Scar­lett Sin­gle! Strong! Sexy!

Scar­lett Jo­hans­son in­ter­rupted a string of se­ri­ous sci­ence fic­tion and su­per­heroine roles for a rare comedic turn in Rough Night – and she rel­ished it.

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scar­lett Jo­hans­son ad­mits that ev­ery sin­gle day, as she filmed the hi­lar­i­ous com­edy Rough Night, she had to try to stop her­self from laugh­ing. She didn’t al­ways suc­ceed.

Scar­lett plays Jess, who re­unites with four univer­sity friends – Pippa (Kate Mckin­non), Alice (Jil­lian Bell), Frankie (Ilana Glazer) and Blair (Zoë Kravitz) – for her bach­e­lorette party in Mi­ami. But things get wild, and they end up with a dead male strip­per on their hands.

“Oh, my gosh, we were laugh­ing non-stop!” she says. “Ab­so­lutely non-stop. Those girls are so good at what they do. I re­mem­ber working with Jil­lian Bell and I kept go­ing, ‘You bas­tard! I can’t keep a straight face.’ The things that were com­ing out of her mouth were just out­ra­geous. And it was like that so many times on set.”

Rough Night was writ­ten by Paul W Downs, who plays Jess’ fi­ancé, and Lu­cia Aniello, who also di­rected the film. Both are key mem­bers of the cre­ative team be­hind the hit com­edy TV se­ries Broad City.

When Scar­lett picked up the script, she knew it was spe­cial. “It’s not all the time you read a script that is per­fect and you go, ‘Oh yes, this is it.’ Like, I can see it and I’m in. That’s re­ally rare,” she says.

Jess and her univer­sity friends head for Mi­ami to cel­e­brate her forth­com­ing wed­ding. She’s an as­pir­ing politi­cian, with an im­por­tant elec­tion loom­ing on the hori­zon.

“My char­ac­ter is a very prac­ti­cal, very prag­matic per­son,” Scar­lett ex­plains. “She’s en­gaged to be mar­ried to Paul’s char­ac­ter, Peter, who is a food writer. They are at the crossroads that a lot of young cou­ples find them­selves at when they are in their early 30s and get­ting mar­ried. Ca­reer is kind of tak­ing a bit of pri­or­ity over the re­la­tion­ship.

Jess goes on this de­tour for her bach­e­lorette party, think­ing, ‘Oh, this will be a boozy week­end in the mid­dle of this elec­tion cy­cle; I don’t re­ally have time for this right now.’ So it’s in­con­ve­nient.”

But once in Mi­ami Jess re­con­nects with her friends and they let their hair down in style. Later, back at their rented home, one of the girls hires a strip­per (Ryan Cooper) to keep the party go­ing.

“Yes, it gets re­ally crazy! A se­ries of events oc­cur and the strip­per dies. For one rea­son or another each char­ac­ter jus­ti­fies the dis­posal of this body,” Scar­lett laughs. “And hi­lar­ity en­sues.”

Out­ra­geous and very funny it cer­tainly is, but the story has a lot of heart, too, she says. “I think what makes this movie work is the fact that you re­ally care about these char­ac­ters. You can for­give the crazy cir­cum­stances be­cause you re­ally be­lieve in the friend­ship be­tween these women.

“Of­ten our lives get so crowded with work and fam­ily drama. We all get caught up in the strug­gles of ev­ery­day life. This movie is re­ally about ap­pre­ci­at­ing the peo­ple that re­mind you who you re­ally are and what you were re­ally put on earth for.

Scar­lett en­joys a stolen week­end away with her own fe­male friends from time to time. “My favourite times are girls’ trips – when the girls get to­gether and get to go out, dance and get crazy some nights, and have your han­gover brunch,” she laughs. “You know, those times when you re­lax, gos­sip, in­spire one another, read to­gether. I am long over­due for a trip like that.” GLAM­OUR Let’s start by talk­ing about the story. SCAR­LETT I think this film is about those very ground­ing friend­ships and how they help us stay true to our­selves.

Friend­ships from our for­ma­tive years that can have a life­long im­pact on our lives? Yes. I cer­tainly have those friend­ships that I have cher­ished for al­most two decades at this point and in a lot of ways are the most mean­ing­ful be­cause they’re a re­flec­tive sur­face that you can gaze upon and re-cen­tre your­self, and that’s re­ally what this film cel­e­brates.

