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Interview with James Roday and Ally Sheedy of "Psych"
on USA Network 3/8/10
This was a hilarious conference call just to listen to.
Roday and Sheedy were just so funny together. They obviously get along
very well. Unfortunately, I didn't get to ask any questions, but I
am not too disappointed because it was such a fun call.
The season finale is this week. Ally Sheedy returns as
the crazy woman "Mr. Yang". It is a big Hitchcock spoof, and they do an
excellent job. Roday directs. It is a great episode!
Psych Conference Call
March 8, 2010/2: 00 p.m. EST
Moderator: Our first question today comes from Frederic Germay, from
Media Boulevard Magazine. Please go ahead.
F. Germay: My first question is what are some of your favorite episodes
in Psychís four seasons?
J. Roday: I assume youíre asking me that question, Frederic?
F. Germay: Sure, well, if Ally wants to answer as wellÖ
J. Roday: Thatís a lot of pressure to put on Ally Ė
A. Sheedy: Thatís okay. I love the episodes that have Yang in them.
J. Roday: Yes. Ally likes the Yang episodes. I too, like the Yang
episodes. I would toss in just a random sampling of Ė letís see, Iíve
always been really fond of the tele-novella episode where we spoofed a
Spanish soap opera that was called ďLights, Camera, Homicidio.Ē I think
like half of season one is very dear to me just because we were sort of
flying by the seat of our pants and every week was truly a new
adventure. I look back at some of those episodes and even though they
may not be the greatest episodes theyíll always have Ė theyíll be very
near and dear to me because it was just so much love happening to get
this show off the ground.
Then more recently they let me direct for the first time in season three
and Iíll always remember that very fondly. That was the ďTuesday the
17thĒ episode and the first time John Landis came up to work with us on
an episode called ďScary Sherry,Ē that also was one heck of an
experience. But mostly the episodes with Mr. Yang.
A. Sheedy: See why I like doing this show? There you go.
J. Roday: Yes.
F. Germay: Okay. Where do you get the creative inspiration for your
character to be so bizarre and different? Do you get all that from the
script or is there someone in your life that you modeled the character
A. Sheedy: Iím not sure, who are you asking?
F. Germay: Oh, James.
A. Sheedy: Oh, okay.
J. Roday: Itís a really great character because he kind of lives by his
own set of rules and heís Peter Pan. Heís Puck, I donít know real people
like him. To approach any situation first and ask questions later thatís
just Shawn, and I think Iíve sort of found it along the way. Like I said
if you go back and watch early episodes and compare them to the stuff
that weíre doing now I think the evolution of the character is Ė you can
see a lot of differences. Iíve always sort of trusted in the fact that
this guy doesnít think a whole lot before he does stuff, so I try not to
think too much before I do stuff, and I think itís worked out okay.
Moderator: Our next question comes from Travis Tidmore from CineManiac.
Please go ahead, please.
T. Tidmore: Hi guys, thanks for joining us today.
J. Roday: Yes, thanks, Travis.
A. Sheedy: Hi, yes.
T. Tidmore: Clearly in this episode there is a lot of Hitchcock
references. James I was wondering if there is anyone else you drew
inspiration from Ė influences from when you were directing this episode?
J. Roday: You know, I really do try to stay as faithful to Hitchcock as I
could both aesthetically and in pacing and I just shamelessly ripped off
four or five shots straight out of his films, quite frankly. It was an
homage episode and Iím a Hitchcock fan, and Andy Berman who wrote the
episode with me, is a Hitchcock fan. As much as we could get away with
doing Hitchcock in a Psych episode thatís definitely what we set out to
T. Tidmore: As a Hitchcock fan I really enjoyed it.
J. Roday: Thanks, man.
T. Tidmore: No problem. And Ally, from the season finale it looks like we
may be seeing more of you. Do you know when that might be, how long
weíll have to wait to see you again?
A. Sheedy: I donít know. I think there is a strange secretive sort of
story going on here and so Iím not going to answer that unless James
says I can.
J. Roday: I think itís fair to say we have not seen the last of her and
weíll leave it at that.
A. Sheedy: Okay, there we go.
T. Tidmore: All right, thank you guys very much.
J. Roday: Thank you, man.
A. Sheedy: Thanks.
Moderator: The next question comes from Lisa Steinberg of Starry
Constellation, please go ahead.
