Cristin Milioti on Her New Movie Palm Springs: “I Don’t Want to Tell Anyone Anything About It”
Cristin Milioti, star of Fargo, How I Met Your Mother and the new movie Palm Springs, has thought very seriously about a day in her life she’d want to live over and over, but she can’t pinpoint one.
“I imagine that it’s one that I’m unaware of,” she says. “I bet it was on a day that maybe seemed like any other, or I was like with my family or with my friends or going on a walk in the woods or something. I’ve been blessed, I’ve had a lot of really good days and I have a long list to choose from.”
Her character in Palm Springs, which premieres in Australia on Amazon Prime on November 20, is faced with that reality, living the same day again and again and again.
Set in the Californian resort city of the same name, Palm Springs sees Cristin as Sarah unexpectedly meet Andy Samberg’s Nyles at her sister’s wedding. In a brief moment, her life changes, or, perhaps more accurately, stays the same, when she gets stuck in a time loop.
“I would describe it as an existential comedy and I would leave it at that,” Cristin says. “The less you know about it actually, the better.
“I don’t want to tell anyone anything about it. I just want to say that I guarantee you’ll have a great time, please just go watch it and don’t Google anything.”
We won’t give any more away, except to say that it’s a romantic comedy of sorts — if you upturn the expectations of the genre. There’s no mad dash to the airport or a woman pining over a guy but finding her true love was in front of her all along. Instead, Sarah and Nyles grapple with larger questions like how to define themselves when there is no future and what gives their now very repetitive lives meaning.
“I’m reticent to ever include ‘rom-com’ in a description of this film, even though that is how it’s described,” Cristin says. “Of course, there’s a central love story, but I’ve always thought of it as an existential comedy more than a romantic comedy. I think it plays with romantic tropes by blowing them up, quite frankly.”
After the grand romantic speech you’d expect in a traditional rom-com, Sarah replies, “I can survive just fine without you, but there’s a chance that this life could be a little less mundane with you in it.”
It’s a sentiment that reflects a modern understanding of how meaningful relationships are formed. We’re not looking for our relationships to fix all our problems, but instead for someone who complements us and brings us joy.
“You see all these movies growing up of everyone being like, ‘You completed me.’ ‘I was lost until you came around.’ I’m sure that’s the case for some people, but I’ve always felt like the way healthier thing is — and actually the way more passionate thing is — I want you, not I need you. It’s a choice. I love that here. I thought that was beautiful.”