ComingSoon editor-in-chief Tyler Treese spoke Maybe I do stars Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey about the upcoming comedy film, which will be in theaters nationwide on January 27. The duo discussed balancing comedy and moving moments.
“Michelle and Allen have reached the point in their relationship to take the next steps towards marriage. Thinking it would be a good idea to invite their parents to finally meet, they arrange a dinner and make it a family affair ,” the synopsis reads. “To everyone’s surprise, the affair takes on a whole new meaning, as the parents already know each other all too well – they’ve been cheating on their spouses for months … with each other. Caught in this precarious predicament, they try to hide their desires from the children while confronting their spouse’s lovers head-on. Let the games begin!”
Tyler Treese: Emma, Maybe I Do has such an incredible cast. Richard Gere plays your father in the film and he famously worked with your aunt. What was the most rewarding thing about getting to work with so many legends as stage partners?
Emma Roberts: I mean, it’s one of those movies that’s really once-in-a-lifetime, as an actor, to get to be in the same room as all these people. I mean, I’ve seen every Diane Keaton movie, every Susan Sarandon movie, obviously Richard Gere, love him, William H. Macy, and to get to team up with Luke again after we did that. Vacation together … every day I thought, “I am very lucky. I must enjoy it!”
Luke, your character introduction is so funny, you capture the bridal bouquet. Like, the movie has a lot of good laughs, but there’s a lot of heart in the drama at play. What did you like about opening up with the more comedic scene?
Luke Bracey: Yeah, it’s such a fun way to start a movie, and I think in a way you expect the movie to go in the more slapstick direction. Then suddenly you’re just hit with so much meaning and pathos between all these funny moments. So it’s a real credit to Michael Jacobs, the author [and] director who made this story so brilliantly to have all these different puzzle pieces and all these different relationships and ideas about life and, and people’s experience of life and love and to make them fit together so beautifully and create this really amazing piece of storytelling . It is an honor for Michael. To start with one of the coolest moves a boyfriend has ever tried, which is catching the bridal bouquet.
Then to go through the movie and find that it’s a really poignant and funny movie about love and what it is and what we’re looking for in it and what we hope to find and what we hope not to find. Yes, it’s a really unique movie in the way that it ties all those things together…all the perfect parts of a rom-com that you need. It has them in a perfect amount. It is perfectly seasoned and I also think it is perfectly baked.
Emma Roberts: I love that we’ve gone into cooking metaphors at this point in the day.
Luke Bracey: Now we are!
Emma, you mentioned working with Luke before. How great is it that you don’t have to build chemistry from scratch here and you could go straight into the movie knowing that you work well with him?
Emma Roberts: Yes, it’s so nice. It was so comforting to be able to do this with him. And we’re going to have a lot of fun with it. It’s nice to be on set with someone you’re friends with, especially when … there were definitely first-day-of-school nerves getting on stage with all these great actors. So it was nice to be able to do that with Luke.
Luke, your character is so interesting because he’s totally in love, but he’s also just scared of marriage. He is afraid of what aging will do to the relationship based on what he has seen with his own parents. What did you find most interesting about that theme of aging and changing with someone, because sometimes love might not be enough?
Luke Bracey: Yes exactly. I think that’s my character’s great fear, that love is predetermined that way, and that the way marriage and love go is what his parents had. I think it’s really beautiful, his journey to try to discover that it doesn’t have to be that way. There is nothing set in life that means something has to go in a certain direction and it is up to you and your partner to create your life forward and keep making it the beautiful thing that it is.
Nothing is set in stone. If you leave something and just let it sit, it’s not going to develop with you as people. It’s just a beautiful lesson for life and something I found really beautiful about this story and about Allen’s journey in it. He got away with the fact that just because your parents felt that way doesn’t mean you have to feel that way.