She’s just a girl with a crush and I don’t think it should make any difference what gender that crush happens to be.” Young agrees: “I had no concerns with it whatsoever and I was completely passionate about doing Angelica justice.”But Cannon, 43-years-old and a 6-year veteran of the studio system, had endless worries about getting the Sam and Ramona romance, and their characters, right.
Adlon’s last name might be familiar to fans of her mother Pamela Adlon’s work on the FX series but the actress had to audition just like anyone else and walked away convinced she didn’t get the role.
“This year it’s becoming a very normal thing to see and it feels so special to have an empowering story line in a movie like this, in a time like now,” Adlon said.
“I know that young women are starving to seem themselves in films like this, where they’re just normal kids going through ‘normal’ things,” Cannon adds.
The way that story plays out, and never once flinches during their triumphant end-of-movie kiss, means may have finally broken through a taboo big-budget studio filmmakers have been trying hard to crack for the past few years.“It came from me,” Cannon says frankly over the phone, when asked how the gay love story developed after Jim and Brian Kehoe’s original script underwent multiple re-writes.
“It was my idea to make Sam gay and that was one of the biggest changes.
This includes gentle treatment of Sam’s erstwhile prom date Chad—a round-faced fedora-wearing ginger who would have been a walking punch line in any other movie—and special attention to how and when Sam was outed, even lovingly, by her dad Hunter (Barinholtz).And it’s the second studio comedy in the last month to feature what was once considered extraordinary: a climactic kiss between two gay teenagers.Adlon’s Sam, while aiming to lose her virginity just like her straight friends, is harboring a crush on a girl named Angelica (Ramona Young).Ramona, I loved her audition so much, she’s a great weirdo.”Unlike Sam, Angelica is not at all confused about her sexual identity.Cannon cracks up recalling Young’s dry, confident delivery of the line where Ramona reveals to Sam that she knew she was gay when she held classmate Dash Lowenstein’s dick and said “fuck no.” Sam has a similar revelation herself later in the film.“I put the second normal in quotes because the idea of a young woman struggling with her sexuality might be foreign to some parents.I hope that when kids watch it and parents watch it, it bridges this communication gap between a kid who might be going through something like this and their parents.”Not an ordinary goal for a movie involving John Cena butt-chugging beer.“These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn’t even know existed,” he writes, addressing inevitable questions about why he didn’t reveal his sexuality earlier. The mother of my kids .” The singer wraps today’s news post pride and relief.In an August 1999 Rolling Stone cover story, Martin spoke about past loves and rumors that he wasn’t straight: You know, the bigger you get, the more people talk about you. “Writing this is a solid step towards my inner peace and vital part of my evolution,” he writes.“Sam’s story was always leading with this idea of being worried that she wouldn’t connect with her friends because they were losing their virginity to guys and she wasn’t ready to lose her virginity, let alone confront her sexuality, and so she’s full of fear,” Cannon explains. It was a group effort to make sure that it was specific to what high-school girls are really truly experiencing and we couldn’t deny that.”Millennial actresses Young and Adlon, meanwhile, wonder what the big deal is.When she overcomes that fear and kisses Ramona, it’s a fairly stunning leap forward for an industry that’s been publicly skittish in recent years about gay romance. Asked directly whether Holtzmann was gay, director Paul Feig offered the Daily Beast a silent nod and grin: “I hate to be coy about it, but when you’re dealing with the studios and that kind of thing . “I think it’s funny that people keep asking me what it’s like to play Sam versus a regular teen,” Aldon tells me.