Million Dollar Arm's Lake Bell complicates the girl next door

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Actress Lake Bell speaks to Jian about her new role in the dramatic baseball movie Million Dollar Arm, co-starring Mad Men's Jon Hamm. Although her character becomes romantically involved with Hamm's, the actress says Brenda is no girl next door. 

"[Brenda] couldn't give a toss about whether this guy likes her or not. Which in itself is a refreshing concept in a lady character. She sort of dishes out a ton of tough love and calls him out on his crap," she says.  

Lake Bell, left, and Jon Hamm pose in a scene from Million Dollar Arm. (Ron Phillips/AP Photo/Disney) 

Bell also shares how acting is like an endurance test, why she resists the "sexy baby" voice and why she says there's a sort of "magic" to making others erupt in laughter.

Watch Jian's full interview with Lake Bell in the window embedded below.

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The trouble with too much money

Although Bell said she enjoys acting on bigger sets, the indie filmmaker -- whose debut film In a World drew a lot of critical attention last year -- surprised Jian by saying that she personally prefers working with a humbler budget. When money is lobbed at blockbusters, she says, it encourages an environment of fear.

"Everybody starts crapping in their pants and acting stupid," she says, adding that the bigger the movie, the larger the number of people that want to weigh in. The kind of movie she prefers is, quite simply, "a vision eloquently realized."

Watch Lake Bell as Brenda in two scenes from Million Dollar Arm. "Lake is my shed, and Brenda is a tool in there."

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