So even though the appearance pointed it out, it was kind of a very specific kind of advice, at least at first. In those early meetings with the production companies, Harrison was overflowing with pitches like, say, a show about a dog and its dysfunctional, co-dependent relationship with the little bird that lives in its rectum. (“I gave them my golden ideas,” she said.) But all they were interested in were “stories of trans girls dating and being rejected by their families,” she said. , or bringing her on shows to talk about the difference between being gay and trans.
All of this made “Together Together” even more special. Here’s a story about a clearly cisgender woman – the plot revolves around her character’s pregnancy, after all – in which the relationship between the younger woman and the older man is much more nuanced than seen in lots of romantic comedies. Not as much want-or-don’t-want, and more: where does it all lead, if at all?
“It really takes a lot of humility to engage in a story like this, and Patti is very humble and still genuine,” Helms said. “But he’s also one of the funniest human beings on the planet.”
The film came at a time when Harrison was at a crossroads in his life. “I didn’t know if I was going to devote myself more to comedy or rather to television writing or to comedy,” she says. “And I was dealing with a lot of feelings about my self-esteem and my body dysmorphia. But then I got the script, and it was very delicate, positive and sincere, which is the opposite of what I normally do in my comedy stuff.
Beckwith, the director, had spotted Harrison in a late night show and realized she had found her Anna. Harrison had an “amazing, salty, bit tangy, humor and a way of her,” said Beckwith, which went along with his view of Anna as “warm, like Patti, but not a totally open book. “
“Together Together” was filmed in just 19 days in the fall of 2019, with limited chances of a rerun. “The scene where her water breaks – that was our version of a waterfall,” Beckwith said. “And we only had two pairs of pants, so we could only do it twice.”