Interview with Rachel Van Dyken + Sneak Peek at The Matchmaker's Playbook Movie - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

This post contains affiliate links, meaning I’ll receive a small commission should you purchase using those links. All opinions expressed are my own. I receive no compensation for reviews.

Interview with Rachel Van Dyken + Sneak Peek at The Matchmaker's Playbook Movie

Interview with Rachel Van Dyken + Sneak Peek at The Matchmaker’s Playbook Movie

Coming March 15th from Passionflix is THE MATCHMAKER’S PLAYBOOK—the new highly anticipated movie based on the books written by Rachel Van Dyken. I cannot wait! You can check out the trailer below, and as you can see, the movie looks amazing and stars Nick Bateman, Caitlin Carver, Tyler Johnson and Justene Alpert.

I had the chance to talk to Rachel about the entire process and I wanted to share that with you, along with some photos from the movie! Make sure to sign up for Passionflix below if you’ve not done so already, and mark March 15th on your calendar!

  • Interview with Rachel Van Dyken

    Vilma: How did the idea for the Wingmen series spark?

    Rachel: I actually was talking about the concept with one of my editors and immediately she was like you need to go watch Hitch, it has a similar feel where the guy is the matchmaker, but I wanted the first book to be only in the guys point of view and I wanted it to be not because he was scorned or because he learned how to have confidence, I wanted it to be spurned on from his family dynamic and his love for women in general and wanting them to win instead of the universe.

    Vilma: For those who’ve not read the books yet, tell us about The Matchmaker’s Playbook and The Matchmakers Replacement.

    Rachel: Both books are based on two best friends, the science nerd (Lex Luthor) and the jock Ian Hunter (who also refers to himself as the hero to Lex’s villain), they come up with a computer program that if followed correctly not only finds your perfect match but tells you the success rate of that match, so they offer their services to women around campus for a fee and help them gain the confidence and or style needed to approach their crush. They’re basically glorified love coaches, ie; you can’t text back until the third time, don’t answer on the first ring, you’re always busy, and using jealousy and other ways to get the guys to finally start paying attention. It was supposed to be just a really fun romantic comedy and I hope that comes across in the writing. No angst up in here 😉

    Vilma: What did you feel when the deal was signed with PassionFlix? Were you excited? Nervous? Apprehensive?

    Rachel: I was…in a bit of disbelief. I mean as authors we get offers for really cool things a lot but most of the time things fall through so you really don’t want to get your hopes up. I didn’t’ quite believe it until I was finally on the plane and headed down to set, then I was ready to puke and wondering what I was going to do with my hands because I was suddenly only awkward with no cool factor at all.

    Vilma: You were on set quite a bit. What was that experience like? It must be so surreal to see your story come to life in that way?

    Rachel: It was incredible. All I can say is this: those people work their butts off. My respect for the movie industry in general grew just sitting there watching the constant work the actors go through, the set directors, makeup—it takes a village to make one movie and every single person has an important job. I’m honored they let me watch and it made me giddy seeing my words come to life in that way.

    Vilma: Tell us about Ian and Lex, and the women they fall in love with.

    Rachel: They’re complete man whores, they never date their clients, but the women they do date are more like women they pick up at the bar, leave in a state of complete ecstasy and never call again, so when the mighty fall, they really fall.

    Ian falls for his client, a hopeless romantic who literally hasn’t even been kissed before, which just makes him feel even worse, and Lex falls for his greatest enemy but secretly the girl he’s always been in love with, Gabi. Their book is all about the balance between love and hate and is a lot more sexier than Playbook. I’m sure Tyler Johnson will have a lot of fun with that though 😉

    Vilma: You have some great actors on board. Have they changed how you think about the characters at all?

    Rachel: YES! You picture it in your head so when a line comes out different you want to be like no no no, say it like this, but I’m not an actor, right, so I just let the director (Tosca) do her thing. They did such an incredible job and stepped into their roles beautifully. Caitlin was a dream, you’d think she was best friends with everyone the way she just came into the room and owned her character. And Nick was so incredibly sensitive to the story and how I wanted it to come across. I remember on day two he came over and was like, is this okay? And I probably blinked way too slow and stuttered a bit because I didn’t expect that sort of attitude, but he was hyper sensitive to it and I’m so thankful. Tyler approached that same day and was like is this what you wanted? Is this good? I mean, could I have asked for any better humans? That was when I was like okay these guys are working super hard to make sure that not only will I be happy, but the readers too. Tyler would spend hours getting into his Lex character and brought so much humor (that wasn’t really in the first book, but the second) into the forefront which just made him and Nick’s bromance that much more believable and funny. I was so thrilled.

    Vilma: It seemed like it was a lot of fun on set too!

