Rose’s ca­reer blos­som­ing

Paved the way for Rose Byrne’s new role, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

US­TRALIAN ac­tress Rose Byrne may have had a strange sense of deja vu while walking the pink car­pet at Syd­ney’s world pre­miere for I Give it a Year.

The last time she was in her home­town for one of her films was back in June 2011 for the Aus­tralian pre­miere of Brides­maids, which also sported a pink themed car­pet.

‘‘It looks like a very sim­i­lar red car­pet ac­tu­ally,’’ The Dam­ages ac­tress says, adding that th­ese pre­mieres are al­ways a nice ex­cuse to come home.

‘‘It’s bril­liant. My friends and fam­ily are here tonight so it’s really fun.’’

Byrne’s role in Brides­maids ac­tu­ally paved the way for her part in I Give it a Year, a ro­man­tic com­edy from pro­duc­ers Work­ing Ti­tle Films (who made Love Ac­tu­ally), about a cou­ple, Nat (Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall) in their first year of mar­riage.

‘‘It’s a re­verse sort of love story, so mix­ing up the usual for­mula of a ro­man­tic com­edy,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s from writer/ di­rec­tor Dan Mazer who wrote Bruno, so . . . it’s edgier, it’s broader (and) that’s prob­a­bly what makes it a bit dif­fer­ent.’’

She says her involvement all came about be­cause Mazer (a long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor with Sacha Baron Co­hen since his Ali G days) saw her in Brides­maids and wanted to meet her for I Give it a Year.

‘‘It really opened up the doors for that,’’ she says.

‘‘He came from such a great com­edy pedi­gree, Dan, and with want­ing to work with Work­ing Ti­tle, it was a really serendip­i­tous kind of project.’’

It also meant work­ing with an­other Aussie – Simon Baker – although nei­ther kept their Aus­tralian ac­cents.

Byrne sports an English ac­cent in the film as Nat, while Baker plays her Amer­i­can client Guy, who be­liev­ing she’s sin­gle, tries to win her over.

‘‘I have know Simon so­cially for years, so it was really great work­ing with him,’’ she says.

‘‘He’s really sweet and pro­fes­sional and try­ing to do some­thing funny to­gether, it was good.’’

de­buts on Fe­bru­ary 28.

Rose Byrne home for pre­miere.

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