Children often will rebel against what their parents have done.
HMS: Yeah. I mean, I clearly have. [Laughs.]
You can see a lot of your mother's influences and style is in this. Did you ever have the urge to go the other way and, like, make a horror movie?
HMS: No, not at all, because I would just be doing that for the sake of doing that, which seems silly. Like you said, you only get to make your directorial debut one time, so I didn't need to put myself in it, like, "I have to do something different for me!" It was more, "What would be the best story for me to tell?" You have to be true to yourself and, if I'm being true to me, I like romantic comedies.
NM: She's very secure. This is the thing about this one -- she's not going to worry about other people thinking she made a movie in the same genre as her mother. She doesn't worry about that. That's the genre she wants to work in, good for her. She didn't have to waste all that time rebelling.
Your mom is also known for her keen eye for aesthetics and people especially have a thing for the kitchens in her movies. Did you feel any pressure when it came to choosing a kitchen for this?
HMS: No, not at all. All directors are aesthetic. It's a part of the job, so, for me, my mom is a director and set design is a huge part of filmmaking and she excels at filmmaking and excels at set design.
NM: Thank you, Hal!
HMS: So, for me, it just raised the bar even higher, which is a good motivation.