L. Steinberg: Hi James and Ally, how are you doing today?
A. Sheedy: Good, hi.
J. Roday: Hi.
L. Steinberg: Ally, I want to take the time to say how gorgeous you
looked last night on that awards show.
A. Sheedy: Oh, thank you so much. That was a little nerve wracking, thank
L. Steinberg: My pleasure. That was a beautiful homage that you guys did
A. Sheedy: Yes, it was great actually.
L. Steinberg: My question for you, Ally is how hard is it to be kind of
menacing Ė this menacing character on such a hilarious show?
A. Sheedy: Oh, itís not hard at all. Itís not hard at all because
everybody is so whacked out and so extreme that I feel like Iím not in
the middle of some very serious true to life drama where I have to pull
out all these details about how a serial killer would really behave. I
just feel like I get to sort of swing out there and wing it, and it was
fun working with James as a director because I definitely had the
feeling like anything I could come up with goes. Nobody was coming up to
me and saying, well, thatís really not how da, da, da, da, da. I felt
like I have total freedom with this character to go anywhere, which is
the best when youíre working.
L. Steinberg: My question for James is the episode that weíll be seeing
has kind of a little bit shocked and surprised a lot of the fans. Itís
kind of hard for them to figure out whatís going to be happening. Is
that surprise element something that you feel is important not only to
this episode coming up but to the show itself?
J. Roday: I donít want to pull the rug out from under our fans every week
and slap them in the face with stuff, but this was a season finale and
it was the long awaited return of Mr. Yang, and yes, we kind of wanted
to load our canon with as much stuff as we could. Thatís a fun way to
end a season, I think.
Moderator: Our next question comes from Rosa Cordero, Accidental
Sexiness, please go ahead.
R. Cordero: Hi, James, it was awesome meeting you at Extinction, you were
J. Roday: Oh, thank you.
R. Cordero: And Ally, I have to agree with the previous caller you looked
gorgeous on the Oscars last night.
A. Sheedy: Ah, thank you. Thank you.
R. Cordero: You have to realize the teenager Ė oh sorry, the teenager
inside of me is doing cartwheels right now that Iím talking to you.
A. Sheedy: Oh, great. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
R. Cordero: Okay, so then Iíll ask ĖGod, Iím so nervous I forgot my
A. Sheedy: Donít be nervous. Donít be nervous, please.
R. Cordero: Oh, I remember. Are there any clues as to who Yin is in
either of the two episodes that we have?
J. Roday: No, nothing overt. Weíre still sort of working that out
ourselves, but weíll make sure that when we do finally sort of come
clean weíll do our best not to make it one of those things where
retrospectively itís like, well, thatís not Ė that couldnít have been
possible. Weíll do our best not to cheat. I donít think weíve backed
ourselves into any corners so far. Weíve kept it pretty ambiguous. Weíll
just come up with something really cool and then lay it out there.
Moderator: Next question comes from Lauren Becker with Shooting Stars, go
L. Becker: Hi Ö thanks for talking to us today.
J. Roday: Hello.
A. Sheedy: Hi.
L. Becker: I guess itís obvious now that ďMr. Yin PresentsĒ was always
kind of being formed since the first episode but how did the whole story
line come together and how long have you been working on writing it,
J. Roday: Well, we sort of Ė we kind of had to ... that it would be fun
to do a trilogy within the landscape of Psych. For a while it was just
me and Andy that thought that was cool and then we did the first one and
it kind of went over like gangbusters. And Ally was a huge part of our
campaign to keep going because I think she did such a marvelous job with
that character that itís like how can you not want more of that? Iíve
got to give credit to Jimmi Simpson, too, who also came in and Ė
A. Sheedy: Oh my God!
J. Roday: -- and created this unbelievable sort of character that we
didnít want to see the end of yet either. A lot of things came together
to sort of give us a boost and then from there it was sort of like a
no-brainer. We started thinking about the second Yang, I think a day
after the first one aired and everybody was so pumped about it. We have
not stopped thinking about it since because we still have more work to
A. Sheedy: Thank you for saying all that, James, Ė
J. Roday: Itís so true, though.
A. Sheedy: Thank you. That made my day, definitely made my day.
L. Becker: Iím really excited. I really loved the second part and it
definitely leaves you on a cliffhanger, but I enjoyed the Hitchcock
references and I was wondering for either of you if there was any
particular movie that you wanted to reference in that or what your
favorite Hitchcock movie is in general.
