EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – Director Rich Newey Teases ‘Funny, Nostalgic and Sexy’ Story on Why Can’t My Life Be A Rom-Com?

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Em HaineAnja Savcic star in “Why Can’t My Life Be a Rom-com?” a new, original movie premiering Sunday, February 19 on E!. We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with director Rich Newey about his experience in the making of “Why Can’t My Life Be a Rom-com? and what fans can expect from the movie. Check out full interview below!

What’s the main element in Eliza and Rich’s characters and the movie in general that fascinates you the most and drew you to join Why Can’t I be Molly Ringwald?

RICH NEWEY: Well, it’s really more of a love triangle between Eliza, Rich and Doug. She’s naturally attracted to Doug, but she’s always gone after the wrong kind of guys in the past and her best friend doesn’t think she should trust herself. Rich is perfect on paper and really is the fairytale. So I think that dilemma, of what and who you choose in life and how that impacts who you become and where you go in life is very fascinating to me.

I also loved that this was a kind of John Hughes throwback, and had all sorts of references to those movies and others 80’s classics. I particularly liked how this movie called out what was wrong with those movies as much as what was great about them. Lots of those movies didn’t age well and I think we got the opportunity to pay homage to the genre, but also update it for a 2023 audience. 

What’s been the biggest challenge for you in directing this movie?

Time or lack thereof is always a challenge when making a movie. I like to give my actors as much time as possible to play and find their characters and hone the scenes and character arcs. So figuring out how to do that on a tight schedule is always a challenge. Fortunately I had amazing actors to work with and everyone had such a good time when we were making this, it didn’t feel like work. We were having fun. 

To all the fans looking forward to watching the movie, how would you describe ‘Why Can’t I be Molly Ringwald?’ in just three words?

Funny, Nostalgic and Sexy

What can you tease about Eliza’s and Rich’s journey throughout the movie?

No spoilers! You’ll have to tune in!

Talking about the environment on set, how would you describe your experience while filming ‘Why Can’t I be Molly Ringwald?’ and do you have any fun anecdotes to share?

As I mentioned we had a lot of fun shooting this movie. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the cast and crew. Everyone brought their “A” game. We got to film in beautiful Victoria and surrounding areas on Vancouver island and that place is just paradise. The weather cooperated for the most part but one funny story I can share is- that water, where Eliza pretends to drown to get Rich’s attention— it was so incredibly cold. But our two actors Em (Eliza) and Wern (Doug) were both such troopers. They used the cold to their advantage and gave some really hilarious performances. 

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