'Off the Cuff' Podcast: 'He's Just Not That Into You's' Liz Tuccillo on New Rom-Com
The wise-cracking singles guru and former 'Sex and the City' writer tells us about writing and directing her first feature, 'Take Care,' starring Leslie Bibb and Thomas Sadoski
It's now been 10 years since the dating advice book He's Just Not That Into You hit the scene and inspired women across the world to seek worthier partners, but co-author Liz Tuccillo still gets stopped and thanked by strangers to this day.
"Women still come up to me and say, 'If it wasn't for you, I would never have met my husband,' she tells Off the Cuff, noting that it's "really satisfying" but also "very strange for me."
Tuccillo never intended to become the relationship expert she's reputed to be now. She began her career as a playwright in New York "not making any money" and writing about subjects such as basketball before landing a job in the writers room of Sex and the City, which she is quick to admit "is crazy, to have your first writing job be that."
"When we worked on Sex and the City, the things people would say to us at parties…" she says with a laugh. "TV executives telling us about their sex lives!"
Her reputation as a friend to single women everywhere exploded with HJNTIY, which Tuccillo had hoped in her wildest dreams would be a success but couldn't have anticipated how it would feel to have that come true.
"I have these visions of grandeur," she says, "where I'm like, 'This is going to change the world, and I'm going to cure cancer with this book.' Then it comes out, and I'm like, 'I'm so mortified. My whole family is going to read it. I'm writing about relationships, it's so embarrassing!'"
Now Tuccillo has taken a new leap forward with her indie rom-com Take Care, in which Leslie Bibb plays a woman who asks her ex-boyfriend, played by Thomas Sadoski, to take care of her while she is laid up in her apartment after a car accident. She tells us what it was like directing the complicated relationship between her leads ("Just talk and be charming" was the gist of her notes to them) and what mystery of the heart was haunting her while she wrote the script.
"You date somebody, and you have this obviously intense experience where you share a life together in whatever way that is for how many years. And then you break up, and it's like, what did those years mean, and what do you owe somebody for those years?" she wonders. Take Care attempts to find an answer — with Tuccillo's trademark humor, of course.
"I think once somebody is loved, they are somewhere in your heart still loved," she says. "Now I'm gonna get drunk and call up all my ex-boyfriends and be like, 'I still love you! You're in my heart!'"
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