Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Ron Livingston Jason Reitman M
Writer Diablo Cody condenses the extremes of motherhood into an intense and humorous script. This film also has some wonderfully unpredictable twists.
We’re around the same age, and every five years or so we make a movie that mirrors where we are in our lives and what’s on our minds. Despite the fact that we’re coming from different places, inevitably what she writes echoes things that I’m feeling.
Q: How are the three films connected?
A: The growing storyline of these films is ‘When do you feel grown up?’. What is the moment that you suddenly think: ‘I am at the right place and time in my life?’ And so far, that has been ‘never’ (laughs)... is about growing up too soon. is about growing up too late. And this one is kind of this moment where you realise, as a parent, ‘I’ve closed the door on a part of my life and I need to actually say goodbye to my younger self’.
For whatever reason, we’re both interested in this as a concept, and she articulates it so well. I presume it will just keep going.
Q: You had Charlize in mind from the get-go?
A: From the second I read it. ‘OK, this is Charlize’. The only question was, ‘Who is Tully?’ I knew Mackenzie and she felt like the perfect match.
Q: What do you like most about Charlize on screen?
A: There’s always something strangely accessible about Charlize on screen. Which is unusual because she’s six feet tall, she’s absolutely stunning, and our concept of her is as a ‘movie star’.
For whatever reason though, unlike many movie stars and particularly beautiful ones, there’s something very accessible about her.
We’ve made two movies together now and they are both about very normal human flaws. Her ability to reach that has never been a question.
And the audience’s ability to connect with her relationship with those flaws has always been there, too.