Interview: Amy Koppelman and Paige Dylan (“I Smile Back”)

The movie I Smile Back is rolling out in select theaters this week. Starring Sarah Silverman in a breakout dramatic starring role, I had the opportunity to talk with Amy Koppelman, who wrote the novel upon which the movie is based, and co-writer of the screenplay adaptation along with Paige Dylan.

Koppelman Dylan

Amy Koppelman, Paige Dylan

Here are links to the four installments of the entire interview:

Part 1: “I knew I wanted to write about a woman who was motivated by fear. Really petrified, and scared — scared of her children and her husband abandoning her in one way or another.”

Part 2: “The novel has a lot of internal thought. We tried our best to put that into scenes but a lot of that you can't actually translate onto paper.”

Part 3: “I think that's everybody's or most people's persistent fear. Of course, if you have kids it's a terrifying thought to do something that is going to damage them in any way.”

Part 4: “For us, it always begins with the characters:  who are they and what do they want.”

The I Smile Back website is here.

An excellent thought-piece in Elle on the movie.

Amy and Paige are repped by the Arlook Group.

Amy's third novel "Hesitation Wounds" debuts November 3rd and you may learn more about that here.

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