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THE MOVIE: Because I Said So

Diane Keaton • Mandy Moore • Lauren Graham • Gabriel Macht
DIRECTOR: Michael Lehmann

Daphne Wilder (Diane Keaton) and daughter Milly (Mandy Moore) THE CONCEPT:
Daphne Wilder (Keaton) is about to turn sixty, a birthday shes clearly trying to forget. Most of her time is taken up with trying to set up her youngest daughter Milly (Moore) with the perfect man, going so far as to place an ad on an online dating website to find him.

U.S. RELEASE: February 2 2007, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13


I thought this film was funny. What else am I going to do with my life? Im happy to perform and I thought it was great. Show me a script and if Im available Ill do it. I mean how many women that are my age are working? So many other people are extremely talented and theyre not working. It doesnt make any sense.

My mom has never been a big meddler and isnt extremely opinionated, or at least doesnt voice it to me. It wasnt hard to find the grating fester from Dianes character annoying. It really did drive me batty. But meeting Diane, I was completely nervous, I remember shaking her hand for the first time and being completely in awe, like how am I going to pretend like shes my mother?

What I really love about Mandy is shes a little workhorse, like a filly out there. She loves to work and you can see her progress as an actress. Shes a very emotional actress, but shes funny, shes adorable and shes beautiful to look at. In this movie, she looks to me like Claudia Cardinale, Shes got this gorgeous face. Its going to be really interesting to watch her in life. I think shes going to be really surprising.

I think the scene in the movie I felt the most uncomfortable and awkward with in front of everyone at first was describing an orgasm to my mother. That took a little getting used to, to just kind of jump into that. It was written out, but it was written in a way where obviously Milly is finding her words, and finding the right way to approach it with her mother, so I think I infused a little bit of myself in there as well.

KEATON on turning 60 herself during filming:
Thats so interesting. My dad died when he was 68 so to turn 60 is like, Oh, Im 60. You really are older. Youre very definitely reaching a new phase in your life. Im really happy Im around, number one. I love being alive and moderately healthy. You just go, Okay, alright, moving on. I mean, what can I do? Im not going to get depressed about it, because Im amazed by how life has changed so much. Im not really who I thought I would be, and the process of living is much more of a mystery than I ever imagined, and also much more compelling as you go along. The more I know, the less I know, and the less I know the more amazed I am by life.

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