"Hello, My Name Is Doris" isn't a swoony love story. Nor is it a goofy romance. Or a rote rom-com. And it most definitely doesn't center around Sally Field playing a cougar who falls for her younger coworker (Max Greenfield), as you might have heard. "It's a coming of age of a woman of age. All our lives, we're coming of age," says Field.
Field was smitten from page one of the script, co-written and directed by comedy veteran Michael Showalter. "I fell in love with the story and the character from the get-go," she says. "It's not a love story at all."
Showalter jokes that he "once auditioned for a part that was described in the breakdown as a Michael Showalter type. And I didn't get the job." So he relished having creative control of the movie, and the subject. Of Doris, he says, "She's falling in love. She's having her heart broken," says Showalter. "I really related to the character."
Let's face it: Field, the two-time Oscar winner forever immortalized as Forrest Gump's mom and Mrs. Doubtfire's dubious ex/employer, doesn't exactly have to prove her worth in Hollywood anymore. She's got the chops, and we know it. So it takes a lot to impress her.
"With this, it's not anything I'd ever seen before," says Field. "I've been doing this for so long. I don't want to stand at the door and say, 'Bye guys.' And the story is all on them. I'm fine without working. Luckily I don't need to. Not totally."
The film was shot in three weeks, which meant Field and her co-stars were flying by the seats of their pants. "You gotta stick the landing every time," she says.
She stuck it while playing in 1993's "Mrs. Doubtfire," opposite the late, great, and deliriously talented Robin Williams. Field gets emotional when speaking of her costar.
"I adored him. He was a spectacular human. He was such a good man. He was such a good and decent man," she says. "I wish he was still around. I wish I could watch him age into a different kind of performer."
Don't we all, Sally, don't we all.
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ST. PAUL, MN - AUGUST 4: Comedians Robin Williams and Billy Crystal talk with reporters on the red carpet before the 2012 Starkey Hearing Foundation's 'So the World May Hear Awards Gala on August 4, 2012 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for Starkey Hearing Foundation)
Actors Robin Williams and Billy Crystal enjoy themselves while taping a promotional TV spot for FOX Sports before the San Francisco Giants 13-inning 6-5 defeat of the New York Yankees at AT&T Park June 23, 2007 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by John Medina/WireImage)
** FILE ** In this April 6, 2008 file photo, Robin Williams, left, and Ryan Seacrest embrace on stage at the "Idol Gives Back" fundraising special of "American Idol" in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)
Robin Williams get a kiss from Yani Begakis, a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, while posing backstage with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment during the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Bonnie Hunt, left, and Robin Williams pose as they arrive for a ceremony at which Steve Martin received the 19th annual American Cinematheque award for career achievement, in Beverly Hills, Calif., Friday, Nov. 12, 2004. (AP Photo/Ann Johansson)
Actor Robin Williams, left, shares a light moment with fellow actor Billy Crystal prior to the 18th annual American Museum of the Moving Image benefit in New York Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003. The museum honored Crystal for propelling the medium of the moving image and having a profound effect on the industry. (AP Photo/Shawn Baldwin)
Actors Robin Williams, right, and Jack Nicholson joke at the Broadcast Film Critics Association 8th Annual Critics Choice Awards, in Beverly Hills, Calif., Friday, Jan. 17, 2003. Nicholson won Best Actor for his role in "About Schmidt," jointly with Daniel Day-Lewis and Williams was runner-up in the category for "One Hour Photo." (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson)
Overall leader Lance Armstrong of Austin, Texas, left, and U.S. actor Robin Williams pose for the photographers prior to the start of the 12th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Lannemezan and Plateau de Beille, southwestern France, Friday July 19, 2002. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Overall leader Lance Armstrong of Austin, Texas, left, and U.S. actor Robin Williams, greet each other prior to the start of the 12th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Lannemezan and Plateau de Beille, southwestern France, Friday July 19, 2002. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Robin Williams, left, and Christopher Reeve, attempt to hail a taxicab in New York City on Feb. 9, 1981. Williams went to see Reeve, who is appearing in the play "The Fifth of July", backstage after his performance Friday night. (AP Photo/Steve Sands)
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Robin Williams arrive at the CBS, CW and Showtime TCA party at The Beverly Hilton on Monday, July 29, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 20: 'Sydney, Australia' -- An infatuated ex-co-worker of Sydney's (Josh Groban, left) writes a stalker-ish song about her while Simon (Robin Williams, right) struggles with a pitch for the Australian Tourism Board, on THE CRAZY ONES, Thurs. Nov. 7 (9:01 - 9:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 10: 'Sixteen-Inch Softball' -- Brad Garrett (left) and Robin Williams (right) on location for THE CRAZY ONES which airs on Thursdays (9:01 - 9:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 23: Actors Robin Williams (L) and Cheryl Hines pose at the premiere of Columbia Picture's 'RV' at the Village Theater on April 23, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Reunited and it feels so good. My long time friend and stand-in, Adam Bryant aka Sal Biagini.@thecrazyonescbs
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) -- Episode 4513 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Robin Williams talks with host Jay Leno during a commerical break on August 8, 2013 -- (Photo by: Stacie McChesney/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Getting ready for The Tonight Show with The Man, @jayleno. Jay got me my first paying stand-up job.