From director Kat Coiro, and writers Kat Coiro and Krysten Ritter comes L!FE HAPPENS, a comedy centered on three young women - Kim (Krysten Ritter), Deena (Kate Bosworth) and Laura (Rachel Bilson) - who all live under the same roof in Los Angeles. When one of Kim's one-night-stands results in an unexpected pregnancy, things take a sudden turn for the trio. With the help of her girlfriends, Kim must cope with single motherhood as she jumps back into the dating scene amid the fear that toting around a tot can be a dating 'buzz-kill.' Also featuring Jason Biggs, Seymour Cassel, Rhys Coiro, Justin Kirk, Kristen Johnston, Andrea Savage, Geoff Stults and Fallon Goodson, L!FE HAPPENS takes a look at single living, friendship and the joys of life's curveballs.
A native of downtown Manhattan, Kat Coiro attended high school at Interlochen Arts Academy in Upper Michigan and later graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a double degree in Russian History and Theater. She went on to study Directing at the Moscow Art Theater in Russia before moving back to New York and eventually Los Angeles, where she worked and studied in various capacities, in front of and behind the camera, including as the head of development at Bold Films and as a fellow in the master’s program at the American Film Institute.
Coiro wrote, produced, co-directed and even starred in her first short, NO PLACE, CA. She then applied for Panavision’s young filmmakers grant and was awarded a free camera package and 16mm film, on which she shot festival award-winning MURDERING MAMA’S BOY. Her next directing ventures were KIDNAPPING CAITLYNN and CONGRATULATIONS, along with GLOCK which she co-produced with Tom Everett Scott and Ciaran Hinds. After which, Kat started writing and directing material for FUNNY OR DIE. In 2010, one of her shorts, IDIOTS, went viral, garnering over two million hits on FUNNY OR DIE and became a national phenomenon.
Coiro most recently completed L!FE HAPPENS, which stars Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson, Krysten Ritter (who also co-wrote the film with Kat), Justin Kirk, Jason Biggs, Rhys Coiro, Seymour Cassel, Kristen Johnson and Geoff Stults. L!FE HAPPENS premiered at Los Angeles Film Festival in 2011 and will hit theaters in spring 2012. Coiro is currently in post on her second feature WHILE WE WERE HERE, which she also wrote and which was shot entirely on location in Italy.
Coiro is attached to direct the upcoming feature films HERE LIES BRIDGET, penned by Leah Rachel and produced by Galgos entertainment, A CASE OF YOU, written by Justin Long and THE NEW LIFE, which she co-wrote with Michael McMillian.
Coiro currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband Rhys, their daughter Margherita and their son Percy.
A multi-faceted actress with a classic beauty and charming presence, Krysten Ritter has crossed mediums with an impressive body of work in film, television, writing, producing, music, and recently fashion design.
Ritter is well known for her critically acclaimed turn on AMC's hit series BREAKING BAD where she played, Jane Margolis, a young woman who battles a history of drug addiction. In the series, the already fragile character has a tragic star-crossed love affair with Jesse (Aaron Paul). The award-winning television series premiered in January of 2008 and will conclude with its fifth and final season in mid-2012.
This March, Ritter will star alongside Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson in the indie-comedy L!FE HAPPENS, which she co-wrote and co-produced with director Kat Coiro. The film follows two best friends who have to maintain normalcy in their lives after one (Ritter) gets pregnant and has a baby. Premiering at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival and as a part of GenArt Special Screenings, L!FE HAPPENS will release theatrically March 30, 2012 and is being distributed by Universal. Ritter has also written and co-written several feature and TV scripts, which are currently in various stages of development and production. Including a pilot for MTV called CASSANDRA FRENCH’S FINISHING SCHOOL FOR BOYS, with Ritter as Executive Producer.
Ritter will then be seen starring as the titular character in DON'T TRUST THE B---- IN APARTMENT 23, for ABC, premiering April 11th. The series centers on Chloe (Ritter) a New York party girl with the morals of a pirate who bullies and causes trouble for her naïve small town roommate. The show received early critical acclaim, being named one of the “Most Exciting New Series" by the Television Broadcast Critics Association.
