Ellen Page plays a young woman who is “in every aspect of her life, stuck,” says Shelton. She encounters Abby’s boyfriend Jesse (Argo‘s Scoot McNairy), and, in the moment shown above, it becomes clear that “they’re both sad in their own different ways. They have kind of a parallel emotional experience.”
Jesse, says Shelton, “is one of my favorite characters because he’s the one who’s struggling the least. You meet him at the beginning of the film and you don’t give him a ton of credit. He seems almost shallow — he’s not a serious character. But you realize he’s really grounded and just takes life as it comes and says what he feels and is very straightforward. He’s actually the most centered and doesn’t take himself too seriously — to his benefit. He ends up being a real stand-up guy.”
Though the film is a departure from Shelton’s most recent work, she acknowledges, “It always kind of comes back to the same thing for me, which is the sense of ‘Who am I?’ [I'm drawn to questions about] your relationship to other people and how you sort of shift your sense of identity within your relationships with specific other people — but also in relationship with yourself.”
Touchy Feely will premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.