Listen: Netflix's 'Otherhood' Is About a 'Deep Female Friendship'
"Will start with other hood. It's about three MOMS whose kids are grown and the women are all trying to figure out what they're gonNA do next and their lives motherhood sinking feeling that how's your child's growing up that you're being broken up with on a gradual but daily basis it's inhumane emotional waterboarding as the best description adoption of motherhood. I've ever heard well at this stage. It doesn't feel like motherhood other. The Film Co Stars Patricia Arquette Angela Bassett Facet and Felicity Huffman and let's first talk about Felicity Huffman next next before we talk about the movie she'll be sentenced month for her involvement in the college admissions scandal scandal to which he's pled guilty and her arrest actually delayed the original release of other hood supposed to coincide with Mother's Day. Here's what the film's producer Sir Cathy Schulman had to say on the issue. When we made the film with Felicity obviously we had no idea what might happen later and it was a terrific experience. It's all around an amazing collaboration frankly of five or six or seven women in their fifties of which she was one and when this actually actually happened it had a sort of interesting mirroring effect you know to the film itself in the sense that mothering is really really hard and even felicity character in the movie you know. She has to make some really really hard decisions. She's goes through a lot of hell before she learns to love herself again and interestingly enough. We have not seen it. You know affecting in the film so far people are starting to see it and what's exciting is when you know those who write about it say what a terrific performance. She actually has given in his but you know I think that yes. She's having an intense second chapter here and the movie is really all about second chapters. It's directed by Cindy Chupak. She was a writer producer on sex and the city she also adapted the screenplay she and producer Cathy Schulman struggle for a decade to get it made the major obstacle. The leads were women in their fifties. It was always about empty nesting it kind of was about a stage of life and then we were just discussing. They're not mothers anymore. What are they and I came up with other head from my extensive experience on it was really funny moment when she said it because the scene that you just played imitates what happened when we were sitting thing across the table from one another and we just were like that is the best description of what we're experiencing we could possibly imagine and then it's so much fine to see. Patricia say those words because we had the same experience creating the title itself. Yeah it is a really harsh. I don't know like a right of passage or whatever that period in life is. It feels horrendous because everything in your body as a mother is prone to taking care of your children. I mean our our eyes. Get bad during pregnancy are bones get weaker. I mean even our physical bodies. Give everything it can to our child so once you're sort have discarded thrown away like old. US handkerchief a horrible feeling but there is a bright side. I mean I guess there is something about this story about kinship in about finding people who are going through similar things and strengthen numbers stink the numbers I like and also that your children you know you want them to individually to move away but I think part of the argument that all three of these MOMS have is shirts great. We want you to have your own life but don't forget us and don't be disrespectful towards us and you know we could still love each other and stay connected being adult and have your own life but you know I love you. You and I want you to love and respect me and I think there's a subconscious thing too in the way that we've been from the nuclear family from Nineteen Fifties Americana Donna and before I do think we've taken mothers for granted and it's a subconscious bias and I I would like to have that conversation about shifting that relationship chip and also respecting our elders which I don't think we do a great job of in America. We're talking with producer. Cathy Schulman writer Director Cindy Chupak and actor Patricia arquette about their new new movie other hood basically there's this age group and it kind of is forty nine to sixty nine. That's like this forgotten female generation. You know we're mothers and grandmothers or that's what everyone thinks but what about those twenty years in between where we're still working oftentimes at the height of our careers might be in second in careers. Their sometimes are second marriages. Somebody might have died. You know your your children are leaving your sensuality and sexuality into question your relationships relationships with husbands and lovers. You're suddenly think you should have sex with the lifeguard things. Are you know during this period who this guy is yeah no. I I see that because I experienced that heavily no names March twenty minutes the new what I'm referencing that there's nothing more terrifying for a woman than society saying that after you you do this heavy lifting of motherhood which is up until a child is eighteen to twenty that then your grandmother a grandmother is a great stage but it's very far along from where many women in Middle Age are actually living and experiencing things and there's a lot of life to have and that's what's the fun other hood the movie because they go to New York these three MOMS with this agenda to fix their relationships with their adult sons as if that's possible symbol but what happens instead is they realized who they are. I don't think it's just society that assigns. This valued motherhood. I think it's also also comes from us and it's a subconscious kind of bias. We ourselves carry so in this movie with these friends. I think they do start to go. Hold on a minute. I WanNa read negotiate the life <hes> I don't know when agreed to that or how I agree to that or what happened exactly but I wanna have a different life now. I'm going to add something to that because it is is societal and its internal and its pop culture and pop culture through television through film through books through advertising shapes expectations of of how people are supposed to look how they're supposed to behave and you guys all know this that there are certain things that women can and cannot do behind in front of the camera certain kinds of characters they can and cannot play and there's certain kinds of ways that they have to be seeing and not upset those norms and that is part of how the characters doctors in this story start to think about themselves because they're conditioned by that onslaught through popular culture. I mean I think there's also something whereas sometimes agents don't want their their clients actresses to play a mom of an adult person like you know there's a feeling that you're now crossing over into an area and then that's who you are so then you can't like you said into the dead leads <hes> to you. Are you ready to move into the zone your day. Amy Schumer so true we have it cued up listen last day with Amy Schumer Audition for Mrs Causing. You're kidding me. I read for that party. You got that she'll because it's going to be really good or either. A movie set you gotTa Wardrobe and the only thing they have for you to wear long sweaters like cover you up head to toe Kinda thing. Rarely the poster prefer your movie is just like a picture of the kitchen. Yeah very vague titles like whatever it takes or. Sheen's well the last days kind of saying like we're about to be marginalized as opposed to this movie hopefully puts these women front and center their stories are valuable and they're kind of extraordinary ordinary ordinary characters. They're not playing the MOM. They're playing women who have adult son. This is a damn Mamadee people. Yeah we have a mom at eight. I was thinking on the way over that 'cause I was asked a little bit about like you know Mommy. Chick flick and you know chick flick could only only have become a term because men decided to identify which movies they didn't WanNa Watch. No woman decided let's call these chick flicks and so until there's Dick flicks I've. I don't want to call it that Cathy. Schulman is the producer of other hood. Cindy Chupak is it's writer director and Patricia Arquette Stars in the film Cassie Cindy and Patricia. Thanks so much for coming in. Thanks for having thank you thanks"