J. Roday: What do you think, Ally, whatís your favorite Hitchcock?
A. Sheedy: Whatís my favorite one? Whatís the name of the Kim Novak one?
J. Roday: Vertigo.
A. Sheedy: See, sheís the boss in this and I canít remember anything
anymore. Vertigo, yes, I love Vertigo, absolutely. I didnít frigging
reference anything for that character. I was like, whatever, you know?
J. Roday: Yes, you were just Yang-ing it in the cell there.
A. Sheedy: Yes, I just, you know, yes.
J. Roday: Most of the references were happening outside.
A. Sheedy: Yes.
J. Roday: I personally am a huge Psycho fan. I have always been a Psycho
fan. Iím a horror buff, which is why not only did I get Ally Sheedy in a
John Hughes tribute, I got a horror film tribute in the same Oscar
telecast and I donít think it gets better than it did last night for me.
I just think Hitchcock sort of revolutionized the idea of the chiller
twist that horror films kind of attempted to be predicated on since
Psycho came out. That is the original jaw dropping twist that sort of
set everything else in motion. I love that movie, and Anthony Perkins is
fantastic in it and itís shot amazingly and yes, that would be my number
Moderator: Our next question comes from Kiko Martinez with Extra Chicago,
please go ahead.
K. Martinez: Hey, James, I thought that was a pretty good Jimmy Stewart
impersonation you had there. How long did it take to perfect that, or
was that one of those kind of impersonations that you have to know as an
J. Roday: You know what? I didnít think I had a Jimmy Stewart in my canon
but Andy wrote it and I gave it a shot with a full disclaimer that if it
was terrible we would not be using it. Itís a bad Jimmy Stewart
impression but itís good enough that you know who it is. Yes, thatís
what I have to say about that.
K. Martinez: Ally, what was it like having all those actors on the same
stage again last night and what did you think about Fisher Stevenís win?
A. Sheedy: Oh, that was Ė well first of all, that movie The Cove is an
incredible documentary. It really, really is. Itís not a Ė Iíve never
seen a documentary quite like that one just because of the particular
people who were involved in it. It was thrilling. There was Fisher, who
Iíve known forever, up there for a documentary. Itís just Ė I canít
really describe the feeling but there is something about it where you
kind of feel like youíre proud of the person even though there is no
reason for you to feel proud of them, kind of. It was great to see
everybody. Itís really, really nice actually to see everyone. The only
person Iím really in touch with regularly is Judd, so it was just nice
to check in and see everyone is doing so great.
K. Martinez: Thanks a lot.
A. Sheedy: Thanks.
Moderator: Next question comes from Isis Hernandez with USA Fanís
Character, please go ahead.
I. Hernandez: Well I super, super loved this episode. Iím a huge
Hitchcock fan and I was just counting every Hitchcock reference and Iíve
got to go back and see it a third time to keep counting because Ė
A. Sheedy: Oh, thatís great.
I. Hernandez: -- itís fabulous. My first question is for Mr. James Roday.
I know that Hitchcock loved to kind of do most of his directing in
preproduction in the fact that he kind of knew how he would be directing
before the first day of shooting. Did you approach it this way, the same
way that Hitchcock approached it?
J. Roday: No. Hitchcock, God love him, heís one of the great masters of
all time, but he did used to stick to that whole idea that the entire
movie was in his head before he stepped on set for the first day and
that never once in his entire career did anything ever change. Thatís
like the most impossible thing in the world for me to believe if for no
other reason than something must have fallen over at some point or
exploded or something.
Weíre a TV show on a seven day schedule so itís like you want to make
people laugh, come in with a plan. Ha, ha thatís very funny. You learn
very quickly that if you can get two or three or maybe four of the
things right or at least close to what you had in your head over the
course of a seven day shoot then youíve succeeded. Thatís a lot to be
happy about. The same goes for this episode. I sort of chose my battles
and I picked the things that I really, really, really wanted to look
like the way that they were storyboarded or the way that they were
conceived and everything else youíre just rolling with the punches and
collaborating like crazy and hoping that other people will step up and
make you look good because you simply havenít had time to think about
some stuff as much as others.
For this episode the Hitchcock stuff was obviously very important. We
wanted to service that as best as we could and it was a lot. It was a
very ambitious episode. Andy and I had sort of looked at each other
several times and we were like, gosh, why did we think we could do this?
