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Q) What would you say is the most important thing that you learned from the time you spent making this film?
Robyn Lively: Yes. You know, I think that it honestly - it just reinforced how important the family dynamic is and how important it is to trust each other. And, you know, of course this is suspended reality. I donít know many families who are going through this. But, you know, I did love how fiercely, like Meredith, my character, loved her family and trust her husband and how far that went. You know, I mean she could have thought so many things were going and it could have potentially destroyed them. But, you know, again itís keeping your family together. I donít know, it was just a great - it was great for me being a mom and having a family and a husband and it just reinforced that for me anyway.
Christine Baranski: Yes, I got a kick out of, honestly, the, you know, weíre dealing with the covert agencies and people with all these extraordinary skills that, you know, you would think are not available to people in general. And yet, you know, what impresses you is how savvy these kids are particularly the son in - because he now is living in an internet age and his mind, you know, the younger generation their minds are now working in ways that, you know, can resolve things that are quite complicated. We see it in the world around us now. The world is - has so changed. And the fact that this family could actually go off and solve the riddle of where their father is and keep solving problems by virtue of like the skills that they have - the language and the internet and their gut instincts and their, you know, ability to solve problems. I mean I thought that was very cool. I think young people will get a kick out of this film for that reason. They really outsmart the smartest people in the room.
Q) What was your most memorable moment from the movie?
Christine Baranski: I like to laugh.
Robyn Lively: Itís a good question. I should have pre-thought of. Gosh, you know, we have so many great moments just together as a cast and we all got along so unusually well that there wasnít really a moment that was like standout. They were all standout moments. I donít know. Iíll have to think about that. To me like I love the kitchen scenes with the family interacting. And I love the scene where the train station scene, where the dad is vulnerable and he comes clean, and the emotion that he has in. You know, that how hard itís been for him to keep these lies from his family. I loved that scene. That one was - I just, that one I loved. That was a great moment.
Christine Baranski: I have to say for me, I have never played a spy. Iíve never been in a raincoat holding a pistol. I love to see the move.
Robyn Lively: Yes. And you held it very well, Christine. You held that gun so well.
Christine Baranski: Turning the staircase is my little gun in my raincoat. I thought, oh this is like, this a James Bond kind of moment. And so I got a kick out of it and of course, everybody had to go down the stairs and I had the gun. And then, of course, you know, I get thrown over the - my stand-in gets thrown over the banister and then I get taken off like a bad guy. But I like, you know, seeing that kind of, you know, for a minute you kind of feel like a little James Bond-ish and that was, for me, that was the most fun that day on the set, being a really bad guy with the, you know, bad girl with the gun in the raincoat.
Q) Can you both talk about what it was like to film in Montreal in terms of what that city had to offer?
Christine Baranski: Well, I had never been. I had never been and I was just enchanted. I have to say, I came straight from shooting The Good Wife and I was supposed to go to Paris on my birthday and I got the job. And I was like, well, you know, this is a terrific job and Iím going to doing it. So I cancelled Paris and then found myself in Montreal eating at all these little French bistros and I was living in the French Section.
Robyn Lively: And then we ended up running into almost everywhere, Christine.
Christine Baranski: It was fun. It was really kind of like a vacation. I mean I know when you film, you work long hours. But the setting of Montreal and where the sun looks amazing.
Robyn Lively: So locations. I couldnít believe how well it played out when I saw it, I was like, my gosh this looks beautiful.
Christine Baranski: Beautiful. Yes. The cinematography was beautiful.
Robyn Lively: We filmed a lot of old Montreal.
Q) How did you both relate to the story? And how do you think people will relate to it?
Robyn Lively: Well, I, being a mom, completely related to the family dynamic. And I donít have kids this old yet, but, you know, I absolutely - when I first read it, I just fell in love with the dynamics of the family, and how much they loved each other, and they stood up for each other, and they had each otherís backs.And although Meredith goes through her, you know, her trials with her husband and not trusting him as well she shouldnít, she always still had faith in him, you know. And I think that says so much. She knew that she married a good man. She knew what he was all about even though, you know, theyíre on this wild goose chase and she could have bought so many things. I love that.
Christine Baranski: Yes. And they were really just, you know, the scene when theyíre packing up to go, and itís just - they get the call saying from the father saying, just stay where you are. Stay together. And they could have just locked the bedroom door and just, you know, hid in the closet and just and their instinct was. I know, itís pretty scary. They are just so brave and itís like, no weíve just got to do something. And the fact that they are that brave and the best thing that they do as a family, as a unit, is trust each otherís instincts and their own thing, you know. That their gut feeling kind of wins the day.
Robyn Lively: Which is probably what I would have done.
Q) What about your spy character though? How did you relate to her?
Christine Baranski: Well I liked playing that character because Iíve never played a spy. Well I liked playing that character because Iíve never played a spy. But what I loved about her is when you read the script, sheís so sincere. Sheís so like the way say she, you know, ingratiates herself itís like just being, like so trustworthy, so sincere. Then itís like, you know, itís quite, you know, I would hope a surprise that she really winds up being the one who is the person going rogue and trying to get her $3 million and sheís a betrayer. But, you know, in that world and in so many lines of work, total sincerity is the way, you know, you view people and thatís her MO throughout is to just win their complete trust. So, suddenly itís Sarah who says, Mom, you got to trust me on this. Itís Amanda, you know. Sheís not to be trusted. Itís cool. You know, itís once again, you know, itís the kids, itís their gut instinct to have an animal sense of human character.
Q) Do you think that the show has a realistic message in terms of what itís saying about double lives, that people never really are who you think they are or they might be different than who you think they are?
