You two seem so natural playing grandmother and granddaughter in Tammy. Did you do any bonding before the shoot?
Melissa McCarthy We did tons of trust exercises. Pushing Susan down — but then catching her. [Laughs]
Susan Sarandon I just took her children for a few days to see if she trusted me. [Laughs]
McCarthy No, we had martinis. Does that count?
Absolutely. You spend a lot of time in the movie in a car together. What was that like?
McCarthy You get punchy and forget that there are microphones on you. You start telling a really inappropriate story — like, “This one time, in college…” — and then you’re like, “Wait, there are a hundred people listening with headsets on.”
Have either of you ever been on a road trip like this?
Sarandon I went up the [Pacific] coast with my daughter when she was in eighth grade on a road trip to join Tim [Robbins] and the boys in Seattle. It was right at the height of her romance with the musical Rent — and that’s the only music we had on the entire trip.
McCarthy After this movie wrapped, Ben [Falcone] and I took the kids and drove from Niagara Falls back to Los Angeles. That was a doozy. Here’s a tip: Don’t do that with a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old. We thought it would be great, and then we’re like, “Oh my God.”
Sarandon Next year, when they’re 7 and 4, you should put them in charge of the finances as you drive across.
McCarthy No, I’ll say, “See you on the other side! I’m taking a plane. Susan and I are busy listening to Rent.”