After more than a decade of toiling in relative obscurity and playing small roles in everything from "Star Trek: First Contact" to "CSI: Miami," Adam Scott has exploded onto the acting scene in the past five years.
He's been a part of some of the most indelible comedies of recent years, playing Will Ferrell's self-obsessed sibling in "Step Brothers," the failed actor at the center of cult TV series "Party Down," and Amy Poehler's love interest on "Parks and Recreation."
In "Friends With Kids," a dramedy opening Friday, Scott, 38, takes the next step in his evolution to full-on star. As protagonist Jason Fryman, who decides to have a baby with best friend Julie Keller (played by writer-director Jennifer Westfeldt) while they date other people, Scott carries this insightful look at modern parenthood.
amNewYork spoke with Scott about the film, which also stars Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm.
What's unique about this film's look at raising children? I was very moved by it the first time I read it and thought that it was saying things about parenthood that hadn't really been explored in movies before. It sounds corny - the romantic notion of raising a kid, and the romance that sprouts from that.
You're at the center of a huge, dramatic dinner-table scene. What was that experience like? I was a little nervous because that was a very talented table. Having to see it was one thing, but then having to do this big scene was another. I was a bit nervous I was going to forget everything, because I was sitting in between Kristen Wiig and Megan Fox, across from Ed Burns and Maya Rudolph and [Chris] O'Dowd and Jen and Hamm.
Were there any added nerves on this film, given that you're asked to carry a lot of it? About halfway through shooting, I realized that if I was terrible in the movie, there was a chance the movie wouldn't work. That was a terrifying realization - a realization I had never had before, because I'm usually in things where [even] if I'm terrible, the movie will be fine.