In “Ride,” Helen Hunt’s second time behind the camera, the actress plays a Type A editor from New York who’s too busy working to see that she has become disconnected from life. When her son moves to LA to spend the summer with his father, then decides not to attend college, her entire core is shaken. She heads to LA to get him to come back and makes mistake after mistake trying to reach him. But as she is struggling to figure out how to communicate with her son through surfing, she finds that the water helps her rediscover her own love for life.
In the latest Women and Hollywood podcast, Hunt, who also wrote the film, explains why she was compelled to tell her own stories after four decades in front of the camera, reveals the self-deprecating name she originally gave the project and shares what she learned from Nancy Meyers about directing. (Hint: It’s not about being liked.)