Imagine if you will 10 Mom Bloggers descending on Vegas for a night of fun, drinks, and laughter. Nothing salacious, but some shots of fireball, moms going to drybar for some primping, some Italian food, followed by more laughter. This is moms in Vegas:
We were there with FOX attending CinemaCon to check out their upcoming footage and to chat with the creators and cast of SNATCHED. Let me tell you a little bit about the movie:
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After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter – in unpredictable, hilarious fashion – is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.
Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn star in the new comedy adventure SNATCHED, which also features Ike Barinholtz (“Neighbors”), Wanda Sykes (“Bad Moms”) and Joan Cusack (“Working Girl”).
Starring: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Joan Cusack, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Christopher Meloni
Directed By: Jonathan Levine
Written By: Katie Dippold
Produced By: Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson
As you can see from the trailer, this was a comedy match made in heaven. It feels like Goldie and Amy actually could be mother and daughter. The hijinks had me literally laughing out loud, *just* from the trailer. My family know how bad I want to see this and they’ve already bought me tickets! SNATCHED and sushi for Mother’s Day…I couldn’t imagine anything better.
Now back to the interviews….I’ve been a fan of both of these powerful comedy women for years and was super excited to be in the same room with them. Let alone interview them. So let’s get straight to the interview!
Q: Have you ever been star struck by somebody?
Amy Schumer: So, I was just talking about this with my sister. Do you guys watch the Great British Baking Show on Netflix? I saw one of the contestants from that show. You watch these people for, like, 10 hours. By the end, you’ve watched them for 10 hours, not a movie where it’s, like, two hours. So, I see this girl. She’s 19, by the way, and in her car. And I was like, “Hi. I’m such a fan.” She’s just like, “Oh, it’s okay. I get it all the time,” you know? I was like, “How was I more star struck by her than anyone ever?”
But also, my favorite singer is Ani DiFranco. And she was at the Women’s March, and they were, “Oh, she wants to meet you.” And I was like, “I honestly can’t.”
Q: So, did you guys meet before filming? What was your first meeting like?
Amy Schumer: Well, my first meeting was, well I was star struck. I was on a plane cross country, and she was on the plane. I was just like, “Oh, my God,” because she’s my number one. My whole life she was my favorite actor, everything. And I’d already read the script, and I knew I wanted it to be us. I didn’t want to go up to her on the plane, because then the rest of the flight someone’s looking at you. Every time she turns around I’m like–you know? So, I was like, “Okay, just leave her alone.” But, Goldie is Goldie, and just so fun. Just watching her interact, any flight attendant or anybody that come over, just so sweet. It was a long flight, so she’s waiting for the bathroom and she’s also kind of doing yoga in the aisle. It’s like what you want.
So, I went up to her in the terminal after the flight, and I introduced myself and I was like, “There’s this movie, and I would really love for you to play my mom in it.” She was just very sweet and–“Okay,” you know? Then the first time we actually really spoke was at the Glamour Awards in London.
Goldie Hawn: Yes. So, it was all about Glamour and, you know, newcomer. It was Entrepreneur of the Year and women who’ve done really great stuff.
Amy Schumer: Because Kate [Hudson] was there for Fabletics.
Goldie Hawn: Fabletics and For Entrepreneur of the Year.
Amy Schumer: Yes. Yes, it was just a cool night. And that was also the night that there was a tiny video camera in the back, and I was like, “Are they filming this?” They were, “Oh, it’s just for our archives.” I was like, “Okay.” So, I go up and I said, “Look, I weigh 160 pounds and I can catch a dick whenever I want.” Then it went viral, and I was like, “Well, you said archives.” That sounded old to me. They were like, “No.” And that’s the night that we really met. But, Goldie will go there with you. She saw Trainwreck and knew that I was capable of, because we really wanted this to be a movie about mothers and daughters and just how unique that dynamic is. And once we realized we had the same goal in mind to tell the story through a lot of laughs but really have it grounded in a real relationship, we were like, “Let’s do this.”
Q: Goldie, why did you want to take on the role?
