Anna Roisman Tackles Her Most Challenging Quarantine Reboot Yet with The Notebook

The regular Talkhouse contributor and her boyfriend have been killing time during the lockdown making movie magic ... in their shower.

I have no idea what day it is, or how many weeks we’ve been in quarantine in our Brooklyn apartment, but I guess you can say I’ve been staying busy. My boyfriend and I have started making these “Quarantine Reboots” and it’s amazing how fast time flies when you’re under a deadline. (I’m talking about a deadline that we give ourselves and argue about if we’re not going to make it.) At first, it was a silly idea to recreate the famous montage from Home Alone shot-for-shot, and to call it Home Alone: Quarantined in New York,” but then we decided to go bigger. That’s where The Notebook idea came in. I thought, wouldn’t it be insane if we tried to recreate one of the rainiest scenes that I know about in movies, but do it in our shower? We decided it’d be about food shopping, since that’s the most exciting and exhausting thing to do during a pandemic. After watching the scene hundreds of times, my boyfriend planned out a shot list, and we were off to make it! With our heat blasting, we shot for hours and hours in our small bathroom, soaking wet. It’s tough to be the D.P., directors, stars, writers and P.A.s when you’re literally dripping wet, but somehow we managed!

I don’t know if Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams or Nicholas Sparks have seen our recreation yet, but I can only hope they do and say something like, “Wow, these people are insane!” Because we are … but the good kind of insane. My parents who have never seen The Notebook love it! They said they have no plans to see The Notebook, even after the fact, but they support my “art in an apartment.” So, I’d say that’s a win. Stay tuned for the next Quarantine Reboot, because we have a few more on the slate, if you can believe. (Unless our landlord kicks us out before we wrap!)

Anna Roisman is a comedian, writer, actor, creator, producer, and host in NYC. Anna is the host of HQ Words, a word puzzle game from the creators of HQ Trivia. Anna’s work has been featured in the Tribeca Film Festival, New York TV Festival, Just For Laughs in Montreal, People magazine, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Funny Or Die, Huffington Post, Elite Daily, and more. She is the creator of The Unemployed Show and co-producer and host of Quickie Fest: The One Minute Movie Festival in NYC. Anna hosts the live comedy shows, “Revival” and “Fashion Puhleeze,” and sings with The Losers Lounge at Joe’s Pub & City Winery. For reels, press, and information, check out AnnaRoisman.com.