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Kerry Bishé on 'Happily' and Subverting the Sexless Marriage Trope

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The actor also looks back at her critically acclaimed series 'Halt and Catch Fire,' the authenticity of the 'Argo' set and her formative experience on 'Scrubs.'

Halt and Catch Fire fans already know that Kerry Bishé is a talented dramatic actor, but her latest film, Happily, uniquely brings the comedic sensibilities of her early career back to the fore. In BenDavid Grabinski’s dark romantic comedy, Bishé plays Janet whose 14-year marriage to Tom (Joel McHale) has become a point of contention during a weekend getaway with their dubious friends. Besides getting the chance to channel some of the comedic energy from her days on the set of Scrubs, Bishé was also eager to subvert the sexless marriage trope that has permeated pop culture.

“I haven’t done a lot of sex in movies and on camera, and part of the reason is that a lot of sex scenes in movies are kind of gratuitous,” Bishé tells The Hollywood Reporter. “And while there were numerous sex scenes and some nudity in this movie, I found it all to be really justified and interesting, and also funny, which is great. So, releasing a cultural offering into the world… of a longtime married couple who are having sex a lot and have a great sex life was definitely something that appealed to me.”

 

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