Goldie Hawn: Well, I wanted the role to take on me, actually because it was really a perfect situation. Actually, I’ve been away from movies for a while, and I really was ready, ripe. But the truth is, there’s very little stuff out there for women of a certain age. When this came about, it was sort of a dream come true, meeting Amy, who had a sensibility, a similar humor, the ability to make you laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. It’s a gift and it’s a talent. It’s a part of being able to tell a whole story, not just jokes, not just laughs, not just a silly comedy, but something that actually could say something. So, I was stimulated by that, and also the process in which it takes to get there. So, that’s why I was ready for the role to take me over, right, and surrendering to that because this character is nothing like me. It was a challenge because I’m not a wallflower and she was sort of a wallflower in this movie. I was challenged by the character. So, once she really took over me then I was comfortable in it. But more importantly, the process with Amy was what made it everything for me. It really did. It matters, because the connection and the collaboration is what makes movies good, you know? You can’t collaborate with somebody you can collaborate with or who won’t let you collaborate with them.
Then we started chatting about women in the industry and the hurdles that brings.
Amy Schumer:Goldie Hawn: Well, there’s more scrutiny toward women, particularly that have achieved a level of power. When I went off to make movies and produce movies, I didn’t do it because I wanted to be the greatest producer in the world. I did it for a pragmatic reason; money, the ability to have enough talent and enough people in the room, a deal at Warner Brothers, and line producers that are with you, you’ve got a really good one. You’ve got an amazing producer. You created a great team. You don’t need that. Therefore, we made a movie called Private Benjamin. It was really a hit movie, a lot of people involved with that. It just wasn’t me, but I was on the cover of Newsweek. That was not the best thing, because suddenly I became Goldie, dumb as a fox, and all of this stuff–.
Amy Schumer: –You get a target on your back–.
Goldie Hawn: –And now I’m like, “Oh, she only wants to do her stuff, and she likes to take control of things.” And I ended up having a company that produced things other than I was in. So, our company was really a real production company. It wasn’t a vanity project for Goldie. What you had to do during that time period when there weren’t women producing movies, that you have to navigate, as Amy said, though various different challenges in terms of how you pose a problem or how you look at a movie that doesn’t work, or how you have produced a movie that the director’s taken in a completely different direction, and you know that you had the final word on it. And then, if you do have the final word, you better say everything just in the right way, which I didn’t do one time. I mean, I went in there and I hauled off on them. I said I’m going to take my dumb wig that I wore on this movie–off, and I’m putting my producer hat on, okay, and then all that followed. I regret that because he went ahead and put something in the paper. And for all the where we are today out here, Goldie–I’ll never work with another star again. Goldie has taken this movie over. And it was literally the studio that called me and said, “You’ve got to do something.” So, I was the fall guy.
I’m sure you guys know that too. It’s like if you put yourself out there and you have something to say–.
Amy Schumer: That’s the thing. It’s all these hurdles. It’s just like things that you didn’t even foresee. And to not just want to quit. You’re like, “Should I just”–but you can’t because if you have the capacity and then it’s your responsibility to do it. Goldie, she didn’t take years off, you know? It was her choice. And her program, MindUp and just teaching these kids, and everything that she’s done to just better the world, I just look up to that so much. My whole life I’ve looked up to Goldie and if there’s one person whose life I could live in their image it would be her.
And so, getting to do this movie with her was so special and beyond my wildest dreams, yes. And if I could just impart half of what she’s imparted to me to someone else, I’d be really proud, you know?
Q: Can you talk about how you see your mother now after experiencing this?
Amy Schumer: Yes, and I’ll try not to cry. No, I’ll probably cry. My mom and I were always really close. And then, I turned 12 and she kind of utilized me more as a friend than–okay. I’m so sorry. It’s a hard time. I mean, a teenage girl, nobody’s exempt from those years. So, it’s not you. Then we got close again. And then at about 30, I kind of took in my whole life and saw the mistakes that she had made, and it really hurt me. And now at 35, because it’s a constant evolution and it’s a constant negotiation, your relationships with your family, your whole family. But I really look at her as someone’s daughter. And I know she did the best that she could and she continues to. And I really try to love her for who she is, because you said this once. You just crave your mother.
There’s a moment in the movie where I say or I hug her and I just say, “You’re always there,” like, if I call you at 3:00 in the morning. I have a nightmare and I can still call my mom and she’ll pick up. She always answers.
And so, no matter what happens with you two, it’s this bond…What this movie is, you know? And everyone will run out and call their moms. And yes, it is this constant negotiation, but I really try to just love and accept her like she’s always done for me. It’s just biological. It’s this insane connection.
So we literally laughed and cried with two of my idols. It was a special moment. One that I’ll never forget!
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***Disclosure: I attended the #SNATCHED Event My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by 20th Century FOX All opinions are 100% mine. ***