Recently, Ritter wrapped production on the indie-drama, REFUGE, based on the stage play of the same title and written and directed by Jessica Goldberg. The actress portrays a young woman working to take care of her younger siblings after her parents have abandoned them. The film also stars Brian Geraghty, Madeleine Martin and Logan Huffman. She has also completed work on Amy Heckerling's comedy romance VAMPS, in which she stars alongside Alicia Silverstone and Sigourney Weaver. The film follows two young vampires in New York, who have to gamble their immortality when they find love. Both projects are set to release this year.
In 2011, Ritter starred in Paramount's KILLING BONO with Ben Barnes. The film, directed by Nick Hamm, chronicles the early days of U2 from a rival band's perspective. Other film credits include, the DreamWorks comedy SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE (2010); the Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer film CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC (2009) opposite Isla Fisher; WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS (2008) with Ashton Kutcher, and 27 DRESSES (2008) alongside Katherine Heigl.
Other notable television credits include the Starz dark comedy GRAVITY; VERONICA MARS; GILMORE GIRLS and GOSSIP GIRL.
This past summer, Ritter was seen on off-Broadway in Zach Braff's play, ALL NEW PEOPLE where she starred opposite Justin Bartha at the Second Stage Theater. Her other theater credits include ALL THIS INTIMACY which also played at the Second Stage Theatre and the 2006 24 HOUR PLAYS at the Signature Theatre.
Beyond her acting career, Krysten Ritter has an eye for fashion and has co-designed a dress with Corey Lynn Calter. She is also designing a small capsule line of shoes for Alice and Olivia in which the collaboration reflects Ritter's girlie but edgy personal style. Ritter was the lead of the fall 2009 and 2010 Banana Republic ad campaigns and is also a member of a rock band called Ex Vivian which have contributed tracks to a number of her projects. The band will have a small record release in the spring of 2012.
Kate Bosworth has made the seamless transition from a young Hollywood starlet to one of today’s leading ladies. She played the iconic Lois Lane in Warner Bros. SUPERMAN RETURNS for director Bryan Singer and graced the screen in Kevin Spacey’s BEYOND THE SEA, where she portrayed screen icon Sandra Dee opposite Spacey as Bobby Darin. Receiving rave reviews from critics, Dee herself gave a nod of approval for her portrayal as the ultimate golden girl.
Bosworth most recently starred in the action film THE WARRIORS WAY alongside Danny Huston and Geoffrey Rush. She was also seen in ANOTHER HAPPY DAY starring opposite Demi Moore and Ellen Barkin as well as the independent film LITTLE BIRDS, both of which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. She will next be seen in the remake of STRAW DOGS and also just completed the comedy L!FE HAPPENS with Krysten Ritter. Her other recent credits include David Auburn’s drama THE GIRL IN THE PARK opposite Sigourney Weaver and in Robert Luketic’s 21.
Most recognized for her strong-willed performance in John Stockwell’s hugely successful BLUE CRUSH, Bosworth landed her first lead role after dedicating herself to a crash course in surfing. Contradicting the blonde surfer-girl image and showcasing her multidimensional range, Bosworth’s next project, the dark indie biopic WONDERLAND, had her portraying the real-life girlfriend of the late, infamous porn star John Holmes, played by Val Kilmer. With this determination not to be type-cast, it is no surprise that Bosworth made another turn in her next film WIN A DATE WITH TAD HAMILTON, Robert Luketic’s romantic comedy in which she starred opposite Topher Grace and Josh Duhamel. Critics dubbed her as America’s next sweetheart for her performance as a small town girl caught in a love triangle. Bosworth also made a cameo appearance in BEE SEASON as a Hari Krishna convert opposite Max Minghella, Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche.
While she made her feature film debut in Robert Redford’s film THE HORSE WHISPERER at the age of 14, Bosworth made the decision early on to make education her priority—choosing parts that would accommodate her school schedule. While in high school, she starred in the WB’s hit summer series YOUNG AMERICANS and took a role in Jerry Bruckheimer’s REMEMBER THE TITANS. Subsequent to her graduation, Bosworth starred in Roger Avary’s RULES OF ATTRACTION.
