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Interview with Elisha Cuthbert of "One
Big Happy" on
I really enjoyed Elisha's work in "24" and other shows,
but unfortunately, this show was not very good. She was
great in it, but it was not funny at all. I'm very sorry
that it got canceled, for her sake, but I'm sure she'll keep
ONE BIG HAPPY ELISHA CUTHBERT PRESS AND MEDIA CALL
Moderator: Matthew Mitchell
April 24, 2015 1:00 pm CT
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen thank you for standing.
Welcome to the One Big Happy Elisha Cuthbert Press and Media
Call. During the presentation all participants will be in a
listen-only mode afterwards we will conduct and answer
session. At that time if you have a question please press
the 1 followed by the 4 on
If at any time during the conference you need to reach an
operator please Star
0. As a reminder this conference is being recorded Friday
April 24th, 2015. I would now like to turn the conference
over to Matthew Mitchell, please go ahead.
Matthew Mitchell: Thank you so much. Hello everyone thank
you for joining todayís call. Weíre thrilled to have Elisha
Cuthbert on the phone with us today. As you know Tuesday
April 28th weíll air the season finale of One Big Happy at
9:30 pm eastern time.
To start off weíll allow question and a follow up and should
you have more please just renter the queue. Just a reminder
that this conference will be recorded and a transcript will
be available within the next 48-hours. Please welcome Elisha
and now weíre ready to open it up to questions.
Operator: And ladies and gentlemen if you would like to
register for a question please press the 1 followed by the 4
on your telephone. You will hear a 3-tone prompt to
acknowledge your requests.
If youíre question has been answered and would like to
withdraw your registration please press the 1 followed by
the 3. If youíre using a speaker phone please lift your
handset before entering your requests. One moment please for
the first question. And our first question comes from the
line of Trish Bendix with (After Ellen). Please go ahead.
Trish Bendix: Hi Elisha how are you?
Elisha Cuthbert: Hi Trish how are you? I love that youíre
the first one thatís fantastic.
Trish Bendix: So first of all Iíd just love to know what the
response has been like for you that youíve been receiving
since the show has started to air.
Elisha Cuthbert: Well you know I feel like the episodes that
we put out were strong, and we got the feedback mostly from
social media, and from what Iíve gathered everyone is really
excited and getting interesting in my character in relating
to her and loving the show.
So weíve got nothing but really great responses in a short
period of time
which is fantastic, and I think the ratings too kind of
reflect that as well which is all you can really ask for. So
I feel like Iíve been getting all good stuff all around
which doesnít always happen so Iíll take it.
Trish Bendix: In my follow up I have to know - we are dying
to know if (Lizzy) has a job.
Elisha Cuthbert: She did have a job at the start in the
pilot, and I think that it ended up getting not specified or
got taken out of the dialogue in some form that would be
more (Liz Sylvan).
But I think she was involved in working in not publicity but
possibly marketing in some way because everyone was
wondering how does Lizzy have this house and affords amazing
house in Silver Lake, so sheís obviously got a good job
which I donít know if weíve specified what it is yet.
Trish Bendix: Great thank you.
Elisha Cuthbert: Thanks
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Sandra
Perez with Hidden Remote, please go ahead.
Sandra Perez: Hi thank you for joining us.
Sandra Perez: I wanted to know how Ellen DeGeneres was
involved in this show. Was she on set a lot? How was she
around you guys?
Elisha Cuthbert: Well I think the best thing for us was that
we got to shoot at Warner Brothers studios where she shoots
her daytime show. So that made it - I think really easy for
her to kind of pop over and see what we were doing and get
involved in that way.
She would come in and warm up the audience before tape
nights which was so huge and so thrilling for the audience
that was there to see a new show that they had never ever
seen before, and it got everyone so excited. I mean any time
Ellen is around it causes quite a frenzy rightfully so. So
it was amazing, she was really supportive.
And I think it was really lucky for us that we were so close
in proximity to where she is because if we would have been
at any other lot, I think it would have been really hard to
have her kind of stop by as frequently as she did so we got
lucky in that aspect.
Sandra Perez: And in this last episode, A Tale of Two
Hubbies can you give us any teasers
of whatís in store for those two?
Elisha Cuthbert: Well itís definitely a continuation of last
weekís episode when Martin came to town so youíre really
going to get to sort of see where that episode takes Kelly
and Nickís characters more primarily, but I think we put in
a nice button on it for the season.
I think the audiences will be really satisfied where we
leave them off, but I think there will be also that thing
where there will be more places to go with it. Itís a really
nice season finale episode.
