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Patti Harrison Talks ‘Together Together’ and Bad Rom-Coms w/ Sam Sanders | It’s Been A Minute | NPR

Patti Harrison is known for bringing her absurd, caustic, yet charming comedy to supporting roles on shows like ‘Search Party,’ ‘Broad City’ and ‘Shrill’. But now, she’s in a starring role in the romantic comedy ‘Together Together.’ In it, Harrison plays a young single woman who agrees to be a gestational surrogate for a single man in his 40s, played by Ed Helms.

In the latest podcast episode of ‘It’s Been a Minute,’ Sam Sanders talks to Harrison about what it was like to play a role different from everything she’s done before, why ‘Together Together’ is even billed as a rom-com, and the quandary of representation as a trans woman.

ADVISORY: This video contains explicit language.

00:00 – Patti on ‘Together Together’
04:45 – Patti’s blue sense of humor
06:20 – Patti’s character in ‘‘Together Together’
11:40 – Is this film a romantic comedy?
15:00 – Unrealistic expectations set by rom-coms
20:25 – Patti’s reluctance to enter the rom-com genre
24:12 – Breaking traditional family structures
26:50 – Patti joking about selling her sperm
28:50 – Patti on playing a pregnant cis-woman as a trans woman
34:05 – Brief interlude for man cleaning the gutters
35:24 – The importance of trans representation
40:20 – Patti on gatekeepers wanting her to depict certain types of trans stories


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