While shooting Mr. Church, Britt Robertson admits she often got sentimental. “You can’t help but let it affect you because the words are so empowering and alive,” she explains in the behind-the-scenes featurette, debuted exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter.
Bruce Beresford’s indie title, out Sept. 16, sees Eddie Murphy playing a man hired to cook for a dying woman and her teenage daughter named Charlie, played by Robertson. “They become this unconventional family unit at a time in the ‘70s when that wasn’t exactly smiled upon,” she says.
The drama — which is based on the real-life experiences of screenwriter Susan McMartin and isMurphy’s first film in four years — charts their unique relationship as Charlie leaves for college and later enters motherhood. “Charlie is always really respectful of Mr. Church, knowing that he has given up his whole life for her. There’s so much of her that wants him to be that father that she never had,” Robertson explains of her onscreen relationship with Murphy’s titular character. “But that’s not the kind of guy he is. As they get to know each other, he lets Charlie into his life a little bit more.”