The Women of ‘Drive-Away Dolls’ on Queer Comedy and Wall-Mounted Dildos

I remember in that sex scene, when Marian is having her time, Ethan played music because… I think we played Linda Ronstadt because it was just so awkward, which was nice at the moment. But then I was like, “Fuck, I’m going to have to ADR this.” But I’m glad we did that because we got to really lean into the romantic element of it all. I didn’t have to worry about my sex sounds.

Yeah, it was a conversation: What kind of orgasm is this? And Chelsea was really helpful and [provided] a really safe space to talk it out, and I never felt uncomfortable. We were just so taken care of. It was really nice.

M.Q.: It was really fun for me to do these scenes because Geraldine’s got this big romantic sex scene, but for me, I’d never done a sex scene where the intention was just to be funny. It usually is meant to be hot in some kind of way, which is a whole bag of pressure. To remove that from the equation entirely was very liberating.

What was your first exposure to the Coen creative team?

G.V.: I remember watching True Grit in theaters. I remember being so jealous of Hailee Steinfeld. That was one of my first times of being like, “I want to do that.”

M.Q.: Full circle.

G.V.: Full circle. And I don’t even know if it was necessarily like, “I want to be an actor.” It was more just like, “She has the coolest braids and is riding horses. This movie is so cool. I want to do what she’s doing.”

M.Q.: For me, it was all kind of later. I couldn’t sit still to get through a movie when I was a kid. I started acting, or I started being interested in acting, at 17 and I would ask people who I thought had good taste, “What are your favorite movies?” And then I’d watch those. Pretty much everyone who loves movies loves the Coens, so I got there pretty quickly.

Beanie, I know you mentioned Raising Arizona earlier. Was that your first exposure?

B.F.: I can’t remember the first one I ever saw. I do feel like the thing that I always remembered about them as a kid is that they were equal opportunists. Everyone loves them. There isn’t a demographic. It wasn’t like, “Oh, that’s a Dad movie, or that’s a Mom movie, or that’s a brother movie.” It was like all of them wanted to watch them. They’re just beloved by everyone. As a kid, you kind of clock who’s watching what and, because I was so much younger than my siblings, I was like, “What’s cool? What does everyone get excited about?” And everyone got excited about their movies.

I definitely relate. I’m queer and my parents are Mormon, but Coen movies are a weird point of intersection for us.

B.F.: Now I want to interview you!

Another time, perhaps! Lastly, I’m wondering if any of you have had a chance to see it with a crowd yet. To me, this feels like a movie you need to watch in a theater full of people gasping and laughing.

M.Q.: That’s the dream. I’m so happy you said that. I’ve only seen it once and I’m waiting to see it with a crowd at the premiere, so I’m really excited. Yeah, I’m nervous, I’m excited.

B.F.: Margaret and I watched it together, but it was a long time ago. It was like a year ago, Margaret?

M.Q.: Yep.

B.F.: And there were only maybe 10 people in the room. So yeah, the three of us are really excited to get to experience it in that scenario, because we agree. It’s definitely a communal experience.

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