Wong, Netflix And Randall discussed on The Frame

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Wong, Randall park have been friends since college and Wong wrote for fresh off the boat, the ABC sitcom that park stars in for years, they talked about making a romantic comedy together and a twenty sixteen profile of long in the New Yorker. She described it as our version of, when Harry met Sally now that idea has become a reality Wong and park's star in the Netflix movie always be my maybe, and they co wrote the screenplay with Mike ogm co when Wong and park. Stop by the frame studios. She explained how the idea for always be my maybe came together, we hadn't talked about it in detail, and it wasn't until, you know, a little bit before I did that interview that a distinctly remember Randall saying, you know, we should we should really do this at the time I was writing on fresh off the boat, and I hadn't spent that much time acting. Well, I had acted on camera. A lot of people didn't know me as an. Actress and I thought Randall meant when he when he said, we should really do this. I thought he meant, you know, I want you to an eye to write a starring vehicle for me to do a rom com with, like Anne Hathaway or something. And then he was like, no, I think we should star in it, and we should write it together. That's very sweet. Yeah. Not in Hatheway alley or van Hatheway is unavailable alley. Well, no. Yeah. I mean I I've known alley for so long. I've always known. She was a great actress on top of everything else that she does so great. And it was, you know, we're, we're close friends and my dream has always to work with my friends. So it was something that I really would have loved to have happened. But I didn't expect it to kind of half in the way it did from that New Yorker article, yeah. That kind of caught fire right? I mean how long did it take to actually come together? I mean, it's three years later, but in Hollywood time, that's actually not that slow. Well after that article got picked after that section of the article got picked up by all these other outlets. We both got inundated with calls from just different people in the industry and studios. And there was just a lot of interest for the script, and we didn't have a script. Log line. Yeah. We had nothing. So what's worse have interest in the script that doesn't exist or have a script that exists that has no interest? I mean it the position we were in very unique and we feel really lucky have been Netflix took it off the table right away. What was the movie that you wanted to get made? What was the story that was important you because scripts go through Lucians people have notes, you know, what was the core thing that you wanted to make sure you preserved? I mean, we had always talked about, like our when Harry met Sally. It's a it's a movie that we both loved, but we wanted to incorporate our parts of us as much of us, you know, in our lives in it as possible, and just kind of tell a, an authentic romantic comedy. What does that mean authentic? Is that athetics your lives to your culture authentic to who you are? Because there's so many different ways authentic, our, our experiences and in our lives. I don't know. I guess with the question of authenticity, it, it's really hard for me to talk about it. But it just kind of all comes down to instinct, right? So it's like, for example, for that meal in the beginning that young, Sasha. My character makes for herself where it's like spam and rice, and fully cocky, it's like I didn't make a movie to be like, I wanna make movie with offending food moments. You know. But when it came down to talk to props about what that would look like it's like, well, this is what feels right? You know, these are the clothes that feel right? This is the girlfriend says the dad that feels rate, you know, and I guess, because we care about authentic city all of that will will come through when it comes down to the decision but we don't. Yeah. We first and foremost for me. At least I just wanted to make a movie with my friends that tells a great story. You know all those details that, that speak to our desire to, like, have authenticity. Just it, it just comes through, hopefully in a natural authentic way. But it's important to note that the spam is sliced. Exactly right. Very even and then the rice when you play your rice for your own meal, that nobody is watching you put it in ram akin an invert it. So it's actually looks like it's in a restaurant, it's a form, so it might be rice and spam. But it's presented us, if it were in a restaurant, and that's specific to her character and showing how she has a love of presentation of food from the very beginning, you know, and that's not like necessarily like an Asian American growing up in San Francisco thing, that's a Sasha thing. Right. But there's also this detail about, do you slice food with scissors or do you chop it with a knife. Which is a cultural thing in terms of how people present. Food chop food. Right. It's funny because those things when we wrote them at they didn't mean that much to me, your carry that much weight. But now, we're hearing people like I love the part. The part where the take off their shoes when they go in the house and carry the shoes, and they put the shoes back on, when I go to the backyard. We're like, okay. Okay. Those were things that we were like, okay. We got to have a scene where they're cutting. It wasn't bad. But it was like, we had a scene, where the mom is cooking. And how, how does the mom cook? Well, my mom cooked like this. Okay. That makes sense. You know, that's how I think that's how those kind of authentic moments made their way into the movie, but in some cases, and certainly in Hollywood history, those moments are often incredibly hard to preserve that there is such a bias to take any story that might be authentic to a certain group of people and make it white. I mean all the way around the story that everybody that third default mechanism. That's why it's so important people focus way too. When the question comes about like diversity focus way too much on the talent on camera, you know. And it's like I think people really have to be paying attention, more caring more about the people behind the camera because when you have people from diverse perspectives behind the camera, it's like it's not this battle, then it's like, what more can you add to the scene to make it feel more real and it's? Not this like, well, they should be wearing shoes in the house. Or, you know, I want her to be eating a hamburger, something like that to me more mainstream. I mean it's just it's just easy. That would have been so

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