Carrie Coon grateful for 'grounded' Ghostbusters character

Carrie Coon can relate to her character in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire credit:Bang Showbiz
Carrie Coon can relate to her character in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire credit:Bang Showbiz

Carrie Coon is pleased that her 'Ghostbusters' character is "grounded in reality".

The 43-year-old actress returns as Callie Spengler in 'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire' and praised the film's writers for making her alter ego a mother with flaws.

Carrie told The Hollywood Reporter: "Callie feels like a very real mom who's maybe not always great at the job, and makes mistakes and has to make repairs.

"That, to me, feels really grounded in reality in a way that movie moms aren't always, especially when they're serving a function in a story like Callie kind of is in this second film.

"And so I just appreciate that (co-writers Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan) are always writing a family dynamic that feels like it could be very, very real, even though we're busting ghosts."

The 'Gone Girl' actress has admiration for Jason after he handed the responsibility of directing the movie to Kenan following the death of his father (and original 'Ghostbusters' director) Ivan Reitman at the age of 75 in 2022.

Carrie said: "Grief is such a profound and long process, and the only way (out) is through. So I really respect Jason for knowing himself well enough to realise that he did have to take that step back.

"He was still on set with us and very present, but when you saw him, it was always clear how palpable the experience was. There was that feeling that his father wasn't going to get to see this. It's like your parent never meeting your child. It's that profound."

Carrie also explained that she had to try and keep it together in a scene when her co-star Paul Rudd recited Ray Parker Jr.'s 'Ghostbusters' lyrics from the theme to the original 1984 flick.

She said: "Look, I make a real point out of trying really hard not to laugh at Paul just to keep him in his place. Somebody needs to do that for Paul, and that's me.

"You don't see the take where Paul actually sings the entire song at the top of his voice while he pursues me out of the room. So they really did choose the most subtle version of that moment for the movie."