“I was really interested in the idea of what it’s like to be a woman now when there are many things that you want, it’s not clear, and how you justify and reconcile the different parts of yourself,” said Animals director Sophie Hyde who stopped by Deadline’s Sundance studio along with stars Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat as well as the film’s screenwriters Emma Jane Unsworth.
Based on Unsworth’s 2014 novel of the same name, Animals follows would-be writer Laura (Grainger) and her free-spirited bestie Tyler (Shawkat) who share a messy Dublin apartment and a hearty appetite for booze, Molly, and one-night stands. Yet when Laura falls for Jim (Fra Fee), a charming but straitlaced classical pianist, Tyler worries that the party may soon be over.
“In terms of friendship, how do you celebrate a friendship even if it’s something that you feel you can’t be inside of in the same way anymore? How do you work out the bits that were really special and have changed you?” Hyde expounded.
On her decision to sign onto the project, Grainger remarked, “I think it was the first time in a while I’ve really read something that wasn’t quite like the characters weren’t typified. They weren’t easily boxable There was no kind of preconceived stereotypes that were already out there that there that Emma was like trying to fit them into. I really felt like they were the kind of girls that I knew and I hadn’t really seen them represented before.”
Check out the interview above.