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It’s hard to believe that it has been 13 years since Finch paid Vicky’s best friend, Jessica, portrayed by Natasha Lyonne, $200 to spread rumors about his sexual prowess and increase his chances of getting lucky.
Discussing her return, Lyonne admits she was “jittery” and as nervous as if she were going to a real-life highschool reunion. Still, she offers: “There’s an interesting thing that happens with aging. It feels like all of your opinions and your angst is a little gone, and you’re genuinely excited to see people that you know. There’s a real camaraderie there.”
Of her character Lyonne jokes, “Maybe Jessica spent time as a dominatrix. I am not sure what she’s been into, but I feel like she’s run the gamut. Maybe she did phone sex for extra money on the side.”
Shannon Elizabeth is back as Nadia, the Czech exchange student who, 13 years ago, unknowingly ended up half naked with Jim on the Internet. Their sexual misadventure in which Jim gets into the action, erm, “prematurely” was broadcast by Webcam for the entire school to see.
“I think Nadia likes sex,” the actress laughs. “She misses Jim and would love to be with him because they never had their moment. They never got that time because he wasn’t qualified when she was ready. If they ever do a film where he and Michelle get divorced, then I’m sure Nadia will be waiting for him.”
Nadia wasn’t the only one who had a profound effect on Jim. Writer and directing team Schlossberg and Hurwitz knew that in the past we’ve seen Jim’s Dad dole out advice; but in this film, the tables are turned. It’s time for Jim to coach his dad and get him back into the dating game. “Jim’s Dad has got a wild side,” says Eugene Levy, who is the only cast member to appear in every one of the American Pie films. “You can’t tell it from his plaid shirt, but it’s in there somewhere.” Biggs says it was great to reconnect with one of his mentors.
“These last eight years have been huge for me in terms of personal growth,” he says. “I’m married, and so coming back and feeling like an adult now with Eugene was great. It’s akin to when I go home and I’m with my parents. It’s just a different dynamic, but it’s a beautiful one. I feel like I’ve taken his influence in everything else I’ve done, comically. I’ve tried my best to adopt whatever I could from Eugene.”
The two bonded, and in getting Jim’s Dad ready for dating, Biggs and Hannigan spent quality time clipping Levy’s bushy eyebrows. Laughs Biggs: “We should have used a weed whacker.” Hannigan agrees with Biggs that it was startling to be so near the legendary brows. She laughs: “It was a gift to be so close to them.” Still, she asks what we’re all thinking: “Those eyebrows are insured, right?”
For Levy, it felt as if no time had passed since he and Biggs chatted in “Jim’s bedroom.” Indeed, the one on this set looked like the same one from American Pie. “We sat there going through our scene, adding little lines,” remembers Levy. “It’s a great working relationship with Jason. If I went in a direction, he followed. Nothing throws him, and that gives us great spontaneity. We love being able to overlap. It is like working with my own son.”
Levy especially loved filming Stifler’s party scene. “I’m drunk. I get stoned. It’s fun to get in there and be a part of it. Instead of telling the kids, ‘Have fun at the party,’ I’m actually at the party.” Levy also enjoyed playing opposite actress Jennifer Coolidge as Stifler’s Mom. In fact, the two have worked on several movies together.
“The scenes that we have with Jennifer and Eugene are some of our favorites that we’ve ever filmed,” says Hurwitz. “He’s larger than life. And what she brings to the table—her improv—she’s a total pro. When she walks into a room, it’s like ‘wow!’” “She’s one of the only attractive people I’ve ever played in a movie,” laughs Coolidge.
“I’ve always played very strange people, either a loser girl or a gold digger or whatever. Stifler’s Mom was just a very likeable, cool woman. What I like most about her is that she’s kind of mysterious. You don’t really know that much about her.”