Charlize Theron and Diablo Cody Explore the Woes of #MomLife in Tully

  • Charlize Theron and Diablo Cody Explore the Woes of #MomLife in Tully

Charlize Theron and Diablo Cody Explore the Woes of #MomLife in Tully

They're yin and yang creators in other words - and within the opening minutes of their latest collaboration, Tully, whatever cinematic alchemy they have going on is immediately evident as we're plunged into the stressed-out world of Marlo, a soon-to-be mum of three played with unvarnished authenticity by Charlize Theron. They get into trouble - and I'm not inclined to say much more. I really like Sister Wives - Diablo and I have a real connection on that show.

ComingSoon.net recently sat down with director Jason Reitman and star/producer Charlize Theron to discuss their follow-up to Young Adult with screenwriter Diablo Cody (Jennifer's Body). Marlo quietly dreads her impending labour, but her distracted, affable husband Drew (Ron Livingston) seems to be taking it all in his stride. Reitman will be back with an even more Oscar centric type film in The Front Runner later on this year.

Marlo kids her at one point that she feels like she's in a movie where the nanny tries to kill everyone, and the mother survives but has to walk with a cane.

Theron, 42, read the script when son Jackson, now 6, was 4, and daughter August, 2, was just six months old. Marlo is struggling with her identity as a mother, with the idea of normalcy as a gift to her children bumping up against the struggling mundanity of her suburban life. Such a position, which combines the skills of an infant sleeping coach, lactation specialist and Mary Poppins, entails watching the baby so Mommy can get her beauty rest, only waking her up - ever so gently - for feedings. She's young, energetic, enthusiastic, and eager to care for the little one put in her charge. But when August arrived, "you're doing the same thing, and on top of that, you have to be a real person to this (other) little human who can talk and is expecting things from you".

"There was no moment where I sat down and thought, 'Well, maybe this is for Hulu, '" Cody told Business Insider. "I've definitely felt like less of a woman for needing help with those things".

Tully is nurturing, she's fun, she's accepting, she bakes. "But I was willing to take that risk".

'I was playing this woman and I wanted to get closer to her.

The actress also put on almost 50 pounds to capture Marlo's post-pregnancy body realistically; that proved more physically and emotionally taxing than when she gained 30 for her Oscar-winning role in 2003's Monster.

"Now the baby is nearly three and realises she doesn't have to do everything her sibling tells her".

Not since her 2003 well-deserved Oscar-winning performance as real life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in "Monster" has Theron - one of the most attractive women on the planet - thoroughly committed herself to playing a character who most people would not consider to be highly desirable.

"I was working with a set of twins (sharing the role of the newborn) on the set, and a five-year-old and an eight-year-old", she recalled, "and then I had a one-year-old and a four-year-old in the trailer, and I literally just went from changing diapers (in character) on set, to changing diapers in my trailer". This is the sort of adult centric cinema that we all too rarely get nowadays. "I couldn't leave this character because my body was just dictating where my mind was and how my moods were".

"I know how pretentious and goofy this sounds, but writing this movie really did save my life", Cody said.

Theron plays Marlo, an exhausted mother in a sleepy little town in upstate NY.

BOTTOM LINE An unpredictable and moving comedy-drama, with attractive performances from Theron and newcomer Davis.