'Private Life' Star Kathryn Hahn on the Story of a Couple's "Co-Midlife Crisis"

"These stories, these hyperpersonal, specific human, human, human stories — that’s what I’m excited about," Hahn told the Actress Roundtable.

“It was very important to Tamara [Jenkins] that it be about the couple going through that journey together. It’s like a co-midlife crisis,” Kathryn Hahn told the Actress Roundtable of her film Private Life, which shows a couple’s struggle to conceive.

Hahn goes on to explain that while the film is “through the lens of fertility, even when I was reading it, I couldn’t picture the baby. I couldn’t even smell the baby powder.”

“They’re on this baby-project journey, but really it was more existential. It’s so personal,” she says. “It’s so emotionally autobiographical, I think, to Tamara and it took her a ton of time to get this made.”

For Private Life, Jenkins' first film since 2007’s Savages, the writer-director used her struggles with infertility to create the story of Rachel (Hahn) and Richard (Paul Giamatti).

“These stories, these hyperpersonal, specific human, human, human stories — that’s what I’m excited about,” Hahn told the roundtable.