Ron Livingston & Rosemarie DeWitt On Keeping Their Romance Alive & Skyping With Their Baby
Ron Livingston, known for comedies like Office Space and playing Carrie's boyfriend Berger on Sex and the City, is the current king of Sundance. With bite-sized roles in three pictures at 2015's Sundance Film Festival, he's inescapable at the 11 day festival. His wife, Rosemarie DeWitt, co-stars with him in Digging for Fire, the Joe Swanberg picture about a husband and wife who go on separate adventures over the course of a weekend. I caught up with the couple on at Sundance Film Festival on Monday night, where we chatted about love, babies, and playing other actor's significant others.
"I became a parent later in life, so I had my time to be single," Livingston says. "I don't miss being single, I don't miss having all that free time, I had more free time than I knew what to do with. It's the best thing in the world to be a parent. I'd give the rest of it up if I could keep the dad thing. This is our maiden voyage away from [the baby]. We've Skyped her a couple of times and she's like 'Hey what's up?'"
The couple, who have been married since 2009, consider their marriage to be full of excitement after five years. "I got married in 2009, so it's still pretty exciting," Livingston says. "Just make sure you're being yourself, you've got to learn how to yell at each other. Don't let it bottle up," he says of tips to keep the romance healthy.
"My husband and I met on set, so we don't have that fraud actor factor going on," DeWitt says. Her husband adds: "I get to work every day with my wife in real life. I'm a huge fan of hers, and I get a front row seat to her process as an actor. It's also kind of nostalgic when we actually get to do it together."
But the film only boasts one scene where the pair share screen time. DeWitt enlists the help of her friend, played by Melanie Lynskey, for a night out on the town, but Lynskey's husband (Livingston), is a downer on the idea.
"He has a scene with Melanie Lynskey in this movie, where the only cringe-worthy moment is wondering if he's drawing from real life. I was thinking, 'You're being so mean to your wife right now!'" DeWitt says. But the Men, Women and Children actor got her on-screen revenge in a scene that would make most Lord of the Rings fans swoon. "Is it a spoiler to say I got to make out with Orlando Bloom?" she says when asked what the most fun moment shooting was. "I'm totally kidding," she's quick to add: "But I have to say that because if I didn't say that girls would be like 'You're a loser!'"