Itís a game and youíve kind of got to be ready for anything at any time
and thatís the fun of it also.
I. Hernandez: Awesome. Now my follow up question for Miss Sheedy, this is
that I even get to ask you a question, this is my life work.
A. Sheedy: Oh, listen to that. Itís not that amazing.
I. Hernandez: Tell me about the conversation, somebody had to have come
to you and said, hey, do you want to play a serial killer? I mean, who
gets to play a serial killer for fun.
A. Sheedy: Right? Exactly. That was my reaction. No. I heard okay, so
there is a show called Psych and they want you to do a character called
Mr. Yang, and could you take a look at the script? I read it. I didnít
know how on earth anybody had me in mind for that part either, not a
clue. But as soon as I read it, I thought, okay. This is going to be
really, really, really fun so absolutely and jump in. Thatís how it
I. Hernandez: And you were creepy good in it, creepy good.
A. Sheedy: Thank you. It was fun.
I. Hernandez: Thanks.
Moderator: The next question comes from Troy Rogers with DeadBolt.com.
Please go ahead.
T. Rogers: Hi, James. Hi, Ally.
A. Sheedy: Hey.
T. Rogers: James, since the show likes to reference the 80s so much, what
was it like for you working opposite Ally?
J. Roday: It kind of goes back to that last question, Iíve been a huge
Ally Sheedy fan for a long time and sheís been on our board of people
that absolutely must come on the show since the very beginning. Itís
surreal. It really is. You grow up and you have dreams of doing this for
a living and you have people that inspired you and then you get lucky
enough to do it and one day youíre sitting across from them and itís
crazy, but itís also Ė itís unbelievable. All you can do is Ė you just
kind of want to capture these moments in little time capsules because Ė
A. Sheedy: Itís so cool. James, whatís really funny is when we were
sitting in the car for the first scene in the first episode, I was
sitting there and was just okay, ready, jump off the cliff here and just
do my thing; but I was also thinking please let me do a good job for
him. You donít know what goes on, on the other side, too. Itís like both
of us, you know?
J. Roday: Yes, I havenít been nervous many times on our show, I have to
be honest, but I had the butterflies going with Ally.
A. Sheedy: Aw, you know, I did not know. Cool.
T. Rogers: Ally, whatís the best part about playing Mr. Yang?
A. Sheedy: Everything. Everything about Mr. Yang is fun for me,
everything. When I read this one and Ė I wish somebody could read what I
read for the first one. Mr. Yang is on a bungee cord like banging off
walls. You know what I mean? I read that and then I gave it to my kid to
read and I said, ďI donít have a clue how theyíre going to do this.Ē She
thought it was just hilarious. I also said to Rebecca, ďIíve done a lot
of stuff in my career as you know, my darling girl, but I have never
been on a bungee cord.Ē
T. Rogers: Great.
J. Roday: Ally was a very, very good sport.
A. Sheedy: It was fun. It was really fun. It was craziness.
T. Rogers: Cool. I have one more quick thing for James. I want to know
how different is it to direct something you wrote as opposed to the
other one that Steve Franks wrote and you directed?
J. Roday: I actually wrote the other one with Steve as well. I would say
this one was a little different in that in terms of the writing it was
actually -- the first one was much closer to me from a writing
standpoint in that it was a slasher episode and Iím sort of the slasher
aficionado on the staff. There was a lot of responsibility to make sure
that we were making a slasher film even though we were doing an episode
This time Andy did a lot of heavy lifting and I was able to sort of
focus way more on the aesthetics and making sure that it looked good.
There was still a difference I think. Also, just the first time around I
was mostly dealing with our core cast and this time around I was
actually getting to direct Ally Sheedy. That was just the other big
T. Rogers: Excellent.
J. Roday: By direct I mean popping in to the cell after each take and
giving her a big thumbs up with a sh..-eating grin on my face --
A. Sheedy: Oh, listen to this.
J. Roday: ... and then going back behind the monitor.
A. Sheedy: Oh my God.
Moderator: Our next question comes from Matt Carter with Examiner.com.
Please go ahead.
M. Carter: Hey, hey, James, how are you doing?
J. Roday: Good, man.
M. Carter: Okay, I guess my first question is, ... in the past that your
goal here is to get David Bowie on the show at some point, so have you
started to think a little bit about season four? Is your little quest to
get David Bowie any closer?
J. Roday: Itís a long shot, man. Heís always in some exotic place and
heís tough to track down. I feel like our best shot was probably on
ďAmerican DuosĒ when Landis, who is friends with him, sort of reached
out almost made it happen. Weíre going to keep trying, but I have to be
realistic. I want you all to be realistic with me. There is a less than
30% chance itís going to happen, but weíre going to keep trying.
M. Carter: Well Iím going to keep holding out hope.
J. Roday: All right.
M. Carter: My next question is for Ally. This is just to satisfy the
Breakfast Club geek inside of me, and that is if you could bring anybody
from the Breakfast Club over to Psych for an episode, maybe you could
take them down as Mr. Yang, who would it be?
A. Sheedy: Do you mean a character or an actor?
M. Carter: Actor.
A. Sheedy: Take one of the actors down?
M. Carter: Who do you want to take down?
A. Sheedy: Oh, I donít know that I should be answering this question. I
donít want to get Ė letís just say I have an idea but Iím going to be in
big trouble if I say it. Iím not quite sure how Iím taking ... down.
M. Carter: Letís just say work with, thatís much more feasible.
A. Sheedy: No, no. I know. I know. One of my favorite people in the world
is Judd, but he already did an episode of Psych. I guess my personal
soft spot love is for Judd, so there you go.
J. Roday: So we can bring Judd back and then she can take him down and
there you go.
A. Sheedy: Okay.
Moderator: The next question comes from Sammi Turano with TV Grape Vine.
Go ahead please.
S. Turano: Good morning, how are you?
A. Sheedy: Hi.
J. Roday: Hi.
S. Turano: Good. Iím very honored to talk to you both.
A. Sheedy: Thank you.
S. Turano: My first question is, Ally, how did you prepare for this role
for Mr. Yang?
A. Sheedy: I just told myself not to get Ė just to not plan anything
ahead of time. It was so funny and wacky so I decided to completely
dispense with the creepy dark, very serious and brooding serial killer
thing and just like I thought the whole thing was hysterically funny. I
thought that whole monologue in the car in the first one was
hysterically funny. So I decided I was going to do that and if somebody
thinks it should be not funny then theyíll come and tell me.
S. Turano: Oh you were fantastic, though. You had me on the edge of my
A. Sheedy: Oh good. Thanks. It was really, really fun.
S. Turano: James, what was it like doing a more dramatic episode of
Psych. Usually you guys are more comedic and funny. What was it like
doing such a dramatic episode?
J. Roday: We as the cast dig those. We donít get to do them very often.
As much as we love our show and as lucky as we are to do it and still be
doing it, any time we can mix things up itís fun for us because we get
to work different muscles and even if itís just for a week itís fun to
mix things up. Once or twice a year we know that weíll have these
episodes coming up and everybody gets pumped and everybody gets a little
extra sleep. We donít go out as much and we recognize it as an
opportunity to do something that we donít always get to do.
S. Turano: Fantastic. ... episode, I see an Emmy in someoneís future for
this episode. It was fantastic.
J. Roday: Thank you very much.
S. Turano: Thank you for having us.
J. Roday: Our pleasure.
A. Sheedy: Thank you.
Moderator: The next question comes from Stefan Blitz with Forces of
Geek.com. Go ahead, please.
S. Blitz: Hi, and how are you today?
A. Sheedy: Hi.
J. Roday: Good.
S. Blitz: James, the question for you is first of all, this episode is
extremely Shawn focused and kind of features a little more dramatic
pivotal moments for his character. Do you think this in any way will
change the tone of the series next season?
J. Roday: No, I donít think itís going to change the tone. I think itís
another sort of feather in the cap of Shawnís growth. Obviously Iím not
getting younger; the character is not getting younger. None of us are
getting younger so we have to start addressing that. This is a pretty
good jumping off point, I think going into season five of just like wow,
everybody sort of needs to check in with themselves and recognize that
you canít be a kid forever and maybe that should start informing our
behavior a little bit.
Weíre still going to be plenty silly. This is just a character beat for
him more than anything. Heís mortal even though he likes to think
sometimes that he isnít. This is sort of just a wake-up call. Itís good.
Youíve got to do that kind of stuff once you get this deep into the
series so that you feel like youíre going somewhere.
