It’s not often that we get a film with a dilemma that is as much of a challenge to the audience as it is to the characters but The Surrogate is one such film. Starring Jasmine Batchelor as Jess, a web designer for a nonprofit in Brooklyn, who is ecstatic to be the surrogate and egg-donor for her best friend and his husband an inter racial gay couple. But twelve weeks into the pregnancy, a prenatal test comes back with unexpected results that pose a moral dilemma.
That dilemma centres on the couple, aware that the baby has Downs Syndrome, decide against having the child leaving Jess to persuade them to keep the child and engages with support groups and another couple with such a child but ultimately it is Jess who will make the decision. Read our full review of the film HERE
The Surrogate is written and directed by Jeremy Hirsch in his feature film debut and we spoke to Jasmine Batchelor, an experienced New York actress, about her first lead role in a film, about her audition. She also gave us a fascinating insight into the making of the film as well as what was the most difficult scene in the film. But she also talks about the immense amount of background work and research that had to be done before the film could be made about such a potentially and extremely sensitive and contentious subject
The film also features children with Downs Syndrome (who are really great in the film) and we find out about the sensitivity surrounding the filming of those scenes. But obviously we had to ask the question which audiences for the Surrogate will be asking themselves, What would you do in the same situation?
Here’s our interview with The Surrogate actress Jasmine Batchelor………