"I read the first 12 pages," Bates told Vanity Fair. "[The Waterboy’’] was really silly, it was a football movie, and I thought, eh, and I threw it in the trash." However, Bates' niece, who works with her, convinced her to reconsider, imploring, “Adam Sandler! [...] You've got to do this! You've got to do this!'” and Bates said, “Okay, let me read it again."