Creator Denis Leary & cast preview FX's new rock 'n' roll comedy at ATX and discuss casting, learning to rock for real, and bringing The Heathens (back) to life.
Best known for the show "Rescue Me" and his stand-up comedy, Denis Leary is the creator and star of "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll," a new comedy series in which he plays an aging rock singer, and Elizabeth Gillies portrays his more talented daughter. They talk about their reversed parental dynamic on the show - she parents him!
It was just like any other typical father-daughter moment — a dad drives his child to her new job. Only this wasn’t any job, it was shooting for the new FX show "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll," and when Dave Gillies got out of the car to introduce himself to daughter Elizabeth’s boss and co-star, Denis Leary, a potentially warm little moment between real dad and TV dad turned a bit awkward.
"He looked at her and said, ‘You’re kidding right?’ " Dave Gillies said with a laugh. "‘This isn’t like soccer. You’re a grown-up, right?’ He knows Elizabeth is a pro and mature, but when he saw this car-pooling thing…"
In the new show, which premieres tonight, Elizabeth Gillies plays Gigi, a sharp-witted, outspoken young singer who can hold her own with her father, washed-up wannabe rock star Johnny Rock — onstage and off. This may be the breakout role for the Haworth native best known for her four seasons playing acerbic frenemy Jade on the Nickelodeon hit "Victorious." She is ready to take the lead and make her mark in an adult role.
"I’m very excited," said Gillies, who turns 22 on July 26. "It’s something that’s completely different from what I’ve done. It’s definitely a departure."
Leary created and stars in this FX show as Rock, a drug-addled, ’90s singer whose band, The Heathens, broke up when he was caught sleeping with his lead guitarist’s wife on the day their breakout album was released. John Corbett plays that band mate, Flash.
Gigi is the daughter Leary never knew he had, who has come back with her own aspirations of singing, fame and fortune. She is ready to bankroll a Heathens reunion to try for that elusive rock-and-roll stardom.
Despite being more than 30 years his junior, Gillies immediately got along with Leary.
"We’re both very quick and have a biting sense of humor," she said.
The show, which includes guest appearances from rockers including Joan Jett and David Grohl of the Foo Fighters, is largely about the relationship between Leary and Gillies. Labeled a sitcom, it has dramatic elements as well, said Gillies, whose character may share some traits with Jade but is decidedly grown-up in language and look from her former Nickelodeon high school character. [...]
Read the full interview here!
The cast of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll was at the Apple Store in Soho yesterday for a Meet the Cast event. I've uploaded about 30 pictures from the event:
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The song that was the beginning and the end for The Heathens. Check out the official music video for “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.” FX’s new comedy starring Denis Leary and Elizabeth Gillies premieres Thursday, July 16th at 10p.
In FX’s new comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Denis Leary plays Johnny Rock, a washed-up, drugged-out frontman for a punk-rock band that had its moment in the sun and then broke up nearly 25 years ago. Since then, Johnny’s been barely scraping by. But things start looking up when a beautiful young woman, Gigi (Elizabeth Gillies), Johnny’s estranged daughter, shows up and asks Johnny to help make her famous. With the looks, the talent and the voice, Gigi might be Johnny’s ticket to fame after all.
Gillies, perhaps best known for her role in Nickelodeon’s Victorious (and maybe soon for the new Vacation movie), is absolutely on fire vocally and visually in her more adult SDRR role. “She can sing anything,” Leary says. “Man, I’m the luckiest guy in television right now to have this girl working for me. … I wish I had her wisdom and ability when I was 21 years old.” We put Gillies’ wisdom to the test with our famous 5 Questions:
1) What has been your strangest fan encounter?
I was on a kids show for five years, so kids will grab your legs and things … [At this point, Gillies gets interrupted by a starstruck young Victorious fan. Not kidding.]
2) Can you tell us about a time when you were starstruck?
I watched Project Runway a lot as a kid, and I went to The View and they were there. I’ve met almost everyone I’ve wanted to meet, but for some reason, the reality contestants on Project Runway, when I was 12 years old. I couldn’t speak. I also couldn’t speak around Megan Mullally. I literally backed down, because I’m such a big Will & Grace fan.
3) What’s your favorite sports team?
The New York Yankees, because I think I’m supposed to because of my family.
4) What are three things you have to have in your fridge or pantry?
Peanut butter. Dark chocolate. I don’t know. I eat very plainly and terribly.
5) What’s a movie you can watch over and over again?
Mrs. Doubtfire! [Laughs] It’s true, though. I love it. I was going to say Jumanji but that’s not true. I get sick of that every once in a while.
Emmy nominated actor Denis Leary joins HuffPost Live with co-star Liz Gillies to discuss their new show, "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll," which premieres July 16 on FX.
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Tonight was the series premiere for Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll in New York City and of course the whole cast attended the event. You can already find about 30 pictures from the premiere in our gallery, but expect more to be added later on!
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