As the movie based on the relationship advice book He's Just Not That Into You opens this Friday, Drew Barrymore and Ginnifer Goodwin are opening up about their thoughts on the whole thing. Ginnifer gushes about her costars while Drew says she admires the "sage wisdom" of the movie. Plus, she gives a bit of info on her directorial debut, Whip It! starring Ellen Page. Check it out:
Drew, what do you think is the best piece of advice in the movie?
Drew: There are two things. One, a lot of the stuff that Justin Long says about the rules, like don't buy into this behavior. His sage wisdom, I love. We all need a friend like that. And I love Jennifer Aniston and Ben Affleck’s character which is that sometimes society forces you into thinking that love is supposed to be this certain mold or it’s supposed to look a certain way, it's supposed to entail certain things, and really it’s about the person and the partnership. I love that.
Do you think every woman has a He’s Just Not That Into You moment in her dating life?
Drew: If you're human, yes.
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Can you tell me a little bit about Whip It!? We’re very excited about that.
Drew: I'm really excited about it. . . It’s very personal for me, it's about finding a tribe in this world and it's a love story between the mother and the daughter. If you feel different and you’re trying to get your family to accept you, finding, like I said, your tribe in this world is crucial and just coming into yourself and feeling comfortable with that. Ellen Page is incredible and people really root for her in the movie and in life and I’m so lucky that she’s the person I got to do this with. I'm honored.
Ginnifer, did you read the book before taking the part, filming the movie?
Ginnifer: I did not. I purchased the book when I got the role. I take a very academic approach to my crafting of characters. I think I read the intro and I realized that I was going to be affected by this book, that I was going to grow somehow. I believe strongly that what an actor thinks or feels is expressed through the eyes when we’re talking about a screen the size of a school bus. It was important to me that I not have this information before the end of the movie.
Do you feel like your character Gigi is the most relatable character in the movie?
Ginnifer: I hope so because I found her the most relatable. To me she was the audience. She's every woman. She's fiercely intelligent and it’s not that there are foibles out of naïveté or ignorance or air-headedness. It’s that she’s been given the same skewed dating compass, the same bad fabricated, misleading man manual that we’ve all been given. It’s because of this that she walks boldly in the wrong direction. I found her so relatable. I didn’t want the audience to be able to excuse her actions because she was an idiot. I wanted them to say "I am brilliant. I am beautiful and I have this mistake, but it's only because I've been misled. I've been given the wrong guidance."
What was it like working with so many seasoned actors? Did you learn anything from them? Was it exciting to work with them?
Ginnifer: Oh my gosh, every last one! When I signed on to this project I was completely unaware of the casting. I read it a long while back and was obsessed with it because the writing was so brilliant. I actually cried with happiness when I was sent the list of the people who were interested and the people with whom they were talking because I admire them all so much. Their caliber is unparalleled, their talent untouchable. Their choices are always brilliant and the movie can only be made better surrounded by such people.
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