"I still feel nervous, I'm probably going to be nervous when it comes out on DVD. I feel so connected to it," Melanie Lynskey told us last night at the New York premiere of her new film, Hello, I Must Be Going. We don't blame her, although Lynskey's an acting veteran—she starred opposite Kate Winslet in Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures at age 16—Hello is her first time carrying a film.
Lynskey plays 35-year-old Amy, who, after a painful divorce, is back in her parents' house, sleeping on a sofabed. Much to the dismay of her mother, Ruth (Blythe Danner), Amy trudges around in a t-shirt and boxers and wakes up at noon and wallows in front of Marx Brothers movies. It takes a clandestine affair with 19-year-old Jeremy (Christopher Abbott) to rouse Amy from her third-life crisis. As this is not always a viable solution, we decided to ask the film's stars what they do when in despair at the last night's New York premiere.
Blythe Danner's response was immediate, "Go to the movies!" she told us "I really like that movie Being There with Peter Sellers where he plays Chance the gardener, and I adore Shakespeare in Love, my daughter's Oscar-winning movie. Those two."
"I go to SoulCycle! SoulCycle is my drug right now," Lynskey began, "I go there and I cry. I sit crying in the dark listening to good music."
As for Abbot, it's "some form of travel." Bus, car, plane, or train? "All of the above. Just get out of town."
After the film, guests headed around the corner to Hotel Chantelle on Ludlow Street. Among those in attendance were: Melanie Lynskey, Blythe Danner, Christopher Abbott, Dan Futterman, Sara Chase, Damian Young, filmmaker Todd Louiso, Nina Arianda, Christian Campbell & America Olivo, Jack Carpenter, Brady Corbet, Natasha Lyonne, Heather Matarazzo, and Maulik Pancholy.