Britt Robertson on the Joy, Pressure Playing a Real Person in Mr. Church

Britt Robertson in Mr. Church with Eddie Murphy
Britt Robertson in Mr. Church with Eddie Murphy

Why Britt Robertson ‘Immediately’ Decided to Do Mr. Church

When Britt Robertson first picked up the script for “Mr. Church,” a note was attached reading, “You’re going to love this script.”

A few pages in, she knew that was true.

“I felt all the feelings you want to feel when you read a script like this, which is happy and sad and confused and liberated and excited,” she tells Made in Hollywood reporter Kylie Erica Mar. “You want to just sort of be energized by life again. And that’s what it sort of had me doing.”

Robertson put the script down. “It was immediately: gotta do this movie.”

“Mr. Church” tells the story of an enigmatic cook, played by Eddie Murphy, who cares for a dying mom and her rebellious daughter, played by Robertson. The movie is based on the real-life experiences of the screenwriter, Susan McMartin, a writer-producer for TV’s “Two and a Half Men” and “MOM.”

In her blog, McMartin recalls the long road it took to get “Mr. Church” to the big screen. “After over 10 years of trying to get this movie made it finally came together when the incredible Bruce Beresford signed on to direct and the brilliant, amazing Eddie Murphy signed on to star!” she writes. “A dream come true.”

Susan McMartin, played by Britt Robertson in Mr. Church with Eddie Murphy
Susan McMartin, played by Britt Robertson in Mr. Church with Eddie Murphy

Robertson says it was a unique challenge playing a role based on McMartin.

“I’m put in a position to literally say words that people have said in their own life based on real things that happened,” the actress says. “You put a lot of pressure on yourself to just make them happy. But ultimately it’s so much more than that for them. You have to stop being so selfish about it. … This story is so close to her heart. And it’s something that she’s been trying to make for years and years and years. And just the fact that it was happening was so cool for her.”

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