Mr. Church tells the beautifully human story of a unique friendship that develops when a talented cook, named Henry Joseph Church (Eddie Murphy), comes into the lives of a little girl and her dying mother. Set in Los Angeles in 1965, Mr. Church finds himself in the position of father figure to Charlotte “Charlie” Brody (Britt Robertson) and, as the six-month arrangements ends up enduring for 15 years, the unlikely pair end up learning many life lessons from each other. Outside of the bonds she has with her mother and with Mr. Church, the only other constant in Charlie’s life is her best friend Poppy (Lucy Fry), whose own personal ambitions set the two down very different life paths.
At the recent Los Angeles press day for the film, I got the opportunity to sit down with Lucy Fry for an exclusive video interview. She talked about the film’s true story, wanting to work with director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy), her character’s obsession with appearance, taking inspiration from The Real Housewives of New York City, bonding with Britt Robertson, and sharing screen time with Eddie Murphy. She also talked about being drawn to outsider characters, the appeal of Wolf Creek, and her experience playing the wife of Lee Harvey Oswald in 11.22.63. Watch what she had to say above.
Mr. Church also stars Natascha McElhone, Lucy Fry, Xavier Samuel, and Mckenna Grace. Here’s the synopsis:
Mr. Church tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook – Henry Joseph Church. What begins as a six month arrangement instead spans into fifteen years and creates a family bond that lasts forever.