We ask the stars of How to Be Single how to actually be single
Who needs a boyfriend anyway?
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Given the film’s title, it’s not unreasonable to expect the stars of How to Be Single to have a few thoughts on, well, how to be single. The leading foursome bring a variety of experience to the topic, from Leslie Mann, who’s been married for two decades, to Dakota Johnson, who is currently living the single life in New York City. Alison Brie, meanwhile, recently got engaged to beau Dave Franco, and Rebel Wilson thinks it might be time to rethink the whole “eternally single” thing. Here’s where they stand on the topic.
“I am a single person. I love that I’m alone all the time. I love sleeping next to no one. I really don’t want to be cuddled. I love to have dinner by myself,” she says with a laugh. But seriously, though. “No, I actually like spending time by myself. I kind of cherish my time alone. I like solitude, so that’s nice. But then being single also sucks sometimes — because you’re single.”
Johnson appreciates that How to Be Single shows women in a more liberated, sex-positive light. “With this film, I was attracted to the positive outlook on women, especially, exploring relationships with different people and being confident and comfortable and strong,” she says. “That was the kind of thing that was appealing to me, because that’s what’s real, and it’s honest and there’s nothing to be ashamed of. That’s what single women do.”
“I’m, like, eternally single, and I think I like it a bit too much, and I need to be more open to the possibilities of love,” Wilson muses. “I’m very independent, I always have been. I went to an all-girls school and we were really taught to be independent. Although, one teacher did try to teach us how to marry a rich man and kill him. The science teacher, she would tell us, like, how to dampen the sheets and stuff, and sometimes we’d really listen to that. But we were always encouraged to go out and live our own lives. And from my own mother, as well, she’s like, ‘Don’t have kids too young, because it will ruin your life.’”
Sound advice, though Wilson is starting to think that maybe she’s had her fun already. “Now I’m at the point where things are going so well that I’m trying to, like, look for the right person. I just haven’t found him in Hollywood. Surprise, surprise,” she says. “I don’t like smoking. And then maybe, like, lying? When they say they didn’t have a fiancée, and their teammates supported that, and then I find out a few months later they did in fact have a fiancée back in their hometown? That’s a bit bad. Yeah.”
“I’ve been married for 20 years. I can’t even remember anymore being single,” Mann admits. “I had so much shame when I was single. I would make out with a lot of people but I would never have sex because then I would feel bad. But I made out with everyone. And some dry-humping.”
Mann is pleased, though, with the state of the world for single women today versus when she was in her 20s. “I’m excited for my daughters to see the movie because I love the message,” she says. “This is going to sound weird but I tell my daughter Maude, who is 18 now, she’s an adult, but I always tell her, ‘Just show off your boobs! You have great boobs. And it doesn’t get any better. I know what happens. Just enjoy them now, enjoy this time.’”
“I think my favourite part about being single is just being able to do whatever you want, the freedom. You are your own person,” Brie says. “Aside from your close friends and your family, you don’t have to always be thinking about maybe whatever move you’re making, how that is going to affect the person in your life. You kind of can fly by the seat of your pants. That’s what I really liked about being single. It felt very fun and spontaneous.”
That doesn’t mean she didn’t have some lousy times out before settling down. “Any of the bad dates I’ve had involved one or more parties drinking too much,” she says. “When I was single, I don’t think I would ever just end a date mid-date even if I were not having a good time. I’m sort of like, ‘Well I want to be polite, I should stick it out. I’ll just hang and dance with this drunk guy.’ And that’s a s—ty thing. I think a lot of the time women feel like we don’t want to be rude, we don’t want the guy to think we’re a b—, so we entertain a lot of bad behaviour.”
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