Many movie fans consider Meg Ryan’s fake orgasm scene to be a movie When Harry met Sally to be one of the most iconic moments in rom-com movie history. Her children would use a different word to describe it.
This week Ryan was interviewed by Carol Burnett for Interview magazine. The duo talked about Ryan’s upcoming film with David Duchovny, her life and her film career, including that famous scene in 1989’s Katz’s Deli.
During the interview, Burnett thanked the 61-year-old actress for her many wonderful movie moments, including the fake orgasm scene, and asked if she should do that more often.
“We’ve probably done that over and over again,” Ryan revealed. The actress explained that the film had even come up that morning during a phone conversation with her son, actor Jack Quaid, and her daughter, Daisy Ryan.
“It’s funny, my son just called me this morning and he’s in New York staying in a hotel across the street from Katz’s Deli,” she said. “My daughter was here and everyone was on speakerphone, and they were like, ‘Mom, this is a very unique disgrace.'”
Ryan shared that with the 31-year-old scream actor told his family, “You know you can go into that deli and there’s an arrow pointing to the table where you shot that scene.”
In 2019, Quaid revealed that he was opposed to seeing Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron’s film. In style“It’s one of those things where, when you really think about it, you don’t want your mom to have a fake orgasm in a deli when you’re growing up. I avoided it.”
The boys actor ended up watching the movie while filming his own romcom, Plus one. “I saw the movie, because I’m doing a rom-com, I have to watch the rom-com, and the movie is so much more than that scene,” he told the outlet.
But will he watch his mother’s latest movie, What happens later? Ryan told Burnett that the film revolves around how we begin to forgive ourselves and each other. “It’s a rom-com, so a lot of the time you have to secretly ask those deeper questions and hope people can feel them underneath everything,” she explained.
Ryan, who directed and also starred in the film, explained that acting was the easiest part of making the film. “I hadn’t been in a role for a long time, but it was fun with David,” she said. “A lot of it was done in two shots. I’m proud of that. I set everything up in advance so that once we got there it was just David and I trying to tell the truth.”
This is Ryan’s first on-screen role since 2015 Ithaka, which she also directed. Although the actress mastered rom-coms, her stardom supplanted the genre with successful dramatic roles. But she virtually disappeared from Hollywood over a decade ago.
In 2019, Ryan gave a candid interview New York Times Magazine and had a pretty reasonable answer to her absence: she was tired.
“I felt in a crazy way that I was burning through life experiences as an actor. Somehow I was a helicopter pilot, a journalist or an alcoholic,” she explained. (Ryan played a pilot in the military drama Courage under firea journalist in both classic films When Harry met Sally And Sleepless in Seattle and an alcoholic in it When a man loves a woman.)
“Have you ever been in a car – maybe it’s a super expensive car – and the inside is beautiful, you can’t complain about it, but you can’t hear anything outside, because there’s so much metal? There’s so much between you and everything other,” Ryan added. “As a young, famous person, you’re at a disadvantage because you don’t know who’s telling you the truth. I’m not complaining – there are so many advantages to being famous – but there are fundamental disadvantages to part of your personality. brain, your self, your soul. My experiences were too limited.’