It’s really a nightmare state of affairs: You break up with you boyfriend and, in an unlikely coincidence, wind up residing in the identical constructing. To make issues worse, he has a brand new girlfriend—the actual property agent that confirmed you the residence and, as luck would have it, an acquaintance of your oldest pal. That small world is the quirky premise of Zosia Mamet’s newest movie, The Boy Downstairs.
In her first starring position since HBO’s Ladies, the actress performs a twenty-something author who strikes again to New York Metropolis after spending time overseas in London, solely to face the identical outdated emotions. Although the narrative is decidedly extra Hannah than Shoshanna, first-time director Sophie Brooks’s directorial debut is in the identical vein as rom-coms like When Harry Met Sally, and is bound to please followers of the sequence. Right here, Mamet talks concerning the new launch, exes, and going blonde.
What’s the craziest expertise you’ve ever had with an ex? A few years in the past, I obtained fucked over and wound up in a film as a glorified additional. I had simply damaged up with my boyfriend of two years, who I used to be head over heels in love with and I assumed I’d most likely die of heartbreak. We have been capturing a celebration scene—5 nights in a row, all night time lengthy—and the director requested a bunch of his pals, certainly one of which was my ex’s older brother, if he would invite all of his buddies so it might really feel genuine. So I needed to spend the subsequent 5 nights with my ex, his brother, and all the individuals who have been our pals that have been now not my pals. That was not enjoyable.
Do you imagine in staying pals with exes? I’m not somebody who has ever been capable of keep pals with exes, primarily as a result of the rationale my former relationships fell aside is as a result of the fellows have been unhealthy dudes. I had horrible style in males till I discovered my husband. The breakups weren’t amicable—it was at all times an explosion the place everybody died. However my husband is pals with lots of his exes, and I’ve met lots of them they usually’re great individuals. I believe it will depend on the individual and the connection.
This film might feasibly be one lengthy episode of Ladies, however Diana is a far cry from Shoshanna. What drew you to the position? I beloved Shoshanna a lot. She was the one character I ever felt like was a separate entity, as a result of she was so, so totally different from me as a human. This felt like a departure, as a result of it was so much nearer to house for me. The primary time Sophie and I met, we instantly bonded over our struggles with anxiousness, and the issues that plague Diana within the movie have been issues that we had skilled as nicely: the methods you be taught to deal with it, and the way it morphs as you become older.
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What’s the chance of a Ladies reunion on the large display? I don’t suppose it’s out of the realm of risk. We had at all times joked about it, however I believe there was at all times an underlying sense of hope throughout the joke that it’d occur. Lena at all times stated that, if we ever did a film, there would must be time in between so it felt like we have been discovering these individuals in a special a part of their lives, versus simply choosing up the place they left off. She didn’t need it to really feel like a continuation of the present, however a separate factor.
Talking of which, Lena has been harangued within the press not too long ago. How do you console a pal when she’s down? With Lena, the main target was and at all times has been on the work. After we have been capturing Ladies, at any time when the press concerning the present would come out, we might be again in manufacturing, so none of us actually had time to soak up it or take it in. In fact individuals’s opinions matter, however solely to a sure extent, and I believe the character of our technological world in the meanwhile is a bit Starvation Video games-y at occasions. You’ve got these platforms which have this insane attain, and but there’s zero duty since you’re not saying these phrases immediately to a different human being. Phrases are thrown round in a reasonably irresponsible manner, unabashedly and with out thought. Persons are going to say what they’re going to say, they usually’re entitled to their opinions, however that doesn’t imply now we have to hearken to them. On the finish of the day, we’re simply making an attempt to make one thing good. Lena’s at all times executed that. I can’t think about that this time can be any totally different.
Inform me about your resolution to go blonde. Have you ever at all times wished to make the change, or was it as a result of Shoshanna moved to Tokyo on the present? I wished blonde hair for a very, actually very long time. On Ladies, somebody coined the time period “Bloshanna” once we have been pitching for me to be blonde, as a result of I wished it that badly. Then, proper after we shot season four, I dyed my hair throughout my hiatus and it ended up figuring out due to the Tokyo storyline. Bloshanna lived within me. I’m staying sturdy.
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Your identify is notoriously mispronounced, as is Saoirse Ronan’s. Have you ever two ever had the possibility to get collectively and commiserate about it? I’ve by no means met Saoirse, however I really feel like we’d undoubtedly share related tales, as a result of each of our names are pronounced to this point off from the way in which they’re written. When you’ve got an odd identify, or a reputation with an odd spelling, it turns into a part of your life and also you come to phrases with it. I truthfully suppose it upsets different individuals greater than me, as a result of they suppose it offends me after they mispronounce it, which it doesn’t in any respect. Now that I took my husband’s final identify, Jonigkeit, I joke that I threw my hand right into a Scrabble bag filled with letters.
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The Boy Downstairs opens in New York immediately and in choose cities on Feb. 23.