Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen Poke Fun at Politics at New York City Premiere for Their Rom-Com, Long Shot – Vogue

At the New York City premiere for Long Shot, Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen portrayed a couple falling in love in a hopeless place: the political minefield of Washington, D.C. Under a Democratically blue sky, a GOP-red carpet was rolled out to welcome guests of all parties to the AMC Lincoln Square Theater on Broadway. Writer Dan Sterling was one of the first to arrive, sharing his inspiration behind the unlikely love story (between a steadfast, albeit boorish, journalist, played by Seth Rogen, and one of “the most influential women in the world” climbing the political rungs to the presidency, played by Charlize Theron). After a series of failed relationships in his personal life, Sterling flipped the script. “I thought, Well if I can’t really get what I want in real life, I’m going to write a fantasy movie about what it might look like. Apparently my fantasy at the time was that I was going to date the Secretary of State—not really, but you know it being a cinematic version of my biggest hopes and dreams.” Then, Evan Goldberg and Rogen—childhood friends and the dynamic duo behind some of the funniest films in recent memory (Superbad, This Is the End, Neighbors)—breathed life into Sterling’s story, modernizing the script with writer Liz Hannah. Decked out in a David Bowie–esque suit, Hannah shared how she’s gone full circle with Theron, first starting as her intern and now writing lines for the award-winning actress. Her favorite part in the film, without revealing too much? “The negotiation when she’s high as a kite.”

When asked what it was like working with the two stars, director Jonathan Levine kept the behind-the-scenes happenings top secret. “Not anything too wild . . . that would be crazy if I told you the real wild shit we did!” What was wild was the film. “We were trying to do kind of a classic, Old Hollywood Mr. Smith Goes to Washington–type take on politics,” Levine said, “which is hard when you’re dealing with today’s world and just the insanity of the news every day.” Guests walked out of the theater feeling euphoric with laughter as they made their way to the next stop on this campaign trail: the after-party.

At Bowery Hotel, there were Champagne coupes galore and bites of mouthwatering apps. Curious, Vogue asked Theron what her first order of business would be if she were president. Wearing a black Dior powersuit, Theron answered without hesitation. “It would be something about food.” Rogen chimed in, “Yeah, mandatory grilled cheese.”

Long Shot starts campaigning in theaters on Friday, May 3.