The trailer for How to Be Single came out recently and that looks great…
CB: That movie is really fun! Rebel [Wilson] is awesome. We really have an amazing cast in that film. We also released a teaser for Central Intelligence recently. You’ve got to check that one out too!

I know all these movie projects are like your children, and you have things like the sequels to Barbershop and The Conjuring coming out next year, but what are you personally excited about?
CB: It’s true, they are all your children. With that said, The Conjuring 2 is probably the one that I’m most excited about for next year, mainly because I’m a huge horror fan. I love being scared. I’m that person who watches through her fingers but loves every second of it.
     I will also say that I’m a little bit of a James Wan groupie [laughs]. He is so super talented. Watching him work is amazing. I mean, when you’re on the set of a horror movie and know you’re on a set, know they’re actors, and yet you’re still scared when you watch them shoot the scene on the monitor? That’s real talent!

Director James Wan on the set of the mega-hit The Conjuring. The sequel, The Conjuring 2, arrives this June from New Line.

Looking back on your career at this point, is there any particular project that you’ve been involved with that made a significant impact on you either from a career or personal standpoint?
CB: The thing that comes to mind for me is probably The Hobbit franchise. Back around 2009, I got involved with The Hobbit and Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, and it was a big, pivotal moment for me. While I had always been involved behind the scenes in how we put our movies together, that was the first time I ended up much more front-and-center than I had been in the past. I became an executive producer on that franchise. That really changed how I viewed my role and my job. I had a much more direct role in the creative than I did in the past. It was particularly satisfying for me and I really enjoyed the experience and working with them.

Last question: As you noted earlier, you never really pursued a career in the entertainment industry, but what advice would you have for people who are wanting to work in the business?
CB: When it comes to young people wanting to get into the business, I honestly think that working for a small, busy company is one of the best things they can do. This is particularly true of those people who don’t know exactly what they want to do, but they just want to be a part of the industry because they love it. So get your foot in the door somewhere, even if it isn’t a big, fancy place, because you’re going to get exposed to a diverse amount of stuff. And if you’re entrepreneurial, ambitious, and you’ve got a great work ethic, you’re going to be able to take advantage of all the things that small companies need and will figure out much faster who you are, what you enjoy, and what you really want to do. But the real bottom line? Work hard no matter what company you’re at. Someone will notice.  

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