‘State of the Union’ – A ‘bite-sized’ drama

The state of man/woman relationships

Rosamund Pike of ‘State of the Union’ on Sundance Now

Q: Are there any downsides for you with the 10-minute episodes of “State of the Union”?

A: Well, I mean, it was a much bigger learn than I was anticipating because, I guess, with the sort of 100 minutes of television, this is too handy. You sort of get 50 minutes of talking. But you know, they’re bite-sized, and they’re kind of to be relished for that, for the way you consume them and the amount that you can get covered, you know, when the session is looming across the road for the couple. You know, there’s a lot that can be said and a lot that can be said in an absence of getting to the point.

Q: Is this an allegory for the changing relationship right now between women and men, in general? Is the “State of the Union” the state of our relationships right now?

A: I think it’s a look at what we feel about love and how it changes, and whether if you’re not feeling that first flush, is it still love and can you still recall what it was when everything was electric, and you fell for each other? And then maybe each one of you has a different recollection of quite how that happened, and then as you start to untangle it, does the whole thing unravel or is actually that a truth that you want to stand by and is that, on its own, worth fighting for? I think, you know, Nick (Hornby, the writer/executive producer) is very brilliant at creating the kind of delicate, complicatedness of a true, adult marriage. You know, it’s not easy, and it’s not simple, and it’s not the same thing as it was when you were 25.

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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