Will Ferrell suggested the documentary “Will & Harper” to his closest friend as a means for him to gain insight into her transgender journey.

Will Ferrell Pitched Doc ‘Will & Harper’ to Best Friend as Way “For Me to Learn” About Her Trans Journey

At The Hollywood Reporter’s studio during the Sundance Film Festival, Ferrell and Harper Steele — who collaborated at ‘SNL’ — discuss the cross-country journey they filmed for Josh Greenbaum’s documentary.
Will Ferrell and longtime companion Harper Steele delved into the origins of their road-trip documentary Will & Harper at The Hollywood Reporter’s studio during the 2024 Sundance Film Festival.

Ferrell and Steele have been inseparable for 30 years and collaborated at Saturday Night Live when they were both launching their Hollywood careers in comedy. Their latest film chronicles the duo embarking on a coast-to-coast road trip following Steele’s disclosure of her identity as a trans woman.

“The inception of the entire conversation, for some reason in my mind, was a documentary,” Ferrell remarked. “Certainly, I made it clear to Harper, ‘I don’t want to exploit our friendship, but this could, I think, be just a wonderful way for us to delve into this subject. Obviously, for me to learn, ask all the questions that I have about what you’re going through and who you are, have you changed?’”
He continued, “And I think we eventually arrived at the same square: If we could actually persuade someone to capture it on film, maybe it would be something that people would tune into. And it would just provide them with a different viewpoint or showcase the fact that two individuals can have a dialogue about this.”

Will & Harper, which premiered at Sundance and is seeking distribution, was directed by Josh Greenbaum (Strays). It lists Ferrell, Rafael Marmor, Jessica Elbaum, and Christopher Leggett as producers.

For her part, Steele recognized the advantage of sharing her narrative on camera with Ferrell. She previously penned Ferrell’s 2012 Spanish-language film Casa de Mi Padre and co-wrote the 2020 Netflix release Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga with the luminary.

“It was only my second year of transition, and I thought this would help me dissipate some of the nervousness around it,” Steele recalled. “Walking around with a big shot like Will was gonna be helpful to me.”

View the complete conversation in the video , which encompasses Ferrell disclosing the incredibly popular high-quality television series that he has never seen. THR’s studio during the Sundance Film Festival is sponsored by Heineken, Hyundai, Bogner, and SIXT.

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