×

Paula Patton: ‘I’m Naturally Good at Physical Comedy Because I’m a Klutz’

Director David E. Talbert shares that Patton tripped over his foot at their first meeting for 'Baggage Claim'

It was clear skies and zero turbulence when “Baggage Claim” writer-director David E. Talbert and his stars Paula Patton, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Adam Brody, Boris Kodjoe and others checked in September 25 at downtown’s Regal Cinemas L.A. Live for the premiere of their romantic-comedy about a flight attendant scouring the friendly skies in the hopes of rekindling romance with one of her exes.

I’ve been wanting to work with [Patton] since we first got this movie going,” Talbert told the audience before the screening started. “When I met her, she came into the room and I think she tripped over my foot, I said this woman is actually the one who I want to be [lead character] Montana Moore because she’s not only beautiful, but she allows herself to be vulnerable. She allows her heart to be on her sleeve … Paula, you represent everything that the icons of old and the leading ladies of romantic comedy represent, but you also boldly blaze a new trail for the next generation.”

Later, at the after-party at the Conga Room, cast members laughed about real-life embarrassing moments with paramours (Scott said she once tripped and fell down the stairs when she saw an ex; during their courtship, Patton’s husband Robin Thicke caught her spying on him when she doubted he was just hanging out with his friends; and the fortunate Brody denied ever doing anything awkward in front of an ex).

Patton also said she hoped “Baggage Claim” was another example of the ebb tide to comedic roles for women in film.

“I read this script years ago and I always wanted to do it,” she said, adding that although she doesn’t recall tripping over Talbert during that audition, it’s highly possible she did because “I trip over everything. I am a very klutzy person and now I’ve been able to use it to my advantage. I’m naturally good at physical comedy because I’m a klutz.”

Fox Searchlight opens “Baggage Claim” September 27.

More Scene

  • Magic Johnson, Larry Bird

    Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Robin Roberts Honored at 2019 NBA Awards

    The NBA went Hollywood on Monday night, mixing basketball legends with a star-studded list of presenters including Samuel L. Jackson, Tiffany Haddish and “This Is Us” star Justin Hartley at the 2019 NBA Awards. Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal hosted the third annual award show, which aired live on TNT, kicking things off with a surprise [...]

  • Naomi Watts and Gretchen Carlson'The Loudest

    ‘The Loudest Voice’ Stars Naomi Watts, Russell Crowe Talk Roger Ailes

    Roger Ailes may have been the force behind the creation of Fox News, but the late newsman’s legacy will forever be his atrocious sexual harassment of several of the network’s female anchors and producers. Showtime premiered its new limited series “The Loudest Voice,” which chronicles Ailes’ rise and fall, on Monday night at the Paris [...]

  • Billy Eichner Power of Pride Variety

    Billy Eichner on Taylor Swift's 'Calm Down' Backlash

    When Taylor Swift released her “You Need to Calm Down” music video, it seemed like every member of the LGBTQ in Hollywood was included — except for Billy Eichner. “I’m still not gay enough for Taylor Swift — or too gay — I don’t know what it is,” Eichner joked at Variety’s Power of Pride [...]

  • Bebe Rexha

    Mumford and Sons, Sting, Ciara, Bebe Rexha Light Up Cannes Lions

    There was no shortage of excellent music at the 2019 edition of Cannes Lion. The international gathering of creatives drew top music brands – among them: Spotify, Live Nation, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM/Pandora, VEVO and Universal Music Group – and a slew of well-known acts to stages across the Croissette, to villas above the city and onto [...]

  • Patrick Wilson

    Patrick Wilson, Mckenna Grace on Scary Stories From 'Annabelle Comes Home' Set

    Tales of spooky occurrences on the sets of horror movies like “The Exorcist” and “Poltergeist” have circulated for years, and it looks like “The Conjuring” franchise is following in their footsteps in that regard. The cast of “Annabelle Comes Home” shared their unnerving stories from set at the film’s premiere on Thursday night at the Regency [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content