“Don’t you have a lock?” Rose Byrne asks, her forehead under her bathing cap creasing with concern. We’re in the women’s locker room at the YMCA on 14th Street, steps away from the pool — the only pool, Byrne has informed me, that she has found in her decade-plus of living in New York that even comes close to replicating the spacious outdoor ones in her native Sydney, Australia. Byrne hasn’t been here in six weeks, ever since she gave birth to her first child — Rocco, with Vinyl star Bobby Cannavale — which might be why she looks so dismayed that I’m now holding up the works by forgetting something as obvious as a padlock. Or maybe it’s just that Byrne’s face — while very pretty, even in a bathing cap — is naturally melancholic, with its downturned pout and wounded Bambi eyes. Nonetheless, I feel a flash of guilt that I’ve delayed what might well be an innate Australian need to plunge into water by failing to predict that this YMCA, one of the seeming last bastions of middle-class decency in all of Manhattan, might be rife with pool-locker thieves.
A metallic clang sounds out behind us, and an elderly woman in a skort shuffles by with a walker. Byrne gives me a wry look, like: See? There’s an element here.
Which is a small but telling example of the comedic sensibility that has made Byrne, 36, “the most in-demand supporting actress for comedies,” as The Hollywood Reporter rather specifically put it. […]
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Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne were in New York last week promoting their new film The Meddler, in which Sarandon plays an overbearing mother who moves to L.A. to be closer to her screenwriter daughter, played by Byrne. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, who based major elements of the script on her own relationship wth her mother, The Meddler marks Sarandon’s best role in years. But with Bernie Sanders in town for the primaries, it was impossible not to begin our conversation with some politics, a topic the notoriously outspoken Sarandon never shies away from. Here, a conversation with Sarandon and Byrne about what it means to be a mother, women in Hollywood, and feeling the Bern.
It’s an exciting week to be in New York with the primaries here.
Rose Byrne: I love America. I’m addicted to watching the news here. It’s just so entertaining.
Susan Sarandon: This is a particularly interesting election cycle. They’re not all this exciting.
Rose, are you invested in American politics?
RB: As a foreigner, it’s just so different from Australian politics, in terms of the theatrics, and the money behind it.
SS: Well, this would have been an ordinary shoo-in, and usually New York doesn’t even matter, but it’s just because Bernie’s in this, it’s made it into this thing. And then of course, Trump, which everyone thought was so funny. It’s not so funny anymore.
RB: It’s just fascinating to watch. I can’t stop.
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On April 20, Rose took part of a panel for ‘The Meddler’ at the Soho Apple Store in NY. Have a look at the pictures now!
Prom has begun for Rose’s first movie of 2016, ‘The Meddler’ by Lorene Scafaria and with Susan Sarandon. One screening, a panel with AOL and a premiere and after party at the Tribeca Film Festival happened in the last two days and you can already find pictures in our gallery!
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Lorene Scafaria tweeted a few hours ago the poster for The Meddler! Also, the movie is supposed to hit theaters on April, 22nd!
With The Meddler showing today at the Toronto Film Festival, we finally get to discover more from the movie with this first clip of Rose and Susan Sarandon.
Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the distribution rights to The Meddler, starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, and J.K. Simmons.
The film, directed by Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World), is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 10 to Sept. 20. Sarandon stars as a widow and “eternal optimist” who moves to Los Angeles to be with her daughter (Byrne). The logline: “Armed with an iPhone and a full bank account, Marnie sets out to make friends, find her purpose, and possibly open up to someone new.”
The film also stars Saturday Night Live’s Cecily Strong, Neighbors star Jerrod Carmichael, and Better Call Saul actor Michael McKean. Sarandon also serves as an executive producer with Paul Green and Steve Golin of Anonymous Content.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired worldwide rights to The Meddler.