Emily Ratajkowski thrilled to work with female director on I Feel Pretty

Emily Ratajkowski was delighted to work with a female director for the first time on I Feel Pretty.The model/actress has previously starred in movies including Gone Girl and We Are Your Friends, but never had the opportunity to collaborate with a woman…

Emily Ratajkowski was delighted to work with a female director for the first time on I Feel Pretty.

The model/actress has previously starred in movies including Gone Girl and We Are Your Friends, but never had the opportunity to collaborate with a woman filmmaker until she bagged a role in Amy Schumer’s new comedy.

I Feel Pretty was co-written and directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, with Emily pleased to find that the duo offered her a positive experience.

“It was really refreshing because I’d never worked with a female director before,” she explained in an interview with Total Film magazine. “It just adds a safe zone and comfort that definitely you can have with a male director, but I think there’s an understanding with women who are working together on a project that is supposed to be capturing an honest experience of one woman.”

Emily, who appears alongside Michelle Williams, Busy Philipps and Aidy Bryant in the picture, insisted that the cast’s “understanding of the project was very clear from the get-go.”

And the 26-year-old also stated that she has noticed a number of changes within the film industry with regards to inclusivity and equality recently – but feels her cohort still has a duty to promote further female empowerment.

“We have such an established boys’ club in Hollywood, but I think it’s up to my generation and the generation under me to take the lead in making those changes on higher levels,” the star said. “There are people that were raised in a different, non-inclusive Hollywood who are having a hard time with what that really looks like, and not just saying, ‘Make sure you represent that group,’ but really bringing that part of the storytelling and not in a ‘let’s check this box’ way.”

I Feel Pretty is now showing in cinemas.

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Amy Schumer immediately connected with I Feel Pretty script

Amy Schumer felt an instant connection when she read the I Feel Pretty script for the first time. The comedienne has successfully transitioned to starring in Hollywood films in recent years, headlining features such as Trainwreck and Snatched.For her …

Amy Schumer felt an instant connection when she read the I Feel Pretty script for the first time. 

The comedienne has successfully transitioned to starring in Hollywood films in recent years, headlining features such as Trainwreck and Snatched.

For her latest role, Schumer takes on the part of Renee Bennett, an insecure woman who gains extreme self-confidence after suffering a head injury, and has now explained that the plot, written by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, genuinely resonated with her. 

“I have felt all sides of her,” she told Total Film magazine. “I’ve had moments of feeling invisible, and I’ve had moments where I feel really great about myself. And those moments where I have too much confidence – moments where I’m like, ‘Am I maybe amazing? Am I the most beautiful girl?’ Then there will be a reminder of, ‘Hey, chill out,’ where I get cut down to size.”


Along with penning the storyline, Kohn and Silverstein also made their directorial debut on the film.

Speaking about the original concept, Silverstein explained that they were inspired by 1988 fantasy-drama Big, which stars Tom Hanks and follows a young boy who makes a wish to be big and is transformed into an adult overnight.


”For us, this came from a funny idea,” he shared. “We loved ’80s movies like Big, so we thought, wouldn’t this be funny if you took one of those movies and made it without the actual concept and made all in someone’s mind?”

I Feel Pretty also features Emily Ratajkowski, Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps, Naomi Campbell and Lauren Hutton, with Oscar-nominated star Michelle Williams playing a soft-spoken beauty company executive named Avery LeClaire. And the directors couldn’t praise Michelle’s performance enough.

“In someone else’s hands, that character could have been cartoony, but not with her,” smiled Kohn.

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Brandon Maxwell blown away by new client Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer made designer Brandon Maxwell so nervous he couldn’t speak.Brandon designed the vibrant red and pink gown Amy wore to the Los Angeles premiere of her new movie, I Feel Pretty on Thursday night (19Apr18).Taking to Instagram to show off his…

Amy Schumer made designer Brandon Maxwell so nervous he couldn’t speak.

Brandon designed the vibrant red and pink gown Amy wore to the Los Angeles premiere of her new movie, I Feel Pretty on Thursday night (19Apr18).

Taking to Instagram to show off his creation, which featured a plunging neckline and thigh-high slit, Lady Gaga’s fashion director Brandon revealed to his followers he was blown away working with the actress.

“Every once in a while a fitting comes along where I get so nervous that I’m saying words in my mind but they don’t come out of my mouth, you know? Such was the case with @amyschumer,” he captioned three images of the blonde actress.

