Read of the Day: Splitsider’s Interview With June Diane Raphael
5:30 pm, September 26th | by Colette McIntyre
In today’s Read of the Day, June Diane Raphael talks to Splitsider about her working relationship with Casey Wilson, <em>DINKS</em>, <em>Ass Backwards</em>, and how her path to becoming an actress led her to writing.
Between that and Ass Backwards, that’s a lot of stuff going on for both [you and Casey]. What was it like making that movie?
Oh my God, it was amazing! It’s the thing I’m most proud of in my lifetime. I don’t mean to get corny about it, but it just means so much with me and Casey and it’s our baby. I feel like we’re giving birth this November. It was a very rough journey to get it made. We were raising money on Kickstarter before a lot of people knew what that was, and it was truly independent in that respect. It was a warzone of financing and battles. That said, the great thing about it is that it’s exactly our comedy and it’s exactly us doing what we want to do with no constraints, no studio notes, no network notes. The only real limits were just budgetary. So that was an amazing experience. It’s a big comedy with big characters, and I’m excited about that. I’m excited too, because a lot of female comedians don’t get to do that; that’s kinda reserved for the guys. These aren’t two quirky girls; these are big characters and they’re insane. We talk about it as a female Dumb and Dumber in that sense. We’re super, super excited about it.
Working with Casey on this was — we’ve known each other since we were 18 and this is a culmination of everything we’ve done together, which is cool.
That’s awesome. Does this story come from any place personal?
Yeah, definitely. The characters are heightened versions — very heightened, I’m gonna warn you — but it’s loosely based on this road trip we took after college where just everything went wrong. We were going to perform at this comedy festival in Charleston, and both of our cell phones were shut off within the first five minutes of the trip because we weren’t paying our bills and it was just kind of disastrous.
There’s that scene [in the trailer] where the CDs are skipping, and that came about because Casey was in charge of the music. She brought a binder of CDs and we were so excited to listen to this music on our way down, and she’s admittedly kind of a messy person. Not super organized. With the CDs, every single one she had was completely scratched, and it was just so upsetting because she was in charge of the music and all of it was skipping. So by the end of it we were playing Les Mis and just learning the music with the skip because “we have to listen to something.” So it’s based on that time of your life where you’re not really ready to be married but you’re not a child anymore and you’re in this very weird zone.
Some of your friends become your everything and there’s a co-dependency — there was to our relationship too. Building each other up in totally the wrong ways, and there was nothing she could do wrong and nothing I could do wrong. I remember getting fired from a job because literally my boss would come in and I was using the entire office to send out flyers for our show at UCB, and Casey said “Well, he doesn’t understand you. You were working; you were doing something.” And I was like, “I know!” We’re just totally supportive of each other to the point of like, so not being healthy. That’s kind of where these characters came about.
To read the full interview, click here.