Time Out With Kathryn Hahn

December 17, 2010 | by Christina Pellegrini | Talk of the Town


Kathryn Hahn and How Do You Know director James L. Brooks

With a new baby on board and two major 2011 films in the works (Wanderlust, starring Jennifer Anniston and My Idiot Brother, starring Paul Rudd) Kathryn Hahn has plenty on her plate. We caught up with the quick witted comedic actress to talk about her latest role in How Do You Know—filmed right here in Philly.

Tell us about your role in How Do You Know.
I play George’s [Paul Rudd] secretary and main executive assistant who also functions as his confidant. She’s very pregnant, as I was at the time. She has all this last trimester maternal energy and she channels it onto her boss.

Did you enjoy filming Philadelphia?
Philly has such a huge presence [and] such a gorgeous history. You can’t walk anywhere without seeing a plaque. It’s so moving to me.

Did you discover any favorite restaurants or local haunts while you were here?
Every day, on the way to work, my driver would take me to these ridiculously fattening places—iced pound cake from some Italian bakery, amazing burgers near Rittenhouse Square. Thank God I was pregnant because all I did was eat.

I’m sure you have plenty of fond pregnancy memories from Philly.
We walked up and down the steps at the Art Museum to try to jump-start the labor; my husband was singing the Rocky song. [Then] I got home one night and my water broke in our Four Seasons hotel room. My daughter was born at Penn Hospital after a long labor, but it was one of those profound experiences in my life.

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