Playboy played 20 questions with Michael Cera for their August issue and got to the heart of Michael’s feelings about ex-boyfriends, working with Anna Kendrick after George Clooney and why you shouldn’t be afraid to say “hi” to him in a restaurant.
Star of the upcoming film Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Michael has made his mark in Hollywood at the young age of 22 for being a lovable comic.
Putting his skills to work, Michael attempted to answer each question with as much comedy as he could and here are some highlight!
How does Michael feel about his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend?
“Well, my current girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend is [actor] Danny Trejo, and he and I get along famously, he tells Playboy. “Just last week the three of us played squash. It was me and Danny versus Tanya. We absolutely destroyed her. At one point after the crushing defeat, she very obviously had tears in her eyes. Danny and I shared a hearty and satisfying laugh over it.”
How did he lose his virginity?
“To be honest I don’t remember too much about it,” he begins. “All I remember is I had been awake for almost 86 hours, I was on the roof of a Public Storage building in what seemed to be a freezing rainstorm, and Crispin Glover was there with a disposable camera he kept winding even though it had clearly run out of exposures. My memory of it has fogged as time has gone by, and I’ve pushed it out of my mind, though I do seem to remember something about a plastic Academy Award for best grandson being involved. You might say it was my first brush with the finer side of show business.”
Does he prefer a woman who takes charge?
“Yes, but they’re hard to find. For example, when I go out to a restaurant I know every girl in there wants to come say hi and be sexually aggressive, but they’re all so gripped by shyness that they don’t even make a move,” Michael explains. “In some cases the shyness is so severe they won’t even look at me.”
What is his response to Judd Apatow and Jonah Hill joking that he’s “irritating?”
“The truth of the matter is I’m too classy to ever come out and speak any truth about those reprobates, and they’re both classless enough to knock on me and my problems,” Michael said. “Between you and me — and I’ll thank you not to print this — those two used to come in to work and quite literally spit in the face of crew members. I once saw Jonah pinch the prop master. They’d pour salad dressing in the coffee and sometimes even grab people and kiss them hard on the mouth. To me this sort of behavior in a working environment is deplorable. Then I participate maybe once in a game of throwing shoes at the on-set medic, and all of a sudden I’m painted as the villain of the whole production. That’s the brilliance of Jonah and Judd.”
What does he think of Anna’s transition from working with George in Up in the Air to working with him in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World?
“Natural transition is not the phrase I would use. Handsome transition seems to be a better phrase to encapsulate what that lucky girl has experienced,” the actor says. “Unfortunately, Anna and I got to work together for only one day. Though she plays my sister in the movie, one of our biggest scenes together takes place over the phone, and we shot our respective sides of the conversation at completely different times on the shooting schedule. She regrets that we weren’t able to spend more time together. We got close enough for me to feel comfortable in assuming that.”
And his Scott Pilgrim vs. The World only a movie for nerds?
“I would say this movie is both a nerd and a nonnerd’s dream come true. For the nerds there are lots of Nintendo references and sound effects, and the nonnerds will enjoy making fun of all the nerds in the theater exploding with joy and afterward will possibly beat them all up.”
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World hits theaters Aug. 13!