Marie Claire: The title of the film came from an actual moment when your seating assignment at a party read Guest of Cindy Sherman. Was this your tipping point?
Paul Hasegawa-Overacker: After it happened, I was all pissed off and wild and stuff like that, but I ended up with a really funny story to tell.
MC: Did your friends razz you for being Cindys sidekick?
PHO: It was the number one topic of discussion. The whole dialectic ends up revolving around the relationship between men and women, and how men are having to accommodate their partnerships with women who are the breadwinners.
MC: So is that what made you resentful of Cindys success?
PHO: I didnt have a problem being as totally supportive as I could because I recognized Cindys position and accomplishments. I never did compare myself at all. I always deferred shes a great artist, and I totally believe in the great artist. That said, you know, Meryl Streep is married to an artist, his name is Don Gummer. Hes a very good artist and, you know, you wouldnt even know the guy existed.
MC: Well, you seem to have a good sense of humor about it in the film.
PHO: I think in some ways Im able to project a persona of confidence, but underneath that confidence is a guy who wasnt that confident. He was threatened.
MC: Whats the take-away here?
PHO: In relationships, somebodys always the girl. I realized what thats like. I said, Now I know what its like to be a girl.
MC: Should we assume you dont date successful women anymore?
PHO: I didnt adjust as well as I could have. I dont think I would get involved with someone where theres such a gap between who we are.