    Rachel: It was a blast! Haha, It was a sad day when I had to go home just because there was a lot of laughter, and nudity. I’m not gonna lie… during one of the closed set days (and a semi-nude scene) I’m sitting there stuffing my face with my lunch when all of a sudden I look up and there it is. Just…Nick Bateman’s butt cheek, on screen. I was trapped by a bed on one side in a cramped room and then he’s like how’s it look? Insert me choking on crackers and gasping for water! I think my response was, “spray tan?” He nodded. And then we watched half his butt for another five takes. Good times.

    Vilma: When will we be able to see the movie on PassionFlix?

    Rachel: It starts streaming March 15, I know people are going to be THRILLED. It’s a fun romantic comedy that will leave people smiling even after the credits roll.

  • SUBSCRIBE TO PASSIONFLIX RIGHT NOW, only $5.99 per month. Cancel anytime.

  • Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

    She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

This post contains affiliate links, meaning I’ll receive a small commission should you purchase using those links. All opinions expressed are my own. I receive no compensation for reviews.

Subscribe for Updates:

Share This Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

On Facebook

SuperWebTricks Loading...

On Twitter

Have you ever done a clinical grade peel before? What did you think? @drdennisgross gifted me their new Clinical Grade Resurfacing Liquid Peel—a pro-level mix of acids that helps reduce the appearance of pores,... https://t.co/59ducMW13a

Have you ever done a clinical grade peel before? What did you think? @dgskincare gifted me their new Clinical Grade Resurfacing Liquid Peel—a pro-level mix of acids that helps reduce the… https://t.co/3E8mniDnQX

Read an excerpt from Vengeance by @RebeccaZanetti! @1001darknights https://t.co/YDZJZYs6Lj

Who else is so excited about the aftermovie?! 🙋🏻‍♀️ Did you see that the movie tie-in paperback is out as of this week?! I’m obsessed with this cover and this limited-edition bookbeau is… https://t.co/57C1TedUkX

Q&A with Kristen Proby on the Crossover Collection! https://t.co/ep2VVT6LDi @Handbagjunkie @1001darknights

Read an excerpt from A Dangerous Collaboration by @deannaraybourn! @berkleypub https://t.co/A8cY1YQkVR

Read an excerpt: From Breath and Ruin by @CarrieAnnRyan! https://t.co/E3K1A87PCS

Such a wonderful French market - Les Enfants Rouges. Cafés, wine, cheese, flowers. Heaven. 🥖 🧀 💐☕️ @ Les Enfants Rouges — at Les Enfants Rouges https://t.co/Z8DcySZqsx

Anyone else a @tatcha_v fan? Do you use their skin mist? 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️ I love pretty much their entire collection (and their packaging is so so elegant and gorg) and recently they… https://t.co/0AaqpXp8S8

📣 𝐆𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐀𝐖𝐀𝐘 📣 #partner

Meet Aimee Sinclair: the actress everyone thinks they know but can’t remember where from.

Except one person.

Someone knows Aimee very well.

Ahhh I cannot wait to… https://t.co/CVivrd1T9f

Some of the cool places from last night here in #London. 🇬🇧 😍 @ London, United Kingdom — in London, United Kingdom https://t.co/dAspwHr7Ad

Oh gosh you guys. The tea. The tea shops. I’m in love. 😍 I bought a beautiful Alice in Wonderland tea set and I cannot wait to show you guys when I get home (tightly packed now). We had… https://t.co/CiEOvjT2IT

Oh gosh you guys. The tea. The tea shops. I’m in love. 😍 I bought a beautiful Alice in Wonderland tea set and I cannot wait to show you guys when I get home (tightly packed now). We had… https://t.co/HFPdHjK7uh

Hitting some touristy stops in London bc it’s my first time here! Taking #TheMister along in my adventures! 📖 Now off to get some tea... it’s chilly! @ Buckingham Palace — at Buckingham Palace https://t.co/NsUDj38fRa

Hitting some touristy stops in London bc it’s my first time here! Taking #TheMister along in my adventures! 📖 Now off to get some tea... it’s chilly! @ Buckingham Palace https://t.co/WoQpACRE8L

Don't miss this SPARKLY 5 STAR Review for Tinsel by @devneyperry - Vilma Iris @vilmairisblog https://t.co/egDWgORRUn

“I believe you can break me
But I’m saved for the one who saved me
We only look like young stars
Because you can’t see old scars”
.
Deeply evocative with tension tearing at the seams,… https://t.co/61v75D12nM

Review + Top Rec: Daisy Jones & The Six by @tjenkinsreid! @hellosunshine @randomhouse @rwitherspoon https://t.co/SAr0949XzR

Review: Make Me Bad by @authorrsgrey! https://t.co/YEo5OJeJkv

Beauty Review: @Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream! https://t.co/UsA01ueixY

Load More...