Actress tells PEOPLE the first movie would be ‘tough’ since the original 2011 comedy ‘was so magical and so beloved’
Rose Byrne is ready to slip into another Fritz Bernaise dress.
The 43-year-old actress says in PEOPLE’s new issue that she would ‘of course’ do a sequel to the hit comedy Bridesmaids. “If all the girls were here, I absolutely would.”
The 2011 film stars Maya Rudolph as newly engaged Lillian. For her wedding party, she enlists her lifelong best friend Annie (Kristen Wiig), her new friend Helen (Byrne), her cousin Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey), her colleague Becca (Ellie Kemper) and Megan (Melissa McCarthy), her husband’s sister. -be.
During the wedding prep, the folksy Annie clashes dramatically with the polite and classy Helen, who Annie believes is infringing on her friendship with Lillian.
Fans flocked to see the film, which grossed over $300 million at the box office and earned two Oscar nominations: Best Supporting Actress for McCarthy and Best Original Screenplay for co-writers Wiig and Annie. Mumolo.
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Due to his resounding success, Byrne, who stars in the new Apple TV+ comedy series Platonic with Seth Rogen, acknowledges that follow-up will be difficult. “It’s a tough act to follow because the first movie was so great,” she says. “It was so magical and so loved.”
“Maybe we could do a different movie together,” she said. “A reinvention of something. But I miss them all. I saw Kristen Wiig recently. It was so nice to see her. I hadn’t seen her for so long and they all have such a special place in my heart.
Byrne – who shares Rocco, 7, and Rafa, 5, with longtime partner Bobby Cannavale, 53 – says she’s not often approached by fans because she can go “under the radar but when recognized, she can often guess what they will bring up.
“It depends on the demographics, honestly. But if there is a young girl or a woman between 25 and 45, 50 years old, I know it will be a Bridesmaids benchmark,” she says.
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McCarthy, who starred with Byrne in the 2015 comedy To spyrecently told PEOPLE that she would also be willing to follow up on Bridesmaids.
“I would make a Bridesmaids continued this afternoon, right now,” she said. “That group of women was the most magical thing ever. Almost all of us were already very good friends. I think it was such a magical moment.”
Even though the actors are “all in our 90s and [writers] Kristen [Wiig] and Anne [Mumolo] are like, ‘Should we team up?’ I would be like, ‘Yes. Yes, we should,” the 52-year-old said.
His best memories of the production? “Oh my God. Just being around so many funny people where it was really like people were falling to the ground because we couldn’t get the air in,” McCarthy recalled. it should have felt like we all had food poisoning because there were just times when we would be like… You can’t be with this group of humans and not just be beside yourself. “
McCarthy admitted the cast were a little ‘hesitant’ to shoot one of the film’s most memorable scenes when the group of friends all go shopping for wedding dresses and all but Helen fall ill from poisoning eating.
“It ended up being so funny. Plus, Kristen stuffed 72 Jordan Almonds in her mouth. There was one take where she must have had 40,” the actress said. “And we were like, ‘Kristen is going to choke.’ It was also terribly unprofessional acting because anyone not in front of the camera was usually hunched over and shaking. None of us behaved.
For more from Rose Byrne, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
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