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‘The Thought of You’ director on constructing lead stars’ ‘earned chemistry’

Director Michael Showalter (left) with Anne Hathaway on the set of “The Idea of You”

Director Michael Showalter (left) with Anne Hathaway on the set of “The Thought of You” —PRIME VIDEO

Once we spoke to Emmy-nominated director Michael Showalter (“The Dropout,” “The Huge Sick”) in a fast one-on-one chat about Prime Video’s acclaimed rom-com movie “The Thought of You,” we needed to understand how he approached the storytelling facet of his movie and the way he managed to get stars Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine to decide to the manufacturing’s Might-September premise.

Right here’s our Q&A:

What sort of film did you got down to do if you determined to tackle this venture?

I really like romantic comedies. I simply love the style. I grew up watching “When Harry Met Sally,” “4 Weddings and a Funeral,” “Say Something”—the listing goes on. These motion pictures are entertaining and humorous and romantic, however they’re additionally extra than simply about romance.

Take “4 Weddings and a Funeral.” It’s an important instance of a romantic film that’s additionally about life and dying and love and friendship and all these different issues. So, that’s what I aspire to do in my motion pictures. Sure, I attempt to entertain by making a film that’s throughout the romance style.

Nicholas Galitzine on the LA premiere of “The Thought of You”—PHOTO BY GREGG DEGUIRE/JANUARY IMAGES

Within the case of “The Thought of You,” I got down to inform the story about these two characters, and I attempt to take the viewers on a trip the place they really feel like they’re additionally with them. I need viewers to really feel like that is actually taking place … that that is the way it would possibly really occur. So, it’s not simply fantasy or pure leisure; it has to really feel like an emotional journey as nicely.

Suspension of disbelief could be tough in romantic characters from totally different age teams—like Anne Hathaway’s 40-year-old Solene and Nicholas Galitzine’s 24-year-old Hayes. How did you construct your lead stars’ rapport and chemistry?

It was crucial to me that their romance is performed out steadily—that it isn’t love at first sight. I needed to “earn” the chemistry between them. So, whereas we see that Hayes is drawn to Solene proper off the bat, for Solene, it isn’t going to be that simple.

For me, the chemistry between the characters builds as we watch them get to know one another. And hopefully, the actors will even construct on that spark the identical method their characters do—they’re falling in love with one another as human beings. If that’s [well-articulated] within the writing, then that additionally helps the actors ship convincing portrayals.

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