I feel like there are things I can relate to in every character.But I feel like when you read a script, you don't get to see the definition behind someone, you just get to read what the person goes through and find a place to come from to make it real.
In the poignant Sundance standout comedy-drama Save The Date, an uncertain young woman (Lizzy Caplan) publicly rejects a marriage proposal from boyfriend Geoffrey Arend, then falls in love with earnest young Mark Webber. The characters seemed like people I knew or people I had been. AVC: So there’s not some secret club of people from underwatched cult television shows? We hadn’t met, but I wanted it to be her, and luckily, she wanted to be in it, because let’s be honest, she’s perfect for the role.
Meanwhile, her sister (Alison Brie) prepares for her upcoming marriage to fiancée Martin Starr, who inconveniently happens to be bandmates with the lovesick, self-destructing Arend. Also, I feel like I was fortunate to read it after [Caplan] was locked in. I made a decision—because I had done a few small-budget movies leading up to this—that I needed to take a little break from the under-$1-million budget for the next one or two.
IMAGE COURTESY OF IFC FILMS Lizzy Caplan has had the kind of career in comedy most simply—and aptly—described as smart. What I thought was interesting about them, though they are drastically different, both of them end up being about what's right for the individual, which, most of the time, is to buck convention. It's figuring out how to do it on your own terms, which is really difficult, because everyone I know who has gotten married become seemingly all about your family and everyone's making compromises... I find that break-ups are so much easier when you can hate the person.
The 30-year-old actress, perhaps best known for turns in a slew of prematurely cancelled cult television series (, has demonstrated a shrewd range in film and television that reveals her knack for understanding and exploiting characters' idiosyncrasies for maximum comedic effect. so maybe it's a pro-doing-what-you-want kind of wedding thing? KELSEY: revolves around ideas about what adulthood and relationships can be and are expected to be, and how we struggle with that. Neither one of them hated each other, they still kind of loved each other. I think the same goes for , a wedding seems to be, unless you've been married more than once, so then it's a much more mellow affair—it's one of the biggest decisions you make in your life.
With honesty, heart, and humor, all five struggle with the trials, happiness, and pain of modern love.