From Academy Award nominated screenwriter and first-time director Stuart Blumberg (The Kids are All Right) comes the new dramady Thanks for Sharing which spotlights three men, Adam (Mark Ruffalo), Mike (Tim Robbins) and Neil (Josh Gad), all of whom are sex addicts.
Co-starring in the movie is Gwyneth Paltrow as Phoebe, who has just met Adam and is hoping for a relationship; and Alecia Moore as Dede, sex addict who befriends Neil in their therapy group.
Gwyneth and Alecia, who is better known to audiences as the award-winning recording artist Pink, spoke about the movie at the press day for the film.
Can you talk about your characters?
Gwyneth: One of the things that I really was interested in was the fact that Phoebe is a person who is holding all of these judgments that have helped her make this construct around herself.
Through the course of the film, through compassion and empathy in a situation she never would have imagined herself in, she starts to have real self-awareness and [self] reflection.
I think it’s such an amazing and essential part of the human process to be brave and start to address your own stuff.
Alecia: Dede wants to get better. She wants to connect. And when she meets Neil, there’s a chance for each of them to have their first healthy, real relationship.
All of the characters in the movie are trying to rebuild the bridges they’ve burned. I think they come to realize that all there really is in life is these lasting relationships. I find that very endearing and hopeful.
You’re billed as Alecia Moore in this, and not Pink, the name everyone knows.
Alecia: Pink was a nickname given to me when I was younger, and Pink is what people call me referring to music, but outside of that I’m Alecia or Mom. I wasn’t singing in this, so that makes me Alecia.
Would you ever date a person who had a sex addiction?
Gwyneth: At the beginning [of a relationship], if someone said, ‘Look, this is part of who I am, and what I’m dealing with,’ it wouldn’t keep me from exploring a relationship with somebody, if I felt like everything else was lined up.
I think it would be hard for me to be one of those wives that 20 years in you find out that it has been going on behind your back for your whole life. But if there’s authenticity and honesty at the beginning, then I wouldn’t hold a judgment about it.
You’ve brought forth some great characters in your music videos, what does it feel like bringing someone else’s character to life in this?
Alecia: It’s really interesting. I’ve been telling my own stories for years. I do write my own songs, but if someone brings me a song that’s wonderful I’m not going to turn it away just because I didn’t write it. I have to be able to relate to it for it to ring true for me to get up on stage every night.
This was an opportunity to tell someone else’s story that I could relate to a little bit. If we’re talking about music videos, I’ve got camp down. It’s a challenge for me to be serious.
What’s been the toughest addiction you’ve had to tackle?
Alecia: When I was younger I used to do a lot of naughty things. I’ve seen all of it, and I’ve lost a lot of friends. I think the first funeral I went to I was 13. I believe that addiction is addiction, regardless of the form it takes, and I can empathize and have seen the pain that it can cause to everybody that it touches, whether you are the person going through it or it’s someone that you love.
Gwyneth: Just straight up internet porn (she roars with laughter).
Gwyneth was reminded about a remark she once made that she wasn’t interested in sci fi, and asked if she preferred doing a movie like this to Iron Man. Click on the play button below to listen to her reply.