What to do after an unplanned pregnancy when your career is about to take off?
In one of the most interesting indie comedies this year, Saturday Night Live alumni Jenny Slate headlines in this film about a comedienne who must make certain decisions after an unplanned pregnancy.
The film also stars Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffman, Gabe Liedman and David Cross.
Latino-Review caught the cast on the red carpet at their Hollywood premiere earlier this week.
Director Gillian Robespierre was delighted to adapt her short film into a full feature film and with Slate as its main star again.
“I’m really proud of it since it started off as something small with my best friends,” explained Robespierre. “When I met my producer Elisabeth Holm, it really ignited something in us to turn this into a bigger thing into a full feature film. Not too many people watched short films. Jenny does an amazing job in the role as a funny woman in a romantic comedy.”
Slate was happy to replay the role that she was in the short film nearly five years ago.
“It’s a good feeling to make the character into something more dimensional,” she said. “In the short, there’s so much you can do. In the process of expanding it, it means you get to add a lot. It’s really rewarding.”
Actor Jake Lacy played the man, Max, who gets Jenny’s character Donna pregnant in the film, joked about unplanned pregnancies on the carpet.
“I’ve been down that road. I’ve been down the one night stand road before,” he joked. “It’ll be a lit bit more awkward to find out if she’s pregnant. That’s probably the bomb less than the physical one night stand part.”
Lacy could relate to his character from the movie.
He said, “I think I probably would’ve done the same thing. That’s what I respond the most to about Max—is that she made this decision and he stands by her. He says, ‘Whatever you want to do and I will be there for you.”
Gabe Liedman plays Sam, the best friend to Donna, in the film, but Liedman is also the best friend to Slate in real life.
“It’s only cool. It’s not awkward at all,” he said. “It was like hanging out even though we called it work. It was great. The two of us always tried to make each other laugh. There always that challenge when we try to do anything together.”
“Obvious Child” is currently in theaters in limited release.