S. Blitz: Thank you. And, Ally Ė
A. Sheedy: Yes, hi.
S. Blitz: How are you?
A. Sheedy: Iím good. How are you? Thanks.
S. Blitz: It was extremely surreal watching it for me and Iím sure it was
even more surreal for you. What was the experience like just kind of
having Ė being surrounded by your past?
A. Sheedy: Wait, you mean doing the show?
S. Blitz: I meant on the Oscars when Ė
A. Sheedy: Oh, the Oscars. Oh it was great. Really I havenít seen most of
those people for quite a while. Itís bizarre because every time we see
each other itís sort of like not a lot of time has passed. I share this
crazy experience with those four people and nobody else in the world.
Itís weird. We just share a lot so there is a lot of unspoken stuff that
S. Blitz: Thank you very much. You were great on Psych and it was just
nice seeing all of you guys together again last night.
A. Sheedy: Cool. Thank you.
Moderator: Next question comes from Lena Lamoray with Lena Lamoray.com.
Go ahead, please.
L. Lamoray: Hi, James and Ally.
A. Sheedy: Hi.
J. Roday: Hey.
L. Lamoray: James, how do you think the fans are going to react to the
finale and some of the choices that were made by the characters?
J. Roday: How are they going to react Ė Iím sorry to what is the second
L. Lamoray: To the finale and some of the choices that were made by the
J. Roday: I hope they dig it. There is not a lot of build up to it and I
think our publicity guys have done a really good j ob of sort of getting
everybodyís anticipation up and like I said I think weíll get away with
it partially because itís a finale and everybody gets a few months off
to sort of process and water cooler talk and you donít have to sort of
adjust yourself to come right back next week and watch us save a sea
mammal of some sort.
I think the fact that itís the end of the season buys us a little bit of
latitude and the fact that itís a little darker and a little scarier and
the stakes are pretty high is fun I hope for fans. Itís a nice sort of
curve ball that we donít throw very often. Also, I think itís a treat to
watch good actors doing good work on a show that youíre a fan of. I
think thatís what Ally and Jimmi and the rest of the cast sort of
delivered in spades in this episode. They certainly all made me look
L. Lamoray: Ally, can you share with us any funny stories about your time
on the set of Psych?
A. Sheedy: Oh my gosh, do you have like all day? It was the whole thing
was really funny, but I have to say itís very difficult to work with
Jimmi and not break because he is so frigginí funny. I just basically
decided if I started laughing it actually would work and as soon as I
did that then it wasnít difficult. Do you know what I mean? I wasnít
thinking like, donít laugh because itís impossible. Besides I think I
would find him funny.
On this one there was an entire contraption set up which was a metal
cord that was pulling me backwards so a certain part of the scene was
just about the cord for me because I just didnít know when I was going
to get pulled backwards, which kind of made it work even better.
J. Roday: Yes, you did.
A. Sheedy: What?
A. Sheedy: I didnít know when it was going to go back.
J. Roday: Yes, that played every time.
A. Sheedy: Yes, I didnít. That was completely human response. The guys
were behind the wall and they were going to pull it like when they felt
like it was the right time so I never knew when it was going to happen.
Moderator: The next question comes from Martin Sternberg with Small
Screen Scoop. Go ahead please.
M. Sternberg: Hi, Ally. Hi, James, how are you guys doing?
A. Sheedy: Hi.
J. Roday: Great. Whatís up man?
M. Sternberg: Not much. This question is for James actually. In this
episode youíre acting and directing. I was just wondering whatís the
biggest challenge for you for doing both at the same time in a scene?
J. Roday: The acting part is more challenging because I just donít want
to think about it. I think I might have gotten marginally better from my
first time out when I wasnít thinking about it at all and my set of eyes
on the set, Andy Berman, had to keep running up to me going everything
is great except for you. You need to go again.
This time I think I was a little more aware of it, but truthfully there
are so many things that youíre sort of in charge of and there are so
many questions that you have to answer after any given take from the
directorís perspective that thatís kind of all youíre thinking about, at
least me anyway. Iím just lucky that on the acting side Iím playing a
character that Iíve played for many, many years, that certainly helps.
Staying in the moment as an actor is definitely the biggest challenge
while youíre directing.