Rachel Bilson is enjoying a successful and continually developing acting career on both big and small screens. She stars as Zoe Hart in The CW's new series HART OF DIXIE, a story about a New York City doctor adjusting to life in a small Southern town after she inherits a local medical practice. She also recently wrapped the independent film L!FE HAPPENS opposite Kate Bosworth.
Other past film credits include starring as the female lead in WAITING FOR FOREVER as well as in JUMPER for 20th Century Fox Studios, THE LAST KISS, with Zach Braff and directed by Tony Goldwyn for Paramount and opposite Andy Garcia in a film comprised of a series of shorts called, NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU. Bilson has since additionally appeared twice as a guest star on the hit television series HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER as well as Josh Schwartz’s, CHUCK.
In 2008, she released her own clothing line called Edie Rose for DKNY Jeans. Currently in stores, Bilson designed a line of house ware products for Macy's called Edie Rose Home.
Bilson also became an integral part of pop culture due to her series regular role on the very popular television show, THE OC, for four seasons on the Fox Network.
She has also had roles guest-starring in television series such as THAT '70S SHOW, MAD TV, 8 SIMPLE RULES and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.
She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she was also raised.
Bringing a winning combination of talent, charisma and magnetism to his roles, Geoff Stults is establishing a presence in a host of film and television projects. He is in the perfect position to take off as one of Hollywood’s new leading men.
This fall, Stults can be seen in Fox’s THE FINDER. A spinoff of the hit series BONES, THE FINDER is a one-hour procedural centering on a remarkable man who uses his unique gift to help others recover what they’ve lost. Stults will star in the show alongside Saffron Burrows and Michael Clarke Duncan.
In 2010, audiences saw Stults in Jim Field Smith's romantic comedy SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE, opposite Mike Vogel and Jay Baruchel. The DreamWorks Pictures film revolves around an average guy who meets the perfect woman, but his lack of confidence, as well as the influence of his friends and family, begins to pick away at the relationship.
Stults can also be seen in Bob Gosse's adaptation of the best-selling collegiate memoir of Tucker Max, I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL, starring opposite fellow WB network alum Matt Czuchry and Jesse Bradford. The film follows Tucker Max (Matt Czuchry) as he takes a trip to a friend's bachelor party (Stults), where he ensnares the groom in a lie that threatens the wedding and then abandons his friends.
Stults played a lead role opposite Dennis Quaid in Gary Fleder’s THE EXPRESS for Universal. The film follows the inspirational life of a college football hero as the growing civil rights movement divided the country during the 1960s. His other film credits include Peyton Reed’s THE BREAK-UP opposite Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston and David Dobkin’s WEDDING CRASHERS opposite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.
On television Stults starred in ABC's small town drama, OCTOBER ROAD and on the WB's long running family series 7TH HEAVEN, as Ben, the brother of Kevin Kinkirk who is portrayed by George Stults, his real life brother. In 2006, Stults acted as producer on the television movie DECEIT, starring Entourage’s Emmanuelle Chriqui and Sopranos actor Joe Pantoliano.
An avid sports fan, having grown up in Colorado, Stults developed a gift for sports during high-school, where he played four sports; excelling most of all in football. His abilities were good enough to land him a college football scholarship where he developed his skill as a wide receiver. While in school, Geoff also began to take an interest in acting but his future career took a backseat to football. He was recruited to play semi-professional football in Europe but eventually returned to the United States to pursue acting and has never looked back.
A striking and compelling presence on screen, Justin Kirk earned high praise for his roles on television, in film and on stage.
Kirk stars on the Showtime's acclaimed television series, WEEDS, and has earned a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television'. Kirk stars as Andy Botwin, the aimless brother-in-law to Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker), who is obsessed with get-rich-quick schemes until he finds out about Nancy's lucrative pot business, and invites himself to become her partner. Showtime has just renewed the series, which will begin filming their eighth season in Spring, 2012.
