Please welcome Gillian Jacobs!
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NOAH:Thank you so much.
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-Thank you so muchfor being here. -My pleasure.
First of all, I'm gonna beselfish with this interview
and start at the top.
-Huge fan of Community. Huge, huge fan. -Aw.
Like... the mantra of the show
is, uh..."six seasons and a movie."
But, like... but the movie when?
Like, who do we need to pressureto get this to happen?
Uh, one man,whose name is Dan Harmon.
So... we just need to get Danto write the script,
and I think we'd all makethe movie in an instant.
We're calling you out,Dan Harmon.
-This is it.-Calling you out, Dan Harmon.
Such a huge fan of yours.
Uh, I told you earlier, you setthe building, like, on fire.
People were like,"Oh, my God, Gillian's coming,
Gillian's coming."Like, all the writers were like,
"Gillian's coming.Can I ask her a question?"
-I was like, "No." Um...-(laughter)
Thank you for being here.Before we talk about Love,
you have sucha diverse portfolio
of what you love.
I mean, you're a big filmerof documentary filmmaking now.
-Yeah. -Is that a passionyou've always had?
No. I kind of fellinto documentary filmmaking.
Uh, a couple of my cast mateson Community,
-uh, Danny Pudi and Ken Jeong,made 30 for 30. -(whooping)
Oh, yeah.They're great as well.
-they made some 30 for 30 docsfor ESPN, -Yes, yes.
and so I met one of theproducers there, and I was like,
if you're giving actorswho've never directed before
a directing job,sign me up, please.
Yeah. Very unqualifiedand very eager.
So, uh, yeah, I got the chanceto direct a documentary
for FiveThirtyEight.com,Nate Silver's Web site,
-about a computer coder...-(cheering, applause)
This woman named Grace Hopper.
So from there, it really sparkedan interest in computer coding,
which I don't really knowanything about,
-and making documentary films.-It's such a...
it's a fascinating story,because you call her that,
"The Queen of Code," uh,but she was an icon--
she didn't wantto be held up as an icon,
but that's really what she was.
She inspired young girlsand women in general
-to get into coding.-Yeah.
So it's a fascinating story.
Um, if you could directany film now,
if you could makeany documentary,
-what would you make it about?-Mmm...
Well, another, I think,remarkable woman in tech
is Hedy Lamarr--do you know anything about her?
Uh, yeah.She was a movie star,
a very glamorous movie star,but it turned out
that she was actuallyan incredible inventor as well.
And during World War II,she felt compelled
to somehow help the war effort.
So, together witha film composer in Hollywood,
they invented this technology
which the governmentrefused to use--
they kind of dismissed her'cause she was...
a glamorous movie star.
Um, but it laterbecame the basis
for Wi-Fi and Bluetoothtechnology.
-So she basically invented...-That's insane.
-Yeah. The Internet.-Here's something...
I picked up-- it's funny you saythat she was dismissed
as a glamorous-- like, you hada bit of a tumultuous start.
I mean, like,when you were in school,
I read thata lot of your teachers
would say things to you--they'd be like,
"You're very pretty,but you don't act like a woman."
(laughs) Well, they told meI had terrible posture,
uh, that I shuffled my feet,uh, they... they told me
that I did well for someonewith no natural ability.
You don't forget thingslike this.
-Wow.-They say it to you once,
and it's searedin your brain forever.
Do you ever go back? Like, just,like, in a really nice car
and then just be like,"Oh, I was in the neighborhood.
-(laughter)-"Thought I'd come by and...
Oh, did I dropa few million dollars?"
-(laughter)-Do you ever go back?
-Do they ever say anythingto you now? -No.
And actually,the mere sight of the building
actually still makesmy knees shake a little bit,
so I need a little bit moretherapy before I can confront...
You need to go backand terrorize them now.
-Oh, gosh.-You could go back and terrorize
every single one of them.
You've done so great.And this new show
really is... funny.
It's really fantastic.
Judd Apatow is involvedin producing it, right?
Yes. He's oneof the cocreators,
um, producer, along with PaulRust, who you saw in that clip,
-Yes. -and Leslie Arfin.Yeah, they created the show.
So in a nutshell, for peoplewho are gonna get into it,
-what is the show about?-Well, you saw
the two main goofballsin that clip--
myself and Paul Rust--and we are a very unlikely pair.
Both have a lot of issues,but on the surface,
you know,I'm a bit of a wild child,
he seems like an uptight nerd,but, uh, we meet
and stumble towards love,
but, uh, we make a lotof mistakes along the way,
and, uh, cause a lot of havocin Los Angeles.
That's a good wayto put it. Yeah.
It's fun, because I seea lot of people gravitating
towards Netflix now.
Like, stories are being toldin a more authentic way,
people are relaxing...
What would you say you prefer?
I'm not saying choosebetween Community and Love.
I'm saying which formdo you prefer?
Oh, let me think about that.
Um, Netflix gave us two seasonsright off the bat.
Um, we were almost canceledsix years in a row on NBC.
-I think I prefer Netflixright now. -(laughter)
It really is...it's a wonderful story.
It's super funny.
And I guessthe best part about it
is that it's gonna be coming outright around Valentine's Day.
-So people can, uh...can get into the love. -Yeah.
Either you havea great Valentine's Day
and you can be smugabout our misadventures,
or you have a terrible dayand you can commiserate with us.
Misery loves company. Love will be available
on Netflix starting February 19.
Gillian Jacobs, everybody!