In Zoe Lister Jones’ movie “Lola Versus,” desperation fuels the dating
BY CINDY PEARLMAN June 7, 2012 5:40PM
Actress Zoe Lister Jones attends the screening Of "Lola Versus" at SVA Theater on June 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Updated: July 11, 2012 6:07AM
Zoe Lister Jones wrote a movie posting a big question: Can you date a guy your best girlfriend has already claimed as her own?
In “Lola Versus,” she also plays the friend facing a dilemma when Lola (Greta Gerwig) is reeling from a broken engagement. She decides to date a guy in their social group that Jones’ character also has a crush on.
“Most single women have been in that situation where there is a silent guy in your group,” says Jones. “You don’t see him as boyfriend material. He’s just there, but you know all the same people. No one is settled down.
“It’s not until you see him with someone else that suddenly bells go off. It sure does make for some gritty drama.”
“Lola Versus” (opening Friday) is the little movie that grew. “It was supposed to be a low-budget indie. At one point, I was going to be Lola. Then there was an amazing response to the script,” she says. “Greta felt like the perfect fit for Lola.”
Jones, who also stars on NBC’s “Whitney,” wrote the film with her real-life boyfriend Daryl Wein. “We’ve been in a relationship for eight years,” she says. “I’m so glad I’m not out there dating. It would be terrifying. Being a single woman is like going off to war.”
There is always The Weird Guy. “Women always try to see the one good part of The Weird Guy because the dating landscape is so bleak. Women will say, ‘He’s very odd, but he likes to cook. He’s creepy, but he makes good pancakes!’ ”
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