Rising star Zoe Kazan who wrote and stars in Ruby Sparks has spoken out about her new film revealing that she didn't draw on her real life romance with Paul Dano for the film.
Speaking to Reuters, Kazan who starred alongside Meryl Steep in It's Complicated said that Ruby Sparks is entirely a fictional tale explaining "Paul is an incredibly private person. And I think that if I had written us, he would never have agreed to act in it, and also, we would make a really boring movie, to be totally frank. We're pretty straightforward, uncomplicated. There's no power play. The worst it ever gets is a fight about what we're going to have for dinner."
Ruby Sparks just had its premiere in the US and Kazan further explained that the film is actually a response to the ways women are often presented in the media adding "I was thinking about characters that feel real to me. The best example I can think of is Annie Hall.
Woody Allen wrote this character that was obviously inspired by women he knew, or a woman he knew, but how much did he define Diane Keaton by writing Annie Hall?
Or how much did she define him by being who she was, for him to have a muse? And what is the flip side of that? What is her experience?
Then I was thinking about something that feels less well-rounded. I don't want to use a movie example, so I'll take Britney Spears. Britney Spears was both the pop creation and a real person. When we were looking at the pop creation, we were looking at, like, two percent of what the real person was.
And I started thinking about some movies where the character feels two-dimensional, or their musical taste stands in for their personality. If that's two percent of the iceberg, what does the rest of the iceberg look like? That kind of thinking started to get my brain moving in this direction."
Ruby Sparks opens in the UK on October 12 and also features Antonio Banderas, Alia Shawkat, Annette Bening, Steve Coogan and Elliott Gould.
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RUBY SPARKS OPENS ON OCTOBER 12