‘The Guilt Trip’: Interviewing Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen… WITH MY MOM
A few weeks ago I was invited to interview Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen for the mother-son comedy "The Guilt Trip." As I read the details of Paramount's invitation, one line stopped me in my tracks: They invited my mother along.
Immediately, I questioned whether this was a good idea. I needed a gut check and asked my boss whether he thought it was a good idea. He did. My contact at Paramount was anxiously waiting to confirm me and my mom, Sally -- something she was delighted to hear when I broke the news. Without hesitation, my mom said yes. Like most women of her generation who grew up with Streisand's music, not to mention "Funny Girl" (1968), my mother is a huge fan.
The next thing I know, mom is getting her eyebrows done, relaying her clothing options to me over FaceTime and requesting that our outfits "at least be in the same color family." She booked a hotel in a strategic location between my office in Santa Monica, CA, and the interview location in nearby Beverly Hills. Knowing that the interview was going to be on camera, she reveled in saying (more than a few times) with a giggle, "I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. DeMille" -- her version of the famed "Sunset Boulevard" line.
Watch my mother and I interview Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen:
My parents live about three hours away and when my mom got off the freeway to meet me in my neighborhood ahead of "The Guilt Trip" screening (a day before the big interview), she got lost -- literally during the last quarter mile of her 200-mile journey. What could have been a scene on the cutting room floor of the very film we were about to see, our conversation went something like this:
Mom: I'm lost! I don't know where I am! I'm at Benton Street, now Rampart -- DO I TURN LEFT OR RIGHT?
Me: I'm not sure. Is the freeway west or east of you?
Mom: I don't know. Now I see Silver Lake Blvd. DO I TURN LEFT OR RIGHT!? HURRY! I'M DRIVING BY!
Me: I don't know because I don't know what direction you're going in. ARE YOU HEADED EAST OR WEST!?
That Abbott and Costello-style shouting match went on longer than I'm sure either of us would like to admit. Mom finally arrived in one piece. Flustered, yet still excited for what was to come.