An intimate group of cast members, industry execs and celebrity guests showed up to the premiere party for Sony Pictures Classics dramedy Celeste and Jesse Forever at FigOly Restaurant on Thursday evening in Los Angeles.
“I’m so pleased with it. It’s like the dream version of what we wrote,” said actor Will McCormack, who co-wrote the screenplay with Rashida Jones.
For Jones, the story -- about two high school sweethearts who marry and decide to divorce while remaining friends -- struck close to home.
“It is a kind of amalgam of a lot of relationships that Will and I were seeing around us and obviously personal experiences we’ve had in our past,” said Jones. “We felt like it was enough of a phenomenon amongst our friends to write about.”
Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker mingled with guests as Jones and her parents Peggy Lipton and Quincy Jones sipped on Love on the Rocks cocktails. “It’s very reminiscent of great American romantic comedies like Annie Hall or When Harry Met Sally,” said Barker. “But the difference is, it’s from a female point of view which makes it rich, modern, new and fresh.”
Andy Samberg, who spent the night catching up with his brother and friends at a corner table, was excited about his departure from comedic films and into a more dramatic role.
“A lot of people think of me as just a comedy [actor] — that’s kind of all I really wanted to do up until this point,” he said. “But I read the script and really liked it. I’m friends with Rashida and I asked her if she’d ever consider me for it, and it worked out.”
Celeste and Jesse Forever hits theatres in New York and Los Angeles on Aug. 3.