From writer/director Diablo Cody, the charmingly sweet dramedy Paradise tells the story of a sheltered young woman named Lamb (Julianne Hough), who loses her faith after a plane crash that leaves much of her body severely burned. Setting out on a journey to Las Vegas to experience the wild side of life, Lamb meets unlikely companions Loray (Octavia Spencer) and William (Russell Brand), and they form a bond that will help each of them find their own salvation.
At the film’s press day, Diablo Cody spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what inspired the film, how the main character ended up with the name Lamb, the challenges of casting, how the film ended up brighter and sweeter than she ever imagined it would be, that she was scared shitless, every single day that she was directing, and how she doesn’t think she’ll be any less nervous for the next film that she helms. She also talked about the TV show, Prodigy, that she’s currently developing for Fox with Josh Schwartz, and the status of her Sweet Valley High movie musical. Check out what she had to say after the jump.