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DeWanda Wise, Stella Meghie and Sasheer Zamata talk 'The Weekend'

Enter a misunderstood millennial maverick slouched in solid blue, mom jeans and a natural fro, complaining about her life on-stage during a grunge comedy skit.

"I find myself in my character," Sasheer Zamata, who plays Zadie Barber, said to a not-so-surprised crowd.

"The Weekend," written and directed by Stella Meghie (Everything, Everything), follows Zadie Barber as she struggles to survive a weekend trip with her ex-turned-friend Bradford and his stunning new girlfriend (Wise). In a hilarious exposé of the millennial situationship, Meghie remolds a classic love triangle into the often overlooked love rectangle.

"I can usually tell if I'm gonna get along with somebody based on their work," DeWanda Wise said when asked about her decision to join the cast.

"She [Meghie] told me Sasheer was starring and I said, uh, yes!" Wise said.

Meghie said it wasn't difficult bringing their characters to life, as most days filled with "reggae music and dancing," between scenes.

"It was a good time," Meghie said.

In rare form, Meghie's, "The Weekend" comes during a time when lust is mistaken for love, friendships are mistaken as relationships and there's never enough compassion to go around.

"Everyone deserves love, no matter how annoying or dysfunctional, or guarded," Meghie said.

The Lionsgate film stars DeWanda Wise,

Sasheer Zamata, Tone Bell, Y'Ian Noel and Kym Whitley - now playing in select theaters and on demand. Check your local theater for showtimes.

Rated R for mature content.


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