How’d you come up with the idea to make the film a hybrid of documentary and scripted narrative? I pitched to him and did a horrible job [laughs], and I don’t think it made any sense. What’s strange is that when we were writing the narrative we were like, “Oh, Charlyne’s character won’t change through other people’s stories” … In the beginning — I think I was like 19 when I came up with the idea for the documentary — I think I was more naïve than I was skeptical or bitter or cynical. I think uncertainty was where all the questioning was coming from. you realize that the completely obvious thing is that everything’s uncertain. Your relationships with your friends are uncertain. There’s this one couple who said, “Love is really worth fighting for, and you can never replace that person in the history, in the memories.” It reminded me of ‘Eternal Sunshine’ when they choose to relive everything over again because it’s worth the pain. Your ‘Dirty Dancing’ Cinemash with Channing Tatum is hilarious.I came up with the idea of making the documentary, capturing real love stories. And also in ‘A Guide to Recognizing Our Saints,’ he was really, really good.
Since we introverts need more time to think before we speak, I used to be chronically tongue-tied around my crushes.Yi travels the United States talking to real couples about the circumstances that led to their love connections.She also plays a character named Charlyne Yi, who in the course of making the film shares a romance with a character named Michael Cera played by the actor Michael Cera, the “Superbad” and “Juno” star.I talked to Nick Jasenovec [the director and her good friend] about it and he said, “Oh no, because of your perspective on love, you should be on camera, and we can kind of see it through your eyes.” But because of lack of time — we only had a couple of weeks to shoot — and also because of the fact that I didn’t want to film my personal life and dating [laughs], we decided that the best thing to do was to treat it more like a hybrid of both a narrative film with fiction and a documentary. Was it hard to pick who was going to play the love interest in the narrative portion, or were you just like, “Oh, I’m dating Michael Cera, so we’ll just have him do it”? So I got his contact info and I was going to just ask him to do a bit with me for promotion stuff, but that fell through because he emailed too late.And I would have to take on a character named Charlyne Yi because I’d be really interviewing them as myself, and so it would be jarring if I was myself during the interviews and then, for the narrative, someone else [laughs]. But he was really excited because he’d seen the movie.
And that’s only if I actually had the courage to be near them.