The Happiest Season Director and Co-Author Responds to All That Harper Backlash

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This publish incorporates spoilers about Hulu’s new rom-com Happiest Season.

When Happiest Season, the refreshing queer Christmas rom-com we have been ready to see endlessly, dropped on Hulu this November, the Web was immediately divided over its “happy” ending. 

In keeping with scores of followers on Twitter, many viewers would have a lot somewhat seen Abby (Kristen Stewart) discover love with Riley, who was performed by the splendidly charming Aubrey Plaza. Nonetheless, even past the ship wars, many felt Harper’s therapy of Abby whereas she tried to hide her sexuality from her conservative mother and father was too traumatizing to forgive. 

“I appreciate that people have taken the time to watch the movie and continue to process it—that’s really great,” co-writer and director Clea DuVall recently told ELLE in response to the controversy. “I think the debate is less about the film and more about your philosophy on forgiveness and growth.”

It was incredibly important to DuVall that Harper get the chance to work through her trauma. “I think as long as you’re processing and dealing with things in an open, honest way and making the conscious choice to work through them, then the road to a happy, healthy relationship is bumpy, and you work through stuff, and that’s what makes it stronger,” she continued. “You don’t go through a hard couple of days after a long period of time, meet a stranger, and cut and run. Even if that person is Aubrey Plaza.”

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DuVall does perceive why individuals had such a powerful response, although. “I think because it is so relatable, and it is very real,” she stated. “We don’t shy away from the reality of that experience. We’re watching a person go through the most difficult four days of their life. We’re watching someone hit bottom, and that is messy, that is uncomfortable.”

She continued, “But I think what we really wanted for the film and for Harper was, she didn’t sink further down [when] she hit bottom. She used that as an opportunity to propel herself back up and make a different choice.”

Earlier than the movie even dropped, DuVall mentioned Stewart and Plaza’s apparent onscreen chemistry and why she did not have Abby pursue a relationship with Riley with Glamour.

“Very early on in the writing of the script, before anyone was involved, there was,” she stated in November. “But we really wanted to make a traditional romantic comedy and give it a happy ending, you know?” 

DuVall continued, “There are so many lesbian movies that end in tragedy, or these people fall madly in love and then they never see each other again. We don’t get a lot of happy endings, and I wanted them to make it.”

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