Before chatting about her upcoming film Cha Cha Real Smooth, Dakota Johnson received some technology help from her boyfriend, Chris Martin. See the candid moment below.
Just call Chris Martin “The Scientist” of virtual interviews.
As the 2022 Sundance Film Festival carries on with virtual events, the Coldplay front man briefly found himself participating in a panel with his girlfriend, Dakota Johnson.
On Sunday, Jan. 23, Dakota was preparing to discuss her upcoming film, Cha Cha Real Smooth, when she appeared to need some Zoom assistance. After a brief delay, the camera started working and Chris appeared in the shot. “Hello!” the singer said before rushing out of frame. “Welcome, welcome. Peace!”
While Dakota, writer, director and co-star Cooper Raiff, and co-star Vanessa Burghardt couldn’t stop laughing, moderator Charlie Sextro didn’t miss a beat.
“It’s great to see the three of you together,” he said. “Loving the film and loving seeing the three of you all together on one screen.”
Cha Cha Real Smooth tells the story of Andrew (Cooper), a man in his 20s who works as a bar mitzvah party host. While striking up a friendship with a mother, Domino (Dakota), and her daughter (Vanessa), who has autism, he finds himself in the midst of a potentially complicated love story.
“I thought it was really funny having a 22-year-old who is not at all a man, helping little 13-year-olds become men at these bar mitzvahs,” Cooper told Deadline. It’s also a “coming-of-age story for a 12-year-old, a 22-year-old and a 32-year-old, those different stages.”
When she first heard about the project, Dakota became intrigued and immediately helped develop the script with fellow producer Ro Donnelly.
“We really jumped at the opportunity to make the women in this story very real, and to allow Domino to be quite complicated and to not have to explain herself,” she said. “And it was like a real gift I think. Meeting Cooper was just wonderful, we want to make all his movies… Cooper’s incredibly talented. The story’s really special, it’s timely, it’s inclusive.”
Then, toward the end of the interview, Dakota had another special guest make an appearance: Her dog started barking in hopes of earning a spot on Mom’s lap.
“He really likes to be in the interview,” she said. “Then he likes to be in and out the entire time.”
Celebrities getting interrupted during virtual meetings in a pandemic—very relatable content!
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Sia Talks Backlash Over Her Controversial Film ‘Music’: ‘I Was Suicidal’
A difficult time. Sia opened up about the toll the public backlash to her film, Music, took on her in a new interview.
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“I was suicidal and relapsed and went to rehab,” the musician, 46, recalled to The New York Times on Wednesday, January 19.
Sia explained to the outlet that it was her friend Kathy Griffin who helped her recover. The comedian, 61, arranged a “dinner date” with Sia at a popular Los Angeles restaurant so that the pair could generate some more positive headlines. “She saved my life,” the singer added.
The film, which was Sia’s directorial debut, sparked a great deal of criticism thanks to the casting of frequent collaborator Maddie Ziegler as a nonverbal autistic teenage girl. Several actors with autism spoke out against the film, condemning Sia’s decision to cast a neurotypical actress in the lead role as well as the way Music depicted autism.
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Following the initial release of Music‘s trailer in November 2019, the “Chandelier” singer defended her film and the choice to give Ziegler, 19, the lead role. “I actually tried working with a beautiful young girl non verbal on the spectrum and she found it unpleasant and stressful,” Sia wrote on Twitter at the time. “So that’s why I cast Maddie.” In a series of tweets responding to social media critics, the Grammy nominee added that she “spent three f—king years researching” the project.
“I cast thirteen neuroatypical people, three trans folk, and not as f—king prostitutes or drug addicts but as doctors, nurses and singers,” she wrote. “F—king sad nobody’s even seen the dang movie. My heart has always been in the right place.”
Several members of the autistic community also called out Music for including a scene in which the titular character is restrained while having a meltdown. Sia apologized and promised to remove the controversial scene from all “future printings” of the movie. “I promise, have been listening. The motion picture Music will, moving forward, have [a] warning at the head of the movie,” she wrote on Twitter. “Music in no way condones or recommends the use of restraint on autistic people. There are autistic occupational therapists that specialize in sensory processing who can be consulted to explain safe ways to provide proprioceptive, deep-pressure feedback to help w meltdown safety.”
Kate Hudson, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Music, also defended the film in February 2021 during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! “I think when people see the film, that they will see the amount of love and sensitivity that was put into it,” the actress, 42, explained. “It’s an ongoing and important dialogue to be had, about neurotypical actors portraying neurodivergent characters. It is an important one to have with people who are experts and really know how to engage in the conversation.”
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She added that everyone involved in making Music only had good intentions. “When there are people who feel upset about anything, it’s our job to listen and encourage more conversation with other people who want to tell these stories. Because they’re important stories to be told and we don’t want to stop telling them,” Hudson said.
If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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