Brad Garrett on working with Dakota Johnson and others in Cha Cha Real Smooth – Exclusive
During an exclusive interview with The List, “Everybody Loves Raymond” alum Brad Garrett shared how excited he was to be part of “Cha Cha Real Smooth”. The Sundance hit was written, directed and performed by Cooper Raiff. It’s a heartfelt coming-of-age film that follows Andrew – a 22-year-old played by Raiff – as he tries to find his way after moving home after graduation.
One of the challenges Andrew faces is navigating new family dynamics now that his mother (Leslie Mann) and younger brother have moved in with his stepfather, played by Brad Garrett. For Garrett, “Cha Cha Real Smooth” was a great project to work on, thanks in large part to the cast and creatives involved. While speaking to The List, the actor shared what it was like working closely with Leslie Mann and being on set with Dakota Johnson and the rest of the film’s impressive cast.
What it was like working with Leslie Mann
Brad Garrett’s character, Greg, is the main character’s stepfather, Andrew, and his mother’s new husband, played by Leslie Mann. Like Garrett, Mann has a background in comedy. She is known for her roles in such films as ‘George of the Jungle’, ‘The Other Woman’ and ‘This Is 40’. About working with the actress, Garrett said, “I’ve always been a fan of Leslie’s, and that was another reason why [I took the project]† Being able to work with her was a good reason to jump on board.”
He added that Mann is a “very astute actor, and she comes from comedy, but all her stuff is so grounded.” For Garrett, that more grounded style of comedy was another appeal of the film as a whole. He described the style of humor in “Cha Cha Real Smooth” by saying, “It felt like the humor came from the character instead of just being jokes or jokes. It seemed to come from what each character was going through, what always makes it more authentic.”
Being on set with Dakota Johnson and the rest of the cast
Dakota Johnson brought her star power to “Cha Cha Real Smooth” by playing Domino, a local mom who befriends Cooper Raiff’s Andrew. While her role is a big part of the film, her character never interacts directly with Brad Garrett’s character. Speaking about working on set with her, Garrett joked, “I didn’t have any scenes with her. However, I kept asking if I could. And they kept saying, ‘No, no, just be glad you’re here.’ †
Along with Johnson, Garrett was excited to be on set with the entire cast and crew because it was a small project made by talented and passionate people. As he told The List, “At least for me in my taste… the smaller indie movies are the gold nuggets of a lot of filmmaking, because there’s a freedom and a risk that comes with a lot of these projects. If they’re not huge studio movies, they really let the creators do their thing and keep it authentic. So I’m really grateful to have had something to do with this.”
“Cha Cha Real Smooth” is available on Apple TV+.
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