Joy Bryant: “About Last Night” Star Talks Love, Marriage & Whodini
“About Last Night” is a remake of the 1986 romantic comedy starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. The revamped version of the film stars Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant and it leans more towards the 1974 David Mamet play “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” which is what “About Last Night” was derived from.
Some call it a romantic comedy, but this Will Packer-produced, Steve Pink-directed film is more like a relationship dramedy that embodies the full gamut of what happens in the dating world. “About Last Night” is definitely a grown and sexy film, certainly not one for the sappy sect.
Capturing the real essence of the roller coaster ride of romance is important to the film’s star Bryant, who believes that people don’t realize how hard relationships really are.
“I think what’s real to me is how it portrays the natural trajectory of relationships, whether they work out or not, most of the time they don’t work out, right. Typically, the initial meeting someone is very hard to do–to be your authentic self when you meet somebody and to remain true to self. Because we’re never our authentic selves when we meet people. If you fall in love or like or you think its love but it might not be, you’re in it and everything is great. Then the honeymoon is over and you’re like, ‘I hate him, I hate her!’ A while passes then you’re like, ‘I want her back, I want him back.’ I mean, it’s like the natural evolution of a relationship so that’s what I really responded to with this script,” she told AlwaysAList.com during our interview at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
In real life, the 37-year-old star of the TV series “Parenthood” has been married to stuntman Dave Pope for five and a half years. Bryant admits she always desired being a serious relationship, but didn’t recognize the challenges of it until she jumped the broom.
“Relationships are hard, it’s hard work…being married, I realized that truth more than when I was single. When you’re single you want to be in a relationship. I was such a love-thirsty person, um, but it’s a commitment,” Bryant offered. “Whether you’re married or not or it’s just someone, your boyfriend… it’s still a commitment and it shows you a lot about yourself, your capacity to be selfless and selfish. Relationships are hard work and not for the faint of heart. If you’re not really trying to be down and get in there, don’t do it; although I feel everyone should.”
Like her character in the movie Debbie, Bryant reminds that you have to be willing to put the work into sustaining a relationship.
“I think people underestimate the importance of what you have to do to maintain a relationship, to nurture it and even then, after you do everything, it still might not work, that’s the chance in it. I mean, that’s the sort of bitter sweet chance that we take,” she smiled. “It might not work; chances are it’s not going to work. I think Debbie exemplifies that whole scenario of, why am I going to try if it’s not going to work?”
The Bronx, New York-bred actress said there’s a classic line in the Whodini song ‘One Love’ that really captures her true thoughts on relationships.
“I don’t know who said it originally, I just remember Whodini: ‘It’s better than to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all!’ That song should have been on this film’s soundtrack,” she closed.
“About Last Night” is in theaters on Friday, Feb. 14.
VIDEO: Watch the official trailer for “About Last Night” below.
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