Donald Glover plays football jock Troy and Alison Brie plays goody two-shoes Annie on NBC's new comedy, Community, which airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.
Brie, who also plays Trudy on Mad Men, and Glover, who wrote for 30 Rock before joining the Community cast, indulge in a friendly, teasing, tete a tete of sorts, as they consider 20 Questions.
1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
Donald Glover: Honestly, there's a part in a coming episode of Community where I sing "Somewhere Out There" from the animated film American Tale. It brought up a lot of feeling from when I saw it as a kid, also me moving from New York, relationships and... damn. I got emotional, all right?
Alison Brie: It was Inglourious Basterds for me. Yeah, luckily I saw that more recently than The Time Traveler's Wife, which, even though I didn't care for the film, still made me cry.
2. The fictional character most like you?
Alison: My first instinct here was to say Miranda from Shakespeare's The Tempest, or maybe Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice.
It's a tough question, because to assess oneself in the light a fictional character you may never find one that really speaks to every side of you. I can fall in love like Ophelia, but I'm not planning on killing myself any time soon.
Donald: I'd like to say Holden Caulfield, but that's untrue. I'm probably more Gonzo. He's just a weird dude that just wants to be liked. No one really knows what he is. I like the unbridled sincerity of Gonzo. He just likes what he likes and I really relate to that.
3. The greatest album, ever?
Donald: Michael Jackson's Thriller. I know that's a really easy way out of that question, but let's be honest. There are very few albums you can play straight through. Quincy's production is on point, Michael's genius almost burns through the cover art. I can play that album no matter what I'm feeling and there's a song to compliment it.
Alison: The Beatles, Abbey Road. Donald, you're wrong. It's a storybook. It is a four-course meal. It makes the listener feel delighted, silly, sexy, lustful, sentimental, loving, reflective, nostalgic, etc. without seeming choppy and disconnected. It's a masterpiece.
4. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Alison: The original Star Wars movies paved the way for contemporary science fiction. Also, I'm pretty sure that even outside the realm of science fiction many movies continue to steal fundamental themes and characterizations from Star Wars.
Donald: Nerd. Nerd. Nerd.
Alison: I think we both know women nerds are the best nerds to be. Oh, and Star Wars provides better Halloween costumes. Chewbacca. Did Star Trek have wookies? I rest my case.
Donald: My dad was into both Star Wars and Star Trek, but he made sure I was into Star Wars. I knew the difference between C-3PO and R2-D2 before I knew my right from my left hand.
5. Your ideal brain food?
Alison: Going to the theater. Pretty much any live theater. If it's good, it inspires me and makes me wish I was a part of it, and if it's bad, it inspires me and makes me wish I had been in it so that I could prove how much better I could've done it. Theater just gets my creative juices flowing. I miss doing it.
Donald: When I get free time I compose music or DJ. Anytime I'm doing something musical, I feel like I'm becoming more in tune with the universe and myself at the same time. It keeps my brain active and I feel like I'm producing something while also making something.
6. You're proud of this accomplishment, but why?
Donald: I'm proud to be a part of something I "really" think is special. Community is straight dopeness. Every script has something in it that I think about later on and laugh. I just wanna do good work.
I'm doing exactly what I said I wanted to do my junior year of high school.
Alison: Since I was old enough to speak I've been telling people I would make a living as an actress and that's what I'm doing. There's something to said for setting goals and accomplishing them.
7. You want to be remembered for ...?
Donald: Hmmm ... I kinda answered that in the last question. Umm ... a loving father.
Alison: I've grown up watching actresses in films and on TV respecting what they do and looking up to them, wondering if I could do it — or do better. I'd love to provide that same kind of challenge for a younger generation of actors.
8. Of those who've come before, the most inspirational are?
Donald: Kanye West. That's a passionate dude. I love hearing his story.
Umm ... Chris Rock. I love watching him. He and Adam Sandler are such hard workers. It's nice to see people who never slow down.
Alison: Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchet. Basically anyone named Kate. These are two women who exude class and honor their craft. They work hard at what they do and make daring choices, in both the roles they take on and their characterizations of those roles. They're bold and they're good at what they do.
9. The creative masterpiece you wish bore your signature?
Donald: Back to the Future. I love time travel and love stories and action sequences. I feel like if I was born a little earlier, I could have made something similar. But I'm 98 percent sure that's just wishful thinking.
Alison: I'll see your Back to the Future and raise you a Ghostbusters. A while ago they played it on AMC every Saturday and Sunday for a month and I watched it every time. No joke.
10. Your hidden talents ...?
Alison: I have a great talent for holding eye-contact. I'm not saying I could beat you in a staring contest, although I probably could, but I can definitely either make someone feel like the only person in the room or totally creep someone out. It's pretty awesome, or weirdly intense, your call. ...
Donald: If I have a smooth floor to lay on, I can put a little water on my back and make this sound ...