Why She's On Our Radar: Few films tickled Sundance's funny bone this year like Lauren Miller and Katie Anne Naylor's raucous feature screenwriting debut, "For a Good Time, Call.." And with good reason! The comedy, directed by newcomer Jamie Travis and starring Miller as one of the two leads opposite "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" breakout Ari Graynor, centers on two former college frenemies who, after randomly becoming roommates in the Big Apple, decide to start up a phone sex line together in order to make ends meet.
The Focus Features pickup (out in theaters this Friday) is foul-mouthed, sexy and winning, putting many of its male centric counterparts (we're looking at you, "Hangover Part II") to shame. "A jubilant celebration of raunchiness, 'For a Good Time, Call...' maintains the giddiness of a classic Doris Day sex comedy with all the suggestive dialogue transformed into the real deal," wrote Eric Kohn in his glowing review out of Sundance.
More About Her: A Long Island native, Miller studied film at Florida State University before going to work as an assistant to Oscar-winning producer Steve Starkey ("Forrest Gump," "Contact"). Following that experience, she put her focus back on acting and writing, appearing in such movies as "Superbad," "Observe and Report" and "50/50" (alongside her now-hubby Seth Rogen, who appears in "Good Time" as a horned up caller), in addition to earning a New Writer's Deal at the now-defunct Fox Atomic. She wrote two feature scripts for the studio, but they were never produced.
What's Next: "Katie and I are trying to write a pilot this year and dip our toes in the TV world," Miller told Indiewire. "Then, of course we're writing another couple features. I'm also writing something personal by myself. As an actor, before Sundance, I had five auditions a year. After this, I have eight in a week. So the tides have turned for me and I now have opportunities, which is great. I hate to talk about indie stuff because you never know what's going to happen, but there is movement and I'm excited."
Did you and Katie have a total blast writing this script?
I'm not sure if you're aware, but Katie actually ran her own phone sex line out of her dorm room during her freshman year of college. So we had a lot of fun drawing from her experience, and also creating this world. When you have a writing partner and you're writing a comedy, your goal is to make each other laugh. In writing something about phone sex, that's a little dirty, Katie considered me to be the straight one. So I loved the moments when I would write something so dirty it would make her blush. That just filled me with so much confidence and pleasure [laughs].
Who's idea was it to write this?
We were random roommates in college. I was in the film school and she was in creative writing. If I would write a script she would read it, and if I would write a poem, she would read it. Over the years we've always kind of worked together. After graduation I moved to LA and she moved to New York. I did the assistant thing, trying to write on my own. Every year in her birthday cards I would write, this is the year you're going to move to LA and we're going to write together. But she never would! And then one year she did.
It really wasn't, oh my God we have a story to tell. It was simply, she moved to LA and after about a month we sat down at a computer together and decided what to write. We started with us -- writing what you know -- and then it was like, okay, is this the time that we're going to tell your crazy story?