Kelly O'Sullivan Answers Five Questions with SCREEN
March 5, 2020 by Screenmag
Chicago-made SAINT FRANCES won the coveted Audience Award at its World Premiere at SXSW, hailed as one of “The 11 Best Movies of the 2019 SXSW Film Festival” by Variety's Peter DeBruge. The feature went on to win fests and fans across the globe during a prolific run. As the critic's pick kicks off its nationwide theatrical release (click here for showtimes in your hood), actor-writer-executive producer Kelly O'Sullivan stopped by for Five Questions with SCREEN...
SCREEN: What is the nicest compliment you have received so far about SAINT FRANCES?
KELLY: I love when people have said they feel seen and not preached to. When they say that they've laughed and cried.
SCREEN: Worst job you’ve ever had?
KELLY: As a teenager I worked at an off-brand Discovery Zone where I had to watch over the ball pit and then clean the balls after closing time. Kids would regularly pee in there. The clean up was disgusting.
SCREEN: Your go-to karaoke song?
KELLY: Either something Disney or "Girl with a short skirt and a long jacket." I can't sing, so I need something I can either talk-sing or sell with personality.
SCREEN: What's your favorite restaurant in Chicago? How about your favorite restaurant anywhere OTHER THAN Chicago?
KELLY: I loooooove Spacca Napoli, I would eat there every night if I could. That burrata appetizer. I call to ask if it's in supply before I go. The cannolis. Perfection. Outside of Chicago, Taladwat, which does country Thai cooking in midtown in NYC, is next level delicious. I've eaten there three times this week. Get the red curry and the sticky rice dessert.
SCREEN: The hardest you've ever laughed?
KELLY: I love hosting or participating in game nights, and we often play the game Celebrity where, in the final round, people have to mime to get their team to guess which celebrity they're acting out. Nothing makes me laugh harder than people dead-seriously and super-urgently miming. So intense. So, so funny. I also remember seeing Aidy Bryant in an improv show at IO before she was famous, and laughing so hard I could barely breathe.
SCREEN: Best advice you've ever been given?
KELLY: Done is better than perfect. Let yourself write the bad version first.
SCREEN: What has been your favorite moment of this entire SAINT FRANCES journey so far?
KELLY: I'm writing this on the morning of our theatrical release in NYC, and I think the past few days have contained some of my favorite moments so far: getting to hang out with Alex Thompson (our amazing director), Nate Hurtsellers (our genius DP) and Ian Kaiser and Pierce Cravens (life-saving producers) while waiting for more of our team/family/friends to get into town for the premiere tonight. We did a Wild West escape room (we made it out) before our sneak peak screening at the Angelika last night, and the combo of getting to hang out as friends while celebrating the film is pretty special. It's the chance to reflect on and appreciate the thousands of indelible moments of hard work and great luck that have led to our premiere tonight.