It wasn’t called Drinking Buddies for nothing.
In a new interview with Sam Jones for Off Camera With Sam Jones, Olivia Wilde recalled being drunk while making the 2013 comedy for director Joe Swanberg.
“We were hammered the entire movie because it was real beer, because beer on that set was cheaper than water, because we were shooting in a brewery,” Wilde said of the indie, which also starred Anna Kendrick and Jake Johnson.
As Wilde recalled, the presence of real alcohol was a surprise to Kendrick. “She sat down to do the first scene and took a huge gulp of beer, not realizing it was real, and was like instantly hammered,” Wilde said. “She was like, ‘What’s happening? What are you guys doing?’ and we were like, ‘Oh, we forgot to tell you — the beer’s all real and everyone’s drunk. It’s 10 a.m., welcome to Drinking Buddies.'”
If Wilde’s anecdote sounds familiar, that’s because both she and Kendrick have discussed the onset drinking during Drinking Buddies before.
“During a scene at the bar, they gave me fake beer, but then during a scene where I’m playing cards with Jake, they gave me real beer, and I didn’t realize it! And so every time I lost, I was pounding beer, and I didn’t realize it was real until halfway through the take,” Kendrick said to Vulture in 2013. “I was like, ‘I’m super drunk right now!’ And so as soon as the take was over, I had to announce to everybody that I was drunk at work. I was horrified by the idea that I was going to be the next troublesome star who got drunk and started flipping over tables or whatever. I just tried to sit quietly until I sobered up.”
“The reason we wanted to drink the beer wasn’t to loosen up, it was because we were working within this very specific world in the film — the craft-beer world of Chicago — so we wanted to be able to improvise accordingly,” Wilde told The Daily Beast in 2013. “And this community had really adopted us, and we were working in an actual brewery. We’d have to pause scenes so a guy in a forklift could carry kegs across the floor. So drinking would be organic.”