Sally Field on Falling for a Man Half Her Age in 'Hello, My Name Is Doris'

Sally Field, in "Hello, My Name Is Doris"
Sally Field, in “Hello, My Name Is Doris”

Sally Field on Developing Her ‘Intricate’ Character in ‘Hello, My Name Is Doris’

Funny and quirky, “Hello, My Name Is Doris” stars Sally Field as a socially awkward 60-something office worker who falls for a colleague half her age. Though a broad comedy, the movie calls on Field to make believable a woman who could easily tumble into caricature and stereotype.

“She was a very intricate character to develop and  hold on to,” Field, 69, tells Made in Hollywood. “It’s important that she be a real person with real problems that you feel all the time.”

Explaining that there’s  “a lot of Doris in all of us,” Field adds, “Every part of our life, every stage of our life, we’re challenged to change and move into new territory, where we’re young and we don’t know what we’re doing, and we’re awkward and we’re new.”

Max Greenfield and Sally Field Have ‘Chemistry’ in ‘Hello, My Name Is Doris’

Max Greenfield, 35, who plays John Fremont, the object of Doris’ affection, says, “I think it’s a really sweet story about two people who are kind of looking for a connection in life and don’t have one at a specific time, and meet each other and are kind of, you know, find something interesting and sweet about the other.”

Greenfield’s character finds comfort in his much older coworker, as he has trouble connecting with anybody else. “[He] found this really safe, trusting home with her, and loved it and found somebody who got him, and vice versa,” he explains. “And I think that’s what added to the chemistry of these two characters.”

The Michael Showalter-directed film, which also stars Beth Behrs and Peter Gallagher, arrives in theaters on Friday. — Dahvi Shira.

Watch the Made in Hollywood interview with Sally Field and Max Greenfield for “Hello, My Name Is Doris” below: