How Dakota Johnson's New Film “Am I Ok?” Stems from Her Infamous “Ellen DeGeneres Show” Moment

Dakota Johnson stars in Tig Notaro's new movie 'Am I Ok?' on Max June 6

<p>Stewart Cook/Getty; VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty</p> Dakota Johnson and Ellen DeGeneres

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Dakota Johnson and Ellen DeGeneres

Dakota Johnson's new movie has unique connections to her viral talk show moment.

Max debuted the trailer for Johnson's new movie Am I Ok? on May 20. Entertainment Weekly noted that Johnson's collaboration with the film's director Tig Notaro happened in part because of her infamous 2019 appearance on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show, when she questioned host Ellen DeGeneres over an invite to her birthday party.

During Johnson's November 2019 appearance on DeGeneres' show, she noted that Notaro, 53, attended and performed at her 30th birthday party minutes after the actress and DeGeneres traded playful barbs regarding whether she had sent DeGeneres an invite.

Johnson named Notaro as her "favorite comedian" during the appearance — and it turns out Notaro's performance at Johnson's birthday led to a friendship between the two that ultimately brought about Johnson's starring role in Am I Ok?

Additionally, Am I Ok? screenwriter Lauren Pomerantz worked for The Ellen DeGeneres Show as a writer at the time. She was on the set for the viral Johnson moment. The film is based on Pomerantz's real-life experience coming out as gay in her 30s.

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<p>MAX</p> Poster for Max's AM I OK?


Poster for Max's AM I OK?

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"Lucy and Jane have been best friends for most of their lives and think they know everything there is to know about each other," reads an official logline.

"But when Jane announces she’s moving to London, Lucy reveals a long-held secret. As Jane tries to help Lucy, their friendship is thrown into chaos."

"She was fantastic, and I'm just incredibly grateful that she did it," the screenwriter told EW of Johnson's performance. "She captured everything I could ever have hoped for in that character — the confusion, the insecurity, all of the inner turmoil I think really came out."

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The movie also stars Sonoya Mizuno, Jermaine Fowler, Kiersey Clemons, Molly Gordon, Sean Hayes and Notaro, who codirected the movie with her wife Stephanie Allynne.

Am I Ok? made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie is on Max June 6.

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