Crackle.com has just launched an exclusive web series, Woke Up Dead. In this zombie comedy, Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) stars as Drex, a normal guy who wakes up one day without a pulse. Drex seeks out the help of best buddy Matt (played by The Rocker's Josh Gad) and Cassie, the med student who's surprised by Drex's undead corpse (played by Confessions of a Shopaholic's Krysten Ritter). We just chatted exclusively with Krysten about shooting her first web series, and the difference between doing a rom-com and zom-com.
Did you wake up dead this morning?
No. I did wake up with a scratchy throat!
How did you get involved with Woke Up Dead?
They called out of the blue to see if I was interested. I'm a big fan of Josh Gad and Jon Heder so when they explained the synopsis – they said it was basically the three of us, running around, solving crimes – I thought that was a good opportunity to get in there and have some fun.
You've done a lot of rom-coms. How is it now to do a zom-com?
It's funny, because people have been asking me what my favorite zombie movies are, and I know nothing about them. I've seen Shaun of the Dead but that doesn't really count.
So you are not a fan of horror movies?
I like them but I'm the girl who covers her eyes – and her ears – and just not watching when scary stuff happens.
Can I make a recommendation? Have you seen Zombieland yet?
I haven't but I really want to. I read the script and it looks like a blast! I plan on seeing it this weekend.
What can we expect to see over the rest of the season?
More science experiments. Trying to figure out what is wrong with Drex [Jon Heder's character]. They set up the whole "maybe, maybe not" love interest thing. There is more fighting with Matt [Josh Gad's character]. Fun stuff!
Do any zombies start coming out of the woodwork? Do you have a lot of scream-queen scenes?
Not in any scenes I am in. I only have one scream, and that was right at the beginning, when Drex wakes up dead on the slab.
How does shooting a web series differ from big-budget film and TV projects?
It honestly felt like we were shooting an independent film. We were all in it together, and there was a lot of camaraderie. We still had a base camp and trailers – just on a smaller scale. We weren't totally roughing it. It felt like we were shooting an indie film, but we were shooting way more in a day. It was a lot of running around and changing outfits. It was pretty intense - I was actually surprised at how big of a production it was. I have never done a web show, so I just assumed it was going to be shot, like, in someone's extra bedroom or back yard, just a few of us, pumping it out. I though it would be low-key, but it ended up being a really nice production, a well-run set, but just a lot of pages in a day. Which is fun. It was only a three-week shoot, which is why we shot so much in a day. Our script was something like 125 pages – like a proper, feature-length script! To shoot that all in three weeks is really ambitious – and we pulled it off.