The Daily News spoke with O'Dowd at the Park Hyatt Hotel last September during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
Q: The girls in 'The Sapphires' are based on real people. Was your character?
A: From what I can gauge, he's an accumulation of two or three guys, one guy in particular.
Q: What attracted you to the role?
A: A few weeks after 'Bridesmaids' came out, I was inundated with similar things, but not the same craft or quality, so I thought I needed to go and do something very different. And an aboriginal original musical filled the bill perfectly.
From when I signed up to when we started shooting, it was relatively quick for me - probably two or three weeks. So, I think it's safe to say I wasn't their first choice.
Q: Where did you shoot the film?
A: We shot in Saigon, some Australia for Saigon. We had all those street scenes in Ho Chi Minh, and that was really surreal. Closing down streets in Vietnam is not a simple operation, as you'd imagine. Plus, we were bringing all of this American Army equipment through the streets. I felt like shouting "We're ba-a-ck!"
Q: With roles in 'Bridesmaids,' 'This Is 40' and 'Girls,' do you feel like an official member of the Judd Apatow Comedy Players?
A: I like to think that in the Apatow house I'm the window cleaner looking in and masturbating. I'm sort of on the fringes of that world. I enjoy working with those guys and playing with them, and there is a lot of play time in those films, which is unusual.
What I love about Judd's stuff is that I always believe the relationships, which is a lot different from the other comedies around.
Q: Between 'Bridesmaids' and 'The Sapphires' you've worked with mostly women . . .
A: I grew up in a house with a mom and three sisters, so I'm very aware how crazy they are. I'm equally frightened and invested in playing with girls.