Our conversations about Darren Stein’s G.B.F. did not end with our chat with the director and Natasha Lyonne. We got an opportunity to sit down with three cast members – Michael J. Willett, Molly Tarlov & Paul Iacono – all energetic youngsters playing pretty interesting characters in the film.
Michael J. Willett is best known for his work as Lionel on United States of Tara, playing opposite the ridiculously awesome Toni Collette. Born in Fresno, California, Willett shares a deep love of both film and music, having kicked off his love for music with a Little Debbie commercial at the age of thirteen where he sang “My Girl”. He has since done a number of television roles, including Blue Mountain State and Joan of Arcadia. G.B.F. is his feature film debut.
Molly Tarlov shares a similar love for film and TV, with an educational background in Theatre. She is best known for playing Sadie Saxton on Lauren Iungerich’s television show Awkward. Though 1999’s Simply Irresistible – directed by her dad Mark Tarlov and starring Sarah Michelle Gellar & Sean Patrick Flanery – was her first feature-film, G.B.F. is her feature film debut in a major role.
Paul Iacono kickstarted his career at the tiny age of 4, taking the theatre world by storm, first appearing at Don’t Tell Mama’s – New York cabaret lounge – singing Old Blue Eye’s with a fellow Sinatra vocalist. By the age of 10, he was a part of productions such as The Wizard of Oz with Mickey Rooney and Children of Eden with Stephanie Mills. He is no stranger to film and TV, having done numerous films over his career and taken part in various TV productions, including The Hard Times of RJ Berger in which he played the lead, R.J. Berger.
G.B.F. celebrated its world premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, then playing in Toronto at the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival. The film plays the 2013 FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival. For more information on screenings, visit www.filmoutsandiego.com
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