of course—and he’s standing there in a suit, and we would have reservations at the nicest restaurant in town and drink champagne and a bottle of red wine. We’d just eat and talk about our love all night. But that’s never happened to me, and it’s never going to. This year I told my husband that it would be really nice if we could stay in and he could cook me dinner. I’ve never asked him to do that, so I’m very curious what he’s going to cook!
Glamour: What’s on your dream menu, in case he reads this?
Judy: I’m sort of a carb-oholic. I love pasta, and I know it’s really simple, but I love pasta with olive oil and crushed red pepper and maybe some Parmesan. I don’t really eat cheese anymore, but that would be my favorite. I love a tri colore salad—it’s my favorite. I’ve partnered with Lactaid’s No More Dairy Envy campaign, so I’m hoping he listens to me and makes the chocolate mousse recipe I also know it’s kind of a turn on for some guys when girls eat food instead of just having a salad, and I will crush a giant bowl of pasta. In fact, one of the things that endeared him to me was when we met—he told me he thought I should gain 10 pounds. And it’s almost like I immediately gained 10 pounds as that sentence came out of his mouth.
Glamour: How have romantic comedies shaped your view on relationships? Do you believe in true love?
Judy: Romantic comedies are my favorite genre to be in and to watch. One of my favorite movies is When Harry Met Sally—I think it’s the ultimate romantic comedy. I do believe in true love, and in the end, the guy gets the girl and the girl gets the guy. I think you have to open your mind to who the guy is. Maybe the guy isn’t James Marsden, and it’s someone you really didn’t expect. That’s the idea under a lot of romantic comedies—yes, they’re cast with gorgeous movie stars, but it’s about finding love where you least expect it, and I think that’s the best thing to take away.
Glamour: You’ve played a great mix of roles, from supportive best friend to the cynic. I know it’s like picking a favorite child, but do you have a favorite character or movie?
Judy: I loved the entire process of making 13 Going on 30. That character was probably the least like me, which was the most fun to play. Up until then, I’d played ditzy, dumb characters or crazy characters like in The Wedding Planner—my character was so over-the-top insane. When that came out, fans would come up to me like, “You’re a bitch!” and yell at me. I thought it was awesome and really fun, plus it was really fun to play a snarky, bitchy character since I hadn’t done that yet. It was so much fun working with Jennifer Garner. She’s the best, best, best person to work with. The director [Gary Winick], who sadly passed away, was such a wonderful, supportive man and was so delighted with everything we were doing. It was special, and I don’t know if it really happens anymore where you’re making a studio movie, but you have so much creative freedom. I love Mark Ruffalo, and he’s so talented and handsome. I loved him and Jennifer together. That was a really good match. I loved the others that I’ve been in, but that one stands out. People love it!
Glamour: It’s one of those movies that you are flipping through the channels and always have to stop and watch it.
Judy: I have those, too. Unfortunately, I can’t do those with ones that I’m in, but I have a couple of those where I have to watch it until it’s over. Forces of Nature and When Harry Met Sally aren’t really on TV that much because I’m 100—just kidding—but those are two of my favorites. I loved Trainwreck, and I was so excited when it came out that I made my husband go with me opening weekend. I was like, “Romantic comedies are back! They’re baaaack!” [Laughs] It was very timely in the content of it. Our heroine in Trainwreck is a train wreck, and I think that’s more realistic right now. She’s not the perfect girl who just can’t find her guy. She’s a real woman who is flawed and crazy and adorable and approachable—she’s all of our friends. I really loved that the genre had such success with that movie, and hopefully they’ll be making more. Hopefully I can be best friends or maybe even one day—oh, I shouldn’t even say it and jinx myself—but I would play Amy Schumer’s best friend in a heartbeat.
Glamour: Who would you love to work with in the genre?
Judy: I would love to work with Amy Schumer, but if I’m going to be totally and completely honest, I would love to do another rom com with Jennifer Garner. That would be my dream. It was so much fun, and we had so much fun. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan made a lot of movies together—can’t Jennifer Garner and I make a bunch of movies together? Can’t I be her best friend again?
Glamour: Everyone wants a sequel or a follow-up to their favorite movies. Are you still close enough with your 13 Going on 30 costars to make it happen?
Judy: We’re good friends! It never occurred to me until literally right this second when you asked me that question, so now that I’ve said it out loud, I have to make it happen. Why aren’t there sequels to romantic comedies? What if it’s 40 Going on 25, and we’re all trying to get our youth back or we’re all divorced from the people we married in our romantic comedies? What if it’s a romantic comedy where all the stars are in one movie together, and they’re all divorced? Or if it’s a major husband swap situation, like James Marsden and Jennifer Garner?
Glamour: Who would you pair up in the rom com world?
Judy: This is major. I really need to brainstorm this. We can just put all of the names in a bucket, and everyone chooses a name, and that’s who they end up getting paired up with. Or it could be like Clue! There’s a bunch of different endings—and depending on which movie theater you go to is which ending you get. Oh my gosh, this is getting out of control. This movie is never getting made. It’s my fantasy romantic comedy movie.
