“He’s, like, mature and cool,” says Sennott of Pace. “Not that every guy my age is annoying.” She describes Pace as a “giving” actor and notes that during an especially gruelling, physical and violent scene that centres around Greg, Pace went for it 100 per cent with every take, even when he wasn’t on camera.
“They had to get all the girls reacting to him and he gave an incredible performance every time,” she says. “The camera isn’t on him and he’s giving a performance every time. I thought, I’m so lucky to work with this person.”
Despite their age difference (Sennott is 26), which is part of the gag, Sennott said it was easy to build the chemistry between Alice and Greg. “The only challenge is that I’m afraid people online are going to say, ‘She’s not hot enough to date Lee Pace.’”
One of the hot things Greg does in the film, which David tries, unsuccessfully, to emulate, is the sabering-a-champagne-bottle trick. He’s just got out of the pool and is restarting the party after a sticky social moment. It is demigod-like. It was a stunt Pace had to practise at home.
“I used my Hobbit sword,” he says half bashfully, half nerd-to-nerd transmission. He has it “lying around the house”, so he said to himself, “You know what? I don’t get many chances to use this guy.”