I Feel Pretty Trailer

Was it more difficult for you to play the version of Renee with no confidence or the one where she’s bursting with confidence?

Amy: It was harder to play with no confidence, because I had to make myself real vulnerable for that, and I don’t ever feel that way or let myself feel that way for long, so to live in it take after take was tough. Just the part of me looking at myself in the mirror, which was not scripted, I said “I want this. I want to just stand there in Spanx—I wanted to stand there in less, but they were like “It’s PG-13, bitch.”—and capture those moments you have as a woman or a man or anybody, where you just look disappointed in yourself, because that is what the world is making you feel you deserve. That was more challenging than feeling like Beyonce. It was really good for me.

As much as there is this rom-com element to the film with the boyfriend character, the real love story of the film is these three friends. They actually have a dramatic arc in their story…

Amy: …more than with the boyfriend, right.

Tell me about landing on Aidy and Busy and making that bond seem real.

Amy: We definitely wanted it to be real friends. We wanted it to feel real, and we definitely stacked the deck a bit because we were friends before. Female friendships in movies are just so…

Aidy: [Waving her arm from side to side] “No girl!” “Yas, queen!” In a way that just like, I have never spoken to a friend like that.

Amy: Do you remember in the 50 Shades movies—which I love, by the way; I’ve seen all of them, many times—when the girls show they’re friends by being like “I made you a sandwich.”

Aidy: “Cute purse.”

Amy: It’s not real. I have a shorthand with my friends, and we make fun of each other. My best friends, we all just trash each other endlessly. So Aidy and I were friends, and I had appreciated Busy from afar. Her husband Marc co-wrote and -directed it, so that was kind of a no-brainer.

Aidy: It was an easy vibe between all of us. I feel like there are little, improvised moments in there that are just us as actual friends.

You mentioned that this is only your second movie, and I know you have limited time off from “SNL”…

Amy: “On your time off, do you want to be on a set?!”

What are you looking for when you’re seeking that one project to do in that time off?

Aidy: You know what I always look for? I find so often that a character who would have a body like mine would have a point of view like “I’m a fat person going to work. I’m a fat person driving a car.” I am a fat person, and I probably never think about my body—of course there are moments—but 90 percent of the time, in my relationship, I never think about that. I would much rather play a role as someone who has a goal, is a person, or whatever, and is not completely ruled by their body, which sounds like an easy thing.

Amy: No, we were talking about that. It’s cool when a magazine or a soap company has a more diverse approach to marketing, whether it’s with body types or people of color, but to call it out and label it and bring attention to it and congratulating yourself kind of negates it. Why don’t you just have these people and not pay yourself on the back so hard. “Our charity this month is putting these monsters in our magazine.”

[Everybody laughs]

And those sales are always the best; Black Panther is breaking records. Everyone is like “We’re going to be nice to you now,” and the response is “Do you want to make money?”

Aidy: Do it; it’s just better.

So with your next break—I don’t know if you’re coming back to “SNL”—do you know what you’re doing?

Aidy: I’m back, honey! We were talking about this earlier, I think the thing I’ve learned about myself is that I have to write it myself. You’ve got to just do it your damn self.

Amy: Yes, bitch! You can complain or you can do it.

Aidy: I’ve spent a lot of time doing smaller thing her and there. Being in The Big Sick was the joy of my life, so fun. And it was another chance to do a movie with a friend. But for me, I’m writing on a TV show; I wrote a movie; and we’ll see what happens this summer.

Amy, I keep seeing your name attached to this Rebecca Miller movie [She Came To Me, with Steve Carell and Nicole Kidman also attached].

Amy: I know. She’s my favorite director. Did you ever see Personal Velocity?

Aidy: No.

Amy: Oh my god. It’s so good. But I don’t know. I have no information. I’m not withholding; I just don’t know.

So do you know what you’re doing next?

Amy: No. I ordered a lot of food for lunch. Did you hear what I ordered?

Aidy: Yeah. That’s how I feel too.

Your short-terms goals are set.

Amy: Sure. When someone else is paying: “I’ll have this and this.”

Thank you both so much.

Amy: Thank you. Good seeing you again.

Aidy: Great to meet you.

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