Michael Cera, <EM>Arrested Development</EM> Michael Cera, Arrested Development
It's been a bittersweet week for Arrested Development fans. We got to see the cast reunited at the Emmys, though everyone knew a win for Fox's dearly departed comedy was a long shot. Then Season 3 was released on DVD this week, but for many, this, too, is a reminder of the show's premature demise. To ease our pain, TVGuide.com called Michael Cera (aka painfully awkward teen George-Michael Bluth), who was back at home in Toronto and has apparently recovered nicely from AD's cancellation.

TVGuide.com: Um, do you know that Warrant's "Cherry Pie" plays on your phone line before you answer?
Michael Cera: Yeah, I get a lot of calls from people who hang up right away after hearing that, thinking they've called some weird wrong number. I kind of like it as the theme music of the phone call.

TVGuide.com: That certainly sets an interesting tone for our conversation. What are you doing in Toronto?
Cera: I'm having my last summer with friends before they go to school and I head off to L.A.

TVGuide.com: Do you find you're able to have something resembling a normal teenage experience when you're back home?
Cera: Yeah. I went to high school for ninth grade, but I did school over the Internet when I was working on the show. But socially, I've been lucky enough to kind of have the best of both worlds: come back and hang out with my friends, then go and be on a show.

TVGuide.com: What do you have in common with George-Michael?
Cera: Every guy I knew growing up is basically that guy except for the wardrobe and the banana stand and the [crush on his] cousin. But yeah, there's a lot of me in there. All the guys I grew up with were never extremely popular or outgoing. We're normal but just kind of shy and a little awkward.

TVGuide.com: And how are you different from George-Michael?
Cera: I think I'm a little less passive. I think the character is loosely based on [series creator] Mitch Hurwitz as a kid.

TVGuide.com: Did you do some commentary for the Season 3 DVD?
Cera: The commentary on this one is going to be bizarre. We were all in different places because we weren't coming back [to do another season], so David [Cross], Will [Arnett] and Jessica [Walter] were in New York, I was in Toronto, and everyone else was in L.A. And we all did it over the phone. It was like being on the phone with 10 people while trying to listen to the show and talk about it. Every now and then I make a comment, but it's like I'm talking to myself because no one can really hear.

TVGuide.com: Are there any deleted scenes you'll be happy to see included?
Cera: There are always a few things you look forward to, [scenes that weren't aired because] there was no time or it didn't really work. There was something from the second season that I was really disappointed wasn't on TV. In one episode, [George-Michael's girlfriend] Ann squirts mayo in her mouth and then eats a hard-boiled egg. Then there was a scene where I had to do it, and they did, like, seven takes. But instead of mayo, they thought yogurt would be less disgusting, but it was not! Plain yogurt and an actual hard-boiled egg. It was so hard not to gag... and then it didn't get on the air.

TVGuide.com: Maybe they were just trying to test you.
Cera: I think they were, actually! They were trying to see how far they could push me over the edge!

TVGuide.com: What was the mood like when you were filming the last few episodes?
Cera: It was kind of sad. At that point we weren't certain that it wasn't coming back. There was talk that Showtime would pick it up. We always felt like we were on the brink of cancellation from the very start, right when the pilot aired.

TVGuide.com: When was the last time you saw the rest of the cast?
Cera: At the wrap party, I guess. I've seen people in between then. I talk to Alia [Shawkat] all the time, and Jason [Bateman] was filming in Toronto and he came over one night. I ran into Will in Hollywood. I see Henry Winkler every now and then because I'm friends with his son, Max. I guess we'll see each other at the Emmys. That will be exciting.

TVGuide.com: All the fans are hoping for a movie. Is there a chance of that happening?
Cera: That would be great. I'm really hoping for that, too. I think Mitch wants to [do it]. I got a phone call asking if I would actually be up for it, and I said, "Yeah, absolutely." I just don't want to get my hopes up and then have it never come to fruition.

TVGuide.com: Getting your hopes dashed seems to be a theme with Arrested Development.
Cera: Yeah, we've all been taught not to get our hopes up.

TVGuide.com: Did that leave a bad taste in your mouth about TV?
Cera: Not at all. I understand. I'm one of those people who really get into one show and just favor that. That's what I did with the BBC version of The Office. I've heard really good things about the NBC one, but I haven't gotten into it yet.

TVGuide.com: What are you doing next?
Cera: In September I start working on a movie called Super Bad. Judd Apatow (The 40 Year Old Virgin) is producing it, Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg wrote it. Jonah Hill (Accepted) and I play best friends trying to go to the last party before school is out, and we both like these two different girls. It's kind of our last chance to hook up with them, so we try to get alcohol for the party with fake IDs.

TVGuide.com: As you get older, do you think you'll keep playing this kind of character?
Cera: I hope not. It's really just whatever comes along and whatever you're lucky enough to get into!

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