Originally born in New Delhi, India but hailing from Canada, Divya D’Souza spent the earliest years of her life sharing a passion for movies with her parents. She remembers the basement in her childhood home of Kanata, Ontario, adorned with film posters, a trend that she continued in her bedroom.
This love for cinematics continued into adulthood for D’Souza, who is now an acclaimed film producer with her own company, Matchbox Productions. She has worked on many major movies, the kind she once dreamed of being a part of, including Pixels, Total Recall, and Miskate.
On her newest project, God’s Favorite Idiot, D’Souza had the chance to work with comedy legend Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone. It was the chance to produce alongside this iconic comedy duo that drew D’Souza to the project.
“Ben and Melissa asked me to come on board for this project. They had heard about my ability and skills from a former 1st Assistant Director boss that they also worked with, Walter Gasparovic. I had previously worked with them as a technical writer and they saw that my hard work, skills and attitude could be better served as a producer,” says D’Souza.
In God’s Favorite Idiot, a mid-level tech support employee Clark Thompson (Falcone) finds love with co-worker Amily Luck (McCarthy) at exactly the same time he becomes the unwitting messenger of God. D’Souza liked the heart-warming message of the story, but also the inclusivity of it.
“I think in this day and age it is even more important to have stories that show that everyone is important and belongs,” she says.
As the only creative producer on set that didn’t have another role as a writer, actor or director, D’Souza’s sole focus was ensuring the production ran smoothly, constantly checking with every department to give notes and ensure everything was as it should be.
“Working on this project, my first priority was to make sure to setup an environment where Melissa, Ben and the rest of the cast could feel comfortable to create the most endearing and funny content. I also wanted to make sure we were fiscally responsible and looked at what we could do within our means but would always better serve the content and the creative,” she describes.
The highlight of working on the project for D’Souza, aside from filming in Australia and getting to work across the world with a fabulous Australian crew, was watching the monitors during filming. Every scene would make her cry with laughter, while being enchanted by the performances of the entire comedic A-list cast. She cannot wait until audiences around the world have the opportunity to see the series, so be sure to keep an eye out for news as to when it is dropping on Netflix.