It’s been over five years since Zach Braff last helmed a feature film, 2017’s Going in Style, and a lot has changed for the director-writer-actor since then. In close succession, Braff lost his father, his sister, and two friends, one of whom died of COVID-19. And it’s with all this in mind that he set out to write and direct his upcoming drama, A Good Person.
“I was just overcome with not only experiencing grief myself, but experiencing how the people closest to the grief were able to stand back up after the tragedy,” he says. “And so that’s what I really wanted to write about.” The Garden State award winner only goes through the “all-encompassing” task of both scripting and directing a film when “something really, truly, genuinely interests” him, he says.