M. Sternberg: All right. And, Ally, well, and James also if youíd like.
Considering all the remakes that theyíre doing in Hollywood now if they
were to do a Breakfast Club reboot who do you think they should cast in
A. Sheedy: Well that will never happen, by the way, ever, never, never.
M. Sternberg: Well, we wouldnít allow it.
A. Sheedy: Hm?
M. Sternberg: I said we wouldnít allow it to stand, but hypothetically.
A. Sheedy: Wow. Who should be in it? Well Ö
J. Roday: Hypothetically I would protest. I would stand outside of the
studio with a sign to prevents actors from going in and auditioning.
A. Sheedy: I think Ė you know who I think is great who would be so Ė I
think she would be great is either Allison Ormaliís character. I love
that actress in Up in the Air, the young one, Anna Kendrick, sheís great
so she can do anything. Thatís what I think.
M. Sternberg: Fair enough. Well, thank you both.
A. Sheedy: Thanks.
J. Roday: Thanks, man.
Moderator: Next question comes from Mike Spring with DVD Snapshots. Go
M. Spring: Hi guys, how are you doing?
A. Sheedy: Hi.
J. Roday: Hello.
M. Spring: James, my question is for you first. I was pretty surprised
when I was watching the movie Gamer and you and Maggie Lawson popped up
together on screen. How did that come about?
J. Roday: Oh man. Weíre buddies with the filmmakers. Iíve known Mark and
Brian for a while and they just called and said, ďHey do you guys want
to come to New Mexico for a day and do some silly stuff?Ē We were on our
way across country to visit Maggieís family anyway so we just made a
quick pit stop and did that silly stuff.
M. Spring: Was the mustache your idea or theirs?
J. Roday: The mustache is always my idea, man. Any time I can exploit
that thing I do because itís serious and itís real.
M. Spring: Ally, was it tough when you first played the character to come
into the show with this really tight knit ensemble cast or did they make
you feel welcome from the get-go?
A. Sheedy: They made me feel welcome and it was not difficult because
this is just a whacked character. You could drop this character anywhere
and I donít think that she particularly pays any attention to whatís
going on around her. She lives inside this crazy ass mind. I felt really
welcome and I didnít feel like an intruder at all. I felt like the
killer has shown up.
J. Roday: We were ready to cater to Allyís every whim and need the first
time she came. She was shooting in the middle of a rain storm in a
drive-in movie theater and the trailers were way far away and she showed
up and was just like, ďIím not going back. Iím not going back to the
A. Sheedy: No, no. No way, it was fun there. How surreal was that? We
were in a drive-in movie theater in the middle of the night with that
crazy man who was worried about his car, you know the entire time. I
just thought this is just nuts.
J. Roday: She was awesome. We just all got to hang out with Ally Sheedy
for a night. Thatís pretty much how it worked out.
A. Sheedy: Youíre so funny.
M. Spring: Great, thank you.
A. Sheedy: So funny.
Moderator: The next question Ė
A. Sheedy: James, that guy was obsessed with the belt buckle, the whole
night that he was going to get a scratch on that car. I felt like, so
donít give your car to a movie set.
J. Roday: Exactly. Why, was he there?
A. Sheedy: He didnít want a scratch on his car. It was like, he had to
have read the script like you get thrown on the car and itís Ė he kept
coming up to me and he was like, ďDonít scratch the car.Ē
J. Roday: Dude, are you kidding? Iím a serial killer. Why do think you
even think you can reach me right now.
A. Sheedy: Huh?
J. Roday: Why do think you can reach me right now, Iím a serial killer. I
donít even understand what youíre saying to me.
A. Sheedy: Oh my God. Oh my God, yes Ė
Moderator: The next question comes from Kiko Martinez with Extra Chicago.
Go ahead please.
A. Sheedy: Hi.
K. Martinez: Hey James, what do you do on the time off during the summer?
Do you get a chance to sit down and write more? I know youíve dabbled in
film writing some. Do you get a chance to work on that at all?
J. Roday: Yes. Iíve always got some ball in the air. Iíve got to do it
while Iím young I guess. This hiatus I actually spent doing a play. We
started in Los Angeles and weíre now wrapping up the run that weíre
doing here in New York City so thatís been awesome and different and
totally gratifying. Thatís pretty much gobbled up all of this hiatus.
