Kristen Bell and Ben Platt Talk Playing Hot Mess in ‘People We Hate at the Wedding’ — and Why Families Are So Messy

Ben Platt and Kristen Bell in The People We Hate at the Wedding (Photo: Amazon Prime Video/Courtesy Everett Collection)

Kristen Bell and Ben Platt are siblings — but definitely not their best selves — in the new comedy The people we hate at the wedding.

They have relationship problems (she has an affair with the married architect she works for; he’s in a relationship with a guy who only wants a threesome), and they have family problems (they resent their widowed mother and half-sister). She is bitter and salty and constantly makes bad choices.

They are easily among the most chaotic characters any of the actors have ever played.

“I played a lot of mess,” admits Bell, W good place And the Bad mothers the actress admitted. “Isn’t there, though. And there’s something incredibly interesting about watching someone make bad decisions. Entertainment is catharsis on some level all around. And when you watch these characters Ben and I better try to make them likable, but you watch them They make these terrible decisions, it’s like, “No! No! Why would you do that?” So I think it’s helpful for the public to see the level of dysfunction they’re starting to have, and it gives them a wonderful open path to get them to a better point in all of their family relationships.”

“As far as the superficial level of ‘messy’ goes, he’s definitely the messiest character I’ve played,” Platt says, pitch perfect the alum who was last seen in the musical Dear Evan Hansen. “I’ve played characters who do a lot more lecherous things than he does, but they’re more together in superficial ways. Paul is a bit more of a mess. But he also shoots from the hip. He’s very smart, obviously a smart guy, careful and still finding ways to love.” Same…but like Kristen said, it was really fun to read the script and find someone who is very clear in place, hopefully when we first meet them, and then root for them to get there.”

To their point of view, flawless characters can also be boring. And the messy characters can be really funny, which gave Bell and Platt a lot of room in it The people we hate — which finds them venturing to London with their mother (Allison Janney) to attend the wedding of their half-sister (Cynthia Addai Robinson) — to unleash the comedy.

People we hate at the wedding, from left: Dustin Milligan, Kristen Bell, 2022. ph: Laurie Sparham / © Amazon Prime Video / Courtesy Everett Collection

Dustin Milligan and Kristen Bell in The People We Hate at the Wedding (Photo: Laurie Sparham/Amazon Prime Video/Courtesy Everett Collection)

That was one of the highlights of Dustin Milligan (Sheet Creek), who plays the kind-hearted Mr. Alice Alice meets during the flight to London—and then constantly sabotages their relationship.

“I really like her, and she’s been around for a long time,” Milligan says of Bill. “But then to actually experience the person, it’s always different. I’ve had the good fortune in my career to work with really iconic, well-known actors. And you never know what the difference it’s going to be like between how you perceive them on camera versus who they are.” In real life. And she’s so warm and engaged and ready to play and so funny and so smart that she made it so easy to just jump in and go and build that relationship right away. … Everyone, like Ben and Alison too, are amazing.”

People We Hate at the Wedding, Cynthia Addai Robinson (yellow), Kristen Bell (right), 2022. ph: Laurie Sparham / © Amazon Prime Video / Courtesy Everett Collection

Cynthia Addai Robinson (yellow) and Kristen Bell (right) in The People We Hate at the Wedding (Photo: Laurie Sparham/Amazon Prime Video/Courtesy Everett Collection)

Addai Robinson (Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power) was challenged to play the straight woman opposite the misbehaving brothers Bill and Platt.

“You have to realize that part of it is giving that space for the other actors to speak their mind,” she says. Sometimes you literally go out of the way and just let it happen. Also, as funny as the movie is, there are definitely a lot of more serious aspects to what some of these characters do. It’s about family dynamics and those hurt feelings and things that aren’t repaid. But I think when you laugh, you laugh because you kind of realize an honest element of how awful family can be sometimes.”

So why are family relationships so chaotic?

“I think it comes down to the fact that we are social creatures and we want so badly to be accepted by a group,” says Bell. And the first group you get to know is your family. I mean, it turns out: air, water, food, acceptance are the things we apes want the most. So once your basic needs are met, you just struggle to feel like you’re good enough in your group. One, your family dynamic. And then, fortunately, everyone can grow up and kind of discover who they are. But that reunion, when you come back into your family as an adult, sometimes that poses a lot of problems because people might have been separated. And I think that The ultimate lesson for me, which is like life’s giant light bulb, is that you can disagree with every opinion someone in your family has, but you’re still allowed to love them.”

The people we hate at the wedding Premieres Friday on Prime Video.

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