Kirk also earned high praise for his role as Prior Walter in Mike Nichols's award-winning mini-series, ANGELS IN AMERICA, starring alongside Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and his Weeds co-star, Mary-Louise Parker. Kirk was nominated for both an Emmy® and SAG® Award for his performance in the mini-series.
Currently, Kirk is in Europe filming MR. MORGAN'S LAST LOVE, in which he stars opposite Michael Caine and Clemence Poesy. He recently completed Amy Heckerling’s upcoming film, VAMPS and in the indie films, L!FE HAPPENS opposite Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth and Jason Biggs, Rachel Bilson; GOATS, opposite David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga; and NOBODY WALKS opposite John Krasinski and Olivia Thirlby, which was written by Lena Dunham and will be directed by Ry Russo.
Other film credits include Tamara Junie's SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER, Peter Callahan's AGAINST THE CURRENT, Wyatt McDill's FOUR BOXES, Maria Maggenti's PUCCINI FOR BEGINNERS, Jeff Lipsky's FLANNEL PAJAMAS, Robert Towne's ASK THE DUST, Henry Jaglom's HOLLYWOOD DREAMS, CHAPTER ZERO, and the independent thrillers THE EDEN MYTH and OUTPATIENT. He also worked on Harry Shearer's TEDDY BEARS PICNIC.
Appearing in notable guest spots on MODERN FAMILY, WITHOUT A TRACE, EVERWOOD, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, LAW AND ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT and JACK AND BOBBY, Kirk was also a series regular on the WB series JACK AND JILL.
Also a highly accomplished stage actor, Kirk won the Obie Award for Distinguished Performance in the Ensemble for his portrayal of the blind character Bobby in LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! and went on to star in the feature film adaptation. In 2001, he co-starred with Julianna Margulies and Donald Sutherland in Jon Robin Baitz's TEN UNKNOWNS at Lincoln Center. The role won him a Lucille Lortel Award, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations. Kirk was last seen in The Roundabout Theater Company's THE UNDERSTUDY opposite Mark Paul Gosselaar and Tony Award-winner, Julie White, at Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre in New York.
Additional stage work includes THE WORLD OVER at Playwrights Horizons, OLD WICKED SONGS at New York's Promenade Theatre and Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse in which he starred as a piano prodigy, winning a Backstage West Garland Award for Outstanding Performance. He also appeared in ANY GIVEN DAY at the Longacre Theatre and JUNE MOON with the Drama Department, a theater company of which he is a founding member. He will be performing on stage January-March 2012 in OTHER DESERT CITIES at Lincoln Center opposite Stockard Channing, Rachel Griffiths and Judith Light.
Born in Salem, Oregon, Kirk spent his childhood in Union, Washington where he attended grade school on an Indian reservation. Kirk knew from three years old that he wanted to perform, and made his acting debut at seven in a college play. At twelve, he moved with his mother to Minneapolis, Minnesota and attended the Children's Theater School throughout high school. After graduation, he moved to New York and enrolled at Circle in the Square, where he completed a two-year conservation acting program. Afterwards, he soon landed his first role on Broadway and has been working steadily ever since.
Kirk currently resides in Los Angeles.
With numerous film credits to her name, Fallon Goodson is a new face to watch and has already caught Hollywood’s eye.
Goodson will soon be seen on the big screen in L!FE HAPPENS, alongside Krysten Ritter, who both stars and wrote the film, Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson. This comedy revolves around a close group of young women who struggle to maintain normalcy in their lives after Kim (Krysten Ritter) gets pregnant and has a baby. L!FE HAPPENS debuted at the LA Film Festival in June 2011 and will be released in New York and Los Angeles on March 30th and nationwide on April 6th.
After working alongside Catherine Keener and James Franco in the upcoming film, MALADIES, Franco quickly noticed the young star’s talent and promise. James cast Fallon in CHILD OF GOD, which he wrote, directed and is stars in.
Goodson’s previous film credits also include A HOLIDAY HEIST, with Lacey Chabert, BOY TOY, FORGOTTEN, and BIG FOOT, alongside Angie Everhart.
Goodson currently resides in Los Angeles.
