Zosia Mamet and Sophia Brooks on The Boy Downstairs – By quentin-quick – July 31, 2017 – California News

Zosia Mamet and Sophia Brooks on The Boy Downstairs – By quentin-quick – July 31, 2017 – California News

First-time feature filmmaker Sophie BrooksThe Boy Downstairs reimagines the all-too-familiar New York City love story — mythologized in such classic films as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Annie Hall, When Harry Met Sally, and even Sex and the City — with a more realistic, women-first narrative that is guaranteed to resonate with today’s woke audiences. In the endearing romantic comedy, an aspiring writer (played by GIRLS’s Zosia Mamet) returns to Manhattan after three years abroad to find the perfect apartment, only to later discover that her ex-boyfriend Ben (Matthew Shear) resides downstairs and that, worse yet, she’s still in love with him.   

SF Weekly spoke to Brooks and Mamet about upending the traditional love story and gender norms in The Boy Downstairs, which saw its West Coast premiere at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival on Saturday, the lack of women directors, and about the immense pressures today’s women face to “have it all.”

How did you two first begin your collaboration?

Sophie Brooks: Zosia was the first actor we sent the script to, and as soon as we met and talked about the script and I got her take on it, it was really clear that she was my lady.

Why was Zosia your first choice?

SB: She’s a really good actress and has such a wonderful grasp on comedy and drama, and that was really important to me. For the character of Diana, I wanted her to have an intense sincerity, but I also wanted whoever played her to have comic timing and a sense of irony, and Zosia certainly has all of those things. Once we met, we bonded over our mutual health anxiety…

Zosia Mamet: General anxiety…

SB: And there were a lot of things that…

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