Ellen Barkin's breakout role was back in 1982 when she costarred in Barry Levinson's theatrical directorial debut "Diner." The film role was an impactful role for the actress, one she was always trying to replicate in Hollywood. And it wasn't until 30 years later that she found a role with equal magnitude, ironically written by Levinson's son Sam, who penned the script "Another Happy Day" in three weeks time.
In this clip from the Envelope Screening Series Q&A, Barkin tells about her shock working on a "B-genre" comedy that she was inspired to do -- after having daily discussions with the young writer, she finally realized he was Barry Levinson's son.
Photo: Ellen Barkin in "Another Happy Day." Credit: Phase 4 Films