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'The Overnight' Cast On Silver Lake Parents And Getting (Almost) Naked
The Overnight has a lot of sex jokes, but once you peel back the layers of the story, there's much more depth to it. It's also about 30-something parents trying to fit in Los Angeles and make friends...who just so happen to possibly be swingers.
The Overnight, written and directed by Patrick Brice, has a big-name cast, with the likes of Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godreche in the mix. It follows couple, Alex (Scott) and Emily (Schilling), young parents who just made the move from Seattle to Los Angeles. They're eager to make new friends, and end up meeting hip and super-friendly parents Kurt (Schwartzman) and Charlotte (Godreche) while their children are playing together at a Silver Lake park. Kurt and Charlotte invite the couple over to their house for a play date and family pizza party, but once they put the kids to bed, things get real weird and outrageous. Alex and Emily appear to have stepped into a swingers world full of sex videos and butthole paintings. [SPOILERS AHEAD.]
LAist recently spoke to the movie's stars, Scott, Schilling, Schwartzman and Godreche, at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills about penises, nudity and the trials and tribulations of being an adult. We also found out that Schwartzman really doesn't like BBQs by the pool, and that they shot the movie over just 11 nights in a Hollywood Hills home. Here are some of the things we learned from the actors:
In one scene, Scott and Schwartzman have to completely strip down naked by the pool. This is how they felt about being naked on set, wearing prosthetic penises:
Adam Scott: My penis wasn't big enough for what we needed to shoot so we had to get a prosthetic. [laughs] Jason and I had prosthetics on which was really weird because you have this thing on and for all intents and purposes it looks like a real penis. You put it on and you're naked except for this thing that looks like a penis. So for all intents and purposes you're naked but there's a psychological barrier because it's fake, where we didn't really feel like we were naked but we pretty much were. We were far more comfortable than we would've been if we were actually nude.
Jason Schwartzman: I know what you all think but I'm not a pool party kind of guy. I don't love a BBQ, like [on] Memorial Day. I'm not excited about a 4th of July BBQ by a pool where people are eating and swimming. That doesn't make sense to me. I'll go to them but I'm not having fun. That's because I've never been a guy who sits around with his shirt off in shorts, hanging out [and] having a beer. That's not my personality.
So, if we read in this exact same movie but we had kept our underwear on the whole time, I think I would have been really nervous to do it. But because I was naked with the prosthetic—I couldn't explain why but it felt less stressful. It was more freeing or something than just being in a bathing suit.
When I first had it on, nobody wanted to look. And I was sort of feeling like, "Guys, this is not my penis. I don't feel weird. You can look, you can touch it, you can hold [it]—whatever you'd like.
Judith Godreche: I actually touched it and it was pretty impressive. I think I got turned on by the thing.
On how the film crew tried to put them at ease with being naked:
Judith Godreche: The crew was so nice, super respectful.
Jason Schwartzman: And they told us we had great bodies. They were so nice. [They'd say], "You look great. Turn around again." And I'd turn around and dance. They were really nice to us about our bodies. It was really unusual.
Adam Scott was a bit freaked out before filming The Overnight, a movie that his wife, Naomi Scott, also produced:
Adam Scott: The Kurt character creeped me out when I was reading [the script]. The nudity freaked me out because usually when you have the script, you think, "Maybe we'll make this at some point. There's a 10 percent chance this will ever actually happen." I was like, "Yeah, sure let's do it." When we actually found the time to do it—and I happen to be married to a very aggressive good producer who got it all together—I was like, "Oh no, I'm actually going to have to do all of this." I'm glad we did because it ended up being fun. I also think if things are scary, you should actually do them.
On meeting Silver Lake people just like Kurt, who plays a caricature of the L.A. hipster:
Adam Scott: I remember when our first kid was really young and we were at the park in Silver Lake and there were a bunch of babies there with their Silver Lake parents around. And we heard one of the moms call out for their daughter, and she's like, "Yoko, Yoko, over here!" And we were like, "Wow, here we are, Silver Lake, Los Angeles."
Adam Scott on how he relates to his character, Alex:
Adam Scott: A lot of time, people spend their 20s figuring out who they are, and in their 30s cementing who they are. When you have kids and get married you're kind of cast in that in stone of who you are and how you fit in the world and how you perceive the world and how the world perceives you. You kind of have all of that banked. Sometimes if you especially have kids you feel like you have to be a rock so you feel like you stop changing or stop evolving and it's sort of a necessity to become this kind of solid thing for them to look to. And I think the character in the movie, all that gets turned upside down in the matter of hours. And what to do with that information is what he tries to decide is what happens with the rest of the movie. I can really relate to how you get to a certain age and you feel you have all of the information and this is what it is for the rest of the time here, and discovering that's not true is really interesting.
How the cast got to know each other before filming:
Taylor Schilling: We had a kale salad together.
In one scene, Alex feels like he's reborn, and says he just gave birth to himself. When asked about a moment that the stars felt they gave birth to themselves, this is what they had to say:
Taylor Schilling: I picked something on my face and I thought I gave birth to something. It could have been alive.
Judith Godreche: I guess my life went by in reverse. I did everything extremely young. I was young and in a relationship. Super young and paying taxes, emancipated from my parents when I was 15. It's like my life went so fast that actually giving birth to myself if something that is going to happen like...maybe in the next five minutes.
I'm a single mom and having to deal with two unique kids and being teenagers and having to go to prom—and I am giving birth to myself. I don't even understand what prom is and I have to deal with all those things that I don't even understand. We had to spend like three hours at the store shopping for shiny shoes.
Jason Schwartzman: My prom date fell asleep. The whole thing's a joke. Whatever. Fuck prom.
'The Overnight' is out in theaters today.