Veteran actor Jason Bateman makes his directorial debut in this film, carefully selecting Kathryn Hahn as his co-star. We sat down with Hahn in our latest Girl Crush Extra to find out what those comedic sex scenes were like.
In Bad Words, Jason Bateman plays Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old jerk who's not above stealing a spelling bee from a group of earnest schoolchildren when he finds a loophole in the rules.
Kathryn Hahn plays Jenny, a reporter covering the spelling bee that has parents and educators outraged. But Jenny is a piece of work herself, with a strange style one could call dirty laundry chic.
We asked Hahn to tell us a little about her character in regard to her inappropriate relationship with the cruel Guy Trilby.
"Jenny is a little bit of a glutton for punishment. She also has just bad taste in men." Well, who hasn't been there?
About Jenny's quirky style, she said, "I love that she's got such a sense of authenticity that's herself. She's got a look."
Jenny also had a peculiar sex-etiquette when she bedded Guy in the janitor's closet he was forced to sleep in. She insisted that he not look at her. We asked Hahn what that was all about.
"I think there's such shame in what she's doing, she knows that it's just the worst, but she cannot help herself. So if he were to look her in the eye, it would just make it real. Although we were laughing before that the end of the sentence could be 'Don't look at me — look at me!'" Said Hahn in her most seductive voice.
She also admitted that Jenny takes her glasses off for sex to make things "just a little bit blurry."
Besides studying at the Yale School of Drama, we asked Hahn where she got her training to play such twisted and funny characters. She said her training came from her own upbringing.
"I grew up with two brothers and my parents are wickedly funny. So if you didn't keep up, you got slaughtered. We played rough."
We think it paid off. Watch our video to find out who Hahn considers her "girl crush."
Bad Words opens in limited release March 14.
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