How The Unique World of 'Hot Tub Time Machine' Attracted Gillian Jacobs

The sequel to Paramount's 2010 adventure comedy Hot Tub Time Machine opens in theaters this weekend, and this time around newcomers Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) and Gillian Jacobs (Community) join Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke in a new time travel adventure, involving not only the past, but the future too.

In Hot Tub Time Machine 2Lou (Rob Corddry) finds himself in trouble, forcing Nick (Craig Robinson) and Jacob (Clark Duke) to fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past. But they inadvertently land in the future with Adam Jr. (Adam Scott). Now they have to alter the future in order to save the past... which is really the present, in the sequel from the same team that brought you the original cult hit.

Krisily Kennedy speaks with Jacobs on behalf of Screen Rant about what made her want to join the Hot Tub Time Machine franchise, sharing the screen with Adam Scott again, choosing varied types of fun-focused roles in her career, and what fans should look forward to in this sequel (outside of the obvious Rob Corddry's costume designs).


Gillian Jacobs at Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Premiere
Gillian Jacobs at Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Premiere


Screen Rant: How much fun was it to come on this film with all these guys?

Gillian Jacobs: It was fun. They’re a bunch of dummies. It was really a good time to be in New Orleans in the summer with this bunch of weirdos.

We have other women in the cast, but you are kind of the strongest woman that we see, and it’s really fun to see that. Adam [Scott] is amazing and you guys are amazing together. Talk about working with him.

Gillian Jacobs: I adore him. I worked with him very briefly before this. He does this show called Greatest Event in Television History for Adult Swim, and they recreate title sequences from like ‘70s, ‘80s comedies. So we did Bosom Buddies with Adam, and Paul Rudd, Aidy Bryant, all these amazing people. it was really fun.

So I already knew I liked him. He’s a good person. He’s so funny, very laid back. It was really wonderful. I had worked with Rob Corddry on Community and knew Clark and Craig socially. So it’s really nice when you sort of know what you are getting yourself in for. And they are just a really solid group of nice, hilarious dudes.

Was there anything in particular that you said, “I have to do this project” when you get sent the script?

Gillian Jacobs: I like to do just like a diversity of projects, whether it’s an anal demon film like Bad Milo [laughs] or a more serious film like Black or White with Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. I like to just switch it up. So it was about time to be in a sequel. I’d never been in a sequel before. I like very specific comedies and I feel like this comedy has its own specific tone and they've created their own world. And it was really fun to be a part of that. so I enjoyed that aspect of it greatly.

Gillian Jacobs, Adam Scott at Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Premiere
Gillian Jacobs, Adam Scott at Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Premiere

I agree. It is the same tone as the first, which doesn't always happen with the sequel. It was refreshing to see. And you've done such great work on television and in film. Your career is kind of all over the place, which is really fun to watch. I was just going to say we loved Black or White. It was so much fun watching that, and such a different role to see from that to this.

Gillian Jacobs: Yeah. I shot those two back to back. It was July and August in New Orleans. So I sweat more than I've ever sweat in my entire laugh. And I use to do Bikram Yoga, so that’s saying a lot. Yeah, it was really fun. I so enjoyed getting to spend that much time in New Orleans and learn the city, and wonder around and go to weird little museums. I had the best time on my days off.

That’s awesome! When you came onto set the first day, was it intimidating being with all these guys because it was a sequel, or were you just like, “Game on! I’m here!”

Gillian Jacobs: You feel like you are a guest in their house, I’m sure in the same way when guest stars come to Community they are a guest in our house. But on the other hand, I did know all of them. So it wasn't like I was meeting them for the first time. But you want to be respectful of what they've created, but also feel brave enough to throw something out there. But it was a wonderful time.

What do you think people are going to love the most about the sequel?

Gillian Jacobs: I’m just staring at Rob Corddry’s legs on the poster of this film. He’s a sensationally attractive man who is in terrific shape, and you really get to see a lot of him in various outfits. So I’d go with Rob Corddry’s body.

Yeah, and his wardrobe.

Gillian Jacobs: Yes! His wardrobe.

Next: Adam Scott, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke Video Interview

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 opens in theaters February 20, 2015

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