Molly McGlynn, Emily Hampshire and Maddie Ziegler talk about Fitting In

Molly McGlynn never saw herself making this movie. The idea of ​​bringing this story to screen was not only extremely painful, it was extremely terrifying.

That’s because the plot suitable, which premieres in theaters this week, is directly inspired by her own life — a “sentimental horror story” that, fittingly, originally bore the title Bloody hell.

Now McGlynn is happy to have made it, and happy to have directed the first film focusing on medical issues in the heart suitable.

But she told CBC News in a recent interview that she was feeling butterflies until the cameras started rolling, and not just about her past being shown on the big screen.

“I remember before shooting the movie, I was telling Jane Fonda what it was about,” said McGlynn, who previously worked with Fonda on the set of the Netflix comedy series. Grace and Frankie.

“And I said, ‘It’s my second advantage.’ And she looked at me with a dead eye and said, ‘This is a very dangerous area.'”

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Canadian director Molly McGuinn’s new drama Fitting In reaches into her past. When McGinn was 16, she discovered she had a rare medical condition known as MRKH. She hopes the film will help others diagnosed with the disease feel less alone.

Fortunately for McGlynn, the early reviews are in, and suitable It sits beautifully on a comfortable pile of mostly positive critical responses. Many of these reviews are framed according to the film’s focus: a 16-year-old girl grappling with a diagnosis of Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome.

The condition means that Lindy (like McGlynn, who was also diagnosed at 16) was born with a short vaginal canal, no uterus or cervix, and will never have sex or have children without “manual or surgical assistance.”

This made McGlynn question her femininity and raised concerns about her upcoming sexuality that dropped like “a nuclear bomb on a teenage life.” However, she decided not only to continue with the project, but to try to inject humor into it.

“It’s basically about the bodies and how they have failed us,” she said. “Bodies, to me, are ridiculous, and they are ripe for humor.”

Rita and Lindy

To continue this humour, McGlynn chose American actor Maddie Ziegler to play Lindy W Schitt’s Creek Star Emily Hampshire plays her therapist mother, Rita.

For Hampshire, achieving that balance — especially when the person who lived that trauma is in the room with you — wasn’t easy. But finding a way to laugh at it, the pain eventually became somewhat normal.

“We call it coming-of-age trauma because this is a traumatic thing that happened to her,” Hampshire said. “But there’s a lot of humor in (McGlynn), the way she tells her story. And I think, at least for me, that made it easier to relate to playing someone’s journey.”

Smiling teenage boy and girl standing in front of blurred green background.
Maddie Ziegler, right, appears alongside her co-star D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai in a scene from Fitting In. (Height pictures)

Humor aside, the sometimes difficult relationship between Rita and Lindy is an essential part of the film suitable. At the same time, they both have somewhat parallel struggles with their bodies; As the film progresses, Hampshire’s character grapples with the effects of breast cancer and its treatment.

But the two actors said they became comfortable and fell into their roles surprisingly easily — from Hampshire instinctively guessing the exact perfume McGlynn’s real-life mother (Black Opium) wore when asked what her character smelled like, to Ziegler improvising an (unprintable) compliment to Rita. .

(Hint: It starts with the letter M.)

But beyond the camaraderie the two felt, they both said the opportunity to highlight the syndrome was the real draw of the project.

“Doing something like this allows…others to feel empowered in their differences,” Hampshire said. “I hope people feel that way from this movie.”

“I think as human beings, we’re all too hard on ourselves and too hard on our bodies,” Ziegler added. “To be a voice and a face for the community is something I never dreamed of. So it’s really a huge honor.”

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