If you’re a woman in search of someone else’s emotional train wreck to make you feel better about your own life, film director Henry Jaglom has got a movie or two for you.
Maybe it’s his latest, Irene in Time, about a young singer with severe daddy abandonment issues. Or maybe you’d like his previous film, 2008’s Hollywood Dreams, about a would-be actress who oozes charisma but gets so nervous in every social situation she makes you nervous.
TANNA FREDERICK podcast excerpt: “With Henry Jaglom, people either love his films or they hate his films. There isn’t really an in between. Henry demands the actors take all of their subtext of what’s going on and use it as their through-line, their dialogue. You walk away after watching Henry’s films feeling better about yourself—’So I guess I’m not the only one who can be neurotic at times.’ What drives him is making people not feel alone. It’s human emotion.”
Tanna Frederick is the common thread between these films. She’s the star of both, a big presence on screen. It could be that huge mane of cascading red hair, but I think it’s actually the emotions that pour out from her.
The story of how she got to this point is pure Hollywood and I hope to entice her to tell it, but suffice to say that Jaglom already has plans for her to star in a sequel to Hollywood Dreams. And she’s currently appearing live in a Jaglom play, “Just 45 Minutes from Broadway,” at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, California. You can order tickets online at Edgemar.org.