Elisha Cuthbert on ‘Happy Endings’ Season 3.5

Cuthbert tells us how she found the funny after a career of dramatic roles like “24” and a string of horror movies.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel

The cast of “Happy Endings” has been really attentive at Television Critics Association parties. We caught up with Elisha Cuthbert last summer at the ABC party, but for winter we got her for a quick one-on-one interview.

It’s been a big season for Cuthbert's character, Alex Kerkovich, including her reunion with Dave without telling her parents about it. We spoke with Cuthbert about her transition to comedy and some of the standout season three episodes of “Happy Endings.”

CraveOnline: We’ve learned a lot more about Alex this season. What have been the funniest things for you to learn?

Elisha Cuthbert: I think not so much about Alex but for myself, how far I’ve come, how much more confidence I have playing this character and just participating in this amazing thing that is comedy. It’s just been such an amazing experience. I was on the phone with my manager today and he said, “I saw the parrot episode last week and I was cracking up. You’re so funny. Aren’t you glad you did this? Hasn’t this been such a great job?”

And I said, “It’s actually probably been one of my favorites for sure.” I just have learned so much about myself and have just had such a great ride.

CraveOnline: You are very funny. How did you get caught up in all the drama roles?

Elisha Cuthbert: Thank you. I don’t know. I think when I was younger, I thought that to be a real actor, you had to dive into drama and succeed in that form of acting, otherwise it wasn’t anything.

Knowing how to cry in the middle of a scene and all of that stuff was so intriguing to me as a kid, but there was my personal side of myself in real life where I had such a fun, outgoing personality and was funny, but just never got to do it on film and on camera. This show has been able to showcase that luckily.

CraveOnline: Even The Girl Next Door was a serious role for you in a comedy.

Elisha Cuthbert: Because I didn’t really get the funny part, yeah.

CraveOnline: Was it fun shooting the kickball episode?

Elisha Cuthbert: That’s an episode we did last year that was so much fun. We played kickball outside on location which was great and it’s just all of us out, doing something physical with each other and it’s a lot of fun. I’m more excited for people to see an episode where the whole gang pranks each other different ways and it gets insane. It’s awesome.

CraveOnline: What was Alex’s prank?

Elisha Cuthbert: Alex is so petrified that she’s going to get pranked that she loses her mind and starts pranking herself because she doesn’t want to get pranked. It’s so fun. I don’t want to give anything away because there’s some really shocking moments in it but it is awesome.

CraveOnline: Do you think we’ll see Alex’s parents again?

Elisha Cuthbert: I don’t know. We have a lot of great guest stars [this year]: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, RuPaul so we’ve got so many guest stars coming too. Maybe the parents will come next season if we’re lucky.

CraveOnline: How have you felt the fan support for “Happy Endings?”

Elisha Cuthbert: I think the fans have been the only thing, one of our biggest anyway, supporters is our core group on Twitter and on Facebook. Social media has played a huge part in keeping us alive, in keeping us on the air. Of course we had support from ABC. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be on the network. We’d be gone a long time ago, but of course we have their support.

I think it’s that enthusiasm for the show that they bring that encourages us to keep going. We’ll sit on set and they’ll read us tweets and comments that are being made that just give us such a boost and make us feel so great. It makes us want to be funnier for everybody. They just want to be the best cast on television. They really do.

CraveOnline: What was your take on Alex in the pilot and how has that changed now in season three?

Elisha Cuthbert: It was its own thing. Pilots are weird. You go in with a group of actors and you put out one episode of hopefully a long term project and you have to sell it to people and say, “This is worth putting on the air.”

The creator does his best job to explain the characters in 28 minutes and there’s not a lot of room to develop as a character yet. So Alex really, where you find her there is you don’t know much about her except that she’s walking out on this guy on their wedding day. There’s been such a huge climb and a huge progression to who she really is now, where it’s just a very enthusiastic, sometimes to a fault, happy character that is a little naive but is a lot of fun.

CraveOnline: Which of the other characters would you like to see the writers explore more?

Elisha Cuthbert: I think we’re pretty even keeled. I think we all get an even amount of stuff so I think they’re doing good.