Zach Braff has given Amanda Kloots her flowers!
Kloots has been an inspiration for many, especially those dealing with loss and grief, following the death of her husband, Nick Cordero, in 2020, through her honesty about the tragedy. One such person she influenced was Braff, who took a leaf from her book and channeled the pain of losing his father, sister, and Cordero — his close friend, into his new film, “A Good Person.”
Zach Braff Acknowledges That Amanda Kloots’ Strength Inspired His Vulnerability In New Film
When Braff joined the women of “The Talk” to promote his latest project, they discussed the part that vulnerability played in the details. The film, which stars his then-partner, Florence Pugh, is based on the feelings that arose from the actor’s lifelong battle with anxiety and depression.
During their chat, Kloots noted that even though she understood how difficult conversations about grief can be, she wanted to know how Braff has allowed himself to be so vulnerable in writing the movie.
“It’s very surreal to be talking about this with you because you and I went through this thing together,” the “Chicken Little” voice actor began. He explained that he had lost his sister, Shoshanna, two years after she suffered an aneurysm and his father to cancer.
“And then the pandemic happened, and Amanda and Zi went through what we went through with Nick getting covid, getting hospitalized, and I sat down to write my own story about grief and loss. And I wanted to write about standing back up, and you inspired me,” Braff continued as he placed his hand on Kloots’ arm.
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He reiterated that the former Rockettes dancer was an inspiration for “A Good Person” because “the story is about how we human beings are resilient and [can] stand back up after loss and grief and addiction and see hope on the horizon.” The snippet of the conversation was shared by the “Fit for Christmas” actress, who partially wrote beneath it:
“When you allow yourself to be vulnerable, open, and honest, you find that sharing your story helps you and helps so many others. That weakness you feel becomes a strength you never knew you had and the loneliness is replaced by a community.”
The Ohio native’s concluding plea for viewers to “go see it” was willingly received by her fans as one person confirmed, “So gonna watch this ❤️” in the comments.
A second netizen agreed, “I cannot wait to see this movie,” and a third eulogized, “Bravo to you both, for helping so many others begin to heal and talk about this topic!”A fourth fan penned, “Beautiful full circle moment. Inspiring to see you both take grief and turn it into beauty.”
Per a review from The Guardian, the film follows a woman, Allison, who becomes an opioid addict after suffering injuries in an accident that killed two of her loved ones. Ultimately, she ends things with her fiance and joins a 12-step meeting to deal with her alcoholism and OxyContin addiction.
“A Good Person” was released on March 24 in cinemas.
The Fitness Instructor Opens Up About Getting Stuck In Grief Process
In the years after her husband’s death, Kloots has continued having honest — and genuine — discussions about grief. The “Bullets Over Broadway” star did so again in January when she responded to a fan’s take on her process via Instagram Story, The Blast reported.
According to the update, the dancer uploaded a picture of her donning a plain t-shirt, a make-up-free face, and a disclosure. The mother-of-one informed her fans that she had just wrapped up an emotional interview on Michael Cruz Kayne’s “A Good Cry” podcast, noting that they had a deep conversation on grief.
In response, an observer sent her a DM reading, “Seems like you move forward, and then sometimes you take two steps back,” to which Kloots replied, “I think that’s the definition of grief.”
Along with a screenshot of the text, the 41-year-old explained that she had no problem “taking two steps back” since “that’s how we learn, grow, and evolve.” She shared that her “biggest fear” was getting stuck because she refused to take the baby steps necessary to help her process and concluded:
“Grief changes you. It makes a lot of things very clear in life. In clarity, there is power.”