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Complex: What drew you to Cedar Rapids?
Alia ShawkatCedar RapidsYouth In RevoltWhip Itin exaggerated Spanish accentLaughs.Laughs.
So this was a role that was yours for the taking, then?
The “hooker with a heart of gold” character has been done many times before, so how did you make sure that Bree became something unique?
Seems like safe bet, yeah.
When you’re working with someone like Ed Helms, is there a lot of improv and riffing away from the script?
Alia ShawkatLaughs.Cedar RapidsCitizen Ruth
Do you feel the most comfortable in comedic roles?
Alia ShawkatThree KingsLaughs.
How old were you at that time?
Watching your mother get shot in the head at nine? And you’re not permanently scarred from that?
Coming off of Arrested Development, are all of the scripts sent your way comedy and things similar to the tone of that show?
You mentioned earlier that Fox Searchlight, the company behind Cedar Rapids, wanted you to audition first because they weren’t all that familiar with you. Does that happen often?
Why do you think that’s the case?
One project you’ve been attached to for over a year now is the HBO pilot you’re working on with your Whip It co-star Ellen Page. What’s the status of that?
Alia ShawkatStitch & BitchLaughs.
Is it pro-hipster or anti-hipster?
My next question is about another long-talked-about project. [Alia Smiles knowingly.] Do you want to guess what I’m talking about?
[Laughs.] That was my last question, actually.
Much appreciated. Now, on to the oft-delayed Arrested Development movie. Any updates since the last time one of your fellow cast members vaguely addressed the question in the press? And do all the Arrested Development questions annoy you?