“I have loved her from afar for so long. On bad days at work when I need a laugh I just close my office door, open up my lunch, and watch re runs of Youtube videos of her that I’ve seen a thousand times. So, in my mind she was already my lunchtime best friend, the one you sit with in the cafeteria that makes you feel loved and seen and good about yourself when you need it the most.”

Luckily, Amy lived up to Brandon’s hype, and he told his followers she fully embodied all his expectations, with the designer leaving the fitting “really loving” his job.

I Feel Pretty, which co-stars Michelle Williams, Busy Philipps and Emily Ratajkowski, tells the story of Amy’s character Renee, a woman who struggles with self-esteem issues until she wakes from a fall believing she’s the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet.

“The movie opens this weekend and I hope it makes you feel every bit as good as she and @leesaevansstyle made me and my team feel,” he concluded, tagging Amy’s stylist Leesa Evans in the post.

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Busy Philipps cools down in the summer with tinted liquor

Actress Busy Philipps has teamed up with Three Olives Rose Vodka in a bid to add “something refreshing” to summer cocktails.The star’s new liquor collaboration stems from her real-life love of sipping spirits in the hot sun.”I love the flavour of rose,…

Actress Busy Philipps has teamed up with Three Olives Rose Vodka in a bid to add “something refreshing” to summer cocktails.

The star’s new liquor collaboration stems from her real-life love of sipping spirits in the hot sun.

“I love the flavour of rose, but I can’t commit to the calories of drinking rose wine, and this (Three Olives Rose Vodka) is such a nice alternative for me,” she explains to InStyle. “I think it’s really refreshing and light and it’s cold. You want to drink something cold in the summer, you know? You don’t want to have a red wine, you want something refreshing.”

Busy adds of her alcoholic preferences, “I prefer mixed cocktails. That’s generally what I always go to, always have. I have a tendency to get a little bit of a headache if I drink too much wine, but I like a glass of red wine with a steak. I like eating a lot, and I like my drinks to complement my food.”

And when Busy, who is currently promoting her new comedy I Feel Pretty with comedienne Amy Schumer, is on holiday during the hottest season of the year, she prefers to go all out with exotic mixed cocktails.

“When we were in Hawaii, I was drinking a lot of Mai Tais,” she shares. “A Mai Tai is not something I would ever order (at home) in Los Angeles, but, like, you’re eating fish with fruit for dinner, you want a Mai Tai. And the rose vodka, you’re sitting at your pool, it’s summer, it’s perfect.”

Alcoholic beverages aren’t her only release – Busy also loves to work-out to lift her spirits.

“Exercise has been the one thing where, when I’m feeling bad about myself as a mum, as a person, as a whatever, and I can go and get the endorphins and sweat, I feel so much better afterwards,” she smiles “It’s crazy that it took me legitimately 36 years to figure it out. But it has changed my life.”

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Amy Schumer movie release date brought forward

Amy Schumer’s new movie I Feel Pretty will be released sooner than expected, having received a positive reception online.The film was originally scheduled for release on 29 June (18) but STXfilms announced on Wednesday (14Feb18) that it will now hit ci…

Amy Schumer’s new movie I Feel Pretty will be released sooner than expected, having received a positive reception online.

The film was originally scheduled for release on 29 June (18) but STXfilms announced on Wednesday (14Feb18) that it will now hit cinemas on 27 April, claiming the studio’s decision to bring the film forward stems from the promising response to the trailer.

The YouTube video has had over four million views since it first dropped on 8 February, and STXfilms added that a successful test screening of I Feel Pretty also contributed to their decision to change the date.

Amy, 36, plays the lead role in the comedy flick, about a woman called Renee who struggles with feelings of inadequacy until she has a fall in her SoulCycle class and wakes up believing she’s the most beautiful woman in the world.

The comedian will star alongside Michelle Williams, who plays Amy’s boss in the film, as well as co-stars including Emily Ratajkowski and Rory Scovel. Screenwriting duo Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, whose wife Busy Philipps also stars in the film, have co-written the movie, which will also mark the pair’s directorial debut having previously written for romantic comedies such as Never Been Kissed and He’s Just Not That Into You.

The Trainwreck star was also lined up to play Barbie in the live-action Sony/Mattel collaboration scheduled for release in 2020, but eventually had to turn down the project due to scheduling conflicts, with the role being re-cast to Oscar winner Anne Hathaway. However, Amy has previously shared that she’s more than happy with her replacement.

“Hathaway smathaway jkjk she’s perfect (sic)!!” the actress captioned a selfie she posted online. “Can’t wait to see it!”

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