In The Unicorn, a couple enters their fourth year of engagement with no wedding in sight. So they decide to venture out to Palm Springs to try and have a threesome to rekindle their spark. The film stars Lauren Lapkus as Malory and Nicholas Rutherford as Caleb (Rutherford also co-wrote the script with director Robert Schwartzman), and it recently played as part of the SXSW film slate. It’s there we got the chance to talk to Lapkus about her character, the joys of improvising with her co-stars, and more.
What sparked your interest in The Unicorn initially?
It felt like a story that I could relate to, not in the sense that it’s about a couple who try to have a threesome, I have no experience with that. It’s about a couple that has been together for a long time and reaches a point where they don’t know if they should stay together or not. Are they an interesting couple? Are they boring? Are they tired of each other? They just don’t like even really consider their relationship enough, they almost take it for granted. I think that’s a really relatable story that a lot of people have experienced in their lives and I really like that.
The only stories I’ve heard from anyone who’s tried a threesome is usually something along the lines of, “Oh, it’s the worst.”
Yeah. I’ve pretty much only known bad stories about that. So, it’s not something I’m looking to do.
This movie doesn’t really sell you on it, either.
No. No, it doesn’t make it look that fun.
The story is really carried by the rapport you have with Nick Rutherford and the interplay between your two characters. Knowing he was one of the co-writers, how much of that was on the page and how much of that was something like you two were able to work out together?