Youíve got to keep writing to get better so any time somebody asks me
advice Ė writing advice Ė I donít know why they would ask me, but when
they do I just say always be writing. There is always stuff on the
K. Martinez: Then Ally, James has this commercial where he and other
actors state something about themselves that people might not know. For
instance, James says, ďI am Mexican.Ē So what would you say that maybe
people wouldnít know about you on a commercial like that or a PSA.
A. Sheedy: Iím actually a man.
J. Roday: Gee, nobody knows that, but now everybody knows that.
K. Martinez: Thanks.
J. Roday: Donít even know what to say because thatís so unbelievably
startling and profound you donít even know how to respond.
Moderator: The next question comes from Travis Tidmore with CineManiac.
T. Tidmore: Ally, I have a question. Your character Allison Reynolds on
Breakfast Club Ė
A. Sheedy: Yes.
T. Tidmore: -- seemed a little off. Do you think she hadnít become
friends with those kids during detention she may have gone off Ė lost
the wheels and become Mr. Yang?
A. Sheedy: Oh my goodness. Isnít that funny? Well, I think she has that
day with them but I donít think it means that her wheels donít come off.
I think things sort of go back to the way they were after that. Thatís
what I think at the end of the Breakfast Club day itís the way it was
I have my own ideas in my head about what happens with Allison but I do
think the wheels definitely come off at a certain point, yes.
T. Tidmore: James, youíve already had Ally and Judd as you guys have
mentioned. When is the next Breakfast Club member showing up?
J. Roday: Good question, man. It would be quite a feat to get all five of
them. You know what? Iím not just saying this because Ally is on the
phone, Ally was always sort of a Ė like she was kind of number one and
then Judd was number two and then there was like a three-way tie with
lots of love for the other ones. I kind of feel like Iíve already Ė for
me anyway, I got the top two on the list. It would be great to get all
of them. I donít even think Emilio really acts anymore, does he?
A. Sheedy: No, heís directing.
J. Roday: Yes.
A. Sheedy: Molly is doing a TV show, but Michael, I bet Michael would do
the show, and heís really funny.
J. Roday: Heís awesome. Iíve actually hung out with him and he used to be
on the network, so I think we could make that happen.
A. Sheedy: Yes, heís great.
T. Tidmore: I would like to see that. Thanks guys.
A. Sheedy: Yes.
Moderator: The last question will come from Martin Sternberg with Small
Screen Scoop. Go ahead please.
M. Sternberg: Hi again, guys.
A. Sheedy: Hi.
J. Roday: Hey, man.
M. Sternberg: Well, this is for both of you, but James, first. They
always ask you who youíd like to see guest star on the show and Iíd like
to ask both of you the opposite, which show would either of you like to
be on and what type of character would you want to play?
A. Sheedy: Hm. James, go ahead.
J. Roday: Iím going to sort of cheat my way out of this and say I was
ready to do just about anything on Flight of the Concords until it got Ė
but now theyíre done so my dream is out. My candle is no longer burning.
I would have literally Ė I think those guys are genius and I would have
rode by on a bicycle and just the back of my head being featured. I
thought thatís how much fun they were having on that show.
M. Sternberg: Fair enough. And Ally, what other show would you Ė thatís
on currently that youíd like to guest star on and what other type of
character would you like to try?
A. Sheedy: I like extreme characters these days that are just fun. Iíd
love to play some kind of Ė The Good Wife films in New York and itís a
cool show and I was thinking Iíd love to play one of those horrible
Washington hostesses. Somebody who is just really awful in every single
way on that show, someone really mean. That would be fun.
M. Sternberg: Well thank you both for your time and I havenít had a
chance to see the finale yet, but Iím really looking forward to it.
J. Roday: Well, make sure you get that answer to the producers of The
A. Sheedy: Oh, weíll send it to them. Or Iíll play Carolyn Maloney, how
about that? That would be fun, too.
B. Bernstein: Great. Well, thank you everyone for joining the call today.
James, Ally, thank you so much for your time.
A. Sheedy: Thank you.
The Psych Season 4 finale premieres tonight at 10/9c on USA Network.
Tonight's episode is co-written and directed by Psych star, James Roday
and pays tribute to some of the great Hitchcock films such as Psycho,
North by Northwest, Vertigo, Rear Window, etc.
A killer targets Shawn using scenarios from classic Hitchcock films. Is
Mr. Yang responsible? Ally Sheedy guest-stars in Psych's season finale
directed by James Roday- "Mr. Yin Presents" - premiering tonight at 10/9C!
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