Leslie Mann © Universal Studios

Leslie Mann has appeared in both of Judd Apatow’s comedies, 30-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Upwell, she does have an inside track being his wife!  Now in his latest movie, she stars as Laura, the ex-wife of stand-up comic George Simmons (Adam Sandler), who is now married to philandering businessman Clarke (Eric Bana).

Mann has known Adam Sandler for years, starring with him in Big Daddy, which led me to ask ….

Leslie Mann © Universal Studios

Judd’s known Adam for a long time and you have as well; what was it like shooting those love scenes with him?

It was a little strange, and Judd said that he was aroused watching it. Is that terrible? Maybe that was his way of dealing with how uncomfortable he was watching it. But, it was fun. I had a great time.

I actually met Adam before I met Judd.  He hit on me in a night club.  He sent over a note on a napkin written in ketchup like, ‘Nice back,’ or something like that. His friend brought it over and said, ‘Hey, want to come over and say hi to my friend?’ and I was like, ‘Why should I get up and go to his table? Why doesn’t he come to my table?’

It was a stand-off, neither one of us talked to each other. And, then, a couple of months later, I met Judd and we went to a birthday party and Adam was there, so it was a little uncomfortable.

What is it like being directed by your husband?

Leslie Mann and Adam Sandler © Universal Studios

When you can be more relaxed as an actor, you’re better. I’m very relaxed with Judd. I can say anything and not hold back because I’m not worried he’s going to judge me. We have fun being creative together, so it works out easily.

Was it fun, or weird, for your own daughters to play your daughters in the film?

They can’t see the movie, their friends can’t see the movie, so it’s not really on their radar at all what’s happening in it. We’d have them in a dinner scene, and they’d come in and they’d eat dinner for an hour and we’d shoot them out with three cameras and then it’s over and they didn’t really talk about it again, so it’s good in that way.

It was a little harder for me, because I’m working and then they want to hang out in between so it’s double duty. Usually, when I go to work, I get a little break and I can watch TV in between takes or between set-ups and, this time, it was harder.

There’s a funny scene in the movie where you’re having an argument with your husband, played by Eric Bana, and you mock him doing a dreadful Australian accent.

Eric Bana and Leslie Mann © Universal Studios

Eric was the giggle monster. We spent about an hour together in the make-up trailer.  I was actually trying to learn how to speak with an Australian accent and [in the film] that is really my attempt to get an Australian accent. It just didn’t work. I couldn’t figure out how to do it so I went the other way with it. He was giving me line readings as we were doing it and I still couldn’t do it.  I don’t know what it is about my brain.

Judy Sloane

Judy is Film Review Online's regular Los Angeles based reporter.