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Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, And Lorene Scafaria On "The Meddler"

By: Donna Freydkin

Cutting those apron strings is never easy. And it's especially tough if you're Marnie (Susan Sarandon), the widow who can't leave her adult daughter (Rose Byrne) alone. She texts. She calls. She texts to follow up on calls and vice versa. She barges in, she stays the night, and she plans on spending Valentine's Day with her offspring. It's a bit much. And it's very, very funny.

The film, opening Friday, was inspired by the real tale of writer/director Lorene Scafaria's mom Gail, who relocated to Los Angeles to be near her daughter and then, wouldn't back off.

In reality, says mom of three (and grandmother of one) Sarandon, she keeps an even keel around her two sons and one daughter. "I'm an equal-opportunity meddler. I meddle and they meddle back," says Sarandon. "I listen. I meddle by sending little packages and notes and texts."

She would never tell anyone whom to date or dump. But when her kids were little, she was also very involved in their lives, in a good way. "I was the mom calling to make sure there really was going to be an overnight and the mother was going to be there," says Sarandon. "They knew and liked that I cared enough to check. They understand that you care."

Even when your mom makes you blush in front of your ex, during an unfortunate restaurant encounter. "The Valentine's scene was very funny and fun to play. It was such an incredibly awkward situation," says Byrne.

And that's the point of the film, says Scafaria: the same mom that will interrupt your night with 15 phone calls will also show up with bagels and cold medicine when you're sick. "I always knew my mom would bail me out," says Scafaria.

Even Marnie's annoying traits aren't a bad thing. "It's with the best intentions," says Scafaria. "A lot of it comes from loneliness. She has a lot of love to give. My mom thinks we should have meddler celebration days."

AOL Build Speaker Series - Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne And Lorene Scafaria, "The Meddler"In person, Oscar winner Sarandon is a force of nature -- sporting a foot brace after injuring herself mountain-climbing. She's also a serious activist, wearing a Call Your Mother shirt that benefits one of her charities, Hope North. But she insists she's not a paragon of bravery and fearlessness.

"Not true at all. I tell you, when I first broke up with my boyfriend, I couldn't even go out to parties or gatherings. I didn't want to be single. I got a little agoraphobic. I go through phases. I think the thing is, you just keep moving," says Sarandon.

Which brings us to a certain female superstar, whose "I was Here" plays a prominent role in the movie. The key to getting some Beyonce love? Write her a letter, says Scafaria. And she was on board.

"I sing to Beyonce in the car. She's a very important part of this movie," says Sarandon.

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Susan Sarandon arrives at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 30: (L-R) Susan Sarandon and Jack Robbins attend the Weinstein Company & Netflix's 2016 SAG after party hosted by Absolut Elyx at Sunset Tower on January 30, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 30: (L-R) Susan Sarandon and Jack Robbins attend the Weinstein Company & Netflix's 2016 SAG after party hosted by Absolut Elyx at Sunset Tower on January 30, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: (L-R) Actors Michael Keaton, Susan Sarandon and John Slattery pose during The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_013 (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actresses Susan Sarandon (L) and Eva Amurri attend the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actress Susan Sarandon speaks onstage during the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actresses Kate Winslet (L) and Susan Sarandon speak during the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Susan Sarandon presents an In Memoriam tribute at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actors Rami Malek and Susan Sarandon attend The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_013 (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actress Eva Amurri, actress Susan Sarandon, director Jack Henry Robbins, and actress Kristen Wiig in the audience during The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_013 (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 30: (L-R) Actors Claire Danes and Susan Sarandon attend the Weinstein Company & Netflix's 2016 SAG after party hosted by Absolut Elyx at Sunset Tower on January 30, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Mark Ruffalo and Susan Sarandon attend The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_012 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Turner)
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