Robyn Lively: Well, you know. Yes, of course. But I think though, and Iíve been saying this, I think the key with this film and I think that people can relate to is like the bottom line is, and the message throughout is that we trust each other. And, you know, Simon gives Meredith every reason to not trust. But she still hangs onto that trust because she knows him. She knows what kind of man he is. She knows who she married. And although all these crazy things are happening, she still believes in him. Even when she should be - and you know what, I do love that scene where I say, you know what? Iím not upset, Iím furious. Iím devastated. She does have all of those feelings of just like, oh my gosh, whatís he doing to us? Who is this person? But yes. You know, and I love that we stick together, and we encourage each other, and we encourage each otherís strengths, and we work together as a family.
Q) Christine, what genre do you think that you have placed the movie in and what type of audience do you think it will attract?
Christine Baranski: Oh, God. Well, you know, itís like a - I would call it a family spy-caper, you know. I mean you mentioned the plot being a bit, you know, fantastical. And I think thatís part of the style and the charm of it. Yes, youíre supposed to make an imaginative leap in it. This family just thrusts into this extraordinary situation that they just, theyíre just going, you know, by gut instinct throughout. I donít know if it has a particular genre, but I know that, you know, if youíre thinking about the families just sitting down and enjoying, you know, an evening together, it has something for adults and for certainly for kids. You know, will enjoy it and it is a family story. Itís a great, you know. Itís a great adventure story and itís a love story between the husband and wife. And itís the kids, you know, turn out to be like way beyond what you thought they were capable of. And, I donít know, itís - I hate to use the word heart warming but I think it is. You know, it really comes to a very happy end. It takes you to all kinds of places.
Q) What kind of preparation went into this role? Did you do specific research on missing persons and spying or anything?
Christine Baranski: Gosh. Thatís interesting. I got the job so quickly. I kind of just showed up in Montreal and started. But I thought that the story itself was pretty clear. And, you know, I did do some, you know, research into the life of a CIA, you know, operative and what theyíre covert life is like and such like that. But itís not like I had months of preparation. No.
Robyn Lively: Right. And I have a lot of experience being a wife and a mommy so. I came to the table with some good experience there. But I actually donít have experience with being the mother of teenagers so that was - my kids are in the making there. Not well they still have quite a while. Also I was supposed to have been like a Piloxing expert so Iím thinking, my gosh I need to start like stretching and working out and like kicking. The only thing I got to do in the movie was kick a towel from the hook.
Christine Baranski: I really raised teenagers. I should have given you all my advice.
Q) Robyn, do you think your generation from Teen Witch will be tuning into the movie?
Robyn Lively: I knew you were going to say that. Oh, my gosh. You have no idea how endearing this is to me. This little movie that I did, Christine, was in the 80s. And itís become like a cult-classic, you know. They have the night screenings and itís such a sweet movie. And I got to tell you, my fan base from Teen Witch - I adore them. And I enjoyed the movie and I do think - actually was doing a blog, a chat room as we were watching Who is Simon Miller, which by the way airs, Saturday. One woman said, "By the way, Iím a huge Teen Witch fan." I was like, yay! So honestly, I really hope so. I hope that they watch. Because I know that I do have quite a few. And I think theyíll love it.
Q) You always seem to play such a strong female character. Is that something you take into account when you take on roles?
Christine Baranski: you get cast in things and more often than not, I play strong female characters. Iím playing one now on, you know, on CBS playing a lawyer and then I went right into this. Kind of I must tell you though what Iím enjoying about my career these days is Iíve done so much comedy. And now as I said, Iím playing a lawyer every week on The Good Wife, and when they offered me this I thought, oh my gosh, a spy, you know. This is a really dramatic role. She, you know, turns out to be the bad guy. And I loved it. No laughs but I like am having great fun doing a new genre for me.
Q) Was there any particular scene that came out differently than you would have expected?
Christine Baranski: Oh. You know, I was so delighted of the quality of this film. Everything came out better than I expected, which is not to say I didnít expect it to be good. And Iím not just saying that. I think this - I think the direction, the photography, the acting of it, itís very credible. Itís a fantastic little piece, you know, and a family adventure. But it really has a great deal of credibility and it looks beautiful. It looks like it was shot in Europe and it was shot in Montreal. Totally, and I watched it and I thought, wow, this really, you know, itís not like you have a lot of time to shoot something like this and it really is very high quality.
Robyn Lively: Yes. I think, you know, when you go into these things, you have an idea of where you, you know, the tone of the scene. But once you get everyone together, the whole dynamic changes. And the scene blossoms into something that you really could not have ever anticipated. If find, like I was mentioning one of my favorite scenes is of the train station. When Simon comes clean and says, Iím so sorry that Iíve done this to you guys. That scene I was not expecting to cry in that scene. But he touched me so much I was like, oh my gosh. I loved that scene. I really, really loved it.
Q) Do you have any upcoming projects that you can talk about?
Christine Baranski: Well, Iím actually like shooting this show called The Good Wife, but itís for another network so Iím not going to plug it. But itís a CBS show and thatís what I do from now until the end of April. But I was able to do Who Was Simon Miller right after I finished shooting that one and so just looked at Montreal happily and did this project for Joel Rice, with whom Iíd worked before. And itís airing this Saturday, we want you to know, at 8:00 pm.
Robyn Lively: And I do have some independence that Iíve done that should be coming out at some point. I donít even know when. But, yes, we had the best time. Didnít we Christine? And our director was amazing. He was so great. I loved him.
Christine Baranski: Wonderful. It was a great crew. Most of the time they were speaking French and the whole thing. It was like being in Europe making a film, honestly. It was very fun.