Sandra Perez: Thank you.
Elisha Cuthbert: Thanks so much.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of
Suzanne Lanoue with The TV MegaSite, please go ahead.
Suzanne Lanoue: Good morning.
Elisha Cuthbert: Hi.
Suzanne Lanoue: Hi. Can you give us an idea as to when you
finish shooting Season 1 and what youíve been doing with
yourself in terms of other projects or other things that you
have going on (unintelligible).
Elisha Cuthbert: Yes. We finished in the fall of last year
so end of October beginning of November-ish if I recall so
weíve been done for quite some time now. And because we were
a mid-season airing show it felt even longer to the time of
our air date, but I like that we ended up that way. It
seemed like that was the right place for us.
And in the meantime, I went back to Canada and have been
developing some of my own TV shows for Canada specifically
and also did a movie for Courtney Cox who directed a film
called Just Before I Go, starring (Shawn William Scott)
thatíll be coming out soon as well. So yeah just been busy
with that and now we wait and see what happens with the show
after this season which will come up soon. As you guys know
the up fronts are in May so I donít have too long to wait.
Suzanne Lanoue: Great. Okay, well, I look forward to what else
comes out, and I hope you get a second season.
Elisha Cuthbert: Thank you so much.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Lisa
Steinberg) with Starry
Constellation magazine. Please go ahead.
Lisa Steinberg: Hi Elisha such a pleasure to speak with
you, thank you so much.
Elisha Cuthbert: Youíre welcome, hi.
Lisa Steinberg: Can you talk a little bit about working
with Liz Feldman and what kind of input she provided to you
with regards to the character and kind of that working
relationship you had.
Elisha Cuthbert: Well we hit it off pretty quickly. I mean
Nick when Nick Zano really kind of introduced us and was my
biggest champion in wanting me to get the part and be a part
of the show with him because he had already been set as the
Luke character and we had a great meeting. We had a great
few dinners together prior to shooting.
Liz took me out with a lot of her friends and was in sort of
that circle - in her circle of friends and we just you know
- we had a lot of things in common ironically and also had a
lot of great ideas for the character specifically with her
you know being a little bit A type a little bit uptight
about certain things. But yet I also wanted to bring a kind
of quirkiness to her too because sometime type A characters
are written so uptight that theyíre not loose enough to have
fun almost like - I think of it like Charlotte from Sex and
I just - I didnít want to go down that path with the
character and Liz didnít either. So sheís got a little bit
of that Type A which makes sense, but at the same time she
also is a big goofy which lends itself to us having a lot
more fun with playing with the character.
Lisa Steinberg: Can you tell us some of your favorite
scenes from the season that you filmed?
Elisha Cuthbert: Yes well there was a lot. Itís funny when
you shoot in front of a live studio audience itís all very
thrilling to be honest. And itís all very new to me because
this is the first time Iíve ever been in front of a studio
audience in my career so itís been interesting.
But I would say the scene in the hospital when Lukeís kind
of - me and Kelly are fighting over Luke and who can take
care of him better and heís sort of coming up and down from
the bed I thought that was well played and really funny.
My stuff with (Steve Valentine) he played Martin is last
weekís episode was a lot of fun too. Yeah you know Iíve
watched now all six and really happy with everything and
really thrilled with the way the cast came together and how
we all sort of jelled so quickly together. It was a lot of
fun, but it also shows on television too which makes me
Lisa Steinberg: Great. Well thank you so much again for
speaking with us.
Elisha Cuthbert: Yes thank you.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen as reminder to register for a
question please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your
telephones. Our next question comes from the line (Sara
Bellman) with Who Say. Please go ahead.
Sara Bellman: Hi how are you doing?
Elisha Cuthbert: Good.
Sara Bellman: I just want to know what was one of the most
memorable reactions youíve
gotten from a man about the show.
Elisha Cuthbert: Wow thatís a good one - memorable reaction.
Well you know what I like hearing is because when we first
started the show and we were trying to explain it to the
press prior to it coming out, this idea of Luke and Lizzy
and Prudence all starting a family together it seems very
you know modern.
The best that Iíve heard is that I had actually just spoken
to a writer in New Zealand who had said that he has a really
good friend who has the same family situation as Luke and
Lizzy and Prudence. And just the feedback in which the
people are not too shocked or you know fascinated with the
idea that more so that people are relating to our family
dynamic and this style of show and these group of people.
