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Jake Siegel on Beta House

Published January 11, 2008 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders.
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You don't have to be a Stifler to have a cool name in the American Pie movies. The Cooze (Jake Siegel) was Erik Stifler's best friend. Just as desperate for love, but more outspoken about it, The Cooze hopes college will be a better opportunity for him in Beta House.

Siegel in the House

"I think going into college and expecting to be a ladies man and kind of getting taught a lesson quieted The Cooze down for this year," said Siegel. "So I'm a little bit more mature, a little bit wiser, a little bit more George Clooney and a little bit less like Carrot Top. The thing is you go to college and you really can. You see a lot of people try to reinvent themselves. I think what this movie is about is trying that out and seeing that it doesn't necessarily work for the better. Sometimes the sexiest thing you can do is be yourself."

Pledging the fraternity should help Cooze find his game. "It's always nice to feel part of something. It's always nice to feel part of something and feel like you have a core crew of friends to have your back. So I think pledging the house as Cooze gives me a little bit more confidence. A little bit more confidence and there's so many crazy guys in the fraternity that I don't have to necessarily be that crazy guy. I think that's what my journey is in this film, is finding that happy medium between a party animal but still a sensitive, cool, laid back."

At Beta House, even The Cooze will find a special lady. "Oh yeah. Denise. Well, she may or may not be a lady as you'll see in the DVD. It's kind of an ongoing struggle."

Some of The Cooze's crazy pledge activities involve the animal kingdom. "We have to kidnap some animals, the ostrich which was pretty frightening. It's like a Velociraptor. I don't know if you've ever seen an ostrich but these things are like. They're vicious. It's the closest thing to a dinosaur I've ever seen, but to be totally honest, the bird was a better actor than most of us. After every take it was back on its mark, no problem. We actually gave props to the ostrich."

American Pie Presents: Beta House is available exclusively on home video.

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