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Writer/Director Leslye Headland on 'Sleeping With Other People'

September 22, 2015

Writer and director Leslye Headland talks about the concept behind her newly released film Sleeping With Other People starring Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses, We're the Millers) and Alison Brie (CommunityMad Men).

Jake and Lainey met in college and had a one night stand. Now, twelve years later, they meet again. He is a womanizer and she a serial cheater, so in order to change their ways they form a platonic friendship- despite their mutual attraction to one another. 

"It's almost like I wrote a romantic comedy to fall in love with love," said Headland. 

Brie and Sudeikis in 'Sleeping With Other People' (2015)

Headland found the inspiration for Jake and Lainey's unique friendship from one of her own relationships in college. She and a male friend had the same sort of platonic companionship. "We would always make fun of couples," she said. "That was like our favorite thing to do, make fun of people's happiness [laughs] or their unhappiness as it might be."  

To aspiring filmmakers, she says "Finish something. Finish it. Do it... You're really not going to feel a sense of accomplishment by praise, you're going to feel a sense of accomplishment by actually accomplishing something." 

Hear more in the video above, and see Sleeping With Other People in theaters now. 

Brie and Sudeikis in 'Sleeping With Other People' (2015)