In the late ’80s, Hollywood icons and real-life couple Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn starred in Garry Marshall’s Overboard, a fun comedy that allowed the two stars to shine. Fast forward to 30 years later and Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez are starring in the remake, in which the roles are reversed, a gender-switch twist that audiences everywhere are sure to appreciate and find utterly hysterical. It also takes the same story but adds inclusivity and cultural fusion of the Latino community, perfectly reflecting the world we live in today.

Eugenio Derbez (a huge star in his home country of Mexico) plays Leonardo, a spoiled, hedonistic, wealthy jerk who is thrown off his yacht while searching for condoms at night on the bow of his boat. However, before Leonardo falls off his luxury yacht, he makes an enemy out of Kate (Anna Faris), a working-class, single parent who he unjustly fires from a carpet cleaning job.

He washes up onshore with complete amnesia – but keeping his spoiled behavior intact. When Kate realizes that the man who mistreated her has no recollection of his prior life, her best friend Theresa, played by the dazzling Eva Longoria, concocts a revenge scheme and convinces Kate to pretend to be his wife. In doing so, Leonardo is forced to work off his debt to her by doing chores around her house for free and working for Theresa’s husband in construction.

Since Kate is a struggling single mother of three, she has no other choice but to take part in the fraud. But what follows changes all of their lives forever. Overboard is a family-friendly movie that touches on universal themes, such as family, love, and relationships that everyone can relate to, no matter their native language.

At a recent press day, ScreenPicks got to speak with cast members Eugenio Derbez, Anna Faris, and Eva Longoria about the revised version of Overboard and this is what we learned.

On the biggest challenges when making a remake of such a classic film:

Eugenio Derbez: We tried to reimagine the movie not to remake the movie. We tried to give it a twist and make something different. I feel it’s really hard to do a remake because you try to do the same movie because you love the movie. So you try to do the same thing but in a different way. And sometimes you go too far from the original and you end up doing a different movie that is not exactly what you love. It’s tricky. So in this case, I think we go the ingredients to make the same movie but with a different twist. A fresh view, if you will. I think the role reversal is something that worked very well. First of all, because we were breaking stereotypes.

Anna Faris: Yeah, you got to be on a yacht and I was the carpet cleaner. (Laughs)

Derbez: I love breaking stereotypes because one thing I learned from my other movies that Latinos love watching themselves be represented on the screen in a different way with dignity.

Faris: Which you always do as a dignified actor. (Laughs)

On her major concerns with taking on the role:

Faris: I mean, I am always nervous. But I wanted to make sure that we honored the original movie. But I do love that we have taken a different vision with it. Also, I don’t think that many rom-coms are being made anymore. So that was really fun to be part of a movie that is, I hate to use the term, family-friendly, but it is. Which is nice considering some of the raunchier stuff I have done. (Laughs)

ScreenPicks: Which we love you in as well.

Faris: Thank you. But yeah, I am always nervous in a new role and figuring out new characters.

On how much fun she had doing this project:

Faris: I love the original so I was really honored and terrified when Eugenio asked me to come onboard. But recently I have been working a lot with the multi-cam platform on the show Mom and it was just so refreshing to return to a single-camera platform again because there is more room for improv. I think the challenge for me was, like, I have been playing an overworked single mom on the show for a while so how do I do the same thing but make it a little bit different? I loved worked with Eugenio and our director Rob [Greenberg] and writer Bob [Fisher], who are great. It was also refreshing to feel creatively explorative again. But I did have to get into that water and it was freezing since we filmed in Canada.

How many times did you have to jump into the freezing water?

Faris: 4,223 times [Laughs]. It was cold. But I am just so grateful to be a part of this remake of a film I love and this progressive take on it with this amazing international appeal. Comedy can be difficult to gauge sometimes when it comes to which market it will do well in. It feels really good to be a part of this. Thank you, Eugenio.

On what she learned about the Latino culture during her time working on this project:

Faris: Oh, fuck! Umm, I had three lines in Spanish. I took Spanish in high school, but this stressed me out. I felt for Eugenio so much in terms of rhythm and dialogue.

Derbez: It’s hard right? It feels awkward.

Faris: Oh my God, it was like oatmeal coming out of my mouth. I couldn’t figure out how if I was not honoring the language or the rhythm. And I don’t know how he (Eugenio) did it.

Derbez: That’s why we rehearsed so much and ran lines because you don’t feel comfortable acting in another language. It’s not the same. I like to think I am funny in Spanish. But in English, it feels completely different.

Faris: Of course there is a hungry for a different type of storytelling. Hollywood has not done a great job of telling other people’s stories. And it’s very rewarding to be a part of something that is part of the expansion. Let’s just tell other people’s stories that we haven’t seen.

On whose idea was the role reversal and to incorporate the Latino culture?

