Transcript for 'Conversations with Friends' is Hulu's latest hit based on bestselling novel
- The best-selling book ready to sizzle on the small screen, Conversations With Friends, Hulu's latest hit series. And Will Carr has more on the modern love story, catching up with the cast in Los Angeles.
- People can be in love and have meaningful relationships. It's not some kind of finite resource.
WILL CARR: Conversations With Friends, the new hit show on Hulu, explores the messy relationships between four characters living in Dublin.
- He's clearly into you.
WILL CARR: Based on Sally Rooney's hit novel, two college students, Frances and Bobbi, played by Alison Oliver and Sasha Lane, become romantically entangled with a successful married couple.
- Why are you smiling?
- I kissed Melissa.
- The show really offers a more nuanced perspective on sexuality, especially as it pertains to relationships. And I'm curious why you guys think that's important and what you want the viewers to take away from that.
- I think the show does a really good job at, yeah, just not labeling things. You can't control who you love or how many people you love. You just kind of love them.
- Wouldn't it depress you to sleep with someone who loves someone else?
- Not if they love me, too.
- What the focus of this show is, and the heart of it all, is love and relationships and inner dialogue and feeling something every single person experiences.
WILL CARR: Frances, an awkward, intelligent, and self-conscious character falls for Nick, played by Taylor Swift's longtime partner Joe Alwyn. Nick is married to Melissa, successful writer played by Jemima Kirke.
- I-- I do love him.
- Societally, at least, there are conditions that we put on romantic relationships. But I think what this story is telling is that, it starts with this idea that maybe there are no rules, and there are no conditions, and ends with, no, there are, they're just not what I thought they were.
- I think that's why most people like the book. It's like, it's a very modern love story at the end of the day, and saying, can you love outside of those conventional constructs of relationships? And Sally doesn't really give an answer. She doesn't, like, tie it up neatly.
- Did you ever read her book?
- What is the mentality when there is a book that is so popular, and then you have to play those roles on screen?
- Having this kind of body of work that's her whole internal monologue for the whole story, that was such an amazing thing for me to have and to draw from, because I could always know what she was thinking or feeling in each moment.
I really did use that. It was such, such a help in discovering who she was and also how she felt about people, and about the world and about herself.
- Why do you feel the need to defend him all of a sudden?
- I'm not defending him. I just don't like sneering.
- When it's popular, I know it's coming with backlash. It's got to, because everyone's got their opinion of a beloved book.
But for me, it was as important to read the book as it was to read the script. They weren't the same things, but they were both going to give me information.
- I'm trying to get clarity. And then when I do, I want to keep it.
- It seems to me these days that you've got to hook people fast, because if you don't, then they're just going to bounce to the next thing. And this show is a little bit slower. It's more stylized, cinematic, creative, and artistic.
- If you're familiar with Sally, I think you probably will know as well the tone of the show. It will be that kind of slow, cinematic feel.
- You hope that people have the patience for shows that aren't just [SNAPS] throwing in a new plot every five minutes or a new curve. I think that's one of the reasons why I like the story and like this kind of show, when you just spend these kind of 30-minute pockets of time with people, almost in real time.
- Couldn't sleep.
- Me, neither.
- I wanted to go swimming at that little beach.
- I know. It looked very, very beautiful.
- And we're looking at the temperatures today. It's like in the 90s. Anyway, sorry. Total detour.
- Let's go there.
- We need to send text messages for pools, ASAP.
- Yeah, yeah.
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