Glamour: Do you have any fun memories from behind the scenes on 13 Going on 30?
Judy: Jennifer Garner taught me how to text message on that movie, and that’s a skill I use all day, every day of my life. It’s different now because back then I just had a flip phone. That’s something I learned on the set of 13 Going on 30—a real skill that she taught me. Also, her attitude was so positive and happy, and everyone loved her. It was early in my career, and seeing a movie star be nice—and she’s just really that nice, she doesn’t even have to try—and happy and energetic and never complain about anything, it’s a really good lesson to learn.
Glamour: What’s your favorite scene?
Judy: I really loved the scene where she hits on the child. It’s so funny for me, and I just think that whole moment was just incredible. I love that scene, and it’s my favorite in the whole movie—she’s so funny in it. Oh my God, remembering it now is hilarious. [Laughs]
Glamour: What would that scene look like in the sequel? Is she 40 years old and trying to get into a hip bar?
Judy: I think it would funnier if it was that kid grown up, hitting on her. That’s the scene I want to see. “Hey, you look familiar ” and then there’s a flashback as he hits on her.
Glamour: You mentioned you still hang out with Jennifer and Mark. What is that group text like?
Judy: I love Mark. I haven’t seen him in a really long time. But Jennifer and I often text a lot when we’re doing scenes wearing Spanx about how upsetting it is. I text her when I have a really early call time because I know she’s always up really early. She’s always like, “What are you doing up right now?” or it’s like, “I’m in hair and makeup,” and she goes, “Me, too!” I don’t think she actually sleeps at all, so I know I can always text her anytime, and she will always write back. We both keep really weird hours.
Glamour: What romantic comedy tropes do you love and hate?
Judy: One thing that always bugs me—but it shouldn’t because it affects me directly—is that I hate in romantic comedies how the girls only have one friend. They have a couple girls who have one main friend, and I don’t feel that’s realistic. We all have so many good girlfriends.
Glamour: There’s also always kissing in the rain or in the snow.
Judy: No kissing in weird weather conditions. That would never happen! Convertibles? No, no, no. The guy having a charming family? No. The girl wearing makeup to bed? That’s a really bad idea and a big no-no. You just can’t do that. I feel like they’re skipping over the part where he doesn’t call you back for two weeks and then he does and you’re like, “Oh, I’ll forgive you because you’re cute.”
Glamour: What would you like to see more in the genre, in addition to being more realistic? You’ve worked with lots of amazing female directors.
Judy: I would like more of them in general. The genre kind of took a nap, but it’s waking up. I hope they’ll keep making more of them. Besides a little more realism, I’d love to see more women writing and directing and shooting them. That would be awesome. And for the ones I’m in, I’d love for them to be shot in more exotic locations.
Glamour: If you had to pick one of the leading lady roles in the movies you’ve been in, who would you want to be?
Judy: I keep going back to it, but I think Jen had so much to do in 13 Going on 30 because she was essentially playing two characters. But I think that would have been super, super fun. Katherine Heigl got to be with Ed Burns and James Marsden [in 27 Dresses], so there are benefits to that. You’re not dealing with one dude—you’re dealing with two awesome guys. And J.Lo got to wear a lot of Gucci outfits and hang out with Matthew McConaughey. And, again, Justin Chambers. I wouldn’t kick him out of bed for eating crackers!
Glamour: You’ve worked with three Jennifers: Garner, Lopez, and Aniston. You need to get together with all three again.
Judy: I wanted to move onto the Katherines because I worked with Katherine Heigl. I thought about Kate Winslet, and what about Cate Blanchett and Kate Hudson? I can move on to the Kates and be all of their best friends and work my way down that list. That is my next goal.
Glamour: You are the Kevin Bacon of the rom com world!
Judy: I kind of am, but it’s way less than six degrees.
Glamour: If you could make a dream character, what would she be like, and who would be your leading man?
Judy: Oh my stars! I think my leading man would be Ricky Gervais, and my dream character would have a really rockin’ body so the studio would have to pay for a personal trainer for six months leading up to shooting. That’s always been a fantasy of mine, for someone to pay for me to have a trainer. That’s the problem with being a supporting character—they never pay for you to have a trainer. That’s something I will change when I’m the President of Hollywood. [Laughs] She would be a ballet dancer with a great body, and it would be Ricky Gervais, and I would also have my own dog in the movie, so I would also get a free dog trainer.
Glamour: What’s the story line here? Is she ballet dancing across the country and he has to chase her?
Judy: I think maybe I’m a private investigator who has been paid by his mother to follow him and find out if he is gay or straight. [Laughs] I don’t know why I just said that. That was literally off the top of my head!
Glamour: And it will be with all three Jennifers and maybe four Kates.
Judy: They will be my three best friends. A squad of best friends!
Glamour: Is that who you’d put in your dream squad? Do you have a dream supporting cast in mind?
Judy: Probably JG, Katie Holmes, and Aubrey Plaza. They each bring something really exceptional to the table.
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