So for me you know there was always that oh it might be
shocking which seems crazy to us but obviously was on
peopleís radar and then for us to have the show come out and
it really not be anything sort of out of the norm and people
really responding to and if not more so relating to it was
Sara Bellman: Awesome. And then I guess what was one of
your favorite moments working with Ellen?
Elisha Cuthbert: Well itís always exciting when sheís around
to be honest. I think one of the most exciting moments was
not so much when weíre all working together and
collaborating but when we went on her show to promote the
show. It was so weird because itís like here we all three of
us were now in this - you know different scenario in which
she was asking us about the show, but when sheís on set
sheís the boss and has really great input and really ideas.
But then as a talk show host to be there on like the biggest
daytime show on television it
was kind of crazy and amazing and sort of surreal. Here we
promoting it, it was a really nice moment, and to be able to
do it with her makes it even better.
Sara Bellman: Awesome thank you.
Elisha Cuthbert: Thanks.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Karen Woll with Sci-fi Vision.
Please go ahead.
Karen Woll: Hi thanks so much for taking time out to do
this with us.
Elisha Cuthbert: Thank you.
Karen Woll: Around the time that the show premiered you
said in some interviews that you know the scariest thing
probably was going to be a multi-camera show in front of a
live audience, and now that youíve got the season under your
belt how scary was it and you know are you more comfortable
are you enjoying it? Can you just talk to us about that a
Elisha Cuthbert: You know what it is, the fear went away but
the nerves still stay. And even after six (unintelligible) I
donít think itís every going to go away I think every time
we go into tape nights there is just going to be nerves that
will not sort of dissipate until we really get you know into
the filming part of it which is great for me. Luckily as
much as Iím sort of nauseous and nervous all day once I
get the first scene under my belt and out of the way itís
sort of smooth sailing after which is great, but the nerves
do not go away which is why it makes it so special and why
the energy is so unique in front of an audience because
youíre dealing with that adrenaline rush and youíre dealing
with the fear of messing up and the nerves that go along
with it. So itís going to be interesting.
I watched an episode of Jerry Seinfeldís show on Crave, and
he was talking about how it never got easier even after all
those seasons of Seinfeld because itís a lot of work. Itís a
lot of work to do a multi-camera show, but at the same time
itís super rewarding. So I anticipate that itíll always be
difficult but in a great way if that makes any sense.
Karen Woll: Do you feel - this is a follow up, do you feel
true what they say that you know that multi-cameras may be a
different kind of comedy that youíre doing? I mean you have
done you know a lot of other comedy work. Do you feel you
have to work differently as a comedian?
Elisha Cuthbert: Yes. I think you have to like hold for the
laugh which is super unusual. There is a timing aspect to it
thatís different. Thereís you know this dance that goes on
between actors in which youíre holding for their laugh,
theyíre holding for yours.
Thereís a pace that has to happen organically that develops
as you go, and I think it kind of becomes second nature but
when you first start itís very unusual. So yeah you have to
talk louder, sometimes you feel like youíre overacting and
then you watch it back and you go it looked totally normal.
Itís very very different very different, but itís great
because I think it really does lend itself to comedy and it
suits comedy very well because thereís room to breathe. You
know the jokes will happen and thereís a lot of time for the
audience to take in whatís happening and the pace is nice.
So it suits it Iím really enjoying it or did enjoy it the
six that we did.
Karen Woll: Good. Well weíre enjoying watching it and
weíre looking forward to the
finale and hope for another season. Thanks.
Elisha Cuthbert: Yes thank you. Thank you so much.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Landon
Jurais) with Pop
Entertainment. Please go ahead.
Landon Jurais: Hi Elisha
how are you today?
Elisha Cuthbert: Good how are you?
Landon Jurais: Iím good thank you. Okay so your character
is best friends with Luke, have
you and Nick become close outside of the show?
Elisha Cuthbert: We were close before the show. We worked
together on Happy Endings. He played Pennyís fiancťe on the
show, and we also have the same manager. So when we first
met we had a lot in common and sort of hit it off and then
when he got set to play Luke on this show lucky for me he
thought of me for Lizzy and called me up and really
convinced me to do the show because maybe like youíve heard
I was very skeptical of whether or not Iíd be able to
deliver especially being in front of a live audience.
