Disney broke the Internet Friday at the D23 Expo when it showed footage for the upcoming film Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 that revealed the sequel would unite many of its most famous animated princesses. Backstage, Yahoo Movies talked to a handful of the women behind the famous voices — Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in Tangled), Paige O’Hara (Belle in Beauty and the Beast), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in The Princess and the Frog), Kelly Macdonald (Merida in Brave), Auli’i Cravalho (Moana), Jodi Benson (Ariel in The Little Mermaid), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), and Linda Larkin (Jasmine in Aladdin) — about the unexpected revelation and how it all came together.
Sarah Silverman wasn’t looking for heavy drama, the heavy drama found her. After hearing Silverman open up about her struggles with depression — an issue she recently addressed with a powerful essay on Glamour — author Amy Koppelman sent the comedian-actress her novel I Smile Back, which Koppelman was adapting into a film. The story focuses on a self-destructive, upper-class Long Island housewife named Laney who isn’t just depressed, but battles mental illness, alcoholism, and drug addiction. She cheats on her husband (played by Josh Charles) while the kids are in school and sniffs cocaine in the bathroom while they’re home.
Sarah Silverman has been sharpening her dramatic acting chops in films like the forthcoming Ashby and the Showtime series Masters of Sex, but I Smile Back represents the biggest seismic shift away from comedy for the 44-year-old performer.