Paul Thomas Anderson can't stop talking about Tiffany Haddish
Paul Thomas Anderson and Tiffany Haddish have been talking about working together, ever since the filmmaker gave the rising actress a shout-out at the New York Film Critics Circle awards in January.
Paul Thomas Anderson may be married to one of the funniest women on the planet, SNL alumnus Maya Rudolph, but that hasn't insulated him from the explosive force of Tiffany Haddish's charms.
He has worked with some of the most celebrated actors of our times, including Daniel Day-Lewis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Julianne Moore, and he sees a well of potential in the Girls Trip actress.
At the New York Film Critics Circle awards on January 3, his film Phantom Thread won Best Screenplay, and though he wasn't present at the ceremony, he left a statement with the movie's star Lesley Manville that also contained a note for Haddish, who he called his "hero."
Haddish had won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Girls Trip that night, and Anderson had a message for her that Manville read out: "Tiffany, I know everyone wants to work with you now, but please, may I cut to the front of the line?"
The message also contained his phone number, which Manville read out. Haddish seemed to have followed up on the shout-out, because she revealed in an interview with Vulture later that month that she had been calling the filmmaker regularly.
She told Vulture, "I’ve been talking to him on the telephone! I mean, he put his phone number out there, so I had to call. I’ve talked to him a few times and we’re probably gonna work together."
When she was asked if she could provide a hint about the project they were planning together, she mentioned that things were still up in the air at the moment, dishing, "Well, we’ve been talking a lot about Los Angeles, back when Central Avenue was the Sunset Boulevard of L.A. … I don’t know, I don’t know!"
Anderson sat down with the Los Angeles Times for an interview on February 20, where he once again brought up his fascination with the actress.
"She’s a really thrilling performer. It’s the same way I felt when I saw Adam (Sandler) — there’s so much there. Don’t just be fooled by how funny she is. She just has a fierceness," the filmmaker gushed.
He continued, "I think I feel a connection to her because she’s such an L.A. kid as well. It feels like I’ve known her for a long time, which is weird. I’ve talked to her on the telephone. I’ve never even met her. But you follow those instincts. They’re always good."
When asked what he thought about Haddish and his wife, Maya, as a pair, he was enthusiastic, saying, "Absolutely! That’s a combustible combination, the two of them."
He added, "That’s what you dream of as a director. Because you know if you just get your … together and you’re simple and you create a platform, why do you think people look good when they work with Daniel Day-Lewis? Because it’s Daniel Day-Lewis! Writing for them, I feel like you could turn on the faucet and that’ll come out. That would be a great team."
Since the two of them seem to be enthusiastic about working together, we hope we can see an Anderson movie starring Haddish some time in the near future.
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