This is Sarah and others from I Smile Back conversing with the Hollywood Reporter as part of its “Sundance Short Cuts” series recorded around the I Smile Back January 25 Sundance premier. (Sorry for the delay posting this.)
Sarah played tonight on the “West Team” in the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Also in the game were Kevin Hart, Ansel Elgort, Anthony Anderson, Common, Mo’ne Davis, Win Butler, Chadwick Boseman, Allan Houston, Chris Mullin, Nick Cannon, Blake Leeper, Michael Rapaport, Robert Pera, Kristen Ludlow, Abhishek Bachchan, Tina Charles, Skylar Diggins, and Shoni Schimmel. Final score: West 59 – East 51.
Sarah teased about Little League (and basketball) phenom Mo’ne Davis in this short video:
The Hollywood Reporter posted clips from its interviews with the many alumni of the Saturday Night Live writers’ room who gathered recently as SNL prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary. These are just the Sarah clips. To view the full video (all the writers’ clips) go here. (Sarah is with Carol Leifer.)
This is five minutes about I Smile Back with Sarah, screenwriters Paige Dylan and Amy Koppelman (author), and director Adam Salky. The interview is in the Variety Studio at Sundance Film Festival 2015.
♦Sarah on what she thought when she read the book ♦Amy Koppelman telling how it occurred to her to seek Sarah for the role ♦Co-screenwriter Paige Dylan on trying to be true to the book ♦Adam Salky on challenges of the shoot ♦Sarah speculating about if people will like the movie (transcripted below) ♦How playing the dark role of Laney affected Sarah (She talks about how the role led her to “lose her shit” and become “cunty” once a day during the twenty day shoot.)
One excerpt: I’m curious to see what people think and what they take away from it because she may be a sympathetic character to some people. She kind of lives in anxiety and fear and ‘what if,’ and quells that by self medicating. I think a lot of times when people live in fear, they don’t have room for anyone else, even– especially the people closest to them: their children, their husband. And so people may find her very sympathetic, and other people may find her not at all sympathetic. You know, everyone’s got their own shit that they have to work through, so I can see it being not a sympathetic character, but that’s what’s interesting to me. There’s a self centeredness to self loathing and needing to self punish and all that stuff. It’s self.
Here’s the actual Superbowl 2015 ad Sarah and Chelsea Handler did for T-Mobile.
UPDATE: Turns out that controversy has followed the airing of this ad. Some people are on the Internet ranting about the “Sorry, it’s a boy” line in the hospital delivery room. We’re not posting any of those comments; we just mention their existence as news here, and respond: Get a sense of humor. It was obviously a joke in a commerical whose concept was total irony.
And this is the Associated Press questioning of Sarah on the red carpet of Sundance, 1/25/15. In addition to the I Smile Back talking points, Sarah replies to a question about her boyfriend, Michael Sheen: “Because he’s fancy. He wears things like pocket squares.”