Actress Claire Lanay gets her ‘party’ on for the upcoming Universal Pictures comedy, “Stretch,” due out in March 2014. Claire joins some Hollywood heavyweights including Patrick Wilson, Ed Helms, Chris Pine, Brooklyn Decker and Jessica Alba for this story about a down-on-his-luck limo driver who picks up a fare he’ll never forget.
Originally from Eugene, Oregon, Claire has been hard at work in tinsel town. Currently, she appears opposite Toks Olagundoye (“The Neighbors”) in the comedy webseries “Callbacks” and is set to start working on an indie detective drama and an action-comedy webseries both later this year.
We recently caught up with Claire Lanay to chat about “Stretch” and more.
What can you tell us about your role in the upcoming film, “Stretch”?
CLAIRE: The story centers on Stretch, a limo driver who is trying to get his life together. I play a passenger from hell, among others throughout the film, who is dead set on wreaking havoc for him.
How was it working with such amazingly talented people?
CLAIRE: It was fantastic! Patrick Wilson is so down-to-earth, professional and courteous. After we finished a scene, he actually walked up to me, patted me on the arm and said, “Nice work”. He really didn’t have to do that, but it meant a lot. I hope I wasn’t blushing like some giddy little school girl. Honestly, I can’t even remember how I responded because I was so sleep deprived from being nervous about the shoot. I was already a fan of Joe Carnahan. He’s not only an amazing director and writer; he’s a stand-up guy with a great sense of humor. I was thrilled at the opportunity to work with him. After seeing some of the dailies and the gag reel they showed at the wrap party, I think everyone should be really proud and excited because it’s going to do well.
Did anything surprise or shock you about the project or anyone involved?
CLAIRE: Let’s just say Chris Pine is unrecognizable in this film and absolutely hilarious.
Any good stories from the set that you can share with us?
CLAIRE: Good stories? Hmm. They’ve been so hush-hush about this production. I’m trying to be careful about what to say without sounding overly vague. Well, I can tell you that since it’s a Carnahan feature, you should expect the unexpected. A lot of scenes were improvised or played with on the fly. There’s a large ensemble cast with some great surprise cameos. It’s obvious how much Joe enjoys experimenting with different types of actors, singers, rappers, dancers and athletes. I had two older brothers growing up, so I watched a lot of sci-fi and definitely a lot of action. What really strikes me about Joe’s work is that a lot of the pacing in his films, including “Stretch”, is a throwback to classics like “Die Hard” and “Lethal Weapon”. Tons of explosions and ass-kickings, tons of laughs. This movie is weird, twisted, absurd… and really funny. I can definitely tell you, the audience is in for a wild ride.
You've also got a couple other projects going right now. What can you tell us about these?
CLAIRE: I worked on a few episodes playing a sassy secretary in the web series “Callbacks”, written by and starring Toks Olagundoye [ABC’s “The Neighbors”]. It’s basically a parody show of the industry depicting the nightmarish, ridiculous and utterly hysterical world of auditioning actors from the casting director’s point of view. Later this month, I’ll be working on a new action web series developed by and starring fight choreographer, Phillip Marshall Tyler. I have a fondness for action adventure projects and for strong female characters. Next month, I’ll be doing a detective drama short film with a former news segment producer, Vince Irby, who has currently been working on PSA videos about bullying in schools.
And lastly, how can your fans keep up with you?
CLAIRE: At the moment, I’m re-vamping my website and I’m probably one of the last few beings on the planet who hasn’t caught onto Twitter just yet. In the meantime, feel free to check me out via:
Thanks, Claire. Can’t wait to hitch a comedy ride with you next March!