I Hate Kids star Rachel Boston shares what drew her to the comedy

Rachel Boston (left) stars with Tom Everett Scott in I Hate Kids. Photo Credit: Courtesy of PMK/BNC.
Rachel Boston (left) stars with Tom Everett Scott in I Hate Kids. Photo Credit: Courtesy of PMK/BNC. /

Rachel Boston brings her charm and personality to the new comedy I Hate Kids, and spoke to Hidden Remote about why the hilarious film stands out.

Whenever Rachel Boston appears in a movie, it’s worth watching. The actress never fails to play characters that an audience falls in love with—and that’s the case in the interestingly titled film called I Hate Kids.

Boston plays Sydney, who’s all set to marry the man of her dreams, played by Tom Everett Scott (I’m Sorry, That Thing You Do). But there’s a catch: Sydney doesn’t want kids, and her fiancé Nick has just discovered he has a son.

While Nick goes on a road trip with his new child and a psychic to find out more about the family he didn’t know he had, Sydney has to decide if she’s still willing to marry him and inevitably gets pulled into this surprise adventure.

Learn more about Rachel Boston and her role in I Hate Kids in our interview below, then catch the film on demand or in limited movie theaters today.

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Hidden Remote: What do you love about I Hate Kids? What made you want to play Sydney?

Rachel Boston: I just thought it had so much heart. It was a comedic take on raising children and the idea of having kids. And it’s a family comedy, so it’s safe for all ages, and pokes fun at some of the trials and tribulations of having children and just a woman making a decision that she does want kids. I think it had a lot of heart within the comedy that I love.

HR: You’re well-known for starring in Hallmark movies where everything is adorable, and I Hate Kids is not like that. So how did this movie compare to some of your other roles?

Boston: I loved this journey because [of] exactly that. You think sometimes your life is going in one direction and this one just asks a woman to dive deeper…Just realizing that our past really does make us who we are.

Through the exploration of her fiancé and how many women he’s been with, and he’s going back to all his exes right before the wedding, she starts to piece together how all of these life choices have led both of them to where they are today. They start to have an awakening of what they actually want in their lives. I really enjoyed that.

HR: How does Sydney react to Nick visiting all his ex-girlfriends just before their wedding?

Boston: She doesn’t really realize what’s happening because he’s being very secretive. But her sister starts to pick up on it, so she finds this box of all the women her fiancé has been with. He’s kept it in a box, which is what he uses to contact them, and I think it’s a wake-up call for her. It’s pretty shocking to see a part of someone you didn’t know about. But then she’s also able to come at peace with [how] it’s made him the man he is today, so it all works out in the end.

HR: The pairing between you and Tom Everett Scott is the best part of I Hate Kids. What was it like to work with Tom?

Boston: He’s extraordinary. And he’s married to his college sweetheart, so he has such a solid family life of his own that it was really fun to talk to him about this. He has kids, so this movie was appealing to him for a lot of different reasons. But is he such a genuinely kind and good-hearted person so he made it fun and easy to work with him.

HR: How did you approach Sydney as a character? Because she could’ve easily been less well-developed, since the movie is focused on Nick’s exes.

Boston: I feel like she loves this man so much that I don’t know where her desire to not have kids finally kicked in. I think she’s on the fence about it, and then she fell so in love with this man that she just made peace with that idea. So I played her as a woman that felt like she had her entire life figured out and exactly where she wanted to go.

Her whole world the weekend before the wedding was shaken, and she made all these revelations of a different life she wanted to have, and it turns out she could still have it with him. I think we all make choices; sometimes we have a vision and we make that [choice] for a specific reason. We don’t question it as much as we could. The situation brought it up for the both of [our characters] that we had to face it.

HR: I Hate Kids is so well-cast; were there particular people you loved playing off of? What was it like to make the movie?

Boston: It was such a fun group of people. We have this dance number at the end and we shot that at the beginning of the film. Rhea Seehorn and I, we had a choreographer that was wonderful but we had also this idea of doing this goofy dance that we would have put together in high school, and so we worked with this choreographer and made up what we think would have looked like a high school routine.

Going through rehearsals and preparing for this big wedding dance number early on in the film made it so much fun—just to see everyone come to life and what it would be like if this whole cast was at your wedding. It was so much fun and I loved working with Rhea. There’s a scene where she’s having a child, my sister gives birth in the middle of our wedding weekend, and there were so many hilarious comedic moments that came out of that. It was really fun to shoot.

HR: You’ve appeared in a lot of comedies, whether it’s I Hate Kids or the Hallmark movies you have done. Is there something about comedy that appeals to you?

Boston: I think our world needs it right now. I definitely have always been drawn to that and putting some light into the world. But I grew up in a really small town and a lot of the dynamics of that I always found humorous, just the way different families interact. So I think family comedy is always been really appealing to me. That might be part of my draw.

I just loved making this movie so much, and I hope that it makes people laugh and it helps them find the comedy of all things parenthood. Just everything we go through in life and hope that it’s all going to work out in the end. That’s sort of the family comedy element of it, is you just putting the happily ever after even in the hardest moments of life.

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