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'Ruby Sparks' interview: Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

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Little Miss Sunshine helmers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris reunite with Paul Dano on this week's Ruby Sparks, which is the married duo's first feature since their breakthrough in 2006.

Digital Spy sat down with Dayton and Faris to discuss their collaboration with Ruby Sparks writer and star Zoe Kazan, and their opinions on the 'manic pixie dream girl' trope.


"In the States it's been a particularly active topic," Dayton admitted. "This film is by no means a treatise on it, but we were excited that it was going to address that issue. It's not the primary purpose of this movie, but I'm happy that it takes on that trope."

"I think a lot of stories are sort of male-oriented, in general," Faris offered. "And the women characters seem to be less developed."

The duo went on to discuss how Dano has changed as an actor in the years since Little Miss Sunshine.

"It was different - I mean for one he didn't speak for the first half of [Sunshine], so having him speak so much was very different," said Faris.

"But he's a really hard working actor, he loves to try things. I think he's maybe more experimental now than he was. He's gotten more confident and likes to play more, and that's really fun."

> 'Ruby Sparks': Zoe Kazan on dismantling the manic pixie dream girl
> Paul Dano talks 'Ruby Sparks', reuniting with 'Sunshine' helmers - video

Ruby Sparks is released tomorrow (October 12). Watch a trailer below:

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