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Jon Cassar’s When the Bough Breaks premiered Sunday night at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The cast, including Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Jaz Sinclair and Theo Rossi, turned out on the red carpet in support and excitement for the psychological thriller.
Hall, who is known for her comedic chops, explained to The Hollywood Reporter that she doesn’t prepare differently for roles outside the comedy genre. “I didn’t do anything really differently,” she said. “I have the same work process. This just required me to tackle a lot more emotional energy.”
Although Chestnut and Hall have worked on several projects together, their roles in the past rarely intersected on screen. This is the first film where the duo play opposite each other. Chestnut, who also serves as the executive producer of the film, opened up to THR about his continuous experience working with Hall.
“[Regina and I] have done many films together, but our characters never really interacted,” he explained. “So it was great working with her. She’s such a great actress with a great sense of humor, so it was a lot of fun.”
Hall wasn’t the only actress of the evening to earn recognition for her work. Theo Rossi, who plays the fiance of Sinclair, highlighted the young actress’ maturity level for her first major role.
“Jaz might be young, but she’s kind of a veteran,” he told THR. “She has the process of somebody who’s been doing it a long time. She has this beautiful mind-set of a young person who just really gets it.”
He continued: “She’s a throwback actress, she really investigates and takes it seriously. She’s about that work, and that’s what I love about her.”
When the Bough Breaks is a modern-day psychological thriller about a couple, John (Chestnut) and Laura Taylor (Hall), who desperately want a child but are unable to have one on their own. They decide to look into surrogacy options, and after meeting Anna (Sinclair), they hire her as their surrogate. Initially, the two are excited to embark on this journey; however, they find out that not only does Anna have an abusive fiance, but she also has a relentless fixation on and obsession with John. Even though Anna is carrying their child, the couple must find a way to protect their family.
The reigning topic of the evening was Sinclair’s breakout performance. When asked how she feels about all the praise from her costars, Sinclair said, “I’m on cloud nine right now. I’m so excited to bring people together and to celebrate everyone’s hard work. This whole experience has been a dream.”
When the Bough Breaks opens nationwide Sept. 9.
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