Derbez: Everything was my idea. [Laughs] No, it was one of the writers. I am not sure which one, we had two, Rob and Bob. And they came up with the idea of switching roles and it was really shocking at first, especially to the studio. They were like, “No, this is a classic, don’t mess with it!” They were scared. But then MGM read the script and they were like, “Oh.” They said it felt fresh and different. Same story, but more natural. They thought people could relate more to a single working-class woman with three children, which is far more common today than it was thirty years ago. And I am always trying to bring some Latino flavor to my movies. I feel that I owe them, my audience, my people, a lot. So I don’t want them to feel like since I am in Hollywood now that I have forgotten them. It also felt natural. Leonardo has a big family so I relished the opportunity to bring all these Mexican actors to these roles. It was a dream team. We had the best of Mexico and the best of the U.S. (points at Faris).

Faris: Oh, go on. [Laughs]

On the challenges of being funny in a predominantly English-speaking role and hoping it translates to the diverse audience:

Derbez: You can’t imagine my process. I have a person that I have hired to be around 24/7 and they would pick me up at 5:30 am and we were constantly running lines all throughout the day, even in makeup. So for me, it was so much more work than for someone like Anna, because she is naturally funny. I put a lot of pressure on myself to be on the same level as she and I had to work really hard and that’s why I was rehearsing so much.

On speaking French so eloquently in the film:

Derbez: My mom was French and my grandparents, so I have a French passport actually. That’s why. I don’t know how to speak French, but I do know how to pronounce it. When I was a kid I heard my mom and grandma always speaking French, so I am used to the accent.

On her favorite scene with Derbez:

Faris: I loved the comedic stuff. But the scene where he leaves towards the end is my favorite because I grew up doing dramatic stuff. I get a lot of emotional reward out of doing stuff that sort of stretches me emotionally. Luckily, Eugenio made that really easy for me. It was just really nice to have those moments that felt genuine to me because I did genuinely feel that heartbreak.

Derbez: That was a beautiful scene, very heartbreaking.

On she was first approached for the project and her initial reaction to doing a remake that included a role reversal for the leads:

Eva Longoria: I loved the original because I was a huge fan of it. I have seen it a thousand times. I was like, how are they going to remake this iconic movie from the 80’s? Then when I read the script, it just blew my mind because the gender switch is so smart and it works with today with Anna Faris playing Kurt Russell’s character. She’s a single mom with three kids and five jobs, and I think Americans all over are going to identify with her. They will say, “that’s me, that’s my mom, that’s my best friend, that’s my neighbor, I know that woman.” So it worked really well. Then the culture infusion, putting Latinos in there, makes sense because that’s the world in which we live. You open your eyes and that’s what you see. I was also dying to work with Anna Faris because I am a huge fan of hers.

On working with Eugenio Derbez:

Longoria: Well, I have known Eugenio forever, and he’s the best. His brand is like these wholesome movies that infuse our culture without hitting you over the head with a tortilla. It was just real. People know the characters, Theresa and Bobby. They are a hard-working family making ends meet, trying to send their kid to college. That is a universal story and it is no different for Latinos. Also, the machismo exuded by Eugenio’s character is on another level. You get to see him suffer through this entire film and deservedly so because he is such a rich, spoiled jerk. But all the great comics, including The Three Stooges and Charlie Chaplin, were all sufferers on screen because people love to see that. And Eugenio has that, especially in this film. It’s fun to watch him suffer.

On filming in the single-camera platform and what she improvised:

Longoria: I added a lot of Spanglish. I added a lot to the dialogue when Theresa is talking to her husband. But Rob and Bob are really good with comedy so they understood that you can just let that breathe. Comedy is a very organic textural thing so it has different lines than drama.

On her favorite scene in the film:

Longoria: I didn’t love filming but I love the scene where we are on the small boat chasing Leonardo’s yacht where they end up in the water together. But filming that was a very nauseous experience because the boat was so shitty.

On how she sees the industry changing now that we are seeing more Latinos represented on the big screen:

Longoria: I think we are in the right direction, but I still think we are under-represented greatly in television and in film and yet we over-index in moving-going. So things still need to change. But I think when you have someone like Eugenio as a producer who looks at a project like Overboard and finds a way to apply it us, it’s important. It’s important for people behind the scenes, the writers, directors, producers to be that perspective. But here’s what has to happen, our community has to show up. As much as we say that we love Latinos in film and television, The George Lopez Show was canceled back in the day because it didn’t have ratings. Where were we as audience viewers? In film, people went and saw Coco, but Coco was a Disney general market film. Where are we for smaller films? So it is up to the audience to make this a reality. When a project is done the Latino community needs to applaud it and support it or another one will not be made. We have to show up. We have to buy the ticket. We need our Black Panther.

Overboard opens this Friday.