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