Exclusive: Elisha Cuthbert Talks “One Big Happy” & “Just Before I Go”

One Big Happy has its freshman season finale tonight (NBC, 9:30 pm et/pt) with the episode “Wedlocked.” Actress Elisha Cuthbert took time out of her busy morning to talk about her experiences on the comedy (which co-stars Nick Zano and Kelly Brook), collaborating with creator Liz Feldman, and also working with filmmaker Courteney Cox on Just Before I Go.

ONE BIG HAPPY -- "Wedlocked" -- Pictured: (l-r) Elisha Cuthbert as Lizzy, Kelly Brook as Prudence -- (Photo by: Greg Gayne/NBC)
ONE BIG HAPPY — “Wedlocked” — Pictured: (l-r) Elisha Cuthbert as Lizzy, Kelly Brook as Prudence — (Photo by: Greg Gayne/NBC)

“One Big Happy” centers on best friends Lizzy (Cuthbert) and Luke (Zano) as they decide to start their own family. Lizzy, who is a lesbian, sees Luke as the perfect father, and their bond won’t be easily broken. Their baby plans take a dynamic shift when Luke has spontaneously marries Prudence (Brook), a carefree British girl who adds her share of neurosis (and, of course, humor) into the mix.

Hopefully tonight’s season finale will bleed into a second season, as creator Liz Feldman and the ensemble have crafted a well written and acted sitcom.

“To do six (episodes) is tricky,” says Cuthbert, whose previous TV work includes 24 and Happy Endings. “It’s not a whole lot of time to show everyone who these characters are but I think we did our best at that. It would be fantastic to be able to keep going. There is going to be a lot of funny (moments with) Lizzy being pregnant and the bigger she gets the more uncomfortable she’s going to get. I think there will be a lot to write about there – for sure.”

To listen to the Elisha Cuthbert interview, click on the Soundcloud bar below (a full breakdown of the discussion is also featured)

:17 – On renewal prospects of “One Big Happy”
1:04 – On her experiences working in different genres: “Drama and comedy are very different” 
2:10 – Learning to hone her comedic chops during her experience on TV’s “Happy Endings
3:07 – The benefits of having the “instant gratification” of laughter while taping in front of a live audience

4:12- Collaborating with “One Big Happy” creator/scribe Liz Feldman in shaping her character.
5:11 – The idea of men and women being best friends and the family aspect of “One Big Happy.”
6:38 – Being part of the “wickedly funny” comedy/drama Just Before I Go,” which stars Seann William Scott and is directed by Courteney Cox: “It’s an amazing film”

ONE BIG HAPPY -- "Wedlocked" -- Pictured: (l-r) Kelly Brook as Prudence, Elisha Cuthbert as Lizzy, Nick Zano as Luke -- (Photo by: Greg Gayne/NBC)
ONE BIG HAPPY — “Wedlocked” — Pictured: (l-r) Kelly Brook as Prudence, Elisha Cuthbert as Lizzy, Nick Zano as Luke — (Photo by: Greg Gayne/NBC)

One Big Happy’s season finale is tonight on NBC (9:30 pm et/pt).

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