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Posted on May 10, 2011 • 0 Comments

In the new film Jumping the Broom, about feuding families at a wedding, Paula Patton’s romance with Laz Alonso gives the film its beating heart when their relatives are beating each other up. The film posted solid returns at the box office this weekend, taking in $13.7 million.

Speakeasy sat down with Patton in Los Angeles.

Speakeasy: I imagine you’ve had the opportunity to do similar sorts of films, but this is the first one you’ve done. What about this one in particular appealed to you?

Paula Patton: It was just the script. A script is always a work in progress when you’re making a movie, but [it’s great] when you can see a blueprint where you go, “the potential is here to make a great movie,” that’s what it was from me – Sabrina was there on the page. And it wasn’t about race in the end, even though we can’t help it when we see a black film to talk about race; to me it was more an issue of class, and of family, and the drama that goes on when two families get together.

What was sort of at the heart of this character for you? At the beginning of the film she makes some bad decisions, but obviously she’s together in other ways.

It was [producer] T.D. Jakes’ idea that at the beginning of the movie begin with this girl having slept with this guy, and that she’s made some bad choices and she’s a human being. I think that’s what’s great about T.D. Jakes as a producer and as a pastor and in charge of so many churches and being a faith-based man, is that he understands that human beings are flawed.

Because this film is so much about family and how it makes us who we are, how much did you take cues for your performance from the other actors?

The truth is that I was able to take from my own life that you have your mother, and when she’s great she stands for certain values and morals and ways to be, but that doesn’t necessarily make her the most fun to be around. And, we sometimes go to the fun party aunt, uncle, cousin, whatever it is, to talk about some things that you don’t feel like you can talk with your mom about.

How careful are you having to be with your choices in your career? Can you purely follow your creativity, or do you have to be strategic about what roles you take on?

I try to live in a vacuum when I’m working, and I don’t think about the audience in some respects. I do want to please them, and so I do try to remember that movies are entertainment; you don’t just want to create reality but you want to entertain them as well, so I do care very much about pleasing the audience. But beyond the scope of that, I’m not thinking about other directors, or how producers will see me. I just can only hope and pray that if I go with my heart, everything else will follow they way that it’s supposed to. But I think if you scheme or plan too much, you don’t let magic come into your life. And magic is what makes movies special and great – the risk, the jump off the cliff and hope that the net appears.

Source: Speakeasy

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