The Writer/Director Couple Behind "Lola Versus" On Messy Breakups

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Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones
Daryl Wein & Zoe Lister-Jones tell us how they made the new romantic comedy seem so real.

Meet Daryl Wein. He's the 28-year-old NYU graduate who wrote and directed the new film, Lola Versus, which opens in theaters this Friday, June 8.

Meet Zoe Lister-Jones, the 29-year-old actress who plays Lola's best friend in the film. She too went to NYU, and she co-wrote Lola Versus. She's also Daryl's girlfriend.

Yes, this real-life couple works and plays together. Their combined efforts have resulted in a film that garnered rave reviews at the Tribeca Film Festival thanks to its earnest portrayal of modern-day heartbreak. Lola Versus follows the story of Lola (Greta Gerwig), a 29-year-old writer in Manhattan who's thrilled about her recent engagement to her longtime boyfriend Luke (Joel Kinnaman) ... until he calls the whole thing off just three weeks before their wedding. What follows is the shameful, nitty-gritty, messy aftermath of a young woman who's just had her heart ripped out in a time where Facebook stalking and embarrassingly drunken one-night stands are all too real.

We swear, Daryl and Zoe were secretly spying on women everywhere when they made this film. We tried to get them to admit it in this exclusive interview:

Lola Versus hits so close to home for many women who are single or have ever gone through a breakup. What did you want us to get out of it?

Daryl: It's attempting to encapsulate what it's truly like to be a woman going through a breakup and learning how to be single in an authentic, but also funny way. I think we're so used to seeing big, broad Sex and the City type escapist romance films, and what we wanted to write was a relationship story that was a little more grounded in reality that we could relate to.

Zoe: I don't want to say there's a singular message, but I think so many women from a young age feel like to be whole means they have to find a man. The times they are a-changin' and that doesn't necessarily hold true. I don't think that means completely dismissing relationships, I think they're really meaningful, but the idea that you're life isn't complete if you're not in one doesn't have to be true. What Can Celebrity Breakups Teach Us?

The film takes place in NYC, which is where you both went to school, so I'm sure you're familiar with the dating scene. Do you think it's harder to find love here?
Daryl: New Yorkers are so in their own worlds, so independent and might have blinders on when they're walking down the street or when they're at a bar and someone comes up to them and they're like, "Why are you talking to me?" So, maybe it's a little tougher here ... but because we're all so jam-packed in this city, I think it does open the door for some funny and odd experiences.

Zoe: I've never really lived anywhere else, so I can't compare the dating scene, but I do think it's difficult in New York. There are a lot of attractive people here, and it immediately raises the stakes and the competition is pretty fierce. When you're in college, it's really easy to date because you're in an incubator with all these people, so socializing is very easy. Then you get out and it's like, "Oh my God, I have to fend for myself in this huge city where everyone is basically vying for the same thing." It's like an epic game of Survivor! Read on...

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