Do you write your characters with certain actors in mind? (NOTE: Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde are the proud parents of a little boy named Otis). So we pretty much just sat down and talked about our dating years.
LESLYE HEADLAND: Well, I meant that the audience were the assholes!
Yeah, when I pitched it, I meant people who don’t like romantic comedies normally would like this romantic comedy.
But I do think that Jake [Jason Sudeikis] and Lainey [Alison Brie] are struggling with being honest in their lives, not that that makes them assholes.
They’re struggling with their own self acceptance, insecurities, gender roles; they’re not getting to know people before they have sex with them, they’re sort of having sex in the dark and trying to figure it out what they want. ’ and I told him, ‘Because I’m not a fuckin’ asshole, man!
They’re a bit wayward, but I don’t think they’re assholes. I had this guy who I was sleeping with, who was involved with somebody else. ’ I fell for you and I’m part of it, but I’m not just going to keep recklessly hurting people I don’t know.
I think if you ask Jason and Ali, they would say they’re not assholes! He was sort of in between people, you know what I mean? I couldn’t pretend it wasn’t happening or wasn’t affecting me.What’s cool about Jake and Lainey, they have consciences, even if they’re not listening to them.They know right from wrong, but they feel they’ve gone so far off the deep end of being lovable that they can’t come back.PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: (L-R) Actor Alison Brie, director/writer Leslye Headland and actor Jason Sudeikis of "Sleeping with Other People" pose for a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by Mc Donald's Mc Cafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2015 in Park City, Utah. What I really wanted to do was make sex less of a reward or a bodily function. There was a lot of thought put into how to represent sex within the movie. I mean, the character is just so evil, and Adam is just so nice. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/Wire Image) Writer/director Leslye Headland is best known for her work on the television series “Terriers” and her directorial debut, the film “Bachelorette.” She also adapted this past spring’s film, “About Last Night” from the original Tim Kazurinsky and Denise De Clue script. But I also think it takes an actor that good to BE that bad. I appreciate the accolades but I wonder if it will make the next film hard to sell just because it’s NOT a comedy (laughs). Her latest film, “Sleeping with Other People,” has earned nothing but great reviews since it played at the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festival. Can we make a romance that’s very real and funny and touching and scary and stupid? MS: For lack of a better word, I found the film to be very “adult,” in the vein of “Bridesmaids” and “Trainwreck.” Yet, like those two films, though it’s “adult” it’s also very realistic. He and Allie (Alison Brie) had worked together on something and he saw the script. MS: The film has already won raves and awards, including from both the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals.