Monthly Archives: June 2021

Rose Byrne And Rory Scovel On ‘Physical,’ Aerobics Fashion, And Mixing Humor And Drama

From show creator Annie Weisman, the Apple TV+ original half-hour dark comedy series Physical is set in San Diego in the 1980s and follows Sheila Rubin (brilliantly played by Rose Byrne), an internally tortured and unhappy woman who maintains the facade of a dutiful housewife while supporting her husband (Rory Scovel) as he pursues a spot on the state assembly. Deep personal demons and an unhealthy relationship with her own self-image unexpectedly send Sheila straight into the world of aerobics and she decides to set her sights on finding success as a female lifestyle guru.

During a virtual junket for the series, co-stars Byrne and Scovel spoke to Collider for this interview about taking on such complex and challenging material, telling a story that was so personal for their showrunner, the ‘80s looks and aerobics fashion, and finding the tricky balance between the humor and exploring serious issues. Byrne also talked about why she lucked out when it came to her time working on Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, early on in her career.

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Christchurch Attacks: Producer Resigns From Film They Are Us As Criticism Grows

A producer for a controversial Hollywood film depicting Jacinda Ardern’s response to the Christchurch terror attacks has resigned from the project after criticisms that it sidelined Muslim victims.

The premise of the film, They Are Us, has also been criticised by its proposed subject, New Zealand prime minister Ardern, who is slated to be played by Rose Byrne. Ardern said on Sunday it felt “very soon and very raw” for New Zealand, and that she was not an appropriate focus for a film about the 2019 mosque attacks. “There are plenty of stories from March 15 that could be told, but I don’t consider mine to be one of them,” she said. Ardern has reiterated that she has no involvement with the film.

The movie was announced by the Hollywood Reporter on Friday, and billed as an “inspirational story about the young leader’s response to the tragic events”.

It immediately came under fire for centring on the leadership of a white woman against the backdrop of the mass murder of 51 Muslims by a white supremacist. Many Muslim New Zealanders criticised the move as “exploitative”, “insensitive”, and “obscene”. A petition to shut down the film’s production has gained about 60,000 signatures over the past three days.

On Monday, New Zealand producer Philippa Campbell announced that she was resigning from the proposed production. “I’ve listened to the concerns raised over recent days and I have heard the strength of people’s views. I now agree that the events of March 15, 2019 are too raw for film at this time and do not wish to be involved with a project that is causing such distress,” she said in a statement released to media.

“The announcement was focused on film business, and did not take enough account of the political and human context of the story in this country. It’s the complexity of that context I’ve been reflecting on that has led me to this decision.”

When the film was announced on Friday, writer and community advocate Guled Mire told the Guardian that the premise was “completely insensitive”.

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Rose Byrne: ‘I’m A Little Lazy When It Comes To Exercise’

Rose Byrne has admitted she is too “lazy” to ever become addicted to exercise.

The Bridesmaids actress has confessed that unlike her many of her friends who love to work out, she needs to push herself when it comes to hitting the gym.

“It’s an addictive thing, it gives you this rush,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “I have friends who dedicate their lives to it and I admire that, I see how much of a priority it can become. I’m a little bit lazy… I’m not that good. We Australians are outdoorsy but I do have to motivate myself.”

Rose had to step up her exercise regime and trained “for months in advance” to convince in her role as an aerobics instructor battling bulimia for Physical, a new series from Apple TV +.

The star was fascinated by the “raw” character and is proud to be involved in a project that tackles the issue of eating disorders and society’s unrealistic pursuit for perfection.

“There is so much irresponsibility in diet culture,” Rose said. “I have such a tortured – not tortured! – difficult relationship with social media because it can be so destructive.

“Disordered eating is not depicted that much onscreen and is either a punchline or a Lifetime movie. Its presentation in the show is never lurid but it’s tough to watch – it’s this awful, destructive cycle.”

The 41-year-old is thankful that, unlike her character, she has always managed to enjoy a healthy relationship with food.

“Look, I’m as self-conscious as the next person and of course this business is tough like that,” she shared. “You just have to navigate it. As I’ve got older, I’ve got better at it. But it’s hard, particularly as women.

“Growing up, my sisters and I were lucky enough to always be surrounded by good foods and we were encouraged to eat. I was never was exposed to body-shaming, but that’s pretty rare. It’s a hard thing to avoid.”