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Nia Long Talks Are We Done Yet?

Published April 9, 2007 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders.
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Are We Done Yet? may be the first movie that's both a sequel and a remake. Originally conceived as a modern version of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, producers thought it would make a great follow-up to Are We There Yet?. Returning to the role of Suzanne, Nia Long tried to keep away from the Cary Grant/Myrna Loy film.

Nia Long Returns for Are We Done Yet


"I think rather than trying to duplicate any type of performance, because she was a little more cantankerous throughout the piece, Our script wasn’t written in that way so I think what we did is we took the basic idea of these two people living in this very tiny space and how do you share space?" said Long. "That’s kind of a universal issue. Because this was a sequel, there were certain elements we needed to bring in from the first one and I think it worked. I looked at it just for the structure and for some of the moments and the intimacy, but I definitely wasn’t trying to put those shoes on."

Long is becoming a sequel veteran, coming off of Big Momma's House 2 as well. "The funny thing is when you are doing a sequel, because this is my second sequel, it’s almost like oh, okay, we’re going back to school. We’re going back to play. It’s like camp. Especially because we were in the middle of nowhere, we shot in front of this beautiful lake, the set was built so we didn’t’ have to do a whole lot of moving around so it really felt like playtime."



Now Nick Persons and Suzanne have gotten married. He's still taking care of her kids but now they have another on the way. For Long, it was just natural to have the relationship evolve.

"I think when you look at the fact that Suzanne was coming out of a marriage, when there are children involved, I think you have to do it a certain way. My son is six. I was never married to his dad. We were planning to get married. The relationship dissolved before then and I always say now, I don’t really care about getting married, but I think for my son growing up, children need a sense of security and kids talk. So if he goes to school and it’s like, 'Well, my mom’s not really married but I have another…' it’s kind of a mess. So to be able to say, 'This is my stepdad,' it gives them a sense of integrity. They can feel proud and I think safety and emotional nurturing and safetiness is the most important thing for kids and that’s sort of what this film is about. It explores the blended family and even though Nick and Suzanne are completely different, at the end of the day, they’ve made a commitment to this family and I think there are things about me that are extremely traditional and old fashioned and then there are things that are just completely, I throw out all the rules. But once you become a mother, I think I’ve become more sensitive to some of the things that give the family a sense of protectiveness and safety for the child. So that’s truly I think most important."

Playing pregnant was simple. "I just had to change belly sizes every time."

Are We Done Yet? is out in theatres now.

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