After four years starring on Ugly Betty, Michael Urie knows his way around women on the verge of a nervous breakdown. So it only seems right that He’s Way More Famous Than You — his debut directing a narrative feature film, which premieres at the Slamdance Film Festival this weekend — centers on precisely that topic.
In Famous, Bored to Death alum Halley Feiffer, who co-wrote the film with Urie’s partner Ryan Spahn (above, left), plays a version of herself — an embarrassingly desperate version, mind you. She loses her boyfriend, agent, and career in one day and sets about on a wild adventure to turn her life around. That’s where Urie comes in — plus Mamie Gummer, Ralph Macchio, Jesse Eisenberg, and Natasha Lyonne. (You know, the usual suspects.) Urie told EW exclusively, “The story is based around the idea that Halley’s life is crumbling… Famous people keep falling into her lap, [but it’s] in a ‘too bad for them’ way because they waltz into the movie and immediately get attacked by Halley.” Below, Urie shares another exclusive image and talks up a few of his directorial inspirations.