For anyone not stalking Andrea Seigel’s every humorist move on Twitter and Facebook–shame on you! Seigel, who is one of HelloGiggles BFFs (yes, they seriously have a list of their BFFs) and the author of novels Like the Red Panda and The Kid Table, has provided us daily, Twitter-sized laughs ever since she opened her accounts.
So, last week, when she posted, “Our movie is ‘still alive’ and ‘in a relationship’ with Paul Rudd,” we swooned over the fact that Seigel is making a crossover to Hollywood. Her first feature script–Laggies—follows a woman on the verge of matrimony who prefers lingering in permanent adolescence instead of taking the usual steps toward saying “I do.” The film will be in the hands of director Lynn Shelton (Humpday, the upcoming Your Sister’s Sister) and stars Rebecca Hall and, of course, Paul Rudd. To get the official scoop, ELLE sat down with Seigel to find out more about her Laggie universe, her wry take on life, and her June 1st due date.
ELLE: What does Laggies mean?
Andrea Seigel: It’s like lagging—lagging behind in life.
ELLE: Where did the idea for the script come from?
AS: It is really just an expression of my anxieties about getting older and people around me getting married and having kids—and those divisions you might start having with your friends that you’ve been alongside your whole life as you move into that next stage of existence.
ELLE: But you’re now pregnant and engaged?
AS: When I wrote [Laggies], I wasn’t getting married and I wasn’t pregnant. And I didn’t think I was getting married. I mean, Brent [my fiancé] shocked me. We’ve literally never spoken about marriage during our entire relationship until the moment he knelt down. That’s the first time we’ve ever had a discussion about marriage in the four years of being together.
ELLE: Did you discuss having a child?
AS: Our discussion about the baby, was “Maybe we should stop using protection. Yeah, let’s just see what happens.” That was our baby discussion. We kind of just decided to throw it up in the air. It also came about because I have that Jewish cancer gene where they want to remove your reproductive system by thirty-five or thirty-six. And so, my doctor started to nudge at me. So, we just kind of said, “Okay. We’ll try.”
ELLE: So, will you be a Laggie mother or will this change you?
AS: I have a slightly wry eye on the whole situation, which gets uncomfortable, especially around other parents. Because parenting is inherently a sentimental, soft, cute act. You know: “Oh look at these cute little things.” I’m just not like that, so I start to feel really rough around the edges and weirdly more hard-ass than the other parents or the other brides. I don’t have the desire to walk down the aisle and have this song playing. And when I express that to other people, they think I’m being judgmental that they’re doing something typical and dumb. It’s not that—it just literally makes my skin crawl. I just can’t get myself there. So same thing with having a baby—super excited with having a baby—but will probably be a wry mother. Not so cutesy, cutesy. I can’t help it.
ELLE: You have a knack for naming things—your dog’s name is Christmas. Will your daughter follow in the footsteps of Apple Martin or Blue Ivy Carter?
AS: Well, yeah, I think my mom’s terrified about what we’re naming my kid. She just came up for Mother’s Day, and she was trying to squeeze it out of me. “Is it a girl’s name? Am I going to be able to find it on those racks of key chains with the pre-printed names? Am I going to be embarrassed?” We said we wouldn’t tell her, but she’s dying to know.