The Drop Interview: Jillian Bell & Joshua Leonard Talk Hulu Comedy

ComingSoon spoke to The drop stars Jillian Bell and Joshua Leonard, who also co-wrote the film, about Hulu’s hilarious comedy about losing a baby. The comedy will begin streaming on January 13.

“Lex (Anna Konkle) and Mani (Jermaine Fowler) are a happily married young couple who run their dream bakery in Los Angeles and are excited to start a family together. A trip to a tropical island resort for a friend’s destination wedding, coinciding with Lex’s ovulation cycle feels like the perfect opportunity to get pregnant,” the synopsis says. friends. Paradise becomes purgatory for our couple as recriminations, passive-aggression and old wounds begin to permeate the island’s reunion, throwing Mani and Lex’s future into deep uncertainty.”

Tyler Treese: Jillian, the cast is filled with so many people with great comedy backgrounds. So how was the film atmosphere on set? I know it was a tight shoot, but I undeniably feel that there is a good bit of improvisation going on.

Jillian Bell: Most of it is improvisation and it was crazy because I have worked with Utkarsh [Ambudkar] now… I think this is our fourth film and the rest, I think it was our first time. And I just fell in love with everyone. Honestly, we have so many inside jokes. One of them Joshua tattooed on him so I mean they have to be good inside jokes by now. They were pretty decent.

Joshua Leonard: I’ll also add that when my phone rings 37 times in 22 seconds, it’s always Drop group text that still pops up every few weeks.

Josh, you co-wrote the movie with the director. What went into this idea of ​​basing the comedy on losing a baby? It’s absurd as a concept, but that’s also precisely why it works so well and is so much fun.

Joshua Leonard: It’s absurd. All credit for the original frog idea on this film goes to Sarah Adina Smith’s husband, Shaheen. Apparently Sarah was obsessed with force majeure and just wanted the notion of what happens when someone somehow betrays the biological requirement of their gender. She wanted to barter and try it, because what could a woman do that would essentially inadvertently make her a dud? She asked her husband over many, many years, she thought, “What could I do that would make you feel like I just wasn’t a wife or a mother?” And he says, “I don’t know, I think if you lost a baby.” And that’s where the idea came from. She told me this on a hike years ago in LA, and I have a really sick sense of humor, so as soon as she said it, I bowed and I didn’t stop laughing for about 90 seconds. Then we decided to write it together.

Jillian, there’s this funny argument you both get into when Josh says your character has the potential to be a baby dropper. So out of the entire cast, who do you think really has the potential to be a baby dropper?

Jillian Bell: Oh, my goodness. I should have prepared for that question, but it’s terrible! I mean I have to pick one that would be a baby dropper? I want to go… oh god. Oh God. Maybe me? I’m pretty clumsy. I also feel anxious, like I’m getting anxious about something that’s quite normal. Like I’ll be on an escalator and say, “This isn’t normal. I don’t know how to be on an escalator!” And feel like I’m going to fall every time So maybe I’m the one I blame myself.

Joshua, one thing I really enjoyed about the movie was that it wasn’t just Anna and Jermaine’s relationship that is affected by this baby drop – it’s all the different couples. What was it like to find the balance of the a-plot, but all the corresponding characters and side stories all have an impact and are also memorable? It would be really easy to just focus on the plot, but the entire cast gets their time to shine here.

Joshua Leonard: Thank you! We certainly tried hard in the writing process to figure out what stew of characters would be interesting together in terms of turning different parts of ourselves on and off and how different people would react to that. So, honestly, it was about 30%, and then the other 70% was just getting this phenomenal team of actors together who really not only made the parts their own, but made the parts so much bigger and more specific than we could ever have written them.

Jillian, I loved the pitch deck meeting scene. What was it like filming it?

Jillian Bell: It was ridiculous. I think I hit on Josh because so much of this is his and Sarah’s creation that I thought, “Can I write a few things up on…” didn’t I? I think I did. I took a box of crayons –

Joshua Leonard: You didn’t show me until the first recording. I never saw it until the camera was rolling.

Jillian Bell: I thought so, but I couldn’t remember. And these are just the worst drawings of taxis and clocks and things you’ve ever seen – as if a child could do better. And I’m the one really trying. So it’s pretty embarrassing.

Joshua Leonard: It’s the best pitch deck ever, thanks!

Jillian Bell: I just thought, “What if we’re good at a lot of things around the resort, but pitching to a potential financier isn’t one of them?”

Josh, I want to ask you about working with Elisha Henig, his character is just so funny throughout, it seems like he has a really bright future in comedy.

Joshua Leonard: There are more… I guess we can call them memes – but they were little bits of footage that existed of Elisha that we would share with each other while the film was being edited, just because they never made us laugh. Elisha, another member of the cast, clearly younger than the main ensemble, but just brought so much humor, specificity and just commitment to the ridiculous role. He had his ethos. The character in the movie has a huge following, has an ethos, is kind of… I’ll let you watch the movie to see that. But he came in with his own manifesto that he had written. He really put in the work.

Jillian Bell: You can tell!

Joshua Leonard: I think it shows. Quite.

Jillian Bell: He is so good. I don’t even know how old he is, but he’s very young, and I’m just like, “I can’t wait to see what he does next.”

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