She is obviously, you know, wonderful. The tone of the movie we’re doing is so strange. Within any given moment we are on all ends of the emotional spectrum. All the characters in this movie navigate this very strange world of being funny, but real and tragic and whimsical and her character is kind of enigmatic, traffic, but oddly pleasant. She is able to kind of find all these different aspects in a way that is totally consistent with the very odd tone.
It’s like just because the adults thought it was a great idea, we would too. But kids think differently than adults think. Adults have spent so many years thinking more and more like each other because the more you live with other people the less you think like yourself and the more you think like them. But kids are new people so we still think more normally. That’s why I’m giving Robert Frost Elementary School and ‘Healthy Lunches, Healthy Choices’ 256 out of 2000 stars.
Jesse was one of the most pleasurable actors to work with that I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. His willingness to dive in and be his character all day long on the set… I’d give him a hard time all day long and he’d give me a harder time back and I’d bring to him — each week that we worked I brought a little gift to him, like really ridiculous things — shoelaces and things like that, but I’m his mommy and I figured I’d spent a lot of birthdays with him. And his acceptance of the presents was so filled with Eli, and so to work with an actor who’s willing to go all the way down that road with you so that both of you are, quite simply, better prepared to go in front of the cameras when that moment — you never know when it’s gonna happen — happens, and there you are, and the scene’s shot and you don’t have a chance to go back over it […] So that thing of being able to play with another actor, where on one hand it’s very silly and just quite frankly a lot of fun and why what I do is called playing… not really all that many actors who are willing to be quite as fun, have as much fun with it.
Mom had a date with a guy she called her ‘Widower Friend.’ ‘Widower’ means your wife died and ‘Friend,’ when Mom says it about a man, means someone rich who Mom is trying to marry. I never get to go on dates with Mom, but Mom wanted me to meet her Widower Friend because she wanted to show him what a good Mom she can be to his two daughters, who no longer have a mother.
The Widower Friend didn’t know I was coming when he asked to meet Mom at The Whiskey Blue Bar and, since I am not old enough to go to a bar, Mom said that we had to pretend to be staying at the W Hotel. I told Mom that I didn’t want to lie to the hotel people but Mom said it was okay in this case because it was just a white lie, which I guess is a lie that white people are allowed to say without feeling guilty.