And we can all re­late to that be­cause ev­ery­body has those kinds of friends in their lives. I hope so. I cer­tainly trea­sure mine. It’s like one of my best girl­friends – we ac­tu­ally met through our ex-boyfriends. They were re­ally good friends and we al­ways say that we dumped the boyfriends and just kept each other. [Laughs.] I think there are dif­fer­ent ways that you come by friend­ships at dif­fer­ent points in your life and they don’t al­ways have to be the friends that you’ve had for 20 years. I think my clos­est friends re­flect some part of my­self; per­haps my own ide­alised ver­sion of my­self and that’s prob­a­bly true be­cause they are all such great women. But I think they cel­e­brate dif­fer­ent or hid­den as­pects of your own per­son­al­ity. These five char­ac­ters in the film are all com­ing from dif­fer­ent places, their lives are in dif­fer­ent places – but when they are to­gether they sort of be­come part of some greater unit and I think that’s what peo­ple who have seen the film re­ally re­spond to. They re­spond to the warmth of the friend­ship and the un­ex­pected con­nec­tions that they all have with one another.

Did the script make you laugh out loud when you first read it? It did. My daugh­ter, Rose Dau­riac, was pretty young at the time and I was about to start some­thing and I had one week where I was go­ing to try to take it easy be­fore I head into it. I think it was Ghost in the Shell. And I wasn’t even look­ing to get any­thing, but my agent called me and said, “The guys that do Broad City wrote this script.” As soon as he said that,

“There are dif­fer­ent ways that you come by friend­ships at dif­fer­ent points in your life, and they don’t al­ways have to be the friends that you’ve had for 20 years.”

“Com­edy is re­ally chal­leng­ing. It’s ex­cit­ing and the im­pro­vi­sa­tional as­pect sharp­ens your act­ing tools.”

I was ex­cited about it. I think Broad City is so great. And I re­mem­ber read­ing it on the couch and lit­er­ally laugh­ing out loud. I thought it was so funny. It was thrilling and it’s crazy to get stuff like that and it makes you feel like, ‘There is orig­i­nal con­tent out there.’ It’s in­spir­ing.

It’s co-writ­ten and di­rected by a woman, and the leads are all women. Could that have hap­pened 15, 20 years ago? I think the rare thing is that we have a fe­male di­rec­tor. Un­for­tu­nately, that’s not com­mon. I think women in com­edy have been cel­e­brated more re­cently and it feels like women are fi­nally get­ting their due. They are cer­tainly there. I think, prob­a­bly, be­hind ev­ery great male comic there is a whole bunch of come­di­ennes in the writ­ers’ room com­ing up with all the jokes. I know that from working with Satur­day Night Live, I know that from see­ing dif­fer­ent writ­ers’ cir­cles, and it’s about time that the lime­light was shared in this way. And I feel like that is a won­der­ful ex­tra el­e­ment to the whole thing. The movie is R-rated for ref­er­ences to drugs and sex. Is it your kind of hu­mour? It’s to­tally my kind of hu­mour. Lu­cia pushes ev­ery­thing to the al­most un­for­giv­able and then it’s just a process of par­ing it back. And that’s the great thing working with such in­cred­i­bly talented comedic ac­tors and writ­ers. Watch­ing them is like watch­ing Olympic ath­letes. It’s such a plea­sure see­ing them per­form and you want to be on set all the time just to see what they were go­ing to come up with.

Would you like to do more com­edy in the fu­ture? Yes. I would. I loved working with Lu­cia and Paul so much. I would love to be able to con­tinue to col­lab­o­rate with them. Do­ing com­edy is re­ally chal­leng­ing. It’s ex­cit­ing and the im­pro­vi­sa­tional as­pect of it sharp­ens your act­ing tools.

What’s next for you?

I’m back in the suit. [Laughs.] I’m leav­ing for Scot­land and we’re shoot­ing the third and fourth in­stal­ments of the Avengers back to back, which will take me through till the end of the year.

Are you still en­joy­ing play­ing Black Wi­dow in the Avengers? Oh, yeah, it’s fun. I love my co-stars and it’s al­ways great to get back to­gether. It’s like a fam­ily; all of the pro­duc­ers, the film-mak­ers, the cast, and I’ve been with them through my preg­nancy and now as a mom. It’s re­ally been in­ter­est­ing to grow with a char­ac­ter. I’ve been play­ing her since I was 24 and now I’m 32. I’m a dif­fer­ent per­son now and I think so is she. Ev­ery time I get the script I’m ner­vous to open it be­cause I love this char­ac­ter and I care about what hap­pens to her.

How are you find­ing mother­hood?

That’s the great­est ad­ven­ture of all. I know ev­ery­body says it, but I never could have imag­ined how much you can love some­one. It’s crazy. Some­body once de­scribed be­ing a mom as your heart kind of grow­ing another cham­ber. I thought that was re­ally apt. It’s chal­leng­ing in all the best ways.

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