10 Minutes with Emily Blunt and Rosemarie Dewitt
The movie you need to see this weekend is Your Sister's Sister. Forget about, Battleship or Prometheus or whatever gun-fight B.S action flick is opening today. Your Sister's Sister is a romantic comedy in its bones (girl likes best friend guy, best friend guy sleeps with her sister and devastating and hilarous feelings surface) but it's not the kind of romantic comedy that Hollywood usually churns out. (No diss to Hollywood, I love my Best Friend's Weddings too). But anyway, due to an offbeat genius director (Lynn Shelton) who relies on improv to wring truth from her characters, amazing performances by Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt, and a terribly charming Mark Duplass, Your Sister's Sister cuts a whole lot deeper.
Read on to hear what Blunt and Dewitt have to say about the movie, and for a mini-debate about the role red-carpet fashion in their lives.
Did you think the movie was going to turn out as funny as it did?
RM: That was the big surprise to me seeing it. The audience was another character seeing it. We were so invested in the truth of the world of it, which is kind of devastating, you know, which is what happens with unrequited love. We all thought we were making a very serious move.
E: I found it interesting watching it. You’re creating naturalistic moments that are so much more accessible to an audience because they recognize themselves in the messiness and loveliness, which is this case came from a lot of improv process. This movie doesn't have the glow or the perfection of a scripted movie. Audiences really associate with it how real it is and so they see themselves in these moments. They laugh from recognition almost, in some ways.
Were you intimidated working with Lynn Shelton? Neither one of you have a big improv background. How did she help you?
RM: Truthfully, there was no time. It was a 12 day shoot. So there was no time to think.
E: No time to panic.
RM: What helped a tremendous amount was Marc Duplass really does come from that background. He has a lot of confidence so we were able to look at him and say, Is this it? Is this really how we’re going to make this movie? Do we make it up as we go? Lynn and Mark said it was perfect. This is exactly how it should be.
I read that you stayed in cabins in the woods for filming. So much for fancy hotels!
E: Rose and I stayed in one cabin. And Mark would come scratching in the window. Because he stayed in a stinky boy cabin that actually had a pink bedroom. He was always like, "Your room smells better." The three of us would sit with wine and go on and on talking. We'd say "What can we add?" We would keep sharing. The day wouldn’t stop. It felt like a personal film.
Have you ever had a crush on a guy friend? And tried to turn that into something more?
RM: I remember kissing one of my best guy friends in high school at a party and him throwing rocks at my bedroom at two in the morning. I was like 'What are you doing?' And he’s was like, "I just kissed my best friend and I need to talk about it."
RM: We’re human beings we romanticize things. You’re best friends with someone because of certain things. Because you love everything about them...maybe minus one thing.
E: I don’t know if I ever had that actually, a guy friend that I had a huge crush on. The torture of it is you take that leap it can go either way and it can mess everything up and you’ve lost everything, or you gain something. It’s such a scary moment.
RM: It's so rare in real life when people allow themselves to be so vulnerable. It's very rare when people say "I love you" first. Like someone has to, but forget it, if they don’t know how the other person is feeling. So I think that’s why we love movies that have it in there.
The clothes are really low-key in the flim—the type of stuff you'd actually wear for a week in the woods. Did you work with a costume designer?
E: They were all my own clothes. Occasionally Lynn would see like crew member wearing a hat and take it. Like, "That’s nice!"
RM: I got this job so last minute and told a friend who is a fan of thrift shops. She wears more flannel shirts and helped me out. This movie takes place in the Pacific Northwest. There is a practicality to it.
E: Lynn was so open to what we thought was right for the character. I wanted Iris to feel urban and tomboyish. That skinny jean thing came up [Watch the clip below and you'll get it-Ed]. Mark and I talked about what we liked to wear. I actually do like to wear skinny jeans all the time. I brought a lot of my more boyish worn-in stuff.
RM: For hair and makeup we had this lovely girl, Petra. There wasn’t much hair and makeup. We woke up and she put something under our exhausted eyes. You have a moment where you’re vanity goes "Oooh.” It is more Dogme style with the hair and lighting. It adds to the feel.
Do you enjoy getting dressed up for the red-carpet?
E: Personally, I don’t get dressed up in daily life. I am straight jacketed to jeans and t-shirts and flip flops—that is all I seem to wear. So for red carpet, I love the spectacle. It’s such a performance for the intense frenzy of the red carpet. I prefer to not feel like myself. I really love that element of it. The bold statements, choosing something that makes you feel not like you. I think it is really fun. But as soon as I get home I get in my PJs. I wore Michael Kors to the Tribeca Film Festival Premiere. I love that dress.
RM: I wouldn’t use the word fun. It just depends on my mood. I am very rarely in the mood. I feel like I’m getting in drag. It's not the clothes so much. It’s the hair and makeup. It's such a big production. To me, it feels very inauthentic on some level. It gives women the wrong idea that all of us (actresses) in Hollywood walk around like that. I’m guilty of going to the grocery store in my PJs. There is some veneer to it. I don’t like that I can’t repeat clothes. Having said that, I do feel incredibly grateful if someone loans me a dress. I feel like a bride when someone lends me a dress. There is something fun about it, but on a different day you feel silly. Like why don’t I go how I really look and see how others respond?
But fashion can also be a way to express yourself.
E: That’s what I like about it. It’s a creative art form. How clothes can help you feel something. Viscerally. When you wear them. you embody them in some way. That’s what I love about fashion. I think I used to underestimate the fashion, but when I did The Devil Wears Prada I could really see how artistic it was. So I have a great appreciation for it. The red carpet is definitely a moment for me to applaud it in some way and enjoy it. At the same time, it is a total veneer of what I normally look like. There are endless sweaty paparazzi photos of me getting out of the gym to buy a bagel. But that is my life.
RM: it is fun. It really is. It asks the question why wouldn’t we be okay with our find from Target? I got these big sun hats from Target for like $14 and people ask me, "Where did you get that?" But if someone asks you what are you wearing on the red carpet and you say Target, that is not cool. That is really silly.
Your Sister's Sister opens in select cities today.
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