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‘Snatched’ Interview: A Heartfelt And Funny Chat With Goldie Hawn And Amy Schumer

We attended the screening/interview as a guest of the studio

This Mother’s Day, Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer join comedic forces in “Snatched.” We couldn’t be more excited for Hawn’s return to the big screen since 2002 in “The Banger Sisters.”

The legendary actress and Schumer sat down to chat about the film, which centers around a mother and daughter who decide to go on a trip which doesn’t go as planned when they end up being held, hostage.

The night before I met with the talented actresses, my best friend and I were able to watch the film for a girls night out and had a fantastic time laughing at Hawn and Schumer’s wild misadventures. They were dynamite! By the end of the movie we were excited to see the film with our moms because while the film is hilarious, it also has a strong emotional core.

The next day I attended an intimate conversation with the actresses about the making of “Snatched, ” and we found out so many incredible things about the movie. One of the biggest being that Schumer fought to get Hawn in the film. She explained, “I read the script and just pictured it with the two of us the whole time. Then I saw her on a plane, and in the airport, I went up after the flight, and I just said, ‘I love you, like everyone else, I’m a comic actress, and there’s this movie, and I really want you to play my mom.’ So, I wanted to just kind of plant the seed. I wasn’t like can I have your email, but I hoped she remembered. Then we met in London and got in cahoots together to try to make this movie with the two of us.”

It really is hard to imagine anyone else playing Emily and Linda. Hawn shines as Linda, a very overprotective mom who despite all her worries and concerns ends up accompanying her newly single daughter Emily on a trip to Ecuador (it was a non-refundable trip mom!). Schumer embodies the adult who tries her hand at hanging out with mom and still is on the prowl.

The banter between the two comedians was very natural. There’s a scene in the film where Emily is tanning, and Linda approaches her and starts smothering her with sunscreen in front of the whole resort. We’ve all been there! Mom’s coming in to save the day no matter how old you are. To Hawn, that’s just something mom’s do automatically, “You’ve got eyes in the back of your head, and you don’t want your kids to fall in potholes. And so, what happens is that, when they’re little, I think that’s who you should be as a mother, right? Unfortunately, there’s no transition made when they get older. As kids get older, they are going to have to fall in their own potholes, and that’s when you have to learn to let go.” She said about how for the most part as you grow into motherhood you start to see your child as an adult as well.

However, to hone in on the film’s comedic nature, she consciously made her character, Linda, not so good at letting go, “This character was extremely needy for herself because what happens when you have any empty nest situation. Your daughter leaves, not always your son, it feels different, and you feel weak, and you are aging. It says a lot of things about you losing your youth and your vitality because you have to pass the baton to your daughter. So, in this particular movie, I think that this mother is someone who felt those things, and I feel she misses her daughter. She came from somebody who stayed much, much more closed in order not to feel the pain, not to feel rejection, not to feel–and with that comes fear.”

To that point, Schumer added how the script by Katie Dippold (Ghostbusters 2016) really spoke to her and her experiences with her mother. “I’ve had such a journey with my mom like everybody else has had with their mom and where you’re angry, and then you feel guilty, and I have a joke I’ve been saying to my mom. You work at a factory, and there’s a sign that says like 24 days without incident. You know what I mean? But it’s like an hour, you know? It’s okay; we got through it. You just spent the time with your mom. It’s like those last couple minutes; you’re okay. But, then you also, you want your mom. You say you crave your mom and that connection. There’s nothing else, and that’s the person that you want to be there for you.” The film does an incredible job at not only showing the embarrassingly funny aspects of a mother daughter relationship but also the real growth that happens even in the unlikeliest of situations like having to sacrifice your safety in the jungle so your daughter can have a chance to make it.

A particular moment in the film’s final act, where Linda does just that to an incredible speech delivered by Hawn, had everyone in the theater in tears and we made sure to let the stars know.

We all got emotional in the room as Schumer described how she added that moment to the script with Hawn, “I’m proud of that scene. I will say, I wrote that scene, and we collaborated to make it together, because, to us, the whole movie leads up to that moment. To put yourself out there is really courageous. I think to put yourself out there is to sort of have the humility to look at ourselves as a mother, as a daughter and like could I do better in this role. I really connect to when she says first she’s a daughter. That really inspired me, and just it’s like, oh, yes, like before you’re anything else, that’s what you are. I love that.”

And then major group tears happened when Hawn described the core of her inspiration to be a part of the film. “So, mother/daughter relationships have tremendous implications of who are you, how have you lost your power, how do you regain your power. You don’t regain it by telling your kids what to do, and you don’t regain it by putting sun guard on them. You regain it becoming a friend and a person that you can talk to and share with and be intimate with and sometimes tell things you don’t want to tell anybody else. So, that’s trust. So, I think it’s our job to allow our children to breathe, and then they come back.” and she added with poignancy, “You know when my mother died, I knew I had lost the only person in my life that would love me unconditionally, no matter what. And that was a big loss. So, my mother bereaved when I left her–you later begin to bereave the loss of that love. And it comes back to you in unseen ways. But, it’s a big moment of feeling like an orphan. And I think that people have to remember that. There is an end game.”

Before we ended our session, we had to ask if their real relatives saw the film. Hawn informed us that her daughters saw it and ‘They loved it, they loved it.” and Schumer asked if she said they were crying. Hawn smiled, Yes, they got emotional.”

Schumer also revealed that she took her mother to a work-in-progress screening and held hands with her. “ I knew she would know the parts that were taken exactly from us. And she laughed louder than anybody. Anything I’ve ever written or said about my mom she’s seen it and agreed on it. Then at the end of the movie, we were both bawling. And it caught me by surprise, and it was important to me like have this kind of love letter to her like ‘I get it and you did the best I could, and I want to be grateful for you.’ And, you know, it’s the most complicated relationship in the world, right?” she said.

Hawn closed with the real truth, “It’s a love/hate relationship.” and we all agreed that it was the most fulfilling of all and most important.

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Sabina Ibarra loves writing about movies, so-cal lifestyle and food. When not checking out the latest movie or exploring her city she can be found at Disneyland.
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