Carrie Preston’s “That’s What She Said” Interview

“That’s What She Said” will be running at the Plaza Theatre Friday, Nov. 16 – Wednesday, Nov 21. Plaza Theatre Website

Georgia native, Carrie Preston, who plays the vampire weary waitress Arlene on the hit HBO series, “True Blood,” brought a film that she directed to the 2012 Atlanta Film Festival. The film, “That’s What She Said,” premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was also shown in her hometown at the Macon Film Festival. The comedic film, starring Alia Shawkat (“Cedar Rapids,” “Whip It”), Marcia DeBonis (“Letters to Juliet”) and Anne Heche (“Men in Trees,” “Hung”), is about three women who spend the day traveling around New York City, discussing love, life and the men that they get involved with. .

I had the good fortune to interview Carrie Preston on the Red Carpet, the night that her film played in Atlanta to a very receptive Atlanta Film Festival audience at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

How does it feel to be back in Georgia?

I love being back in my home state. I feel a lot of support here, so it’s really fun to bring this film that I directed here.

What made you decide to direct this film, “That’s What She Said?”

Well, my friend Kellie Overbey, wrote the script and I first read it about 8 years ago. It just spoke to me because it is, you know, a film that’s dialogue driven, about women talking about relationships and at the time there weren’t a lot of films like that offered. Now, of course, there’s “Bridesmaids” and the like, so I feel lucky that audiences are primed and ready for this kind of a film.

So this is your third project that you have directed?

Yes, this is the third, two features and a short.

Which do you enjoy more, directing or acting?

I can’t really say I enjoy one or the other more. I think that both complement each other. Acting is my first love, but directing is very exciting that allows me to exercise all my creative muscles.

So have you picked anything out for next project to direct?

I do have a couple of things, there’s a project that I am attached to now called “Hope and Salvation,” a southern story and I am hoping that we are going to be able to get that off the ground. And my producing partners are working on something else that we are in development on. And then I have a web series that I have been writing and starring in that will hopefully premiere in the summer.That’s What She Said Website

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