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The pair first met while performing in the 2007 Ethan Hawke-directed play , and have been together since.2007 saw both of them starting down the road of career achievements, and their paths have been complimentary of one another as they’ve pursued different projects."I have a lot of girlfriends who are amazing actors, and many times we've talked about having to go into a room and give 'b---job eyes,'" she recalled in an interview with The Guardian."You know, be flirty with a director or a producer. "We have our union, but no one ever resorts to that, because you don't want to get a reputation for being difficult…
But it was always the emotional radius of events that we’d agree or disagree about.”“And how we experienced them,” added Nanjiani.
“What he wanted us to do first was to literally write down everything that happened, make it messy — it didn’t matter how long it was. It would be very long and not a fun movie.”When on-screen Emily succumbs to a mystery illness and is hospitalized (a true story), Kumail awkwardly bonds with her visiting parents shortly after breaking things off with her (which didn’t exactly happen).“The challenge for us was conveying all of the turmoil that me and Emily’s parents were going through,” Nanjiani explained of the dramatic license they took.
“If you want other people to feel the weight of it, you kind of have to make it external.”“We’re sitting in a waiting room feeling like the world is going to end — but that’s not very cinematic.
So what advice do Nanjiani and Gordon have for staying happy while putting their own real-life relationship on-screen, warts and all?
After 11 years together — or 10, depending on who you ask — the “Big Sick” couple shared their secrets via phone from New York.“It’s a fictionalized version of what happened,” said Gordon, a writer, comedy producer, and onetime therapist.