And a Geek Shall Inherit The Earth: A Q&A With Community's Danny Pudi
TWoP: Does that make it difficult when a guest actor pops in for an episode or two? Is there any awkwardness or tension about having a new person in your guys' midst?
Pudi: When guest actors come in, that person will often do a monologue introducing their character. And after that they'll flip the cameras on us and we react to whatever the person is saying. And it's funny because we get it now -- we get where each character comes from and it's fun to see how we all react to new elements being introduced to Greendale. We're a bad flash mob is what we are. From our characters' standpoint, there's definitely uncertainty whenever a new element is introduced. It's like, "Oh I hope this doesn't destroy our delicate ecosystem!" Which it usually does, because we're a really self-centered study group. But as actors, we love it, because that new element forces our characters to react in different ways and who knows how it's going to change things? A good example of how that's worked is Fat Neil in the D&D episode. That was a character that started off with one or two lines and the next thing you know, he's at the center of one of my favorite episodes and doing an incredible job.
TWoP: There were a few romantic sparks that flew last year between Abed and Annie as well as with that CIA agent. Any chance we'll see him embark on a long-term relationship this season? He's already got a pretty fulfilling bromance with Troy...
Pudi: That, to me, is the greatest thing. It's a really great friendship and it's great that they found each other. I think they both had the idea of building a blanket fort for years and it was never fully realized until they found a best friend. As far as romance, Abed has definitely had these flashes with women he's seen and same with Troy. I think they're both looking for that long term relationship, but are they ready for it yet? I don't know. When they're approaching a woman yelling "Books!" and holding a briefcase full of tacos, I think they still need to polish their strategy a bit.