There’s something about Nancy
Nancy Meyers has been making movies about women for 30 years, but her latest film has a beautiful twist: it is written and directed by her daughter, Hallie Meyersshyer. Scarlett Russell catches up with the duo to talk women on screen and behind the lens
Filmmaker Nancy Meyers and her daughter talk women in film, plus we sit down with Reese Witherspoon
No one knows romantic comedies like Nancy Meyers. Between writing, producing and directing credits, her films range from Father Of The Bride I & II, The Parent Trap, Baby Boom, Private Benjamin, The Holiday, It’s Complicated, What
Women Want and The Intern. They’ve made her, at 67, the most commercially successful female filmmaker in the business. Her films share similar themes – working women, motherhood, age-gap dating, divorce – and are told in gentle, funny narratives, by loveable characters with ginormous kitchens and colourful throw cushions. This is feelgood storytelling at its finest. Meyers’ latest project? Producing Home Again, this time written and directed by her daughter, Hallie Meyers-shyer, 30. It stars Reese Witherspoon as a young divorcee with two daughters whose life flips into disarray when three young, charming and aspiring filmmakers move in with her. Like mother, like daughter, it’s a classic Meyers-family movie – and very funny.
Where did the idea for Home Again come from?
Hallie: “I noticed a lot of women getting divorced earlier in life and I thought [that being] a young divorcee was an interesting time in someone’s life. A friend told me a story about her childhood where