So he was really the one that gave me the confidence to do
it and I owe him a lot for that. And even with that now itís
- you know our relationship as friends has grown even more
so being able to work you know day in and day out and itís
developed into a very nice friendship. Heís so easy to work
with, heís so collaborative and supportive. Heís just a
really really great guy. I mean he grew up with all women so
heís really good with Kelly and I and heís just a wonderful
Landon Jurais: Yes well you can definitely see that on the
show that you guys are comfortable with each other. And as a
follow up, how would you like to see the relationship
between Lizzy, Luke, and Prudence grow in possible future
Elisha Cuthbert: Well I mean I like the fact that Prudence
and Lizzy donít quite see eye to eye all the time. I mean it
just makes sense and it really works for where theyíre at. I
think itís going to take time for the two of them to become
really close. I think she cares about Prudence, but I still
think thereís a lot of like that - how much does she trust
her? I donít she quite trusts her 100% yet which is
And then obviously Luke and Lizzy are going to be Luke and
Lizzy as they
are now for you know the duration of however long the show
goes for because their friendship has been for so long and
you know what you see is what you get. But itíll be
interesting to see them as parents at some point if we get
to do that. There is going to be something interesting to
Landon Jurais: Well thank you so much for taking the time
Elisha Cuthbert: Thank you.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen as a reminder to register for
a question please press the1 followed by the 4 on your telephones. Our next question is
a follow up question from the line of Trish Bendix with
After Ellen. Please go ahead.
Trish Bendix: What have you learned about Lizzy by watching
the show now and has anybody pointed anything out to you
that maybe you didnít see when you were going through and
actually filming the show and now that youíve said oh my God
I see it now.
Elisha Cuthbert: Well I realized that as big as I thought I
was doing - like you know as far as like feeling like I was
playing it too broad, watching it back I realized thereís
room for more which is insane to me. I mean I was to the
point like I donít think I can play this any bigger, but it
seems to work you know which is fascinating in the grand
scheme of things. So it felt right and it looks right to me
The funny thing is is that which is a nice compliment but
kind of funny too is where people are like oh youíre really
funny, we didnít know you could be funny and I was like (ohh),
and I was on a comedy for three years before this so thatís
interesting, but itís a compliment and Iím glad that people
are finding her funny and amusing. You know you see little
things that you want (unintelligible) sort of character
traits but you donít know if the audience will pick up on
them the way you felt like you put them out there but they
You know like when sheís around beautiful women she gets a
little uncomfortable and stutters and canít form a sentence.
And I think you know that works in it played to me anyways
so I mean going forward if we get to keep doing it I think
we keep those little things you know. We keep the fun things
that work and you get rid of things that just donít stick,
but those are things that the actor knows and you know the
writers see and play to those you know to those qualities
and those traits. Itís fun - thatís all the fun stuff right,
like developing the character and forming her into a real
sort of person with real sort of nuances and things thatís
the fun stuff.
Trish Bendix: Yes well itís fun to watch too, and I want to
know if Liz has given you any idea about what would happen
for Lizzy in Season 2 if you guys are picked up?
Elisha Cuthbert: I think if we got picked up for Season 2
there would be so much in her being pregnant. I donít think
we want to rush that. If we got a full second season it
would - you know I donít think the baby would come until at
least the very end. I think thereís going to be some really
funny stuff in her being uncomfortable and having the big
belly and you know Luke and Prudence sort of catering to
her. I think there would be a lot of funny stuff in that,
and just to go back to that first thing, that one scene
where sheís in the doctorís office.
I mean more stuff like that would be so fun going forward
but you know getting on the scale and improvising that sort
of sound effects when Iím bringing back the weight because
sheís embarrassed by how heavy sheís gotten. I thought this
is so - I was almost embarrassed because I thought this was
too much and people love it you know. So I thought gosh as
embarrassed as I was about the choice I made there people -
they liked it you know so I was like okay this is good weíre
Trish Bendix: Great thank you.
Elisha Cuthbert: Thanks.
Operator: If there are no further questions we will wrap up
the call now. If you have a question please enter the queue
now. And there are no further questions at the phone line at
this time. We can wrap up the conference at this time.
Elisha Cuthbert: Fantastic. I want to thank everybody for
getting on the conference and for writing about the show and
some of you have already written previously about the show
and been so kind. So I want to personally thank everybody,
and it went by too quickly for me, but I really appreciate
everyoneís support so all
the best to you guys and I hope to be talking to you guys
soon about the show again.
Matthew Mitchell: Thank you Elisha. Thank you everyone for
taking the time today. Should anyone have follow up
questions or need additional information please feel free to
reach out to me, and Iíll do my best to get you whatever you
need. If youíd like a transcript please reach out to me or
(Marcia Ricket) and weíll send that as soon as itís
available. Again, thanks so much for joining us today and
have a great weekend.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen that does conclude the
conference call for today we thank you for your
participation and ask that you please disconnect your lines.
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