This April, Jason Biggs will be seen starring in Universal’s highly anticipated, AMERICAN REUNION; the follow-up to the AMERICAN PIE trilogy of films in which he also starred, causing Biggs to quickly became one of Hollywood’s most talked-about young actors after his breakthrough role in 1999. The first three films combined to make over $350 million in the United States alone and helped cement Biggs as a household face. Biggs will also appear this April in Universal’s L!FE HAPPENS opposite Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson.
Biggs recently appeared on television in CBS’s MAD LOVE, in which he starred opposite Judy Greer and Sarah Chalke. He recently completed production on the feature GRASS ROOTS, Stephen Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut.
His film credits also include JERSEY GIRL, written and directed by Kevin Smith, in which he starred alongside Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler; the Woody Allen project, ANYTHING ELSE; the film adaptation of Elizabeth Wurtzel’s best-selling biography; PROZAC NATION, opposite Christina Ricci; the romantic comedy SAVING SILVERMAN with Jack Black, Steve Zahn, and Amanda Peet; the Amy Heckerling film LOSER; the romantic comedy, BOYS AND GIRLS opposite Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Claire Forlani; Saul Metztein’s black comedy GUY X; the Disney hit 8 BELOW, an adventure film in which he starred opposite Paul Walker; OVER MY DEAD BODY; a romantic comedy with Paul Rudd and Eva Longoria and Lionsgate’s romantic comedy MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL, in which he starred opposite Kate Hudson.
Biggs began his career in television on the soap opera AS THE WORLD TURNS, for which he won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series. He also appeared on the shows DREXEL’S CLASS and TOTAL SECURITY.
At age thirteen, he made his Broadway debut opposite Judd Hirsch in the critically acclaimed Broadway play, CONVERSATIONS WITH MY FATHER. Other theater credits include the Broadway production of THE GRADUATE, opposite Kathleen Turner, BOY’S LIFE, a coming-of-age comedy by Second Stage Theater in which he starred opposite Rhys Coiro and Daniel Goldfarb’s play, MODERN ORTHODOX, in which he starred off-Broadway opposite Craig Bierko and Molly Ringwald.
The Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey native started acting at the age of five, with national commercials and modeling. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Kristen Johnston’s career includes theater, film and, of course, television. She won two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series playing Sally Solomon on the iconic television series 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN. Now she leads a stellar cast (which includes Donald Faison and Wayne Knight) in TV Land’s brand-new hit comedy THE EXES every Wednesday night.
Other television shows include ER, UGLY BETTY, and BORED TO DEATH, not to mention her unforgettable portrayal of Lexi Featherstone, who falls to her death just because she wants to smoke at a party, on SEX AND THE CITY.
Johnston made her screen debut in the short film THE DEBT, which won a number of awards at international film festivals including the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. She’s gone on to co-star in such films as THE FLINTSTONES IN VIVA ROCK VEGAS, STRANGERS WITH CANDY, FINDING BLISS, MUSIC & LYRICS, and BRIDE WARS, as well as Amy Heckerling’s upcoming VAMPS. This spring, she can be seen in L!FE HAPPENS alongside Krysten Ritter and Kate Bosworth.
She's also had a long and celebrated theater career. Recently, Johnston was nominated for a 2010 Drama Desk Award (outstanding lead actress in a play) for her performance as Lily Darnley in the hit production of SO HELP ME GOD!. Her other theater credits include LOVE SONG on the West End, THE WOMEN on Broadway, BALTIMORE WALTZ and AUNT DAN AND LEMON as well as MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, TWELFTH NIGHT, and THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH at the Public Theater in Central Park. Johnston’s been a long-time member of The Atlantic Theater Company where she starred in THE LIGHTS by Howard Korder at Lincoln Center (Drama Desk Award - nomination best supporting actress) and SCARCITY by Lucy Thurber.
Kristen teaches acting at NYU (the Atlantic Acting School) and with MCC’s youth outreach program. Her first book, “GUTS, the endless follies and tiny triumphs of a giant disaster” (Gallery books at Simon & Schuster), will hit bookstores on March 13th, 2012.
She currently resides in New York City with her dog, Pinky.