“Like Father" director Lauren Miller Rogen asks Netflix for a new official category: “dramedy”
Lauren Miller Rogen wrote, directed and produced Netflix's newest original movie, "Like Father,” starring Kelsey Grammer and Kristen Bell and streaming now. It's a comedy, or rather, dramedy that finds a father and daughter reconnecting after 26 years apart and follows their complicated and funny journey of forgiveness.
Miller Rogen opens up on “Salon Talks” about how she tapped into her family's own trauma to write the script, and what it was like to direct her husband, Seth Rogen, who is an actor in the film. Watch the video above to hear why she thinks Netflix needs to recategorize comedies like hers that are funny, but also kind of sad.
“I infused my own personal journey into the fictional one that we created,” Miller Rogen shared with SalonTV’s Rachel Leah. “I haven’t lived a life without my father, but I have experienced sadness and anger. I felt those things while I was writing the script. My mom, who has Alzheimer’s disease, was becoming more advanced in the disease and I was in this sort of dark, angry place.” Miller Rogen founded Hilarity for Charity in 2012 in support of Alzheimer’s awareness and has since raised over $10 million.
As far as working with Rogen, “what a diva!” Miller Rogen joked. “Like Father” is Miller Rogen’s feature directorial debut and she says Rogen was very supportive, even if they bickered a bit on the set, which took place an actual Royal Caribbean cruise ship. “There’s no one else I trust more than him. I don’t think anyone else is more talented than he is. He’s my best friend who does what I do and I’m lucky to have him around,” Miller Rogen said.Watch the full interview above to hear Miller Rogen comment on the underrepresentation of female directors, and her personal story as a writer, director and producer. Plus, she unpacks how she is experiencing the #MeToo movement’s positive and direct impact today in Hollywood. Tune in for interviews with actors, directors, artists and more on SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on YouTube, Facebook and Periscope.