Heche said that the Joan character required nuance. As the alpha female at the insurance convention, she had to come across as a relatable woman, not just a party girl, when she befriends Tim and his colleagues played by John C. Reilly and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
“It was very important to all of us,” Heche said. “This was more of a story about friendship. By the end, you really believe that these are people who are going to look forward to seeing each other again and will have bonded.”
That bond is evident in the final scenes, and after developing comic chemistry with her co-stars, Heche said she hopes “Cedar Rapids” is the start of a series of unconventional conventions.
“I sure hope so — ‘Cedar Rapids' is the place they go for this convention; I'd love to go to every city in the Midwest for a convention,” she said. “Bring it on!”