The Big Sick
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Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s real-life love story comes to the big screen in The Big Sick, a romantic comedy starring Nanjiani (as a fictional version of himself) and Zoe Kazan (as a fictional version of Emily) that follows the couple as they navigate cultural differences and a mysterious illness.

At the film’s Los Angeles premiere on Monday, HelloGiggles asked Nanjiani if there was a moment in which he felt like he needed to tell his story.

He trailed off as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia creators and cast members Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney walked by. “I’m being awkwardly sincere right now,” he joked, as he paused to greet them.

Credit: HelloGiggles

Nanjiani then got back to his motivations for making the film, turning to…condiments?

Definitely not the answer we expected, but charming nonetheless! And so looks The Big Sick, which opens in select theaters on June 23rd.