Lauren Anne Miller Talks Working With Husband Seth Rogen on 'For a Good Time, Call…' (Video)
The first-time screenwriter and actress tells THR that co-star Ari Graynor jokes, “she’s so proud that she’s our only third.”
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
When writing a sex comedy, it helps to be married to one of Hollywood’s most well-known raunchy comedic actors.
For Lauren Anne Miller, recruiting husband Seth Rogen for a cameo in her feature debut For a Good Time, Call… was a no-brainer.
“I was just brushing my teeth one night, and I just looked over, and I was like, ‘Well you’re funny. Would you come be in our movie?’” Miller recalls of asking her husband to be part of the project, though his official role had not yet been created.
Rogen appears briefly as one of the callers to a phone-sex hotline run by Miller and Ari Graynor’s characters – a story based loosely on the real life of Miller’s best friend and co-writer Katie Anne Naylon, who spent some time moonlighting as a phone-sex operator.
The couple eventually decided to make Rogen’s character a pilot, utilizing a bit of free time in between flights in an airport bathroom.
“We have over an hour of footage with him in that bathroom stall, and he was like sweating for over an hour,” says Miller, who watched with Graynor from the sidelines. During the scene, Miller and Graynor phone in a threeway with Rogen, marking the first official call for Miller’s uptight character.
“Ari likes to joke that she’s so proud that she’s our only third,” laughs Miller, who remembers her hubby being on set for a few of her raunchy scenes, as well. “It wasn’t as awkward as you would think it was,” she says. “This is not a phone-sex documentary, so the moments weren't real and ooey-gooey and uncomfortable, they were just funny, and we were making each other laugh.”
For a Good Time, Call… debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year but opens nationwide Friday, Aug. 31.