TODAY | December 02, 2013
>> to the coast, best-selling author adriana trigiani --
>> and great person.
>> we love this woman!
>> here today, girl, all blue today.
>> challenges of a new marriage, new baby, and life's biggest surprises.
>> the final novel of her popular valentine trilogy called "the supreme macaroni company."
>> you have to have a little macaroni.
>> you guys don't know the love. you don't -- one of our favorite people on the planet. forget the fact that you're a great writer and spin a great yarn. nobody's more fun than you.
>> good. how the bar's high.
>> you can tell us about this in a minute. first of all, we want to know what it was like to be directing your first feature film .
>> it was great. it was great. it was a lot.
>> we should point out that "the big stone gap " is being turned into a movie.
>> 15 years to make it --
>> tell people who some of the actors are.
>> ashley judd plays ave maria , then john benjamin hickey theodore, whoopee goldberg is fleeta, jenna elfman , and jane krakowski , judy ivy --
>> love her.
>> she played patrick's mother. the cast is incredible. don't let me leave anybody out. did i get everybody?
>> i think you did.
>> the wilson family, paul wilson played likely macon --
>> when tell cowill it come out?
>> probably a year from now we think. it was wonderful. the whole thing was great.
>> when you were writing this, the third in the trilogy, is it sad writing the last --
>> very sad.
>> it is?
>> there's something sad that happens. we don't want to -- we're not going to -- it's sad at the end. but then it redeems itself.
>> it does?
>> yeah. but you know, this goes where it's going to go. i don't really figure it out until -- in fact, i thought somebody else was going to go and then another character went. i was crying my eyes out.
>> a lot of people have a bulletin board and you -- you say what's going to happen. you map it out.
>> you don't --
>> i do, but then -- i ignore it. his v i have it there -- i don't care. i love that it starts on the feast of the seven fishes on christmas. italian thing, southern italian . big disaster happens. and then it's kind of the fame has to figure out how to reinvent themselves as a new unit.
>> based on some of your own family? like you usually do?
>> yeah. there's a lot of my family in here. always. you know. there always is, you know. very personal. i can't do it any other way. it -- it feels like -- if t fee -- it feels like family to me. even making the movie felt like an extended family .
>> tell us about being home, big stone gap with your mother --
>> my beautiful mother. oh, my god. she's -- my mother's hilarious. every night economic home, she goes, "how's my car?" i was using her car and living with her. it was like i was 12 again. she didn't hours of it. it felt like i was gone all the time because i was. she said to my sister, "adriana used to tell me where she went" but i was in high school . i was like three blocks away in the freezing cold. she came a little bit to watch. but she found it very chaotic and confusing.
>> right. if it's not your world, it is --
>> she thought it was a mess all the time. she goes, "why are these people running? where are they going? why are they screaming?" she didn't get it.
>> you are so happy with the end result?
>> the end result, "the big stone gap " is very hilarious, everything i dreamed it would be. his a world-class cinematographer, that's the big thing.
>> i have to --
>> we adore you.
>> love you.
>> love you.
>> i'm going to talk about it on the podcast. honey, love you.
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