“The male characters in this movie are strong and multi-dimensional, so I had to stand my ground and pull myself up and say ‘Come on, you’re in here too!’” said the 42-year-old actress. “I couldn’t shrink away thinking I wasn’t doing as good of a job.” Applegate gave her co-star, comedy newcomer Good, the same pep talk. “I told her she had to stay up in their zone because her character is the powerhouse in this one,” Applegate added.
“It made me feel good to know that Christina cared about me doing a good job,” said Good, 32, who appeared in the 2012 hit “Think Like a Man.”
As the only black female lead in the movie, Good plays the head of the newsroom. It’s a notion that is heavily mocked in the plot. But Good had no problem tackling the tough material with what she calls “morbid humor.”
“What I love about the brilliant minds of (director) Adam McKay and Will is they go full throttle and attack subjects like racism and sexism and make them light-hearted,” she said. “It’s great that they are shedding light on the fact that at that time, there weren’t a lot of women dominating the workplace, especially black women.”
Added Wiig over the phone, “Meagan fit right in. It’s definitely interesting that Will has a female boss and Ron Burgundy being Ron Burgundy has issues with it. But it’s great.”
A huge fan of the original for its writing and because it has “all of the ingredients for a comedic classic,” Wiig said she signed onto the sequel without laying eyes on the script.
“The pressure was definitely on, since this is such a beloved cast,” said Wiig of her role as Chani, which Applegate described as “a great balance of not being too weird or adult.” But the writer and star of the acclaimed comedy “Bridesmaids” held her own, as her character Chani is reminiscent of her quirky portrayals during seven years on “Saturday Night Live.”