Lauren Miller And Katie Anne Naylon Tell Us How ‘The Bridesmaids Effect’ Helped Their Film Get Made

Jamie Travis, Lauren Miller, Seth Rogan and Katie Anne Naylon For A Good Time, Call...' premiere at Regal Union Square

The Grindstone: I know Lauren had been in a lot of movies (Superbad, Zack & Miri Make A Porno) but being producers, I imagine, was totally different. Was there a major learning curve for the both of you on this film?

Katie: I had never been on a movie set before so this was a total learning experience for me. I literally had to ask where to stand.

Lauren: It was the first feature that we were both producers on so there was a lot of new stuff and learning as you go,  but I think as a filmmaker you should always be learning.

“For 10 years, people were really afraid that there wasn’t an audience for an R-rated female-centric comedy,” said Bachelorette writer/director Leslye Headland. “(Bridesmaids) proved that there was. I think it will get hundreds of movies made.” According to Hollywood Reporter writer David Friendly the Bridesmaids effect has resulted in all the major film studios asking “Where’s our Bridesmaids?!” Friendly says the attention the film is putting female comedy writers on everyone’s radar. He says the effect has resulted in female comedy writers like Elizabeth Meriwether (No Strings Attached, New Girl), Dana Fox (What Happens In Vegas, Couples Retreat), Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) and clearly, Miller and Naylon who are already working on new projects, on people’s radar.

The Grindstone: Why is this such an amazing time for women in comedy? Do you think Bridesmaids was really that much of a gamechanger? When you heard about it, did you think this was really going to help your film?

Katie: I think the industry just goes through phases. In the 80s there were some great female driven comedies that weren’t about getting the guy in the end but then we had the success of The Notebook so a lot of films followed that. And I mean, whose goal isn’t to get with Ryan Gosling? But then it changes, like with the success of the Judd Apatow bromance films. Then with the Bridesmaids case it proved that women could do it and it gave us more wiggle room.

Lauren: We were super excited about Bridesmaids because it totally proved that our theory was right!

The Grindstone: What is your goal with your writing/filmmaking career for the next five years? I know you are working together on a new screenplay for actress/producer Elizabeth Banks but what do you hope to achieve?

Lauren: We just want to keep making movies and telling stories that we believe in. I think it is just really important to make a movie that you really want to see.

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