Writer/Director Sean Anders is ready to get personal. The filmmaker best known for his comedies like “Sex Drive,” “That’s My Boy,” and “Daddy’s Home,” has taken a turn into a more dramatic territory with his latest film, “Instant Family.”
The film stars Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne as a married couple who decide to start a family when they stumble into the world of foster care adoption. They hope to take in one small child, but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15-year-old girl, they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight. Now, Pete and Ellie must try to learn the ropes of instant parenthood in the hope of becoming a family.
Anders based the film on he and his wife’s own experience with foster care adoption, and Pete and Ellie’s path closely follows their own, with probably a few more laughs.
Anders who has worked with Mark Wahlberg on a few films had no doubt that the action star would be perfect to play the on-screen version of himself. Wahlberg who has kids of his own, including a teenage daughter says it was a no brainer to jump on board not only as a lead, but as a producer. Many of his real life parental experiences were incorporated into the film.
The film also stars Octavia Spencer, Isabela Moner, Tig Notaro, Julie Haggerty and Margo Martindale.
I spoke with Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Sean Anders, Tig Notaro, Julie Haggerty and 2 of the child stars Gustovo and Julianna about working on the film.