VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Paget Brewster Reveals Her Favorite ‘Welcome To Happiness’ Moments
Paget Brewster delved into her favorite moments working on the cult classic Welcome To Happiness following the movie’s recut and rerelease in her new uInterview.
The award-winning indie movie was originally released in 2015, but was re-edited by director Oliver Thompson for release in 2021.
“First of all, I want to say that I thank God too that the edit that he [Thompson] did is great, and I love it, and adding the chapter titles are great. Cause I thought, ‘Oh no. What if this is terrible and I’ve already agreed I’m going to do press about it?’ So thank God it’s great. And I got cut out a lot! And I have no problem with it because watching the movie, first of all, I forgot how beautiful it was, I forgot how many incredible people were in the cast so it was like seeing the movie for the first time cause I saw it so long ago, and we shot it so long ago.”
The story follows a young children’s book writer named Woody (played by Kyle Gallner) who finds a magic door in his apartment that leads to “a place where people can go back in time and possibly change a decision or a moment in their lives and sort of the overarching question is: Is that the right thing to do?” Brewster said.
“I think where it lands in the movie is: it’s a case by case basis because we don’t, the audience does not, end up necessarily finding out who made the decision to change something in the past. And I just pointed out to Oliver the director, I said, ‘You realize the irony of you making a movie about going back and changing the past, and you’ve now recut this movie and you’re releasing it.’ And he was like, ‘Oh I didn’t even think of that,’ which is hilarious to me.”
Brewster’s character Priscilla is Woody’s editor in the film. “But there are a lot of other stories going on,” she added. “There are stories with a prophet and Moses and Nick Offerman and then Josh Brener … there’s a bunch of people who bad things have happened to them.”
The cast also features Olivia Thirlby, Molly C. Quinn, Frances Conroy and Keegan-Michael Key.
“Obviously I only worked with Kyle, and did some stuff in the desert later, and Kyle Gallner was great, I knew he was great. I did, when Molly gave me the script, I can’t remember, I somehow emailed Keegan-Michael Key and sent him the script and said ‘Hey I’m doing this indie, I know it’s no money, but read it, I think you’d like this part.’ And then he came on board. But Nick Offerman, Frances Conroy, Olivia Thirlby, Molly, I mean Josh Brener, that guy’s amazing,” she said.