Alison Brie Explains Why Netflix's 'BoJack Horseman' Is Your New Favorite Show To Binge

Here's Your New Favorite Netflix Show To Binge

Signing out of Netflix just got even harder.

Netflix's new original series, "BoJack Horseman," is the animated story of a failed '90s sitcom star, who just happens to be part-human, part-horse, trying to make a legendary comeback in Hollywood. The show stars Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Aaron Paul and Alison Brie as BoJack's ghostwriter, Diane.

In anticipation of the "BoJack" debut, Brie spoke with HuffPost to spill the deets on the new series, address those "Community" rumors and even talk about that one notorious failed Comedy Central pilot that's been making its way around the Internet.


So what made you want to get involved with "BoJack"?

I came in about halfway through. They had already written a bunch of the episodes, so I got to read like 5 in a row, and they were hilarious. Will Arnett is involved, Amy Sedaris, Aaron Paul and Paul F. Tompkins. And it's just so funny! But it’s so weird, too! I love the whole world that they’ve made, this version of half-animal, half-human Hollywood. And yet, it’s so spot on.

What would you say is the one reason people really need to watch this series?
To me, it’s the darkness. I love dark comedies. It’s not just wacky and silly. It’s serialized. You’re gonna want to watch them all in order, binge-watch if you will. So you can delve into these characters. I feel that there’s a lot of depth to it that you might not always find in adult animated comedies. It’s still totally hilarious, but it has these things you can kind of latch on to and get to know these characters more.

Did you get to work with some of the other stars or was it a more isolated experience recording the voiceovers?

Well it’s a little bit of both. They usually would have us all get together for the table read, so we’d get to hear each other do it and play off of each other. Then when it’s time to record it later, it’s usually one on one. But it’s nice because in the other animated work that I've done I don’t think I've ever seen the other actors, ever.

When I did "Lego Movie," I remember coming in my first day, and when I got there they had a whole group of people there doing things like construction worker scenes. Like Chris Pratt, Dave Franco and a few other people. Like a group of people, and I’m like, “Oh, this is going to be so fun. “ Then they finished and were all like, “Bye, See ya!” And then I was just left alone with our directors who are great, but it was funny.


What are some similar suggestions Netflix would make to someone who watched "BoJack Horseman"?

I would think "Arrested Development" would probably come up on that list. Probably "Orange is the New Black." Isn’t that recommended if you watch anything? (Laughs) Or maybe that's just for me. They’re like, "You clearly like women's prison shows. Keep watching 'Orange is the New Black,'" which I do watch and love.

So there's a video making its way around that Internet that features you and Jennifer Lawrence in an old Comedy Central pilot. What can you tell us about it?

You want to know if I could talk about my embarrassment? (Laughs) Yeah, I can tell you lots about it. I got off a plane yesterday and got a text from a guy who was involved in that pilot saying, “Clips from ‘Not Another High School Show’ have gone viral,” and I was just like, “Oh no!”

This was a while ago. It was before I did "Mad Men" or anything. I tested for every role on the show, but I didn’t get a regular role on it, which turned out to be a good thing. As the years have gone by, it’s been: the smaller your role was in this pilot, the better your career is going. Jennifer Lawrence had two lines, and I had like two scenes.

If the show would somehow get picked up, would you be involved?

At this point, I think I would have to bow out. I think I would base it on Jennifer Lawrence’s decision. If she would be involved, how could I say no?

What's your favorite show to binge-watch?

Let me think. The immediate answer is "House of Cards," and I don’t want you to think I'm a total kiss ass to Netflix, but it did take me a long time to watch "House of Cards," and then I watched both seasons in three days. My friends had already seen it, which was kind of great, so I could text them and be like, "Oh my God! Season 2, episode 4! I can’t believe that just happened!" And they’d all be like, "Yeah, it was crazy. We all talked about it six months ago."

I also just did a major binge-watching of "The L Word," and I gotta say it holds up. A lot of sex. My favorite thing is to binge-watch a show, you fall asleep, and then you wake back up and you're episodes later, so you have to go back. But with "L Word," I'd nod off during intense girl-on-girl sex scene, and then wake up during the exact same thing. That's a fun one to watch.

There have been a lot of rumors about if you're coming back to "Community" or if you even want to. What can you tell us about those?

Everyone is still working on the details right now, and I'm foggy on a lot of it. I hope to be returning. We’re all working out the schedule and trying to get details from Yahoo and Sony, so I hope so.

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This interview has been condensed and edited.

"BoJack Horseman" debuts Friday, August 22, on Netflix.

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