Do Men Resent Their More Successful Girlfriends?

A provocative new documentary tackles the thorniest of romantic issues: Can a man truly accept his more successful partner? In the recently released Guest of Cindy Sherman, small-time arts reporter Paul Hasegawa-Overacker (known as H-O) documents his failed five-year relationship with iconic pop photog Cindy Sherman. Set against the backdrop of New York's flush '90s art scene, the film explores the oh-so-fragile male ego when confronted with a renowned alpha gal. For generations, women have dealt with being eclipsed by a more successful partner. So what happens when the proverbial shoe is on the other foot? We couldn't resist asking.

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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:

MC: Did your friends razz you for being Cindy's sidekick?

PHO:

MC: So is that what made you resentful of Cindy's success?

PHO:

MC: Well, you seem to have a good sense of humor about it in the film.

PHO:

MC: What's the take-away here?

PHO:

MC: Should we assume you don't date successful women anymore?

PHO:

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