Sarah Silverman Draws on Dark Past in New Film 'I Smile Back' (VIDEO)

Sarah Silverman I Smile Back Though we're accustomed to this comedian's sly wit, we're about to see a much wider range of emotion from her! Returning to the big screen, Sarah Silverman plays a mom battling her inner demons and addictions in the indie film I Smile Back.


While that might sound like quite a departure for the wisecracking stand-up, Silverman has been pretty open about her childhood struggle with depression.

Her 2011 book, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee, explores some of the darker times she's been through, which no doubt helped prepare her for this gritty role. She recently talked with the L.A. Times about the suicide of the therapist she saw as a teen and the ample doses of Xanax that didn't help her condition. So in taking on this part, clearly she had a lot to bring to the table. 

In Showtime's Masters of Sex, Silverman proves she's got so much more going for her than just great comic timing, and it looks like this role is just another opportunity to showcase her range.

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Portraying Laney, a privileged housewife in an upscale New Jersey suburb, Silverman explores the depths of love for the character's children as well as her vices. And, is anyone else thrilled to see Josh Charles as Laney's better half? The Newsroom's Thomas Sadoski also makes an appearance, and we can see why Laney might have trouble choosing between the two.

For moms who've found themselves spiraling downward while those around them don't seem to notice until it's too late, I Smile Back looks like it will certainly resonate and could serve as a much-needed wake-up call.

The film opens today and is rated R. 


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