Another holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the annual family Christmas movie. This year’s addition, Love the Coopers, follows an average American family (warts and all) as they navigate another family Christmas filled with hurt, prejudice, secrets and love. It follows each family member as they deal with the inevitable stresses, but fun, of the holiday season. The film features an all-star cast including Olivia Wilde, Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei and Alan Arkin.
Actress June Squibb, of the acclaimed 2013 film Nebraska, rounds out the cast as beloved Aunt Fishy. Squibb spoke to us after the screening for the film at this year’s Austin Film Festival.
The Cooper family is pretty crazy. Can you relate to that at all?
June Squibb: Oh yeah. I think that as we’re all sort of pictured – there’s the sisters and brothers, all of the different fights, and who thinks they’re the best daughter – I think it’s a very relatable group of people.
Is your family anything like that?
Squibb: (Laughs) Crazier! We’re a little more flamboyant, and we’re from the Midwest so that’s not looked upon as too good of a thing.
When you look back on the film, what was your favorite memory?
Squibb: The dog. He was heaven. He really was. And since I worked with him, he really liked me a lot. He also got food every time he was around me. He loves food – that’s no joke. All of that in the film about him eating all of the time, it’s true.
Any fun holiday plans?
Squibb: To be home in Los Angeles. One of my dear friends from New York is coming to spend Christmas with us. My son will be there. He has a lovely lady friend from San Diego who will be there, too. It’s really fun. On Christmas we usually have a big dinner for about 20 people.
So, looking forward, what projects can we look forward to seeing you in next?
Squibb: I am doing Lena Dunham‘s pilot for HBO, and I have an animated feature, but we haven’t started that one yet.