Two seemingly straight best friends with relationship issues hit up a couples retreat for the weekend and, of course, pretend to be lovers. But Kat (Tara Karsian) and Samantha (Andrea Grano) get more than just the laughs they’re expecting–they get a dose of the kind of lesbian processing we’re all too aware of.
BFFs poses the question: Can you fall in love with your best friend in an instant?
The stars of the film are also its writers and producers–the hilarious Tara Karsian and Andrea Grano. We recently got to pick their brains on BFFs.
photo by Erik Hyler
AfterEllen.com: How did you come up with the idea for the movie and why did you want to pursue it from a lesbian angle as opposed to a straight one?
Andrea Grano: Tara and I have been friends for a long time and we tend to banter a lot. We were on the phone bantering, and I think I made an off-handed joke that, “We need to go to therapy.” And then I sort of joked that if we went she would realize just how in love with me she is. And she laughed and laughed and laughed, and said, “You’re the funniest person I ever met. Sorry we didn’t go that way.”
Then we went, “That’s sort of a funny idea for a short.” Two women who go to therapy together, but they’re just friends. We sort of flushed it out and started writing the short and realized that it was actually a feature.
I don’t know that we did approach it necessarily from a lesbian angle. I think we more approached it from an open sexuality angle. That if right place, right time, right person in your life, that those feelings could sort of emerge.
AE: Obviously because you’re both good actors we believe you as best friends in the film. But how long have you actually known each other?
Tara Karsian: I think it’s been 12 years. The first two were great.
AG: We’ve been riding the wave of the first two years for the last 10, right?
TK: Yeah, pretty much.
AE: How did you meet?
TK: Prison. Uh no. I was directing a one act and I lost an actress–no, I fired an actress. And I called a friend and said, “Do you have anybody who would fit this description?” And she said, “Yeah, the girl you sat across from at my birthday party.” And I said, “Who was that?” And Andrea didn’t remember me either, so we made such a huge impact on each other. She decided to grace the stage with her presence, and I directed her in a one act. Yeah Andrea, I’m leaving out the part where I hated you the first time I met you.
AG: But you know what? But you didn’t leave it out, did you? Because you just threw it in.
photo by Erik Hyler