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Ari Graynor on Jewish Mothers and Phone Sex

What do two nice Jewish girls in Manhattan do when they’re short on rent? Silly question. They open a phone-sex line, of course.

That’s the premise of “For a Good Time Call…” which opens in select cities August 31 and nationally in September. It may sound silly, but the plot is loosely based on fact. Katie Anne Naylon, who co-wrote the script with her college roommate, Lauren Anne Miller, actually ran a phone-sex service during her freshman year at Florida State University. And she wasn’t even a business major.

“For a Good Time Call…” is a feminine bromance, funny in a raunchy and silly way, with some tender moments of love and friendship. Miller plays Lauren, while Katie is portrayed by Ari Graynor, perhaps best known as the drunk sidekick in “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.” Now 29, she’s been acting since she was 7 and had the distinction, at age 13, of being in both a Korean production of “Annie” and an all-female re-imagining of “King Lear.”

She’s had plenty of roles since then — in fact, there’s been an explosion of Ari Graynor films lately. In addition to “For a Good Time Call…” she had roles in “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” is in “10 Years,” which opens next month, and will star in “The Performers” on Broadway in October. Graynor spoke to The Arty Semite about talking dirty in front of her mother and being a role model for Jewish girls.

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